PEP talk for Allman Town Primary

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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Grade six students at Allman Town Primary School should be better psychologically prepared to sit the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) assessment early next year, following a recent motivational intervention by a team from JN Fund Managers, led by managing director Allan Lewis.

Lewis, who addressed the cohort of 131 students three weeks ago, reiterated the values of working hard and well.

“Do your best at the PEP assessment and don't worry about how others do,” Lewis told them, emphasising that they should “persevere” and “never give up” as PEP is just one of many challenges that they will face as they graduate to high school and beyond.

“There are many things in life that you will need to face...This is simply one of them,” Lewis explained. “Keep on trying; and remember 'Good, better best; never let it rest, until your good is better and your better best!”

The message resonated with Jadan Dennis, who told his fellow students that the meaning of “perseverance” was “to never give up,” and was one of several students who received gold stars for providing the correct answers to quetsions.

The grade six class is co-ordinated by teacher Toyan McLean.

“This talk has helped to build the confidence of our students about what we have been advising them. Now outsiders are reinforcing what was being related before. This is great!” he said of the PEP talk.

Acting Vice-Principal Thamar Russell-Brown also found the intervention helpful, and saluted the private sector reinforcement of the values PEP seeks to foster.

“The PEP assessment allows children to answer questions and they also get the opportunity to explain their answer. This helps them to refine their critical thinking skills; and it is valuable to them to hear persons from the private sector reinforce this message,” she said.

The JN Fund Managers team which addressed the students on October 26 also included Delories Jones, senior vice-president, Sales & Business Development; Stacey-Ann Mighty Whyte, pensions manager; and Gayon Knight, compliance manager.

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