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Twenty teachers and five members of the ancillary staff of the Knockalva Technical High School in Hanover were honoured at a Christmas luncheon and awards ceremony, held at that institution recently.Collectively, the teachers have given 318 years of service, while the ancillary members served for 113 years.
Of the teachers, Cynthia Dwyer, and Vice Principal, Yvonne Gallant have each served for 33 years.Among the ancillary staff, Farm Hand and ancillary staff representative on the School’s Board, Jonathan Harvey, has served the longest with 32 years.
Citations were read for all the awardees, outlining their years of long, dedicated and faithful service to the institution, and expressing appreciation on behalf of past and present students, parents, the Board of Management and the Ministry of Education and Youth. They were also presented with certificates, plaques and trophies.
Principal of the institution, Reverend Ephraim Morgan, said that workers serving any institution for an extended period of time had to be viewed as very important. He said that such a situation allowed for continuity and was a symbol of strength.
“When you have to change staff regularly you sometimes lose that kind of sustainability, and therefore I strongly believe that this is a good signal. I do not think that people are just complacent and do not want to explore possibilities, but it also suggests that they are satisfied, they are comfortable and that they feel that they can make a contribution,” he said.
In his response on behalf of the recipients, teacher of 13 years at Knockalva, Askew Watson, thanked all responsible for organizing the ceremony, “for recognizing their service, and making them feel appreciated”.
He said that working with the students was not always easy, but the reward was witnessing them become successful and responsible men and women.