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.

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Apr 7 at 7:15 AM

To go to a school and preach about brand and reputation,without indulging in the plightful terror,these children are suffering is blindsighted,primitive,useless,with an arrogance of selfish irresposible behaviour. Children lean on the wisdom of adults to instruct,with correct and concrete direction,on how to deal and solve situations, which they themselves lack experience,wisdom and understanding for the multitude of issuses which arises in their lifes. This desperation and immaturity is rising up in deliberate unconstructive behaviours. You put a group of young people with different culturalbelieves and upbringing,who seeks out his-her identity,without honest productive,listening leaders and the magnitude of chaos is not without understanding. LONDONS behaviour to the situation is callous ,idiotic,which should not be embedded in a pricipal with experience. He pays too little importance to development of education, and sincerly needs a reality check.Aschool is as good as the leaders.

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Joy said on Saturday, Apr 7 at 3:48 PM

Why don't you stop posting RUBBISH. You make no sense and your comments are so badly written, they are most difficult to read and comprehend (pseudo intellectual!)

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Anonymous said on Sunday, Apr 8 at 7:35 AM

I am very much and personally aware of London denying,children education,because he is afraid of Tarnishing the schools reputation,without altenatives,to these young childrens situation. Do we really need someone like that,beign responsible for the lifes of our childerns education. Who is more concern about his SCHOOLS reputation,that doing his jobb intellectually. No i do not think so. hE DID NOT SPEND ALL THOSE YEARS IN SCHOOL GETTING AN EDUCATION,TO TRY AND SWEEP every situation he cannot handle under the carpet. So i quess big words and an exam paper does not make you educated.It just makes you informative. Time for intelligent people to start running Tobago. BYE BYE LONDON.IF THE PEOPLE OF TOBAGO ARE AS INTELLIGENT AS HE SAYS THEY ARE..HE IS A PASS HISTORY.

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Anonymous said on Sunday, Apr 8 at 7:42 AM

tHANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME to read my comment even if it as you say....pueso intellectual... I hope that you would always take time and energy ,to enlighten me on where i went wrong,as much energy it took to write about how unintelligent i am.. May your intelligence serve you well in the future.

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Apr 12 at 9:44 AM

Their once was a little girl,who wanted to go to school...But her parents had no money...All the money they worked for went to rent and food..So she took a jobb ,saved some money ,asked London to come to school..His reply was,you would only tarnish the reputation of the school.Is this a man who really cares about childrens education..

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