As 24 students of the St Joseph Primary School closed one chapter of their lives, they were encouraged to continue to put in the hard work because they could succeed no matter where they go or the circumstances in which they found themselves.
The advice to the Class 4 students came from youth leader Roshanna Trim in her address to the graduating class of 2018 at the Grantley Adams Memorial School on Tuesday. She also urged the students not to give up on their goals.
“I want to let you know that there isn’t a single dream that you have that you cannot achieve, because all dreams are possible, all are attainable and all are within your reach,” Trim told the students.
“I am not saying that you won’t falter, that you won’t feel discouraged, but you are too full of potential, too creative, too energetic and far too courageous to ever let go of your dream because someone says that you cannot achieve it.”
Trim told the graduates that as members of a generation with ideas that run untethered, uninhibited, and without boundaries, they had potential to do great things.
“Life has a special kind of meaning for you, because this generation dares to dream without restriction. It is a generation that has greatness running through its bones, one that is more powerful than realized, one that creates opportunity rather than lives by circumstances, and a generation that shows continuously that they can succeed regardless of trying situations,” said the former Prime Minister of the Barbados Youth Parliament.
Trim told the students that success had nothing to do with the school they would attend come September, the community they live in, or the profession they choose to enter.
“When I speak of success, I speak not of what you do but how you do what you do. Success is not limited to any specific job, but rather it is shown in the pride you take in your work or any task assigned. There is no school, or community in Barbados where success is not possible,” Trim said as she wished the students success in all their future endeavours.
Acting principal Evans Hinkson, in his address, noted that the world was a global village and students must therefore be educated not only for their communities, but for the region and world at large.
“Our students are now commissioned to take the world into their hands and make a difference. They can now explore all opportunities and if opportunity does not knock, they will build the door,” he said.
Hinkson offered the children some words of advice: “Wise men learn when they can, fools learn when they must.”