Stepping into Agip Recital Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, someone would assume it is a thanksgiving celebration or even Nollywood actors on stage as people cheered intermittently while the youngsters sang along and danced. The event was the graduation, prize giving and award ceremony of De Beautiful Beginning School (DBB), and as has become the tradition, it was marked with theatrical performances. This time, the school decided to convey the message of the day through Anthology of Poems with the theme, The Trees Claps Their Hands.

The entry of acts from the primary arm of DBB donning different costumes was marked by excitement. The hall erupted in applause. On stage the enthusiastic pupils wasted no time before serving what they have for their audience. The hallmark of the day’s presentations was the poetry performance, ballet dance, Indian dance which the students rendered with ease and finesse. Indeed it shows that time spent during rehearsals was worthwhile.

In her address, the Executive Director of DBB, Mrs. Bukola Ogunleye, said the day mean’t so much to the school, likewise the graduating students who have excelled in academic work. “Today is a special day for De Beautiful Beginning School, because it is the day that stands out to encourage children on their achievement.

“The children have really worked hard, so we decided to encourage them today. Mostly for those graduating, it is one of those great occasions you look forward to. Today is the time to look back as parents to see that the children that started pre-nursery have graduated to primary and are doing very fine. “What we are saying is that if they put in more effects the sky will be their limit. DBB grooms a total number of children so that wherever they go in life, they are independent. We taught them the core value of the school, professionalism, resilience, which will take them to a long way in life.

“Apart from the academic excellence, you can also see the beautiful performance they showcased. The way they perform the Indian dance was as if they were brought up in India. These shows that we have well skilled instructors. “We purposely choose poem for this year’s event to encourage people that there is still hope and there is light in the tunnel. I want to appreciate the parents, we say thank you for being there for us. To the staff, you are simply the best. I appreciate you valuable contribution to the school,” she added.

The event attracted several dig-nitaries; a m o n g them was the wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, who was the represented by Mrs. Adebisi Coker, who was decorated with the DBB Grand Patron insigna. In her addressed, she congratulated the graduating students for academic excellence, and urged them to shun bad company.

“Your academic work and morale goes together. It is a combination of both which will take you to your beautiful height in life, at school and wherever you maybe, you must avoid bad gangs, bad association, and all activities that can rubbish your morale life. Always continue with the great value of honesty, and humility and be a responsible citizen to our great country; do only those things that will bring honour to you, family, and school, and the country.

“You are the leaders of tomorrow with a great future ahead; our society is waiting for your impact. You must be good ambassador of this great school,” she said. Commenting on the children’s performances, the director of piece, an Anthology of Poems, Anthony Oluwabiyi Boyede Greenlyte, said it was a fantastic thing for children to do the presentations.

“It shows how much the parents have invested on the children, and the school has also invested on the children and how much the children have actually learnt. In DBB the training starts from the nursery, by the time they grow up they become professionals. “Those in primary are already doing fun as professional actors, some of them can stand the likes of notable actors in the country,” he said.

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