The 49 graduates of Bishop’s College have been challenged to feed their mind with positive energies if they are to continue building on the success, which they enjoyed over the last five years at the school.
Delivering the feature address at last week Thursday’s exercise, Venerable Archdeacon Christian Glasgow told the graduates that this is an increasingly competitive world and therefore they must be prepared to face the many challenges, which would be thrown at them.
Observing the theme – Commit yourself to lifelong learning, the most valuable asset you have in your mind and what you put into it—the Anglican clergy member, said that Bishop’s College has done excellently considering the trials, which they were forced to endure over the last school year with the physical structure of the building in a dilapidated state.
Speaking at Christ the King Anglican Church in Hillsborough, the Venerable Canon Glasgow extracted the words of the song “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery” by the late reggae music legend, Bob Marley, to further highlight his message on the need for the graduates to always see education as a journey.
He reminded the students that based on the path they choose, it would determine their future as they go their separate ways.
“What we feed our minds on would determine how we react to this world.
“You have a great asset but that would be determined by how you use.
“Learning can be put to good or bad use and the world is filled with both, therefore, you will have to choose.
“Many world leaders have put their minds towards positivity; towards the growth and development of their country while others have chosen to use them negatively”, said Venerable Glasgow in his 15- presentation.
He reminded the graduates that they have just completed five years of studies at one of the country’s best institutions.
The year was a challenging one for the institution, marker by several disruptions in classes. However, Archdeacon Glasgow said that it took only a brilliant and committed institution like Bishop’s College, with an outstanding principal and staff to have weathered such a storm.
“I also want to offer congratulations to the principal, staff and parent/teacher body for having performed so marvellously under what was a most trying and difficult year.
“A lesser team would have buckled and caved in under such pressure”, said the archdeacon.
Principal Rhonda Quamina spoke of the many challenges over the last year. However, she added that in the interest of the students they were able to struggle through. She told the graduation ceremony that despite those trials they maintained the brilliant and outstanding performance for which the school is well known.
In announcing the results of the individual students they were greeted with loud applause, particularly the many honoured students who received eight and more subject passes.
Ms Quamina was in high praise to her staff who she described as committed and dedicated to the task of ensuring that the students under their care receive the best while on the compound of Bishop’s College. During her presentation, she carefully detailed the many achievements of the school over the last year in various competitions and events. One of them was winning the National Junior Achievement Program which team is now preparing to travel to Brazil for the regional finals. In light of this, Ms Quamina appealed to everyone to support the various upcoming fundraising ventures to ensure that the participation of the students and coaches becomes a reality.
Cathy Charles and Sherri Samuel handed out the diplomas.
The outstanding students in various fields of study were presented with their awards and in some cases accompanied by cash from the various sponsors.
The valedictorian was Anthony Frank who secured eleven passes, including six grade ones.