PCSS students appreciate teachers in a big way

Teachers enjoying a luncheon prepared by students
Teachers enjoying a luncheon prepared by students

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.

Students performing for the teachers
Students performing for teachers of PCSS

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  1. Teacher
    October 7, 2013

    Congratulations to the students and to the staff for working with the students.

  2. Grandbarian
    October 7, 2013

    I am very proud of the children. Keep up the great work.

  3. Anonymous
    October 6, 2013

    Congratulation students and teachers.you all make us proud of these positive activities. It means good things are happening in grand bay and pcss.we love you all and pledge our continued support

  4. out of south city
    October 6, 2013

    What a positive undertaking by the students, principal teachers and parents. Keep up the good work everybody.

  5. kylie
    October 6, 2013

    Wonderful job PCSStudents. Keep up the good work. I mvery proud of you guys.

    Teachers are so seldom appreciated or rewarded for their hard work ( which is one of the reasons I myself chose to leave teaching).

    But its nice to see that once in a while they do get their dues. keep doing such a great job teachers. you are a fine example to the kids.

    And once again kids, NICE work. this is a true testament to your strength of character

  6. hope
    October 6, 2013

    so often teachers encounter such ingratitude… when students of their own free make the effort to show gratitude it is always welcomed and appreciated. Bouquets for all students who made their teachers feel appreciated this week. May God blessing be upon you all.

  7. Hot Ice
    October 5, 2013

    I’m not usually on the positive side. This is beautiful! Keep loving your teachers. They deserve all the gratitude due them.

  8. Hot spice
    October 5, 2013

    Thumbs up students. Keep it up.

  9. GBBS
    October 5, 2013

    I’m from Grand Bay Boys’ School…class of 1962. That was touching. You are a fine bunch of students. You belie what we hear about Grand Bay overseas. I salute you.

  10. kimma
    October 5, 2013

    hi miss cuffy.p.c.s.s.

  11. Affection8
    October 5, 2013

    Hats off to the parents and students and more so the principal. I know he was the initiator of all this. Teachers deserve this and more.

  12. sout city
    October 5, 2013

    absolutely good of these students . however I noticed that there was not many male students on the stage. come on guys play your part practice for when you all become fathers.

  13. listener
    October 5, 2013

    So proud of you students just proved that there is positivity in our youth.

  14. The Onlooker
    October 5, 2013

    I am so moved. What a great way to appreciate our teachers’! Continue the good work students’.

    Teachers’ this is all the more reason to shine in the classroom since it is evident that your students have your best interest at heart.

    Believe me when I say that they are watching your every move and they know when you are genuine. I know so because I am a teacher. They truly love you.

    This is something to emulate fellow Dominicans.

  15. UK.org
    October 4, 2013

    That’s what I call positive vibes. keep it up stars

  16. Lord help us
    October 4, 2013

    Good job students ,God bless u all

    October 4, 2013

    A teacher’s job never end,
    A teacher’s job leads to more jobs!
    Congrats to all the teachers and students

    Sparrow said, “School days are happy days”

  18. Justice and Truth
    October 4, 2013

    This is moving to know the appreciation of students to their teachers. Teachers in bygone years were not so fortunate. In those days, the idea never crossed the mind of students to express their appreciation in such a manner for their teachers.
    Congratulations PCSS students. You have done an excellent job of demonstrating your appreciation to your teachers.
    Teachers should really be shown appreciation. They desere it. Consider the students they teach who graduated and went on to higher studies. They graduated and were successful in obtaining a stable-paying job with a bright and successful future. Teachers are to be primarily commended for this. Too often they are not appreciated.
    Parents, I am elated to know that you took an interest in your children’s plans and assisted them in organizing this teachers’ appreciation event and lunch. Hats off to you. It is an event that the teachers will never forget.
    Let us hope that other students in Dominica will emulate them in whatever manner they feel fit to express their appreciation of their teachers.
    Parents + Students + Teachers. We could state vice versa. It adds up to communication and cooperation. Students who also practice them will greatly benefit from these virtues.
    God bless all of you!

  19. leigh
    October 4, 2013

    Well done PCSS keep it up continue to be a model school and let your light shine brightly

  20. li
    October 4, 2013

    This is a wonderful way to show appreciation very
    good thing on the students behalf. That’s a beautiful way to say thank to your teachers.

  21. October 4, 2013

    very good :lol: :-D :) students make your teachers happy on there day happy teachers day to all the teachers at pcss especially the ones who are teaching my son

  22. Glo Chaud
    October 4, 2013

    I am happy to hear students appreciate their teachers…Hearts off to you student and teachers of PCSS. Oh by the way Mr. Cadette it is PCSS and not PSS it is the south not the north. Take a page from this government and appreciate some more our teachers need a real raise..so they can use even more of their money to buy school supplies for the edification of our future leaders.

  23. desy
    October 4, 2013

    Who is the Special Teacher mentioned?Doesn’t he or she have a name?What is so secretive about naming the Special Teacher? Give credit where credit is due.Just wondering :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:

  24. Anonymous
    October 4, 2013

    Who is the Special Teacher mentioned?Doesn’t he or she have a name?What is so secretive about naming the Special Teacher? Give credit where credit is due.

