Saturday 28 March, 2020

Seaview Gardens Primary celebrates excellence

. From left are Omari Wilson, deputy head boy, Collesha Nelson, Sangieanna Prince, principal of Seaview Gardens Primary, Dennis Beckford, Desnoes and Geddes (D&G) Foundation member and Rajay McKenzie, head boy of Seaview Gardens Primary School.

. From left are Omari Wilson, deputy head boy, Collesha Nelson, Sangieanna Prince, principal of Seaview Gardens Primary, Dennis Beckford, Desnoes and Geddes (D&G) Foundation member and Rajay McKenzie, head boy of Seaview Gardens Primary School.

Seaview Gardens Primary School stands as a shining beacon of inspiration for the youth in and around the tough inner-city community who dare to dream big.

Despite the challenges, the school continues to do well, with recent successes highlighted in the Celebration of Excellence 2020 ceremony held at the institution.

Located in the St. Andrew Western constituency, Seaview Gardens Primary welcomed community members and well-wishers led by Member of Parliament Anthony Hylton, who came out to celebrate the accomplishments of the school’s brightest stars.

Through sheer hard work and discipline, the students secured Seaview’s fifth victory in the National Science and Technology Fair and Competition, and a fourth-place finish in TVJ’s Junior Schools’ Challenge Quiz.

“Their success is impressive and very much expected,” expressed Davroy Williams, the proud coach of the school’s quiz team. “They compete with a fierce kind of passion and drive. Their attitudes alone tell you they are always hungry for more, always ready to demolish the next challenge. I honestly couldn’t ask for anything more—once they’re accomplishing their best then that means I’m doing my job, and that is the joy of coaching.”

The quiz team was comprised of captain Tishauna East who focused on Social Studies; Shamar Robinson, the Mathematics guru; Omelia Shaw who specialized in Language Arts; and David Bell who covered on Science. Williams also mentioned, “They played so well together because they’ve grown to become a family. Yes, their individual growth is definitely important and commendable. However, you can’t help but notice that when they work together, it’s like they’re unstoppable.”

With the motto, “Only the Best is Good Enough”, the school is certainly no stranger to encouraging their students to achieve tremendous feats. Sangieanna Prince, the school’s principal, reflected on the importance of engaging the cohort’s curiosity and investing in their bright futures.

She said, “We always aim to provide our students with the tools and information to be innovative and transformational. We do this because we know that one student’s success can inspire an entire school, as we see happening today. The accomplishments of our science team have motivated the other students to expand their boundaries and go beyond their current potential. Already we’re having a spike in students interested in the sciences.”

With such impressionable minds amid volatility in the community, the importance of celebrating success and making an example of youth actualizing their dreams cannot be overstated. Perhaps head boy and captain of the Seaview Gardens Primary Science Team Rajay McKenzie expressed it best, “Science allows us to create the things that may only be in our minds, we get to make them real. For me, science helps me to pursue my dreams and motivates me to bring them to life.”

The Desnoes & Geddes (D&G) Foundation joined the proud parents, peers and teachers in celebrating the students. Their fruit-infused Malta smoothies were a welcomed addition to the convivial atmosphere.

Dennis Beckford, a member for the foundation, noted: “The Seaview Gardens Primary School is in the Foundation’s backyard, so how could we not be here celebrating with them. We recognize the role a healthy breakfast plays in the development of a sharp mind. So today, we took great pride in being here to witness these outstanding students and to make another donation that will support the school’s breakfast programme. It’s our hope that our contribution will enrich the lives of the children who continue to inspire their peers and make their communities proud.”

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