Nostalgic Chapel Exercise: For Bahamas Academy Centennial Celebrations

Article By: Patrice Williams-Gordon
Special Events Co-ordinator, SBC

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In tribute to the way things use to be, the faculty, staff and students of the Bahamas Academy group of schools successfully recreated the aura and attitude of ‘chapel’, from back in the day.

As a part of the weeklong centennial anniversary celebrations, current students and guests were treated to a full reenactment of the ceremonial ‘chapel session’. The weekly Wednesday morning assembly of students, though still a cooperate worship and inspirational session for the entire school body, has relinquished a few of the hallmark actives such as flag raising and inspection.

The entire group of schools, from the Early Learning Center through to the high school, stood on parade in the school’s courtyard. Arranged in classes and led by the grade’s teacher, all students were physically inspected and infractions to cleanliness and uniform guidelines were noted. Then to further model to the student body the way things use to be, former school administrators Mrs. Hermia Brown and Dr. John Carey, escorted by Inspector Skippings, conducted inspection on a select group of alumni. It was both nostalgic and amusing to see former students again dressed in their school uniforms and subjected to the rigors of a formal inspection. Dr. Carey and Mrs. Brown punctuated the entertaining procedure with detailed remarks, dismissals and even caning of ‘delinquent students’. The laughter of the students’ as they observed the proceedings was indicative of their fascination at seeing tables turned when some of their own teachers, role playing as naughty students, were punished.

In fine military precision, complete with national anthem and pledge, the flag raising exercise was executed by student color guards.
Poetic and dramatic reflections were artistically presented by Mrs. Juliet Sands Mrs. Marissa Cleare-Wilson and Ms. Tamika Mamby. Harmonious and celestial music was provided by the newly formed school band along with the school choir, groups and soloists.

The guest speaker was the illustrious alumnus, Mr. Colin Major who motivated the teachers, student, administrators, parents and alumni to continue the tradition of Bahamas Academy from ‘Good to Great’. He highlighted the merits of a positive attitude, an open mind, motivation, high goals, persistence and good work ethics in making this possible.

Principal Burrows publicly expressed appreciation to Mrs Marie Rolle Smith for her sterling service for the past thirty-two years and wished her success as she leaves the school.

Among the special guest was accomplished musician Mrs. Audery Dean-Wright who has prepared for release during this celebration a musical collection on CD entitled Ivories in Meditation.

Her love for the piano and hymn arrangement are evidenced in this collection of ten compositions, two of which are her original pieces. This product is an expression of gratitude to her Alma Mater.

Centennial celebrations continue on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Centennial Gala at the Sheraton Hotel on Cable Beach under the patronage of Dr. Hugh A. Roach and Dr. Cheryl R. Rolle with reception starting at 7:00 p.m. & dinner at 8:00 p.m .The ten-million dollar facility will be opened by Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas On Sunday November 17.

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