Birthday Wishes for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

first_imgOn behalf of all Nova Scotians, Lt.-Gov. Myra Freeman extends birthday greetings to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her 80th birthday. The lieutenant-governor has sent a letter of congratulations to Her Majesty. “Nova Scotians remember with great fondness and pleasure your visits to our province, and the warmth and kindness that you so graciously displayed during your time in Nova Scotia, “said the lieutenant-governor in her letter. “May you continue to enjoy good health and happiness, and to grace us with your courage and dignity for many years to come.” The public is invited to sign a congratulatory greeting book at Government House from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, as of today, April 21, until June 1, at which time these greetings will be forwarded to Her Majesty. On Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m., Lt.-Gov. Myra Freeman and Lawrence Freeman invite all Nova Scotians to afternoon tea at Government House to coincide with the Queen’s official birthday celebration in Britain. Government House is located at 1451 Barrington St., Halifax. -30-last_img read more

JPS Foundation Stages Summer Camp Ablaze Youth Programme in Farm Heights St

“As a Foundation, our intentions are always to give back and to help develop the young people in our country. These little ones, as they grow and when you see them, you recognize how much they depend on us [society],” he noted. Story Highlights The two-week initiative, which was held for the second year, climaxed with a reading competition and awards ceremony at the Farm Heights United Church on Friday (July 26). The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Foundation recently concluded its ‘Summer Camp Ablaze’ programme, which exposed some 105 children in Farm Heights, St. James, to tools and best practices tailored to enhance their growth and development.The two-week initiative, which was held for the second year, climaxed with a reading competition and awards ceremony at the Farm Heights United Church on Friday (July 26).Children in the camp were involved in educational and extracurricular activities incorporating presentations from agencies, as well as engagements to stimulate their minds.Among these were personal development exercises, sports, career talks, entertainment and culture, and art and craft.Senior JPS Vice President for Customer Service, Ramsey McDonald, who addressed the youngsters, said the Foundation relished the opportunity to facilitate the engagement, and is looking forward to next year’s staging because “[we] are investing in young minds who are going to help to shape [Jamaica’s] future”.“As a Foundation, our intentions are always to give back and to help develop the young people in our country. These little ones, as they grow and when you see them, you recognize how much they depend on us [society],” he noted.Against this background, Mr. McDonald said the organization is “committing to a third year with Farm Heights, because this is not a short-term journey for us”.“We are giving these children every opportunity to be the future citizens and leaders in the communities, this parish and in this nation,” he added.JPS Foundation Programmes Officer, Allaine Harvey, indicated that the initiative was a collaborative venture between the entity and its partners.“Having 105 children being engaged for the summer period is no simple task, and it is something that could have not been done by JPS alone,” he stated.Other partners, he informed, included the St. James Parish Library, Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), National Youth Service (NYS), and Farm Heights Community Development Committee (CDC).“It was a pleasure dealing with the day to day operations of the camp and engaging the children. It was fun, informative and it is one that I know the children benefited from significantly,” Mr. Harvey stated.The JPS Foundation has been active in Farm Heights for several years. It recently donated 14 new computers to the community’s homework centre and invested in beautifying the facility.Additionally, the community’s renowned Heights Marching Band also got an upgrade to their drill square, courtesy of the Foundation. “Having 105 children being engaged for the summer period is no simple task, and it is something that could have not been done by JPS alone,” he stated. read more

PM Hails Improvements at Seaward Primary and Junior High

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has hailed the improvements being undertaken at the Seaward Primary and Junior High School, noting that the institution “is well on its way to becoming one of the best performing primary and infant schools in Jamaica”.He was addressing a ceremony held at the school grounds in Olympic Way, St. Andrew, on July 25 to officially open a play area as well as honour partners/stakeholders.The Prime Minister noted that greater focus is being placed on developing the school plant for the benefit of students.He said that in the past, the institution, which is located in his West Central St. Andrew Constituency, was constantly utilised for community activities.He noted, however, that with the construction of the Olympic Gardens Civic Centre to facilitate community activities “that gave you some more space… and now you are only focused on developing the school infrastructure”.“I recognised that if we were going to truly create an institution of learning that would serve the population in this community well, we needed to give the school space to grow and to develop and to allow the students to be able to fully utilise all the assets of the school,” Prime Minister Holness added.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (left), enjoys a playful moment with Seaward Primary and Junior High School student, Kerica Thomas. Occasion was a ceremony to open a play area and honour stakeholders at the institution at Olympic Way, St. Andrew, on July 25. Looking on in the background is the Principal, Arlene Thomas.Mr. Holness said he is pleased to see the focus that the principal, chairman and the community have placed on the school.“It is quite clear that the community is now treating the school in a much different way than it did in the past. There is now a greater respect for the infrastructure of the school and how you use the school utilities, and that is, in my mind, a significant improvement,” he said.The Prime Minister further noted the measures undertaken to boost student performance.“I recall that when we instituted the Grade Four literacy test we were not so happy with the results both in literacy and numeracy at the time in 2009. I supported the school with literacy coaches and programmes and we have seen steady improvements in literacy and numeracy,” he noted.Mr. Holness said that the school’s literacy results have moved from 68 per cent to 78 per cent in the last academic year, while the numeracy improved from 11 per cent to 54 per cent in the last academic year.Prime Minister Holness pledged to make donations through the Constituency Development Fund and the Positive Jamaica Foundation towards the school bus donation drive. He was addressing a ceremony held at the school grounds in Olympic Way, St. Andrew, on July 25 to officially open a play area as well as honour partners/stakeholders. “It is quite clear that the community is now treating the school in a much different way than it did in the past. There is now a greater respect for the infrastructure of the school and how you use the school utilities, and that is, in my mind, a significant improvement,” he said. Mr. Holness said that the school’s literacy results have moved from 68 per cent to 78 per cent in the last academic year, while the numeracy improved from 11 per cent to 54 per cent in the last academic year. Story Highlights read more