Continue pursuit of excellence - Reid
Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer
JAMAICA COLLEGE (JC) principal, Senator Ruel Reid, has charged his students to continue their pursuit of excellence as the institution continues to improve on its academic performance.
Reid, speaking at the commencement ceremony for the new school year in the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium at JC, urged students to improve in all areas as the all-boys school is aiming for a 95 per cent pass rate for every subject in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.
"The gauntlet has been laid out; you're among the finest students in Jamaica, the Caribbean, and the world," he told them. "You have the finest teachers who are hard-working. You are all competitive and we are all here to support the pursuit of excellence."
"We have given you some guiding principles in the core values of honesty, integrity, respect, excellence and discipline. You must know these core values and live by them, keep them within your hearts. Excellence is an art won by mutation. We are what we repeatedly do, and excellence is not an act but a habit. Embrace excellence and make it that habit," added Reid.
Guest speaker, the Rev Dr Stevenson Samuels, pastor of the Escarpment Road New Testament Church of God, also lauded Jamaica College for its outstanding performance in both sports and academics.
"Before you came here, a couple of years ago, this would be a different story this morning; we would be talking about how we are going to stop the fights, the stabbings, the poor performance on the roads and the poor performance in CSEC and CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations). However, things are different now," he told the students. "JC has turned right around, 180 degrees, and is going in the opposite direction. There is a management system that is being put in place at this institution that is showing how students can transform and how a school can be moved from being good to great. Something good is going on at Jamaica College."