Bishops’ Old Girls host Magda Pollard
Magda Pollard celebrated her 79th birthday yesterday. However, one day earlier, she was the guest of honour at a function hosted at the Atlantic Gardens home of Ret’d Supt. of Police George Grant and his wife, Leolene.
Hosting the function was the Old Girls Association of the Bishops’ High School. Ms Pollard was an old student of the school and she also taught there.
The event attracted some of the Home Economics teachers fashioned by Ms Pollard. It also attracted some of the people who helped nurture the teaching profession during the 1960s and after, among them Samuel Small, Blanche Duke, Edna Cadogan and Daphne Rogers.
The guest list read like an international Who’s Who and as one invitee said, “The atmosphere was refreshing. It was the first time I listened to the continued use of the English language.”
Pastor Oslen Small conducted the prayer session and there were tributes by Hazel Burrowes, Mrs Grant, Principal of the Carnegie School of Home Economics, Penelope Harris, Janice Maison, Hymawattie Lagan, Norma Washington, and Amelah Wazid.
Some of those who now reside overseas sent their tributes to be read at the function.
With the Guyana Police Force Steel Orchestra in attendance, there were choreographed dances and a musical rendition by a group of students whom Ms Pollard taught.
Ms Pollard cut her birthday cake with Mr Grant and later intermingled with those who had gathered to recognise and honour her on her birthday.