Ann Hill students moving on

Sixteen students of the Ann Hill School were today the centre of attention as they were celebrated for their accomplishments and offered advice on how to approach the next stage of their lives.

Delivering the feature address at a graduation ceremony that was themed Celebrate our Past, Embrace the Future, former student Senator Kerryann Ifill urged the students to build on what they had learned at the Pine, St Michael institution which caters to children with disabilities and special needs.

Ann Hill students during
their graduation ceremony.

“As you prepare to start the rest of your life, take everything that has happened so far – the good things and the not so good things which you would rather forget – and [let them] form you into [what you] want to become,” said Senator Ifill, who pointed out that she had been able to succeed despite losing her sight at the age of five.

“If someone does something unkind to you, forget them, because it doesn’t make sense taking that negativity into your future. Take the things you have learnt in your past and make them a part of your future and who you will become.”

Senator Ifill also advised the students to aspire to greatness.

“You must dream as well. In other words, in order to do anything in life, think about it, dream about, imagine it and celebrate it….Celebrate, embrace and become everything God wants you to be.”

The school’s principal, Emelda Bell, who lauded the students for their performance in academics and sports, urged them to be proud of every step they took towards reaching their goals.

The most outstanding student Nicholas Daisely receives his award from Principal Emelda Bell.
Featured speaker Senator Kerryann Ifill presented Tiffany Branch with her award.

“Celebrate the little achievements as you journey into your future. These are words I hope you will take with you after you leave us here at Ann Hill School. Embrace the future, dream and work towards all that you can be . . . . If you trust in God, everything will be ok,” she told them.

Bell also advised students to close their friends wisely.

“Find friends who have similar values; that means friends who will help you reach your goals and realize your dreams. Those are friends we want you to find. Friends that will lead you into trouble are not good friends.”

She also reminded parents they have a vital role to play in their children’s development.

“Continue to stay the course with the child and ward as they move on to the next stage of their development,” Bell urged them. “Encourage, support, monitor – these are some of the things I want you to do with them, and seek to expose them to as many new positive opportunities and activities as possible. Encourage your child to do their best and work hard to achieve their goals in life. Remind them of the goals they have achieved in the past and urge them to continue to set goals and go after them in the future.”

At the graduation ceremony, the award for the most outstanding student award went to Nicholas Daisley. Nicholas Holder was the most improved; Makala Boyce won the Principal’s Prize; and Tiffany Branch and Shanice Spencer won special prizes.

36 Responses to Ann Hill students moving on

  1. Ingrid Bynoe
    Ingrid Bynoe June 17, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations to all of them.

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  2. Carmela Charles
    Carmela Charles June 17, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations. Continue to strive for the best.

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  3. Kelly Scantlebury
    Kelly Scantlebury June 17, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Wishing them all the best in their future endeavours.

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  4. Andrea Crawford
    Andrea Crawford June 17, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Congratulations guys

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  5. Isolene Evans
    Isolene Evans June 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Congratulations, continue to reach for the stars, the sky is the limit.

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  6. Carte Blanche
    Carte Blanche June 17, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Karen Wall

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  7. Koko Skinner
    Koko Skinner June 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Blessings! Congratulations To Each One Of You! Looking as Lovely As Ever, God Continuous MERCIES And Guidance Be With You All And The School I Wish Each One Of You Success In All Your Endeavors, God Bless.

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  8. Ingrid Bullen
    Ingrid Bullen June 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Congratulations Princes and Princesses

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  9. AnnHill June 17, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Congratulations to the students graduating. Continue to live up to your Schools Motto “To be All We Can.” I am proud of your continuous progress and the great work of the Principal and Staff who are dedicated above and beyond what is expected. God bless you all

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  10. Jenilee June 17, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Congratulations continue to reach higher

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  11. Shondelle Greene
    Shondelle Greene June 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Congrats to the children who graduated

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  12. Rachel Worrell
    Rachel Worrell June 17, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Congrats ta all

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  13. Shonnie Millington
    Shonnie Millington June 17, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Congratulations

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  14. Beverley Bellamy
    Beverley Bellamy June 17, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Congrats to everyone.

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  15. Maria Jones
    Maria Jones June 17, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Congratulations too every one

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  16. Coreen Holford
    Coreen Holford June 17, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Congratulations to each of you

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  17. Valencia Holligan
    Valencia Holligan June 17, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    This is lovely. Congrats Grads

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  18. Taylor Connie
    Taylor Connie June 17, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Congratulations!

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  19. Cheryl Onita
    Cheryl Onita June 17, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Congrats to all of u

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  20. Shirnell Ward
    Shirnell Ward June 17, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Congrats to All

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  21. Sheam Turton
    Sheam Turton June 17, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Congratulations. Continue to strive for the best

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  22. Jamy Licorish
    Jamy Licorish June 17, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Congrats to all……hard work does pay off

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  23. Joyce McIntosh
    Joyce McIntosh June 17, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Congrats to all

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  24. Sheriann Toney
    Sheriann Toney June 17, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Congrats…..i know a graduant that doesnt spend a bad cent.

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  25. Michelle Watts
    Michelle Watts June 17, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Congrats to all of them

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  26. Sophia Sobers Ifill
    Sophia Sobers Ifill June 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Congrats to all God bless

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  27. Rheanne Sweetrhe Rock
    Rheanne Sweetrhe Rock June 17, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    So proud to see two of my former students. Congratulations.

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  28. Yvette Alleyne
    Yvette Alleyne June 17, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Congratulations to every sixteen one of you. My heart is deeply touch with so much love. First, for the school and it’s workers for the work their do in these children lives. Secondly, to the children for their perseverance day in and day out, with GOD all thing are possible. Last, to the parents of these children for pushing them to succeed and not giving up. You are they advocates and I pray GOD will continue to give you the strength and wisdom to be the wings beneath their wings. I also pray that we the people of Barbados will be more tolerant and accepting of these beautiful souls. To help and encourage them when we are alongside them.

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  29. Janice Tull
    Janice Tull June 17, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Congratulations to all!!! perseverance seldom fails. No excuse why the youth with no challenges can’t get to this achievement.

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  30. Suzanne Agard-Mayers
    Suzanne Agard-Mayers June 17, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Congratulations to all of the students… God’s blessings for the future.

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  31. Dionne Lopez
    Dionne Lopez June 17, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Look my boy bashee

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  32. Robertine Chaderton June 17, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Congrats to the parents who stayed with them through the years. Please continue to encourage and help them to find their way in the world. It has not been easy I know , but God grant you the strength to carry on.

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  33. Caroline Trotman
    Caroline Trotman June 18, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Congratulations to all

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  34. Mia Allone
    Mia Allone June 18, 2017 at 9:03 am

    cah dear…nah body couldn`t tell de lil miss tah sit down properly fah de pickcha

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  35. Fern Collymore
    Fern Collymore June 18, 2017 at 11:22 am

    cngrats to all

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  36. VERONICA TROTMAN-ROBERTS June 19, 2017 at 9:08 am

    CONGRATULATIONS to all

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