Advice for new high school students
Some of the students who will be starting high school in September were today given some tips on what to expect, when community outreach organization Togetherness Social Group hosted an 11+ Achievers Seminar, in an effort to facilitate their transition from primary to secondary school.
President of the Jackman’s, St. Michael group, Pat Parris said the seminar also aimed to recognize the achievements of those students who sat the exam in June.
“In September you will be taking an important step of your lives, and the executives and members of the togetherness social group felt it necessary to assist you in preparing for this occasion ….the common entrance examination was just the beginning,” said Parris.
Featured speaker, John King, recalled his experience as a student at the Lodge School, describing the transition as a “major shock”, and advised the students to prepare themselves for the drastic change.
“You are not the big students anymore, you are the little ones going in.
“It takes certain amount of character, a certain amount of understanding who you are to even begin to settle down and do work and excel,” he said.
King, a supervisor at the Government Industrial School, also advised the students to always do their best as representatives of their communities, alma mater and their families, and also to learn from failure rather be defeated by it.
“[The] only way you learn anything is by failing, so don’t see failure as a bad thing. I want to change that thinking this evening and ask you to begin to look at failure as your friend. It is one thing that will drive you,” King said.
He further encouraged them to maintain a positive mindset throughout their high school career.
“It’s about how you think about yourself and how you think about your future. It really starts with being positive about every aspect of it.”
Reverend Suzanne Ellis of the St Augustine Anglican Church left the students with a thought-provoking quote, “good manners open doors that the best education cannot”. (KK)