June 13, 2013, was a very special day for the staff and students of Angel’s Academy. The school was founded in 2006 and so this was the occasion of its very first Graduation ceremony which was held in the Bible Truth Hall. Four students graduated, three from Grade 6 and one from Kindergarten. The three Grade 6 graduates were Hannah Parotti, Tanner Cartwright and Charles Pinder while Jayce Bonell graduated from Kindergarten.
The ceremony was a very emotional one for School Principal, Barbara Johnson, since two of the graduating students, Hannah Parotti and Tanner Cartwright, were original students of the school having moved there with Mrs. Johnson from St. Frances de Sales School when Angels Academy first opened its doors. The other graduate, Charlie Pinder had come to the school later but had been a very helpful part of the family stated Mrs. Johnson.
Mrs. Johnson took the students down memory lane asking them to remember the popular story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ told to them in kindergarten when they were themselves ‘little caterpillars’ in the scheme of things. Now they were graduating as ‘beautiful butterflies’.
She had withheld the journals they wrote throughout their school life for this day so that she could present them to the graduates as a memento of their young lives and also so that they could see the transformation which had taken place. Mrs. Johnson told the graduates that during their time at the school they had achieved very well and were exceedingly well rounded students and all graduated with honours.
Hannah Parotti spoke well as Valedictorian and Grade 5 students Ashley Newell and Lucas Kaighin did an excellent job as Masters of Ceremony. The programme was opened competently with a welcome by Taryn Carroll and a prayer by Jaquan Gedeon. Song and poem selections were presented by each of the grades from Pre K up while students from grades 2-5 also presented ‘Thoughts to the Graduates’. This was followed by the very appropriate song “Whenever you Remember” by Carrie Underwood.
Following the procession of graduates the guest speaker, Kathleen Key, wife of Member of Parliament for South Abaco, Edison Key, was introduced by Dylan Sweeting. She was escorted to the stage by student, Lucas Kaighin. Mrs. Key offered her congratulations to the students telling them; “Tomorrow will be the beginning of one of the most wonderful, memorable and exciting parts of your lives, for the next years of your life will determine your future. I would like you to listen well because I am going to give you some secrets for success.”
She then expounded on the ‘4 G’s’ ,– Growth, Generosity, Gratitude and love of God– illustrating her points with anecdotes of famous people.
In closing and in summary of her four special points, Mrs. Key stated a wish for all; “In your life may you have people who will listen and spend time with you, encourage you and believe in you. May you embrace growth and excellence; may you be generous and may you say ‘thank you’ often. May God watch over you always.”
Diplomas and awards were then presented and closing remarks spoken by Principal Barbara Johnson and Director Shelley Roark.
Mrs. Johnson was very pleased with the large turnout of family members, friends and well-wishers who were then invited to partake of refreshments in the church hall.