This was the sentiment of Canon Ivan Harewood.
The commemorative church service saw Combermerians play significant roles. The sermon was conducted by the Canon Harewood, a Combermere Old Scholar, to the delight of the congregation which comprised seven-eighths Combermere students and staff, past and present.
Canon Harewood called for everyone to “Take courage and fear not in what men may say, labour night and day”. However, he said if one attended the University of Waterford, one would have been armed with similar words to go out into the world boldly. He said, from the ay you transitioned from primary to secondary school at The Combermere School, you are taught, “Foes in plenty we shall meet, hearts courageous scorn defeat, so we press with eager feet, up and on, up and on”.
Harewood said that initially, students thought those school song lyrics referred to foes such as the seniors of the school, however, later it was realised that the school was preparing students for the world of work, love relationships and the management and the mismanagement of drinking and dietary habits. He said, those lyrics were given to young students to keep them focused on where they want to go.
He called for an inward examination of self. He implored each member of the congregation to take courage for many are spiritually handicapped. He said that a quiet courage is needed today. He asserted that for some there is a need for a change in behaviours; some must rewrite the rules they follow and some of the roles as adults, males, fathers and citizens may need rearranging. Harewood said the need is for a clear vision without inner fear of failure, aging, declining standards or a lost of faith. “Take courage” he reiterated.