GG’s advice

Don’t fight your teachers, he tells students

This country’s head of state is concerned about recent reports of violence in schools.

And yesterday, as Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave addressed students at the Gordon Greenidge Primary School in St Peter, he issued some timely advice that could well have been rendered from any school podium across the island.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave addressing students at Gordon Greenidge Primary yesterday.
Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave addressing students at Gordon Greenidge Primary yesterday.

Respect your teachers and do not to fight them, said Sir Elliott, who not only stressed the important role played by teachers in this country’s education system, but also the substantial investment that has been made by successive Governments in the learning sector.

While assuring teachers that they were held in high esteem, he reminded the educators of their responsibility to do the best they could for their charges.

“A lot of the wealth of the country is spent on education and rightly so, because we haven’t got many natural resources and our principle resource is our people. Successive Governments spent a lot of money in seeking to educate our youth,” he said.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave (left) accepting a gift from Head Girl Christina Watson (second from right) as Principal Angela Smith and Head Boy Jeremiah Nicholls look on.
Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave (left) accepting a gift from Head Girl Christina Watson (second from right) as Principal Angela Smith and Head Boy Jeremiah Nicholls look on.

The Governor General called on students to appreciate their education, saying it was one of the surest and safest ways of rising from the bottom.

And as the island celebrates 50 years of political independence from Britain, the Governor General, who is the British monarchy’s representative on the island, called on them to demonstrate patriotism by knowing the national anthem and pledge.

“You must cultivate the habit of reading good books. It is only by reading good books, and understanding how people write, and how they speak, that you can become articulate and stand up before a mic before 100 or 200 people without notes,” Sir Elliott added.

Going into a brief history of the school named after a famous West Indian cricketer, he urged the students to follow the high standard set by its namesake.

“Don’t be brawling. Try and be lady-like and gentleman-like, and you will succeed. Children must not bring dangerous weapons to school. You must not fight and carry on like what you find [now with some students] carrying on and doing a lot of foolishness,” he said.

Over the past year and a half, the country’s head of state has been visiting primary schools across the island to meet and greet young Barbadians, and encourage them to focus on their education and future endeavours.

During his visits, he is usually treated to an entertainment session, highlighted by cultural performances put on by students.

Yesterday was no different and the Governor General said the students at Gordon Greenidge did not disappoint, as he highlighted a violin presentation and the school’s choir singing his favourite song, The Ash Grove.

Students at Gordon Greenidge Primary as they listened attentively to the Governor General.
Students at Gordon Greenidge Primary as they listened attentively to the Governor General.
Scouts and Brownies awaiting the arrival of Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave.
Scouts and Brownies awaiting the arrival of Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave.

anestahenry@barbadostoday.bb

4 Responses to GG’s advice

  1. jrsmith May 31, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Dear, Sir, you are playing games this is not an immediate problem and you are pretty late on this one..

    We the bajan people want to hear your public views on the published (AUDIT GENERAL REPORT) and what you would do to bring justice and the people involve to pay for what they did and allowed in Barbados.. lots of people in this here Barbados has now loose all the respect they had…

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  2. Alex Alleyne May 31, 2016 at 6:32 am

    YOU JUST DRESS-UP AND VISIT A FEW 100 YEAR OLD’S ALONG WITH SOME SCHOOL CHILDREN AND COLLECT A “COOL” PAY CHEQUE.

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  3. Menace II Babylon May 31, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Prehistoric fossilised relic of a human being – representing a diabolical colonial structure which is still a detriment to empowerment.

    http://www.barbadosparliament.com/uploads/document/3943b2cad34e0dcc8aa5a87681b3b659.pdf

    Dress up house negro. Always reminds me of the Samuel L Jackson in Django. Yes massa, no massa as you wish massa……aint no massa bout here….

    Then you roll out the relic to speak to primary school children. Do a survey BT with a poll and see who really cares what he thinks, or better yet is the GG value for money? People can’t get water, hospital need things, police want back pay etc but got money to throw away to keep hold on to your colonial heritage. Listen to the readers a generation exist that don’t know this man, what he does, who he represents etc He is not of importance to the lives of the average man, maybe to the polo players and taught clubs but he has no subjects.

    Every action generates a reaction laws of physics. You see the equals and never the complete equation.

    So much things happening and that is all you can speak when this is being investigated and reports being completed.

    Auditor General and the public money you flush within the private sector, and all now people waiting on NIS and redundancy….i

    Talk about how town and country does literally harass and bully poor people, tear down guard walls when you go two inches over your land mark, push down and chase rastafari and call us squatters…… you just need be white, have more caucus friends like bjerkoff and sow and you do as you like. They can’t touch you it above your pay grade.

    Laws are for peasants……

    I remember their was an empty lot with nothing but rats and centipedes and overgrown clammon cherry trees (blocking the road), the local youth took their time and fixed it up, cut down trees, come beg me for plants make it a nice little spot, flower it up and beautify the place, dumped the old tyres, appliances etc put up some pallet chairs under the tree, town and country was out there like a shot supported by a strong contingent of TASK FORCE armed to the teeth……like you going war when you come to deal with your people. Now look at wanna skirting round the mighty white man when you ordered him to desist. Show the world we have a level of tetosterone and it aint all dilute…

    Pushed down the youths them little block and used the bullying tactics reserved for poor people and look at wanna now……. bunch of degenerates who get paid to harass the poor. It is amazing how these babylonians work, poor they kick off your door, walk in your place with them boots with no respect, when your white and rich they press the intercom and wait and knowing the level of corruption you done get a call to tell you what stage the investigation in. The laws in Barbados is not a one size fits all it depends on first your race, classism and sexism and most important an old slave name or jew. You can build, teardown, shoot people in them back for limes, blow off your children heads, sell the most coke and guns, fire people with not following policies and procedures etc…… You bigger than the law……laws are for peasants….

    I know you have job to do but the next poor man or middle class family yard you go round with your inches and feet rule treat them scruffy make them always got police on speed dial.

    Straight!!!!

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  4. J. Payne June 1, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    (quote)the Governor General, who is the British monarchy’s representative on the island(End quote)

    She’s a Barbadian Monarch too. Per her site–

    Barbados has such a peaceful existence in this world it shares a Head of States with 15 other co-equal states. Not many other nations on this planet could accomplish that.

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