Sister Annita Peter, principal of the St. Luke’s Primary school has credited her commitment, consistency, hard work and support, for her success as a school principal.
She was recently awarded Primary school Principal of the year at the 2012 Excellence in Education awards ceremony. She received the same award in 2011.
The Catholic nun said the award was accepted on the behalf of the school and for all those who contribute towards its development.
According to Sister Annita being the principal of St. Luke’s is more than just a job. “I remind myself that I am not doing a job. I see St. Luke’s school as a vineyard of the Lord and I see myself on a mission at the school,” the principal pointed out.
She said the support of staff, parents and the community has been integral to her work. “I have a wonderful staff. The co-operation of the staff is excellent. Some parents are also very supportive. I also receive a lot of support from the community for the work that I do at the school.”
She said the school has many features which make it conducive to learning. “We have a folk museum and a potter’s house for pottery making are some of the features at the school that make it unique and make the environment of the school conducive to learning,” she stated.”So the students are taught to appreciate what they have and are shown the way people lived long ago at the folk museum and the school has adopted teaching pottery as part of its skills program.”
Students are also taught agriculture and heavy emphasis is placed on culture and sports.
“We try to create an atmosphere which will allow every child to develop various aspects of themselves, spiritually, morally, intellectually, socially, culturally, and so forth” she added.
Sister Annita also said that being positive with her students is one strategy that works well in the school. According to her, students are, on a regular basis, shown gratitude for maintaining the school’s environment and for excellence in other areas.
Teachers and parents are also honoured frequently.
The St. Luke’s Primary School is located in the community of Pointe Michel and received awards for most outstanding school environment. The school is also well known for participating in various cultural competitions around the island.