Students Urged: Seek Excellence!
District Administration Minister the Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly JP recently urged youngsters to take personal responsibility for the future by striving for excellence.
Mrs. O'Connor-Connolly was speaking at the West End Primary School's graduation ceremony on Saturday (27 June).
"Excellence means that you will always aim to be honest, whether at home, school or elsewhere," she advised students. "It means that you will strive for good grades and respect your teachers, parents and peers. It also means that you need to be kind to others." Underscoring the link between discipline and excellence, the Minister urged the students to stick to tasks until completed, as well as to go the extra mile.
"Good athletes can only become great if they add discipline to the mix; good students only achieve excellence with discipline, and most important to understand, average students can also achieve excellence when they apply themselves through good discipline and hard work," Mrs. O'Connor-Connolly said.
She congratulated the graduates for staying on track and achieving an important educational milestone. She further encouraged them to follow their own carefully selected paths, but to seek parental help when advice was needed.
"Since your birth, your parents have worked hard to support you. They have sent you to school, provided you with health care, food, clothing and more. Most have tried to surround you with love and teach you right from wrong.
"However, I believe that you are now at the age where you can take some responsibility for your future," the Minister told the graduates.
Mrs. O'Connor-Connolly also attended graduation ceremonies at the Spot Bay and Creek primary schools over the weekend. At each venue she offered the students similar messages of guidance and inspiration.
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