  25. Mavilicious
    October 4, 2013

    What a heart warming gesture and story. Teachers are our “educators in chief”, and I’m elated that the students took the time to show their appreciation. Bravo!

    October 4, 2013

    Very Well!!!

  27. Anonymous
    October 4, 2013

    Congratulations….but I do believe that the Special Teacher mentioned should not have had his or her name withheld from the public….IF YOU DESERVE IT YOU DESERVE IT….!!!!!

    October 4, 2013


  29. Observer
    October 4, 2013

    Congratulations to the students for demonstrating that they too can plan, they can deliver and they too can show appreciation. God bless all of you.

    Teachers enjoy your day.

  30. Hmmmm
    October 4, 2013

    Good Vibes.

  31. Secretary
    October 4, 2013

    Good work deserves just rewards.Well done students and PTA .Mr. Badouille is already making a difference.

  32. a.m
    October 4, 2013

    MAGNIFIQUE!!! That’s like our Culture at PCSS formerly (GBSS) lol I miss those days! Seeing teachers crying right in front of you; they’re filled with joyous emotion on those days …those were the days and I’m proud and filled with joy that those days are still here and more will still come! GREAT JOB PCSS STUDENTS! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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    October 4, 2013


  34. touched
    October 4, 2013

    I am so touched..wow keep it up i could feel the togetherness.

  35. Dcapossie
    October 4, 2013

    What a great way to get a half day :lol: Keep up the positive work kids!

    • grand rapids
      October 4, 2013

      good job .where are the male students? ?
      i am only seeing girls.
      avoid using syrofoam next time.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 5, 2013

      I recall those days especially in high school,the time there were the Bishop, Father Superior, Mother Superior and the Principal, who was a nun of course :) birthday including dignitaries’ visits and other holidays, how happy I was to get the rest of the day off as the other students. After the assembly in the school hall, of prayers, speeches and singing we were sent home for the rest of the day. We looked forward to those days. Gone but not forgotten. There were other enjoyable times. Any mention of school brings back those memories.

  36. Reading
    October 4, 2013

    Why did I leave PCSS now nuh?…I miss that man…Congrats….PCSS teachers are true gems..U have to be at the school to know that….

  37. Anonymous
    October 4, 2013

    Congrats PCSS students. Very thoughtful of you. I was touched.

  38. Anonymous
    October 4, 2013

    Great job something others can pattern on.

    • nothing much
      October 4, 2013

      most schools do the exact same thing….why did they get recognized among the others?

  39. Marianna
    October 4, 2013

    Congratulations to the students and PTA for the well executed appreciation of teachers. Thanks to our new principal Mr. Jerome Bardoiulle who assisted the students. The teaches deserved that and more. it is widely known how productive our students are at PCSS and it comes with hard work and dedication of the teachers of PCSS. Congratulations and we love you all

  40. Sylvester Cadette
    October 4, 2013

    This is such GREAT NEWS! It really warms the heart to see how the PSS students embrace the virtue of GRATITUDE. MORE SUCCEESS TO THEM. IT ALSO REFLECTS WELL ON THE TEACHERS FOR A WONDERFUL JOB STILL IN PROGRESS!

    Praise to DNO for informing us! The FUTURE IS BRIGHT !!

    • hm
      October 4, 2013

      correction… PCSS it could be a typo..but PCSS please.. its relevant to your comment :wink:

    • Anonymous
      October 4, 2013

      PCSS not pss

    • Observer
      October 5, 2013

      No disrespect meant to Portsmouth Secondary, but it is PCSS. I think PSS is a great school.

  41. Anonymous
    October 4, 2013


    • suga
      October 4, 2013

      Wat about this is nonsense? Why are you so negative?

    • Anonymous
      October 4, 2013


    • Tom
      October 4, 2013

      Go take your medication!

    • October 4, 2013


    • October 4, 2013

      No wonder you are HIDDEN.

    • Timetoshine
      October 4, 2013

      Why did DNO even post this comment.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 4, 2013

      Indirectly, you are spoiling the event. You must be one bitter person. No wonder. You comment under ‘Anonymous.’ I feel sorry for you that you do not appreciate the effort of the students to show their appreciation to their teachers. Teachers do deserve appreciation. They talk/teach all day, exerting all their energy to ensure their students grasp their teaching and explanation in order to write their exam and to pass it with flying colors and graduate.
      Even though teachers are getting paid, they do deserve recognition and appreciation. They are humans too.

    • sout city
      October 5, 2013

      please do not blame anyone for your short comings ok. be more positive. if is drugs they had selling in the school they would be chastised so give them their flowers for a job well done.

    • Fact
      October 5, 2013

      we all know you hungry.. #hater

    October 4, 2013

    I feel so happy and elated reading this and even jealous that we did not thought of that during our time….soooooooooooooo proud of the students and my school in general. Keep it Up. God Bless.

    • suga
      October 4, 2013

      Lol I know right… this is by far the best ever… wish we had thought of that in my days

  43. Timetoshine
    October 4, 2013

    Congratulations teachers! Students and parents good job. There is positive happening in the country. Let’s see how many commendations or comments this story will generate.

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