“I can’t say goodbye to you… you’re such a part of me…”
The College men were gathered for one of those bitter sweet experiences. The Principal, whom they affectionately dubbed – ‘Uncle Fervet’ was leaving. They were happy for his promotion but sad that he would leave them. Mr. Ruel Reid, Principal, was appointed the new Minister of Education.
Mr. Michael Bernard, Board chairman, ably recounted the enviable record of the Senator and charged the students to make him proud. He charged the 5th formers to deliver a gift of no less than 5 CSEC subjects including Mathematics and English; and the Sixth Formers, as part of the leadership of the school, must give all four subjects with a minimum grade of two. They are to make the school proud.
He charged everyone to not allow the progress to slide, but to move this progress to prosperity.
Senator Reid, in his final words as principal, was apologetic for the sudden movement and acknowledged that his life had been changed. He endorsed the chairman’s charges and reminded the students that they had everything to be successful. After a quick recount of his achievements, he reminded them of the moto and asked that they be the engineers to ensure that the building is complete.
In his usual oratorial manner, he stressed that true success and excellence must be the desire of each individual. They must get to that place where they want to achieve for themselves. A real man, he explained, must take care of himself and his responsibilities. The only way to do that, is to continue to make progress and to be successful.
At this, the students were moved to spontaneous applause.
Mr. R. Wong, the acting principal, reminded the students of Senator Reid’s now famous endorsement, “Go to class, do your work and behave yourselves!” He pointed out that respect for selves and others is a major part of discipline. He emphasized that Jamaica College cannot be the number one school without students doing their part.
With this said, the Senator made his exit and left the stage for the new actors.
Writer: Marjorie Wright
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