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‘Beware of dream killers’- Hon Pickering tells exiting FLPS pupils

- Guest Speaker Kevon S. Lettsome urged students to adopt winning habits
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) makes a presentation of a trophy to 2016 FLPS Valedictorian, Marik Pemberton. Photo: VINO
Salutatorian, Deija Malone makes her way to receive her prize for the achievement. Photo: VINO
Salutatorian, Deija Malone makes her way to receive her prize for the achievement. Photo: VINO
The graduating pupils in song. Photo: VINO
The graduating pupils in song. Photo: VINO
The students get a loud round of applause following the conclusion of the Exiting Ceremony. Photo: VINO
The students get a loud round of applause following the conclusion of the Exiting Ceremony. Photo: VINO
Acting Chief Education Officer, Connie E. George urged the students to avoid bad company during their high school life. Photo: VINO
Acting Chief Education Officer, Connie E. George urged the students to avoid bad company during their high school life. Photo: VINO
Guest Speaker at the FLPS Exiting Ceremony, Kevon S. Lettsome. Photo: VINO
Guest Speaker at the FLPS Exiting Ceremony, Kevon S. Lettsome. Photo: VINO
Proud Principal of Francis Lettsome Primary School, Deborah James. Photo: VINO
Proud Principal of Francis Lettsome Primary School, Deborah James. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons in attendance at the FLPS Exiting Ceremony on June 29, 2016. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons in attendance at the FLPS Exiting Ceremony on June 29, 2016. Photo: VINO
Teachers of the Francis Lettsome Primary School. Photo: VINO
Teachers of the Francis Lettsome Primary School. Photo: VINO
Past students of the Francis Lettsome Primary School. Photo: VINO
Past students of the Francis Lettsome Primary School. Photo: VINO
Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion and Eighth District Representative, Hon Marlon A. Penn was also at the FLPS Exiting Ceremony. Photo: VINO
Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion and Eighth District Representative, Hon Marlon A. Penn was also at the FLPS Exiting Ceremony. Photo: VINO
EAST END, Tortola, VI- Grade Six pupils of the Francis Lettsome Primary School (FLPS) came in for some stern advice when the Class of 2016 had its Exiting Ceremony at the East End/Long Look Community Centre yesterday, June 29, 2016.

The Exiting Class of 2016 numbered 19, with Marik Pemberton and Deija Malone being the Valedictorian and Salutatorian respectively.

Education- the great equaliser

During his remarks, Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), told the students that education is the great equaliser and the currency to their future.

“It doesn’t matter who your parents are, it doesn’t matter where you come from, it doesn’t matter whether you have or don’t have; your future is so bright you will need to wear blinders because it will blind you how bright your future be. Your opportunities are only limited by your ability to want to work because if you work hard and do your school work you will achieve exactly as you see it for your future,” the past FLPS student, Hon Pickering, stated.

Beware of dream killers

But the Deputy Premier also had some hard advice for the young students now gearing up to move on to secondary school level, urging them to avoid people who may prevent them from having a bright future.

He implored them to not listen to gossip, bad minded people, or negative people.

“Beware, beware of dream killers. The people who will tell you ‘you will never amount to anything’ or the people that will tell you ‘you can’t be anything because you come from Long Look’ or ‘you can’t become anything because you come from a small island.’ Beware of those people and when they tell you that say thank you Jesus for bringing that person in my life I’m going to prove them wrong, and you go out and prove them wrong.”

Meanwhile, to show his appreciation for the hard work of the teachers and pupils of the graduating class, Hon Pickering rewarded them with a trip to Norman Island on July 4, 2016. There they will be treated to lunch and a day of fun at the beach.

Walk away from negatives

Similar advice was shared to the students by Acting Chief Education Officer Connie E. George, who told the students that when they begin their high school life they will meet many types of people at their new school.

“Some of them are going to be good and those are the ones we would like you to gravitate to. Some of them are going to be good for nothing. Keep from those...and there is a third group. There is nothing good in them, so keep from that set also,” Mrs George said, adding that every child has potential but sometimes they mask it with other things.

“Once you see other people masking their potential, you keep from that set.”

The Chief Education Officer also told the students to say no to negativity. “Many negatives may confront you, walk away from negatives. Discipline, you have been exposed to good discipline, carry that with you. What about manners? Carry that with you, don’t leave it at Francis Lettsome Primary School.”

