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Rural Express:John Rollins Success Primary embraces Music Day

Published:Saturday | November 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Marissa Miller, a grade one student at the John Rollins Success Primary School in Rose Hall, St James, poses a question to Courtney Wilson, First Global Bank's (FGB) assistant vice-president, during the staging of Music Day, a joint initiative between FGB and the Ministry of Education.-Contributed photos
First Global Bank's (FGB) assistant vice-president, Courtney Wilson, looks on as Yvonne Miller-Wisdom, principal of the John Rollins Success Primary School in Rose Hall, St James, points to a human-size montage, decorated with literacy and numeracy-themed songs, on the school grounds. The occasion was the celebration of Music Day, a joint initiative between FGB and the Ministry of Education.
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The entire teacher-student population at the John Rollins Success Primary School in St James took a worthwhile pause from the traditional chalk-and-talk learning to embrace learning through music for a few hours.

It was the second staging of Music Day, the follow-up programme to the 'Music: Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education' project, jointly being undertaken by First Global Bank (FGB) and the Ministry of Education in 12 schools across St James, Manchester, and Kingston.

On entering the grounds of the John Rollins Success Primary School during Music Day celebrations last Thursday, a human-size montage, lined from top to bottom with literacy and numeracy-themed songs, showcasing a direct link between music and learning, could not go unnoticed.

"I am impressed with the display and the level of participation by all the teachers and students. This, no doubt, shows that music is definitely a key factor in assisting students to learn and potentially increase their grades," said Courtney Wilson, First Global Bank's assistant vice-president (western region).

Wilson said First Global Bank was committed to the development of Jamaica and its citizens through education, hence the reason FGB continued to invest significantly in the development of education.

"I am happy to announce that all the schools involved in the music programme have been seeing excellent results in the students' grades. First Global Bank is pleased to play our part in the development of Jamaica, its people, and future leaders," Wilson reiterated.

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Principal Yvonne Miller-Wisdom added: "There are children at this school who are not reading at the level they should. We have been involved in the programme for the past three years, and we have seen where children have made significant improvements in the areas of literacy and numeracy. This is a direct result of the First Global Bank/Ministry of Education 'Music: Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education' initiative'."

Miller-Wisdom said Music Day was an opportunity for students to share what they have been learning. "Students and teachers have been writing songs based around the concepts, which has been motivating the students to show interest in numeracy and literacy. They take these songs everywhere they go, even to the examination rooms, where it helps them best to remember what they have learned," she said.

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