St. Thomas's

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A proud moment for Principal of the St. Thomas' Primary School Ms. Erline Maynard as she embraces the team of Me. K-Jell Tyson (l) and Ms.Givani Griffin (r) who won the 2007 Tourism Week 2007 Primary Schools Quiz.

CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (February 1, 2007) -- Premier and Minister of Tourism and Education in Nevis underscored the importance of tourism and the importance of the upcoming Cricket World Cup to Nevis, when he addressed hundreds of primary school students in attendance at the annual Tourism Week 2007 Primary Schools Quiz contest held at the Cultural Centre in Charlestown, on Wednesday January 31, 2007.
The Minister who was at the time delivering brief remarks ahead of the Nisbets Plantation Beach Club sponsored contest, in a bid to sensitize the students said that in a few weeks Nevis and the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis would play host to visitors all over the world, many of who would visit Nevis for the first time.
"I am trying to sensitise you to what the Cricket World Cup means. It is not only cricket, it is all about tourism and increasing the number of visitors who will come and should come to these shores. We want you to be on your best behaviour and to understand that we have an opportunity and we should take advantage of that opportunity," he said.
The Education Minister also urged persons in direct contact with the students, to teach them about tourism citing that tourism awareness and education were essential to afford the students the opportunity to grow with the understanding of tourism and its importance to the people of Nevis.
Among the seven primary schools that participated in the contest the St. Thomas' Primary School emerged winners through a team effort by Givani Griffin and K-Jell Tyson with a total of 45 points.  The Gingerland primary School captured second place through a team of Chaim Walters and Mydris Morton with a total of 40 points. Third place went to the Charlestown Preparatory through their team of Chole Williams and Kaige Williams with a total of 35 points. Chaim Walters won the Most Outstanding Student prize.
Second place winners (L-R)  Most Outstanding Student Mr. Chaim Walters and Ms. Mydris Morton of the Gingerland Primary School with their teacher Mrs. Gracia Browne.
The Ivor Walters Primary followed with 35 points; the St. James primary with 30 points; Charlestown Primary with 25 points and the St. Johns Primary with 15 points. The Violet O. Jeffers Nicholls Primary School; the Lyn Jeffers Primary School and the Bellevue International Primary School did not participate in the contest.
Meantime, Education Officer Mrs. Lornette Queely Connor, during brief remarks on behalf of the Education Department echoed similar sentiments as Premier Parry with regard to the combination of tourism and education.
"We at the Education Department feel that it is the combination of Tourism and education that underpins the economic, environmental and social benefits of our country. We believe that our people especially the young ones must be made aware of the need to be able to contribute to the maintenance and preservation of our environment and cultural heritage, in an effort to effectively manage visitor flows.
"We have to understand that the challenge here is to control the future growth of the tourism industry so as to minimise the possible negative impacts on the environment and our communities, while maximising the benefits which tourism brings in terms of jobs, wealth and support for local culture and businesses. Since Tourism is our business, we are all in the campaign to raise that awareness to its fullest," she said.
Third place winners (L-R) Ms. Chloe Williams and Mr. Kaige Williams of Charlestown Preparatory with their teacher Mrs. Janetta Morgan. 
According to Mrs. Queely-Connor, the Department viewed the tourism related encounter between students as an excellent initiative designed to improve the management of Nevis' tourism product. She said that the annual Tourism quiz had helped to raise the profile of environmental education and social issues within the education system and expressed the hope that the contest would continue to widen the student's knowledge base and to help them become more committed to making Nevis cleaner, friendlier and a safer place for locals and visitors alike.
At the end of the contest, Ms. Erline Maynard principal of the St. Thomas' Primary School told the Department of Information that her school had placed second in 2006 and had placed in the top three many times before. However, this was the second time that her students had captured the first place.
"It was an excellent quiz all the schools performed very well and I would certainly want to congratulate the winners and special congratulations to our students for working so hard and for the teachers who gave them support in preparing for this quiz
"We always look forward to the quiz because the children learn so much about tourism as one of our major industries here on Nevis," she said.
A section of the audience on hand to witness the quiz contest. Seated at the front (L-R) Mrs Lornette Cornor-Queely Education Officer, Mr. Tyrone O'Flaherty Permanent Secretary in Tourism, Premier the Hon. Joseph Parry and Mr. Alistair Yearwood, Advisor to Tourism on Nevis.

Also present at the event were Mr. Tyrone O'Flaherty Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Jennifer Hodge Chief Education Officer, Advisor to Tourism Mr. Alistair Yearwood, Advisor to Education, Mrs. Christine Springette, other top government officials and Mrs. Beverley Walter Plachter General Manager of Nisbets Plantation Beach Club, who distributed the prizes.

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