New Hall Int’l School Lekki, marks 2018 Valedictory Services in Style.
After six eventful years of serious studies and grooming, New Hall International School Lekki dispatched a well nurtured set of graduates who are ready to take on the world. The Eaglets, who have been exposed to world class education and opportunities in their six- year sojourn in the citadel of academic excellence, were let out recently as the school marks its 2018 Valedictory Services in style.
Speaking at the occasion which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the school, the director, Mr Abiodun Agbaje, in reference to Henry Ford’s popular saying; ‘coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress and working together is success’, recounted the journey so far, “As we look back over the ten years with determination to create a school that will be a centre of excellence, with the aim to attain the highest level in the areas of academics, arts and sports within a truly inclusive environment; indeed, there was a beginning, and thankfully there was also a progress and yes – undeniably we have been successful!”
He went on to enumerate the landmark achievements of the school, “Infrastructure wise, we started with a building, as many of you may know. But today, we can say that we have state-of-the-art buildings that compare with the best anywhere in the world. Our state of the art sporting facilities as well as our ultramodern hostel typifies home away from home.”
“New Hall is a household name in London because our artwork – a painting that showcases the rivers around our environment – that was exhibited during a program organized by the British Council tagged: ‘Rivers of the World’, came tops and was taken to London for exhibition. Our primary pupils have been doing fantastically. We came first in the spelling bee competition organized by Tasty Fried Chicken”, he said.
The director was full of encomium for the best graduating student, Master Ogunmola Daramola, for his sterling academic achievements; especially for clinching the first position in the PZ-Cussons organised Chemistry Challenge in 2017. According to him, “this singular feat announced New Hall International School as a citadel of excellence where minnows are transformed into giants.” In the same breath, he commended another student, Adegoke Pelumi, who according to him, received the baton from Dara and also came out tops in the 2018 edition of the contest.
Speaking on behalf of his fellow graduating students, the valedictorian, Master Ogunmola Daramola, thanked the teaching and administrative staff of the school for the values instilled in them for the past six years. He was also full of gratitude to the parents for the sacrifices they put in to see them through secondary education.
He went on to thank his mates for the bond which they shared and admonished them to strife to make the school and their parents proud, “Thank you for teaching me that blood doesn’t make a family – love does. That’s what we are, a family bound by love. In that spirit, I plead with you that whatever happens after today will be the last leg of the much larger 20+- year journey called education, and to justify the efforts of not only yourself but the teachers and parents who invested so much in you, you have to finish strong.”
Dara, charged his mates to dream which according to him, will keep them grounded when the storms of life come calling, ”when the difficulties and hurdles of the future come, because they are coming, we must have something to draw strength from; something to remind us of the prize we are fighting for. We need to dream. The dream you have in your heart was put there because it is possible, and the world is waiting on you to make the impossibilities that will ridicule the realities of tomorrow”, he said.
The valedictorian ended his speech with a quote by Martin Luther King Junior, “Finally, remember the words of Martin Luther King: if you can’t fly, run, if you can’t run, walk, if you can’t walk crawl but whatever you do keep moving forward. I end like I began as once again the class of twenty eighteen says ‘gratias tibia’ – thank you!”