Your best, GG urges Westbury students

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave is reminding children from working class families they need a solid education to make their mark in life.

Sir Elliott told students of Westbury Primary School, when he visited them yesterday morning, that they needed to make use of a solid education to uplift themselves and advance to higher levels on the social ladder –– doing better than their parents.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave (at left) accepting a gift from Westbury Primary head boy Zakariyya Nana (second from right). Looking on is aide-de-camp Captain Carlos Lovell (second from left), principal Rosalind Gittens (third from left) and deputy head girl Leeann Clarke.
Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave (at left) accepting a gift from Westbury Primary head boy Zakariyya Nana (second from right). Looking on is aide-de-camp Captain Carlos Lovell (second from left), principal Rosalind Gittens (third from left) and deputy head girl Leeann Clarke.

“It is my view that it is the wish of every Barbadian parent to see that his or her child do better than he or she was able to do. Successive Governments have spent large sums of money on education because all right-minded persons in Barbados agree that all Barbadian children are entitled to a sound education,” Sir Elliott said.

“I support that philosophy and I am seeking to use the influence of my office to assist the children in primary schools to realize that they are lucky, and to realize that they have a wonderful opportunity to attend school at great public expense. They should seize the opportunity and work hard to do well at school,” he continued.

The Governor General told the students how his parents had no choice but to pay for his secondary education, but he made the best of that opportunity, later making the best of his
tertiary education.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave (third from right) greeting Westbury students. Looking on is Member of Parliament for The City Jeffrey Bostic (second from right), Education Officer Janice Reid (at right), principal Rosalind Gittens (fourth from right) and Salvation Army public relations officer Major Denzil Walcott.
Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave (third from right) greeting Westbury students. Looking on is Member of Parliament for The City Jeffrey Bostic (second from right), Education Officer Janice Reid (at right), principal Rosalind Gittens (fourth from right) and Salvation Army public relations officer Major Denzil Walcott.

“You students at Westbury Primary are in a better situation today than I was in a similar stage in my life. I was able to rise to this prestigious office with hard work. You can do so too; but you must be well educated; you must have discipline; you must have ambition; you must be of good character, patriotic, industrious; and success will attend you,” he said.

As he has done at every primary school he has visited thus far, Sir Elliott urged the students to stay away from drugs, abusive langue and criminality. He asked them to learn to love their country, school and themselves.

“If you don’t love and respect yourselves, you can’t expect anybody to love you. Respect your teachers, and you must obey all lawful instructions given by them; and you cannot go wrong,”
the Governor General advised.

Students, he also urged, must be familiar with the verses of the National Anthem and the National Pledge as Barbados celebrates 50 years of Independence.

Sir Elliott said it was a pleasure for him to visit Westbury Primary where he was welcomed warmly by students who had put on an exceptional entertainment package that delighted him.

He said his mission as he visited the primary schools was to motivate the children and their teachers who must be knowledgeable and happy to do
their jobs.

And, the Governor General commended Westbury Primary for its success and performance over the years, urging its teachers to make that extra effort to ensure students preparing to write the upcoming 11-Plus did their best.

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