Graduates of the Ann Hill School left with the exact words that greeted them on entering the institution –– those of the school motto: Be The Best You Can Be.
And, in keeping with the graduation ceremony theme Building Bridges To Success at The Pine, St Michael school this morning, featured speaker Reverend Lennox Boyce advised the students: “In life we can build bridges or walls. Walls prevent, but bridges allow . . . . They represent hope, possibility . . . . Bridges are conceptualized to make a way.”
The pastor stressed to the graduating students and their parents that these bridges were a consequence of hard work, determination, self-belief, and motivation.
This dedication was evidenced in the school’s taking of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examination for the first time. Six students –– five boys and one girl –– took the electronic document preparation and management course. Out of those six students, only Steffan Evelyn is a member of the 2015 alumni.
Four students of the school are currently on internships as a requirement for their CVQs in data entry and information communication technology.
Also, this summer, two students will be partaking in the Youth Farmers Summer Programme hosted by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture.
Acknowledging the accomplishments of the students, Reverend Boyce stated they should strive to “make the impossible possible”.
He implored the graduates to persevere; “don’t stop learning; don’t stop growing; and don’t stop searching”.
“You have many of the answers we are looking for in this world today” the pastor added.
This was supported by Ann Hill principal Emelda Bell, who told the graduates that education continued “as you go through life”. She urged them, upon leaving the school, to remain true to themselves
“Be proud of who you are, love yourself, take care of yourself.”
Parents of the graduates were also implored to provide their charges with encouragement and affirmation.
“Advocate for them, big them up . . . . Celebrate their successes. Whether it be little or big, it’s still success,” the principal said.
“They might not always get it right; but in their hearts, they really do want to do well and do the best that they can.”
The bridge the graduates have been on for the last five years –– the “Anne Hill School family” one is such “you can depend on”, noted Janice Gibbs, education officer of the Ministry of Education.
And, even after graduating, they will be there “to help you”, confirmed teacher Kathy-Ann St Hill-St Lawrence.