Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Girafit.com, Rotimi Ashley-Dejo has urged Corona Secondary School students to be willing to adopt new strategies if they plan to achieve their set goals in their academics.
Deji-Ashley in his address titled “Not too early to start” delivered at the annual 2018/2019 Speech and Prize Giving Day of Corona Secondary School, Agbara, encouraged students on the need to start aspiring to be successes at a tender age.
According to Deji-Ashley “Nobody sees you when you decide to be successful until you attain success. This tells you that success goes beyond that decision. The decision is just the beginning”.
“And the first key to success is to discover what you are good at, and try your best at it. Our lives are a series of successes and failures. But if you don’t try something, you can never know if you can attain success in it or otherwise.”
He also debunks the notion that poor academic performances is caused by student’s participation in extracurricular activities. According to him, on the contrary, “from research students who engage in extracurricular activities are also the high flyers academically.
“However, parents job is to help them manage their time effectively and not to stop them from extracurricular activities. And parents should stop deciding choice of career for their children. Your job is to guide them in choosing what they are best at, that way; they can glow and amount to success,” Deji-Ashley said.
He concluded that for those not being awarded today, “It doesn’t mean that they are less successful, as everyone is a success at something,” as he stressed on the need for them to believe in themselves and devise a new strategy to achieving their set goals.
In her opening remarks, Chinedum Oluwadamilola, Principal, Corona Secondary School-Agbara noted that though, true success comes from hard-work and dedication, the school was also very keen at other aspects of successes.
According to her, “This is a time where we as staff and students come together to applaud our achievements and efforts, and for recognizing those individuals, teachers and students, and staff who have given a touch of excellence into what they do, who have distinguished themselves by going the extra miles and breaking standing records.
“This recognition hinges on behavioral and academic excellence, as well as sports, clubs, and so many other areas. It is based on sound psychological principle of reward and reinforcement.
“Success is such a misconstrued phenomenal, hence the need to situate what it is in the right perspective. True success is what comes from hard-work. There is no such thing as overnight success.
“There is a common misconception which equates success with a mere improvement on a previous record. While we concede to the fact that, improvement will be part of success, we contend that it does not define it.
“Our understanding is that, success involves setting a goal, and taking the right steps towards accomplishing it, with later life focus and undeterred success and determination. It is combination of those steps.
“And like we say to our students regularly, you are never going to be able to score a goal until you take a shot. You cannot sit on the sideline and suddenly begin to score goals, you have to take that shot, and that is what success is about.”
Noimot Salako-Oyedele deputy governor of Ogun State in a chat with Journalists says lauded the academic achievements of the school and also other achievements in sports, drama, art, and most importantly the ‘Principal Award’ which is for the most improved student, because this sort of create the total child.
According to her “Education is something that is very important to the government of Ogun State, and to this effect, his Excellency, Dapo Abiodun is doing a lot of work.”
On his part, Niyi Yusuf, chairman, Corona Secondary School Board, said the occasion was to celebrate and recognise the performances of outstanding students and staff in terms of academics, behavioural, sports, clubs and associations, adding that the point we are trying to make with the theme is that, excellence is in all students, we only need to find it.”
One of the high points of the occasion was the announcement of the ‘Principal Special Award’ winner, in person of a distinguished Year 12 student, Fayobomi Olusola-Falodun, for her outstanding commitments in adding value to her fellow students.