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Combermere School is a Secondary School located in Waterford, Saint Michael, Barbados. The school dates back to 1695, making it the oldest Secondary School on the Island. It came into existence as a "Free School" from an endowment from the will of a former plantation owner by the name of Colonel Henry Drax.

It currently has a roll of over 1000 students and is considered one of the top schools in Barbados. The school has a total of 53 trained teachers and one guidance counsellor. The school offers an excellent musical program and the school band participates in many cultural activities for the nation.

Combermere is the oldest secondary school in Barbados and is one of the oldest in the entire Commonwealth. The school was also the first to offer secondary education to lower class African-Caribbean people on the island. It is because of this that Combermere was not originally chosen to have a sixth form. The ripples made by this institution throughout its long history only continued to move outward and grow exponentially in importance. In 1946, Major Cecil Noot became Headmaster of the school and immediately spearheaded the creation of a sixth form for A Level studies, previously only available at the three first grade schools (Harrison College, The Lodge School and Queen's College), who catered almost exclusively to the white elite. This seemingly insignificant change in the then current events proved very significant, as it pretty much ended all of the traditional distinction between first and second grade schools in Barbados. The Combermere School then went on to win its first Barbados Scholarship in 1967.

The school's original mandate, way back in the 17th century was to provide education to the children of poor white families. This initial goal has evolved, to say the least-over the years, and today. It plays the role of educator, social instructor and part time parent to more than 900 multi-racial, multi-class pupils, and is considered to be. and with good reason, one of the top secondary educational institutions in Barbados. This claim can be made with reference to both their formidable academic records, as well as the many extra curricular activities which they partake in with very fruitful results. The school has always been, and continues to be, omni-present in most of the local sporting competitions including the local school football, basketball and volleyball tournaments, as well as the annual inter-school athletic championships to name a few.


Reputation

The school also offers an excellent music program - one of the best on the island - and the band has won countless awards at the National Independence Festival for the Creative Arts (NIFCA). Combermere has a total of 54 trained teachers including one guidance counsellor. Most if not all of them hold bachelors degrees in the subject area they are teaching, with at least three holding doctorates. The school offers a very, dynamic, balanced and well rounded curriculum, key to the development of many of Barbados' most productive citizens. The current Prime Minister the Rt. Honorable David Thompson, cricketing great Wesley Hall, author Sir Frank Collymore, UNESCO award winning film director and cultural historian Owen 'Alik Shahadah as well as the international pop star Robyn 'Rihanna' Fenty all attended this institution during their definitive years.


School anthem

First Verse
Lives are in the making here
Hearts are in the waking here
Mighty undertaking here
Up and on, up and on.
We are arming for the fight
Pressing on with all our might
Pluming wings for higher flight
Up and on, up and on.

Chorus

Up then! Truest fame lies in high endeavour
Play the game, keep the flame burning brightly ever
Up then! Truest fame lies in high endeavour
Play the game, keep the flame burning brightly ever

Second Verse

Foes in plenty we shall meet
Hearts courageous scorn defeat
So we press with eager feet
Up and on, up and on.
Ever upward to the fight
Ever upward to the light
Ever true to God and Right
Up and on, up and on.

Chorus

Up then! Truest fame lies in high endeavour
Play the game, keep the flame burning brightly ever
Up then! Truest fame lies in high endeavour
Play the game, keep the flame burning brightly ever

 

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