British School of Bahrain's Class of 2023 celebrates graduation
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Hundreds of families and friends gathered at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain on Friday evening to celebrate the graduation of the British School of Bahrain's Class of 2023.
The ceremony was attended by a number of dignitaries, including Shaikha Hala bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, the director of Culture and Arts Directorate at the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities; British Ambassador Roderick Drummond; Indian Ambassador Piyush Srivastava; Dany Berberi, Charge d’Affaires at the Lebanon Embassy; Tahira Saleem, community welfare attache at the Pakistan Embassy; Saud Alheddi, assistant undersecretary for support and initiatives at the Youth Affairs Ministry; and Akram Miknas, board member of the British School of Bahrain (BSB).
The ceremony began with a Quran recitation by Majeed Abdulla. Head prefects Dia Nanda and Jood Al Awadhi then welcomed the guests and their friends and families.
Executive headmaster John Maguire addressed the gathering and congratulated the graduating students.
He said that it has been a great pleasure to know the class over the past four years, and he expects them to do great things in the future.
Maguire pointed out that the situation after the COVID-19 pandemic had taken an extra toll on this batch of students.
"This class is the first to sit for the exams after the pandemic. In many ways, this cohort has had more pressure put on them," he said, while noting that the class achieved tremendous progress in their educational and extracurricular activities despite it.
He remembered that they were actively involved in raising money for charity and raising awareness about important topics.
Hailing the graduates as a distinguished batch, the executive headmaster said they had won in music, sports, debate, and academics simultaneously.
It is no coincidence that there are three Crown Prince Scholars within the ranks of the year group, he added.
British Ambassador Roderick Drummond congratulated the graduates for their hard work and achievements and exhorted them to continue learning.
"I hope you all continue to learn and grow and never stop," he said while asking the graduates to never stop asking questions, to never stop seeking answers, and to never stop striving for excellence.
Head of junior school Robert Howe, head of infant school Julie Anne Gilbert, deputy head of the school Nick Belcher, and senior school deputy head Lucy Jones were also present at the event.