Uh! It is time to stretch our arms, rub our eyes, straighten our necks, take deep breath, and shake our heads to lighten the pressure that remained
mounted on our body. We have done our part and have done it well. We have appropriately and adequately waved farewell to our first half of academic session 2013. It has come to a satisfying end. Teachers and students came together; resources polled and used, new initiatives made, old ways thanked and made to respite by new innovations, we have designed and created, participated and won. In short, all these are to sum up the activities our school has carried out in our glorious past. Thanks to everyone; teachers and students. We got our support much before our energy to reckon got exhausted. I am extremely gratified.
My expression of gratification does not end here. It will drag on as long as education drags on. The process of education is eternal. It must pull on with all its accessories. The never-ending journey of education is well expressed by Lord Alfred Tennyson when he says:
‘All experience is an arch where thru’ gleams that untraveled world,
Whose margin fades forever and forever when I move.
We cannot have education in isolation either. All over again, I may need your hands and hearts, your paramount support, your willingness to sacrifice time and sleep, your perseverance to travel through misty and alien worlds, and your preparedness to explore and discover new heights. Pursuing education is like climbing up a straight pole. We may not reach the top in our first few attempts. But altogether, it is not impossible. How so ever straight and slippery the pole may be, we have acrobats who do it with the least energy. This is made possible by constant and repeated practices.
Let us unite and march forward. Our grater competitors lie in the close proximity of our school with their armor fastened well with all necessary weapons. We are trapped in between devil and the death. To fight death is impossible. I see a ray of hope in fighting against devil no matter how monstrous and grotesque it looks. Preparation is what is required to fight to win. It is nothing daunting and deadening.
Teachers of St. Mary’s have all necessary requisite for students’ preparation. This is neither sycophancy nor self praise. We have armor set aside for deserving students. Teachers always nourish dreams about students and when fulfilled relish its jovial satisfaction. Teachers do not mind lending their precious time and energy. Teachers have always fought and won. Now they are at the apex of mountain waiting for students to win and join them. They have unfathomable desire to help students fight and are ready to descend from top to the plains to carry them to the peak with them.
Drive to prepare to win must sprout out from students. It is up to individual student to harness dreams of victory and prepare accordingly. Tolerate minute inconveniences that may impede his ways; turn failures to opportunity by using logic, learn that success is an end result of hard work, persevere- for victory may never be realized at first attempt, sacrifice-is difficult but worthy at times to reap plump sweet fruits.
I bestow my warmest regards and the very best wishes to all Saint Mary’s family members, in this second 2013 academic session. May unconquered parts be conquered, undiscovered treasure from books be discovered, works left incomplete gets completed, and unpleasant changes shape and become pleasant! May disasters, misfortunes, tides of undesired commotion, and unexpected friction resulting from indiscipline not find its breathing space in our territory!
St. Mary’s Cambridge School
Murree Road, Rawalpindi.