Approximately 185 persons, who have successfully completed a three-year diploma teacher training course at Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Granville, St. James, graduated from the institution on Thursday (May 27).
The 32nd Valedictory Service was held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay, under the theme, “Going forth to give excellent service”, and was attended by educators and the business and religious communities of western Jamaica.
Principal of the Sam Sharpe Teachers’College, Dr Asburn Pinnock and Chairman of board of Directors, Mrs. Barbara Smith.
In giving the charge to the graduating class, Principal of the College, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, called on them to perform their work with inspiration, enthusiasm and “with a true sense of service and commitment, striving always for the attainment of excellence.”
“As professionals, see to it that you continue to practise the principles you have been taught and have learnt, especially with respect to the planning, preparation and execution of your daily duties in the school and community,” Dr. Pinnock said.
“You will have in your charge the fresh lives of young children whom you must take care to influence for good, not only by what you teach in the classroom, but also by how you instruct them for the challenges of life, by your own general attitudes and by your style of living and determination,” he urged.
Addressing the graduates, Regional Dean at the International University of the Caribbean, Dr. Polly Bowes-Howell, encouraged them to go out into the communities and make a difference in the lives of children who all have the potential to be future leaders.
Regional Dean of the International University of the Caribbean, Dr. Polly Bowes-Howell, addressing the 32nd batch of graduates of the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Granville, St. James at the graduation ceremony held recently at the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay.
“Today, we are sending you out there to make a difference and you should take with you Joshua 1 verse 9: Be strong and of a good courage, be not afraid neither be thou dismayed for the Lord thy God is with thee, whithersoever thou goest,” Dr. Bowes-Howell urged.
“Teachers, if you are not going out there to teach and to preach and to bring about change, then you are in the wrong place . I urge you to strive for excellence, be professionals and seek to upgrade yourselves early,” she added.
She impressed on the graduates to be active members of their alumni association, and help in establishing a welfare fund to assist students in achieving their ambitions in education, despite the socio-economic challenges being experienced.
Graduate of the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Granville, St. James, Garnel Campbell (left), receives her certificate of attendance from President of the St. James Lay Magistrates Association, Enel Brydson, during the graduation ceremony held recently at the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay.
Graduates were urged to keep focused on the college’s Mission Statement which, in part, reflects that Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College is committed to providing a consistently high standard of training, to produce lifelong learning professionals dedicated to rendering altruistic service and be formidable change agents in the global environment.