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Church Hill Primary honours five former employees

Thursday, July 26, 2018

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SHEFFIELD, Westmoreland —

The Church Hill Primary School, located at Santoy in Hanover recently honoured five former team -members at a function held at the Negril Hills Golf Club in Westmoreland.

Principal of the school, Delando Murdock, told the Jamaica Observer West that the well-attended function was greatly appreciated.

“It went well. I think it was well-attended and the honorees really enjoyed and appreciated it,” Murdock expressed.

Three of the five retirees, former principal of the school, Lauriston Blair; teacher Joan Segree and janitor Uzilla Phillips were in attendance at the function, while Faye Hall and Lorna Palmer were absent.

Blair, who grew up in the Santoy community, served the school for over 40 years — six years as a pre-trained teacher, 20 years as a trained teacher, and 16 years as head of the institution.

“When I looked around, I noticed that all of my friends who were educated had left the community. They went away, but I decided that I wasn't going to leave the community, I am going to give back what I got out of the community, so I did not go away. I stayed in the community to try to help the youths and everybody to better their lives,” said Blair, who retired four years ago.

Segree was born in Westmoreland and later moved to Hanover, where she did her teacher training internship exercise at the Cave Valley All-Age School, before gaining full employment at Church Hill Primary where she served for 33 years of her over four decades in the education system.

She urged the young teachers in the system to continue the work of their predecessors and to continue teaching “not for the likes, but for the love”.

Phillips, who worked at the school for 24 years, said she enjoyed carrying out her duties at the institution.

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