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Fight for success

Student of the Year went to Tavia Gilkes, who also received prizes for highest overall mark in the 11-Plus, excellence in Maths and Art, dedication and discipline.

Student of the Year went to Tavia Gilkes, who also received prizes for highest overall mark in the 11-Plus, excellence in Maths and Art, dedication and discipline.

Students of the Selah Primary were today encouraged to “soar like the eagles” utilising certain keys that would help them along the way.

The advice came from Senior Education Officer, Joy Adamson, this morning as the 23 Class Fours graduated to their next phase of education — secondary school.

Adamson congratulated the school on its 23 passes at the Common Entrance level, telling teachers, parents and other guests that the school had scored slightly ahead of the national mean in English, but just slightly below in Mathematics, by about one point or so.

She told the school though that they knew what their successes were and told the students that just like their theme for graduation was to “Soar Like an Eagle”, they too should concentrate on doing their best so they could exhibit the strength, powerful vision, and ferocity in going after the things that could make them further successful.

Telling them that there were three keys to soaring, Adamson outlined knowledge, be extraordinary, yearning and steadfastness as those keys. She said that knowledge did not necessarily have to refer only to education or passing CXCs, but being well-rounded and active individuals.

“To be successful, you have to be proud of who you are… You are a gift from God. You all have talents and I want you to identify those talents. We are all given talents and it is what we do with them that determines our degree of success,” she said.

The education officer challenged the children to go to their new schools with a determination to learn well, telling them that school days were the best days, and further admonishing them to use the first key of knowledge well.

“Be extraordinary,” she also advised, asking the students to aim for 100 per cent and not 50 in everything they did.

“Always aim to be the best… [and] demand high standards,” she said, counselling them to wear their uniforms with pride at their new schools and admonishing parents to “buy enough material” to get the correct size uniforms for the children.

“Yearn for greater things,” Adamson also told the children. They should think of themselves as eagles, and fight for what they wanted in terms of success.

And finally, she told them to be steadfast, just like Thomas Edison who tried time and again to perfect his light bulb invention.

She said behind every great story was one of success in education and training and they should ensure that they did not give up or give in to failure. (LB)

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