The St Giles Primary School Class Of 2016 were encouraged to Imagine, Explore, Discover And Ignite Change yesterday at their graduation.
Master of ceremonies Shakira Rouse spoke to parents on their role that could have students igniting change.
“Your children are your flowers, what you expose them to will determine, if they thrive,” Rouse said. “As parents you have to ensure that your child doesn’t only bloom but that he or she flourishes.”
Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation representative Sharon Weekes-Cumberbatch pledged that the ministry, in a national effort to advance and promote development skills like analysis, translation, interpretation, application and evaluation, would continue to evaluate the curriculum.
“We want to ensure the relevance of the subjects and the subject areas taught in our schools as we join with the stakeholders and social partners to produce rounded students, who can ultimately manage
their own livelihoods in a meaningful way and contribute to the development of the society and the nation as a whole,” she said.
District pastor of City North Barbados Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Dayle Haynes, who delivered the keynote address, encouraged the students to “hashtag make it happen” –– #MakeItHappen –– when they take
a selfie of success.
Pastor Haynes reminded the students of the two most important days of their lives: when they were born and when they discover why they were born.
“You cannot give up too early. In life you have ability; you have capability; but you need to have bounce-back-ability. It is also about channelling your energy in the right direction. You don’t want to be working hard and going the wrong way,” he stressed.
“I hope you have the desire; I hope you perspire; and I hope you never retire,” the pastor said, before congratulating the Class Of 2016.
Of the 65 graduands, Taylia Bretney came out on top. She was the Most Outstanding Female Student and the Most Outstanding Student Overall. Taylia who scored 94 in English and 96 in mathematics with an A in composition is delighted to be attending Harrison College, come September.
Taylia also received prizes for Most Outstanding In Mathematics and Language Arts, for Excellent Work In Composition [In Class 4 Diamond], Performing Arts, K Kids and Exemplary Conduct. She received prizes too for helpfulness and dedication to prefect duties.
Naresh Singh, the Most Outstanding Male Student, who scored 86 in English and 76 in mathematics with an A in composition, will be heading to The Lodge School in September. The delighted boy also received prizes for Most Outstanding In Mathematics and Language Arts, Most Improved In Language Arts and Reading [In Class 4 Emerald].
Naresh also received prizes for dedication to prefect duties, perseverance and exemplary conduct, and a K Kids Award.