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Cheers, screams and thunderous applause erupted as Elswick Presbyterian Primary School was named overall winners of the South Eastern Educational District’s Integrated Arts Festival last Thursday. The Tableland-based school topped the festival with their drama presentation of “The Loan Baker” which was conceptualised by integrated arts teacher Dilli Ann Lakhan-Hunte. Elswick’s winning performance, at the festival, at St Mary’s Government Primary School, Moruga, used the mathematical formula for simple interest.It was a visual arts and performing arts skit with song, dance and drama.
Students from Standards Three to Five performed in the skit about baker Princy Pal who needed the help of brothers Rate and Time to make simple interest buns. Lakhan-Hunte, who is eight months pregnant, put off going on maternity leave so she could see the performance to the end.“I was so involved in it that I could not abandon the children,” she said. Lakhan-Hunte said she is passionate about mathematics and is more comfortable coming up with topics related to the subject.
Elswick was one of six schools that took part in the festival which also featured creative performances from St Mary’s Government Primary School, Princes Town Presbyterian No 1 and No 2, Biche Presbyterian Primary School and Sixth Company Anglican Primary School. The performances incorporated folklore characters—soucouyants, la diablesses and douens as well as, blue devils and dame Lorraine. South Eastern District curriculum co-ordinator Victor Edwards, who spearheaded the event, hailed the festival as a success. He said since integrated arts was one of the seven areas to be written into the new primary school curriculum, the festival was implemented as a “jump start” for teachers.
He added: “What we are doing is making the jump. We are preparing the teachers before the decentralisation is put in place and before the primary schools core curriculum is rewritten so they understand the whole new concepts of teaching. “The whole new method, concepts and techniques are each using the visual and performing arts as the methodology and strategy to teach core curriculum.” Mala Morton-Gittens, curriculum co-ordinator, Language Arts English, who represented Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh, said Thursday’s presentations demonstrated integration across the curriculum and the infusion of visual and performing arts with core subject concepts.