The young stars lighting the world for a year were honoured Tuesday as Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary School held its graduation ceremony.
Dressed in blue and yellow gowns, the star graduates were a part of the school’s double celebration. Wilkie Cumberbatch also celebrates with Barbados’ 50th year of Independence, as it was established 50 years ago.
Principal Margaret St Hill-Pinder said she was extremely pleased with the graduates who produced “star-quality” results in this year’s Common Entrance Examination. They also achieved success in athletics, the arts and
Top students of the Common Entrance for 2016 were Jaryd Howard and Jasmine Ferdinand who were separated by only one-tenth of a point. Jaryd scored 244.76 B while Jasmine scored 244.64 A.
St Hill-Pinder described the class as respectful and hardworking, though at times talkative.
“I implore you to chart your course positively,” the principals told the students, adding that quality prevailed over quantity of new friends.
St Hill-Pinder urged them to discover and develop their talents, while thanking them for the contribution they had made to the school.
Featured speaker Stefan Walcott based his address on stars, focusing on Rihanna and Peter Ram. He said even though they were two different stars, they were both valuable and impactful, but would be nothing withoutan efficient team.
“Whatever you do, make sure you stay positive and let your light continue to shine. As Rihanna would say, Shine Bright Like A Diamond,” Walcott implored the young ones.
Valedictorian Jaryd Howard, quoting the late Muhammad Ali, said: “I hated every minute of training, but I said ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’.”
Jaryd who listed sacrifices he had made, including games and television, said the dream he had with peers had made it all worth it, as they were now graduating.
“As we enter this new phase of our lives, we should remember that we are stars in trying to light up the world,” he said, adding that graduates needed to dig deeper, putting their all into reaching their bigger dreams.
This year’s graduates entertained their parents and teachers as a tribute to their part in the group’s success. The boys’ choir performed a rendition of Shakira’s Try Everything, and Nathan Harrison and Irvin Belgrave did an instrumental on the keyboard and flute respectively of You Raise Me Up.
In the poem It Couldn’t Be Done, graduates recited: “There are thousands who tell you it cannot be done, there are thousands who prophesy failure . . . .”
They then encouraged graduates to rise above the negativity and do what “cannot” be done.