Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) held its 2014/2015 Prefect Installation Ceremony on Oct. 29 under the theme: “Quality Leaders, Commissioned to Serve.”
Dr. Samantha Evans-Knowles, prefect coordinator, called the ceremony to order inviting 6th Grade Teacher Paul Knowles to lead the prefects in their march.
Two queues of students walked proudly among their peers, executing well-synced marches and precise turns as Knowles issued commands. When they had completed their drills and were at a standstill, Principal Beatrice Moxey along with community and education stakeholders inspected and interacted with each prefect as they stood at attention facing one another.
As masters of ceremony, Jeffernique Victor and Rolner Paul, called on Nicarra Major to pray, while Kaitlyn Francis shared the welcome and purpose of the ceremony with the audience. Kaitlyn explained that the purpose was “to showcase the skills, drills and talents that they had learned over the past few weeks as they prepared to become student leaders.”
Of the 90 students who started the journey, only 70 made it to becoming prefects, she added.
Rev. Dr. Silbert Mills, senior pastor of Friendship Tabernacle Church and CEO of the Bahamas Christian Network (BCN), was introduced as the guest speaker by Grade 6 Student Khalin Wallace.
Selected as prefects and therefore student leaders, Rev. Dr. Mills encouraged the students to work together and to embrace each other’s differences. They were also reminded to never think of themselves as better than anyone else.
“There are some people sitting next to you that cannot do what you do – that’s the power of partnership,” he emphasized. “Partner together, so that together you can make a difference on this campus as leaders.”
He concluded by commending them for being selected among the school’s 864 students and for excelling in wisdom, good behaviour and discipline in their studies.
During her remarks, Mia Clarke gave an overview of the Prefect Leadership Training. She indicated that on Sept. 16, all teachers nominated students from Grades 5 & 6 as prospective prefects who had maintained a minimum GPA of 2.5. A final selection was made by Dr. Evans-Knowles., and each day the prefects would meet during their lunch breaks to discuss prefect duties, rehearse the prefect pledge and learn to address daily infractions without the assistance of teachers or the administrative staff.
As installation day drew near, six students – three girls and three boys – were selected from a pool of students to run for the positions of head boy, deputy head boy, head girl and deputy head girl. They were all asked to write speeches on the topic: “How would I improve my school?” and later interviewed by the administrative staff.
Soon, they arrived at the much-anticipated moment of installing and pinning prefects. Next, the announcement of head prefects was made. Rolner Paul earned the title of Head Boy, and Garvin Francois was selected as deputy head boy. Mia Clarke was recognized as Head Girl, and Kaitlyn Francis as Deputy Head Girl.
The ceremony ended with all prefects reciting the Prefect Pledge, and singing the Prefect Song.