"God told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the Lord your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder – twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord ’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever." - Joshua 4:5-7
Every year, each Grammar School teacher picks a character quality for each student that the student has exemplified over the course of that year and awards them a rock of remembrance with their grade and that character quality. It is a beautiful way that teachers can call out the good that they see in students - sometimes in ways that a student hasn't even perceived yet!
Over the course of the Grammar School years, the stones mark the passage of time and what God is doing in students' lives. Students are commended for so many unique and beautiful characteristics, including: determination, leadership, virtue, humility, compassion, reverence, tenacity, attentiveness, curiosity - and so much more!