“As we move on to the next chapter of our lives today, don’t forget to just keep swimming.”
These were the closing words of a heartfelt speech delivered by the outgoing primary school head girl, Oluwatomisin Gbotoso, at the Grenville primary and preschool graduation ceremony last week.
Apart from her speech which moved the audience, Tomisin was the recipient of the ‘Best Graduating Student’ award, as well as other special awards. Other star students were also recognised for their academic performances and were given awards at the ceremony.
Friday was marked with many exciting moments and memorable highlights, from singing to dancing and a spectacular drama performance. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights:
- Guest speaker, Pastor Yemi Davids, spoke about the future🚀: Focusing on the graduation theme of 2022: Pressing on with the right choices, the founding pastor of Global Impact Churches dropped a few helpful nuggets about preparing for the journey ahead. He spoke about the importance of our minds and how we treat it…he compared the mind to an architectural blueprint and how our futures are determined by the designs that are on the blueprint (our minds). Therefore, we need to “mind our minds” because the kind of things we invest in our minds determine what we will manifest in the future.
- Students hosted a talk show on ‘speaking right’ 🗣: If you’re not sure of the correct pronunciation of a word, just walk up to a Grenville student and ask. Trust me.
This brief, entertaining and educative session showed the importance of speaking right. The talk show hosts pointed out that speaking right makes us stand out, boosts our confidence, and builds our ability to speak before an audience without being afraid. The hosts also enlightened the audience on some reasons why people don’t speak right: it could be out of fear of being ridiculed, cultural barriers and some environmental factors. They also emphasised that speaking right doesn’t equate to having an accent, a mistake that many people make. Before leaving, the talk show hosts made it clear that enrolling your child at Grenville is the first step in speaking right. Let’s be real…they didn’t lie.😉
- Prometheus stole fire from the gods 😮: Ever heard of Pandora’s Box?
Based on Greek mythology, the Grenville drama club put together a musical stage performance about the story of Zeus, Prometheus, Pandora, her box and the humans. Directed by Shola S. Balogun, the performance was enhanced with original music composed by Mr. Raphael Francis and performed by the student members of the drama club. The moral of the story at the end was communicated to the audience, and it focused on finding Hope in a world that has bad things. Just as the opening of Pandora’s box unleashed a host of plagues and evil into the world, finding hope in the box meant that there was still a chance of Hope for man in an evil world.
- There were pictures (a lot of them) and a graduation cake 🎂 : At the end of the ceremony, all the preschool and primary graduates were called up on stage to take group pictures with the official graduation cake, and more pictures were taken with parents too! Everyone looked beautiful, and the event was a success!
Congratulations to all the preschool and primary graduates! Keep shining! ⭐️