Positive and encouraging words spoken over children have the power to transform their fortunes.
Chloe Pereira’s success as the dux of Peace Chapel Christian School 2017 is an example. She believes that it was through kind and encouraging words spoken over her by her parents, teachers and loved ones motivated her to do well.
“Encouragement for me was the biggest thing that I have learnt,” she said. “One thing for sure is that it was through those words I was able to believe in myself and make it this far. Just being very positive and nice it really changes the way you think about things.”
She said the year was challenging but she persevered.
“Even though there was a big competition among the students, everywhere I turned there was always somebody that would always inspire me not to give up. In school when something is difficult the teachers they would give you words of encouragement.
“Including my parents as well they always tell us to try our best and that there is still more room for improvement.
“Whatever we do, they would tell us that they are always proud of us.”
The second eldest of five children acknowledged her older sister for helping her.
“My sister was always working hard and I saw that she always got good marks and I wanted to be like her. She topped her class at Samoa College and I have already been accepted to go Samoa College as well.”
The 12-year-old does not know what she wants to become yet. But teaching interests her.
“The teachers are what makes this school stand out for me.
“They are really different; they really care about where you would head to next and what you will do in the future.”
She said one of her favourite teachers is Mr. Neal Niupulusū, her Mathematics teacher.
“He’s really good at communicating with us and just by listening to him it motivates us into becoming better and that the sky is the limit.”
Chloe added that she has grown a lot during her time at Peace Chapel.
“This school has helped me grow both physical and spiritual. Every morning we always do devotions and our teacher always talk about life and how we should treat others. I know that I wouldn’t have been able to make it this far without God, he is the reason I am here.”
Her proud mother, Lisi Vaai-Pereira, said she is humbled about Chloe has achieved.
“To be honest I did not really expect this from my daughter,” she said.
“Everyone is competitive in their class. She has been studying very hard for it. She wanted to go Samoa College and she got in. We are thankful to God because this is all part of his blessings on our family.”