Students of the Alleyne School were today challenged to respect the good brand of the institution and to take advantages of the opportunities offered to them while pursuing their secondary education.
This morning the compound was a hive of activity as the school celebrated a huge milestone of 233 years during a founder’s day service under the theme Respecting the Brand, The Power of the Past, Force of the Future.
Delivering the feature address, old scholar Tennyson Springer told students to use the school as a stomping ground to chart their way to success.
“This is your school, which will shape your life and future. Your future depends not only on achieving CXC passes but [on] how you present yourself as young adults and as citizens of this beautiful country Barbados.
He urged them to benefit from the school’s programmes, the knowledge of its teachers and draw from the visionary plans of the principal and staff. He challenged them to respect the brand of the school, as well as Barbados.
Springer also instructed those in the school hall to have an approving image which will aid them in finding employment.
“You the students have a duty, not to me or the principal but to yourself to ensure the image you portray is a positive [one] … which will make you attractive to any employer. Make learning your full-time job. In today’s market, branding can have tremendous benefit if the graduates of a school are known for good discipline, punctuality, good communication skills and conflict resolution skills.”
He then questioned the effort adults put in towards bettering the future of the island.
“We the adults of Barbados have been highly critical of our young people but what have we done to help…. Do we spend enough time giving mentorship to students?”
In her brief remarks, Principal Julia Beckles reiterated the need for students to live by the school’s trademark.
“We continue to tell our students that Alleyne School is a brand. It is a brand that has a past and present and their actions, everything they do and say will have an impact on its future. Getting our students to represent the brand is something that we will continue to do.”
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