The students of the Pierre Charles Secondary School (PCSS) went all out to show appreciation to their teachers on Teacher’s Appreciation Day observed here on Thursday.
The students worked “behind the scenes” during the course of the week, raising funds and planning, so that their teachers would be pleasantly surprised on the day itself.
The day began with normal sessions until break time when the teachers were surprised with gifts in their various subject classes throughout that period.
The last two hours of the day were given to the students to execute what they had planned in the form of a special assembly and this was when the teachers were truly appreciated.
The students took charge during that time and instructed the teachers to remain in the staffroom as they mobilized the rest of the student body and had them organized in the school’s auditorium.
The senior students then came to escort the teachers to the auditorium and for a moment it seemed like “the tables had turned” since the students were giving the teachers instructions and they appeared to be in charge of everything.
Upon arrival at the auditorium, each teacher was ushered to their seat by a student amidst applause by the rest of the student body.
The assembly began with a praise and worship session with a special prayer for the teachers done by one of the students.
Students who had gifts for their teachers were then called upon to present them with brief remarks. There were several emotional moments when various students serenaded some teachers and uttered some heart-warming words of appreciation to a particular teacher.
The teachers were then entertained with a slide show of pictures which evoked much laughter and joy while a poem was read by a few students.
The new principal of the school, Jerome Bardouille, then took to the stage and gave a few words of encouragement to the teachers and advised them that they should “not worry” as he began to sing Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds”.
A student then accompanied him with his rendition and the teachers then joined in as they sang and danced along. As the programme was coming to an end, a couple of teachers briefly entertained the students with song and dance. At the end of the special assembly, a few teachers expressed their gratitude to the students for appreciating them in such a special way.
The teachers were then taken to the Home Economics Room where they were treated to some light refreshments.
The teachers felt contented but more was in store for them when they were treated to a surprise luncheon prepared by some of the parents of the students. It was a fitting way to end the day and the teachers were very thankful for the gesture by the students of the institution.