Good, Better, Best

The message below was delivered by the Assistant Principal for Academics, Mrs. Flora Anne R. Alfonso, on October 20, 2014, during the last General Assembly of the Grade School for the Second Quarter.

I know that a lot of you like basketball. The UAAP basketball season just ended and do you know who won the championship in the men’s division? Yes. After 60 years, the National University finally won again. The NBA is also about to start its season. Who do you think will end up as champions? Will the Cleveland Cavaliers finally win a championship now that Lebron James has returned or will the San Antonio Spurs repeat as champions?

The playing time in most of the sports we like are divided into parts. Basketball has four quarters, football has two halves, baseball or kickball has innings, and volleyball has sets. What they all have in common is that they all have scheduled breaks. Whether or not the players still want to continue playing, they have to take a break. These breaks give the players the chance to rest, gather themselves, and plan out what they need to do after in order for their team to win.

Our mid-year break is coming up and this is an opportunity for you to think about how you’ve done so far. Are you behind in some subjects? What do you need to do to catch up? Are you doing just well enough? Can you do better? Do not think of this coming break as just an escape from demanding schoolwork, teachers, and difficult assignments. Look at it as an opportunity to prepare yourselves for the second half of the school year, the Third Quarter.

Remember that you are a star player in your team. Your family supports you, your household help assist you, and your teachers guide you. But it is up to you if you will have a winning season or not. No matter how much help you get from the people around you, the result will still be determined by how much time and effort you yourself put into your studies.

The outstanding coaches always tell their players to end a period strong. This means that when a quarter or a half is about to end, the players are supposed to give it all they’ve got. This extra work almost always leads to better performance and better results, which is immediately followed by a scheduled rest. There are some of you who will still take their Second Quarter Exams this week, like the Grades 5 and 6 students. The Grades 2, 3 and 4 students are also finishing their tests and other assessments this week. Finish strong and truly rest this coming break.

Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs is a 5-time NBA Champion, 3-time Finals MVP, and 2-time Regular Season MVP. He is already 38 years old and will soon be playing in his 18th season. He is considered by many as the best basketball player of his generation. When asked what inspires him, he mentions a nursery rhyme that his mother and his sisters taugh him, “Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest. Until your Good is Better. And your Better is your Best.” Always keep this in mind in everything that you will do. Good luck and make good use of your semestral break.

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