NEW BRITAIN â€“ With a few weeks of school under their belt, students in the districtâ€™s elementary and middle school heard from Schools Superintendent Nancy Sarra and a special guest on how to succeed in life and better their education.
The school district held invocation ceremonies for students this week at New Britain High School.
Across many grade levels, Sarra spoke about four key themes â€“ imagine, believe, plan and achieve. The theme is tied to the school districtâ€™s redesign and its new focus on STEAM â€“ Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Music.
Sarra encouraged students to learn from their mistakes but congratulate themselves when they succeed. The superintendent told students should be thankful for what they have, and should always aspire for something.
â€śMy message to you is simple: You have a problem, imagine the solution. Believe you can, and donâ€™t let people tell you that you canâ€™t,â€ť Sarra said. â€śYou plan it, you fail, and your plan again. Pick yourself up; you will achieve your goals.â€ť
Students also heard from former New Britain-native Peter Roby, the convocationâ€™s featured speaker. A NBHS Class of 1975 graduate, Roby is currently the athletic director at Northeastern University. Previously, Roby has served as the menâ€™s basketball head coach at Harvard University, marketing vice president at Reebok, and director of Northeasternâ€™s Center for Sport in Society.
Roby began his speech talking about the many famous people who once called New Britain home. From George Springer of the MLBâ€™s Houston Astros to Tom Thibodeau, coach of the NBAâ€™s Minnesota Timberwolves, many people who grew up in the city have gone to do big things.
â€śIt should make you feel proud to be from New Britain. It makes me proud to be from New Britain,â€ť Roby said.
Roby encouraged students to work for what they want in life, and to never give up.
â€śLetâ€™s make New Britain proud, letâ€™s represent New Britain in the right way. We can do anything because weâ€™re from New Britain.â€ť
Sarra also joked about not playing too much video games during the school week.
â€śFortnite is not a part of sleeping time,â€ť Sarra said. There were also convocations for students in grade six and grade eight Friday morning. On Thursday, Sarra held convocations for students in Grades 3 through 5.