Commonwealth Day 2013

Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 March 2013 Published: Monday, 25 March 2013 Written by Kira Joseph

The Commonwealth Day ceremony was held at the Arawak House of Culture on Monday, 11th March, 2013. The ceremony commenced with the National Anthem; followed by a welcome address by Hon. Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mrs. Alix Boyd-Knights. She shed light on the theme of this year’s Commonwealth Day "Opportunity through enterprise, a celebration of achievements.”

       Additionally, results were given for the poster competition which primary schools engaged in. In second place was the St. Luke’s primary school and obtaining first place was the Convent Prep. In other news, the results for the essay competition were as follows- third place went to the Seven Day Adventist, second place, Pierre Charles Secondary School and first place went also to the Seven Days Adventist Secondary school.

      The stage was graced with a song entitled "This song is for the children" by joint primary schools choir accompanied by Leanne Christian on the piano. Our very own Convent High School choir harmonized like birds leading us in a worship song "Let us build together". As this concluded, we remained standing for the opening prayer said by Monsignor Dr. Reginald La Fleur. The scripture reading was taken from Matthew 25: 13-29 and was reflected on by Rev. Dr. Novelle Josiah.

    As this ceremony continued, the stage was once again visited, this time by the seniors of the Waitukubuli dance group in sync with the song "I look to you" by Whitney Houston. His Excellency the President, Mr. Eluid Williams read the Commonwealth Day message from Her majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.

The Waitukubuli junior dancers caught the audience's attention with a reflective dance entitled "Motherland Cry" where their bodies moved with rhythm and passion making the audience feel like they were part of the performance. As the entertainment segment continued, the Dominica Grammar School choral speech group recited their poem "Why do I listen?".

At the end of the ceremony, the Lord's prayer was said and a dub poem by the students of the Dominica Community High School. Chief Education Officer, Mr. Stephenson Hyacinth gave the vote of thanks and a closing song ended the celebration of Commonwealth Day. 

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