PUPILS of Arthur Smith Primary School have described yesterday’s experience of seeing, and for some holding, the Commemorative Broken Trident as a “memorable” and an “unforgettable” one.
To mark the occasion, a guard of honour was formed through which the symbolic Trident entered into the school. This was done by members of the School’s Cub Scouts and Brownies troops as well as the Colour Party.
Witnessing these proceedings were staff and pupils of the school as well as pupils and staff of the Madame Ifill Day Nursery. After its entry, there were opportunities for persons to view the Commemorative Broken Trident in addition to signing the Commemorative Book and the Pledge Book.
Friday’s event was one of the many stops of the Commemorative Broken Trident in the parish of Christ Church as it moves around the island as part of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Barbados’ Independence.
Principal of the Arthur Smith Primary School, Jennifer Hoyte told The Barbados Advocate, “It was an honour to have the Trident at our school this morning and as you see our uniform group formed a guard of honour.”
“There were 190 of them and we made it as memorable as we could. Our leaders passed it [the Trident] on to two of our outstanding athletes… who in term passed it on to two of our young members from the Blossoms and Beavers… they in turn passed it on to two older Cub Scouts members who in turn passed it on to our Head Boy and Head Girl. We did this because we wanted to pass it on from the older generation to the younger generation which is our future. In having our uniform groups this morning, we wanted to demonstrate our pride, our industry and our discipline and all the positives things which have brought Barbados this far – and we hope that these children who represent the future will be able to carry these positive attitudes into the future.”
Meanwhile, Head Boy, Nathaniel Kinch said viewing and carrying the symbolic Trident “was quite memorable and really unforgettable.” He further stated, “I have seen it before but a lot of children in my class said it was quite heavy so I wanted to measure its weight by hand.”
Also sharing her views was Head Girl, Jocháe Parris. She told the press, “It was a very memorable moment to be such a young child and holding something that important to our country. So it was memorable and very unforgettable.”
Parris encouraged all Barbadians to be present at the historic Garrison Savannah to witness the events later this year on Independence Day.
“I think it is a very important thing for us and I think that everyone should be on the Garrison on November 30th this year.”