Recently, Pinnacle Classical Academy celebrated the end of the school year with its yearly Spring Recitation. As a distinctly classical school, such times are opportunities to display the foundations of truth, goodness, and beauty that support all that we do in the educating of our students. As a distinctly Christian school, we understand and teach that the Triune God alone is the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty. The evening opened appropriately with the students singing Psalm 100 and praying the Sanctus in Latin.
The lower elementary class moved us from the truth of Scripture in the form of catechism questions to the virtue of manners in the poem, The Goops, to the beauty of language itself by reciting various forms of poetry from memory.
The upper elementary class built upon that by memorizing all of Philippians chapter 1, teaching us how grammar works, and putting those rules into glorified form by reciting Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken.
The Logic school students showed us what such knowledge should look like as it matures and grows. From papers arguing the virtues necessary for good leadership to moving recitations from Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the students displayed how a kindergartner’s ABC’s becomes a 7th or 8th grader’s wisdom and eloquence. This was no more clearly shown than when the students discussed the structure of atoms in the universe, showed how wisdom comes not from simply knowing the right answers, but also asking the right questions, and reminded us from Psalm 111:2-3 that “Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is His work, and His righteousness endures forever. ”
Finally, families and friends were delighted by several medleys sung by the students and amazing displays of artwork on the wall. The arts are the fruit of deep, strong roots. All of this led to a giving of thanks not only to our gracious God, but also to the instruments he used to accomplish good things this past year. The board, teachers, parents, and students were all honored to close out our evening with a resounding “well done” from the headmaster. We look back with gratitude and forward with anticipation for all God has for PCA in the coming year.