Marigot Secondary School Renamed
The school once named simply as the Marigot Secondary School (for its location) has been officially renamed. The school, which was opened in 2006, was officially renamed the Jon Odlum Secondary School during a ceremony on Tuesday, 1st March, 2016. Odlum served as member of Parliament for the Constituency of Castries South, where the school is located, for 23 years, prior to which he was one of Saint Lucia’s first Labour and Social Welfare Officers.
Tuesday’s naming ceremony was attended by prime minister Kenny Anthony, president of the Senate Claudius Francis, Education Minister Robert Lewis, members of the Odlum family, other parliamentarians as well as the prinicipal, staff and students of the school.
According to the prime minister the ceremony was being held “to celebrate the memory of Jon Odlum, and to cast his name in stone to recognise him as another great Saint Lucian who has contributed to our development.”
“He beat the pavement and the muddy paths of the Cul de Sac, Marigot, Barre St. Joseph, and Roseau Valley, interacting with the people of these areas, sharing their triumphs and failures, their tears and their pain, and their hopes and dreams. He knew that education was the only answer to the poverty that had been cultivated from the days of the sugar plantations,’ said Dr. Anthony.
“As such, this school here at Marigot is effectively the tangible pinnacle of a dream, an institution which represents the zenith of Jon’s belief that education was the key to the future of the downtrodden and dispossessed,” the prime minister added.
Students performing a steelpan rendition
in honour of Jon Odlum
Buffalo Odlum delivering a few remarks on behalf of
the Odlum family.