Tavares Gar­dens Pri­mary mak­ing sweet mu­sic

Jamaica Gleaner - - CAREERS -

WHILE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Lit­er­acy Day was re­cently be­ing ob­served world­wide, some­thing spe­cial un­folded at the Tavares Gar­dens Pri­mary School in one of the so­cially/eco­nom­i­cally chal­lenged in­ner-city com­mu­ni­ties of Kingston.

Se­nior ex­ec­u­tives from First Global Bank, a GraceKennedy sub­sidiary, and se­nior ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion jour­neyed to the school to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of the chil­dren.

First Global Bank do­nated sev­eral pieces of new mu­si­cal in­stru­ments to the school, as part of the joint part­ner­ship be­tween them and the min­istry’s Mu­sic: Per­fect Pitch for a Sound Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme.

The in­stru­ments are to be used to aid with the teach­ing/learn­ing method­ol­ogy of grades three and four stu­dents un­der the Mu­sic Lit­er­acy pro­gramme. With the ad­di­tion of this school, there are now 14 in­volved in the project. Now in its fifth year, the pro­gramme has so far ben­e­fited more than 10,000 stu­dents at the pri­mary level across Kingston, St. An­drew, St Cather­ine, Manchester, St James and St Ann. “We are very proud of how the pro­gramme has grown. Ex­ten­sive re­search has proved that there is a link be­tween study­ing mu­sic and ex­celling in school,” said Mari­ame McIn­toshRobin­son, pres­i­dent and CEO at First Global Bank. Armed with re­search data, McIn­tosh-Robin­son cited that chil­dren who have been ex­posed to good, Mari­ame McIn­tosh-Robin­son Stu­dents from the Tavares Gar­dens Pri­mary School in Kingston proudly hold mu­si­cal in­stru­ments do­nated by First Global Bank last Thurs­day. From left (back row) are Janet Robert­son, chair­man of the FGB Cares Project; Mari­ame McIn­tosh-Robin­son, pres­i­dent and CEO, FGB; Ter­rian Lawrence-Nis­beth, school prin­ci­pal; and Mar­lon Wil­liams, se­nior ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion. Stu­dents (from left) are Devonique Goul­bourne, Del­roy Lawrence, Tris­tan Mor­gan, Tiana Jack­son, Ash­mara Simms, Ki­mara Gaynor, Tse­day Ben­nett, Etana Walker and Kasan­dra Hill.

strong mu­sic teach­ing have ad­van­tages in all other ar­eas of learn­ing.

“First Global Bank re­mains a com­mit­ted part­ner in pur­su­ing the goal of 100 per cent lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy in our pri­mary schools,” McIn­tosh-Robin­son as­sured the gath­er­ing.

“The Mu­sic Lit­er­acy Pro­gramme con­tin­ues to pos­i­tively im­pact our stu­dents in the par­tic­i­pat­ing schools where there are many suc­cess sto­ries,” said Mar­lon Wil­liams, se­nior ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer in the min­istry, with re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Core-Cur­ricu­lum Unit.

Wil­liams said the min­istry has re­alised that the stu­dents who nor­mally stay away from school on Fri­days in some project schools are

turn­ing up as a re­sult of the ini­tia­tive and its im­pact on stu­dents.

Mean­while, the school’s prin­ci­pal, Ter­rian Lawrence-Nis­beth, said the First Global Bank/Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tive would help to strengthen what the school’s aca­demic staff had en­vi­sioned and had em­barked on at the com­mence­ment of the 2016/2017 aca­demic year.

Lawrence-Nis­beth de­scribed the school as a bea­con of hope in the com­mu­nity. There are seven teach­ers on staff to ad­min­is­ter ed­u­ca­tion to 206 stu­dents. “We plan to ex­tend this pro­gramme to all stu­dents in the school, as we be­lieve they will ben­e­fit,” she said.

Staff of First Global Bank. From left are: Sheraine Campbell, mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer; Janet Robert­son, chair­man of the Global Cares unit; Jes­sica Ste­wart, project man­age­ment of­fi­cer; and Kerry-Ann Ramdeen-Johns. In the back­ground is Peter Lindo, as­sis­tant vice-pres­i­dent in charge of mar­ket­ing.

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