E.P. Roberts Primary School beat seven competitors to win first place in the first School Pride Video Competition, the brainchild of the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education and Technical and Vocational Training.
Eight schools participated in the contest designed to encourage students to be proud of their places of learning. Participants were judged on creativity, messaging, technical organization, overall production and the amount of FB likes received. The winners received laptops, cell phones and medals for their submissions Thursday, April 20, 2023 at the Ministry of Education, Technical and Vocational Training.
2nd – Palmdale Primary School
3rd – H.O. Nash Junior High School
The following schools received certificates of participation and recognition for outstanding performances:
Old Bight Primary School, Sandilands Primary School, Jack Hayward Jr. High School, Centreville Primary School
And Sadie Curtis Primary School.
Minister Hanna-Martin declared the event the first annual School Video Competition.
Said the Minister, “We hope that out of this ongoing project that we would begin to cause our young people to hold their heads high when they go through life, when they sit in the classroom, get on a bus, walk the streets, attend something in or out of uniform, they begin to understand that that institution they are from, which is as good as they are, that everything they do is so important to the building and legacy of that institution.”
She highlighted individuals who schools are named after including R.M. Bailey, Marjorie Davis and L.N. Coakley. [They are] “Real people who have contributed to the growth and development of education.”
“We want our young people to understand that when you wear that uniform — wear it with pride. When you participate in school activities, academics, sports, music whatever you do.”
She described the submissions as different, unique, wonderful expressions and thanked the schools for taking the challenge, engaging young people and teachers and producing a final product.
Acting Director Dominique McCartney-Russell outlined several advantages of ensuring that children learn school pride.
“When children show pride or spirit in their school, they tend to do well academically. When they love their school, they are going to attend and be engaged. They will have good attendance and greater participation. School pride helps them to be more civically engaged. You will find that these children will participate in community activities. They will become activists and peer tutors,” said McCartney-Russell.
By KATHRYN CAMPBELL/Bahamas Information Services
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