Teacher’s Tribute by Ronda Sutherland
St Joseph’s Convent, Kingstown (SJCK), has been my home for the past 21 years. It is safe to say that I have spent the majority of my adult life working at this noble institution. I’ve had the privilege of working with Sister Maureen, Ms Balcombe, Mrs Jardine and now Sister Martha.
To state the cliche, SJCK has made me into the person I am today, is an understatement. This school welcomed me with open arms when I started to teach. Ms Balcombe became my mentor and all nine of us, new teachers at the time, were oriented into the SJCK culture.
I quickly realised that my job was going to be way more than that of just a teacher. Realising this, I embraced the challenge ahead.
They weren’t 21 perfect years but I wouldn’t have it anyway. Many teachers have passed through our very small staff room. They have all left their mark in some way or the other. There were many personality clashes and disagreements but there was also love and acceptance. We have all learnt to work together, put differences aside and do what’s best for our girls.
I have experienced many personal traumas in my life, but it was a lot easier because of the support of Administration and Staff of SJCK. The support was immeasurable through my husband’s illness and his subsequent death. Had I been anywhere else, it would have never been the same. My family at SJCK stood by me and for this I would be forever grateful.
As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, my wish is that our young vibrant staff would embrace all that is SJCK, that we continue to grow together and may the bonds of unity that we recently rekindled, continue to flourish.
Happy 75th SJCK!