Protocol office teaches kids social niceties

| 05/07/2010

(CNS):  Basic dining and toasting skills, how to offer a proper handshake and how to dress for different social occasions were just some of the social niceties that officials from the Protocol Office were teaching over eighty primary school children from John A. Cumber recently at an etiquette workshop. Chief Protocol Officer Virginia Madison said the skills are often taken for granted until people make mistakes in public. School Counsellor Elysia Murray explained it was an ideal time to introduce the students to the social skills. “We wanted to ensure that our senior students are awareof appropriate social behaviours,” she said.

“This is a great time to expose them to these skills since we believe they’ll continue to refine them as they move to and through high school.  We’ve already seen the benefits and are hoping to repeat next year,” she added.

During the final workshop session the students participated in activities designed to enhance cultural awareness and to convey the significance of the national flag and symbols.
“I was happy to do the workshop,” Madison said. “Too often we take these skills for granted until we do something incorrectly that leads to embarrassment.”
Year 5 student Deajon said he enjoyed the workshop and plans to use his newly acquired skills at his brother’s birthday party, while his classmate Venice said she was eager to show off what she had learned during her next trip overseas.
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