“With Perseverance a Quality Education is Attainable”. This was the school theme for the School Leaving class of 2018 of the Dominica Community High School. On Friday 4th May, 2018, six students bid farewell to their school.
Official guests present at this year’s School Leaving ceremony were, Mrs N. William – Titre and Mrs C. Hyacinth, past Permanent Secretaries, Mrs. J. White and Mrs. J. Lafond, representatives of the Dominica Co-operative Societies League, friends and family of Mr. Julian Eloi (deceased), the parents, well-wishers and the media graced us with their pressence.
The biblical reading and exhortation were done by Reverend Father Nigel Karam who told the school leavers that ‘Life is not all smooth sailing but there are many spin balls that will come your way, a lot of curves in the road, disappointments, trials, failures and yes, sometimes natural disasters’. He gave the students some words of encouragement to help them go through life. He posed some questions to them; How do we overcome problems? How do we find the strength of spirit to do so? ‘Perseverance’ is the Key. The only way to move on and not despair is by cultivating a persevering heart that enables one to stand up, to try again, to use new methods, to never give up and others and always be on guard because temptation to give up is always there, but perseverance is the key. A fitting sermon based on the school’s theme for the academic year.
The feature address was done by a past student of the school, Ms Petillia Jno Baptiste, who graduated in 1996 and enrolled at the Clifton Dupigny Community College where she majored in Mathematics and Economics. Upon completion of her studies, she taught at the Dominica Community High School for five years before going to further her education at the Maritime University of the Caribbean in Venezuela. As one of the first recipients of the Dominica – Venezuela scholarship programme, Ms. Jno. Baptiste proudly represented herself and her country and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Administration, majoring in International Trade. She returned to Dominica in 2009 and started her career in the Offshore Banking Industry. For the past nine years, Ms. Jno. Baptiste has been serving as the Branch Manager of the Commonwealth Bank and Trust Ltd. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Dominica International Banking Association. Her career has afforded her the opportunity to gain experience and expertise in Financial Management, Anti Money Laundering, Risk Management and Compliance.
She addressed the school leavers by telling them that it may not be a coincidence that this year’s academic theme emphasises on perseverance. She continued with these words ‘To perceive is like a prediction, preparing for what is to come, a call to wake up, to keep going on no matter what the world throws at you’. She told the school leavers that upon leaving this institution they can rest assure that they are all equipped to face the challenges life will throw at They are armed with the fundamentals and skills to pursue their dreams and as they get ready to face the next chapter in their life, they should remember that they have what it takes: ‘No one can take away your strength, courage and perseverance!’.
Cash gifts and awards were given to deserving school leavers. Mr. Alvin Anthony made his annual contribution to three deserving students. Three cash prizes valued at a total of $1,000.00us. The principal and staff of the Dominica Community High School, thank Mr. Anthony for his generous contribution to our deserving students.
At this year’s School Leaving ceremony, Ms Yuvanka Daniel, a teacher at the school and also know as the Minister for School Outing Activities, was awarded a plaque for ten years of dedicated service to the school.
We congratulate the school leavers and wish them well in the CSEC examinations.