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School children and teachers from seven primary schools across London were treated to a traditional Jamaican Christmas, including traditional carols and mouth-watering food, when they participated in the Jamaican High Commission’s annual Christmas programme on Friday (December 10).
The children and teachers were officially welcomed by High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), His Excellency Anthony Johnson, who spoke briefly about Christmas in Jamaica and led the group in a rousing rendition of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’.
Well-known Jamaican choreographer and musicologist Jackie Guy, was joined by dancer Kirk Patterson and singer Alana Leslie, in the singing of Jamaican carols including ‘Christmas a Come Me want me Llama,” ‘The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy’, and ‘Mary’s Boy Child’.

Renowned Jamaican Choreographer Jackie Guy (right) leads schools children and teachers from primary schools in London in traditional Jamaican games at the Jamaican High Commission’s annual Christmas programme for schools held on Friday December 10.

In addition, the children, some of whom are of Jamaican heritage, were taught a number of Jamaican ring games. Mr. Patterson also performed a vibrant Jonkanoo ‘Pitchy Patchy’ routine much to the delight of the gathering.
A traditional Jamaican Christmas lunch featuring chicken, curried goat, rice and peas, fried plantains, Christmas pudding, and tropical fruits and fruit drink, was served.
The students were also treated to a screening of the new Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Destination Jamaica 3D video for schools, which was officially launched during World Travel Market in London in November. Jamaica is the first destination to produce a promotional video in 3D.
All the schools were presented with gift bags containing information on Jamaican history, lifestyle and heritage, as well as information on outstanding Jamaicans including scientist, professionals, musicians and sports personalities from the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). There were also gift bags from the Victoria Mutual Group, which sponsored the day’s activities.
Each year, the High Commission assisted by the JIS, hosts a special event for school children to give them a taste of Jamaican life, culture and heritage and to highlight outstanding Jamaicans, especially those living in the UK.
Each year, the High Commission assisted by the JIS, hosts a special event for school children to give them a taste of Jamaican life, culture and heritage and to highlight outstanding Jamaicans, especially those living in the UK.