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Principal has high praises for Pembroke Hall Primary's gospel song competition

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Students of Pembroke Hall Primary School engage in a little dancing during the institution's 10th annual Child Month Gospel Song Competition held at the Fellowship Tabernacle Church in Kingston yesterday. - Gladstone Taylor/Photographer

Norma McNeil, principal of Pembroke Hall Primary School, has indicated that the institution's annual Child Month Gospel Song Competition has served as a springboard that fosters the development of positive morals, attitudes and values in its children, an example other schools should follow.

The Pembroke Hall Primary School Choir has maintained a standard of excellence in the arts; one such example is the fact that they are the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Festival of the Performing Arts top primary/prep school choir in the island and have been for many years.

"It helps the children to develop and find their talent. It is very heart-warming to see when they realise what they can do and it also encourages competition," McNeil told The Gleaner.

"The children were very enthusiastic as they would even spend some of their lunchtime to practise. The teachers were also excited and took time to participate and help the children to do their best," she added.

McNeil also noted that the competition has grown significantly since inception in May 2002 as there was a total of 230 entrants this year.

"Each year, it has grown and is more competitive. Today's competition was very good and more competitive than ever. They all did well and the judges had a very difficult task to find out who the winner was," she said.

"We hope to continue this and hopefully we will have a bigger competition next year. I must commend all the children and parents who participated as I can see many of these children developing singing as a part of their future careers," McNeil added.

Winners of the competition are awarded trophies, medals, gift certificates and gift bags. Lauriel Richards, from the fifth grade, who was the most outstanding soloist, also received one year free piano tuition from Vee's Music Studio.