Sabay-sabay na Hakbang Tungo sa Maunlad na Kinabukasan
Principal Hughes, Honored guests, families and graduates.
Congratulations class of 2017.
You have been so fortunate to have grown up i this time. You have not just grown and developed in a step by step way through your early years but also gone through the steps of education in a structured and steady approach. This has led to huge success as you can see today.
Think of the great formula you started out in life with. You accomplished many truly amazing things at the time. Learning to walk you took baby steps, persevered, had a clear image of what you wanted to do, had excellent coaches and step by step you got there.
This step by step formula worked brilliantly for you as you learned to talk, play, letters, numbers, nature and all about the world around you. Even family life has a step by step approach as you take your place. Remember learning to ride your bike with an adult learning you and picking you up when you fell down.
O course you worked very hard with a clear end result.
Through high school you have used the step by step approach as the teachers steadily developed your duration to the required standard in each of your subjects. Steadily you have gone from things like the simplest counting to algebra, learning letters to writing essays and playing alone to developing adult social skills.
I salute the hard work and dedication of your teachers. They really are focussed on helping you do your best. I am sure many of you have been picked up by them when you felt you couldn't do something and given the confidence to go on.
Along the way life of course has a few challenges to throw at is all. I know you are a class who did not give up. We all have times when a part of all of a subject seems too difficult and we get discouraged. You are a class who do not give up.
Always remember this formula. Take life in a step by step way, seek help, work with great teachers, and work really hard. This way will bring you success. If not persevere. Of course sometimes no matter what we do things do not work out. That is the time to step back and check you are on the right path for you. Occasionally we need to slow down and take a moment to reflect on what is going on.
Today is about giving the recognition to your class. You are a wonderful group and I hope you always remember how proud you are today. You deserve your success.
In the future you are going on to many different things. Your paths will suit you as an individual. But if you use your step by step approach you will succeed. There is a wonderful world out there waiting for talented people like the Class of 2017 to take their place. I hope you find that continuing in education in some way gives you an exciting life.