On Thursday, June 15, the Pleasantville Community Centre was transformed into a world of beauty and elegance as the Mon Repos RC Primary School hosted the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2023.
The Standard Five teachers, Avril Nicholson-Williams and Ri-Ann Kirk-Coryatt along with all members of staff worked assiduously to ensure that the 35 graduands were well prepared for the day’s proceedings.
In her address, Principal Allison Abraham-Duncan highlighted some of the many accomplishments of the graduating class, namely: Victoria Education District Girls’ Football Champions 2023 and San Fernando East Zone Athletics’ Champions 2023. Abraham-Duncan pledged the staff’s unreserved support to the pupils and their parents.
As students were addressed by many invited guests including Councillor for the district of Mon Repos/Navet, Nigel Couttier, representatives of The Ministry of Education, TT Unified Teachers’ Association, and St Joseph RC Church, they were encouraged to dream big, be ethical and be guided by God in all their endeavours.
The feature speaker Camille Ramdial-Cumberbatch, Financial Consultant and Consulting Business Manager with Catholic Media Services Limited (Camsel) captivated the audience with her life inspiring stories as she expounded on the graduation theme: Be Bold, Be Courageous, Be Your Best (Joshua 1:9).
Ramdial-Cumberbatch, a past pupil of Mon Repos RC School, touched the hearts of students, teachers, parents and invited guests as she shared on her experiences as the child of an illiterate mother and humble beginnings. She attributed her accomplishments and will to succeed to her dedicated teachers and her mother’s example and encouragement.
The chairperson of the day, entertainer, Kiegan Bharat, another past student of Mon Repos RC ensured the smooth flow of the day’s proceedings, as he regaled guests with anecdotes of his time at the school. Guests at the graduation were all entertained and awed by the multi-talented students through song, dance, drumming and steel pan.
The event concluded with a pan rendition of ‘I Believe’ by the graduating students, who were tutored by Shawndel Rodney of the NLCB Fonclaire. —Allison Abraham-Duncan