GG makes special visit to school
History was made yesterday at St Philip Primary School as Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave took part in the school’s Independence programme.
Principal Pamaletta Bhamjee said it was the first time the Head of State in Barbados had done so.
“We created history today because no other primary or secondary school has ever thought about inviting the Governor General for any [such] special function. When we invited him, we never thought he would say yes but he said he was so pleased and excited when he got our letter he said he had to come,” she said.
Bhamjee said it was the first day of a month of Independence activities, starting with a Blessing Of The Nation service yesterday, which included prayers, an instrumental, songs and remarks from Chief Education Officer Laurie King.
“I wish especially to remind students we are proud of their efforts and achievements and that our society values their hard work and persistence. We have one of the oldest and most advanced education systems in the region. We must maintain our pre-eminence by ensuring that the bar is raised and the Barbados brand continues to be sought after.
“You students represent the Barbados brand. How you conduct yourself; your deportment; the interest you show in your work; the respect you have for yourself and for others – that is what constitutes the Barbados brand,” he said. (CA)