Prince Andrew School commemorated its 25th Anniversary in a special assembly held at the school on Friday morning, 3 October 2014.
Invited guests, staff and students were welcomed to the assembly by Head Teacher, Paul Starkie, who remarked on the significance of the occasion and spoke of events taking place this year to celebrate 25 years since the opening of the School.
HE Governor Capes too recognised this special occasion and spoke of the importance of Prince Andrew School to the education of our young people and to the development of St Helena.
A number of presentations followed from the Director of Education, Colin Moore, former Chief Education Officer, Basil George, and Vice Chairman of the Education Committee, Nigel Dollery. Paul Starkie relayed a message from the Chairperson of the Parent Teacher Association, Father Dale Bowers, who was unfortunately ill and could not attend. There were also reflections and memories shared from former Prince Andrew School staff and students. A video message had also been received from former Head Teacher John Birchall, who spoke of the initial preparation for the opening of the school.
Through the guest speakers’ presentations, audience members were given a brief history of the school and the important role that leaders of Prince Andrew School have played over the years, and the challenges of change prior to the school’s opening.
Guests, staff and students were reminded of the importance of teachers and the influential role they have in the lives of students and the school as a community.
Throughout the assembly there were musical pieces from the Prince Andrew School Choir and students.
Student President, Lizemarie Robbertse, and Vice Student President Chrystabel Greentree closed the ceremony by sharing perspectives on the future of the school and the importance of students striving for success.
Following the assembly guests were invited for light refreshments in the school foyer, prepared by VRQ Food Students.
Speaking about the assembly, Head Teacher, Paul Starkie said:
“The assembly on Friday was a celebration of the foundation of the school and to all those who were involved in the successful launch and the ongoing development over its 25 year history. The memories were vivid and passionate by all those who participated as former leaders, students and staff. We look forward to another 25 years where we will continue to inspire our students to achieve their full potential.”
Director of Education, Colin Moore added:
“Prince Andrew School has successfully served the community for the past 25 years and Friday’s ceremony was a fitting event to recognise this important anniversary.
“It was particularly enjoyable to listen to the stories that past and present staff and pupils presented and to participate as the School and the community joined together in a collective celebration of educational achievement.”
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