All graduations are equal but some are more equal than others. That statement came to life at the heart-warming graduation ceremony held in honour of the Class of 2017 of Gloryville School, Ebute-metta.
The ceremony which was filled with laughter, cheers and melody ended up moving many to tears as the reality of saying "good bye" to long-term friends, teachers and schoolmates dawned on the graduating Year 6 pupils. The overt demonstration of love, warmth and hapiness at the event gave a peek into a typical day at the 29-year old Gloryville Schools.
The ceremony which kicked off with the graceful entrance of the Bellwether Class featured by a remarkable speech by The Head Teacher, Mrs. George. Perhaps taking a cue from the bitter-sweet demeanor of her young pupils who were faced with the challenge of moving on from their comfort zone into higher education, Mrs George charged the children on the need to face their life's journey courageously, wearing a smile even when faced with a challenge. Confident that Gloryville Schools had prepared the children for the next phase of their education, Mrs George reminded parents of the graduands and other pupils to keep the children wholly-fit through diverse age-appropriate mental, moral, social, and physical activities.
Students across classes also entertained guests in attendance with melodious renditions of nursery rhymes, choreography, dance, drama and mental games too.
A major highlight of the programme was a brilliant farewell speech by the Outgoing head boy, Ajayi Titobioluwa whose confidence and eloquence left everyone plesantly surprised. His speech which was peppered with 'in-house jokes', fond memories from many years ago helped ease everyone into cheerful spirits.The outgoing head girl, Faizat Gafar also took to the podium to give her vote of thanks.
Several prizes and awards were given out, including the best in numeracy boy/girl, most creative, most improved, most helpful and most caring; at all the levels of discipline. Awards for the just concluded in house spelling bee competition were also given. The first position in each level of discipline was;
- CLASS ONE- YESUFU FIRDAUS
- CLASS TWO-AGUGHASI VICTORIA
- CLASS THREE- UDOUDOM ARIANNA
- CLASS FOUR- CHIDINMA DAVID
- CLASS FIVE- TIJANI ABDULLAH
- CLAS S SIX- AJAYI TITOBIOLUWA
Teaching and non-teaching staff who had distinguished themselves in the school year also went home with various goodies .
The Director, Mrs. Toyin Sode Idowu wrapped up the event with her charge to the children to "seize the moment". Drawing on the 'carpediem, carpefuturum’ phrase, Mrs Idowu reassured her pupils that once they are in the control of the moment, the future would be no big deal. She went further to thank the parents for their unwavering faith in the school. She also expressed her gratitude to the staff for making Gloryville School, a truly glorious one.
Gloryville school was established in 1988 by Mrs Oluremi Sode of blessed memory, a graduate of statistics and mathematics from the Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland) in 1988. The school's mission is "To provide high quality total education and to inculcate high moral and ethical standards in pupils between the ages of 2.5 years and 11 years". If this graduation ceremony is anything to go by, Gloryville is living out her mission.