Exploring our Career, Living the Dream

Last Updated: Monday, 03 August 2015 Published: Thursday, 22 May 2014 Written by Gailene John

The Convent High School came alive on Tuesday the 13th of May, 2014 with their annual HFLE Career Day, hosted on the school’s premises.  The school hummed and buzzed with the excitement and activities displayed by the 3rd Formers. The enticing aromas of local cuisine permeated the air, while the hustle and bustle of teachers, students and parents alike, were noted as they skipped from booth to booth, to sample cuisines, get their photos taken, or merely to have their pedicures and manicures done . The culminating activity at the end showcased a fashion career catwalk, where students; some timidly, others brazenly, strutted down the makeshift center stage on the schools ground, amidst the cheering of students.

The annual affair has been ongoing at the school for a number of years now as the HFLE department continue to work tirelessly each year to make this event a success. This day is a time when the third (3rd) formers at the school explore and showcase the different avenues, and fields of career choices that they would likely transition into at the end of their studies. This opportunity is also a process that is adopted as in preparation of choosing relevant subjects as they make the transition into Form four (4).

Guest Speaker: Justice Birnie Stephenson

The theme selected for this year’s Career Day was “Exploring our Career, Living the dream”. The day began with an assembly by the 3rd formers. The guest speaker for the event was Justice Birnie Stephenson. Justice Stephenson is the judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, assigned to the Commonwealth of Dominica. Justice Stephenson was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana. She holds an LLB (Hons.) degree from the University of the West Indies (1985), and a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School (1987). She has practiced law in many countries of which includes: Guyana (1987), St. Christopher-Nevis (1991), Anguilla (1992) and the British Virgin Islands (2002). Justice Stephenson is also a certified Court Mediator and a former President of the Anguilla BAR Association. She was assigned to the Commonwealth of Dominica in October 2009. The Chief Judge is the mother of two: Kibbi, a fifth former at Convent High School and Bobby. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music and doing community work that involves helping to empower young people. She eloquently shared on the theme, and encouraged students to remain focus, have integrity, be truthful and maintain a spiritual relationship with their creator.

Preparation For The Grand Finale

In preparation for this event, students choose the career option/fields that they were interested in, and then individually present on their chosen career. During the term, a series of presentations were made by parents who are professionals in a particular field. They voluntarily sensitized the young  students on their careers. Students in return,  prepare for the grand Career Day where they displayed and enacted their careers. Students did this in groups.

Special Mention

The Principal: Mrs. Dublin, Coordinating Teacher: Ms. Seaman and the students of Form 3 extend their gratitude and felicitations to the parents, and other members of staff who worked along with the students, provided resources and invested time, in allowing the third Formers to make their day a successful one. The support shown by the community was warmly appreciated!

Photo Explosion

Here is a compilation of spectacular photos taken by the students who chose photography as their intended careers.  In these photos, they have captured the entire day on “Candid Camera” for your enjoyment! Kudos to these young budding professionals!

Photography by Ebony Lindsay, Raissa Henderson, Dabria Toussaint, Aanika Augustine, Corrie Phillip and Gael Thomas

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