The principal, members of staff, students and parent, assembled for a special dedication ceremony at the beginning of Sir John A Cumber’s primary school year in West Bay.
Some members of the clergy from the community were present and participated on Sept. 15 in the ceremony which began with a soothing rendition by the student body of the praise and worship song Welcome Holy Spirit.
Enrique Matienzo, senior partner, of the Kingdom of Victory International Ministry, offered prayers for the Ministry of Education and Department of Education Services. He asked that they would govern fairly and according God’s word.
Pastor Maurice Chambers of the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church prayed for the school faculty. He petitioned God for strength, patience, wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Pastor Jason Knox of the Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church interceded for the students that they would be respectful to their teachers and that they would enjoy learning.
Courtney Perrin, an ordained elder, then prayed for the parents and guardians that would always have gainful employment so that they would be able to provide for the daily needs of their children.
The principal, Mr Samuel, commended the students for their positive attitudes towards work and learning so far and their demonstration of respect, responsibility and being safe. Two students, Mikaelie Foster and Jorge Rodriquez participated in the ceremony by reading the scripture texts.
Daphne Tomlin sang a solo titled, It is Finished while Mr Perrin and Corry Chambers sang a duet called: More Than Wonderful. They were all beautifully rendered and well received. The event also marked the final day of teaching service for Courtney Perrin and the school took the opportunity to pay tribute to him and to wish him well in his retirement. Mr Perrin was also celebrating his birthday on that day. Mrs Bennett, head of key stage one, read a brief citation of his tenure at the school and Mrs Gerriann Foster and Shekina Bush presented him with special gifts on the behalf of the school.
Sir John A. Cumber Primary is an IB World School with a current student enrollment of 530.
The ceremony was organized by Esther Rivers and Corry Chambers and was chaired by Elysia Murray, the school counsellor.