Iwas invited by my granddaughter to attend her school Independence Pageant which, as a doting granny, I could not and would not have missed.
In the almost fifty years I have lived in Saint Lucia I have been in the audience of numerous concerts and shows but this pageant put on by the Camille Henry School has to be singled out as one of the best performances I have witnessed with an excellent display of original costumes. The articulate oral renditions by the students and the talent displayed by each pupil are all testament to the true dedication and hard work which had to have preceded this show with much effort clearly put in by the principal and teachers of the school.
I am sure the school operates on a limited budget, and to have organised such a splendid extravaganza again speaks to the talent of the teachers and the parents.
As I sat back and observed, the contestants presented their first outfits, all made from natural Saint Lucian resources including banana leaves and floral decorations. The talent section further displayed what our young persons are capable of, with indigenous dance routines and skits. In the question and answer segment the children expressed what Independence means to them.
Singing entertainment was provided between each of the girls’ costume changes, much to the delight of all the schoolchildren and audience. The final parade showed each of the girls in their beautiful Wob Dwiyet dresses, highlighting the expertise of our seamstresses. This was a display of beauty at its best as the girls showed off their national attire with grace and aplomb.
It was awe-inspiring to see what can be done when one is determined to succeed, and to have organised such a splendid school show speaks volumes to the management of the Camille Henry School.
When very often all we hear about are the negative factors surrounding us, let us celebrate what is positive and excellent and give credit where it is due. Congratulations to the Camille Henry School and thank you to the contestants, parents and teachers for a job well done.