Students graduating from the St Patrick’s Roman Catholic School have been challenged to make a difference at the new schools they will enter in September.
The challenge was thrown out by Sister Barbara Mclean in her featured address to the 16 students.
“You know where you have come from and where you are going and what you want to become. Catch your dreams, know your goals in life, hold them so close to your heart that no one can steal them from you,” she told them, further encouraging them to let God be their guide.
“Only you and God have the power to decide what your life will be like; if it will be crappy or happy depends on the choices that you make.”
In her brief remarks, Pauline Dempsey, who has been principal for only a year, thanked the parents, staff and teachers who worked with the students.
As she said farewell to the students, she told them she was extremely proud of them and also offered them some advice.
“I understand, in part, what you are going through taking this brave new step to high school. Continue to do your best no matter what life throws at you. You are all unique with different skills and interest; use your gifts well,” she said.
Valedictorian Amelia Clarke, in her thought-provoking speech, told her classmates they had an opportunity to make a positive impact on their community.
“Our individual success benefits not only ourselves but the society as a whole, because when we succeed we lighten the burden of our fellow men. We may not have the power to inspire the entire world to strive for success, but we do have the power to try to achieve it for ourselves,” she told them.