The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) showcased its rich archive of cultural and heritage products to students of the Middleton Primary School in St. Thomas last week, at an Education Week activity staged by the institution.
Director of Corporate Services at the JIS, Errol Gardner, who was the main presenter, discussed with the students and showed them various television features produced by the JIS on: symbols like the ackee and flag; the history behind the national anthem; the popular Port Royal story; and other bits of information on Jamaica’s rich culture.
Acting Principal, Lola Fraser, said the school community was excited at the presence of the JIS.
She said the students are avid viewers of JIS’ flagship television programme Jamaica Magazine, which airs daily on all local stations but “we have never seen JIS up here in this form. They watch the JIS on TV but seeing representatives today is something new for them.”
Mrs. Fraser noted that the agency is a storehouse of information, “and I know that the children will learn some things that they wouldn’t normally learn in textbooks. I know they will get something to take back home.'
The Acting Principal informed that the school, which is more than 100 years old, has an active Past Students’ Association, which will be planning “something big” within the community for Jamaica 50.
The Middleton Primary School is located in Spring Garden near Stony Gut, the hometown of one of Jamaica’s national heroes, Paul Bogle.
The school is situated on the grounds of the St. Matthias Anglican Church, which has a huge bell, erected in 1885, which is still rung today to call congregants to worship.
By Christine Ade-Gold