Adopt a winning attitude

The guest speaker at the Exiting Ceremony was former FLPS student Kevon S. Lettsome, a former Physical Education Teacher Trainee, youth worker, basketball player and coach, and employee of Scotiabank.

Mr Lettsome encouraged the exiting students to be winners always by adopting good study habits, and even shared the quote of retired Elmore Stoutt High School Principal Mr Elmore Stoutt, ‘can as much as you can while you can’ as he said being purposeful and persevering were key to success.”

“I urge you to have a winning spirit. I say to you that you are winners....I urge to have winning trends, I urge you to have winning study habits. Winning does not mean coming in first...Winning simply means gaining results...Winning gives you a certain pride and joy and makes you want it more and more.”

Mr Lettsome also encouraged parents to make sure their child has a vision and a purpose and are able to execute them. “That would be a key component in their next level of education.”

Stand by your children

A vibrant FLPS Principal Deborah James said the Class of 2016 was a highly successful one that excelled in both academics and sports, and who were willing and obedient.

She advised the parents to ensure that their children are always on the right track and to always pay attention to them.

“Parents, your duty is to stand by your children. Do not leave them out. Make sure that they have the tools to work with. See that they attend school regularly and punctually. See that they do their projects and homework. Thank you parents for your great support; I am pleased, extremely pleased that you have been supporting us throughout the year. Thank you and continue the good work,” James said.

Be a leader & not a follower- Val

Valedictorian Pemberton urged his fellow graduating students to be leaders and not followers.

“Don’t be too in too big of a hurry to grow up. These are great times in your life. Don’t rush past them,” he said.

The Exiting Class of 2016 consisted Frankeisha Brown, Desrick Butler, Jaroy Daley, Shanequa Davis, Demari Donovan, nakia Fahie, Matai Frett, Kamari Gillings, Tenisha Herbert, Carolyn Hernandez, Emmanuel Jon-Baptiste, Ashlyn Lettsome, Deija Malone, Kivohnya Merry, Deonandree Milwood, Marik Pemberton, Leanna Smith, Brian Sylvester and C’Novia Toussaint.

14 Responses to “‘Beware of dream killers’- Hon Pickering tells exiting FLPS pupils”

  • insider (30/06/2016, 16:53) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    where was ballhead? He shame to go there because Kedrick will box he
    • @ insider (01/07/2016, 01:23) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      heard he was down Ebenezer school gradation throw word on kismet and playing politics as usual while texting Chuckey
  • grench (30/06/2016, 18:31) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Beware of pico the ndp are dream killers
    • Roberto (30/06/2016, 23:28) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      You don't have to be a child to have your dreams killed. This same politician has thrown many ideas people came to him with, right out the window because he didn't agree with them. I myself have brought ideas to improve our economy and he brushed me aside like a piece of dirt. When he finally gets voted out and someone who really loves the BVI comes in, I will support them and tell him "no more votes for you". A young ma who was always getting in trouble wanted to turn his life around and get a job and He told him "NO"!. This man acts as though he owns the government jobs. He is truly a DREAM KILLER!
      • Reply (03/07/2016, 00:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        How can people sit behind their gadgets and have the heart to type some of these things I am reading..... Why does everything have to be about politics.....
  • limit (30/06/2016, 22:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    dont you no ballhead is learning kung fu watch out
  • VG (01/07/2016, 00:34) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The biggest dream killer. Pot calling the kettle blsck
  • 123 (01/07/2016, 00:46) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good advise shaq
  • Serpico (01/07/2016, 01:24) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    kudos to all students
  • long look me come from (01/07/2016, 06:35) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Funny man always blogging against kendrick but its not going to help because if you come premier you will kill both dreams and the country
  • farmer brown (01/07/2016, 09:07) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    BEWARE OF THE CUBAN!
  • Really? (01/07/2016, 11:40) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr.Pickering and his ilk have done a pretty good job of killing any dream of having a civilized, respectful society with an expectation of a fair and reasonable government that acts in the best interest of the BVIslanders. Instead, we have to settle for cronyism, corruption and back room politics that only serve their interest. A ting to tell da king indeed.
  • ndp (02/07/2016, 01:56) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    M*** stop blogging against pickering we can see right through it!

  • pat (03/07/2016, 00:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Reading some of these comments, I cry for my country. I cry that some people cannot rise above being petty and vindictive.


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