SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Prince Willem Alexander School (PWAS) hosted a graduation ceremony for their ‘Super Six Graduates’ in Rockland Estate Belvedere on Thursday morning, as a part of their school leaving exercise.
School Director Ms. Ana Labega called them her ‘Super Six Graduates’ as there we only six graduates for the 2018 school year. The number of the graduates did not take away from their grand graduation experience, their many accomplishments received and the festive atmosphere provided by the staff, board members, parents and guests. Ms. Norma Barry, Cycle Coordinator and Adjunct School Director said, “Small in number, great in achievement, great talent” in describing the graduating group.
As you enter the school yard, you are greeted with the sweet sound of steel pan playing by one of the younger students. This gave the school leaving exercise a majestic feeling and true sense of celebration to all. Parents, teachers, administrators, and esteemed guests were all enchanted by the sounds of the steel pan playing in the background. The graduation class consisted of Vince Ault, Laura Ellis-Brooks, Diosmeris Carti, Jamaal Flanders, Jarrell Guy and Tyrese Statie (this year’s valedictorian).
In attendance were special guests Mrs. Shermina Powel-Richardson acting Secretary General of Ministry Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, representing Minister Jorien Wuite and Mrs. Glenderlin Davis-Holiday Head of Public Education.
Also, in attendance was Member of Parliament Ms. Silveria E. Jacobs who stated, “It was a pleasure to be in attendance and to see the appreciation of Management and Staff for the school equipment and innovations which I specifically requested and approved while serving as Minister. I was also proud to see how sports, arts, technology and most of all, caring teachers, positively influence the life of a child... especially a child with special needs."
Mr. Rudolph Davis, former student at the John Larmonie School, now known as the Prince Willem Alexander School (PWAS), gave the key note address, declaring to the graduates, “Graduation is not the final stop, but a launching pad and in life… you are always learning.” Mr. Davis presented his journey and his accomplishments, showing students sky is the limit. MP Jacobs shared, “I also believe that having a successful past graduate of the school for special education, Rudolph 'Teacher Rudy' Davis, giving the keynote address was very inspirational to the graduates, parents and teachers alike.”
School Director Ms. Ana Labega, while presenting the students with their awards and certificates, praised the students for their progress throughout the school year and implored the graduates to continue on the path they have set for themselves in the next level of their education.