The 2016 graduates of George Lamming Primary School are moving on to “imagine, create and achieve” in the next phase of their education. And Overcoming All Obstacles was the revolving theme under which the Class Of 2016 yesterday left a nurtured environment of seven years to continue their journey.
Rosalind Goodridge gave an overview of the 2015-2016 year in her first remarks as principal. She highlighted that the school had striven to maintain a stimulating environment producing well-disciplined, creative, critical lifelong learners who would contribute positively to society.
Seventy-six George Lamming students sat the 2016 Common Entrance Examination, and while they received creditable results, if more students had taken their work more seriously and with better application, Goodridge noted, the results would have been improved.
Tyrese Williams-Clarke emerged Top Boy after achieving 93 in mathematics and 91 in English, with an overall score of 242.60 B. Top Girl Shomicha Jackson gained 90 in mathematics and 80 in English, with a score of 238.69 B.
Goodridge left words of advice with her first graduates: “Work hard. Things won’t always come easy to you, and they shouldn’t. What is worth learning is worth working hard for.”
She told the students that with their values, and remembering the watchword excellence, nothing should stand in their way.
Featured speaker Pastor Dwight Saul congratulated the graduands on their successful completion of primary school, advising them secondary school would offer similarities and differences.
“While teachers and school bells will not change, there will no longer be School Meals providing beef and chicken pilau.”
Saul told the students there would always be obstacles, but they must endeavour to succeed at all times. The first obstacle, he told them, would be increased schoolwork, but there must be a balance, especially between extracurricular activities.
Even though they might fall short of expectations, and sometimes not be promoted, there was no excuse to turn around and return home, Saul argued.
He identified the third obstacle to be relationships. While feelings would develop for the opposite sex, the pastor warned, the students must remember why they were sent to school, keeping their eyes focused on their goals.
The final obstacle was that of influences, where Saul cautioned graduates on whom they would align themselves with. He reminded the Class Of 2016 that they all belonged to someone and were all important.
Valedictorian Tyrese Williams-Clarke congratulated his fellow graduates, whom he now deems as family as they share special memories.
He said it was an interesting journey, even though they wanted to abort it when difficulties arose. However, he reminded his peers they had been taught to never give up when things got daunting, therefore overcoming all obstacles to success.
Tyrese advised: “Secondary school is another step in our journey, and one that calls for dedication, determination, discipline and sacrifices; but we can