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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Students pay tribute to Sir Elliott


OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Students pay tribute to Sir Elliott

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I was glad when they said unto me; we will go into the house of the Lord ­– Psalm 122: 1

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015, was a special day in the life of the principal, staff and pupils of the St Joseph’s Primary School.  

It was the day on which His Excellency Sir Elliott Belgrave, Governor General of Barbados, paid an official visit to that school.

It was a visit that will be remembered for a long time by all those who attended the function.

As for me it was a very surprising one. I thought it was going to be just an ordinary visit, but there was a three-hour programme that was well put together by the school.

During the programme, the Class 3 students paid a tribute to Sir Elliott, in the form of a poem called Sir Elliott Belgrave which was very outstanding.

Sir Elliott has demonstrated that he is a Governor General with a difference, and that he is not prepared to remain at Government House and meet delegates and do the swearing in ceremonies for the Prime Ministers, Cabinet members and members of Parliament. He will go down in history as a Governor General of the people.

It is not often that a Governor General visits primary schools. I do remember as a boy that the closest time that we got close to Royalty from England was by lining the streets and waving as they passed by.

When Sir Elliott addressed the students he gave them some very worthwhile advice – telling them that they must work very hard and receive a good education because it will serve them well in the future.

He also told them that it did not matter that they were born and lived in a rural area.

“It does not mean because you live in the country that you cannot achieve. Do not settle for second class, because only the best is good enough,” he said.

He also admonished them in the area of sport, which he felt was not good enough, because the facility (playing field) was there and they should make good use of it.

During the reception after the formal function, Sir Elliott met with the staff and students.

The principal, staff and students should take a bow for a job well done. Thanks to Sir Elliott for his official visit to the school in my adopted parish, St Joseph.