In trying to understand the importance of science, most of you would 99.9% of the time google “Why is Science important?” I know I did. The response is clear and precise “Science is useful. The knowledge generated by science is powerful and reliable. It can be used to develop new technologies, treat diseases, and deal with many other sorts of problems.”
District Two students, on Wednesday February 19th proved how useful science is; and with Science projects ready to display and explain, they braved the inclement weather to celebrate the end of a successful District Two Independence Science Fair. The closing ceremony was held in the Sir William George Mallet Serenity Park under an overcast sky that often subtly threatened to put a damper on the day’s celebrations.
However, lustily presentations from students of the Patricia D. James Secondary School, Canon Laurie Anglican School Choir, Saint Mary’s College School Band, Castries Comprehensive School Choir and Skin Rhythms of the vide Bouteille Primary School ensured that any showers of blessings would be welcomed with song and music.
The ceremony opened with a well-executed rendition of the National Anthem by teacher Mr. Robert Rene, then after, the students were led in prayer by Mrs. Arthur Stanislaus. District 2 Science Coordinator Mrs. Khodra delivered the welcome remarks during which she encouraged our young scientists to persevere in the field, as she spoke a few diligent students had a twinkle in their eye, a possible indicator that a Nobel Laureate was born.
Key note speaker and former Principal of the Saint Mary’s College, Mr Rowan Seon, led the Independence Charge – a motivational speech in which he gave an extensive history lesson about Saint Lucia dating as far back as the 1940s. Not only were the students appreciative of the educational narrative, teachers were heard during the thunderous applause echoing sentiments of gratitude as they too were unaware of many of the facts in his message.
Certificates of Participation, Awards for the school with the most projects as well as Primary and Secondary School prizes were distributed to piercing cheers and screams especially from the Primary school students as their school mates went to the podium to collect their medals and trophies.
District 2 Independence Science Fair Results
1st Castries Anglican Infant School
2nd Castries Anglican Infant School
1st Carmen Rene Memorial School
2nd Gordon and Walcott Memorial Methodist School
3rd Vide Bouteille Primary School
1st Sir Ira Simmons Secondary School
2nd Patricia D James Secondary School
3rd Patricia D James Secondary School
Schools with the most projects
Vide Bouteille Secondary School
Patricia D James Secondary School