60 years of memories

Inspection time.

It was back to school for scores of adults today.

And boy what fun it was after students from the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, 80s, and ‘90s, arrived at the Seventh-Day Adventist Secondary School this morning dressed in full school uniform for a day filled with activities.

The Dalkeith, St. Michael institution is celebrating its 60th anniversary having opened on September 21, 1953.

The patriarchs and matriarchs of the school arrived by limousine signalling the start of what was to be a day which included full assembly, uniform inspections, pseudo registration in classrooms, games, an exhibition, and a career showcase.

Former Principals, Dr. Norma Niles and Ishbel Bayne, as well as a host of past and present teachers and students all came out to show appreciation.

The day began with a worship service, where current teacher, Sandra Maughan urged the current crop of students to cherish the memories gained during their time at the school.

Walk of glory.
Walk of glory.

“We can never go back,” she said, “But what we can do is cherish what we have and keep it in our hearts.

“So as we celebrate today we need to understand what we have is very, very precious. All of the memorabilia mean something. To the [present] students it may not mean much to you now but when you look back years later you’re going to see a ring that will say something, a tie that will say something, you will meet something that places you here and make you feel like you belong to a family – there will always be something that makes us feel good about being here.

“Our celebration here today has caught the SDA family in transition. We’re all at different points of our journey. Like plants we are growing, we are bearing seed, we are producing new plants and we are decaying and on we go. Many of you will laugh at the pictures and stories you hear today but I want you to see yourself in those stories and pictures. Years from now you will be looking on today so be careful to store your memories, they will direct your life for good or for bad.”

After prayers and many tributes to the institution in song, past staff members told stories of their times with the school.
After school karaoke, line dancing and a football match for past and present students was scheduled as part of the celebrations. (KC)

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