Jun 04

Mr.Pierre’s Retirement

On Friday 19th April, 2013, Fatima bade farewell to Physical Education teacher, Mr. Garnet
Pierre. 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 much
he loved and will miss us, Mr. Pierre serenaded everyone with his rendition of “You raise
me 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 as
a student, and later graduated in 1971. He then moved onto the University of the West
Indies (U.W.I) to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Education (majoring in P.E). His professional
development however, did not stop there as Pierre sought training in the realms of
music, marketing and management, sports medicine and French; making him a versatile
man indeed! To add to this list of credentials, Pierre is also a current executive member of
the 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 him
to become one, and in 1971 right after leaving school he started a service which would
span the next forty-two (42) years. First appointed at Success Laventille R.C. school, Pierre
embarked on a headship course to become a Principal but due to the need for P.E. teachers
in secondary schools and his love and desire to give back to his alma mater, he chose
instead a position at Fatima which he entered in 1993 and stayed at for the next twenty
years.
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 the
accomplishments of Gavyn Nero, Kieran Anthony, Jevon Tapping and Swede Hewitt at
the Zonal and National Carifta Pan Am Junior and World Junior games. The highlight, he
says, was Jevon Tapping (a student at that time) who ran the last leg in the 4 X 400m at the
2008 Olympics.
He will miss the members of the teaching fraternity who have been supportive over the
years and the students whom he describes as “wonderful, very disciplined, warm and
friendly”. 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, they
should remember that being an exemplar is the best role one can play for your students.

-Joshua Ramdeen (Form 4-4)

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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