Thursday 22 October, 2020

Discipline is part of the unwritten curriculum at PMSS

Parents and first form students listening to Principal Jonathan Corbin during the Orientation on the first day of the 2020/21 school year.

Parents and first form students listening to Principal Jonathan Corbin during the Orientation on the first day of the 2020/21 school year.

Princess Margaret Secondary School is a place where its new students will learn discipline.

Making such a promise as he spoke to the first form students and their parents during a form of Orientation on the first day of this new school year (September 21), was principal Jonathan Corbin.

He beseeched the students to obey their parents, teachers, staff and God. 

"There are always consequences when you do not do the right thing. Sometimes you might feel you get away with it but then it comes back to haunt us later."

Painting a picture for one half of the First Year group who will attend school on Mondays and Wednesdays this term, under the new blended approach system, he said:

"For example, you come and you dawdle and you waste time at school and you thought you had a good time, and then you realise, you know what? I find it very hard to get a job or to get a good job or you getting one but just can't keep it because I do not have good disciplinary talents."

Therefore, he urged: 

"Here, we try to teach you to be disciplined and to do what you are supposed to do when you're supposed to do it."

He went on to say that it is a difficult period in the world now with COVID-19, and this is a time when face masks need to be worn. Using himself as an example, he said that he is "too glad" when he does not have to wear one because he is alone, but once he is walking around or coming into contact with someone he makes sure to put it on.

Corbin warned the children not to become complacent and to dutifully wear their masks while on the compound in adherence with the health and safety protocols, because "you do not know what the other person is carrying. The other persons may not even know what they carry themselves. Okay?

"And it only takes one contaminated or infected person to infect a whole bunch of people and then we're in a situation which we really rather not be in."

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