Mrs. Dublin bids goodbye at the 2017 Prize Giving Ceremony

Last Updated: Tuesday, 08 August 2017 Published: Wednesday, 05 July 2017 Written by Daria Sorhaindo

Mrs. Dublin bids goodbye to the students of Forms One to Four at the 2017 Prize Giving ceremony

Today Wednesday July 5, Convent High school celebrated its many achievements for the academic year 2016-2017 and bade a nostalgic farewell to its principal, Mrs. Josephine Dublin via poetry, dance, song and much more.

The proceedings began with the National Anthem sung by Sherniah Alleyne and a brief prayer assembly. Ishita Dhiman, President of the Communications Club and Fourth Former with the Highest overall Average gave the welcome remarks and Zinelle Vital, Vice President of the Communications Club the Vote of Thanks. Present were-The President of the PTA, Mr. Fontaine, parents and guardians of the prize winners, staff and students.

In her address, Mrs. Dublin exhorted the students to emulate the saints, the pillars of our houses and use and share the magic (blessings and good service) that each of them offers to its members. She thanked her vice principals who served with her throughout her tenure - Mrs. Diane Bannis, Ms. Annette Austrie, Ms. Isabella Prentice and Mr. Andre McAulay, as well as her staff and the students. She ended with her favourite poem If by Rudyard Kipling which she read and urged the students to reflect on its words.

The school body surprised Mrs. Dublin with a special tribute as each class paid honour to her for her service to them. It was indeed a very touching ceremony.

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Biography of Mrs. Josephine Dublin

Mrs. Josephine Dublin joined the staff of the Convent High School in September 1975, having just graduated from the University of the West Indies with a BA Degree in General Studies. The former Miss Watt had been a pupil of the St. Martin’s Primary School and the Convent High School. She had attended Sixth form, which at that time was a joint CHS-SMA 6th Form, before going on to pursue degree studies at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies.

Mrs. Dublin taught English Language, Geography, French, Mathematics, Principles of Business, Accounts and Art & Craft, during her tenure at CHS. She was also Head of the Geography Department. Over the years, Mrs. Dublin continued to upgrade her skills and qualifications, attaining a Diploma in Education in Mathematics from the University of the West Indies in 1979 and, subsequently, a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester. Additionally, Mrs. Dublin was a CXC Marker of Geography for over 25 years, as well as a Table leader; she continues to serve as a Standardization Facilitator and Examiner of the CXC French Oral Examinations. She was also a very loyal and dedicated House Parent of St. Joan’s House, having been a member of that House from her days as a student at the Convent High School.

In 1983, Mrs. Dublin became the Deputy Principal of CHS during the administration of Mrs. Dorothy Leevy, serving in that capacity for 21 years, until her appointment as Principal of the Convent High School in September 2004, upon Mrs. Leevy’s retirement. Mrs. Dublin is the 2nd Lay Principal of the Convent High School, a post that she has executed with distinction.

Of course, Mrs. Dublin’s talents and hard work extend beyond her various roles in Education. She was the President of the former St. Paul’s Credit Union, and presently serves as President of the National Cooperative Credit Union. She is also a Board member of the Dominica Cooperative Societies League. Mrs. Dublin, accomplished as she is, is very involved in her Church community and serves as a Lay Minister in apostolic care and previously, as a Catechist. Amidst all these duties, she is a loving, devoted mother and wife.

While we are sad to see her go and will certainly miss her daily presence at CHS, we respect her decision and wish her all the best in her retirement. I am sure that, as His Lordship the Bishop remarked at our recent Graduation Ceremony, her retirement will be a very busy one, as her many talents and years of experience will be put to good use by the various institutions in Dominica. Mrs. Dublin, we love you and thank you for your 42 years of dedicated and excellent service to the Convent High School. You have left an indelible mark on our school and we wish you God’s blessings; farewell and all the best.

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