Going for the win

Jessie Ripoll prepares for Junior Schools' Challenge Quiz with intra-school competition

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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Jessie Ripoll Primary School is going for the win in TVJ's Junior Schools' Challenge Quiz competition, by preparing, with its own intra-school competition which it staged two weeks ago.

Teacher at Jessie Ripoll Primary and coordinator of the competition Andrea Bryan Dacosta explains that the school, in trying to increase its chances at the national level, has decided to change the culture of the school. This has led to the internal version of the quiz competition, which she says will help to unearth talent as well as help to encourage parents to get involved.

Dacosta explains that previously, the school would just put a team together and train them throughout the summer in preparation for the national competition. But they have now decided to take a different approach through selecting students from the upper-school including grades four, five and six to form the squad, with an A Team, a B team and reserve team members.

Principal O'Neil Stevens explains that based on external examination results, Jessie Ripoll is a top primary school and would like to see it translated into something tangible such as copping the national junior quiz.

“The competition is a showcase of the students' scholastic aptitude, while allowing them to have fun,” he said, adding that he was impressed with the outcome of the intra-school competition.

Principal Stevens explained that it is a challenge having teachers focus on their classes while assisting with preparation for the quiz, and so with the financial support of sponsors, including Garland Law, the school will be looking at outsourcing coaching assistance for the team.

Managing Partner at Garland Law, Garland Waugh says competitions like these will help to sharpen the students' minds as well as engender a culture of studying and analytical thinking,” which is the reason he says sponsoring the competition is just as important as sponsoring sporting events.

“Part of the mandate of the law firm is to touch and inspire the lives of ordinary people, as a lot of Jamaica's talent is within this core set of grass roots individuals, who will be able to shine beyond belief if they get the right investment and opportunities,” he said.

Waugh says the firm is also a strong believer in education, calling it “the great equaliser”, and shared his own story of coming from a less fortunate background, with 10 other siblings, all of whom used education as a tool in achieving their dreams.

Garland Law Firm has been partnering with Jessie Ripoll in the quiz competition and other areas over the last four years. The managing partner implored other corporate entities to get involved in similar ventures.

“We want to build a culture of selflessness in an effort to create a better Jamaica,” he added.

Government Senator Kerensia Morrison who spoke at the quiz competition added her voice to Waugh's, saying while the traditional support for sports in schools is very encouraging, there is a need for more public/private partnerships in activities such as quiz and debate competitions.

The competition was staged on Thursday, June 7.

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