Rural Schools Take Top Spots In JSIF Quiz

Photo: Rudrunath Fraser : General Manager for Corporate Services at the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Rhonda Lumsden-Lue (right), prepares to present the winning trophy in the agency’s Science Quiz Competition to the Roehampton Primary in St. James. At left, teacher at the Theicia Allen and students show off the certificate of participation, while Principal of the school, Winston Jennings (2nd right). The award ceremony was held on December 14 at JSIF’s head office in Kingston.

Story Highlights

  • First-place trophy went to Roehampton Primary in Anchovy, St. James, while Steer Town Primary and Junior High in St. Ann placed second and John Rollin Success Primary from St. James was third.
  • JSIF’s Social Development Manager, Mona Sue-Ho, in her remarks at the award ceremony held at the entity’s offices in Kingston on December 14, informed that the quiz was designed to promote science, technology engineering and mathematics in schools, areas which are crucial to Jamaica’s development.
  • The quiz competition was organised under JSIF’s Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP). The top institutions and students received trophies, plaques and certificates of participation.

Three rural primary schools have taken the top spots in the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Science Quiz Competition.

First-place trophy went to Roehampton Primary in Anchovy, St. James, while Steer Town Primary and Junior High in St. Ann placed second and John Rollin Success Primary from St. James was third.

The schools defeated nine others in the quiz competition. They are North Street Primary, St. Aloysius Primary, Greenwich Town All-age, Maxfield Park Primary, Rousseau Primary, and Boys’ Town All-Age in Kingston and St. Andrew; and York Town Primary, Hazard Primary and Treadlight Primary in Clarendon.

JSIF’s Social Development Manager, Mona Sue-Ho, in her remarks at the award ceremony held at the entity’s offices in Kingston on December 14, informed that the quiz was designed to promote science, technology engineering and mathematics in schools, areas which are crucial to Jamaica’s development.

It also served to reinforce the grades four and five science curriculum in preparation for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in March next year as well as to support the celebration of National Science and Technology Month in November.

Ms. Sue-Ho said the pilot quiz, held between November 16 and 25, was rewarding and provided useful lessons to guide future competitions.

“Next year, not only are we hoping to expand the competition to include high schools, but we will also seek to expand the boundaries of the competition to include a science exhibition and a new-invention category that will be open to schools as well as community members,” she indicated.

Principal of Roehampton Primary, Winston Jennings, expressed elation at the victory and that rural schools took the top places.

He added that the quiz helped to prepare the students for end-of-term exams, noting that there was an improvement in performance.

“I am happy for the competition. I am happy this worked out. It is a good partnership for education,” Mr. Jennings said.

In addition to overall school placements, students received individual awards for their performance in the quiz competition.

Timonia Daley of St. Aloysius Primary was first-place female, while first-place male was Jonathan Reid of Roehampton Primary.

Tishanie Grizzle from Roehamption Primary received the award for second-place female; Joshua Hamilton of Steer Town Primary was awarded second-place male; Johnario Pearson of Roehampton Primary and Amiuki Beckford of John Rollins Success Primary tied for third-place male; while third-place female went to Kerise Olivia Johnson of Steer Town Primary and Junior High.

The quiz competition was organised under JSIF’s Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP). The top institutions and students received trophies, plaques and certificates of participation.

Since 2014, the ICDP has sought to enhance access to basic urban infrastructure and services and contribute towards increased community safety in 18 selected economically vulnerable and socially volatile inner-city communities in Jamaica.

The total cost of the programme is US$42 million. It is scheduled to end in 2020.

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