St Stephen’s Primary School’s Graduation Class Of 2016 knows Giving Up Is Not An Option. And it was the stated theme of the graduating114 students Thursday, who were proudly accompanied
by their parents.
Dr Patricia Saul, deputy principal of Erdiston Teachers’ Training College, delivering the feature address, reminded the students of world changers who could have given up, but continued to try, urging the graduates never to give up on their dreams.
“John Roebling, Michael Jordan, Thomas Edison, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Usain Bolt, just to name a few –– these are people who could have thrown in the towel but did not give up, and you must not give up either. You must do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals,” said a motivational Saul.
She congratulated the Graduation Class Of 2016 for making it thus far and wished the students nothing but the best as they transitioned.
St Stephen’s principal Colin Cumberbatch in her report boasted of the performance of the school academically, as well as in sports. The school located in Black Rock, St Michael, is the only primary school in Barbados which teaches its students Mandarin.
“It is no question that China is taking over the world, and therefore when the opportunity presented itself for St Stephen’s to offer Mandarin, I consented and got the logistics in place so that two Chinese facilitators could teach students of Classes 1 and 2 the language.
“Would you believe within a few weeks, when I came in the class, the facilitator was speaking in Mandarin and the students were responding in Mandarin,” an impressed Cumberbatch said.
He highlighted the accomplishments of the school in NAPSAC, cricket, football and hockey, adding that although the quantity of spectators had been significantly reduced, the quality was not, and the voice of support was
“A team is as good as the support it receives; and, on support, we came out champions,” Cumberbatch said.
The Principal’s Award, which is presented to the best all-round student who excelled in both academics and sports, went to Chaz Searles, an outstanding English student, sprinter, batsman and school goalkeeper. Chaz, who will be attending Deighton Griffith Secondary School, come September, credited time management for his success.
“It’s all about time management, devoting time to each sport and then coming back to class to make up the work,” said the happy student.
Best Overall Male Student Sean Raphael, who scored 92 in English and 95 in mathematics, with a C in composition, and Best Overall Female Student Aarin Hoyte, who scored 90 in English and 91 in mathematics, with an A in composition, are delighted they will both be attending Queen’s College in September.