The congregation of the St. Philip-the-Less Anglican Church on Sunday sent their students and those from the neighbouring communities back to school with a special blessing, encouragement and some tools for their tasks.
In a special service to mark the beginning of the new school year students from nurseries to tertiary institutions were honoured and sent on their way charged to give always of their best.
Accompanied by parents and other family members the students received special prayer and blessing and were all presented with necessities.
Special attention was given to the nine students entering Secondary School for the first time and they were presented with some part of their uniform and stationary and in some cases as the church played its role in reaching out assisting where there was a need.
All other students were presented with stationary to ensure that they were equipped for the job of learning.
In a brief address targeted at the students Rev. Davidson Bowen urged them to remember the purpose of schools, colleges and universities, which the students, many of whom were seated together, shouted were for learning.
He charged that they keep their eyes in the prize and not be side tracked with $300 bags and shoes, cell phones and other devices which he called idols in the learning experience.
“We are human and we get distracted, but school is for learning. It is not a catwalk for short skirts and skinny pants. It is not a showcase for cell phones, and don’t give me the asthma excuse. If you have asthma you need an inhaler for a cell phone.
“It is not a place to peddle drugs, fight, gamble or get pregnant and get anyone pregnant. These things, when they come to light, will set you back. Look around and you will see persons you know, some wearing their school colours today, who are proud of their schools which are also your schools. They went, we went and did our best, and we are here today standing with you because we want you to give of your best. Do you best,” the Rector said.