Education officials have dubbed the recently held Eastern District School’s Festival a success that gave students the opportunity to showcase the work they had done over the past school year.
Chief Education Officer Stephenson Hyacinth said the festival maintained “the tradition of the East where we focus on output within the education system.”
“Being here today to see some of the things you are doing, it shows that you are continuing the legacy of excellence in the East,” Hyacinth said, adding that Education Officer Madura Walter deserved high praise for her work in that district.
The festival was held at the Castle Bruce Primary School under the theme, “Showcasing our Achievements,” and included an exhibition of art and other works completed during the term by all schools in the east.
A mental math competition was also held among students of grades 4, 5 and 6 of the various schools and a poetry competition involving participants from all grades.
Hyacinth commended the Eastern District principals for answering the “challenge together” in the organization of the festival.
“I believe the district serves a very important function in that we can all learn together. We would experience much success if we would utilize the potential which lies in each district. Each principal in the district has a particular strength,” Hyacinth said.
“Every school in the east should rely on the strength of the other principals in the district to support their efforts,” he advised.
Parliamentary Representative for the Castle Bruce Constituency, Hon. Johnson Drigo, who represented the Education Minister, Hon. Petter Saint Jean, told students they had a “golden” opportunity to access quality education.
He also called on parents, and other community interest groups to get involved in the children’s education.
“From the politicians down, all of us a have to play a bigger part in ensuring that no child is left behind, no child falls through the cracks and every child achieves to the best of his abilities,” Drigo said.
The Eastern District Schools Festival also included performances in song and dance from students of the various schools and climaxed with a medley of song by all the district principals.