Thirteen students on Thursday said farewell to the Dominica Community High School (DCHS).
The school held its school leaving ceremony under the theme ‘Working on our weaknesses is one of our strengths.’
Student of the Year Madgerie Francis received awards in nine subjects; Caribbean History, English Language, Geography, Human & Social Biology, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Principles of Business, Social Studies and Spanish.
Other subject prize winners were Rubina John who excelled in English Language, Geography, Human and Social Biology and Spanish and Joselyn Jno Baptiste who was awarded for Caribbean History. Keith Harris received awards for Integrated Science, Speech, Drama and Health and Family Life Education, Tania Charles for Principles of Business and Social Studies, Rolston Royer for Agricultural Science and Samuel Joseph for French.
Addressing the ceremony, Ag. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education & Human Resource Development Ms. Marcella Powell who spoke on behalf of the Hon. Minister Petter Saint-Jean, urged the school leavers to draw on the knowledge and skills they had acquired at the DCHS to identify their weaknesses and build on their strengths.
“I am sure that each of you is able to reflect on all that you have learnt in the past five years at the Dominica Community High School which has prepared you to make sounder and wiser decisions as you move forward in your lives. You should now be prepared to take on the rest of your life with confidence and determination,” Powell said.
She noted that in addition to creating access to secondary education for all students the Ministry of Education is focusing on the implementation of technical and vocational programmes to position students to learn valuable skills necessary for entry into a competitive job market.
Powell said this was part of government’s commitment to ensure that every learner succeeds.