The love for learning, high self esteem, good judgement and dedication to the task have made this year’s graduates of Trinity Academy true champions.
But the guest speaker at their graduation this week, the Reverend Lionel Gibson, stress that they were on a journey that had only just begun and they need to follow certain prescriptions to maintain success.
“Just looking around,” he said. “The happy smiling faces say so much about the environment here at the Trinity Academy Primary School. Our children have learned so much. The Trinity Academy places great value on God, on community; on learning and well set standards of learning outcomes.
“They have learned to love learning; self esteem, good judgment, and dedication hence these skills will help them as much as they progress with their education. However, Life is not just about formal learning. These are important, but just as important is love and friendship.
“This academy places great emphasis on being part of the community of life and the God factor. This is a lifelong skill which will help both educators and parents to flourish. It may seem slightly old fashioned but a sense of community of life at Trinity Academy is very important to the future of our nation and our children.”
In offering advice for the path ahead at secondary school, Gibson he warned they would be entering a world of “testing and strict standards that will dictate your every move”.
“Your play time will be replaced by test preparation, however, continue to be creative and curious,” he added. “Your parents will walk hand in hand with you. Just know that you are not alone…
“You’re ready for that next step. I ask you as you prepare for this next step to do a few things.
“First, stop texting your friend about how you wish the speaker would hurry up and finish talking so you could go to Champers for lunch.
“Secondly, I ask you to take this chance to dedicate yourself to making the next year even better. Remember that you don’t have to follow the crowd. Do the right thing, even if no one is looking. Study hard and remember that you’re investing in yourself with every test you take and every book you read.
“And finally, don’t be in too big of a hurry to grow up. These are some great times in your life. Don’t rush past them.
There are great things coming, and just as your parents are proud, each one of you should feel proud of yourself.”