Student earns praise for attendance record

A Grade 11 St. Ignatius student has won high praise from his parents and friends for not ever missing a day of school.

For the past 11 years young Andrew Garth Thompson said he credits his mom Andrea for his perfect attendance record.

‘She would firmly say, ‘If you are not sick you can go to school young man’ and I just did,’ he said.

‘I just went to school. I got up at 6am, caught a ride with my mom and arrived to school by 8am.

‘Even after Hurricane Ivan, I was anxious to return to school and the first day the school re-opened, I was there. I also wanted to see if all of my friends were alright.’

His mom Andrea said that he has never been seriously sick from the day he was born.

Home from school on study leave for final exams, young Garth’s mother said he started Savannah Primary School in 1994 at age five. From there he moved to St Ignatius, where he completed six years of schooling.

For every year that he has attended school she said he has received a certificate for good attendance.

At school his subjects are physics, math, English, geography, history, physical education, religious education and business studies, which is his favourite. In his spare time he loves to race dirt bikes.

‘Any chance I get I head out to the track. I also spend a lot of time on the computer or going to the movies.’

When asked what his plans on finishing high school were, Garth said he was looking forward to attending the Community College to study business administration. While he’s not sure what path his career will take him, his dream is to work in the business world.

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