Over its sixty glorious years of existence, Meadowbrook High School has built for itself a name that epitomizes progress and achievement. Just take a look at a few captions which have appeared in our national newspapers over the years: “Meadowbrook makes big jump in high school rankings” (Gleaner, February 29, 2016); “Meadowbrook High wins All Together Sing 2014” (Gleaner, December 14, 2014); Meadowbrook, Camperdown students top UNICEF visual arts competition (Observer, March 17, 2013); “Meadowbrook High School teacher wins Spanish Teacher of the Year Award” (Observer, October 10, 2013). From these captions, it becomes evident that Meadowbrook High has done well in the area of academics, for which it has been fittingly hailed in the media as a “Caribbean giant.” But more than that, the school also continues to excel in the arts, and boasts some of the finest teachers on its staff.
How did this school, rising from the ashes of obscurity in its early decades, become one of the most sought-after schools today? I believe it is because of its record of achievement both inside and outside the classroom. The school’s rich tradition of robust leadership, beginning with its co-founders, Revds. Madge Saunders and Henry Ward, has instilled a vision of excellence among teachers and students alike. This, along with the strong spiritual heritage that comes from being a part of the wider family of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, has seen to it that, although our young people are being distracted by many contrary voices, certain non-negotiable values continue to be transmitted from one cohort of students to another. One of those non-negotiables is the significance of a God-centred life. Such a life will provide the necessary resilience capable of transforming a nation based on the principle embodied in the school’s motto: “Let your light so shine”!
Reverend Norman O. Francis