The Gordon Greenidge Primary School celebrated its graduates today as they embarked to “raise the bar”. The 39 students graduating today were accompanied by their proud parents who shared in the grand moment.
Gordon Greenidge Primary principal Angela Smith in her remarks alluded to activities of the school throughout the year. In keeping with their raising the bar theme, the students were exposed to a literacy fair, the DARE programme and even the hosting of the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Broken Trident.
The school also had special visits from cricketing legend Gordon Greenidge, after whom the school was named, and Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave.
Principal Smith also provided statistics from this year’s Common Entrance Exam, proudly showing the school had performed above the national means. The national means in mathematics and English were 48.29 per cent and 67.92 per cent, respectively.
The school’s were 55.07 and 75.17, respectively.
All students secured places in secondary schools, with head girl Christina Watson and Trimaine Greaves being the Most Outstanding Girl and and Most Outstanding Boy.
Trimaine scored 88 in both mathematics and English, with a B in composition. Christina scored 90 in mathematics and English, with a B in composition, which also made her the Most Outstanding Student overall and valedictorian.
Christina, who was delighted to be the valedictorian of the 2016 class, said she thoroughly enjoyed her time at the school. She expressed her thanks too to those persons who were instrumental in making her achievements possible. She especially thanked her mother who was “her biggest cheerleader”.
“Fellow graduates, pupils, I say to you: aim for excellence, try your best at everything you do, and let wisdom be your friend.”
In her parting remarks, Smith left strong advice with her graduands. She gave them insight into secondary school, telling them to expect a greater workload with more subjects homework and teachers.
Cautioning them on entering new friendships, she reiterated: “Your goal is to keep raising the bar in every dimension of life.”
Dr Leah Garner-O’Neale, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus lecturer, who gave the keynote address, congratulated the graduates on their achievements, suggesting to them this would be a day they would never forget.
Garner-O’Neale’s speech revolved around raising the bar where the graduating students were advised to know themselves and be self-motivated to achieve smart, significant and meaningful goals.