George Hicks High School held its graduation ceremony last Wednesday evening, with officials noting the students displayed winning attitudes during a year of changes and challenges.
Education Minister Alden McLaughlin said in his remarks he was told that behavioural problems were fewer despite the trying times.
He said students displayed a positive attitude to learning, improved social interaction and a more positive attitude towards teachers.
Held at the Agape Family Worship Centre, 193 Year 9 graduates received their leaving certificates.
Top students were Andrea Campbell and Morris Swaby.
Permanent Secretary of Education Joy Basdeo said she knew the students had passed through some unsettling times, but urged graduates to look for the positives in whatever they did as they moved on to the next step of their education.
Acting Principal Richard Sigsworth, on behalf of Principal Adora Bodden-Gerome, highlighted the progress at the school since the hurricane.
Looking ahead to the new school year, Mr. McLaughlin said it was projected that some 1,200 students would need to be accommodated on the campus.
‘To meet that challenge the ministry has developed three policy considerations which are paramount and which will guide the planning process as we prepare for next year,’ he said.
The policy considerations include ensuring the safety and security of all students and staff; a return to a normal school day for all students; and providing opportunities for extra curricular activities in the creative arts to encourage school bands, dance and drama to once again flourish at the school.
To best achieve these objectives, Mr. McLaughlin is inviting all parents of George Hicks students and prospective students to join him and some of his staff to discuss the new school year at a meeting set for Friday, 8 July at the school hall.
Following that discussion, final plans will be drawn up for public.