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Graduates of the Danny Williams School for the Deaf in Papine, St. Andrew, have been encouraged to face their new challenges with courage and determination, by Minister of Education, Youth and Culture, Maxine Henry-Wilson.
The Minister further encouraged the graduates and students of the school to be independent and develop the ability to think for themselves.
Mrs. Henry-Wilson was speaking at the school’s annual school leaving and prize giving ceremony, held at the school today (July 5).
The theme for the ceremony was ‘Believe in Yourself’, and the Minister urged the graduates to be bold as they move into the high school system.”Believe in yourself, step out with wisdom, determination and a desire to achieve,” she challenged.
Executive member of the school Board, Nella Webb, who is also hearing impaired, called on parents to be patient with disabled children. “Parents, have patience and if you must discipline, do so with love and never give up,” she said.
She also encouraged the graduates to believe in themselves and to always have respect for themselves and others.
Meanwhile, out-going Principal of the school, Lurline Headley in her report, informed that the low graduation number was due to the fact that only four students had enrolled in 1999. She added that the number would increase for the 2005/06 school year, with 10 students expected to graduate.
Mrs. Headley informed that renovation would be carried out on the building in the summer, including the painting of classrooms and bathrooms.
The Principal has served in that capacity for 15 years, and prior to assuming office, she served as a teacher at the school, which comprises a pre-school as well as a primary school.
The four graduates were feted and toasted by school officials, parents and well-wishers.