Standing tall

Principal Eugene Eastmond (back left) celebrates the school’s win with the students, including Akeome Ross (right) and teacher Cheryl Scott from the competition.

St. Silas Primary is standing tall today after striking success at the 2012 annual Maurice Byer Polyclinic Diabetes Poster and Poetry Competition for Schools.

Teacher in charge of preparing students for the competition, Cheryl Scott, told Barbados TODAY that in addition to claiming the top prize in the poster competition, they came third in poetry, won the top teacher’s prize as well as the overall first place for the school.

This was the seventh year for the competition, hosted by the St. Peter-based polyclinic, Scott said, noting though that this was the first time they had submitted the maximum number of entries allowed per school.

“We’ve entered all seven years and this is the first time we’ve won. We’ve never entered two each [into the poster and poetry competition] because the rules have changed over the years. The last couple years we would have had one poem and one poster but this year we entered all,” she said happily this morning, after the children were earlier presented with their awards and trophies.

Ten-year-old Ronaldo Richard won first prize for his poster The Road To Good Health, while nine year olds Jaiden Harvey and Mia Forde came third in the poetry competition for their piece titled In My Kitchen Garden.

Other children from the school who also received awards and certificates for their participation included Akeome Ross, 10, who entered a poster called Unlock The Door to Good Health; and Shakala Smith, 10 and Kianna Fraser, who entered a poem Headline News.

The children were asked to devise posters and poems reflecting on the causes and preventive measures for diabetes, especially among children.

Scott said in addition to more entries, she believed they had adopted a different approach this year that would have led to this success.

“The children were really dedicated this year, especially the ones with the posters, they went all out,” she commented.

“We’re very happy because we are a small school and you know what they say about small school, but it is a joyous feeling for us,” she said, adding that they were successful ahead of about nine other schools that entered.

Richard was also awarded with a $500 starter account from Sagicor for his success. (LB)

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