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The streets of San Fernando, from Harris Promenade straight down to Skinner Park, were filled with the voices of the pupils, parents/guardians, representatives of the Parent Teacher Council, Past Students Association and teachers of San Fernando Boys’ RC Primary as they sent a strong message on May 29 for their school’s Walk-a-Thon and Family Day. The theme was: I am my sister’s keeper—End violence against women now!

The principal and staff decided that it was an excellent time to teach our young male students valuable lessons about their role and function as young men.

Teaching boys how to positively deal with their emotions, especially the uncomfortable and unpleasant ones such as anger, fear, jealousy and embarrassment, is fundamental to emotional upbringing and intelligence.

All pupils from Infants to Standard Five classes were engaged in talks, discussions and interactive sessions with the Guidance Officer Rhonda Lighburn, School Social Worker Sule Dyer, and their teachers respectively as they focused on the theme and the sub-themes. The sub-themes were:

* I Am My Sister’s Keeper—1st Year

  • *  Happy Boys = Happy Men—2nd Year
  • *  Big Boys Do Cry!—Std 1
  • *  Man Up!—Std 2
  • *  Happy Boys = Happy Husbands/Happy Fathers—Std 3
  • *  That’s my Sister, my Mother. End the Violence Now!—Std 4
  • *  Emotionally Sound Boys = Emotionally Sound Men—Std 5

    Many classes used the poster/placard creation as their end-of-term project. One Standard Five class went even further and encouraged the students to create songs, poems and monologue pieces as well as the creation of pamphlets and leaflets with information on violence and types of abuse. These were given out to members of the public during the walk.

    The school yard was abuzz from as early as 7 a.m. as pupils and family members gathered to partake of the “early bird” giveaways offered by Universal Cereals, PediaSure and The Baking Cafe.

    The walk started at 8.30 a.m. after Fr David Khan, parish priest and school manager bestowed his blessings for a safe, and enjoyable day.

    It culminated at the second ground in Skinner Park. After a short address from Dominic Dos Santos, former guidance counsellor, the boys and well-wishers were refreshed with Gatorade and V8Splash drinks. Prizes were given out to Standard 1 for raising the most amount of money for the walk-a-thon.

    Then it was on to the Zumba Burnout, Hip Hop Dance Session, bouncy castle, and field events that were run off by the Fire Services. There was lots to eat and drink—fruits, juices, water, hot dogs, pholourie, snow cone, fries, roti.

    It was indeed a wonderful day and one of the biggest, if not the largest Walk-a-thon and Family Day San Fernando Boys’ RC has ever experienced. Principal Donna Solomon and staff would like to sincerely thank all those persons who assisted, supported and gave of their time and talent. – Danyela Daly, Teacher

    Photos were taken by Judith Copeland-Fletcher, Kevin Jeanville, Antonia Walcott, Shemarah Tajudeen.