New principal pleased

Top boy Jakeem Hall

New Principal of the St. Margaret’s Primary School in St. John, Glendine Hayde, today gushed with praises for her staff — teaching and non-teaching.

During the small rural school’s graduation ceremony today she spoke of being overwhelmed by a staff she found to be “dedicate, hardworking, enthusiastic and self driven” when she took up duties in April.

She confessed that when she first arrived, she, like the existing staff, would have had some apprehension about the change, but she noted that the maturity of the staff made for a problem free transition.

She spoke of a staff that understood their duty to God and students and who lived by the motto: Works so that the will of God may prevail.

Hayde, demonstrated to her audience, however, that she was not just shouting flattering words for the occasion. She produced the results from this year’s Common Entrance Examination to back up her stance.

She revealed to her audience that included Parliamentary Representative for St. John, Mara Thompson, that at the tiny rural school, 14 students wrote then exam this year, including five girls and “100 per cent of the children scored above 50 per cent in English”, while four students scored below 50 per cent in Mathematics.

Then she pointed out, to loud applause that while the national mean for English was 68.88 per cent, while “our is 74.64”. In Mathematics, she added, “the national mean is 54.04 and ours is 67.93 per cent”.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” she added, after listing the schools to which students had been assigned after their 11-plus performances, “the elation felt by every member of staff on hearing these results is not easy for me to express to you today.

“It is common knowledge that our top student placed seventh in the island’s top ten, with a score of 99 per cent in English, 95 per cent in Mathematics and an A in Composition. Jakeem Hall has done us proud!”

“St. Margaret’s has had a very outstanding year,” she said. “Each child worked hard to make this year’s theme a reality… The level of cooperation among teachers is very high, and the slogan ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is embodies here.

“These children recognise that all members of staff are here to help them achieve the best they can and as a result they made use of them… Miss Bellamy, their teacher from Class Two, worked tirelessly to prepare them for the examination.”

The feature address was delivered by motivational speaker Errol Griffith. (RRM)

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