It was a bittersweet celebration at Reynold Weekes Primary School as staff and students said goodbye to beloved teacher Reverend Lennox Wiggins who began his retirement today.
In a wonderful function, tribute was paid to the “spirit-filled and humourous” Wiggins in song, poem, and dance, and in the many gifts that came his way.
Former principal Esther Larrier described him as an “anchor”.
“We have come to celebrate a distinguished, reasonable and reliable colleague,” current principal Anderson Bishop said.
“He rooted the school in scripture and introduced an in-house Psalms competition. He started the Inter School Christian Fellowship and was a pillar of faith and ethical standards in the school.”
District Educational Officer Cynthia Griffith was on hand to deliver remarks on the behalf of the Minister of Education.
Though noting that she did not know Wiggins personally, neither had she ever worked with him, Griffith said she was impressed by his record of work and called him “a man with a mission and vision”.
She urged all those gathered to emulate him.
In response, Wiggins started out by thanking the Lord for allowing him to be there as long as he was.
“There is absolutely no doubt that if the Lord had not been on my side I would not be here,” he said.
Wiggins said teaching, a journey he began in 1978, was a joy and “most rewarding” mission.
He taught at the Reynold Weekes Primary School for more than three decades, starting there back when it was called St Martin’s Four Roads Primary School.
“It was here that I developed a family,” he said, adding that it was a pleasure to end his teaching career there.
One of the poems read to Wiggins explained how the students and staff felt about him.
“Your retirement has made everyone value you ever more.
It has made us appreciate the way you strengthen our cores.
You are not just retiring from your post, position or role.
You are retiring as a teacher who inspired our souls.”