Developing internationally minded people
Published: Jun 26, 2013
Borrowing a quote from best-selling author Joyce Meyer, Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald told the 56 graduates of St. Andrew’s School that they were prime examples of “The Power of Preparation”.
Fitzgerald reminded the International Baccalaureate (IB) learners that the aim of the IB Programme is to develop internationally minded people who recognize their common humanity, shared guardianship of the planet, and help to create a better and more peaceful world. He noted that the program has shown the graduates to the possible place that they can serve in the global community.
Minister Fitzgerald asked the 2013 graduates of his alma mater to remember that preparation equips them to move confidently into the future; and that preparation empowers them to use their strengths to better the world. He also told them that preparation evolves the populace into becoming lifelong learners.
”Just because you have obtained formal education does not mean that your education is over,” said Fitzgerald.
He told them that not everything they will learn will come from a book and that some of their knowledge will come from observation and on-the-job training.
The education minister encouraged the graduates to get properly prepared to advance to their next level of education or chosen career.
Graduate, Anna Deal was the 2013 Class Valedictorian. She received four subject prizes at the ceremony. Anna intends to study at the University of California, Berkeley campus.
Gabrielle Greene took the Principal’s Award.
The Judy Maura Outstanding Student Award was given to Byran Woodside II. Rajahl Moxey and Alison Ferguson won the Hurricanes award for extra-curricular sports.
Alexander Hawkins received the Michael Pintard Creative Writing Award and Falon Williams obtained the Rhode Island Visual Arts Award.