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St Leonard’s Legacy mission

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THE ST LEONARD’S GIRLS’ Legacy Foundation Inc. is looking for a home.
Director Junior Boxill said they were in need of a building to help them keep the legacy of the now defunct St Leonard’s Girls’ school alive.
“We are trying to find a home to have our memorabilia properly displayed; right now we are keeping them at various locations,” said Boxill, a former librarian at the school.
Boxill told the DAILY NATION on Sunday the foundation did not mind paying rent as they just needed a large enough space to set up something similar to a museum, adding that he hoped people would take them seriously and not consider them a “fly by night” organization.
Boxill explained he had a vision where they could also collect information concerning education and become the place where anyone doing research on education in Barbados would go.
President Hetty Wilson said the purpose of the foundation was to ensure the school was remembered by keeping aspects of it alive, such as trophies, pins, ties, photographs and more.
They were speaking after the unveiling ceremony for a plaque at St Leonard’s Boys’ School on the site where the girls’ school used to be. The last principal, Wilma Clarke, gave a history of the school and spoke of their successes in the arts, music and sports as well as of how impactful their alumni had been to Barbados.
Also speaking were deputy chief education officer Karen Best, and parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Education, Senator Harry Husbands.
Best had fond memories of her time at the school, saying it was a privilege to have been taught by some of the most dedicated teachers of their time – who she said were responsible for her success in drama, art, sports and education – but lamented how much today’s youth had gone astray.
“Nothing can compare to what is happening now.
We were children on a mission to explore what was out there but not in the direction that these students are going in now,” she said.
As for Husbands, he said St Leonard’s Girls’ was a pioneer of free education and single-sex schools.
“This historic institution continues to contribute to Barbadian history as its legacy is visible in the exemplary citizens and achievements of numerous females across Barbados in several sectors who are well positioned to make significant contributions,” he added.
Some other prominent former students are: director of Barbados Library Service, Annette Smith; one of the first female Anglican priests in Barbados, Rev. Sonia Hinds; director of the National Task Force on Crime Prevention, Cheryl Willoughby; president of the National Organization of Women, Marilyn Rice-Bowen and director of broadcast services at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, Rosemary Alleyne. (CA)