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 HAPPY GROVE – The school founded by Quakers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/HAPPY-GROVE---The-school-founded-by-Quakers_64401 Happy Grove High School is located in the parish of Portland close to the community of Hector’s River. Local News Mon, 20 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT The importance of fathers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/The-importance-of-fathers_63626 Fathers contribute significantly to the development of their children and influence their children in a multiplicity of ways that guide their children from birth through to adulthood. Their role is often marginalised in favour of the mother, and mothers often get most of the credit for raising high-achieving children. But studies show that both parents play pivotal roles in a child’s cognitive development. Local Education Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Supermodel grads - Tami, Kai graduate high school http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Supermodel-grads---Tami--Kai-graduate-high-school_64326 When the roll-call for Quality Academics’s graduating class of 2016 was announced last Thursday, two names rang familiar — Tami Williams and Kai Newman. That’s because both girls are Saint International models and among the world’s top fashion models. Local Education Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Who will hire me with a biology degree? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Who-will-hire-me-with-a-biology-degree_64249 Dear Career Advisor: Local Education Sun, 19 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT More GSAT students get school of choice this year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/More-GSAT-students-get-school-of-choice-this-year_64331 Eighty-one per cent of students who sat the 2016 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) were placed in an institution of their choice. Local Education Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Navardo Henry AIMs high http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Navardo-Henry_64247 Eighteen-year-old Navardo Henry is off to Flint, Michigan, this summer to participate in a five-week residential programme at Kettering University, which he hopes will land him a full scholarship to attend that institution in the 2017 academic year. Local Education Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica House fellowship opens tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/J-ca-House-fellowship-opens-tomorrow_64324 The Jamaica House Fellowship Programme will begin accepting applications from qualified candidates to serve as full-time paid fellows at the Office of the Prime Minister tomorrow, June 20, the day when the programme’s web page goes live. Local Education Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT UWI establishes McIntyre/Nettleford scholarship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/UWI-establishes-McIntyre-Nettleford-scholarship_64183 The University of the West Indies (UWI) has established the McIntyre/Nettleford Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Fund which will cover all costs for an undergraduate degree at The UWI for high-achieving youth from disenfranchised backgrounds. Local Education Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Abu Dhabi, here I come! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Abu-Dhabi--here-I-come_64299 Brandon Chin Loy is not your ordinary ‘smartie’. An Ivy League school is among the five top universities to which he has been accepted, but the 18-year-old American International School of Kingston (AISK) student has opted for New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Local Education Sun, 19 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT Corinaldi Avenue Primary sweeps international poster contest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Corinaldi-Avenue-Primary-sweeps-international-poster-contest-------_64048 MONTEGO BAY, St James - Interim Principal at Corinaldi Avenue Primary School in St James, Hillary Foster, says the US$1,750 won by the school in the 2016 staging of the annual World Plumbing Day International Poster Competition will be used to boost the institution’s art programme. Local Education Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Dr Dale Rankine — excellence in physics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Dr-Dale-Rankine---excellence-in-physics_63595 A dream to revolutionise the agricultural sector, coupled with a passion for helping people to better feed themselves are the founding pillars of Dale Rankine’s PhD thesis — Assessing Yield Response to Water in Root Crops in Present and Future Climates: An Application of the FAO AquaCrop Model for Jamaican Sweet Potato, Ipomoea batatas. Local Education Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Training, jobs for 10,000 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Training--jobs-for-10-000_63569 Some 10,000 low-income, vulnerable Jamaican young people are to be trained to fill in-demand occupations in the country under the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)-implemented New Opportunities for Employment (NEO) project, which was launched in Jamaica two Fridays ago at King’s House. Local Education Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT CMI scholarships for Denbigh High students http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/CMI-scholarships-for-Denbigh-High-students-_63640 Ten students from Denbigh High School in Clarendon are to be awarded scholarships valued at up to $300,000 each to pursue bachelor’s degrees at the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) this year. Local Education Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT National standards curriculum to roll out this September http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/National-standards-curriculum-to-roll-out-this-September_63663 The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will begin a phased implementation of the National Standards Curriculum at the start of the new academic