A brief history of the Bermuda Institute
The year 2013 marks the 70th year of continuous Seventh-day Adventist education in Bermuda.
Starting in 1943 as a church school operating under the vision of the Southampton Seventh-day Adventist church at their Jews Bay location, Bermuda Institute boasted a robust enrolment of twenty-six students and one teacher.
Education at this school was to have an eternal purpose, with emphasis on service.
The ensuing decades have seen the enrolment rise to its present 335 students and 40 faculty and staff; a move to its present location on Middle Road, Southampton; an expansion in its physical plant; and a host of distinguished graduates and alumni.
Though Bermuda Institute had humble beginnings, today we own the distinction of being accredited by the North American Division Commission for Accreditation of Seventh-day Adventist Secondary Schools, the American Association for Private School Accreditation, and the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.
During Alumni Weekend this year at BI, which starts tomorrow, May 16 and ends Sunday, we will welcome home our former students, teachers, and principals as we embrace this year’s theme: “Honouring the Past; Soaring towards the Future. Our B.I. family will simulate the move from Jews Bay to “Sandringham,” (the present location) with a road parade including runners, walkers, cyclists, and a train full of present and past supporters.
Music will form a huge part of the weekend activities, with a Friday evening ‘singspiration’ and a Saturday evening concert with local talent and guest artists, Committed and Amber Bulloch.
The weekend will culminate with a black tie awards banquet where we will recognise previous principals, teachers, and alumni, many of whom have returned to Bermuda to celebrate this event with us.
As we honour the past, clearly orchestrated by the sacrifice and commitment of our visionary church community, we press toward the mark of God’s high calling as we endeavour to prepare our young people for service in this world and, more importantly, for service in the world to come.