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ScanAid Senior School Holds Graduation Ceremony

Jun 28, 2011, 1:26 PM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

Some one hundred and eight students at the weekend graduated at ScanAid Senior Secondary School in Brufut, West Coast Region.

The ceremony also marked the 5th graduation and 7th speech and prize giving ceremony of the school.

Speaking on the theme for this year’s occasion, “Reflection”, the guest speaker, Momodou Gassama, National Professional Health Promoter at the World Health Organisation (WHO), said the graduation marked the end of their solid years of gaining academic knowledge at ScanAid Senior School and a new beginning for more knowledge, opportunities and prosperity for the students.

Collectively, he said, it is a day for them to reflect on the past, the present and the future as they go about their daily business.

He told the graduating students that to make sense of the remarkable day, it will be prudent to reflect on themselves, to be able to make good assessment of themselves and their plans.

“Reflection is the way to remove inner-blocks, to first become aware of the things that are really holding me back and then tackle them by finding a solution,” Mr Gassama explained.

Reflection is also a tool that leads to greater success in life, that cost us nothing and that could be used at anytime, he said.

In her keynote address, the principal of the school, Mariama Baldeh, said the school is one of the youngest senior secondary schools in the country with a population of about 463 students out of which 233 are girls and 230 are boys.

She said 101 candidates sat to WASSCE out of which three students came out with flying colours, adding that this year her school presented 117 students for the WASSCE of which 55 students were from the Art stream, 41 from Commerce and 12 from Science.

She advised the outgoing students to reciprocate by paying their parents with joy when they succeed in life. She also urged them not to pay their parents with sorrow and disappointment due to their negligence of self-realization.

“You should always remember where you come from, where you are going and whom to go with,” she advised. “Do not make the mistake in life of allowing your peer groups to overshadow your life.”

She also urged the students to make good use of their education, and not to sit at home, be in the streets or follow the detrimental enjoyment of life in this world; rather they should strive hard to always improve themselves and increase their value; for this is just the beginning in their lives.

According to her, ScanAid has put them on the driver’s seat and the sky should be their limit. “Be proud of yourselves, your parents and the society in which you live and the world will welcome you with open mind to succeed, do not forget your Alma-mater - ScanAid Senior secondary School; we will always be there for you,” she concluded. 

 Other speakers at the historic ceremony included the board chairman of the school, Andrew G. Sylva.

Prizes were presented to deserving students courtesy of Hanna Forster, Amie Bensouda, Berti, Shoed Bengelink, Andrew G. Sylva, the late Dr Lenrie Peters, Arab Gambian Islamic Bank, Trust Bank, Access Bank and ScanAid Senior Secondary School.