“Be determined to do your best.”
That was the advice given to students of the Wesley Hall Junior School at their graduation ceremony this morning.
Delivering the feature address at the Sanctuary Empowerment Centre, Pastor Shane Butcher told the 134 students and parents gathered that once they put God first they would always succeed.
Butcher, who likened the student’s journey to a 100-metre dash, told them it was not by chance that for the first 20-25 metres athletes generally kept their heads down. He explained that it was because they were building momentum and speed and focusing on the track, not their opponents on the left or right.
“You may not be where you want to be, but if you learn to keep your head down [and] maintain your focus, you will be able to give your best. You will gain the momentum and that will see you through on your educational endeavour,” he said.
He advised the students that the school they attend does not determine their destiny.
“Just because you are not going to the school of your choice does not spell disaster for you,” he said.
However, he warned that the opposite was also true.
“Even if you go to the school of your choice, it does not automatically guarantee success for you.”
Gittens closed by telling the students “it is not the name of the school that will determine how excellently you will perform.
“It is the way you apply yourself and the hard work that you put into your schooling, it is the dedication and success that will determine how far you go.”
Principal Herbert Gittens echoed Butcher’s sentiments telling the students to work hard, stay focused and use the technology to their benefit to create pathways to excellence. (KB)