Wildey, St. Michael
The Luther Thorne Memorial Primary School, formerly known as the Pine/Wildey Primary School, is situated at Wildey, St. Michael. It was originally built to alleviate the problem of overcrowding in schools in the surrounding areas. This coeducational school was built at the cost of $ 1.8 million dollars (BDS) through a loan provided by the World Bank. It was officially opened by the Honourable Billie Millar, Minister of Education, on December 1st, 1983. The school was named after the late Luther St. Aubyn Thorne, a principal of the St. Margaret’s Boys and St. John’s Mixed School. He was the first Minister of Education in Barbados. He served as Minister of Education from 1958 to 1961.
The Luther Thorne Memorial Primary opened with a teaching staff of fifteen (15) and support staff of eight (8) to serve four hundred and fifteen students (415). Most of these students were transferred from the surrounding schools in the area. Mr. James Kirton was the first principal and Ms. Chrystolene Harewood was the first Senior Teacher.
STRIVE ALWAYS FOR EXCELLENCE!
The Luther Thorne Memorial Primary School will be a model primary school that successfully prepares students with the attributes necessary to function in a 21st century environment.
The Luther Thorne Memorial Primary School endeavours to create a dynamic learning environment aimed at producing well rounded, self-confident, self-motivated individuals, who are able to contribute and positively benefit the society in which we live.
Luther Thorne Memorial Primary School,
We salute you in pride and duty,
And see in all we learn herein,
God’s work and infinite beauty.
This is the home to which we owe it all
For we were taught to strive for excellence
And never shirk the call to be brave, courteous and kind.
To practise truth and fair action,
To work to build an honest nation
Are concepts with which we are endowed
To ensure we excel in any crowd.
May God continue to bless us all,
Whose pathways within her portal fall
And help us always to do our best,
The principles of Luther Thorne to attest