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Ecstatic students celebrate Jamaica Day

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Westwood students enjoy the Jamaica Day festivities.
Youngsters perform during national Jamaica Day activities at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.
Students at St Aloysius Primary School in Kingston take part in Jamaica Day activities at the school yesterday. - photos by Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

THEY MAY have chosen slightly different methods, but schools did their part to celebrate Jamaica Day yesterday.

At George Headley Primary in Duhaney Park, culture committee member Kerry-Ann Ennis said the children are always excited about Jamaica Day.

"We had to ask the teachers to keep them busy in class because they were just so eager to see the displays and performances," she said. Ennis said each class was given a specific aspect of Jamaica's history to highlight, mostly making posters and collages. A delectable spread of traditional Jamaican food was also on display.

"Some of the students had never eaten dukunnuh (blue draws) before," she said. And it's all home-made drinks today with Jamaican fruits, so no sodas." The culture committee also had a competition going among classes to see who could best grasp the theme for Jamaica Day, 'Celebrating Jamaica: I'm On It'. There were also performances from all grades.

science and career expos

At Haile Selassie High off Spanish Town Road, school officials used Jamaica Day to also host science and career expos for their students. "With the science expo, we just wanted to sensitise them on the importance of science to everyday life, for example water conservation," said Kaye-Ann Williams, coordinator of the activities. The career expo was for children from grades nine to 11 and saw various institutions like the University of the West Indies and Bureau of Standards Jamaica giving advice. The Jamaica Public Service was also there to teach energy conservation.

"We're trying to change the culture on the use of electricity, trying to reach them while they're young," said JPS representative Omar Thomas. "Plus, we have a programme in the area, Payne Land, so the students can help to better explain it to their parents." The school's Theatre Arts also hosted a concert in the afternoon as its 'grand finale'.

At Heroes Circle, Wolmer's Boys' School hosted the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association's Jamaica Day School Invasion, showcasing Jamaican-made products. Children also got a first-hand look at how some of these local products were made.

"Today, we're explaining how we get juice from concentrate," said Jeoffrey Saunders, promotions supervisor of Trade Winds Limited, one of the many exhibitors. "A lot of people are learning new things today. When you can carry the lab to the people, it's great." There were also numerous cultural performances from schools, including St Aloysius Primary and Maxfield Park Primary.