Revival All-Age lifts Rockhouse Hotel Green Challenge title

Revival All-Age lifts Rockhouse Hotel Green Challenge title
June 29, 2018 Bradley Cox
Revival All-Age in Westmoreland won the 2018 Rockhouse Hotel Green Challenge Quiz title during the ninth staging of the competition held at the Negril Branch Library last Thursday. Seven schools participated in the event, which aims to boost environmental awareness and conservational practices for students at the primary school level, in the Negril area.

The competition, which caters to students between the ages of nine and 12, was conceptualised in 2009 after the Rockhouse Hotel, located in West End, Negril, achieved Green Globe certification. Revival All-Age were the beaten finalists last year, after entering the competition for the first time. Other participating schools this year were: Broughton Primary, Mount Airy Primary, Sheffield Primary, Little Bay All-Age, Little London Primary and Moreland Hill Primary, which was the beaten finalists. Each participating school was represented by four students. A confident Revival All-Age took the first-place trophy after brushing aside Little Bay All-Age and the defending champions Mount Airy Primary to reach the final with Moreland Hill Primary. Their prize package included the coveted Green Challenge Trophy, which will be prominently displayed at the Negril Branch Library; a trip to Kool Runnings Adventure Park in Negril, J$15,000 and a medal for each team member. Moreland Hill’s second place finish earned them a trip to Dolphin Cove in Hanover, J$10,000, and a medal for each team member; while Broughton All-Age, which came third, received medals, J$5,000 and a trip to Jamwest Adventure Park in Negril.

An elated Rachele Wagstaffe, one of the coaches of the winning team, told Jamaica Observer West shortly after the competition, that “we are overjoyed, the entire school is celebrating”. “Preparing the students was gruelling. It was a lot of hard work and dedication, considering too that some of them were preparing for PEP (Primary Exit Profile),”she said. Wagstaffe lauded the Rockhouse Hotel for staging the event. “It is a very important competition as it helps the students to become aware of the environment both locally and globally, and the changes that are taking place. I commend Rockhouse, and I really hope that it continues with the initiative,” said Wagstaffe.

Ruel Rowe, Rockhouse Hotel’s environment manager, is hoping that more schools will participate in the competition in coming years, stressing the need for students to know how they impact the environment. He told the gathering last week that the competition will be “bigger and better” next year, when the hotel marks the 10th year of the competition.

The 34-room Rockhouse Hotel, and its philanthropic arm, Rockhouse Foundation, have made significant contributions to a raft of educational projects in Hanover and Westmoreland in recent years. The Rockhouse Foundation was founded in 2003 by the Rockhouse Hotel and its owners to transform the places where Jamaica’s children learn and support the people who teach them. Since its inception, the foundation has expended over US$5 million in renovating, expanding and modernising five early childhood and primary schools, as well as the Negril Library where the Green Globe Challenge was hosted. The foundation’s current project — its most ambitious to date — is the construction of the region’s first Special Needs Early Childhood School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland.

In an effort to ensure that its contributions to education are meaningful and long-lasting, the foundation supplements its building projects with on-going facility maintenance and on-site support. Additionally, the Rockhouse Hotel and its owners underwrite all of the foundation’s administrative expenses so that all donations go directly to its projects and programmes, thus impacting the lives of thousands of young people and their families.