The Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School celebrated its 2015-2016 graduates, who were dressed in blue and red gowns, as they officially closed the primary school chapter of their lives.
Principal Dr Monica Walton gave her first graduation address as principal, highlighting many firsts and record-breaking moments.
The Charles F. Broome chess team made history in the Massy United Insurance Primary School’s Chest Competition where they were unbeaten, gaining 60 points. The football team won seven of nine games in the 2016 Bico National Sport’s Council Football Competition, coming first in their zone for the first time.
Of the 90 graduates, 87 completed this year’s Common Entrance Exam. Ten secured places at Harrison College, 12 at Queen’s College, 11 at the St Michael School and nine at The Lodge School.
Senior Education Officer Gertude Welch offered words of advice to the graduates as they prepared for entry into secondary school.
“Preparation prevents poor performance,” she said, adding that punctuality, a healthy diet, prayer, regular attendance, and steady focus on schoolwork would be instrumental going forward.
Senior manager and head of archives at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Sherwood McCaskie, in his feature address, posed the question: “Do you know what Barbados needs today?”
Some graduates suggested “money” and “peace”. However, they were not the answers hoped for. McCaskie said Barbados needed the graduates to continue the legacy of pride and industry.
Highlighting the theme Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM), he added that if everyone worked together, success would take care of itself.
Using examples of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman in the United States Congress, and patron Charles F. Broome, McCaskie encouraged the graduating students to live out their full potential . . . to also burst with ideas, creating new software for early detection of diseases, and to make wise decisions.
Khalil Vanderpool-Nurse was the Most Outstanding Student, receiving awards such as the Joyce Morris Memorial Award for Student Of The Year and the Ladine Clarke Memorial Award for Highest Score In Mathematics in the Barbados Secondary Schools Entrance Examination.
In his valedictorian speech, Khalil made reference to the song Hall Of Fame by The Script featuring will.i.am, singling out the lyrics:
You can be a master
Don’t wait for luck . . . .
Dedicate yourself and you gonna find yourself
Standing in the hall of fame
He told fellow members of his TEAM to focus on their own talents, noting that the most important member must be God.
Khalil said: “Let us continue to dream; let us continue to believe; let us be disciplined; let us be tenacious. In this way, we, in our own way, will find ourselves standing in the hall of fame.”