Palmer Trinity School (PTS) recently conducted an installation ceremony for Patrick H. F. Roberts as its new head of school.
The ceremony of installation is an ancient one that reveals an institution’s respect for the profound responsibility of school leadership. Held on campus at the PTS gymnasium, the Right Reverend Calvin O. Schofield Jr., Retired Bishop of Southeast Florida, presided over the ceremony.
The ceremony commenced with a trumpet voluntary performed by Palmer Trinity’s music students, followed by a processional with bagpipes into the gymnasium, in honor of Mr. Roberts’ Scottish ancestry. Music played an important part and was woven throughout the ceremony.
Special guests included visiting speaker Harvey B. Sperling, Educational Consultant at Vanderbilt University, and Michael Baiamonte, Palmer Trinity Board of Trustees chair and the public address voice of the Miami Heat. Rabbi Mark H. Kula, from Congregation Bet Shira, clergy from the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida, the Catholic Diocese of Miami, and other faith traditions were represented. Respected educators and local dignitaries were also in attendance, most notably The Reverend Daniel R. Heischman, DD, executive director at the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES), Village of Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and Councilmember Patrick Fiore.