The Barrouallie Secondary School (BSS), celebrated 45 years as an educational institution on Monday the 11th of January. The school was founded on the 11th of January 1971, its inaugural principal was Mr. George Bailey who served from 1971 to 1978. In commemorating this milestone, the principal, staff, students and past students held a thanksgiving church service at the St. Patrick Anglican Church in Barrouallie.
The theme of the celebration is “Continuing to Strive at 45”. Welcome remarks were done by the present principal, Mrs. Dora James. A brief history was shared by Ms. Kathleen Jeffers past student and counselor at BSS. Remarks were also made by area representative and deputy prime minister Sir Louis Straker, who congratulated the institution on their achievement. Special songs were done by local gospel singers Mr. Ronnie Richardson and Mrs. Kioka Crickshank- Jack, past students.
The featured address came from Reverend Dr. Elsworth Neale, a past student of class 92. He delivered the sermon and challenged the institution on theme “Continue to Strive at 45”. His text was taken from Philippians 3.
He encouraged the packed audience that in continuing to strive the institution must:
1. Work on the power of performance.
2. Work on attitude to improve.
3. Let go of past negative influences.
The service was followed by a social activity at the newly constructed BSS located in Peter’s Hope. The celebrations will continue for the next 6 months