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Thank you, teachers

Published:Thursday | December 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
From left (back row): Andrea Gayle, manager at First Global Bank, Mandeville; Roderick Drummond, retiree; Kerrene Grant, FGB's business development officer; St Hugh Morgan, retiree; Georgette East, FGB employee; Dr Elsie Thompson, Bellefield High's principal; Clara Stewart, school board chairman, and Bernice Sharpe-McNellie, teacher. Retirees (seated left to right) are: Raymond Higgins, Steve Nugent, Murna Wittaker, Theron Lumsden, Catherine Sharpe, Hayden Wright, Joan O'Connor and Gideon Clayton. The teachers have given between 12 and 38 years at the Bellefield High School in Manchester, and were fêted at a recent appreciation and recognition affair held at The Verandah in Clarendon Park, Clarendon.
Malbis Aranda-Morris, Spanish lecturer at Sam Sharpe Teacher's College; principal, Dr Ashburn Pinnock; Digicel Foundation's training specialist, Evadne Cowell, and general manager of the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, Dr Rebecca Tortello, share the excitement of Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, Aníbal Jiménez Abascal (seated), during the official launch of the college's language laboratory on November 20.

Several persons attended the Manchester-based Bellefield High School appreciation and recognition banquet held in honour of 12 teachers who have retired, at The Verandah in Clarendon, recently.

The retirees have served between 12 and 38 years, giving a total of 359 years among them of unstinting service to the teaching profession. No doubt, they have helped to shape the future of many professionals today.

Chairperson of the appreciation committee, Bernice Sharpe-McNellie, thanked corporate sponsors such as First Global Bank, Mandeville branch for making the event a reality.

The GraceKennedy-owned First Global Bank (FGB), which was the main sponsor, Sharpe-McNellie said, was deserving of public recognition, having unselfishly given their financial support to the staging of the event.

"We thank our stakeholders and sponsors, including Courts; Singer; MegaMart; Jamaica National Building Society; TIP Friendly Society; Guardian Life; Three Angels Pharmacy; Howell's Medical Complex and Zamarcus Designz. I wish to recognise First Global Bank in a very special way for their contribution towards this function. I ask that they stand and be recognised," Sharpe-McNellie said.

Sam Sharpe Teachers' College gets language lab

The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, in partnership with the Digicel Foundation, officially opened a language lab at the Sam Sharpe Teachers' College in Montego Bay recently. The latter organisation contributed desktop computers to the lab as part of its commitment to developing education at all levels.