Wednesday, 27 February 2019

JAMAICA DAY: Students give thanks for opportunity to increase their cultural awareness

CULTURE CORNER: Photo highlights from the day's activities at the National Arena. 

SEVERAL elements came together in harmonious unison last Friday to make the 2019 Jamaica Day festivities inside the National Arena a huge success. Students and their chaperones, many of them appropriately clad in the national colours, came from as far as Trelawney’s Westwood High to attend.

For Attalee Runcie of The Queen’s School, there was one particular moment that stood out. “I really enjoyed the Jamaica Moves segment. The nice vibe and the energy made it a great activity for us,” the 17-year-old told TALLAWAH, adding that the day’s wide-ranging activities offered a fantastic learning experience. “I enjoyed learning more about the country’s history and culture, and why it’s important to be a proud Jamaican.”

Tarique Lyons voiced similar sentiments. “I like the overall vibe, and that they had different sections, like the JDF, for you to visit to get information,” shared the 16-year-old Kingston College chap, who also learned a couple of new folk songs.

With PEP exams on the horizon, Kemsha Solomon of Mountain View Primary was grateful for the ‘extra lessons.’ “I think an event like this is important because you can become more knowledgeable. You might get an exam one day, and they ask you a question about something, and you might have learned the answer here,” the 12-year-old noted.

Among the other schools represented were Ferncourt High, Excelsior and Papine High. Throughout the day, the youngsters flocked to booths mounted by various government agencies, teachers’ colleges and a variety of food purveyors, including Grace.

A lively entertainment package capped the day’s offerings, with performances by Charlemont’s Rhumbakah Mento Band, the Jamaica College Band and special guest artistes.

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