Parents must be willing to make the necessary sacrifices to help their children achieve their goals.
Speaking at the Sharon Primary School’s 2015 graduation, themed Follow Your Dreams, at the Lester Vaughan School today, guest speaker Delores Thompson strongly urged parents to give their children the necessary support, including giving up aspects of their social life.
“I don’t think I need to tell you how important it is to attend class level meetings and Parent-Teacher Association meetings. And not only attend, but be active and supportive. Make sure they are fully prepared and attend school regularly and punctually,” she added.
Thompson also told the parents that they needed to set standards and rules for their charges to follow, as well as ensure that these were met.
Though insisting that discipline was a must, she warned parents about the use of corporal punishment.
“Find creative ways to administer discipline, other than the whip,” Thompson said.
She noted that peer pressure was one of the major factors that could prevent children from reaching their goals.
Therefore, “it is okay to tell your children to stay away from bad company”, the parents were told.
“. . . bad company does not always stay away from your child and it is not always easy for your child to say, ‘no’.
“We live in a challenging world where evil and wrongdoing seem to flourish.
[Parents] my word to you is, get to know your children’s friends and acquaintances,” Thompson stressed.
Speaking directly to the 61 graduands, she told them that as they followed their dreams, they must never leave God out of the equation.
“Ask him [God] to guide you into setting the right goals,” Thompson said.
The prize for top boy was awarded to Christopher Cox, who received the highest overall mark of 233.50; 95 in English and 76 in Mathematics with an A in Composition. Cox will be attending the St Michael School.
Top girl Kayana Maynard gained the highest score among the girls and will be heading to Combermere. Maynard received 87 in English and 82 in Mathematics, with an A in Composition.