Dream Deep, Reach High – this was the advice students of the Bridgetown Seventh-Day Adventist Primary School received during their graduating ceremony at the school’s hall yesterday.
Youth Director of the East Caribbean Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Pastor Miguel Denny, who delivered the feature address, likened what the students will experience as they move onto secondary school to the words of the popular nursery rhyme, the Itsy-bitsy Spider.
“The itsy-bitsy spider climbed up the water spout; down came the rain and washed the spider out; out came the sun and dried up all the rain and the itsy-bitsy spider, climbed up the spout again.”
He explained to the graduates that they were like the spiders trying to reach the top of their educational pursuits and the waterspout represented the challenges of life.
“The assignments get bigger, there are teachers who seem not to care, your family doesn’t understand what you are going through but Jesus the Son of righteousness with healing in His wings dries up the rain of life and calms the storm of life. He encourages you to climb the spout again and as you climb your arms and legs get stronger and your focus gets clearer . . . . You can do it with God’s help.” Denny said.
However, while congratulating them for their good work, he advised the class to always remain humble.
“Contrary to popular belief, no matter how well you did at your common entrance exams you are not the brightest human being alive. Just because you excelled at two subjects [that] doesn’t mean you should be rude to your parents because you may have done better than they did at your age. It doesn’t mean you should look down on others; if anything, your dreams should push you to be humble and learn more,” he said.
In delivering her report, school principal Angela Bushell-Skeete boasted of the school’s performance noting that 27 of the 39 students will be going over into the Seventh-day Adventist Secondary School. She congratulated them and advised them to be on their guard.
“The world can be a hard place for a young Christian who wants to go against the tide of sin, you will have choices to make. Always remember that God is only a prayer away, involve yourself in wholesome activities . . . same-sex relationships [are] not God’s ideal for you. Stay clear of those who will try to influence you,” Bushell-Skeete counselled the students.