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Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 17, 2016 (SKNIS): The grounds of the Tyrell Williams Primary School in Old Road were transformed into a hub for future career professionals as the school hosted its second ever Career Day on Thursday, March 17, under the theme “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.”
Students were dressed up in various uniforms depicting lawyers; librarians; teachers; safety and security forces; cosmetologists; hairdressers; electricians; fishermen; health workers; coaches; footballers; cricketers; seamstresses; construction workers; manufacturers; and the tourism and travel industry.
Kimona Browne, teacher and a member of the organizing committee, explained why an event was organized for students at such an early age.
“The objective of this exercise was to expose students to other career choices other than the ones that they might be thinking about at this present age,” she said. “Today is the second time we have had this activity, the first being in 2012.”
Grade 4 student Keana Browne, who depicted a doctor for the day, explained why she made such choice.
“Because when I was small my mother used to carry me to the doctor and I just loved the way how he dressed and how he took care of me,” said Keana, while noting that it was a good idea to host the career day because it shows what the students wishes to become when they grow up. She stated that she wishes to become a doctor when she grows up so that the she can help sick people around the world.
T’Yone Bussue of grade 5 portrayed an airline attendant and noted that she got the drive and encouragement from her mom, as her mom is currently employed by American Airlines. T’Yone wishes to follow in her footsteps one day.
Ciara and Takayla demonstrated their desires to become a chef and a lawyer respectively. Both students noted that they chose such professions because they love to help others and they want to be able to give back to their country.
Stewart Joseph, Acting Principal, expressed his delight with the turnout.
“I am quite amazed. I did not really anticipate the crowd or the level of participation coming from the different entities,” said the acting principal. “I know well, the persons who were organizing it originally, they had been going around and they had been very meticulous in trying to get the persons here based on the assessment of the individual responses of the children.”
Mr. Joseph offered words of encouragement to the students, teachers and parents. He encouraged students to take their lessons seriously as education is first and foremost. He noted that although they have career goals, in order to achieve them it must start with a solid education.
“We as teachers now have to become more aware that the students are looking at us because I saw a very high turnout of persons in the teaching category and I was surprised,” he said. “To the parents, we have to continue to support our children in their dreams, goals and aspirations.”
A number of exhibitors from various institutions were present to assist students. Some of these included legal representatives; librarians; retired teachers; the St. Christopher Air and Sea Port Authority; the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force; the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services; The Defence Force, The Coast Guard; Joseph N France General Hospital; American Airlines; and Public Works Department.
The day climaxed with a community walk which was led by the Verchilds High School Drum Corps. The students marched through the community from Sprat Net and ended at the school grounds. The principal stated that the march was planned to make persons in the community aware of what the school is doing with respect to the students.
Photo 1: Students dressed in uniforms depicting security personnels
Photo 2: Defendants and their lawyers await the start of proceedings
Photo 3: The doctors and nurses show delight in wanting to save lives
Photo 4: Students show interest in the tourism and travel industry
Photo 5: Students depict another arm of the security forces
Photo 6: Chefs, bartenders and waitresses who are smartly dressed, prepare themselves to serve the public