To lift the children up is a phrase that is often underestimated, but today at the Graduation Ceremony of the George Lamming Primary School at Carrington’s Wesleyan Holiness Church, that phrase of importance was often times reiterated.
Principal of the Flint Hall, St. Michael school, Philip Roach, encouraged the graduates to go ahead and be all that they can be.
“You can soar, you can reach whatever goals you put your mind to achieve. It will not be easy but stay focussed and do not be distracted by those around you. The opportunities that are going to be presented to you will be many … Resist the negatives by saying no! You must be different and (remember) to trust in God,” he said. To the parents he stated, “Do not assume that because they are in secondary school you can be less vigilant … Be supportive, encouraging and most of all have faith in them. Give them the choice of a good home environment, give them the choice of the best education available to them , teach them the value of education above all give them the choice to be worthwhile citizens.”
Featured speaker the Reverend Beverly Pinder prompted the parents to encourage and motivate their children so they could see themselves as valuable gems.
She also told the adults in the congregation to speak positivity into the lives of their children.
“They need your encouragement. They need to build character and self esteem by you saying positive things. Do not only love them but discipline them as well. You have been given that mandate by God and discipline can be done in a loving way not only through spanking or shouting but love and encourage your children,” she said.
The Youth Pastor at the Welches church reminded the guardians not to expect the children to behave like perfect individuals because mistakes are made.
And the children were once again urged to be the best that they can be at the school that they were allocated to, while valuing their time there.
The valedictorian was Kyle Benjamin who will be heading to Harrison College come September. In his address he reminded his counterparts that with God all things are possible.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths,” Benjamin he noted. (MR)