Sharon grads eye higher heights
Build A Mountain, Leave A Legacy was the governing theme under which Sharon Primary School honoured its Class Of 2016 Friday. Moving to higher heights, approaching new horizons and climbing new ladders, the Class Of 2016 formally said goodbye to Sharon Primary.
Principal Pamela Small-Williams highlighted key events of the 2015-2016 year, saying it was filled with many improvements. From soul food educational gardens to monthly church services and Give Back Day activities, she pointed out, the school sought to be more diverse.
Fifty-seven Class 4 students sat this year’s Common Entrance Examination, receiving scores ranging from 137.44 to 232.72. Abigail Newton was Top Girl scoring 232.74 A, while Top Boy Jeremy Springer scored 227.38 B. Both will attend Combermere School. Listing traits such as honesty and determination as keys to success, Small-Williams encouraged the graduands who believed in their abilities to continue pressing the accelerator in their new schools. For those who were unsure, she told them there was still time to set new goals and values to build their mountains.
Quoting American author Tavis Smiley, she concluded: “The choices we make about the lives we live determine the legacies we will leave.”
Educational leadership lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Dr Ian Marshall, in his keynote address, showed the graduates how they could make their theme a reality.
He told them they must be prepared to deal with all types of opposing forces or pressure. Said Marshall: “Pressure is a natural part of life. It is designed to give birth to new ideas and prospects for the future.”
Stating that though different children were building different mountains, they were all valuable and endurable, leaving their legacy, the lecturer added: “I urge us today that in whatever capacity we have been called to build, that we do so with an understanding that we must make the world a better place.”
Marshall reminded the graduates they were all leaving an indelible mark on the school inspiring younger students.
Valedictorian Abigail Newton was honoured to receive the prestigious title, hoping she did it justice. Abigail, who was among the most outstanding mathematics students, left an equation with her fellow peers.
“One prayer to one God equals two results: success and contentment. Two parents continue to upkeep and encourage them through four-tifying efforts. Three instrumental teachers, Leacock, Smith and Hoyte, were necessary and six-tematic.
“Four ‘p’ words: perseverance, positivity, patience and preparedness equalled eight powerful words repeated at prayers: ‘We will love God, aim high, keep pure’.”
Finally, Abigail awarded five stars to each graduate, telling them not to be complacent, but fulfilling the work they had begun at Sharon. Through their five-star statuses, they would be tenacious, she asserted.