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JC resumes boarding, now accepting applications

Published:Monday | November 23, 2015 | 11:00 AM

Forty-eight years after it ended boarding to transition to a full day school, Jamaica College (JC) will next year resume its boarding programme.

The Mayer Matalon Dormitory, located on the north-northeastern side of the JC campus, near to College Green Avenue and AISK, will open its doors to students as of March 2016.

JC Principal Ruel Reid said the management of the school took a decision to resume the boarding programme because of the benefits that it holds for student development. It forms part of the school's strategy to enhance the academic performance and the general all-round performance of students.

"The old boys, teachers, and management have seen the benefits of boarding in the past in moulding lives and providing some of our foremost leaders in Jamaica and globally. We will seek to provide a dedicated environment for students to focus on their studies, [for those] who particularly have challenging environments (approximately 10 per cent of population), parents are overseas, and those who live far away from school or are involved in competitive sports and co-curricular activities," he told The Gleaner.

to house 70 students

Reid indicated that the facility will house 70 students and will cost $40,000 per month for locals and US$10,000 for overseas residents.

The boarding fee will cover meals and organised homework, study, and CXC extra classes.

The facility will also provide employment, and Reid is encouraging prospective employees to send in applications for consideration.

"We will need a married couple as housemaster and housemistress with guidance counselling and leadership skills. We will need cleaners, security, and a programme director. Mother's Canteen will do the catering and maintenance by JC administration. Interested applicants should apply to the chairman of the school board c/o The Principal, Jamaica College, 189 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6. e-mail: jamaicacollege@jc.edu.jm," he said.

Reid went on to posit what he believes will be the competitive advantage of JC's boarding programme over that offered by other institutions, in particular Munro College.

"Now, parents in Kingston will not have to go all the way to St Elizabeth, and we will have more modern facilities and better access to educational institutions in Jamaica," he said.

Parents can apply for the boarding programme at the principal's office.