Free Town Pri­mary par­ents lauded

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Ce­celia Camp­bell Liv­ingston Gleaner Writer ru­ral@glean­erjm.com

PFREE TOWN, Claren­don: ARENTS WERE honoured last Thurs­day at a special Par­ent’s Day func­tion held at the Free Town Pri­mary School for their ac­tive in­volve­ment in the school’s af­fairs.

Prin­ci­pal Ann Marie Brown lauded the par­ents for tak­ing great in­ter­est and giv­ing sup­port to the school com­mu­nity.

“Teach­ers can’t do it alone, we need your sup­port and I am happy to see many of you being so in­volved in your chil­dren’s lives and sup­port­ing the school’s ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said.

Guest speaker Mar­jori­eth Man­ning en­cour­aged par­ents to prac­tise the art of dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion when it comes on to their chil­dren.

She urged them not to com­pare one child with an­other, and to re­mem­ber that all chil­dren learn dif­fer­ently. Man­ning urged par­ents to al­low their chil­dren to be all that they can be and not to sti­fle them.

“Par­ents are now in the age where chil­dren are not afraid to say to them, ‘I don’t want that!’ and they are not being rude. They are expressing them­selves...and as a par­ent, you need to learn to give your chil­dren a voice,” she urged.

Re­mind­ing them how it feels to be ‘shut up’, she said the same free­dom should be given to chil­dren.

“All you need to do is say to the child, ‘Be re­spect­ful when you speak’,” she said.

Man­ning gave the par­ents in at­ten­dance a lot of food for thought dur­ing her pre­sen­ta­tion, sometimes elic­it­ing laugh­ter as she re­minded them that many want their chil­dren to think they were an­gels grow­ing up.

She also is­sued a chal­lenge to par­ents, re­mind­ing them that if they have prob­lems con­trol­ling one child, “imag­ine a teacher with about 40 to con­trol!”

It was in that light she re­minded them that they have a duty to train their chil­dren and make teach­ers’ jobs lighter.

The evening also saw some de­light­ful per­for­mances from stu­dents who ‘walked the run­way’, and en­ter­tained with song and dub po­etry.

Awards and cer­tifi­cates were pre­sented to the par­ents who went ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ in their as­sis­tance to the school.

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