Ambassador School for Children (ASC) recently celebrated its 12th moving up exercises last March 31, 2017 at the UP GT Toyota Auditorium in Quezon City. The mood was celebratory, as about 400 people – parents, students, and ASC staff filled the beautiful auditorium. One of the reasons for this celebration was that this year had the highest number of elementary school graduates – 18 grade six and 10 prep school. Most of the students were also accompanied by their aunts and uncles and cousins. In many ways this was an endearing family celebration.
The Theme for this year’s graduation was “Rise and Be Counted.” In his welcome message, Ambassador School President Eugene Guzon said that while this phrase is synonymous with commitment and responsibility, it was also a reminder of God’s commitment to His people. This theme therefore is an invitation to each one of us to also respond by saying “You Can Count On Me.” It shows the willingness to love and sacrifice for something that it bigger than us as it applies to the family, the school and the community. He lauded the initiatives of the parents and the kids to live this out. He cited those ASC students who participated in packaging relief goods for Bicol typhoon victims and the outreach day camp for poor children in Baritan, Caloocan City in partnership with Food for the Hungry.
ASC Principal Adora Barnachea also shared her mixed emotions as she bade some graduates good bye, but assured them of ASC’s expectancy to see them succeed. She challenged the students to remember the traditions and the values of Ambassador. “We praise God for using us ( faculty) to plant in your hearts the seeds of Loving to Learn, Learning to Love, and to Lead to make a difference, referring to the 3 Ls of Ambassador Mission.
Dr. Herbert Lawrence Hinkle, Director of Odyssey in Christ was the main speaker. Based on Isaiah 60:1-2, He reminded the graduates that God has a special plan for each of them, encouraging them to pay attention to their heart, and to respond to God’s guidance as they fulfill their goals in life. He said, “grow in your relationship with God because He will direct your path. He will give you the power to make a difference in the world.’’ Being a faculty member of the Ambassador College in Pasadena many years back, Dr. Hinkle was pleased to once again speak before the students of Ambassador School for Children and to shake many tiny hands afterwards.
Ms. Jamie Adelaine Bandayrel, ASC grade 6 valedictorian, expressed her gratitude to her teachers for the many lessons and opportunities to grow with Ambassador. She also expressed her fondness for her classmates and for the memories at ASC. She also encouraged her classmates to carry on and pursue their dreams.
After the awarding of the medals and awards, the special numbers of the students especially of the graduating preparatory and Grade 6 classes, the teachers also rose towards the end of the program with a surprise number with a song entitled the “Journey”. This event was indeed refreshing and memorable, and it would not have been possible without God’s provision and the participation of all. ASC looks forward to another year, by God’s grace, in helping students love to learn, learn to love and to lead to make a difference!
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