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Pupils to get creative

RACHELLE AGARD, [email protected]

Pupils to get creative

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Schoolchildren across the island can now compete for a year’s bragging rights in the creative arts.

This is being made possible through the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) which launched the inaugural Sir Elliott Belgrave Creative Communication Shield competition Tuesday.

RCS Barbados branch chair of the education subcommittee, Brenda Pope, explained to those gathered at the Barbados Defence Force’s St Ann’s Fort headquarters yesterday, that the competition provided a forum for schoolchildren to display their creativity in various media, including poetry and art.

The shields are named for Sir Elliott, former Governor General, and were conceptualised by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, and chair of the Barbados branch of the RCS, Cheryl Belle.

“Each year the theme for the competition would be selected by the RCS education committee in conjunction with Sir Elliott or his representative. There are two companion shields – one competed for by primary schools and the other by secondary school pupils. While the winning school would hold the large shields for one year, the two winners each year would each receive individual mini shields,” Pope said.

The theme for 2018 is Children Of The Commonwealth; Our Future. This year would begin with primary schools being engaged in the creative arts arena, while secondary pupils would compete in the written medium, and alternate between both groups over successive years. 

There are no age limits in each category, however only students up to fifth form are eligible to enter the competition.

During his address, Sir Elliott, who was treated to a performance of his favourite The Ash Grove by the choir of the Elliott Belgrave Primary School, encouraged pupils to take full advantage competition.

“We are naturally a talented people  . . . . One just has to look around and see our people excelling in their chosen profession, he added. (RA)