|Tamana Hindu holds first graduation ceremony |
By RALPH BANWARIE Monday, July 1 2013
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Narendra Jaghoo (left) receiving trophy for most outstanding student (male) from Mayantee Mahase-Persad, principal of Lakshmi Girls Hindu College....
Mayantee Mahase-Persad, principal of Lakshmi Girls Hindu College, warned students of Tamana Hindu Primary School not to submit to peer pressure when they enter secondary school.
Mahase-Persad was addressing students at the school’s first ever graduation exercise held last Wednesday.
She advised students to cultivate a good character, to be compassionate, to be spiritual, to be adaptable to changes, to value uniqueness, to express gratitude, and most importantly, to dream big.
Mahase-Persad told the students if they are weak they will jump on the bandwagon and may be left behind. She warned them that if that happened, their educational goals most likely will not be achieved.
“Always remember the uniqueness that was shaped by your family and remain unique in spite of all name calling or challenges you encounter in secondary school. Remain focussed and most important, remember God who made you a unique person,” Mahase-Persad said.
She continued, “As individuals you can do anything you want to do. Being poor does not mean that you cannot excel. Good leaders came from humble homes.” She noted that Nelson Mandela dreamt big and he became one of the world’s greatest leaders.
“Another important quality that must be instilled in you,” Mahase-Persad told the students, “is the quality of spirituality. In spite of what ever religion you come from always remember that God will lead and guide you and this is what makes all of us common and at no time must we forget that.”
To the parents she advised them to always communicate with their children. “Have an open door for communication with your children; it is the time when they need it most.” She appealed to the parents to set boundaries, monitor their activities on the computer and ensure that they do not go to web sites they should not go on.