St. Theresa House in Full Bloom

Last Updated: Sunday, 30 September 2012 Published: Monday, 13 October 2008 Written by Leandra Lander. Photography Andre McAulay

Apart from the membership of the St. Theresa House of the Convent High School, some twenty-five ‘old girls’ turned out to celebrate the feast of their Patroness, St. Therese de Lisieux in a grand way during the 150th Anniversary of the Convent High School.

The Alumni had an opportunity to participate fully in a well planned assembly of prayers, song and dance.

Ms. Keri-Ann Charles, house captain for 2005 & 2006 was the animator of the morning’s proceedings while Mrs. Romoualda Cuffy-Hyacinth read the biography of the saint. One of the most important messages of the morning is that one is not required to perform great deeds but however those with a sicere heart.

Mrs. Giselle Allport, Misses. Roxanne Linton, Sherma Vidal and Cleopatra Cuffy led the school in bidding prayers while Ms. Roxanne Christian; old girl and Staff member read from the Gospel. Ms. Edna Desabaye, member of staff summed up the prayers with the Serenity prayer. A special candle ceremony was held. Candles were lit on behalf of current and past girls.

The highlight of this year’s assembly was the recognition of past and present students who continue to perform exemplary in different fields. Ashiebba Llyod (2007 House Captain) was recognised for her leadership and performance in Netball while Kirsten Cuffy (Prefect) was awarded for Athletics.

Shanelle Shillingford, Kendra Johnson and Abigail Durand received awards for their outstanding performance at the 2008 CSEC Examinations. Shillingford is the island scholar with 9 grade ones while Johnson was awarded 7 grade ones and Durand, 6 grade ones and 1 grade two.

Two students were also were also recognised with the Bertha Toulon School Spirit Award . This was presented by former teacher and Honorary House mother, Mrs. Bertha Toulon to the students for their efforts and successes in academic and co-curricular activities . These students were Emma Etherington (5-B) and Kelcia Righton (2008 House Captain) (4-D). Mrs. Giselle Allport awarded the sports awards while Mrs. Toulon awarded the remaining.

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The old girls were also given complimentary House pens and were recognised before the general assembly.

The assembly ended with the ever popular House song and a rendition of ‘Ain’t she sweet’, a favourite of CHS that was taught by Mrs. Toulon.

In the evening a small contingent of students joined the Parish of St. Theresa in Salisbury from 7 p.m. to draw the curtains on the feast day of the beloved saint.

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