CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (January 31, 2007)
Premier and Parliamentary Representative for the St. Thomas’ Parish enjoyed a moment of gratification on Wednesday January 31st , when he paid a visit to the St. Thomas’ Pre School to view an art and craft exhibition. The activity formed part of a week of activities to mark the school’s 15th anniversary.
In a brief interview with the Department of Information, Mr. Parry noted with nostalgia, that he was instrumental in the erection of the building 15 years ago.“I am very happy to be here on the 15th anniversary of this preschool. Why I am so happy? It is because I was very instrumental, 15 years ago, in putting this school here. It was my idea and one of the Party’s [Nevis Reformation Party] strongest supporters and hardest workers, Mr. Eustace Nisbett built the school. He gave his labour free and he made sure he completed it. He said he was doing it especially for me and the St. Thomas’ Parish and so I am very happy.
“I am also happy to see the school is so clean and so well organised and that 50 children can enjoy it. I compliment the teachers, Ms. Wilkinson and Ms. Pemberton and all the teachers for working so well with the children,” a smiling Mr Parry said.
The Parliamentary Representative was also of the view that the School would nurture good young children and future adults of both Nevis and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Meantime, Ms. Marigold Wilkinson the school’s Supervisor spoke of the school’s activities which commenced with a Church Service at the St. Thomas’ Anglican Church on January 28, 2007 and will climax with a Family Fun Day at the school’s compound on Friday February 3rd. The week is being held under the theme “Help Us Reach these Stages one Step at a Time”.
On Monday January 29 the students paraded the Island Main Road from the Delta Gas Station in Jessups Village and concluded at the school. On Wednesday January 31, there was an Art and Craft Exhibition which showcased the children’s handy work and produce from the school’s backyard garden.
The school opened its doors in February 3rd 1992 with a roll of 30 students. Today it has a roll of 50 students with eight staff members. The School serves students between the age of 3-5 years from the St. Thomas’ and St. James Parishes.
Ms. Wilkinson explained that a number of changes had taken place at the school over the years which allowed students to learn in an environment more conducive to learning.