The Alexandra School celebrated its 124th year as a learning institution in the heart of Speightstown this morning with a founder’s day ceremony under the theme Building On The Legacy.
In the more than four-hour long ceremony, students were treated to a blast from the past as they saw uniforms that were worn by students in the 1980s.
The featured speaker, former Alexandra student Barry Hill, gave the students some inspirational advice based heavily on his journey as a guitarist/keyboardist in the international band Cover Drive. He said that it was essential to have a strong team of support and to believe in your dream.
“No one makes progress without a strong team backing them. I did not always fit in at school. In fact, sometimes it was really hard. But [once] I found other creative people who loved the creative life the way I do, my life changed. I found my people! They encourage me, motivate me, love and support me,” Hill said, adding that it was important to understand the business side of a creative enterprise.
“Learning the business side of this creative business will increase your chances of success. So do not ignore your English and Math classes at school, they really do help,” he said.
Hill also told the students who were eagerly listening to every word that a lot of hard work goes into being a musician.
“It is hard work being a professional musician or working in the creative business. Do not get distracted by the social media likes. That is not the real world. This is not a typical 9 to 5 job. My days are more like 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. It is hard work but I would not trade it for anything,” he said, adding that students should learn to accept rejection as a part of life.
“Finally, learn to embrace that rejection is a part of life. Don’t let it break you! Don’t let it stop you from dreaming. Don’t let it stop you from getting back up and trying again,” he said.
In her brief remarks, Deputy Principal of The Alexandra School Harriett Williams advised students of their important role to the school and nation.
“You can become the future representatives for the Alexandra School and for our nation Barbados,” she said.
The Bragging Rights Football Team also presented much needed computer equipment to the school. (LG)