Students of the Seventh-day Adventist School literally sent up prayers for the island’s educational institutions as they marked the 63rd anniversary of their school and the 125th anniversary of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Barbados.
Circling the Dalkeith Road, St Michael institution yesterday, students, teachers and other staff members of the primary school and secondary school, along with parents, held hands and prayed.
More than 600 students participated in the Hands Around the School event which was orchestrated by members of the Student Council, placing their prayers in balloons and releasing them into the sky.
Spearheading the project, Student Council Advisor Kevin Murrell said the aim was to create a sense of unity as the students embarked on their academic and spiritual pursuits.
He contended that a communal effort was needed to propel students in a positive direction, instead of a situation where people “step back and say our schools are sinking and not step up and step out to do something significant to change it”.
“I believe that if we as a country can do more to galvanize positive action and positive activity within the school, by awarding it in a tangible way, then we would have [fewer] issues down the road as a country,” the Agricultural Science and Bible Studies teacher said.
He further suggested that schools and corporate Barbados needed to commend students for their achievements.
“We’ve got to galvanize everybody [to put] their money where their mouth is in order to see our children progress and become better,” Murrell said.
Inspired by the National Initiative for Service Excellence (NISE) 100 Improvements In 100 Days challenge, the staff has challenged students to improve the school in 100 different ways in 100 days.
“We want everybody on the compound to find 100 ways to improve over the 100 days. We also challenged our students to write 100 poems,” Murrell revealed.
The initiative started on September 6 and aims at not only improving academic performance but also the spiritual and self development of students and staff.
“Hopefully, by the end of the term, when we look back we can say the school has improved in 100 different ways because if . . . every individual on the compound is seeking to improve, we suspect that by the end of it all we would have thousands of improvements,” Murrell said.