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Kitson Town GSAT achievers urged to make their mark

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMRuddy Mathison
Students of Kitson Town All Age, St Catherine, at their annual school leaving exercise

KITSON TOWN, St Catherine:

Forty-one students from the Kitson Town All-Age School in St Catherine will be placed in various high schools throughout the parish at the start of the new school year in September.

In accepting their school-leavers' certificates, the students, who are Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) achievers, were implored to distinguish themselves in the world while recognising that they were the masters of their own future.

Principal of Kitson Town All-Age, Nerica Powell Hay, while delivering the principal's report at the school's annual school-leaving exercise at the Kitson Town Baptist Church on Monday, decried the unavailability of adequate space at the school that continues to drive the shift system, before highlighting some of the achievements of the school throughout the year.

"The school continues to operate under the shift system because of inadequate space to accommodate all students on one shift," she stated, suggesting that this could change soon.

She told Rural Xpress that despite the challenges, the school did well in the areas of academic - 41 GSAT passes, most with 80 to 90 per cent averages; gold, silver and bronze medals in sports, as well as Jamaica Cultural Development Commission competitions. In addition, one student placed second in The Gleaner Spelling Bee parish finals.

"With an academic staff of 20 teachers and eight ancillary workers, Kitson Town All-Age has been doing exceptionally well and we only can get better," Powell Hay said.

This position was supported by chairman of the school board, the Reverend Norva Rodney, who appealed to parents to keep their children in Kitson Town instead of sending them elsewhere for the same results.

Among the important highlights was the awarding of two trophies by past student and Jamaica Information Service information officer, Garfield Angus, to the most disciplined students - Baroque Easy and Adrie-Ann Whitley.

"Remember, the little pleasure you get from being bad is a fraction of the pain and humiliation that will follow for a long time when you are disruptive and waste your time at school," Angus stated.


Executive director of the Jamaica 4H Club, Dr Ronald Blake, who delivered the main address, used the analogy of a shifting a signpost to encourage the students not to shift direction from their goals.

"Shifting the direction of a signpost will lead you in the wrong direction; likewise losing your focus will impact on your future," Blake remarked.