A day of 'Edu-Fun' for St Andrew High students
Marcia Rowe, Gleaner Writer
It was dubbed 'Social Interaction Day' (SID) but the students of St Andrew High School for Girls (SAHS) were treated to more than a day of socialisation, not just with their schoolmates but also their peers from other schools.
The treat came in the form of workshops conducted by Sydney Bartley, director of culture, Ministry of Youth and Culture, students of Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts (EMC), Adiziko Simba and Ibo Cooper, music teacher and a founding member of Third World Band.
Journey through time
With the theme being 'Our Heritage Travelling Through Time', the presenters took the responsive Cecelia Avenue ladies on a lively journey through their heritage with dances, stories and music.
The Musical Heritage workshop was conducted by Cooper. On reaching modern Jamaican music, Cooper, after engaging some students in a mild Gully-Gaza competition, explained that the competition between Jamaican musical artistes is another of the African retentions, but what the modern version lack is humour. The ladies, who chose to take the musical journey with Ibo Cooper, were also entertained by some members of the SAHS Band and EMC final-year student Serena Constantine, who proved to be a fantastic singer.
Bartley, in his journey through 'Our Heritage', informed the large group of students that Usain Bolt was not the fastest Jamaican, but that the Maroons, who had to outrun the British during slavery, were. The only difference was that Bolt has the use of a stopwatch but the Maroons had none.
The EMC students showed their charges the various steps from mento to 'Skip to Ma Lu', and at times had the SAHS students strutting their stuff.
In the second session of the day, the students were given the opportunity to entertain in Hype Zone's (Christian and secular) Challenge the Bull Ride and Rock Climb, and take on their teachers in 'dandy shandy', while sampling food from the different stalls.
SID culminated with a concert where one of the features was the introduction of contestants from the upcoming Miss St Andrew High School Pageant in April. SID is one of the school's major fund-raising events.