JIS News

Bethabara Primary and Junior High School in New Port, Manchester, has won the Alpart Safety Fair competition, which involved schools in the mining areas of Manchester and St. Elizabeth.
The finals were held on June 13 at the company’s sport club in Nain, St. Elizabeth, with 10 schools from the two parishes competing.
The competition, which began in 1989, seeks to motivate and create students’ safety awareness in schools, homes, business places and on the roads. This year’s focus was on the protection of children.
Safety Co-ordinator at Bethabara, Joan Simpson, told JIS News that the school won the competition through team work and research, “Earlier in the month, we won the Manchester competition, and now the top prize for the Mining Cup and George Hendricks Cup. We did this through proper planning and by doing our home work. We knew what the organizers were looking for and our displays demonstrated creativity, and by winning, our students are motivated to go on to greater things,” she said.
At the prize-giving ceremony, Managing Director of the company, Alberto Fabrini said the participants have demonstrated knowledge in protection of the environment and on healthy lifestyles.
“There are important values attached to this programme in terms of accident prevention, a safe and clean environment, character development and a healthy lifestyle. You have also set a very high standard with the exhibits this year, and it tells us that there is a continuing learning process among our students in safety awareness. This has given us the opportunity to develop important partnerships with our teachers and the extended Alpart family in the Essex Valley and South Manchester communities where we do our mining,” he said.
“We continue to be impressed and pleased with the level of talent and skills that we see expressed through the creative efforts of our students in the debates, the essay writing, the safety quiz contests, and the academic and sports achievements,” Mr. Fabrini added.

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