On Friday 19th April, 2013, Fatima bade farewell to Physical Education teacher, Mr. GarnetPierre. Like a true “saga-boy”, Mr. Pierre entered the hall decked in a suit and shades,quite unusual attire to his familiar polo jersey and track pants. After telling us how muchhe loved and will miss us, Mr. Pierre serenaded everyone with his rendition of “You raiseme up”. His long journey had come to its end.Mr. Pierre’s history with Fatima began in the year 1965 when he attended the college asa student, and later graduated in 1971. He then moved onto the University of the WestIndies (U.W.I) to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Education (majoring in P.E). His professionaldevelopment however, did not stop there as Pierre sought training in the realms ofmusic, marketing and management, sports medicine and French; making him a versatileman indeed! To add to this list of credentials, Pierre is also a current executive member ofthe Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools’ Track and Field Association.Being a teacher was never part of his life plan, in fact it was his mother who enrolled himto become one, and in 1971 right after leaving school he started a service which wouldspan the next forty-two (42) years. First appointed at Success Laventille R.C. school, Pierreembarked on a headship course to become a Principal but due to the need for P.E. teachersin secondary schools and his love and desire to give back to his alma mater, he choseinstead a position at Fatima which he entered in 1993 and stayed at for the next twentyyears.His times teaching here can be described as “challenging” yet there were “joyful moments”.One instance in particular stands out, as Pierre recalled his elation upon witnessing theaccomplishments of Gavyn Nero, Kieran Anthony, Jevon Tapping and Swede Hewitt atthe Zonal and National Carifta Pan Am Junior and World Junior games. The highlight, hesays, was Jevon Tapping (a student at that time) who ran the last leg in the 4 X 400m at the2008 Olympics.He will miss the members of the teaching fraternity who have been supportive over theyears and the students whom he describes as “wonderful, very disciplined, warm andfriendly”. His advice to us is: always respect your parents and teachers, be well rounded,the best you can and last but not least STAY PHYSICALLY FIT! To the teachers, theyshould remember that being an exemplar is the best role one can play for your students.
-Joshua Ramdeen (Form 4-4)
Mr. Pierre is a teacher in the truest sense of the word: very dedicated, devoted and giving- of himself and his time- to both his students and his peers. I must say, it was a pleasure and honour to work and interact with him, as well as to learn from him. He is a very genuine, honest and compassionate man whom his students will miss because he has positively touched their lives. His legacy is definitely one to be remembered.
-Mr. A. Wolfe
Mr. Pierre has always been a pillar of strength and honour here at Fatima. He truly embodies the quintessential sportsman and I wish him God’s best as he continues to inspire and encourage others.
-Mr. R. Berment