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Pembroke Hall Primary gets financial boost

Published:Wednesday | November 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Photo Norma McNeil (right), principal of the Pembroke Hall Primary School, St At Andrew, points to a section of a window, which she says a $150,000 prize donation from First Global Bank would be used to repair. Looking on (from left) are Sheraine Campbell, corporate communications officer; Veronica Green, grade three teacher and Laelia Nicholson, assistant manager, corporate communications, GraceKennedy Financial Group.
Contributed Photo GraceKennedy Financial Group's corporate communications officer, Sheraine Campbell (left) and assistant corporate communications manager Laeila Nicholson (second left), with members of the Pembroke Hall Primary School (back row from third left), Verona Porteous-Fletcher; Natalie Henry, vice-president, parent teachers association; Veronica Green, teacher; Novelette Howell, school board chairman and principal Norma McNeil, displaay the cheque valued at $150,000. With them are students who participated in the Master Mind Quiz Competition - from left: Damani Knight; Joel Ferron; Khadijah Bailey; Justin-Marc Coley and Romaine Roberts.

First Global Bank (FGB), having included Pembroke Hall Primary in its Music, Perfect-Pitch for A Sound Education programme three years ago, has further assisted the school with a $150,000 cash prize, which the students won recently in the FGB Master Mind Quiz Competition.

The administration of the Pembroke Hall Primary School in St Andrew has been struggling for the past five years to construct a much-needed multipurpose auditorium. Through fundraising efforts, construction is advanced, but they are a long way from completion and are in need of financial assistance.

Principal Norma McNeil said the funds would be used towards the purchasing and installation of either the windows or the doors. "We are confident the money will get us somewhere. We are truly grateful to FGB for this donation," McNeil remarked.

Stating that the music programme has significantly helped with the students numeracy and literacy development, McNeil commended them on emerging winners in the Kingston and St Andrew quiz category. "First Global Bank is doing a great job in Jamaica and we urge them to continue," McNeil added.

Meanwhile, teacher Veronica Green, who has the responsible of ensuring that the grades three and four students' numeracy and literacy competence is raised to acceptable standards to enter the competition said, "The journey was challenging but rewarding, as it also boosted self-confidence among students. The programme has helped students to better grasp concepts and transfer their knowledge well," Green added.