Mandeville Primary wins First Global Master Minds Quiz competition

Thursday, June 05, 2014

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IT was a fight to the finish when the Manchester-based Mandeville Primary and Junior High matched up against Bickersteth Primary and Infant school out of St James in the finals of the First Global Master Minds Quiz competition.

The finals, held last Friday at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Library on Tom Redcam Avenue in Kingston, saw Mandeville Primary and Junior High emerging champions in the inaugural competition and walking away with a $500,000 cash prize as well as computers from telecommunications firm Flow. Bickersteth Primary in second and Pembroke Hall Primary in third place also tapped into the over J$1million prize pool, claiming $250,000 and $150,000 respectively.

The First Global Master Minds Quiz competition, which was supported by Flow, is a collaborative effort with the Ministry of Education, and has been added to the First Global 'Music: Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education' programme as another exciting way to enhance learning for students from the 10 participating schools.

Chief executive officer for GraceKennedy Financial Group, Courtney Campbell, expressed First Global's commitment to finding new and innovative ways to improve on the existing system.

"At First Global, we are happy and proud to see that our programme, Music - Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education, is having a major impact on these students, as they were able to answer vocabulary, math, comprehension and music questions during the various rounds of competition," he said.

"We believe that this quiz competition, which saw the schools involved in the programme compete against each other, was another way for us to help to reinforce the concepts of literacy and numeracy, which has been our goal from the beginning. In addition, we hope that it has served the dual purpose of fostering camaraderie among the students and the schools, as well as helping the students to prepare for their internal and external examinations," he added.

The Ministry of Education also noted the importance of the competition and the music programme.

"The First Global Initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Education to use music as a methodology to enhance learning in schools is tangible evidence that the time has come to bring a new vision with action to musical learning in the Jamaican classroom," said senior education officer in the ministry Sophia Forbes-Hall. "It was clear in all participating regions that our students rose to the challenge because our teachers, principals and parents shared this common vision".

Participating schools in the competition included: Mandeville Primary and Junior High, McIntosh Memorial Primary and Villa Road Primary and Junior High schools in Manchester; Central Branch All Age, Duhaney Park Primary, Pembroke Hall Primary, Seaward Primary and Tarrant Primary All Age Schools in Kingston; and Bickersteth Primary and Infant and John Rollins Success Primary Schools in St James.




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