(EMU) – St. Kitts, January, 19, 2017: The Charles E Mills Secondary School celebrated 50 years of existence during its Staff Professional Development Day under the theme “50 Years of Excellence: Reflecting in the Past, Embracing the Future” on Thursday, January 19, 2017.
Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry of Education, Mr. William Hodge delivered the feature address at the event, calling on teachers to revive the passion for the profession by going above and beyond the call of duty.
“We as a teaching body need to revive that enthusiasm and it comes out in many ways,” he said. “We’re going to get there early; we’re going to leave late; make the sacrifices; turn out to the extra-curricular activities, the sports days and speech days. The passion has to be reignited for the sake of the children we teach.”
The permanent secretary further called on teachers to have a positive attitude and to set objectives for their pupils and classrooms. An example of one such objective was, “I will work towards 75% of my students gaining mastery in subject A.” He stated that this would help the Charles E. Mills Secondary School to maintain its record of excellence.
“It has turned out thousands of quality students and that reputation has to continue.”
Sessions for the day-long event included Sandy Point High School: Birth and Lessons Learnt; Education Reform Strategy; and Team Building.”