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Godfrey Stewart High students excel

Published:Saturday | May 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Dalton Laing, Gleaner Writer

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland:

Twenty students from the Godfrey Stewart High School in Westmoreland have been certified and pinned to mark their achievements in the Centres of Excellence Programme, an ongoing initiative in six high schools across Jamaica.

The programme is conducted through the schools' guidance departments as well as the sponsor-ship, mentorship, and with guidance of Victoria Mutual Building Society and Jamaica National Building Society.

Annette Saddler, one of the three guidance counsellors at Godfrey Stewart High, said the initiative could only serve to improve the standard of the school.

"We work assiduously here at Godfrey - teachers and principal alike - and we have seen major changes, and this has encouraged us to work hard at being one of the best schools in Jamaica," Saddler told Western Focus.

She added that the students are exposed to every activity that deals with values and attitudes, or any other character-building seminars and workshops, and they, in turn, impart this knowledge to their peers.

"We allow them to report to the students as we as teachers believe that students listen to students easier."

Strengthening schools

Bridgette Levy from the Centres of Excellence Programme explained that the programme is geared at improving the six pilot schools in areas such as leadership, teaching competences, the physical plant, and the student body.

"Our programme is looking at how we can develop the young people in terms of their leadership skills and their commitment to citizenship and service," remarked Levy.

She added that they had done training sessions and the training now had to be put into practice.

The other schools selected under the Centres of Excellence Pro-gramme are Green Pond High in St James, McGraw High in St Catherine, Seaforth High in St Thomas, and Mile Gully and Porus high schools in Manchester.