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Peace, love, unity at Mineral Heights

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Stashagay Coke, records clerk in the adolescent health unit, Ministry of Health, goes through a pamphlet with (from left) Kibuki Morrison, Andrew Ennis, Lascels Sergeant, and Neiko Jarret, students of Melrose Primary and Junior High School, during the Ministry of Health's Peace Day celebrations, held yesterday at its King Street offices. - Gladstone Taylor/Photogrpaher

Jermaine Francis, Gleaner Writer

MINERAL HEIGHTS, Clarendon:

PEACE, LOVE and unity! Those were the words that echoed from the students of Mineral Heights Primary School in Clarendon, as they observed Peace Day yesterday.

The day was held under the theme 'Peace From Start to Finish'.

Dalton Shaw, principal of the school, said the theme could not have come at a better time, as it was important to remind students of the necessity for peace, especially with the recent increase in violence in schools across the island.

Guidance counsellors, teachers and students, from both the morning and afternoon shifts, held an interactive session where students were allowed to express their views on how violence affects them, and what could be done to mitigate the problem in schools, and the wider society.

Guidance counsellor Paula Chin said the focus was to minimise school violence. She said students were allowed to express themselves through cultural pieces on the topic of peace and unity.

The students were also adorned with peace badges and ribbons with short quotes about peace and unity.

Raheem Wynter, grade six student at the school, said he enjoyed the day's activities, adding that he learned how to control his anger.

"The function showed me how to demonstrate peace and love, and how to not fight. When I feel like fighting, I learn not to use my fist to solve my problems," Raheem said.

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