Imagine, believe, aspire and achieve!
These were the four words of advice offered to students of the Westbury Primary School as it held its annual graduation ceremony today.
Proud faces, smiles and moments of joy filled the St Leonard’s Anglican Church as the school celebrated and honoured the glowing achievements of 53 departing Class 4 students.
In her 20-minute long report, Principal Rosalind Gittens revealed that the school had improved tremendously in the Composition section of the Barbados Secondary Schools Entrance Examination, better known as the 11-plus.
“We have six students achieving grade A in their Composition. Only seven students failed in this area but we will work on that next year. These results are a great achievement.”
Gittens instructed the graduates to be dedicated as they entered the next phase of life and to always strive to reach the top.
“It is not about passes, it is about students performing to the best of your ability. Believe that you can do it and you are halfway there. Imagine with your mind, believe with all your heart and achieve with your might. Nothing comes easy without hard work. The body achieves what the mind believes.
“You are off to great places. Your mountain is waiting for you to climb. It is going to seem like a mountain because you are going to have homework in subjects you never heard of. You have to believe you can do it. Take your time and pace yourself.”
She also encouraged the parents and guardians in attendance to continue to play a supportive role in the lives of their charges to ensure they stay on the right track in secondary school.
“Your input is invaluable. Go to PTA meetings, and help with the homework. You can learn with your children. Don’t have false pride and [not] want them to know that you don’t always understand. Don’t leave them on their own. Do not allow them to roam the streets. I see too many boys and girls [after] they pass Common Entrance out on the block. Children need order and structure in their lives. Give [them] deadlines, bedtimes and [a] time to get home from school. Do not believe the story that the bus didn’t come,” she said.
During a very brief interactive feature address, Pastor Dwight Saul zeroed in on the graduation’s theme in a way that was fun and still informative for both students and parents.
“Parents assist your children in reaching their goals. Let them know there is nothing so hard that they can’t do. You have to imagine, believe, aspire. In other words, after you believe it, you have to work for it. You don’t get a CXC pass because you are handsome or get grades because you are cute. And avoid distractions,” he cautioned.
Elizabeth Norville who will be heading to Harrison College in September was this year’s top student. Nesert Doobay secured the Top Boy position and he will be off to the St Michael School. (AGB)