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Retired Principal of the May Day High School in Manchester, Mr. Stanley Skeene, was on Tuesday (December 15) honoured for more than 40 years of dedicated service to the field of education.
At a special banquet held in his honour at Chaddiz Chateau in Spur Tree, Manchester, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Education, Alphansus Davis, described the honouree, who served for 34 years at May Day, as a motivator, who gave unselfish service to community organisations.
“He is a devoted and committed educator. He supported his staff … his concern for his students was real. He was able to motivate so many young people, who had a negative image of themselves, to achieve and to become national figures in Jamaica,” he added.
Former Minister of Education and guest speaker at the function, Mrs. Maxine Henry-Wilson, noted that Mr. Skeene’s humanity was exceptional.
“Over the years, he has remained an extraordinary human being, who displays care and compassion. He is the true meaning of what it means to be an educator. He displays sound values, he is a true leader…he builds human beings, rather than pull them down,” she stated.
In his tribute, current Principal at May Day, Mr. Stanford Davis, noted that the recent expansion and upgrading of the school was accomplished through the efforts of his predecessor.
“May Day High School has benefitted significantly from his expertise and I am privileged to be benefitting from his legacy. He made it his duty to know the names of his students, and his love and care for his fellowmen is remarkable. He transformed the school community through inspirational leadership and team building. Mr. Stanley Skeene is held in high esteem by many,” Mr. Davis stated.
Mr. Skeene, in responding to the accolades, said he was led by a strong belief in the pursuit of excellence. “I believe that whatever you are doing you must do it well. Nothing mediocre will satisfy me,” he stated.
He commended the staff of the school and support agencies, noting that every achievement was the result of team work.

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