Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Wolmer's head girl captains football team http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Wolmer-s-head-girl-captains-football-team_19231776 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 is head girl for the 2015-2016 school year. She embodies the thrust of the Wolmer's schools: balance in extra-curricular as well as academic endeavours. She captains the school's football team, while balancing academics and her position as head girl. Local Education Sun, 04 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Johnathan Grant alum wins French scholarship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Johnathan-Grant-alum-wins-French-scholarship_19231431 JOHNATHAN Grant High School past student Shantel Wilks is on a mission to create a love affair between Jamaican students and the French language. The 18-year-old aspiring teacher said her unwavering love for the language was ignited at age 14. Local Education Sun, 04 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Overcome maths anxiety — Pt 1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Overcome-maths-anxiety---Pt-1_19231814 FOR many students, maths anxiety is a very real and crippling thing. Some students are convinced they are simply incapable of learning high-level math, a belief often reinforced by gender stereotypes, parental bias, and our approach to math instruction. Local Education Sun, 04 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT FFP goes West http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/FFP-goes-West_19231826 Debbie-Ann Gordon, Board Director of Food For The Poor Jamaica (FFPJ), engages in a light-hearted exchange with these two students of Savanna-la-Mar Primary at the third staging of the charity's health, information and distribution fair. The event was held on Friday, September 25 at Torrington Wesleyan Holiness Church in Westmoreland. Approximately 1,000 residents, including children, accessed various services, including medical examinations and dental care. Relief packages containing toiletries, food, adult diapers, children's books, toys, agricultural tools and seeds were also distributed. (PHOTO: ODEAN DORAH) Local Education Sun, 04 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT UWI lecturer tasked with improving literacy at Charlie Smith http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/UWI-lecturer-tasked-with-improving-literacy-at-Charlie-Smith_19229720 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. Local Education Sun, 04 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Lessons from Shakespeare http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Lessons-from-Shakespeare_19231238 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. Local Education Sun, 04 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Can I object to a memo being added to my file? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Can-I-object-to-a-memo-being-added-to-my-file-_19231760 Dear Career Advisor: Local Education Sun, 04 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT No need to close schools http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/No-need-to-close-schools_19231835 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. Local News Sat, 03 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Schools get metal detectors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Schools-get-metal-detectors_19231404 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. Local News Fri, 02 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Jamaica Observer's teenAGE writers are head boy, Deputy of Wolmer's http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Jamaica-Observer-s-teenAGE-writers-are-head-boy--Deputy-of-Wolmer-s_19230677 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. Local Education Sun, 27 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT Dynamic career, entrepreneurial opportunities in agriculture http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Dynamic-career--entrepreneurial-opportunities-in-agriculture_19230310 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. Local Education Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Against the odds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Against-the-odds 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. Local Education Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:09:46 GMT Five STEM careers you should be preparing for http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Five-STEM-careers-you-should-be-preparing-for_19229623 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! Local Education Sun, 27 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT Mobile science labs for 15 more schools http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Mobile-science-labs-for-15-more-schools_19229954 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, Seaforth High, Paul Bogle High, Edwin Allen High, Rusea's High, Godfrey Stewart High, New Forest Primary and Junior High and Port Antonio High -- represent the second phase of the initiative, which is being carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Clinton Global Initiative. Local Education Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT INSIGHTS turns 1! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/INSIGHTS-turns-1-_19230662 INSIGHTS Jamaica - an early childhood intervention programme which teaches parents and teachers how to use responsive behaviour management strategies that match children's temperament or personality -- celebrated its first anniversary on September 17. Local Education Sun, 27 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT Ahead of the class http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Ahead-of-the-class_19230702 Wolmer's head boy Aldane Walters (right) and Deputy Head Boy Louis Davis are members of the Jamaica Observer's teenAGE writers club. Local Education Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Thwaites celebrates Canada partnership http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Thwaites-celebrates-Canada-partnership_19230698 EDUCATION Minister Ronald Thwaites has hailed Jamaica's long-standing academic relations with Canada which enable local students to pursue tertiary training in that country. Local Education Sun, 27 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT How much will my take-home pay be? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-much-will-my-take-home-pay-be-_19230678 Dear Career Advisor: Local Education Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Keen Readers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Keen-Readers_19230316 Children from Epsom Basic School in Portmore, St Catherine were happy to receive books and stationery items last week from Crayons Count, sponsored by National Baking Company Foundation. The National Baking Foundation is currently distributing kits to 2,500 basic schools across the island. This is the fourth year of sponsorship for the Portmore school, which includes a specialist teacher and a mobile unit. Local Education Sun, 27 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT Jelani Walker gets Don Wehby award http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Jelani-Walker-gets-Don-Wehby-award_19230048 SIXTH form student at St George's College Jelani Walker has been awarded the inaugural Don Wehby Scholarship for Excellence in Sports and Academics. Local Education Sun, 27 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT Study in Mexico! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Study-in-Mexico-_19230644 The Government of Mexico is urging more Jamaicans to take up scholarships in the central American country. Local Education Sun, 27 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT Parents to get maths lessons http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Parents-to-get-maths-lessons_19230423 THE Ministry of Education on Wednesday launched a pilot project to determine how mathematics training for parents can improve the performance of students in grades one and two. Local Education Fri, 25 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Up! Up!! Up!!! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Up--Up---Up---_19229764 Students and teachers of the Christiana Leased Primary & Infant School recently celebrated academic excellence, most notably a 93 per cent average in the Grade Four Literacy Test. Theme of the celebration was 'We are going up! up! up!' Photo shows 'victory' balloons being released to mark the occasion. (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT) Central News Mon, 21 Sep 2015 01:00:00 GMT Green with envy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Green-with-envy_19229445 GREEN Island Primary School is in an enviable position. When construction and renovation works there are complete in another few weeks, the Hanover school will not only emerge more spacious and better equipped, but it will represent Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica's largest single spend in any one school in the 31 years since the charity has been operating. Local Education Sun, 20 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jobs of the future http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Jobs-of-the-future_19229212 YOU may want to think twice before deciding on one of the traditional careers that our parents and grandparents chose, in light of the changing world and its new demands. Local Education Sun, 20 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT