Career & Education

Wolmer's head girl a footballer

Eighteen-year-old Lori-Ann Roye
is head girl of Wolmer’s High
School for Girls located at
Heroes Circle in Kingston.

WOLMER'S Schools are among the oldest in the Caribbean. Having begun in 1729, the school started with about 12 boys. Subsequent to that, females were added and today Wolmer's Trust High School for Girls is one of the top girls' schools in Jamaica, consistently ranking in the top five. Lori-Ann Roye ... Read More

Vice-principal of administrative affairs at Shortwood Teachers’ College Dr Claudette Barrett-
March (second left) congratulates Jamaica Infrastructure Operator (JIO) scholarship awardee
Shantel Wilks in the presence of Academic Vice-Principal Dr George Dawkins (left) and
managing director of JIO Thomas Lamothe at the college on Thursday.
(PHOTO: PENDA HONEYGHAN) Johnathan Grant alum wins French scholarship
JOHNATHAN Grant High School past student Shantel Wilks is on a mission to create a love affair betwe ... Read More

Overcome maths anxiety — Pt 1
FOR many students, maths anxiety is a very real and crippling thing. Some students are convinced the ... Read More

FFP goes West FFP goes West
Debbie-Ann Gordon, Board Director of Food For The Poor Jamaica (FFPJ), engages in a light-hearted ex ... Read More

UWI lecturer tasked with improving literacy at Charlie Smith

BY PENDA HONEYGHAN Observer writer | Sunday, October 04, 2015    

Spencer-Ernandez tutors a student.

PLANS are in place to improve the literacy levels of students across all grade levels at Charlie Smith High School, which is now home to students from the neighbouring Trench Town High following the merger this school year of the two institutions. At the centre of those plans is the appointment of Joan Spencer-Ernandez, a lecturer in Special Education in the School of Education at the University of the West Indies (UWI). She is on a one-year secondment to the Ministry of Education and was assig ... Read More

Lessons from Shakespeare

Sunday, October 04, 2015    

A pensive drama coach, Triseeka Clarke Thompson, watches as
her students at Waterford High School in Portmore, St
Catherine, rehearse their Jamaican adaptation of the William
Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night's Dream after school,

THE road to the finale of the JN Shakespeare Schools' Championship was not easy for the cast of the Waterford High School in Portmore, particularly because Shakespearean literature and the performance of Shakespearean plays were previously unknown to the students. "They don't study Shakespeare at all," explained Triseeka Clarke Thompson, the school's drama coach. "Most do literature from first to third form; however, no Shakespeare." Notwithstanding their lack of experience with the works of t ... Read More

Can I object to a memo being added to my file?

with Carolyn Marie SMITH | Sunday, October 04, 2015    

Dear Career Advisor: Recently, my supervisor at the government school where I work and our principal had a disagreement. The principal sent the supervisor a memo but she has been insisting that it should not be placed on her file. Can my supervisor's insistence prevent the memo from being placed on her file? I am afraid to raise the issue with either of them, but I would love to know what the proper procedure is. Tracey Dear Tracey: Issues such as the one you have presented invariably arise ... Read More

No need to close schools

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter | Saturday, October 03, 2015    

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites (right) addresses a joint
press conference with Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson (2nd
right) at the education ministry’s Heroes Circle offices on
Friday. At left is Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock

HEALTH and education officials say the schools affected by the current outbreak of hand foot and mouth disease have followed the established protocols, hence there is no need to overreact and shut down these institutions in entire regions. Opposition spokesperson on education Senator Kamina Johnson Smith had, on Thursday, said the spread of the virus could have been abated if the education ministry had ordered schools closed as soon as cases were confirmed. Yesterday, Minister of Education Ron ... Read More

Schools get metal detectors

Friday, October 02, 2015    

THWAITES... too many maths and science teachers do not have the requisite qualifications
teaching in these areas

THE Ministry of Education on Tuesday handed over 135 metal detectors to secondary schools across the island, during a ceremony at the ministry's head office. An audit conducted by the ministry revealed that several schools that were issued metal detectors in 2008, were not using them, prompting the ministry to procure new metal detectors at a cost of $2.5 million. Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said the metal detectors, which are to be used by deans of discipline, are to be utilised at all ... Read More

Jamaica Observer's teenAGE writers are head boy, deputy of Wolmer's

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

Head boy Aldane Walters (right) and deputy head boy Louis Davis join Principal Dr Walton Small.

NOT one, but two members of the Jamaica Observer's teenAGE writers club -- Aldane Walters and Louis Davis -- have risen to the top tier of student leadership at Wolmer's Boys' for the 2015-2016 school year. Walters is head boy and Davis is one of two deputies. We introduce our new feature on head boys/girls of secondary schools with them. The other deputy head boy is Keanu Solan. Aldane Walters DOB: September 14, 1997 C&E: You've been selected head boy of Wolmer's. What was your reactio ... Read More

Dynamic career, entrepreneurial opportunities in agriculture

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

Agriculture contributes over six per cent to Jamaica’s gross domestic product.

IT'S the time of year when third formers will begin to think seriously about what careers they want to pursue and therefore, what classes they will choose for fourth and fifth forms. Fourth formers will be settling into those classes and getting used to the choices. Traditionally, the majority of students lean towards non-science areas, but that's a convention the Government has been trying to reverse. It has been enocuraging focus on STEM subjects, which includes agricultural science, and it a ... Read More

Against the odds

PENDA HONEYGHAN Observer writer | Sunday, September 27, 2015    

INVERDALE... there will always be a time when you say to yourself, ‘mi caan
bada enuh’, but find something that inspires you to be great

LIVING in a household of 17 does not often allow quiet time or private study time. But for 17-year-old Andre Inverdale, it provided a team of strong support. Distractions, competing activities, noise, numerous visitors, notwithstanding, Inverdale attributes his academic success to the ever-circling presence of his extended family and his promise to them to always pursue excellence. The Ardenne High School student earned nine subjects in the 2015 sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Examination ... Read More

Five STEM careers you should be preparing for

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

Five STEM careers you
should be preparing for

IN last week's issue, we quoted Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites advising young people to plan for jobs in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Sure, a lot of those jobs don't exist right now, but if current trends hold, pretty soon there will be plenty of jobs that are not only lucrative, but fun too. If you have the vision to start prepping now, pretty soon you could be flying starships, designing organs, developing drones, even building hotels on Mars! W ... Read More

Mobile science labs for 15 more schools

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

Biology/chemistry teacher at Hampton School, Kerry-Ann Rosegreen, and her students (from left)
Reania Francis, Nyoka Forbes and Danevia Williams work in the mobile science lab donated by
the Digicel Foundation. Hampton was among the recipients in Phase 1 of the initiative.

FIFTEEN high schools will this academic year be presented with mobile science labs, in keeping with the Digicel Foundation's focus on creating more opportunities for practical teaching and learning experiences around science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in secondary schools. The schools -- Wolmer's Girls', Kingston High, Norman Manley High, Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha), Papine High, Bridgeport High, José Marti Technical High, Robert Lightbourne High, Seafor ... Read More



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