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Let's spread our wings, Trench Town Principal says

Published:Monday | June 1, 2015 | 6:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin
Nurse Keisha Palmer tests the eyes of Amina Burrell at the Eyelite Optical care fair held at Charlie Smith High School in St Andrew last Friday.

With the clock ticking down the final moments for Trench Town High School, Susan Broomfield, principal of the institution, said on Friday that the merger with Charlie Smith High School will present an opportunity for greater educational tranformation in the 'Concrete Jungle' of Arnett Gardens, St Andrew.

Broomfield fought hard to control her emotions as she reflected on memories of the institution.

"As you know, come August 31, the Trench Town High School will no longer exist, so forgive me if I get a little emotional," the principal said at a health fair held at the grounds of Charlie Smith High school.

"Over the past 51 years, Trench Town's torch remained burning, as we have struggled to overcome adversities," she added.

"People make the mistake of defining the school based on its location, but we know the value that has been added to the lives of our students. We are now at a turning point in the history of our school (merger). Let us view this as an opportunity to spread our wings and soar to even greater heights. We bring with us 51 years of achievements, fulfilment of dreams and institutional transformation," Broomfield said.

Charlie Smith and Trench Town will become one in September when the 2015-2016 academic year starts.

The health fair, which was held under the theme 'Empowering Health and Wellness in Children' was the collaborative effort of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the National Health Fund and National Parenting Support Commission. It saw 220 students receiving dental services, 180 students receiving hearing tests and 220 medicals for children from 42 schools in the region.

 

CRITICAL ELEMENT

 

Trevor Myers, managing director of Eyelite Optical, said that having excellent vision is a critical element for success in any sphere of life.

"As you know, good eyesight is critical to reading and studying. Over the past several months, the Eyelite Optical team has been doing presentations where necessary and dispensing glasses to the needy children and we will continue this process after today's health fair," Myers said.

Garth Gayle, principal of the Charlie Smith High School, said it is always a pleasure to cater to the community.

"This event is very significant as it coincides with our upcoming 40th anniversary celebrations and so we view it as a momentous occasion as we cater to the community of Arnett Gardens, as it is critical that we cater to persons in need," he said.