Lamando Shepherd :Youthlink Writer
Our journey took us to the western sections of Jamaica. The drive was a bit lengthy, but it was worth the trip. Situated in the cool hills of Darliston, a deep rural farming community which enjoys a diversified economic base, and located northeast from the parish capital is Maud McLeod High School which serves to fulfil the educational needs of students primarily from eastern Westmoreland and its environs.
The school was established in 1976 and was name in honour of the prominent educator and philanthropist, Miss Maud McLeod. Maud McLeod High is a secondary public high school, where students have access to a nurturing learning environment. Since opening in September 1976, the school has grown from a population of 350 students to an enrolment of 1076. This is a remarkable achievement and it is also deemed as one of the greatest testament of Maud McLeod High. Over its 30 years of existence, it has evolved to come on par with some of the most outstanding high schools in Jamaica. Its opening and functioning, so far, has been highly appreciated by the community. Of the new secondary schools, it also has achieved the coveted title the 'pioneer school'. The school's motto, 'Determination is the cornerstone to success', is the driving force behind their achievement.
Maud McLeod has consistently excelled in academics, extra-curricular activities and sports, but one of their major achievements is their agricultural department, which is a highly favoured aspect of the school's curriculum. Guided by its mission statement and the 55 teachers on staff, the school is still committed to embracing new, innovative thoughts and processes in the pursuit of its mission. The success in meeting this goal is directly correlated to the fact that home and school consistently work as one. Within the school family, they accept the joint responsibility of school and home in educating children, keeping them safe, and making sure that each child excels. In so doing, they educate the 'whole child' as he/she strives to meet their high academic standards, and they also prepare him/her to lead ethical lives and demonstrate responsible citizenship.
Fun Facts of Maud McLeod High School
- The corner of the grade 11 corridors is called the Idlers' Corner.
- The star apple tree is inhabited by the resident 'duppy' known as Charlie.
- The school has its own pocket d for" fishing".
- Aliases for a well-known former teacher - 'Man Guinea' and 'Iron Seed'.
- On sports day, there are always more models than athletes.
- We have our own resident moon, sun and star gamer.
- When Home Economics Department is doing practical, your mouth starts watering and all concentration ends.
- When the nutri-bun truck comes, class is dismissed.
- DaCosta Cup football matches are watched for free because we have so much land, the field cannot be fenced.