St Ann ready for back to school
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
York Castle High School in Brown's Town, St Ann, is ready to resume its sixth form, after a break of 39 years.
According to principal Raymond Treasure, the required facilities have been put in place to begin operations on Monday.
"We are accepting sixth form students come Monday. It will be the first time since 1975," Treasure disclosed.
"We have had to renovate the library and provide additional classroom space, but we got money from the ministry, so furniture, staff and other facilities are in place," he said.
York Castle has consistently produced students who achieve outstanding CSEC results.
At the nearby Brown's Town High, principal Johnallson Feraria said the school had water and staff, and furniture had been purchased and was well positioned to have a successful start to the school year, despite the registration process being incomplete.
Additionally, the school is this year registering students for the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) in the areas of welding, furniture manufacturing, data collection and business administration. Students with one or more CSEC passes are being encouraged to register.
"We really shouldn't have any problems," Feraria said.
At Ferncourt High in Claremont, principal Rev. Lenworth Sterling said everything was in place for the new school year.
At the primary level, schools in St Ann also report having satisfactory conditions heading into the new academic year.
Principal at Moneague primary and junior high, Patricia Allen, said the school had to find creative ways to repair broken furniture in time for reopening. Classrooms have also been painted, she said.
At Ocho Rios Primary, it was reported that books have been received from the Ministry of Education and all things are on track for a smooth start.
At Clapham Primary, principal Sharon Coombs said there were no major challenges and a smooth opening of school was expected.