‘Be good ambassadors’

National, Normal


THE graduating Grade 12 class of Badihagwa High School in Port Moresby have been challenged to be good ambassadors and be multi-skilled through different trainings.
Principal Gabriel Manga said being a jack-of-all-trades would provide many opportunities in the real world.
“Start small and work your way up if you don’t make it further into tertiary level from here,” Mr Manga said yesterday at the second graduation ceremony.
He congratulated the 117 Grade 12 students for making it this far in education, elaborating that the school had progressed a lot through the school learning improvement plan (SLIP), which he plans to fully implement next year.
He said the areas that needed improvement were in curriculum development, staff improvement, school administration and school infrastructure development which will be improved through SLIP that is still in its initial status.
Mr Manga challenged the Government to establish and expand more technical schools in PNG as TVET was the way forward for the country.
Meanwhile, outgoing head girl Diane Sari said being a leader was a challenge and it took patience and humbleness to earn respect.
“To be a leader, you must be a servant to serve others,” she said leaving the challenge to the continuing students to work along-side their teachers and students.
She urged her peers to follow their dreams wherever it might take them and never to give up in life as there were many doors available to pursue in life.
The top award for the social science strand went to Gilabwala Ebenosi, son of former Kiriwina-Goodenough MP William Ebenosi.
He got the first place in geography, mathematics, business studies and second place in economics and the citizenship award.
Raymond Logona got the dux for the science strand with first prize in mathematics A, physics, computing, English and second place in chemistry.   
The school was established as secondary school last year with 92 students, and out of that number, only 21 students were selected to continue their studies at the tertiary institutions.
Three are at the University of Papua New Guinea, one at University of Goroka, two at Pacific Adventist University and 15 at the UPNG open campus.
“We started off with 145 students at the beginning of the year but the number dropped when some transferred out, others withdrew, including the head boy Daniel Pun, and one passed away in the year,” Mr Manga said.