Saturday 22 September, 2018

Brunswick awards three outstanding GSAT students with scholarships

Simone McFarlane, Brand Manager, Brunswick celebrates with the first Brunswick GSAT Scholars (Left to right)  Kayla Harrison, Greater Portmore Primary, Brian Henry, Excelsior Primary, and Breanna Phillips, Unity Primary at the GSAT Awards Luncheon at the Four Season Hotel on Monday.

Simone McFarlane, Brand Manager, Brunswick celebrates with the first Brunswick GSAT Scholars (Left to right) Kayla Harrison, Greater Portmore Primary, Brian Henry, Excelsior Primary, and Breanna Phillips, Unity Primary at the GSAT Awards Luncheon at the Four Season Hotel on Monday.

Brunswick on Monday awarded scholarships to three top Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) students as part of the brand’s 125th Anniversary at a special luncheon at the Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston.

The students Kayla Harrison, Brian Henry and Breanna Phillips will be attending the Immaculate Conception High, Wolmer’s Boys and Manning’s School respectively after attaining 100 per cent in Communication Tasks, and outstanding scores in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts.

“Brunswick understands the importance of providing a solid education and investing in the nation’s youth as they are the leaders of tomorrow”, said Simone McFarlane, Brand Manager for Brunswick. “Future success depends on how well we motivate and encourage these future leaders. Building a strong foundation gives them the skill sets they need to problem solve and find solutions when they become the leaders of our nation”.

To be qualified for the award, students must attain full-marks in Communication Task, a subject that is often challenging for some because of its emphasis on writing, grammar and comprehension.

Left to Right: Allecia Lindsay, Senior Education Officer, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Brian Henry, Excelsior Primary, Kayla Harrison, Greater Portmore Primary, Denise Dixon, Marketing Manager, Facey Commodity Limited, Breanna Phillips, Unity Primary, and Simone McFarlane, Brand Manager, Brunswick share in a photo after the Brunswick  GSAT Awards Luncheon on Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Four Season Hotel, Kingston.

Meanwhile, Immediate Past President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Howard Isaacs, who was the guest speaker at the awards, said the Brunswick  GSAT scholarships signals a strong public/private partnership that is needed to tackle some of the biggest problems facing the country at this time.

“What we have here is a partnership whereby a company sees it necessary to invest in our future as country …What we have here is an organization that sees it fit to invest in our country, and say - listen we have to not only provide products or services but we have to look on our young ones and see how best we can invest in them,” said Isaacs.

Senior Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information,  Allecia Lindsay, expressed similar sentiments and noted that a functionally literate populace is paramount for shaping the education landscape now and for the future.  

“The Ministry of Education would like to congratulate the Brunswick and Facey Commodity family for organizing this important event by encouraging the development of academic success your organization demonstrates strong leadership to supporting worthwhile education endeavours”, said Lindsay.

“The inclusiveness of this awards ceremony represents one of the central characteristics of our plurality – the very essence of the Ministry of Education. We ask for your continued exemplary contribution and let’s continue to work with urgency in transforming the education landscape”. 

The three students, one from each county, shared a $125,000 scholarship fund created specifically to celebrate the milestone achievement of the Brunswick brand, which is distributed locally by Facey Commodity Company Limited.

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