Mrs Carmona teaches ‘be-attitudes’ to success
By CECILY ASSON Friday, June 21 2013
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Gift of flowers: Her Excellency Reema Harrysingh-Carmona, wife of President Anthony Carmona, accepts a bouquet from Rianna Sookram during the graduati...
Reema Harrysingh-Carmona, wife of President Anthony Carmona, yesterday gave young graduands of St Brigid’s Girls’ Roman Catholic School, Siparia, the “six be-attitudes” which she said will lead them to “great success.”
Carmona’s advice however did not come before informing the girls, who were in smartly dressed graduation gowns and mortar boards, that she never ever thought she would be back at her alma mater addressing them in the capacity as the “first lady of Trinidad and Tobago.”
“It is a testament to what is possible and what the future can hold,” the former student said to sustained applause.
She admitted the invitation to address the graduating class of 2013, took her by surprise.
“I was stunned,” Carmona said, “I have to admit that as a student here many years ago in this small school in Siparia, I never thought that I would be one day invited to address a graduating class and certainly not as the first lady of Trinidad and Tobago.”
Yesterday’s graduation ceremony was held at La Divina Pastora Roman Catholic Church, Siparia, and was attended by a large audience of parents, guardians and well-wishers.
The theme for the graduation ceremony was “Reach High, Dream Deep” and in fulfilling the mandate, Carmona gave them what she called the “six be-attitudes to success.”
She told them they must be goal-oriented and ambitious, be committed, be passionate “and do what you love and love what you do.”
Carmona advised the children to be focused, be brave and be respectful, because they are “the simple courtesies of life,” like saying “thank you, good morning.”
She continued, “In order to gain respect, you must give respect and always remember, manners maketh man and woman.”
Principal Janice De Boulet delivered the annual principal’s report while Schools Supervisor Anthony Ramjit and Martin Lumkin, brought greetings on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA).