Principal's Message during 2016 graduation ceremony

My motto is: ‘It has to be done’. The moment is not going to wait for me and I need to be in the moment, ...

One of my most enjoyable experiences as Principal, is to attend our annual Graduation ceremony where I can see a hall full of young people like you, capped and gowned, ready to receive their well-earned diplomas or awards. It is a delightful sight! That is our aim at EEC: to see our students graduate and equip themselves for life in the 21st century workplace. Imagine yourself there for a moment… One of those young people could be you and this is the first day of your journey towards it.In order to achieve any goal in life you have to plan for it and work consistently towards it. Just to dream about it is not enough.

During the Rio Olympics last year, many of you may have heard of Wayde van Niekerk, the South African sprinter who became an Olympic gold medallist and the first person in the world to run 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters in under 10 seconds, 20 seconds and 44 seconds respectively. He has set a world record and is the first man ever to win an Olympic 400 meter title from an outside lane! Yet what many people don’t know is that he was born prematurely at 29 weeks, weighing just over 1kg. Doctors said he could very well end up being disabled. But somehow he beat all the odds, even though he started off running in borrowed shoes. His trainer was also a 74-year-old, white-haired grandmother, Ans Botha – a most unlikely combination! But look at the dramatic results they achieved since teaming up four years ago!

Similarly, Simone Biles from the United States left the Rio 2016 Games as one of the best Olympic gymnasts of all time, with five medals – 4 gold and one bronze – from her first Olympic games.Yet she and her three siblings were taken into care because both their parents were drug addicts and couldn’t care for them. She was officially adopted by her grandparents and last saw her mother years ago.