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William Knibb High School celebrates 55 years

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas
Two students of the William Knibb Memorial High School's Grade 10 Industrial class showcase their banner, complete with an image of track star and past student Usain Bolt. The display was part of the school's class banner competition, which formed part of its Founder's Day series of activities held yesterday to mark the school's 55th anniversary.

THE WILLIAM Knibb Memorial High School in Martha Brae, Trelawny, was abuzz with activity on Friday as past and current students took part in the institution's Founder's Day celebration to mark its 55th anniversary since its inception in 1961.

The day's celebratory activities, held under the theme "Bursting with Pride at 55," began in the morning with a march by the student body from the school's former site at Market Street, in Falmouth to its current location in Martha Brae.

The different classes thereafter took part in several competitions, including a song and dub-poetry contest, a quiz competition, and a contest to see which class could make the best banner highlighting the Founder's Day theme.

Several past graduates of William Knibb High also participated in the day's activities by visiting several different classes and giving motivational talks to the current student body as well as outlining their own achievements while attending the school.

Principal pleased

Acting principal of William Knibb High, Lorna Jackson expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the anniversary celebration.

"I feel very good about what happened here this morning. I think we keep getting better at it every year, because we have been doing this now for the past five years," said Jackson. "We have set aside this particular day to celebrate and instill some pride and to ensure our present students leave here with some fond memories. I think we are doing a great job at getting that done."

Kisha Riley, a past student of the school's class of 1996 and manager of the Granville Child Care Facility, was likewise elated, saying the event brought back fond memories of her days attending William Knibb High.

"I think it was very good, and I really enjoyed the experience," said Riley, who served as a deputy head girl while she attended the school. "I work with young people, but seeing children in this context has brought me back to what it was like when I was in high school and the good times and good relationships we had with each other and our teachers, and how the teachers helped to shape our development. So I think it is a really good initiative."