Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 4:00 pm

Vale Magister

in 1968 - 1969

At the end of this term our Principal will be leaving.  His thirteenth year as Principal will terminate Mr. Beharry's career at Berbice High School – an outstanding career spanning twenty-three years.  During this time he has given dedicated service and has worked indefatiguably in the education of pupils.


He taught a wide variety of subjects including English Language, History, English Literature, Geography, Mathematics and Latin, and has been mainly responsible for the consistently good performances in English at the G.C.E 'O' Level Exam.   Not only has he done a remarkable job in the academic field; he has also encouraged genius in the field of sports and, particularly in recent times, in cultural activities.  It is indeed the end of an eventful period and in the following interview, I learnt how Mr. Beharry felt about it.


Myself: Sir, have you enjoyed your stay at B.H.S?
Mr. Beharry:

Most certainly.  It has been a pleasure to work with such students and teachers as I have been associated with.  This is due in large measure to the splendid co-operation I have recieved from my staff throughout the years.


Myself: How do you feel about leaving after such a long period of association with the school?
Mr. Beharry:

I am a bit grieved at leaving because I have become strongly attached to the school.  I don't know if I'll receive the same pleasure and satisfaction eleswhere.


Myself: Sir, you have been teaching for so many years.  Have you any special reason?
Mr. Beharry:

Well, I have a natural liking for teaching.  Long ago I had a strong desire for education and it is probably the vicarious feeling in later years that made me feel destined to teach.  I like to see my students acquire a good education and not to waste their time.  Consequently, I have been a strict disciplinarian and this policy has brought very good results.  My students have shown their appreciation in later years.


Myself: Do you think that the youngsters of today have changed much in their attitudes from those of fifteen years ago?
Mr. Beharry:

Yes. The youngsters of fifteen years ago showed more politeness and courtesy.  Now the youngsters come from more varies backgrounds which tend to affect their attitude toward their studies and their teachers.   However, the tradition of the school impresses its mark upon them and the conform in the long run – and, like the others, leave as individuals of whom the school is proud.


Myself: What changes and achivements have there been?
Mr. Beharry:

One unit of the Master Plan has been built while the Girl's Building has gone.  The classrooms are more spacious and the furniture  is more comfortable and durable.  There has been a marked improvement in the G.C.E 'O' Level results.  The school is able to hold its own with Queen's College and Bishop's High School while it has been made equal in status with these schools with the establishment of the Sixth Form.  There are also more games facilities than before.  Whereas in the past there were facilities for only cricket and football, today, in addition to these, table tennis, lawn tennis, hockey, rounders and netball can be played.  This period has also seen the Government takeover, bringing free secondary education and improvement in the quality of staff and of salaries, and the establishment of the Sixth Form.


Myself: Sir, are there any special events and personalities that stand forth in your memory?
Mr. Beharry:

The most outstanding students whom I remember are Lloyd Barran, who got ten subjects at one sittingm Ramdyal Bhola, who also got ten subjects at one sitting and is now attending Medical School in Newcastle, Tusi Dyal Singh, who is doing medicine at U.W.I and Muneshwar Singh.  One outstanding event was the visit of the Govenor-General, Sir David Rose, a red-letter day in the history of the school.  There was also the time in 1950-51 when B.H.S beat Q.C for the first time to win the Dias Cup.  During the same period the school obtained its best results.


Myself: What do you think are the prospects for the school?
Mr. Beharry:

The school is going from strength to strength.  I am certain that there will be continued improvements in all fierlds, whit the school producing, as it has always done, fine young men and women.  I look forward to the demolition of the old wooden buildings and the implementation of the Master Plan in its entirety.  I expect to see the school holding its own as the premier school in Berbice and its students livng up to the words emblazoned on the crest beneath the flame of learning – "Carpe Diem."


Myself: Sir, what are you going to do now that you have retired from B.H.S?
Mr. Beharry: I am interested in education and shall no doubt continue to make my contribution in this respect until I completely retire from teaching.


Before I left I asked Mr. beharry to address a few words to the students in particular in the Foreword of the Magazine.  I have also expressed best wishes to him on behalf of the students.  I do not think I have to add that we shall always remember him.  The invaluable service he has given is indelibly imprinted in the pages of the history of the school.  He has throughtly deserved having one of the Houses of the School named after him.  He leaves with out best wishes – Vale Magister.


M. Singh