Spanish carol service a hit


On Tuesday, November 24, students from more than 10 educational institutions kicked off the Christmas season with total Spanish immersion by participating in the 10th Annual Spanish Carol Service.

Teachers of Spanish plan this carol service each year to foster creative expression of the Spanish language and inspire children from the primary through to tertiary levels to put their knowledge of Spanish to practical use. The students are given the opportunity to listen, sing, worship, play musical instruments and interact with Spanish speakers.

Performing participants this year included students from The Music House, Half-Way Tree Primary and Bustamante High School, among others. Scripture and poetry readings in Spanish were delivered by teachers and students from Calabar, Excelsior, Holy Childhood, Meadowbrook and Clan Carthy high schools, St George's College, Shortwood Teachers' College and the University of Technology.

The carol service was sponsored by The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF). SJF General Manager Karen Donaldson addressed the congregation, congratulating the organisers and the participants whose passion for languages, she said, would allow them to transcend cultures and experience new worlds, thereby gaining a better understanding of others.

Organisers Emma June Bell, Errol Haughton and Courtney Taylor presented certificates of long-standing appreciation to repeat participants in celebration of this their 10th year. Members of the congregation received devotional Spanish books, donated to the SJF by Food For The Poor, and all were treated to an educational display by the Jamaica Library Service, under this year's theme, 'The Origin of Jamaican Christmas'.

The Ministry of Education supports this initiative by sending out a bulletin to schools, inviting all to attend and share the experience. ¬°Feliz Navidad! 

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