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Pride of St James

Anesta Henry

Pride of St James

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A celebratory mood enveloped the West Coast yesterday as students of St James Secondary School participated in a victory walk, making the public aware of the school’s achievements.
The walk, which stretched from the school to the Holetown West Coast Mall, captured the attention of motorists and pedestrians, who cheered on and congratulated the students.
Holding a banner aloft that declared them to be The Toast Of The West Coast, the students took to the streets to celebrate 14-year-old Jane Small’s win of the Inter-school Singing Competition, which resulted in her receiving a challenge trophy donated by international singing sensation Rihanna. Small is also one of last year’s NIFCA Silver Award winners in music.
The school’s unbeatable girls’ football team and student Jonathan King, who was voted Top Scout in Barbados last year, were also acknowledged.
Principal Jefferson Phillips said the walk was staged to highlight the positive things happening at the school.
“Like any other school we are going to have our challenges, but there are good things coming out of St James Secondary School. We are here today to say to the public that there are students at St James Secondary School who have a lot of talent and we have had a number of success stories,” he said.
At the mall, some of the school’s powerful singers treated patrons and staff to a number of selections. The appreciative audience gave a rousing round of applause after hearing the likes of Small, Leah Goddard, Chad Mountplaisir and Janessa Price.