TO THE MHS ALUMNI NY CHAPTER AT THEIR 5th ANNUAL DINNER DANCE CELEBRATIONS 2014
On behalf of your Meadowbrook family ‘back a yard’ in Jamdown it is my pleasure to bring you greetings on this your 5th annual Dinner Dance Celebration 2014.
I specially greet all who are attending for the first time, and ask ‘what took you so long’.
We have been able to mend years of broken fences and now our Alumni chapters all across the world are active in the life of the school. This is so good and so necessary for a successful future and continued development’ as can be seen in the much older schools in Jamaica.
We must never like so many become just a social club but must always remember that the Alumni like a tree, are the roots which anchors, supports and feed the school.
The previous committee has done well and has handed over the baton. In recent years, working together, to the benefit of the school and gratitude of our students, our Alumni worldwide has provided and/or enabled
A fully equipped computer lab
Musical Instruments enabling us to have a school band in the making named ‘Logarhythms’
A public address system
500 cushioned chairs
570 new single desk chair combo, now assembled and in classrooms.
Mini gym with three multi-purpose machines
Resurfacing of the top field
Food support for a sports team
Footballs and Football boots
New laboratory furniture for our five labs (now being installed)
All this in two years, contributing to our external CXC exam results of 2013 being the best in the History of our school. There was an 85% pass rate in CSEC and 91% in CAPE. One student, Jeneive Bailey, passed 10 CSEC subjects with 10 Grade one.
This year we have a team of 25 athletes going to Champs (up from 13 last year) and we are hoping to make it to at least one final as we continue to build in this area.
Rothnie house has won the Eisteddfod while Saunders house has taken the Sports Day championship. The academic achievements in the mid-year and end of year exams will determine the ‘Overall Champion House’.
We are making great progress in spite of the many challenges and those who will seek to undermine and find problems in our solutions. This journey must continue and make our school grow from strength to strength. We have an open door policy and any matter can be discussed, hearsay clarified and ideas welcomed.
This evening as we gather, let us celebrate the achievements in our own lives, let us celebrate with our friends, let us celebrate the contribution we have made to the development of our school and may we have the strength and commitment as in our motto, to let our light so shine.
Thank you and have a good evening.
Michael PeartPrincipalMeadowbrook H.S. (Kingston, Jamaica)