KPS students make the next step in education
June 21, 2011
KPS students make the next step in education

The Grade 6 students of the Kingstown Preparatory School (KPS) donned their uniforms for the last time as family, friends and other well wishers celebrated with them “their first educational milestone in life.”{{more}}

The 185-strong graduating class of 2011 gathered at the New Testament Church of God last Thursday, June 16.

Featured speaker Janelle Allen, a local psychologist, imparted words of wisdom to the graduands – advising them to make use of every opportunity available to them to succeed in life.

“Don’t be afraid to dream big. The world is your playground!” said Allen.

She urged the youngsters to always remember the values that they were taught, whether by their teachers or their parents.

She also encouraged parents to support their children at all times, even when their report cards display less than favourable grades.

“Be their biggest cheerleader!”

Allen also appealed to the graduands to take their time growing up, and partake in activities suited to their age.

“Don’t attempt to fast forward your youth to fit in,” she advised.

Hannah Browne, a representative from the Ministry of Education, congratulated the students on their success in the recent Common Entrance Examinations, and urged them to avoid resting on their laurels at this juncture in their lives.

“Do not be fooled. You still have a long way to go.”

Browne also had words of encouragement for those students who had not met the required standard in the CEE.

“The door of success is still wide open to you. It is up to you to enter,” she said.

In her remarks, Acting Headteacher Carol Ross expressed her pride in the graduates, and spoke of the school’s successes over the past year, not only in academics, but also in sports and the arts.

She thanked parents and guardians for raising such well-adjusted and well-rounded children.

She also praised teachers for the positive influence that they have had on the students.

“You have all touched the lives of these children and made a difference.”

Ross reminded the graduates that even though they will be moving on from the KPS, they still represent the school and lend to its reputation.

Valedictorian Alron Harry gave a beautifully-played steel pan rendition of Mariah Carey’s ‘Hero’, before addressing his classmates.

He delivered a witty speech about his time at KPS – starting with his penchant for running away from Kindergarten, and culminating with his pleasure at placing first in the CEE.

“Wherever our journeys take us, we will trace our roots to KPS. Long live our alma mater!” said Harry.

Headteacher Morine Williams, who has been away from her post for the past year seeking medical treatment, made an appearance at the ceremony.

She encouraged the students to do their best at their new schools, and implored parents/guardians to continue supporting them.

During the ceremony, the school’s top performing students were awarded prizes and trophies for their success at the CEE.

Trophies were also awarded to students for: Most Disciplined Student – Heather Lakhram (who placed 6th overall at CEE), and Most Improved Student – Lucretia DeFreitas.

The ceremony was also attended by past Headteacher Emily Providence and past teacher Margaret Bonadie. (JV)