year. Local Education Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Alpha success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Alpha-success_63662 Like proud parents, CB Foods Sales Rep Caneal Saunders (left) and CB Foods Sales Manager Craig Plunkett stand with their students after a session of Junior Achievement Career Success Programme session which it implemented at Convent of Mercy Academy ‘Alpha’ recently. CB said it is cognisant of the fact that students often graduate high school and are plunged into the working world with little or no preparation, so it undertook to expose over 130 grade 10 students in seven 45-minute sessions. The programme features student-friendly material designed to elicit student participation and interaction. It also highlights Junior Achievement’s experiential approach to learning. (Photo: Nicholas Bennett) Local Education Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Make this summer count! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Make-this-summer-count-_63638 Aaah! Two months of relaxation, parties and fun in the sun... That’s what many teenagers think of when they think of summer. However, nowadays US colleges look at the last four years of a student’s life when considering their application for admission. So summers, starting after fourth form (or Grade 9 in the American system) should be planned strategically and used judiciously. Local Education Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Successful sophomores http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Successful-sophomores-_60548 Eight years ago while teaching at St Hugh’s High School for Girls in Kingston, Duane Burke was so impressed by a batch of students that it inspired him to start a programme for potential achievers. Local Education Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Agonising over changing my career http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Agonising-over-changing-my-career_63621 Dear Career Advisor, Local Education Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT CMI to offer mechatronics and automation degrees http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/CMI-to-offer-mechatronics-and-automation-degrees_63603 The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) will begin offering engineering degrees in mechatronics and automation starting September next year through its School of Engineering and a state-of-the-art simulation-based training facility Local Education Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Body shaming in schools http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Body-shaming-in-schools_63627 Everyone has a body image — the way we see ourselves physically and the thoughts and emotions that result from this perception. It can be positive or negative. Many children, especially teenagers, suffer from body image issues which can become detrimental to their health, both mentally and physically. These kids suffer from low self-esteem, among other problems, and this often translates to poor performance at school. Local Education Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Ready for education revolution! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Ready-for-education-revolution_63507 Some of the country’s top school leaders demonstrate their militant side, as they pose in army-like gear and camouflage to highlight JN Foundation’s School Leadership Summit scheduled for July 25 and 26 in Kingston. At foreground is Kasan Troupe, principal of Denbigh High School in Clarendon. Back row (from left) are Nadine Molloy, principal, Ardenne High School in St Andrew; Coleen Montague, principal, Wolmer’s Girls’ School, Kingston; Oneal McCleod, National Mathematics Teacher of the Year of Godfrey Stewart High School, Westmoreland; Esther Tyson, former principal and JN Foundation’s School Leadership coach; Kandi-Lee Crooks-Smith, principal, Allman Town Primary, Kingston; and Dr Renee Rattray, director, education programmes, JN Foundation. Second row (from left) Lawrence Rowe, principal, Mile Gully High School in Manchester; Lynton Weir, principal, Old Harbour High School in St Catherine; and Karl Coke, Principal, Buff Bay Primary School in Portland. Local Education Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Dr Sandra McCalla — excellence in philosophy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Dr-Sandra-McCalla---excellence-in-philosophy_62954 ABANDONING her childhood love — cosmetology — was initially painful for the rural-bred University of the West Indies, Mona, lecturer of philosophy, Dr Sandra McCalla, who described her transition to physical education, and later to philosophy, as an act of fate. Local Education Sun, 05 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sprinting to success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Sprinting-to-success Law student Fred Robertson of the Pacesetters Toastmasters Club in Kingston, receives his prizes for topping field of 13 in the International Speech Contest. He will now move on to the international finals in Washington, DC, in August as part of the annual Toastmasters International Convention. Local Education Sun, 05 Jun 2016 00:00:34 GMT Job spotlight: Nuclear power plant technician http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Job-spotlight--Nuclear-power-plant-technician_62973 Despite some critics of nuclear power, who prefer renewable sources, the generation of electricity from nuclear reaction has a history of safety and effectiveness. Plus, it provides the opportunity for a high-paying career with on-the-job training, even right out of high school. Local Education Sun, 05 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Look and act like superheroes Rattray tells teachers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Look-and-act-like-superheroes-Rattray-tells-teachers_62921 One of the country’s leading education professionals, Dr Renee Rattray, has urged teachers to acknowledge themselves as “superheroes” as they carry out their daily tasks both inside and outside of the classroom. Local Education Sun, 05 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT