Celebrating all things Berkeley
Founders' Day is a very important day for The Berkeley Institute. It shows the pride and honour we feel for our school and how proud we are to be Berkeleyites. Through this day we can see how the school started and who is held accountable for this start. The guest speakers were really inspirational, the band played marvelously, the little play was well performed and the "What it means to be a Berkeleyite" essay was moving.
The guest speakers were the school chaplain, Rev Dr Maria A Seaman, Mr Charles Jeffers and Elder Austin Thomas JP. The message the guest speakers had for the audience was that we should always try our best and never give up. They said that we should do well in school now so that our futures can be bright and we can do whatever we want to do. Going to the Berkeley Institute is a real privilege and they also said that before going to school was hard.
The musical entertainment was one of the highlights of the day. The band played a few songs and the choir sang along. The mix of all the instruments together made a very beautiful sound. There were a lot of instruments including the violin, flute, saxophone and piano. Among the musical selections were songs like 'Find you love' by Drake, 'Airplanes' by B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams and 'Love the way you lie' by Eminem featuring Rhianna. It made the day more exciting, and everyone was singing along to the words as they played it. One of my favorite parts was when the violins were playing by themselves and three violinists were playing one part and the other violinist was playing a different part all at the same time. It sounded really cool.
Not only were the guest speakers excellent, but the student participants were just as good. Katherine-Lee Burchell, Menelik Rudo, Chioma Nwasike, Aysha Desilva, Lady Carmela Robinson, Marshall Stoneham, Jordan Osborne, Amber Clarke, Ereico Outerbridge, Sammi Robinson and Simone Wales did a very good job speaking in front of the whole school and really got their points across.
They talked about how the school was started and who is responsible for the creating of the Berkeley Institute. They also talked about the guest speakers that were going to talk and gave a little background information on them.
Among the guests were the Governor, Sir Richard Gozney, and Verona Smith-Trott, 98, who is one of the oldest Berkeleyites still alive today. It was a real honour to have her there and even though she didn't say much her words were still very inspirational.