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  • Education Officer for Region Six, Dr. Euphemia Burke-Robinson, has implored graduates of Newell High School in St. Elizabeth to set goals for themselves and exhibit the right attitude going forward.
  • Using herself as an example, she spoke about how her challenges and disappointments in her pursuit of success taught her to change her attitude and strive even harder for success.
  • The Education Officer reinforced the importance of being respectful to teachers, peers, the cleaners and most importantly themselves, and showing gratitude to their parents and community.

Education Officer for Region Six, Dr. Euphemia Burke-Robinson, has implored graduates of Newell High School in St. Elizabeth to set goals for themselves and exhibit the right attitude going forward.

“Have a goal in mind, write it down and work towards it. There is a difference between those who have a goal and those who just turn up,” she said.

Mrs. Burke-Robinson was the guest speaker at the annual valedictory service at the school on June 28, celebrated under the theme: ‘Fostering Positive Attitude…Pursuing Academic Goals’.

She said that students who do not have goals rob the others of the academic side of the class and divert the attention of teachers who have to spend valuable time dealing with disciplinary problems.

Using herself as an example, she spoke about how her challenges and disappointments in her pursuit of success taught her to change her attitude and strive even harder for success.

“If you did not come to school with a goal in mind, today might very well be your last big and important day. Today provides an opportunity for you to write down your goals. You will achieve it once you continue to work on it,” Mrs. Burke-Robinson told the 60 graduates.

“You must be committed, you must be persistent, you must be tenacious in your quest to achieving your academic goals. Water does not cut through rocks because it is powerful, it cuts through rock because it is persistent, so be persistent in achieving your goals. Every minute counts; the minutes you waste now you will never regain, so value time as a very important and valuable resource,” she added.

The Education Officer reinforced the importance of being respectful to teachers, peers, the cleaners and most importantly themselves, and showing gratitude to their parents and community.

“But most importantly, you must be passionate about your service to humanity and giving selflessly in any capacity. You must respect, show honour, reverence and love to your Creator,” she urged.

Meanwhile, the school’s Principal, Paul Grant, spoke about the school’s achievements over the 2015-16 academic year.

He pointed out that there has been marked improvement in the students’ performance in Mathematics, English, Social Studies and Science.

In his message, read by Office Manager, Jodian Jones, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, said two special projects would be implemented for the upcoming school year.

Mr. Green, who is Member of Parliament for the area, said he would be ensuring that solar panels are installed at the school to take it off the national grid, and he would also implement a school bus system to transport students to and from school.