Five years ago, Jamaica College (JC) was a hotbed for indiscipline and sporadic violent outbreaks, but things have currently mellowed on the school compound.
The school's principal, Ruel Reid, said through a holistic approach, including holding all stakeholders accountable, JC has managed to transform into a tranquil campus dedicated to academic excellence.
"We have done the hard work by transforming the environment to get discipline back in the school and we are now going to reap the fruits of that labour," Reid noted.
He said the foundation for good discipline came about with the involvement of the Jamaica College Old Boys' Association and the parent-teacher association.
"JC, when I got here in 2006, was almost in chaos. The kids were not going to classes and nobody thought education was important," Reid said. "We had to bring discipline and order back in the school to inspire the children on a path of vision and excellence."
CREATING RIGHT ENVIRONMENT
Reid said he had to enforce the school rules and drilled into the pupils the importance of getting a solid education every time he spoke with them and created the environment for the students to excel.
Reid noted that school discipline went beyond just students and involved the teachers.
"We have very good systems in place. For example, I don't think there's any other school in the island that tracks teachers' performance with individual teacher report cards," Reid added.
He said all these elements were necessary to bring order to the school's operations and now Jamaica College is one of the most disciplined schools.
Reid emphasised that the restoration of rule and order is the underpinning pillar for the school's renewed academic progress.