Bog Walk High introduces programme to recognise boys

Sunday, May 06, 2018

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BOYS at Bog Walk High School in St Catherine are being impacted positively by the 'Boys Big-Up Programme', which awards them for displaying good deportment at all times.

Conceptualiser of the initiative and head of the Language Department at the school, Elaine Reid, said Bog Walk High currently has more boys than girls.

“We found that we had a number of boys with challenges, whether it's reading or everyday issues that boys face, some of them more than the others. I was thinking what we could do to help these boys; those who are conforming and those who are not,” she said.

The programme started in February when some 100 boys were presented with medals for good behaviour. They were then treated to brunch at a restaurant in the community. The students were recommended by their teachers.

“Since then, some of the boys have been saying, 'Miss, I have been keeping my pants on my waist, [so] when am I going to be awarded?' So it has served its purpose; the boys are doing very well,” Reid said.

She said that the programme has two main aims — to have the boys who are conforming feel good about what they are doing, and to encourage the boys who are not to do better.

Reid noted that the institution is seeking to improve on the programme for the 2018/19 school year.

“We want to, maybe, award scholarships, not necessarily to all the boys, but certainly a top boy. It's like a brotherhood we have started, as these boys begin to work with other boys,” she said.

Principal Patrick Phillips said the initiative seeks to create a culture of excellence at the institution, especially among boys.

He added that sometimes bad behaviour is rewarded in the education system due to the focus being placed on it.

“So a boy who is giving problems is called on all the while and is focused on. The ones who are doing well are not noticed. So we are saying that not only are we going to try to have our intervention programme for the ones who are not doing well, but we are also going to highlight the ones who are doing well,” he said.

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