November 13, 2009
CW Prescod Primary School marks 20 years

The C W Prescod Primary School commemorated its 20th anniversary on October 29 with a march and church service, under the theme “Honouring the past, charting the future with God’s guidance”.{{more}}

The procession, which preceded the service, saw students, teachers and parents marching from the school to the Kingstown Methodist Church, led by the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force Band.

The service was reflective of the school’s development and achievements since it opened its doors September 11, 1989, under the name New Kingstown Primary School.

The New Kingstown Primary facilitated all unsuccessful students at the Common Entrance Examination from the Kingstown schools in grades 7 and 8.

After the two-year programme, these senior students then sat the School Leaving Examination, which, if they were successful, earned them a place in a secondary school.

However, this practice was discontinued in 2005 with the introduction of universal secondary education.

The new school then was occasioned by the overcrowding of the Kingstown Methodist School, which occupied the compound where the Methodist Church Hall is now located.

Speaking at the service were current Headteacher Hyacinth Harry, Senior Education Officer Elizabeth Walker, and former Headteacher Anita Da Silva, while teacher Kesslon Wilson gave a brief history of the institution.

Reverend Victor Job of the Methodist Church, under whose jurisdiction the Kingstown Methodist School and before that the Wesley Hall School fell, delivered the sermon.

Criscione Morgan, a former student of the C W Prescod, sang Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World”.

The name C W Prescod Primary came into being in 1991, in honour of the late educator, Christopher Wilberforce Prescod.

As part of the school’s continued celebrations of the milestone, photographs of past Headteacher will be mounted in the school’s staff room.

The vision of the school is embodied in its mission statement, which reads: “The school aims, through varied experiences, to motivate students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, values and attitudes for success in life”.