Students honoured at Maryland All-Age
The Maryland All-Age School in Hanover staged its inaugural Honour Roll Awards ceremony, last week, in celebration of its top academic achievers for the September to December 2014 term.
A total of 28 students from grades one to six, who attained averages of more than 80 percent, were presented with certificates of achievement and gifts, courtesy of the school board.
Thirteen students who received 100 per cent in the Grade Four Literacy Test were also honoured, as well as the top three students from the school's infant department.
Principal of the school, Andria Dehaney-Dinham, told Western Focus that the function was staged by the school's board as a means of honouring its high achievers as well as to inspire other students to excel in their academic work.
"The Maryland All-Age school board came up with the idea of recognizing the students, who have excelled, because over a number of years, our students have been doing fairly well and so it is important to us to recognize that they have done well, and to have the school excelling," Dehaney-Dinham said.
"We have been getting a hundred percent literacy rate for three years in a row so we have to recognize those students, who have been excelling in that area. We came up with the idea of the honour roll during the course of the summer last year.," said Dehaney-Dinham.
"We got 30 per cent of our students on that honour roll and it is our aim by the end of the year to get at least 50 per cent of the students performing to that level, because the students have the ability and we know that, with the function that we have today, we will get more of them wanting to make the mark," the principal added.
Dehaney-Dinham said despite the challenges with manpower, the school had a huge support system in the form of its Parent Teachers Association, which is very active, and meets once every month.
"We have four teachers on roll, a principal and 103 students. We have a multi-grade system here, so it's very hard on us. But, we try to see how best we can help our students to excel. The PTA is very active and we get support from them all the time. They will come out to assist with projects and when it comes on to any contribution for the school, or any work, they are always eager to assist," she said.