It is the only Government-owned secondary school catering exclusively to females, one which has developed a reputation for excellence in all endeavours, and students of the Springer Memorial Secondary School have been encouraged to preserve its goodly heritage and add more to it themselves.
This morning, the school celebrated its 54th anniversary with a Founder’s Day service on its Government Hill campus. The event paid tribute to the women who served as principals over the years and paid homage to the now prominent Barbadian ladies who formed part of the student body in their formative years.
Chairman of the school’s Board of Management, Senator Lynette Holder, a proud member of the class of 1987, recalled some of the firsts it had accomplished since 1964. “In 1971, the Springer Memorial School was the first one to have a formal graduation of students. We set the pace, and many others followed subsequently. Not only did we excel academically but in the arts, drama and music, and we have 16 athletic championships to our name. More recently, we started a Water Wednesdays programme promoting healthier lifestyles, and now the Ministry of Education has adopted this throughout the school system.”
Acting Principal, Mitchelle Maxwell, another member of the class of 1987, thanked God for the blessings He had bestowed on the school, as well as everyone who had contributed to the school’s success. “Those who paved the way, we say thank you, those who provide wholesome teaching experiences, we thank you. Your dedication to the plant, the students and building up of this campus has not gone unnoticed.”
Meanwhile, featured speaker, Principal of the Alleyne School, Julia Beckles, stated: “When Springer Memorial was founded in 1964, it became a safe place where young ladies could receive their education. When I came here in 1979, there were 1,300 girls here, so any school that has educated females in the numbers we have done is certainly a treasure and highly valued. In fact, when my sisters and I did the Common Entrance Examination, the only school our mother put on the list of options was Springer Memorial, and our recently established sixth form is in high demand as well.”
She added, “We received a sound education, not just in terms of academics, but also learned some important life skills. We learned how to be courteous, how to deal with conflict and disappointment, to be victorious yet humble and how to look out for each other. We had teachers who believed in us, and while they were strict at times, they wanted us to add to all that was good at Springer Memorial. I charge each of you to endeavour to leave this school better than you found it. Preserve, protect and love our school so those coming after you will also be proud to say we have a goodly heritage.”