KU­DOS TO CAMILLE HENRY!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

IJane Du Boulay was in­vited by my grand­daugh­ter to at­tend her school In­de­pen­dence Pageant which, as a dot­ing granny, I could not and would not have missed.

In the al­most fifty years I have lived in Saint Lu­cia I have been in the au­di­ence of nu­mer­ous con­certs and shows but this pageant put on by the Camille Henry School has to be sin­gled out as one of the best per­for­mances I have wit­nessed with an ex­cel­lent dis­play of orig­i­nal cos­tumes. The ar­tic­u­late oral ren­di­tions by the stu­dents and the ta­lent dis­played by each pupil are all tes­ta­ment to the true ded­i­ca­tion and hard work which had to have pre­ceded this show with much ef­fort clearly put in by the prin­ci­pal and teach­ers of the school.

I am sure the school op­er­ates on a lim­ited bud­get, and to have or­gan­ised such a splen­did ex­trav­a­ganza again speaks to the ta­lent of the teach­ers and the par­ents.

As I sat back and ob­served, the con­tes­tants pre­sented their first out­fits, all made from nat­u­ral Saint Lu­cian re­sources in­clud­ing ba­nana leaves and flo­ral dec­o­ra­tions. The ta­lent sec­tion fur­ther dis­played what our young per­sons are ca­pa­ble of, with in­dige­nous dance rou­tines and skits. In the ques­tion and an­swer seg­ment the chil­dren ex­pressed what In­de­pen­dence means to them.

Singing en­ter­tain­ment was pro­vided be­tween each of the girls’ cos­tume changes, much to the de­light of all the school­child­ren and au­di­ence.

The fi­nal pa­rade showed each of the girls in their beau­ti­ful dresses, high­light­ing the ex­per­tise of our seam­stresses. This was a dis­play of beauty at its best as the girls showed off their na­tional at­tire with grace and aplomb.

It was awe-in­spir­ing to see what can be done when one is de­ter­mined to suc­ceed, and to have or­gan­ised such a splen­did school show speaks vol­umes to the man­age­ment of the Camille Henry School.

When very of­ten all we hear about are the neg­a­tive fac­tors sur­round­ing us, let us cel­e­brate what is pos­i­tive and ex­cel­lent and give credit where it is due. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Camille Henry School and thank you to the con­tes­tants, par­ents and teach­ers for a job well done.

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