Students at Barbados’ only secondary school catering exclusively to boys were advised to live up to their school’s motto and use every day as an opportunity to better themselves.
The counsel came as the St Leonard’s Boys’ School held its Speech Day in recognition of students who excelled in their academic studies and sports over the past school year.
In focusing on the day’s theme, Embracing change, President of the school’s Parent Teacher Association Anthony Murrell, himself a former student, said “If you are going to embrace change, you have to start with yourself.
“Say ‘I want to be somebody’. The worst thing in life is a school dropout who has no goals and no sense of direction. When you come to school, make sure you do not leave there the same way you arrived, make sure you are better. As you grow older, see to it that when people speak of you, your achievements are such that no one can think of any failures you have had.”
Featured speaker, spoken word artiste Adrian Green, told the students that they should not merely “embrace change, but “grabble it up”, especially now the world is changing so rapidly.
“You have to learn to swim when you are in the seas of change, otherwise you will drown. If you want things to change, you must remember you will encounter some instability along the way, but keep on trying and you will achieve your goals.”
In his report, Principal Joseph Maynard said the school achieved commendable results in the CXC and CAPE examinations, with most of the students gaining passes between grades one and three in the subjects they took. However, he expressed concern about the low number of students being entered for some of the exams, saying “I would like to see our boys dedicate themselves to their studies and not give up. Sometimes when students fail they think they are the only ones who have failed, but we as teachers have also had difficulties in our lives as we pursued education as well, but we ‘dusted ourselves off’ and started again.”
Thomas-Morgan Jemmott, who received seven CXC passes, was the Most Outstanding Student at CXC, while Rojay-Nathan Greenidge, who was not present, was adjudged Student of the Year. The school’s Under-15 4 x 100 metres relay team which won the gold medal at the recently concluded Barbados Secondary Schools Athletic Championships (BSSAC), along with other outstanding athletes from the school, received prizes for their accomplishment as well.
Students, parents and teachers also enjoyed performances from the renowned St Leonard’s Boys’ School Choir, who took the time to recognize their original director, Mrs. Highland, and the recently revamped school orchestra. (DH)