Graduating students from the Rock Christian School have been told to be the best that they can be as they move on to next stage.
That was the advice of Pastor Russell Blackman as he delivered the featured address to the students at the Berean Bible Church.
The former pupil of the Strathclyde, St Michael based institution gave the students food for thought at yesterday’s ceremony.
“We all shed light on something and we all reflect something, with the lives that you live, shine a light on what is inside of you and reflect your experience,” he said.
He also told the students to always remember that God made them special, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made. We would never give diamonds to a pig, so we should not treat ourselves carelessly. We are all made of much more than what we see in our natural eyes.”
Blackman also cautioned that they should apply the Golden Rule as they move on to the next phase in their lives,”We should always treat someone else with the same respect that we want to be treated with.”
He concluded by telling them, “Regardless of the school that you are about to embark on come September, the school does not make you. It can shape you, but it does not make you who you are, but you will get the opportunity to make the school what it is.”
That sentiment was echoed by male valedictorian Jayden Jarvis, who in a brief address told the students, “It is not about where you go, it is about what you do when you get there. So don’t be sad if you didn’t pass for the school you wanted because it [happened] for a reason.”
The class of 23 students did exceptionally well in this year’s examination. The top student was Woletta-Isreal Yaicob who walked away with the lion share of prizes which included Female Valedictorian, The Melanie Price Award, and the Gabrielle Gay Reading Award. (KB)