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Students of the Newcombe Valley Primary School in St. Elizabeth have been told to guard their education like a prized possession.
Delivering the keynote address at the institution’s annual school leaving exercise held recently, Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Information Officer, Mandeville Regional Office, Garfield Angus, encouraged the students to protect the knowledge that their teachers have instilled in them.
He also urged them to strive to be the kind of person that would make their parents proud and to associate with achievers. “For you to achieve, your friends have to be achievers. Spend time to read about important people and emulate the good people in your community. If you do all of these, you will realise a secure future,” he said.

Principal of the Newcombe Valley Primary School in St. Elizabeth, Stacy-Ann Levy, delivers the principal’s report at the recent school leaving exercise. Seated at left is mathematics specialist with the Ministry of Education, Andre Burton.

Mr. Angus further told the graduates to always aim for excellence. “It does not matter, which school you have been placed. Everything depends on you, and in the quest for excellence, no one can fail you, only you can fail yourself,” he stated.
The Information Officer lauded the teachers and urged them to continue their valiant effort in delivering quality education to children. He also charged the parents to protect and guide their children to be successful adults, instead of being “part of the negatives that are plaguing our communities.”
Principal of the school, Stacy-Ann Levy, in providing the school report, lauded the institution’s many achievements over the year, including improvements in the Grade Four Literacy Test.