The Class of 2018 at St Gabriel’s School had much to celebrate today as they said goodbye during the school’s 70th anniversary.
The special day themed Advancing into the Future was bittersweet for the graduates who were called to reflect on their time at the school and advance with the morals and values learned over the years.
In her valedictory speech, Imogen Allahar told her fellow graduates that they finally made it, despite some hardships and have built bonds that can never be broken. She named perseverance, proper etiquette and discipline among the life skills learned while at the school.
Allahar said, “We have definitely learned that hard work and smart work will lead to success. St. Gabriel’s school has given us a firm foundation and even though we are sad to leave, we are ready and well prepared to advance into the future.”
The proud principal Angela Blackett told her students to continue in the vein of self-motivation, respect and hard work at their respective secondary schools. “During those years you will continue to build that essential foundation to make you productive and fulfilled citizens for the rest of your lives,” she said.
This year, St Gabriel’s School was among the private schools that produced top performers in the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE). Fifty-six students sat the examination and the averages for Mathematics and English were 84 per cent and 86 per cent respectively. The top boy was Daniel Lashley and top girl was Leanna Cumberbatch.
St Gabriel’s alumnus Dylan Marshall gave the feature address congratulating the 2018 class for reaching the end of one journey along their academic career. The 16-year-old, who was top boy in 2013, encouraged the graduates to reach beyond the stars at their new schools.
Marshall advised, “As you begin your own separate paths… keep with you the drive and ambition for success that has brought you this far. You have all been successful and if you maintain that focus and discipline, you’re only due for even more success.”
Although the transition may seem daunting, he said, “Change can be intimidating especially moving into what is going to be perhaps a very unfamiliar and foreign environment, but I assure you that you’re ready for the challenge.” (KW)