The community of Man-O-War came together on July 3 for a bittersweet Bon Voyage Party for Kelly Janes, teacher and principal at the Man-O-War Primary school. Starting out as a volunteer, then moving to full time teacher, and eventually taking on the role as principal, Kelly Janes has been a part of the Man-O-War school for over 25 years.
Kelly took advantage of the island’s assets and people, from pirate treasure hunts on the beach, to high tea garden parties to skyping with friends from around the world, and lots of educational field trips. Along the way Kelly made sure the children had fun while learning.
She realized that building character in the youth of the island was just as important as giving them a good education.
Many of her students from years past were there to show their appreciation for their former teacher. Each past student brought forward a carnation and placed it in a vase, by the end there was a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
While Kelly will be dearly missed, the Man-O-War community knows that God has great things planned for the next chapter of her life.