As the principal and staff of St Angela’s bid farewell to Class Four pupils at their graduation yesterday, the 43 students were encouraged to become real life heroes.
The call came from school administrator Anthony McConney, in his remarks to the graduates gathered in the school’s auditorium.
He told them they could be heroes, like Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Sir Winston Churchill, by emulating those individuals’ integrity, selflessness and perseverance.
McConney added that their education at St Angela’s had prepared the foundation for them and they only had to build on that.
“As you embark on the next chapter of your personal and academic development, I am confident that the values that have been reinforced throughout your stay at St Angela’s will help prepare you for the opportunities, choices and challenges that lie ahead,” he said.
McConney left with them with a prayer, encouraging them to let the Lord be their guide: “Father, we have knowledge, so will you show us now how to use it wisely and find a way somehow to make the world we live in a little better place and make life with its problems a little bit easier to face?”
Principal Kim Somerville boasted of the students’ performance in the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination.
She said the school achieved an overall average of 86.1 per cent in English and 77.3 per cent in Maths, compared to the national average of 70.4 per cent and 55 per cent.
Addressing the students who will move on to secondary school in September, she said: “Realize that you are stepping into your future and it will be what you are making of it. Failure is just a dress rehearsal for future’s success. Don’t be followers, and strive for excellence in all that you do. In every task, big or small, keep your head high and your heart open.”