IT was a double celebration for Convent Light Street Primary School (CLS) which received two accreditations from the Education Ministry.
The 165-year-old school was conferred the status of High Performance School and Cluster School of Excellence on March 15.
Its headmistress Nar Geok Sim said this was another achievement for the school after it was recognised as a ‘Band 1 (Top Performing) school since 2013.
“The school was also shortlisted for the New Deal or Bai’ah award, an appreciation for the contribution and performance of principals and head teachers, and we are eagerly awaiting the outcome.
“These achievements will further motivate our pupils and teachers to give their best to achieve new heights,” she said in her opening speech during the celebration held in conjunction with the conferment of the awards at the school in Light Street, George Town, recently.
Nar said the school’s niche areas recognised by the ministry were its English and heritage preservation through various activities.
“The school is rich with its historical landmarks such as the Francis Light’s Well and the Government House which was resided by Light as well as the popular Beeham Combe Hill Bell dating back to 1897.”
Nar added that a bigger event to celebrate these awards was held on the school’s Founding Day on April 12.
School board of governors chairman Datuk Tan Leh Sah said it was a significant milestone for the school to be awarded with the dual recognition at the same time.
“There are many schools with these awards but I believe they were not conferred at the same time.”
Also present at the event were northeast district education officer Mohamad Abd Samat and deputy education director Sohire Yusof.