Etiquette lessons for students

Students
of John A. Cumber Primary School learned how to shake hands, how to toast their
host or hostess and which knife and fork to use for which dining course in a
recent etiquette workshop.

In
the workshop, they were shown the basic rules of polite behaviour.

“We
wanted to ensure that our senior students are aware of appropriate social
behaviours,” school counsellor Elysia Murray explained. “This is a great time
to expose them to these skills since we believe they’ll continue to refine them
as they move to and through high school.”

She
added: “We’ve already seen the benefits and are hoping to repeat next year.”

Chief
Protocol Officer Virginia Madison led the workshop, demonstrating basic dining
and toasting skills, how to offer a proper handshake and how to dress for
different social occasions.

During
the final workshop session, the students participated in activities designed to
enhance cultural awareness and to convey the significance of the national flag
and symbols.

“I
was happy to do the workshop,” Mrs. Madison said. “Too often we take these
skills for granted until we do something incorrectly that leads to embarrassment.”

Year
5 student Deajon said he enjoyed the workshop and plans to use his new skills
at his brother’s birthday party.

His
classmate Venice said she had learned many new things and was eager to show
them off during her next trip overseas.

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Chief Protocol Officer Virginia Madison shows students which knife and fork to use in four-course and six-course dinners.
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