Fifty years of ‘light’

Written By  Sunday October 11, 2015 

Grenada’s Catholic co-ed secondary school has launched a year of celebrations in the run-up to its 50th anniversary.

The St Rose Modern Secondary School parade in Gouyave on September 15. Photos courtesy Arthur Hosten

St Rose Modern Secondary School, run by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother (SSM), first opened its doors in the town of Gouyave on September 15, 1966. It is reportedly the only co-ed secondary school in the Caribbean operated by a religious congregation.

The school began with 60 students and four teachers in what used to be a cocoa storehouse, but today it is housed in a modern structure and accommodates 350-plus students, 30 teachers and auxiliary staff.

“Celebrating fifty years of being a light and moving forward with integration, competence, belonging and justice to achieve true success” is the theme of St Rose’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Fr Andrew Bernard, who recently celebrated a thanksgiving Mass with past and present students and staff, commented on the theme in his homily, saying “those are powerful words”. The Mass was celebrated at St Peter’s RC Church to mark the 49th anniversary of St Rose’s and the launch of a year of activities for the silver jubilee.

The Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, the religious congregation that runs the school.

Principal of St Rose’s, Gemma DeAllie, said the school would continue with its mission to instill in students the core values of Belonging, Competence, Integration and Justice. She explained that this was achieved through values lessons and the practice of behaviours which embodied those values, which was intended to ensure the holistic development of students.

The celebratory activities have so far included a media launch of the anniversary celebrations, a parade through Gouyave, a thanksgiving Mass and a Spelling Bee competition. On October 30 there will be a gospel concert featuring popular gospel artiste Shirley Simpson and many others at the school grounds.

 St Mark the Evangelist Communication Ministry