Red Hills grateful
THE Red Hills community in West Rural St Andrew has welcomed a new primary school, noting that it will equip children with quality education for the best high schools in the island.
Principal of the new Red Hills Primary School, Lorna Hector, in her address at the recent official opening of the institution, thanked the community for their support during the years when lobbying was taking place to get the new school.
"Most classrooms in the junior classes were separated by chalkboards, which negatively impacted teaching/learning. The community now has a new school, thanks to the efforts of all the stakeholders," she said.
The new school, which replaces the Red Hills All-Age, will accommodate 630 students. It comprises 19 new classrooms, a library, wheelchair ramps, administrative block, performing arts and multi-purpose rooms, an upgraded playfield, and a multi-purpose hard court.
"It is better than the previous school, because we have more accommodation, a good playfield, and a netball court. I like the colours, it is a very great school," said student, Joel Platt.
"The teachers educate the children really well, and when Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) comes, they pass for good schools," said another student, Nahiesa Richards.
President of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Eutelda Simpson, said that the community must take care of the new school.
"My encouragement to the members is to keep it clean, and work with us," she said.
For her part, grade five teacher, Sheryl Lee, said that past teachers and past students have been giving the school great support.
"They are very effective, and they always feel that their roots are here, and they give back to the school," she said.
Lee said that the school is like a piece of jewel, "and because of that, you have a feeling of pride, and you want to take care of what has been given to the community. Our students are proud of their new building, they are grateful and happy to be here, and they do take care of their environment," she said.