Showers of blessings in St Ann
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
DISCOVERY BAY, St Ann:
MORNING SHOWERS in some sections of St Ann on Tuesday provided a cool start to events marking Peace Day 2011 as schools across the parish observed the annual affair.
One of the main activities took place at Discovery Bay All-Age School where the guidance department staged a Peace Day concert and display to mark the occasion.
Most of the 625 students on both shifts participated in the event, which was chaired by acting principal, Marcella Shaw-Bryan.
The display had charts highlighting ways in which students can resolve conflicts, and brochures were distributed.
The concert featured the prayer of St Francis of Assisi ('Lord make me an instrument of thy peace') and a reading from Colossians 3:12-17.
"We also recognised the princes and princesses of peace, which are the most peaceful students in the school, and we did this with all classes on both shifts," said guidance counsellor for the morning shift, Colene Newland-Sewell.
The students also performed several songs focusing on the peace theme, ending with Let There Be Peace On Earth.
Shaw-Bryan delivered the peace talk based on the theme 'Peace From Start to Finish', pointing out the virtues of peace and encouraging students to seek at all times to live in peace.
At Ocho Rios Primary School, activities were low-keyed on Tuesday, but plans are in place to celebrate peace throughout the month of March.
Classes sang Pass It On at devotion and plastic ribbons were issued to some students. Grade one teacher, Valrie Gaynor, explained the meaning of Peace and Love in Society to her class and encouraged students to resolve conflicts peacefully.
Each Monday, for the rest of the month, the school will have an activity to celebrate peace.