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Four Primary Schools Applaud It! with NCB Foundation

Wednesday Social

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Sixteen students from four Corporate Area primary schools were treated to a very special lunch courtesy of NCB Foundation yesterday. The fourth event on the 2018 Applaud It! calendar saw students from Pembroke Hall, Duhaney Park, Shortwood Practicing and St Anne's primary schools seated around the board table on the executive floor of The Atrium. The grades four, five and six students were hosted by the chair of NCB Foundation Thalia Lyn, deputy chair Andrew Pairman, NCB head of group service delivery Sharon Williams and NCB manager of group marketing and communications Nichole Brackett Walters.

The students and their teachers delighted in a four-course lunch prepared by Chef Christian Sweeney. Currently in its fifth year, Applaud It! is a “week-long initiative that provides a unique opportunity for industry leaders to meet the next generation exactly where they are at and guide them through an awesome experience that exposes them to social and dining skills”. At the beginning of the event, the youngsters were intimidated and Wednesday Social couldn't blame them! As Pairman noted: “you're eating at the same table that NCB Chairman Michael Lee-Chin sits with his executives.” This statement widened the eyes of a few students but Pairman followed by saying, “therefore nothing is out of your reach. Just work hard and put in the effort.”

The hosts were great with their young guests. Lyn made numerous jokes that landed with the young audience and her humour endeared her to them. Pairman spoke of his PEP-aged son, identifying with the students having to pivot in order to be prepared for the exam. Williams was genuinely interested in the students' aspirations, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Meanwhile, Brackett Walters really piqued their interest in marketing as a future career.

M Style XP created an impressive tablescape complete with geometry sets, science books, Rubik's cubes, solar system study cards and mathematics flashcards. And, at the end of lunch, the children were told that they could take them home. A number of students began using their flashcards right away, testing each other with mathematical problems.

The group of future prime ministers, medical doctors, accountants, teachers, soldiers and marketing executives had a great time and when asked if they would come back next year, there was a resounding yes! Many, you may say, applauded it.

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