It’s been a while since I’ve made a new post but this one has been brewing for quite some time. I cast part of the blame on my internet service provider [shall remain nameless – for now] for constantly dropping my connection and the other to this sudden over kill of tiredness that has unmotivated me from being around the computer as much as usual. The days have become unusually short and I’m still trying to accept the fact that time will only continue to race on.
More than ten days late but better than never! June 15th found me on a hill overlooking an epic background and a sight that made me happy to declare that yes, I once went to this school. The St. Hilda’s Diocesan High School proudly declared that they too had a part to play in celebrating Jamaica 50. Check out this brief write-up in The north Coast Times.
I missed most of the opening ceremony but arrived while the keynote speaker was delivering possibly a brilliant message (unfortunately I could not hear it very well). When that ended the St. Hilda’s Dancers delivered a well choreographed gala dance performance that really deserved an encore.
After, it was on to the Highlight of the day; the opening of the Legacy Village. I’ll retype the description which was written on two sheets of cartridge paper at the entrance (with a bit of paraphrasing on my part):
Welcome to Legacy Village [where] the Journey continues…
…As Jamaica celebrates 50 years of independence let us reminisce on the past and also focus on the future. This village captures The Evolution of our People, our ability to dream, adapt, adopt, conquer and transform. It is not difficult to [be amazed] at the imagination of our people: a unique combination of cultures which makes us ‘Out of Many, One People’ and truly Jamaican.
Society begins in our schools, villages raise children and the church provides faith and sustenance. Together these facets shape who we are and this determines where we go from here.
Hope you can read all the descriptions, wanted to share way to many photos to list out as I would normally and sadly everything is looking mighty blurry at this time of the night.
I really laud the dedication of Mr. Wynter, Mrs Callum and the other teachers who were responsible for this! I was so impressed with the quality and the keen attention to detail that was paid [donkey ears!!] and how unbelievably realistic it all is. The students did a wonderful job and I’m sure that they are feeling really proud of themselves at this moment. Really hope that this will be an inspiration to many and it truly speaks to how creative we are and that more persons will be able to visit and enjoy the displays. I think it will be open for quite some time! Still smiling and vividly remembering my day.
DISCLAIMER: If you’d rather see all this for yourself then please do not view the slideshow 🙂 Be sure to let me know how you found it though!
[All photos were taken by me – Latoya Gail Campbell. Kindly seek my permission before reproducing …]