Always put your best foot forward!
This was the advice given to hundreds of primary and secondary school students gathered at the Kensington Oval on Sunday for the National School Awards.
Director and founder of the awards programme, Ricardo Marshall, while congratulating this year’s winners, said it was their intention “to give each child that opportunity to showcase their talents, skills and purpose [and] to make a difference in their schools and the community”.
Marshall also urged guardians, including educators, to support their children no matter what.
“Despite situations and circumstances, let us encourage them to be a working tool and together we can make a difference . . . and bring about positive change in Barbados,” he added.
Also in attendance was President of the Association of Public Primary School Principals Marielon Gamble, who also commended the teachers for going beyond the call of duty to safeguard the individual achievements of their pupils.
While stressing the need for cohesive home and school environments, Gamble implored parents to be actively involved in their children’s education. This was also reiterated by President of the Barbados Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools Juanita Wade, who urged the organizers to continue to recognize and reward the efforts of the students.
“Continue this work because the benefits are countless and the effects will be felt for years to come,” she said.
The award for Most Outstanding School went to Bayleys Primary.
For the first time in the six-year history of the programme, awards were issued to secondary schools with Harrison College and Princess Margaret tying for top spot in the inaugural Secondary School Talent Competition.
With her soulful rendition of I Am Here, Harrisonian Cherece Richards shared top honours with Shontae Barnett and Amalika Waithe of Princess Margaret, who sang Watch Out My Children.
The talent segment was judged by two of the island’s newest cultural ambassadors – Anthony Gabby Carter and Stedson Red Plastic Bag Wiltshire.