Shanae Boyce, Student of the Year, receives her award for the Highest Overall Score in the Barbados Secondary Schools Entrance Examination from Principal of Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School, Louis Griffith.
(G. Brewster/BGIS)

Former Principal of Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School, Hortense Carrington has urged the graduating students to set goals and strive for excellence, regardless of their circumstances.

Addressing the graduation ceremony at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre today, under the theme Conceive, Believe and Achieve, Mrs. Carrington urged the students to pursue an undertaking with responsibility, pledge to keep their promise and whatever their dream, stay committed to it.

"Work at it, don’t change your mind every time the sun sets," she said, noting that perseverance was key as they move on to their new schools.

Referring to the movie From Homeless to Harvard, Mrs. Carrington related the story of young girl, Khadija, who went from the slums and sleeping on the streets to Harvard University through following these three principles and told students that they too could put in the necessary effort to reap success.??

The graduands were told to "Think Big" and "Outside the Box" as they set goals which would exceed those already accomplished by others.?? "Dream dreams that would allow you to stand out positively; design unique programmes; set records for breakthroughs in technology that would cause our country to be a beacon and that would set the pace for others to follow.

"Dream dreams of helping the poor, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless. Our country needs persons with new or novel ideas; set goals to be the best in whatever skills you have. Aim to shine," Mrs. Carrington stressed.

The retired Principal also told the group that success did not happen overnight, but took "determination, believing, perseverance and knowing that things were possible". "If you can conceive it and believe it, you can achieve it," Ms. Carrington said.

Students heard too that they needed to choose the right kind of friends on entering secondary school, particularly those who would not discourage or steer them off course, but would "keep you on task even when you may become distracted or frustrated".

There was also some advice for parents. She called on them to play a supporting role in their children’s lives, as "a prop or a brace" to hold them up and encourage them. Mrs. Carrington said: "You need to provide them with the resources they need to make it happen. Advise them and when things seem bleak you need to show them the brighter side, always giving them something to work towards."


Ajani Ince receives the Kirk Layne Memorial Award for Good All Round Performance from Principal of Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School, Louis Griffith. Ajani, who is off to Queen???s College, ??also gained prizes and awards for Consistently Good Work; Responsibility; Good Work In Science and for cricket and athletics. (G. Brewster/BGIS)

Students were rewarded in several areas of academics and sports. The Student of the Year was Shanae Boyce, who received the Joyce Morris Memorial Award.

Xaria Prempeh receives the Ladine Clarke Memorial Award for Mathematics from Ms. Clarke’s daughter, Lynn Culpepper. Xaria scored 100% and was ranked among the top 30 on the island with this score. She also received prizes for Consistently Good Work and Deportment. (G. Brewster/BGIS)

The top prize in Mathematics (The Ladine Clarke Memorial Award) went to Xaria Prempeh, who scored a 100%, and was among the top 30 in the island, while the top prize in English (The Wendy Howard Memorial Award) went to the Head Girl, Crystal-Ann Millar.


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