Students of the St Joseph Primary School were told to plant good seeds in order to reap future success.
Those were the words of encouragement Deputy Chief Education Officer Joy Adamson gave to graduating students at their awards ceremony in the school’s auditorium today.
Adamson told the 18 students, “As you move from primary to secondary school I want you to realize that you have control of your seeds and what you will become. If you plant your seeds deep enough and establish strong roots and the nourishment by teachers at the secondary school, you will grow and you will continue to excel,” she said.
The education official further advised the students to “plant your roots deep in the soil at your new school.
“It is not the school that will make you when you go there, it is what you do when you get there. As you reach for the sky, you will branch out into new opportunities and experiences. Do your best every day of the week.”
Adamson also cautioned of the challenges that lie ahead, telling the youngsters they should let Jesus be their guide and call on Him for inspiration during the difficult times.
In delivering his report, Principal Evans Hinkson said the school performed above the national mean in Mathematics and only fell short by a percentage point in English. He said the school did exceptionally well in all other disciplines.
The principal also shared some words of wisdom with the graduates.
“Always be your self, be brave and mentally strong. When you fall you must always get up. It takes more strength to get up and less strength to fall. [When] you could get up it shows how much strength you have.”
He advised parents to be patient with the transition that the children were about to make, to teach them time management, to pay attention to their interests and to get to know their friends.
“Be very malicious and give them your fullest support in all that they do. They are moving on so you have to help them through it,“ he said. (KB)