Jamaica College seems to have asked the question and answered it: Why be ordinary, when you can be extra-ordinary? September 8, 2014 saw them at their extraordinary selves during their Commencement Ceremony. Mrs. Smith-White, EO, was there to bring greetings on behalf of the Ministry of Education.
The Guest speaker, Dr. Stevenson Samuels, Chaplin at UWI, commended the school for making a complete turn around. In alluding to the parable of the planter and the seeds, he commended those who are making it a ‘good soil’ for growth. He concluded by urging the students to trust God and do well.
Senator Reid waxed lyrical in his charge to the boys. He declared that it was a wonderful time to be at Jamaica College and that this exciting start pointed to tremendous possibilities. He thanked everyone who had worked hard to make last year, his eighth year, a success.
In laying down the gauntlet, he reminded the current students that everything is in place for them to do well under the theme: “Jamaica College #1 school for champions in the pursuit of excellence”. He quoted Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit”. He ended with rousing applause as he did justice to Winston Churchill’s speech: “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense!”
Author: Marjorie Wright
Photos Contributed by: Mr. McCalla
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