Convent High School Launches Sesquicentennial Festivities

Last Updated: Sunday, 30 September 2012 Published: Thursday, 17 January 2008 Written by Kimone Joseph and Isabella Prentice

ROSEAU___ On Friday 11th January 2008, the Convent High School launched the activities for its 150th Anniversary at a ceremony at the Fort Young Hotel under the distinguished patronage of His Excellency the President of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr. Nicholas J.O. Liverpool and Mrs. Liverpool.  The Mistress of Ceremony was Head of the History Department and an anniversary coordinator, Miss. Audris Jno Baptiste.

The opening prayer was done by Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau and Head of Catholic schools in Dominica, His Lordship Gabriel Malzaire. The Welcome address was given by Deputy Principal Responsible for Operations, Mrs. Diane Bannis.

The Principal, Mrs. Josephine Dublin gave the history of the school from 1858 to the present.  She noted the challenges faced back then with the Sisters of the Faithful Virgin and those the school still faced in the 21st century. She also noted the school’s contribution to the Dominican society. 
“Our early founders were driven with faith that was translated into dedication and commitment of service to others,” said Dublin. “The vision of providing quality education to girls is still alive. The school’s dominance in academic education, debate and essay competitions as well as in Netball, Junior Monarch and Teen competitions attest to this.” 
In his address, Bishop Malzaire congratulated the school on the occasion of its 150th year of existence. He urged the staff and students to remain as a model of excellence in a society of mediocrity.

In her closing remarks and vote of thanks, Deputy Principal Responsible for Pastoral Care, Miss Annette Austrie, expressed sincere gratitude to the many constituents who had made positive contributions to the development of the school.
“To continue to contribute this level of excellence to our society, we have to anticipate not only continued support, but increased levels of support,” said Austrie.  “This is a year when we anticipate saying thank you to the Government, donor agencies, old girls and individuals who will enable us to truly reach the zenith of our potential.” 

Also present at the ceremony were religious sisters and brothers, priests, principals of the other schools, Minister of Culture and Community Development, Hon. Loreen Bannis-Roberts, benefactors and several old girls and boys. In addition, former and present staff members of both Convent High and Convent Preparatory, as well as the CHS School Band and flautists were in attendance.

The ceremony was carried lived on DBS radio.  Several other media houses were also in attendance.
The next major event will be the school’s 150th Anniversary Mass on February 1st, 2008 at the Roseau Cathedral at 8:30 a.m.  All old girls are asked to be present and come  in the school’s uniform.   Following the mass there will be a march around Roseau and a fund-raising brunch on the school’s grounds.

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