It may sound difficult, but to “Begin With The End In Mind” was yesterday reinforced to the graduates of the St. Paul’s Primary School.
Principal of the school, Sandra Small-Thompson, told the 80 graduates to begin with the end in mind — but urged them to go further to plot their paths and implement their plans.
“Believe that you can achieve and work hard to achieve it. It is not enough to just set the goal, but the realisation is in your hands. [To realise your goals] have an achievable plan, never allow setbacks to derail your plan but learn from them. Do not allow negative comments to kill your enthusiasm. If you want to achieve your goals work hard and choose your friends carefully,” she said.
Small-Thompson quoted the words of Eleanor Roosevelt: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
She added: “You are our future … You are the potential prime minister, lawyer, doctor, architects … and entrepreneur. Whatever you do, do it with honesty and integrity. Set realistic goals and work towards achieving them and then set more ambitious goals. Set your goals to reach the stars.”
She then reminded the graduates to put God first in everything they did, and recognise it is He who assists them and sustains them as they strive to reach the goals.
“I invite you to listen carefully to the words of E.O Wilson and let them inspire you. You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path,” she said.
“Aim high, behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give … It is up to you — begin with your end in mind.”
The 2013 valedictorian was Deputy Head Girl Anisa Bradshaw and the top boy is Justin Greenidge.
The principal noted that while they did not achieve their goal of improving their scores and striving for each student to score above 30 per cent in the Common Entrance Exam, each one performed “creditably” and “no one scored zero”.
She encouraged the parents to help their children set realistic goals.
Your children will have some notion of who they want to be and what they want to achieve in life. Now is the time to start plotting the course to achieve that goal, a desire, or an ambition. I want to encourage you to support them in their quest. The challenge is in the implementation of that process that leads to success.
“Let them feel your warm interest as they share ideas with you and tell of what they hope to accomplish. Help them set realistic goals that will enable them to attain their ambitions. Don’t make them feel that they can never achieve great things,” the principal admonished.
“Encourage them to develop a love for reading — the accomplishment of good reading skills will help them to realise the importance of being successful and accomplish desires. Help them to remain focussed rather than become distracted by the negative behaviours and forms of entertainment around them.” (MR)