St. Mary’s All-Age Celebrates 175 Years

first_img The quiet, farming community of Above Rocks in St Catherine, is home to the St. Mary’s All-Age School, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year.The Roman Catholic institution was established by Father Joseph Dupont in 1842. The original structure, part of which is out of use, was erected in 1940, with additional buildings erected in 1988.Currently, the school has a population of 263 students, with a staff complement of 16 teachers.Residents of Above Rocks have a close affinity to the institution. Many generations of family members are proud to say they have walked the halls of St Mary’s All-Age and have returned to the school to work as teachers and other members of staff.Among them is Jacquelin Brown-Hope, who is the institution’s vice-principal.“What makes it special for me here is the fact that we are a family,” she tells JIS News.“It has been an integral part of me to ensure that I give back more than what I got as a student, and seeing the children excel and moving from one level to the other has been my greatest achievement,” she notes. The quiet, farming community of Above Rocks in St Catherine, is home to the St. Mary’s All-Age School, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. Principal, Simone Gillespie, says the school has been doing well academically. She notes that the institution received a reading room from the Digicel Foundation, which has helped to improve literacy and numeracy levels. Principal, Simone Gillespie, says the school has been doing well academically. She notes that the institution received a reading room from the Digicel Foundation, which has helped to improve literacy and numeracy levels.The facility, which opened in April 2013, caters to students who are below grade level and those who are advanced.Ms. Gillespie notes that focus is placed on ensuring that students are well rounded as “we are mindful that it’s not just academics that make the students become good leaders in society”.“We think that because we have a rounded approach to how we teach and develop our children… they perform well academically,” she says.“That contributes to the academic performance – all those extracurricular activities – because if you are motivated and driven in other areas of life, it naturally spills over into your academics; so we try to take a holistic approach,” she adds.She informs that a programme was created to tackle behavioural problems among boys, which not only resulted in a dramatic improvement in behaviour, but also academics.“We know that… boys are not performing as well as girls right across the board. So here we have a unique approach. We have our Building Outstanding Students for Society (BOSS Club), where we target boys of a certain age to kind of give them mentorship. We have male teachers who mentor them, so that we can drive them towards academic success,” Ms. Gillespie notes.Other clubs and societies at the school include literacy (reading and spelling), mathematics, environmental, and school challenge.St. Mary’s All-age has also been doing well in sports, particularly table tennis. They were all island primary school champions between 2007 and 2014, placing third between 2016 and 2017.With the success of the table tennis team, a number of students were invited to the national junior team, including grade-six student, Shamoy Lamont.Shamoy recalls the joy of representing Jamaica at a regional table tennis competition.“It made me feel very happy because while I was playing, the (team) was encouraging me and I was encouraging them. I was happy and we all worked together and put in effort to make our country place second in the championship, because Dominican Republic beat us by six points,” Shamoy says.Activities to mark the school’s 175-year milestone includes a fun run on February 27; open day and concert on April 24; and a football match on June 17.center_img Residents of Above Rocks have a close affinity to the institution. Many generations of family members are proud to say they have walked the halls of St Mary’s All-Age and have returned to the school to work as teachers and other members of staff. Story Highlightslast_img read more


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(TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO – With the first season coming to a close, The Comedy Network confirmed today that CORNER GAS ANIMATED is its #1 original series of all time. Following its debut as the most-watched series premiere in the history of Comedy, CORNER GAS ANIMATED became the channel’s most-watched series this broadcast year among total viewers and all key demos (A18-34, A18-49, and A25-54), making  Comedy the #2 specialty channel in its Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT timeslot, among all key adult demos. Already renewed for a second season, CORNER GAS ANIMATED wraps up its smash-hit debut season on The Comedy Network, Monday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. “Truly an audience favourite, CORNER GAS ANIMATED remained tenacious in its timeslot and officially smashed records for Comedy,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. “Congrats to Brent and the entire team on a hugely successful debut season. 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Viewers can also catch up on past episodes of CORNER GAS ANIMATED on demand through Comedy GO and GAS ANIMATED is an inter-provincial co-production produced by Prairie Pantoons (BC), comprised of Brent Butt and David Storey from 335 Productions; and Moving Mountoons (ON), comprised of Virginia Thompson and Robert de Lint from Vérité Films, in association with Bell Media, Canada Media Fund, Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit, Film Incentive BC Tax Credit, Digital Animation, Visual Effects and Post Production Tax Credit, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Animation is produced by Prairie Pantoons, Moving Mountoons, and Smiley Guy Studios. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Original Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Production Executive for Bell Media is Chris Kelley. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Production, Bell Media. 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Cup semifinal doesnt scare me – Gerrard

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard claims he is not scared ahead of one of his biggest games as a manager.Gerrard insists he has no fears about heading into Sunday’s Scottish League Cup clash against Aberdeen without his two key strikers.Alfredo Morelos is suspended for the all-important semi-final, while Kyle Lafferty is cup-tied after representing Hearts in the same competition.Gerrard said, according to Daily Mail:“I’m definitely not going to tell you my team. But there’s no getting away from it, Alfredo has been our talisman. I’ve only got good things to say about him. I’m big fan of his and he will be missed, so will Kyle, they are two big players for us.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“But that doesn’t scare me, it’s a challenge for me and an opportunity for someone else.”“I still have a confidence and belief that we will have enough to go and get the job done.”“In semi-finals, you don’t need to score loads and loads of goals to reach the final.”“I hope we do – but there are other ways to achieve it and I just hope we have enough because those two guys are going to be big misses. We’ve still got good players and threats in all areas of the pitch”“We are really excited and looking forward to it.”last_img read more

Ft Carson to Retain Converting Brigade

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In a change of plans, the Army has decided to convert the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT) of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo., from an infantry BCT to a Stryker unit. The Army originally was planning to convert the unit to a fully armored BCT and considering the possibility of shifting it to one of four other installations. The Army ultimately found a solution that satisfies Colorado Springs and El Paso, Texas, with officials also announcing that the 1st Armored Division’s 1st BCT at Fort Bliss will convert from a Stryker unit to an armored BCT, reported the Gazette.“We dodged a bullet there,” said Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn (R). The change will add about 200 soldiers to the 2nd BCT as the unit adds hundreds of 18-ton armored vehicles. It also means Fort Carson’s population will reach 26,000 soldiers after adding an 800-soldier security force assistance brigade announced in May. “This shows that Fort Carson remains a high priority at the Pentagon,” Lamborn said. “It solidifies and entrenches Fort Carson’s position.”The Army’s decision announced Thursday to convert two BCTs to a Stryker and an armored unit comes as the military shifts from a global focus on counterinsurgency warfare to competition against near-peer adversaries such as Russia and China, which have large formations of mechanized ground combat units, reports Army Times. Fort Bliss and Fort Carson were selected to house the two BCTs due to their extensive training areas and their capacity to deploy rapidly, said Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for operations.U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Ellen Brabolast_img read more