The Horace Clarke High School (formerly Islington High School) in St. Mary is to start observing “Lady Allen Day” annually. The official announcement was made at the school’s Annual Awards ceremony on Thursday (March 10, 2016) where Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen, wife of The Governor- General, who originates from the Islington community, delivered the keynote address.
The School’s Board Chairman, Dr. Robert Ffrench who made the revelation stated that such a move is part of their school improvement and rebranding efforts. He asserted that, “Lady Allen Day” will be a motivational tool aimed at increasing the morale of the school – students, teachers and members of the administrative staff alike.”
Dr. French further stated that it will be a much anticipated day when the school community presents its achievements and progress to Her Excellency and she interacts with students during classroom visits.
Meanwhile, Lady Allen in her inspiring address, advised that, “choice, not circumstances, determines one’s success.” In highlighting her childhood experience in the poverty- stricken community, she stated, “You will have a lot of negative people who will tell you that you cannot achieve your dream because of your circumstances, but you have to make a choice and your choice is going to determine what your outcome will be.”
Lady Allen reminded the students of the importance of maintaining high standards and avoiding anyone or anything that will derail them from their Journey of Excellence. “By nurturing a culture of excellence from early, you will open your path to personal and professional success…Our nation is looking and depending on you to give of and be your best,” she stated.
Principal and Custos of St. Mary, the Hon. Errol Johnson, in his brief remarks quipped that Her Excellency’s address is an excellent foretaste of the interaction that should be expected on “Lady Allen Day”. In his report he stated, “Today’s ceremony represents the success stories of our school and although the achievements may not be comparable to other institutions we are proud of the strides made by our school.”
Over 234 awards were presented to students for their achievements spanning academics, sports, performing arts, and vocational areas.
The award ceremony also displayed the talents of students through entertaining performances.