Convent High School at Youth Rally

Last Updated: Saturday, 01 August 2015 Published: Tuesday, 28 October 2008 Written by Leandra Lander. Photography Andre McAulay

Thousands of the nation's young people including those from the Convent High school assembled at the Windsor Park Stadium on Friday 24th 2008 to participate in the annual National Youth Rally as part of Independence celebrations.

Apart from the primary and secondary schools , many uniformed groups such as the Cadets Corps, Girl Guides and 4-H clubs were also present.

The students heard speeches from the Minister of Education , Hon. Vince Henderson ,as well as youth leaders. Mr. Henderson encouraged the young people with words of deceased Mr. Henkel Christian who was the minister of education on the occasion of Dominica's independence from Britain in 1978. He encouraged the youth to create images of high standards in education, arts and social behaviour that would elevate Dominica's image in the world.

Students who excelled in sports, academics and outstanding service were awarded prizes. Four out five awards were received by recently graduated students of the Convent High school for excellence in the 2008 CSEC(CXC) Examinations. The students were Shanelle Shillingford, Christelle Sorhaindo, Andra Lewis, and Dionne Telemacque.

Two of the current first formers, were also awarded for their outstanding performance in the Grade 6 National Assessment.


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There were impressive and creative vocal and dance presentations by numerous participating schools. The highlight of the day, however, was the march past which was received by the Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. The Convent High School contingent led by the 150th Anniversary banner and the house flags gave a simple yet impressive salute that was appreciated by the thousands of onlookers.

The students were accompanied and assisted by Mrs. Josephine Dublin (Principal), Mr. Andre McAulay, Mr. Eldridge Xavier, Mr. Zev Richards and Miss Leandra Lander.

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