Religiosity, Environment, Academic, Discipline and Social (READS) was the theme for this year’s graduation and prize giving day at St Nicholas.
The College staged the ceremony last Saturday, 13th October.
College Principal James Lengi said in his speech during the ceremony said the theme is tied to a vision and mission that centred on the ambitious idea that St. Nicholas Anglican College wish to become one of the best institution in the Oceania.
“Not only that, but our theme is aligned to the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) philosophy of Education of true religion, sound learning and useful industry, a holistic and disciplined education together with the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) 2016-2030 Education strategic development plan which sets out to advocate; Access, Quality and Management,” the Principal stated.
As the school focuses on its theme guest of honour at the ceremony ACOM General Secretary Dr. Abraham Hauriasi in his address urged the students to demonstrate the Christian values and principles promoted at the school in their everyday works of life.
“All of us, parents, guardians and the Education Authority would like to see academic excellence thrive and witnessed through the results of our students,” Dr Hauriasi added.
“As a proud former student of a Church run school myself, I can attest to the fact that the academic, social and spiritual moulding and discipline that we received during our time at the school have definitely put me in good stead to go on to achieve what I have been able to achieve so far,” Dr. Hauriasi encouraged the students.
School Principal Mr Lengi also encourages the student body who were present at the ceremony to work extra hard in their studies.
“It takes prayer, hard work and dedication to be successful not only in school but in all works of life”, Mr. Lengi highlighted in his speech.
On that same note, the Vice Chairman of St. Nicholas School Board Dr. Alex Munamua urged the students to become purposeful learners to be able to survive in this world.
On behalf of the School Board he also acknowledged the support rendered towards the school by all stakeholders and supporters of the College.
“St. Nicholas Anglican College is one of the best schools in the country in terms of academic, spiritual, physical and social,” Dr. Munamua added.
While congratulating the graduands Dr. Hauriasi also cautioned the students not to be too carried away with the festivities of the occasion.
“The journey, as many would like to describe it, has just begun or is just beginning. For most of you, there are still countless hours of sitting in classrooms to either enjoy or endure, untold number of assignments to complete, countless number of hours to set aside to do your private studies, many hours of reading to be had, there will still be school rules to follow and for your loving and hard working parents and guardians, there is still money to find to pay for your school fees and other school requirements,” Dr. Hauriasi reminded the graduating students.
In his closing remarks he said that it is their great wish and hope that all students who pass through Saint Nicholas Anglican College will leave at the end of their time here, being well rounded and groomed individuals, those who will grow up to respect themselves and others around them, meaningfully contribute to the building of the society and can acknowledge that it was indeed by the Grace of God that they are who they are and they are where they are.
Dr. Hauriasi, on behalf of ACOM also acknowledged the hard working staff of the college for their tremendous efforts and commitment preparing the students so they can have the best possible chances in their exams.
Six hundred and thirty students from forms three, five, six and seven graduated on Saturday.
A good number of parents, guidance, relatives, friends and supporters came to witness the ceremony.