“Focus Achieve and Succeed”. This was the school’s theme for the School – Leaving Class of 2019 of the Dominica Community High School. On Friday 3rd May 2019, ten students bid farewell to their school.
Officials guests present at this year’s School – Leaving Ceremony were the Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Mr. Petter St. Jean, Chief Education Officer, Mrs. Melina Fontaine, Senior Education Officer for Secondary Schools, Mrs. Nazarine William – Titre, representatives of the Dominica Co – Operative Societies League, Chairman of Education Trust Fund, Mr. Willie Fevrier, principals of schools, PTA representatives, friends and family of Mr. Julian Eloi (deceased), Mr. Alvin Anthony, a benefactor to our school, parents, well wishers and the media graced us with their presence.
The biblical reading and exhortation were done by Reverend Father Brancker John, who explained in depth in biblical terms the school’s theme. He offered some words of encouragement to achieve.
The feature address was delivered by Dr. Ian James. Dr. James is a past student of the Dominica Community High School and a holder of five high level degrees. Dr. Ian James is the Deputy and chief of staff to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the City University of New York (CUNNY). Dr. Ian James’ career in higher education spans over 15 years. He serves on a number of university committees and councils such as the Councils of Chief Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programmes. Dr. James bodly stated that his success would not have been possible if it were not for his grandmother and Mrs. Nicholas.
He addressed the school – leavers by narrating to them the struggles he experienced in getting access to the Dominica Community High School and ensuring that he succeeded. He instructed the students to have the ‘DCHS State of Mind’ and ‘Don’t let anyone dim your light’.
Cash gifts were given to every students and awards were presented to deserving school – leavers. Mr. Alvin Anthony of Kubuli Constractors LLC, made his annual contribution to the top three deserving students and also awarded the other students with a small token of appreciation for their contribution to the school during their years here. Mr. Anthony also presented to the school a printer, laptop, projector and screen. The principal and staff of the school were later taken to lunch at the Fort Young Hotel as a small reward for their hard work during the school’s year.
Dr. Ian James also made a presentation to the school. He announced that he will be awarding a deserving student, each year a full scholarship to the State College in memory of his grandmother. That student will also be awarded a plaque “Against All Odds”. The first recipient of this scholarship is Clemox Fontaine.
The principal, staff and family members of the school – leavers, thank Mr. Alvin Anthony, Dr. Ian James and Mrs. Winnie Eloi who traveled from the United States of America to be part of the School – Leaving Ceremony 2019.
We congratulate the school – leavers and wish them well in the CSEC examinations. We salute Jerniah Coipel , Top Student Award (Academic Achievement), Student of the Year.