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Manchester schools on the final leg of back-to-school preparations

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 3:12 PMTamara Bailey

In less than two weeks, schools across the island will officially open their doors for the new academic year 2016-2017, and some institutions in the parish are already reporting an almost 100 per cent completion of preparatory work.

Newly appointed principal of the Campbell's Castle SDA Prep School, Cecile Forbes, said that although they were rebranding the school and the workload had increased, all will be ready for September 5

"We have done a lot so far ... we have repainted the entire school building - inside and out, we are refurbishing the furniture, acquiring new pieces, and installing appliances. We have built a multipurpose assembly area, and we have been having staff development sessions."

Forbes revealed that work commenced in the second week of July and will end with a grand clean-up tomorrow.


"We are also now focusing on registration, orientation and the Grade One Individual Learning Profile (GOILP). We are about 90 per cent ready, but will be 100 per cent ready by September 5," Forbes added.

Over at the Patrick Town Primary and Infant School, Principal Coleen Pascoe is more than happy about the progress the school has made in completing most of the tasks scheduled.

"Our maintenance grant has already been received and we have completed all the painting. We are introducing a new infant department and that has already been completed. We are on our way and we have no real problems. We are just now waiting to see how many new students we will receive so we can order additional benches," stated Pascoe.

Another school reporting a 90 per cent readiness for the new school year is the Cross Keys High School.

Principal Ralph Nelson revealed that the only thing holding them back is a delay in the number of new students being sent to them.

"Physically, we are ready. The repainting has been done and we have all the conveniences in place. The only problem we have now is getting our new students early, and as a result of that we have had to restructure or timetable system and get confirmation from the replacement teachers, but apart from that we will be fully ready by next week."