Two hundred and sixteen students from the John Gray High School have made the grade.
Ninety-nine boys and 117 girls, graduating under the theme Reaching for the Stars received their leaving certificates and awards at the Agape Family Worship Centre Tuesday evening.
Despite the year beginning with the challenges of accommodating 900-plus students at the school, Principal Debbie McLaughlin said students had educators proud.
‘Throughout the course of the year our students have done us proud with their involvement in so many activities and with many successes,’ she said.
Memorable events such as hosting a teachers appreciation night, staff talent show, the production The King and I, the hosting of a Heritage Day and an exceptional sports day were all part of the package.
One memory was when the winners of a track event were already in and one Year 12 student still had the entire track to complete. Every student cheered her in regardless of the house they represented.
‘It was a moment when I was immensely proud to be affiliated with this school. It was a moment that reminded all of us staff why we are in this business. In an age where so many negative things are said about our youth, it demonstrated that our youths at John Gray had it all right; they were on the right track,’ said Ms McLaughlin.
Other successes for the school year involved participation in the education conference, formulating plans towards improving the education service, the development of classroom observation police, recognising the need to improve examination results, introducing new ways to improve teaching and learning with lessons, training for staff in mentoring, a school improvement plan, examining the schools disciplinary policy and improving life skills curriculum with the incorporation of the Asdan Awards programme.
In her parting words to graduates Ms McLaughlin said: ‘Tonight you officially complete your formal high school education but I urge you to continue to improve yourselves as learning is a life-long process.’
She also advised students to look around, remember faces and names and, as they journey through life, to help each other along the way.
“Be honest and frank; do good. Be a person with great ideas. Maintain a true sense of who you are and hold fast to that which is good.’
Minister Alden McLaughlin advised graduates to make use of all the tremendous opportunities that were now available to them.
‘Get the required skills, training and degrees because education is important in this world of technology,’ he said.
‘All this technology was not available to me 28 years ago but you were born in an age where you have this to your advantage.’
Based on her accomplishments in all areas such as technical, academic, sportsmanship, professionalism, and leadership performances Thea Bush was named Student of the Year.
Head Boy and Head Girl were awarded to Stephan Rattan and Janelle Tibbetts.
Governor’s Achievement Award went to Samuel Young.
Christian Character Award: Paul Chin-Sinn
Technology Awards: Pierre Connolly, Ariana Eden, Leilani Roach, and Daric Scott.
Cultural Awards: Thea Bush Arikka Ebanks, Ariana Eden and Shanda Gallego.
Peer Counselling Award: Kerisha Simpson.
Community and School Service Awards: Thea Bush, Kimari Fletcher, Kamala Murugesu, Stephan Rattan and Janelle Tibbetts.
J.G.H.S Sportsmanship Awards: Opal Bodden, Catherine Ebanks, Shane Evans and Maxwell Hyman.
Summer Vocational Training Program Awards: Rhian Campbell and Teddy Marsh.
Leadership Award: Janelle Tibbetts.
United World College Scholarship Awards: Paul Chin-Sinn and Arikka Ebanks.
2005 Achievement Award for Academic Excellence went to Andrew Campbell and Daniel Duquesne.