Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive Turns 32

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School cel­e­brated its 32nd an­niver­sary in grand style with a mil­i­tary-like pa­rade of uni­formed groups launch­ing the cel­e­bra­tions. There was even an in­spec­tion of the pa­rade by guest speaker Dr. Merle Clarke and Prin­ci­pal Ro­han Lubon, while stu­dents dis­played their many tal­ents.

Among the spe­cially in­vited guests were for­mer Prin­ci­pal Ru­pert El­lis, Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Ali­son Jean and stu­dents of the grad­u­at­ing class 1993. Prin­ci­pal Lubon stated that the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion is the best day of the year for Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School.

“This is the day that we show­case ev­ery­thing that we have, ev­ery­thing that we stand for at Leon Hess,” Lubon said. “Our uni­formed groups on pa­rade, as­sem­bly . . . We have a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties for the stu­dents and par­ents to come on board to cel­e­brate with us and this year we have the ‘Class of 1993’ who made a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion to the school which we are very grate­ful for.”

The Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School has been the school of choice for many par­ents and chil­dren over the years. Lubon ex­plained why this is so.

“Dis­ci­pline is ba­si­cally what the school is built upon,” he said. “This is the pil­lar of our school, dis­ci­pline. And we al­ways say that as long as stu­dents are dis­ci­plined, ev­ery­thing else will fall into place: their aca­demics and their per­for­mance in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

“I must say that Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive is the num­ber one school in Saint Lu­cia and I think that is the opin­ion of many per­sons right now. We may not be the top aca­demic school but gen­er­ally, when you look at pro­duc­ing well­rounded stu­dents, I think we are num­ber one.”

A high­light of the event was the un­veil­ing of a new no­tice board to pro­claim top achiev­ers at the school; also the pre­sen­ta­tion of a cheque for $3,500, $2,000 of which goes to­ward pay­ing CXC of at least two stu­dents and $1,500 to­wards the school’s wel­fare fund.

Melissa Joseph-Charles, Chair­per­son of the Class of 1993 ap­pealed to past stu­dents to give back to their alma mater.

“Our year wants to set a plat­form for other stu­dents to give back,” she noted. “We are re­ally in­ter­ested in giv­ing back. Our theme is ‘Cel­e­brat­ing 25, Rekin­dling Friend­ships, Re­liv­ing mem­o­ries, Giv­ing back’. We want to be able to rekin­dle friend­ships af­ter 25 years. We had no idea where some stu­dents were and through What­sapp we have al­ready be­gun to con­nect with some stu­dents and we look for­ward to hav­ing a grand fi­nale in De­cem­ber 2018.”

The Prin­ci­pal also ap­pealed to past stu­dents to take a keener in­ter­est in giv­ing back to the school.

“I would like to en­cour­age all past stu­dents of Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School to come on board,” he urged. “They could form groups based on their year of graduation but, you know, just come on board, come to the school, find out what is hap­pen­ing. We have a wel­fare pro­gramme here at the Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School. We also have a Face­book page that they can join where we dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion. Our gates are al­ways open to our fam­ily.”

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