El miércoles 7 de diciembre, los alumnos de 6.º ingresaron al patio del colegio, donde se realizó la ceremonia, liderados por los gaiteros y recibiendo el aplauso de todos los presentes.
Después de escuchar las palabras de sus maestras y autoridades del Colegio, recibieron sus diplomas de mano de Diana Maclean - directora de la Primaria de Punta Chica.
La Ceremonia continuó con la participación del Coro y de la Banda, quienes animaron a todos los amigos y familiares que se encontraban allí.
Uno de los momentos más emotivos fue la despedida de la profesora de Drama, Pat Brough, que nos deja luego de muchos años en el San Andrés.
Queremos compartir con Uds. las palabras de Patsy Grisar, maestra de Geography en 6.º, en el discurso dirigido a los alumnos que egresaban:
" As we come to the end of 2011—the International Year of Forests—I look at what’s been achieved in securing the enormous, irreplaceable contribution that the world’s forests make to the survival of biodiversity and human society.
Forests are a valuable natural heritage and an important resource for our environment and so are all of you 6th graders. Every one of you is a tree in this forest we live in. Each and every part of you, a tree, and it reflects who you are.
The trunk is what you were born with...your essence. Be true to your ideals, what you believe in, and stand up for what you truly think is correct and right. What really motivates us in life is the things we value. The roots are the values that your parents teach you every day. Whatever one's values, when we take them to heart and implement them in the smallest detailsof our lives, great accomplishments and success are sure to follow.
The key point to keep in mind about values is that implementing them energizes everything concerned with them. For an individual........ committing to ////and applying values releases fresh energies, which always attract success, achievement, and makes you feel good.
A tree is a key component in the weather cycle and, like you, has a great influence on climate. Offer your shade to those that are angry so they can cool down and think things over. Embrace those that are going through rough storms so they can find shelter in your comforting words.
Remember the lizard and duck symbol in the Forest logo we studied at the beginning of the year?? . These symbols stand for biodiversity and the abundance of species that live in forests. They represent the great variety of people that you will be in contact with throughout your lives. Celebrate the differences, celebrate the enormous variety of traditions and cultures you will be exposed to. Learn from them but above all respect them. It is the fact that we are all different that makes us all so unique, so special.
Forests are full of springs, brooks, rivers and creeks so we come to water. Water flows and they are the many streams of learning and influences that you will find in your life. They are all those teachers, professors, thinkers who expose you to and nourish you with an enormous source of knowledge. Be open, do, listen and learn from them, open your minds to different ideas but quench your thirst with those ideas that you believe in...... those that are true to your essence.
As we come to the end of 2011--- the graduation of our 6th graders-----
I also look at what’s been achieved in developing responsible, respectful independent children and I cannot but smile with pride.
Dear fellow teachers I salute (congratulate) you for a job well done. Every single member of Punta Chica from Kindergarten to 6th has been kind and caring.....even when we stood at the entrance door and made you pull up your socks and tuck your shirts in..........they have tried to role model empathy, cooperation, commitment, discipline, dignity and excellence to mention only some of the values you have been exposed to.
To you parents all I can say is that you should feel an immense sense of fulfilment for the second step of school life has bared ripe fruit. Congratulations for raising such an amazing group of people that stand before us today. Parents who are involved in their own child’s life lead them to more opportunities for success; this group that stands in front of us has shown so many positive qualities and we know this all starts at home.
To you graduates I wish you all the best in this new wonderful road you are about to travel along but I ask you please never forget your roots, the values that have forged such fine souls. But I also ask you to put passion in all that you do, be willing to take risks and be yourself..... It is essential too that you not just THINK through your best options, but also seek to FEEL what will be the results of your actions. Next year is the start of something new. It brings the hope of something great. Anything is possible......and we all know that you can
Thank you "