St. Thomas’ Primary
Recognises Its Outstanding Contributors
NIA-CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS (February 4TH, 2011) -- It was
an evening of poetry, dance, award presentations and speeches,
last Saturday [Jan. 29], when past and present teachers,
principals, students and school supporters gathered at the
Occasions Events Centre for an awards ceremony and dinner to
mark the 40th anniversary of the St. Thomas’ Primary
The ceremony, hosted by Area Representative for the St. Thomas’
Parish the Honourable Joseph Parry recognised “the outstanding
contribution of the men and women who would have served and
continue to serve at the school.”
STPS, described as a “great institution” by teacher Mr. Rohan
Isles hosted a number of activities, as part of its anniversary
celebration, throughout the month of January. The activities
included an anniversary service, a quiz competition and a talent
show dubbed “St. Thomas’ got talent.”
Saturday night’s awardess in the categories of past principals,
teachers with more than 20 years of service, teachers with more
than 10 years of service and outstanding contribution to the
school, Mr. Isles said, “believe in the holistic development of
our children, believe in excellence and believe in all that is
Those beliefs he added, were synonymous with the ideals of
Nevis’ premier primary institution: the St. Thomas’ Primary
In her remarks, the school’s principal, Ms. Norlene Smithen,
said she was “profoundly grateful” that “many individuals would
have worked consistently and gone above and beyond the call of
duty to ensure that the school produced productive citizens”
adding that “the pivotal role they played was essential to the
success of the institution” which she described as remarkable
and chairperson Isles described as magnificent.
Mrs. Violet Nicholls,
Mr. Oban Lawrence, Mr. Melford Ward, Ms. Rovita Butler, Mr.
Autnell Swanston, Ms. Earlene Maynard and Ms. Norlene Smithen
were recognised for their years of service as principals at the
“The principals could not however do it alone,” Ms. Smithen
said, adding that “the most qualified, hardworking, energetic
and devoted teachers were selected to teach the children of the
St. Thomas’ community.”
The awardees in the 20 years and more category were Mrs. Carmen
Lawrence, Mrs. Lucia Wilkinson, Mrs. Eglantine Hanley, Ms. Donna
Browne, Mrs. Clara Budgeon, Ms. Adlyn Hamilton and Mr.
Livingston Lawrence while Mrs. Sharima Powell-Parry, Mrs. Sandra
Flemming, Mrs. Nadine Jeffers, Mrs. Joycelyn Washington, Ms.
Trisha Griffin, Mr. Rohan Isles, Ms. Vera Herbert, Mr. Ashley
Farrell and Mrs. Janice Whittaker-Richards received awards for
their ten years of service to STPS.
Principal Smithen expressed the view that “the backbone of the
school is a very supportive community,” a community she credited
for the school’s many successes.
The awardees in the “outstanding service to the school” category
were Mr. Sylvester Pemberton, Mr. Rodney Flemming, Mr. Kenneth
Warner, Mr. Carlisle Davis, Mrs. Dornaly Hendrickson, Mr. Frank
Monzac, Ms. Chantel Nisbett, Mrs. Tamara Letang, Ms. Shabaina
Powell, Ms. Shaundell Bernard, Ms. Jasmine Charles, Ms. Alison
Dore, Ms. Kishanna Fraser, Mrs. Mary James, Mrs. Judy Usher, Ms.
Shenelka Clarke, Ms. Latasha Isles, Mr. Shonroy Caesar, Mr.
Emmanuel Richards, Ms. Kimoy Pemberton, Mrs. Ayana Williams,
Mrs. Althea Liburd, Ms. Julitta Parris, Mrs. Shaolin Stapleton,
Ms. Diana Jeffers, Mrs. Lecia Jeffers-Browne, Mrs. Valda Grant,
Ms. Zona Hamilton and Ms. Claudette Radgman.
In addition to the 29 awardees in the “outstanding service to
the school” category, Ms. Smithen publicly recorded her
appreciation to Mr. Parry who also holds the post of Nevis’
Premier and Minister of Education, permanent secretaries Ms.
Angelica Elliott and Mr. Joseph Wiltshire, the immediate past
Principal Education Officer [PEO] Mrs. Jennifer Hodge and her
successor PEO Mrs. Lornette Queeley-Connor and other education
officials Mrs. Avril Elliott and Dr. Bronte Gonsalves.
“They have provided expert supervision over the past decade and
have rallied around the school consistently over the years
through its successes and failures,” Ms. Smithen said.
Photo Caption: Teacher at the St. Thomas’ Primary School and
chairperson of the awards ceremony Mr. Rohan Isles.
Photo Caption: Principal at the St. Thomas’ Primary School Ms.
Photo Caption: Education Officer Mrs. Avril Elliott presents
award to Mr. Sylvester Pemberton for outstanding years of
service to the St. Thomas’ Primary School.
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