Do not tarnish school's reputation
London tells Signal Hill pupils:
Chief Secretary of Tobago Orville London has urged the 1,200 pupil population at the Signal Hill Secondary School not to do anything that will tarnish its brand.
"It was a very hard and long road to achieve that brand but that brand can easily be tarnished. You have to ensure that that brand is not tarnished by your behaviour. It is the responsibility of the pupils to become productive and more responsible," he told a packed auditorium of pupils and teachers at the school's 35th anniversary celebrations on last week Tuesday.
London, who took early retirement as the school's principal in 1995 after almost seven years to enter politics added: "You have all the ingredients necessary, the environment to be productive and responsible has never been good as it is now.
"Young people and not so young focus primarily on the things they have not yet got not realising that there are so many opportunities present in the environment in which they exist. I am saying to you therefore that you have got to do some introspection and determine what your mindset is going to be. Am I going to continue to be a complainer or want the things I cannot have or I am going to say I am living in an environment in which I can succeed and therefore utilise the opportunities available to me, that is the challenge I want to leave with you all this morning," London said.
"You the young people of Signal Hill you are living in a very challenging time, you are living in a time when your future is going to depend to a very large extent on how you treat with the opportunities that you now have. Tobago has never been as competitive as you have now. The Tobago way of life has never been under threat as it is now; the future of young Tobagonians has never been in jeopardy as it is now because if Tobagonians do not prepare themselves to take up their position in their space they are going to lose their manhood.
He urged them to maximise the opportunities available at the school so that when they leave they would be able to maximise the opportunities available outside and said there were opportunities out there that were available only to Tobagonians including the reservation of eight spaces a year for secondary school pupils to do a pre-medical programme before admittance to study at the UWI Faculty of Medicine.
The school received a trophy and $25,000 from the THA Excellence Award programme for the improvement of sport for coming second best in the field of sport.