The Sir Novelle Richards Academy of Science will be the name of the new secondary school to be opened at Tomlinsons next month.
After considering proposed names such as the Baldwin Spencer Academy, the Gaston Browne Academy of Excellence, the Potters Secondary School, the Dean Jonas School of Excellence, the Sir Adolphus Freeland Secondary School, and the Sir Novelle Richards School of Science, the cabinet decided on the school’s name today.
The Cabinet agreed that Sir Novelle Richards, “one of the outstanding contributors to early nation-building,” who died three decades ago while serving as Governor General’s Deputy, “is worthy of this honour.”
According to government’s Chief of Staff Lionel Hurst, Sir Novelle hailed from Liberta, was an educator and trade unionist.
Richards was elected to Parliament in 1951 and re-elected in 1956; resigned to run as a candidate in the March 1958 West Indian Federal Elections, and was elected to sit in the Parliament of the West Indies Federation where he served as Chief Minister (Acting) of the West Indies Federation during its four-year existence.
He returned to Antigua after the 1962 Federation ended and was dispatched to Canada as the representative of the “Little Eight”.
The Sir Novelle Richards Academy will open its doors on Monday, September 4, 2017, when 151 students will commence their secondary education there, according to Hurst.
He says a few finishing touches continue to be undertaken at the new school plant, and a road is to be paved as soon as the trucks cease moving materials, furniture, and equipment into the school.
Meantime, it was also revealed that St. Georges Street will be re-named Sir Maclean Emmanuel (Short Shirt) Street; Wilkinson’s Cross will be re-named Donald Halstead Street; other streets and buildings will be renamed after Antigua and Barbuda history-makers, the Cabinet agreed.