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Bishop principal gives thanks

Saturday, January 25 2014

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HANDS FULL: Kai Williams displays some of her trophies earned through scholastic excellence including the Hilda Atherly Award for Science, left, and t...
HANDS FULL: Kai Williams displays some of her trophies earned through scholastic excellence including the Hilda Atherly Award for Science, left, and t...

STUDENTS and staff of Bishop Anstey High School celebrated another year of success yesterday at an awards ceremony at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. “The academic year 2012 to 2013 was one of many successes and challenges. Many of our girls excelled in academics as well as in the field of sports, music, arts and in extra-curricular activities. We thank Almighty God for all the blessings He has bestowed on us,” said school principal Patsy-Ann Rudder.

Overall, Rudder said the pass rate in both units of CAPE was 99.3 percent. Sixteen students got National Scholarships based on their performance in the 2013 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

Kai Williams was the only student from Bishops to win an Open Scholarship for her performance in Biology, Chemistry, Food and Nutrition, and Communication and Caribbean Studies.

Williams was awarded the Watson Family Award for Excellence in Chemistry, the Hilda Atherly Cup for Science, the Dr Vidhya Gyan-Tota-Maharaj Award for Biology and for the second year in a row the Sylvia Hunte Medal for Creativity in Home Economics.

Williams and other students were celebrated for their success in the CAPE exams. Nine Lower Six students placed in the top ten rank for the CAPE Unit 1 Exams. Among them, Fatima Hosein placed first in the region for Accounting Unit 1; Simone Fletcher placed third in the Accounting Unit 1and Kandice Smith ranked fifth in the region for Spanish Unit 1.

Rudder said she was proud to announce that for the Form Five Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) students, there was an overall 93.2 percent pass rate with an overall distinction rate of 43 percent.

Three of Bishop’s students ranked on the top ten CSEC Regional Merit List in Visual Arts. Tenika Samuel placed tenth, Kleah Mannette placed ninth and Jordan Pascall placed fourth regionally in Visual Arts. Feature speaker Anthony Watkins, CEO of Odyssey Consulting Limited, told the students he frequently hears people say “I don’t care.”

“There is a pervasive spirit of rebellion that we do not respect our bodies. Bad boy and bad girl is a style. Grunge is a style. They are ignorant of the value of things. Ignorance leads to the ‘I don’t care’ mindset,” Watkins said. Watkins further said fear leads people to say I don’t care. “If I care, I may be vulnerable. If I care people can identify our soft spot,” he said.

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