Prince Andrew School held their Certificate and Award Ceremony 2012 on Monday 19 November. The ceremony honoured students and their achievements in the last academic year. Headteacher Abraham Swart welcomed parents, guests and students. He thanked the staff and key community members for their support during the math teacher shortage and students for their patience during the period. Year 7s up to 13s and school leavers collected GCSEs, GCEs and VRQs.
Headgirl Eira Stevens won the Jean Beadon art Award. The Governor's Award went to Lizemarie Robbertse, Andrew Turner and Ross Leo.
Head Girl Eira Stevens giving
a speech at the awards ceremony
Thomas Hickling won the Bishop Houghton award that was presented by Cathy Hopkins. Adam Francis and Chloe Terry won the PTA award sponsored by Cable & Wireless. Adam also won the Cable & Wireless Award for top performing student together with Anwen Davis.
The Joy George award recognizes outstanding effort, progress and achievement as well as good attitude and behavior for students at the end of Key stage 3. Winners were Lizemarie Robbertse, Chelsea Henry and Andrew Turner.
Kyle Yon won the Eliza Mary Lloyd Trust award which focuses on Agriculture. The most enterprising student, sponsored by Enterprise St Helena was Jamie Thomas.
Five teachers received local qualified status, Lisa Benjamin, Steve Plato, Sherell Thomas, Anne-Marie Clarke and Laura Lawrence.
This was the last formal school occasion for Headteacher Swart who has been in the post for two years will be leaving the island this week. "It's been quite a challenging year due to the difficulties caused by the lack of math teachers," said Swart. "But the staff pulled together and the community pulled together to make sure that we achieved the goals and our students still came out with good qualifications. But we can't sustain that, there needs to be other measures in place so that doesn't happen again."
In his speech Swart mentioned, "It has been my privilege and pleasure to work with students, staff, parents and other stakeholders over the last two years, and it is my estimation that there have been too many changes, too much restructuring, too many key people coming in and changing the direction of the education focus, not allowing enough time for changes to be imbedded and to evaluate the real impact of these." He continued, "Needless to say, without the willingness and goodwill of my staff to take on additional responsibilities and going the extra mile in order to minimise the disadvantages that our students encounter, our successes here would have been minimal. Thus, I wish to pay tribute to your fine efforts."
He ended with these inspirational words, "Students, you are the reason we all come to school every day. You can be really challenging, you can be really mischievous, but trust me when I say: we never give up on you. You are worthy of our love and support so you must never give up. Remember, the person you are and never forget your roots, your family, community and those who made a positive difference in your life, so make good choices for yourself in order to have a successful life."