Bean tells Berkeleyites to heed small voice’
Academic excellence is the passport to “the journey to a brighter future”, a school prize-giving assembly heard last night.
The theme of the assembly was highlighted at the Berkeley Institute in Pembroke as the achievements of 148 pupils were marked.
Marc Bean, a former leader of the Progressive Labour Party, told the assembly to heed the “still, small voice” inside.
Mr Bean, who left Berkeley in 1991, said: “You have two voices within, the voice that tells you to do what you like, and the voice that tells you to do what is right.”
He added: “The job of all human beings, young and old, is to know the difference between those two voices.
“Always, always, without apology, follow that still, small voice within.
“When you learn to trust that still inner voice, you start to know your inner self, you start to commune with your creator.”
Mr Bean said it was only his second speaking engagement since he quit politics in 2016, and that both had been at Berkeley.
He told pupils: “Think right, speak the truth and do good, and your academic excellence will bear the fruit of the future.”
Keisha Douglas, the school’s principal, said that the pupils got awards for academic excellence, leadership, community service and character in the previous academic year.
Ms Douglas added: “Berkeleyites, press on. Be the Berkeleyites you were meant to be. We are so proud of you, and the world awaits you.”
Jaiden Furbert-Jacobs, the principal’s honour student, said fear of failure “can either hold you back or push you forward”.
The S3 student said: “We will all fail at some point in our lives.
“It’s what you do after those setbacks that defines who you are.”
Angry DeSilva hints at change for tourism
‘An innocent person could die’
Pressure group hits back at Burt broadside
Girls in Tech aims to close IT gender gap
O’Hara turns surfing passion into business
Northern maritime beacons not working
What can we learn from Cayman?
Mussenden takes aim at financial crime
Mary Prince Day wins parliamentary approval
Burt addresses passport problems
Summary of prisons report to be released
Romeo and Juliet comes to Bermuda
Police: two people still missing
House: economic hope from submarine cables
Burt: Bermuda primed to deal with Brexit
Biff film Puzzle is a real crowd pleaser
Take Our Poll