Over 200 exuberant Calabar High School students heard messages of peace, through music and motivational talks, during the Students For Transformation’s (SFT) “Peace & Respect for All @ Champs & Always!” School Tour, at the school on Friday (March 4).
Motivational messages were delivered by Miss Jamaica World 2010, Chantal Raymond, and Miss Jamaica World 2005 and Managing Director of Spartan Health Club, Dr. Terri Karelle Reid, while an item was done by Kenroy “Slim J” Henriques from Seaview Gardens.
The event was organised by the SFT, youth arm of the NTP in collaboration with the Inter-American Children’s Institute and the Child Development Agency (CDA), in an effort to curb the violence during and before the annual ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships, scheduled for Wednesday, March 30, to Saturday, April 2, at the National Stadium in Kingston.
Confirmed participating schools so far for the Tour are, The Queens School, Holy Childhood High School and St. Georges College, on March 15, 17 and 22, respectively.
SFT Chairman, Howard Chamberlain, reminded the students to be mindful of each other, while attending the Championships, by showing respect and brotherly love. He said it was important that all students portray core values such as peace, love, truth, honesty and reverence for life.
“Leading up to the Championship and at the Championships, we want a message of peace and respect for all. We want you to level the vibes. Cheer your respectful schools, but do so in a peaceful manner and in a respectful way,” he said.
“At the end of the day, we are all Jamaicans and, as such, we need to be mindful of our actions and portray it in a peaceful way,” he added.
“It was very useful. It was needed and from my vantage point as principal, it was well received by the boys,” Principal of Calabar High School, Captain Lincoln A. Thaxter, told JIS News during an interview after the function.
He said the school had started a values and attitudes programme in September 2010, under the theme, “Embracing Change: Creating a Culture of Excellence”, aimed at encouraging students to adopt core values such as respect for self , respect for each other, reverence for God and a healthy pursuit of academic studies.
Captain Thaxter noted that the visit by the SFT team would assist in enhancing the programme. Director of Development, Planning and Monitoring in the National Transformation Programme (NTP), Fabian Brown, and a representative of the CDA also attended the function.
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