The students of the Ann Hill School had their wish fulfilled when Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave graced them with his presence today.
And in appreciation, they entertained him in song, displaying the vocal talent at the Pine, St Michael institution.
The school’s choir delivered a patriotic rendition of Beautiful and Unspoilt and a medley of songs by late gospel singer Joseph Niles, while past student Corey Hunte poured his hear into a soulful performance of My Country to Me and the Governor General’s favourite, The Ashgrove.
Sir Elliott expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome he received by the students who had requested that he visit them, after he went to the neighbouring Irving Wilson School earlier this year.
He assured the teachers and students that they had not been forgotten by either him or the Ministry of Education.
District education officer Janice Reid indicated that the Governor General’s two-year Youth Empowerment Programme, which has seen him visiting schools across the island, will be completed at the end of this month.
She explained that the objective of the programme was to enhance positive attitudes toward education and promote strong nation-building sentiments among the country’s youth.
Reid noted the Governor General’s dedication to the task and the education system on a whole.
“Sir Elliott has also encouraged students to value education and to embrace positive attitudes, values and beliefs,” she said.
In keeping with the Ministry of Education’s mantra, Each One Matters – Quality Education For All, Reid encouraged the audience to respect people with differences.
“People are all different, which is why they all act differently, look differently and think differently. Don’t judge, just understand,” she urged.
She also stressed that education did not only include academics but vocational, technical and life skills as well, and it should unearth students’ hidden talents.
“Education should also be viewed as a means to tap into a person’s unique ability to help that person achieve his or her potential,” she added.