THE students of De La Salle Secondary school in Port Moresby have done their school proud this year with excellent academic results.
Principal of the school James Ume said the school made a big turn around this year, with excellent performance from the Grade ten, 11 and 12, unlike last year where there was a lot of bad media coverage due to behavioural problems resulting in poor performance.
“This year, a total of 855 boys enrolled in the school and I must say it is very pleasing to see the year ends a “stable 2009 for all of us,” he said.
He said this year, 27 students have transferred while seven withdrew and 37 were suspended because of disciplinary matters.
The school had taken the initiative to solve the issue on fighting and bullying which had been
a hit in the media last year.
Jacob Yowai topped the school by taking out the dux award ahead of 125 Grade 12 students at the third graduation ceremony yesterday.
Mr Yowai’s award came from Bank South Pacific and Digicel PNG with a K500-worth of Nokia phone and a cash price.
Meanwhile, Digicel PNG customer care manageress Rizsa Muguel, said Digicel had supported education in PNG through the Digicel PNG Foundation and they were proud to share the students’ success.
“Do not take this day as the last point in education but rather take it as a great stepping stone in your life and your achievements in the last 12 years in education,” she said.
Ms Miguel said education builds a strong nation and congratulated Mr Yowai on his excellent performance for which he received the 2009 dux award and best science student award.
Mr Ume thanked all the 14 sponsors who have come good with sponsorship towards the preparation of the graduation and awards presentation.
The sponsors include Digicel PNG, Bank South Pacific, Teachers savings and loans, Little holdings, CBS, KMC, PJV stationary, Badili hardware, Green fresh, Cash and Carry, Pacific engineering, Trukai industries, More stationary, and Seeto Kui group of Companies.
Outgoing student representative council (SRC) president, Simon Nianpop challenged his fellow graduates by closing with this remark: “Tomorrow will be the start of a new chapter in our lives out from a successful 2009, and I urge all of us to give our best for God and the country.”