We are very proud of the 41 Standard 6 (8th Grade) students who graduated from Holy Cross on June 25th. They have worked incredibly hard over the last year and we know they are ready for the challenges that lie ahead in the future. We are excited to see what they do next.
The motto for this year’s graduation was “Still believe. For this is our dream, our fight, our time to make things right!”
Mrs Sue Barkhouse, head of our literacy program, did a wonderful job of being the MC.
Principal Rodney Griffith thanked and praised the many teachers and parents who had helped the students come this far. He also recognized this class’ PSE (standardized testing) results, which were up on last year in the key subjects of Language and Math. This is a real credit to the team of teachers who taught them, as for all those teachers it was their first time teaching upper division students at Holy Cross. Well done.
John McHenry, Member of the Holy Cross Education Foundation Board, also addressed the group, highlighting the importance of continuing spiritual, mental, emotional and physical progress and achievements in life.
Infant One students could not help but steal the show with their acrostic poem on the character virtues of the graduates.
Top students, Givelie and Vanessa made addresses and thanks to the group. They did a wonderful job of mixing heartfelt thanks with funny anecdotes and memories.
Our final guest was Virginia Vasquez, a former Holy Cross student who has now graduated from High School. She spoke to our students about her experiences and the importance of working hard to achieve your dreams.
Then it was time to award certificates, several scholarships and the town council also distributed subsidies to qualifying students going onto high school.
A special thanks to all who made this graduation possible, especially Ms Jamira, the standard 6 teacher pictured below. We also acknowledge and thank all guest speakers who made this graduation a special event. And also the parents, who worked hard with their students all year. Finally, I quote Mr Griffiths rephrasing of the graduation motto; “Still believe. For this is now YOUR dream, YOUR fight, YOUR time to make things right!”