Schools host Eastern District Festival

Some of the students who attended the festival
Some of the students who attended the festival

Primary Schools in the Eastern District on Friday participated in a festival at the Salybia Primary School to highlight student accomplishments over the school year.

The festival was held under the theme: ‘ Critical thinking-planting seeds that blossom abundantly.’

The activity featured performances and exhibitions from the thirteen (13) schools in the district. Displays were based on achievements in numeracy and literacy and also included photos and videos of student successes during the period.

Students also participated in quizzes and competitions in Math and Language. A competition dubbed ‘Mind Quest’ was designed to test student knowledge in all areas of study.

District Education Officer for the Eastern District, Ernie Lawrence Jno-Finn, encouraged teachers to appeal to the critical thinking abilities of their pupils from an early age.

“Young children are naturally driven to learn because they are curious. This natural curiosity should be supported throughout their primary schools years, into the secondary. This can be done by giving them the tools that will enable them to think critically-to ask the right questions and actively engage themselves in activities with a purpose,” Jno- Finn said.

“Teachers should see themselves as facilitators of learning, not the ‘masters of all knowledge’ dumping concepts into their students’ minds. We need to train them to become engaged in their own learning,” she added.

Students also heard addresses from Parliamentary Representative for the Salybia Constituency Ashton Graneau and Feature Speaker, a top performer at the Caribbean Secondary Certificate exams 2011 and the 2013 A Level Exams, Isaac Alfred.

Parliamentary Representative for the Castle Bruce, Johnson Drigo represented Education Minister, Petter Saint-Jean.

The Eastern District Primary Schools Festival is an annual event.

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  1. Simply the Truth
    April 8, 2014

    Thank God for the internet. In those days and without internet we the students then did not have such an opportunity and learning process. Today, the emphasis is on cultivating their minds as they are taught curricula activities. Go for it children and learn as much as you can to graduate and go on to higher learning. Those school years pass quickly.

  2. Apple
    April 8, 2014

    Yes I Dominican student always clean and
    Neat loving it

  3. proud kalinago
    April 8, 2014

    thats the ties the children always have at light
    house school,its their uniform

  4. darrrr
    April 8, 2014

    Guess u guys getting the children involve in early politics….whats up with the red ties???why the children are not wearing thier regular school ties???smh :mrgreen:

    • Kalinago
      April 8, 2014

      Do you know what is the school regular tie? All some of us can see is Red and Blue!

    • D
      April 8, 2014

      papa mettre…a joke that man! lol

    • Anonymous
      April 8, 2014

      That’s the Lighthouse Christian Academy. The red tie is part of their school’s uniform.

    • Empress D.
      April 8, 2014

      This school with the red tie is the Lighthouse Christian Academy. The red tie is part of the school’s uniform and it has nothing to do with politics. stop assuming nonsense!!

    • Anonymous
      April 8, 2014

      you genious thats the regular school uniform

  5. Pedro
    April 8, 2014

    Great initiative. The ministry should be applauded for such motivating ventures. Certainly keeps students more interested in their education and with more stimulating activities to look forward to, apart from pure academics.

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