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NCB Foundation to help Holy Trinity boost literacy

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Ronald Thwaites (centre), minister of education; Oliver Tomlinson (second left), manager, business development, National Commercial Bank (NCB) Insurance Company; and Tony Lewars (second right), chairman of the Holy Trinity High School, speak with students at the Holy Trinity High School yesterday. NCB employees celebrated Teachers' Day at the school by engaging the students with words of encouragement as well as assisting with treating the teachers to a luncheon. - Contributed

After being labelled a failing school, Holy Trinity High is now getting assistance from the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation to improve literacy at the institution.

Speaking yesterday during a function to launch the partnership between the school and the corporate entity, NCB vice-president of marketing, Oliver Tomlinson, said the institution was wrongly labelled as 'failing' and the foundation is willing to work with the school population to improve its image.

"We do believe and we pledge our support that we are going to ensure that this school is one of those schools that come out as a model school for students," Tomlinson told the scores of students who gathered in the school's auditorium.

"The partnership is about trying to improve the literacy standard at Holy Trinity and we are also very interested in teacher advancement. (We are) trying to ensure that some of the teachers get the necessary skills that are going to be needed for them to continue to impart good education for the children," he said.

Tomlinson added that the foundation would be working with the school to see where there are gaps which they can address.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said the partnership would help the school achieve its goals of achieving a higher educational standard.

Seize opportunity

He encouraged the students to stay focused and make good use of the opportunity.

"We all have to achieve a higher standard here at Holy Trinity and everywhere, and we call upon our teachers in gratitude to help us towards the highest standards of transforming education so that the outcomes of our children, for our nation, will be higher than ever," he said.

Under the previous administration, Holy Trinity had been named among four schools that require intervention because they are failing. The others are Marcus Garvey Technical High School in St Ann, Glengoffe High in St Catherine, and Balaclava High in St Elizabeth.

However, Thwaites had assured the staff and students of the school that they were not failures and that the school was merely performing below the expected standards due to various shortfalls.


CAPTION: Ronald Thwaites (centre), minister of education; Oliver Tomlinson (second left), manager, business development, National Commercial Bank (NCB) Insurance Company; and Tony Lewars (second right), chairman of the Holy Trinity High School, speak with students at the Holy Trinity High School yesterday. NCB employees celebrated Teachers' Day at the school by engaging the students with words of encouragement as well as assisting with treating the teachers to a luncheon. - Contributed