Students at Windward Road Primary and Junior High School were yesterday the first to catch a glimpse of Governor General Sir Patrick Allen as he ended his Jamaica 50 parish tour with a visit to several sites in and around Kingston.
It was clearly a prestigious occasion for students and teachers, as well as for a band of curious parents, who stood in queue as the governor general made his address.
One of the objectives of the tour, according to Sir Patrick, was to bring the governor general into close contact with the people of Jamaica and it was clear that the students relished that idea, so much so that at the end of the day, one of the youngsters seemed to have had his eye set on taking over the post in the future.
"He has a very attractive job," stated eighth-grade student Shaun Michael Cruickshank, whose opinion was backed by several of his peers, who moments earlier lined up in rows listening attentively to the well-dressed man who was flanked by bodyguards and other officials.
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"He is a very intelligent man and I understand that he was a teacher. I am happy to be here today to see him visit us," Cruickshank said.
For T-Dane Gordon, who said it was her first time coming face to face with the man who currently holds the highest office in the country, the visit to the school has not affected her perception of the governor general except that "his job seems pretty hard".
"Maybe, to him, his job is easy because he has been doing it for a while, but it seems difficult for me," said Gordon, who added that she was by no means attracted to the job.
The eighth-grader, who has her heart set on becoming either a paediatrician, a singer or marine biologist, said she was grateful for the opportunity to entertain the governor general in a drama piece.
The governor general's tour ended at the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), where he lauded the administrators for their work over the years to position the institution as the major hub in the Caribbean for maritime training.
"I would encourage you to remain on board with your training because great opportunities await you in the future," Sir Patrick told a group of students at the CMI.