The voices of the Senior Class of 2022 entering by twos singing the Father Almighty hymn filled, little by little, Santiago College´s auditorium. That was the beginning of the last ecumenical religious ceremony of our students and part of SC centenary farewell rituals. A touching ceremony, full of symbols, where the 12° grade students were accompanied by their parents and teachers, and that was reintroduced after two years due to the pandemic.
Jorge Merino, bishop of the Methodist Church in Chile; rabbi Gustavo Kelmeszes, from Círculo Israelita de Santiago; and Father Samuel Arancibia (Class of 1992), as a Catholic Church representative, addressed the students in this last space of ecumenical reflection.
The Juniors, represented by the presidents of the Student Council Pablo Smith and Mara Silberstein, also dedicated heartfelt goodbye words to their Seniors. In one of the most moving moments of the ceremony, the little first graders handed flowers and the school pennant to the School as farewell symbols for the School biggest ones, as the Glee Club sang “The sweetest flower that grows”.
Miss Lorna Prado Scott, Santiago College headmistress, shared a Bible passage focused on a feeling that represents different creeds and schools of thinking: love. The Senior Class presidents, Sofía Gassibe and Nicolás Baar, thanked SC, their parents and classmates and gave as senior gift climbing walls for the School yards. As the tradition says, this Class choose three colors that represents them – yellow, green and a braid made of white, black and silver- that will be part of Santiago College´s banner from now on, as a sign of their legacy for coming generations.