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What is the oldest high school in Jamaica?
A distinguished gentleman named John Wolmer made his last will and testament on May 21,1729. The will stated that the bulk of his estate should form the foundation of a free school in the parish in which he should happened to die. "...after many amendments and conferences between the House of Assembly and the Council, a law was passed and the Wolmer's Trust which would manage the affairs of the school was established in 1736." By this account many feel Wolmer's is the oldest high school in Jamaica. (Manning's High was founded in 1738 and St Jago High in 1744.)

What high schools are for girls only?
Immaculate Conception, Queens School for Girls, St Hugh's, St Andrew High for Girls, Wolmer's Girls School, Convent of Mercy (Alpha), Merl Grove High, Montego Bay High, Mt Alvernia, Westwood, Bishop Gibson High, Hampton



UPCOMING EVENTS
Ferncourt High School Alumni Association of South Florida invites you to its Christmas Fete:
Date: Saturday December 15, 2012
Time: 7 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Location: THE COURTS OF INVERRARY
6400 Racquet Club Drive
Lauderhill, Florida 33319

Admission: $15.00 advance ($20.00 at the door)
Music by: Mark Swaby

Dress: Casually Elegant
Food & Liquor on sale
Proceeds in aid of computers for FHS

For more info: Peter Scott (561) 309-5448 Shawn Brown-Whilby (954) 464-7427







SCHOOLS IN THE NEWS
JC's Golden Griffins third in tech challenge
JAMAICA COLLEGE'S robotics team, dubbed the Golden Griffins, finished third out of 72 teams at the recent FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition.

This was the third time JC was entering the competition, held on March 16 and 17 at the Jacob Javits Convention Centre in Manhattan, New York. Last year, the team finished 12th. JC was the only representative from outside the US. Read more

Dinthill gives St Catherine agriculture a shot in the arm
Jamaica imported US $763m in agricultural produce last year. Now Dinthill Technical High School in St Catherine is doing its part to keep agriculture production high, in an effort to reduce that import bill. More

Jamaica College takes wings - Introduces aviation course
CAREER CHOICES for senior students at one of the country's oldest secondary institutions, the prestigious Jamaica College (JC), in Kingston, have widened with the introduction of an aviation programme in the school's curriculum, beginning this academic year. The programme, the first of its kind to be offered at any high school in the English-speaking Caribbean, was recently launched at the Old Hope Road-based institution. Source


MINISTER OF EDUCATION: RONALD THWAITES
Education minister Ronald Thwaites says he will be placing priority on early-childhood education with the aim of reducing the billions spent annually on remedial programmes.

"I plan to place emphasis on early-childhood education so that we stop wasting billions of dollars annually on remedial education. We must do it right the first time," Thwaites told The Gleaner yesterday.

Thwaites said that while remedial programmes in schools will have to be intensified, in the short term they cannot be sustained.

"I respect what the ministry has done up to now, the previous minister in charge, to try and do remedial work and to ensure that there is that catch up after grade four. But, I think that will have to be intensified and eventually phased out" Thwaites said. Continue



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