Jolyn Bryan, Gleaner Writer
ALBION, St Thomas:
STUDENTS OF Grants Pen Primary School in Albion, St Thomas, demonstrated their patriotism last Friday during the school's Jamaica Day celebrations.
The theme for the day was 'Celebrating Jamaica: I'm On It'.
The children arrived at school promptly in the morning decked out in various combinations of the colours of the national flag. It was not a typical day at school, as most activities were centred on the celebration of Jamaican history and heritage.
Nicole Simpson, a grade-six teacher, spoke about the efforts to make Jamaica Day a success.
"We spoke about it at the board meeting, but we were later sidetracked because we are approaching GSAT (Grade Six Achievement Test). But we sent out letters, and put together a display and lessons to help the children enjoy today," Simpson told The Gleaner.
The display, which dominated the courtyard, included enamel pots, floor buffers made from coconuts, coal stoves, and various other items that represent Jamaica's past. Simpson, who had a team of student-helpers, also had items such as coconut drops, dukoono, potato pudding and stamp and go on sale. The children, who were let out of class to view the display, quickly bought all the goodies being offered.
"The proceeds are for our upcoming sports day in March," Simpson said.
In the classroom, most lessons were focused on national symbols and famous Jamaicans. There were also mini-concerts, recitation of Miss Lou's poems, and quizzes. The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and at the end of the day were edified and entertained by the cultural activities put on for this year's staging of Jamaica Day celebrations at Grants Pen Primary School.