Forty-three students from the Samaritan Presbyterian School in St Mark who were successful in the recent CPEA Examination had their final tip at the primary school education level and now look forward to breaking new grounds in their educational pursuits when school reopens in September.
This, as the Samaritan Primary School one of two primary schools in the parish of St Mark, held its annual graduation ceremony at the school last Thursday under the Theme “From Yesterday’s Hope to Tomorrow’s Accomplishments.”
The ceremony, which was attended by parents, past students, administration of the Presbyterian Church, members of the PTA, teachers and Parliamentary Representative for the Constituency of St Mark recognized the contribution made by all stakeholders, among them parents and teachers, in molding the young minds and getting them to a state of readiness as they transit from primary school into secondary school.
In a brief overview of the school’s achievement for the year, 2016/17 principal Gerard Cudjoe noted that quite a lot was achieved both in the area of academics and on the sporting field.
According to Cudjoe, the school saw marked improvement in the areas of reading with the introduction of a new teacher and programme. Regarding the CPEA exams, he noted that a total of forty-nine students sat the exams and forty-three were successful.
In the field of sports, Cudjoe said, the school was able to retain the St. Mark Primary School sports title, defeating the Bonair Government for yet another year. Also in the area of sports the school won the Kiddy Cricket title for the fourth consecutive year and is making great strides in football and other sporting areas.
Despites these successes, the principal said, the SPS has its challenges, among them inadequate facility and furniture both for staff and students, limited office space for both staff and student, falling concrete, damaged celling, poor lighting, flooded kitchen and staff rooms among others. It is his hope that the new school year would bring better fortune.
A former student, now teacher at the Mc. Donald College, Ms. Dennisha Edwards delivered the feature address at the ceremony and reminded the students that they should not allow circumstances to stand in the way of success and getting a good education
Some sixty percent of her speech was centered on her own life story and how she was able to overcome her own challenges in life get to where she now sits.
Edwards urged the student to see education as a way out of whatever challenges they might be going through in their lives. Giving up she noted should not be an option. According to her too often, students waste their secondary school years and attempt to chase it down later by taking extra classes, her words to them, “take advantage of it now.”
The former SPS student reminded the graduates to put Almighty God first in all their doings, and have confidence in themselves as they face life’s challenges. She also called on the students to surround themselves with positive thinking people who could provide encouragement when most needed.
Edwards urged parents and teachers to be there for their students, keep an open communication line that would allow for fearless interaction in critical times.
Class valedictorian was Ms Rayanne Franklyn.
The highlight of the day’s proceedings was, however, the distribution of certificates to the graduates and awards to outstanding students.