CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (November 15, 2010) — Dressed as school teachers, nurses, doctors, building contractors, chefs and lawyers while observing professionals in various careers, were the students of the Violet O. Jeffers Nicholls Primary School, on November 5th, during the school’s second annual Career Awareness Day.
As the opening ceremony and highlights from the day’s event were broadcasted live on local radio station, Choice 105.3 FM, students from the Ivor Walters, St. Thomas’ and Joycelyn Liburd Primary schools took advantage of the career exhibition in the school’s courtyard.
Former student of the then Combermere Primary School and now Principal Education Officer on Nevis, Mrs. Lornette Queeley-Connor in her brief remarks, commended the teachers for their instrumentality and diligence in hosting the activity for the second time.
PEO Queeley-Connor encouraged the students to “let their lights shine” and in doing so, highlighted the accomplishments of many residents of the St. James Parish; where the school is located.
Among those mentioned were Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs in the Federal Government, the Honourable Patrice Nisbett; Junior Minister of Trade and Industry in the Nevis Island Administration the Honourable Dwight Cozier, Reading Specialist and Education Officer within the Ministry of Education Mrs. Palsy Wilkin and radio personality on Choice FM Ms. Carmen Griffin-Carey alias Sister C.
“Each of us, each one of us has that little light that we can allow to shine in the darkness of this world. And so, when we think about Career Awareness Day, we should see ourselves as little lights, wanting to shine,” Mrs. Queeley-Connor said.
In speaking about the importance of Career Awareness Day, the education official encouraged the students to use it as “that first step in beginning to let their lights shine.”
“Career Awareness Day,” she said, “should be a learning experience for all of us.”
The school’s principal, Mrs. Ermilita Elliott also shared that view and said that “looking forward to ones career is extremely important while at the primary level.”
She said that because the teachers were preparing the students for the workforce, there was a need to educate them on potential careers.
“Here at the VOJN Primary School, we thought it to be very important while we are preparing our children with their academics, sports and other parts of life, having our Career Awareness Day is extremely important and that is the reason why we share with our children what they can look forward to,” Mrs. Elliott said.
While the students observed presentations from a number of businessmen and women, it was the interactive session with members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force that had them most intrigued.
The students looked in amazement at the protective gear used by the officers and applauded the performance of the police dog which participated in a demonstration.
The exhibition also featured the Nisbet’s Plantation Beach Club, musicians, meteorologists, the Fire and Rescue Services Department, the Medical University of the Americas and Choice FM.
Career Awareness Day was hosted under the theme “Climbing the ladder to achieve your dream.”