School counts stars and aims for sky as it turns 20


Mr Chetty addressing guests at the ceremony

They said this as the school celebrated its 20th anniversary which coincided with Children’s Day, in the presence of Education Minister Macsuzy Mondon and its former student Idith Alexander, who is now the Minister for Labour and Human Resource Development.

Other key former students who were expected at the ceremony but could not make it due to other commitments were Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Paul Adam and Land Use and Housing Minister Christan Lionnet.

Also present were prominent people like basket ball star Bernard Bristol who studied there and former teachers and school council members like Roman Catholic Church deacon and army chaplain Captain Louis Agathine, who recounted his long association with the school, being its first photographer.

He recalled how he played major roles in its establishment and launch of its first ever magazine, soon after former President France Albert Rene opened the school on June 1, 1992, making it the first regional school which “brought teenager from Plaisance, Mont Fleuri, Les Mamelles, La Misère and Cascade into one learning area”.

Among the former teachers were the school’s first head Dora Ernesta who recalled the difficulties they met when they started.

Retired Bishop French Chang-Him offered prayers for continued blessings for the school, remembering he was present at the opening ceremony 20 years ago.

He called for a moment of silence in honour of those who served the school but have now passed away, including its first parents and teachers’ association chairman, former minister Mathew Servina who contributed a poem called Striving for Excellence, which is the school’s motto today.

The poem was on Friday read for the audience by Vesna Mathiot as other future stars played key roles at the ceremony, including Emmy Alcindor who acted as master of ceremony together with fellow student Julian Chetty – son of former Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation announcer Larrey Chetty, who is the chairman of the school’s council.

Viewing the exhibition

The senior Chetty gave the keynote address in which he urged the students to uphold the school’s standard, encouraging the many like S3(1) students Samuel Marie and Jessica Sedwick who told Nation they believe those who study hard can be like the many stars who have emerged from the school.

Marie and Sedwick were among several dozen bright students who represented their colleagues at the ceremony.

Mr Chetty said all students should respect their school’s uniform by wearing it properly as they represented the image of the school even when outside its compound.

He hit out at those who wear it indecently and those who use vulgar language, and urged them to “strongly resist attempts by drug traffickers and pimps who try to drug pull them into the deep hole of decadence”.

“It’s not worth any amount of money or material possession. Your education is the key to your future success. Take it seriously,” he told them.

“A good education will empower you to be in control of what you want to be.”
He thanked the Ministry of Education for supporting the school.

 Minister Mondon unveiling the plaque to mark the anniversary

Mrs Mondon unveiled a plaque to mark the anniversary and guests viewed an exhibition, in which former officials and students saw pictures and magazines featuring them and bringing back fond memories of their days at the school.