Phoenix Primary celebrates forty years

Phoenix Primary School stalwart Ronald Addison.
Phoenix Primary School stalwart Ronald Addison.

HAVING taught Phoenix Primary School students for about four decades, it is appropriate teacher Ronald Addison is organising the school’s 40th anniversary celebration.

After receiving several requests to hold a reunion, Mr Addison or “Sir” as he is affectionately referred to, is inviting past and present staff and students to the school’s celebration later this year.

As a former student of Mr Addison, I got the opportunity to sit with him earlier this month and reminisce about the early years and how things had changed.

These included chalkboards changing to white boards and going from pencils and paper to using computers.

However according to the “school favourite,” it has all been worth it, doing what he was born to do.

“I live in the community, so I’m part of the community,” Mr Addison said.

“I love the children, I always have and I get along with them and their parents.

“I’ve seen so many changes including new buildings and the education system.

“I had to also learn how to operate a computer because I didn’t know how and the children now use the computer lab.”

With the 40th anniversary planned for October 30, Mr Addison said the occasion, normally marked 10 years later, was one he was excited to be organising and invited his extended Phoenix family to attend.

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