Junior High School Night 2020: Passing Down of the Symbols of Virtue
The passing down of the "Symbols of Virtue" is an important part and tradition of the SFAMSC Junior High School Night. The leader-representatives of the grade 10 students hand over the four "Symbols of Virtue" to the grade 9 students who are next in line to be leaders of the student body in the following school year.
The 4 Symbols of Virtue are the Torch, which represents knowledge and wisdom. The Cross, which represents the values of St. Francis of Assisi and Jesus Christ. The Laurel Wreath, which represents honor and respect for oneself and others. And finally, the Key, which represents duty, loyalty, and trust.
These virtues are the guiding light that all student leaders of SFAMSC must follow to become responsible representatives of the student body.
The candlelight ceremony follows. The hall becomes dark as all the lights are turned off, and from a single candle, one by one, all the candles are lit, which each student sing "One Little Candle."
The darkness symbolizes ignorance and hopelessness. The light of the candles represents the school and the knowledge and virtue it imparts to all, dispelling the darkness.
As the great American author Helen Keller once said: "Knowledge is love and light and vision."
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