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Bromley Primary School in St. Mary, emerged winners of the annual parish school debate, sponsored by the Hugh Shearer Foundation, at the St. Mary Parish Church Hall in Port Maria on Thursday, October 22.
The competition, which began in 2006, is held in a different parish each year with St. Thomas hosting the first, and Portland serving as the venue for last year’s event.
Free Hill Primary School placed second in the debate, for which the moot was ‘Senior citizens are contributors to nation building’. Bromley Primary argued in support of the moot and was awarded the Hugh Shearer Trophy, for winning the competition.
The event was witnessed by a large gathering including students from a number of schools in St. Mary, observers from the Department of Social Work at the University of the West Indies, and representatives from the St. Mary Senior Citizens Club.
Speaking to JIS News, during the function, Parish Organiser for the National Council for Senior Citizens’ in St. Mary, Mrs. Tait White, described the function as a success, and commended both schools for the high quality of their performance in the debate.
Noting that the arguments presented were well-researched and properly presented, she said the occasion created the opportunity for the students to interact with senior citizens and be further sensitised about their needs and concerns.