Marking PTA week
The week of activities, which runs from May 19 to 26, is held to coincide with Child Month and adopts the theme for the month which this year is: Healthy families: A Brighter Future for our Children.
This year the week started with a church service at St. Silas Anglican church in St. James and the uniform groups with representatives from the Brownies, Cub Scouts and 4-H marched from the neighbouring St. Silas residential district to the church.
Present to celebrate the anniversary milestone were Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, his wife Deborah, Parliamentary Representative for St. James North, Edmund Hinkson, his wife Beverley, NCPTA (National Council of PTAs) president Rhonda Blackman and members of the executive committee.
In delivering the sermon for Pentecost, Reverend Gregory Gibson emphasised the gifts of the Holy Spirit, stating persons have different gifts and in recognising their gift, should seek to share that gift and not keep it only for themselves. He encouraged the school to continue to strive to be the best it can be.
During the service there was a symbolic lighting of candles representing passing of the flame to keep the PTA week of activities alive. The lighting started with NCPTA president Rhonda Blackman whose large candle represented the national body, with alternating candles in maroon and navy representing the school’s colours.
It was passed to the first president who initiated the PTA week of activities Rhonda Bryan-Hutson, onto current vice president Michelle Trotman standing in the for the next president Paulette Scantlebury who continued the tradition, onto the current president Dianne Roberts-Soudatt then to the principal Angela Smith who would support its continuity in future years.
PTA week, initiated in 2009 by the then president Bryan-Hutson, is a week of activities highlighting the role of the PTA in strengthening the links between the home, school and community. It usually starts with a church service and ends with a family oriented event. During the week there is usually a career show case where parents and professionals interact with the children and a healthy life style day.
Other activities include, PTA led Morning Assembly, lunch with your child during which the school is transformed into a picnic scene as parents and family members congregate in various areas to share lunch with the children and a scenic bus ride with stops at Bath, Three Houses Park and Silver Sands.