Sir John A. Cumber Primary School staff and students were treated to a festive lunch on Dec. 10, compliments of the management and staff of the Marriott resort.
“This is the fifth time that the school has benefited from this demonstration of generosity, goodwill and Christmas cheer,” teacher Annette Vaughan said.
“The principal, parents and teachers express profound appreciation to the Marriott and particularly Marriott executive chef Steve Griffon for their time and resources by providing and serving a Christmas lunch to all our students. It was delicious.”
She said the students also received animal balloons, which they loved, and the Marriott team was presented with an oversized thank you card that some of the children made and signed.
“We had a wonderful afternoon with the students,” said Marriott Human Resources Manger and event coordinator Valerie Hoppe.
Later in the month, the school hall again was buzzing with excitement as students, parents and teachers gathered for their first Business Enterprise Fair.
The event was the culmination of two weeks of entrepreneurship and fundraising by the school’s 28 classes, which Ms. Vaughan said awakened creativity, ingenuity, collaboration and camaraderie in the students, and showed off their skills.
Principal Paul Samuel, along with the PTA executive, challenged the student body to invest $30 in a viable business plan for two weeks, with prizes going to the top five classes with the biggest profit margin at the end of the fair, a press release states. On the day of the fair, they all had the opportunity to make their goods available for sale to the school community.
At the fair, attended by Minister of Education Tara Rivers, parents, teachers and guests, various products, including hand-crafted Christmas tree ornaments, jewelry, “slime,” pastries, cookies, cupcakes, picture frames, conch shell lights and specially blended natural juices were for sale.
“Some classes chose a more popular and safer route by selling raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes like an iPad and Bluetooth speakers,” states the release. Other booths of note offered face painting and snow cones.
Overall, the event netted $3823.64. The class with the highest dividends on their $30 was Reception Willis, which sold hand-made Christmas ornaments, making an extra $575 on their initial outlay. Second place went to Year 6 Smith, which held a raffle and earned $371. Year 3 Osborne was third with its popular slime, which they prepared in their classroom. They made $275. Fourth place went to Year 4 Young for their disco dancing that charged participants a fee to enter. Year 2 Frater’s face-painting booth placed fifth with $201.75.
The winners were announced at a special assembly on Dec. 16.