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Sitting on top a hill in Spaulding, Clarendon, is a high school that many have deemed an underdog for years. However, Spalding High School has proven itself to be a force to be reckoned with, particularly in the areas of sport, innovation, vocational training and even academics.


On January 8, 1973, Spalding Junior Secondary School opened its doors to students under the leadership of Caswell Burton, who was seconded from Bellefield Secondary School. At the time, the school catered for students 12-15 years in grades seven to nine. In 1975,... read more

Alpha persues 'Excellence'

Members of the CMA Dance Troupe.

The Convent of Mercy Academy’s Season of Excellence started with a bang on November 7, as students, parents, teachers and well-wishers gathered to celebrate the achievements of the ladies of the academy under the theme ‘In Pursuit of Excellence’. The ladies of the academy sat, expectantly awaiting their awards, in the ambience of the beautifully decorated McAuley Hall. In attendance were the Central Kingston Member of Parliament and Opposition Spokesman on Education Ronald Thwaites, and his wife, Marcia Thwaites – an Alpha alumni; the Archbishop of Kingston, His Grace the Most Reverend... read more

Social enterprise takes over MoBay

Elizabeth Goodleigh had students from Charlie Smith High fascinated by the fact that 360Recycle is using waste to create beautiful works of art and even playgrounds.

Scores of students and teachers converged on the Montego Bay Convention Centre recently to celebrate Global Social Enterprise Day 2018. The event, put on by the British Council, was a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and a strategic activity for their multiyear Social Enterprise in Secondary Schools Programme, a partnership with Victoria Mutual Foundation Limited, with the support of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MoEYI).

Participating in the proceedings were 13 of the 14 schools which are now a part of the programme – St Elizabeth Technical, Montego Bay,... read more

JC recognises top performers at awards ceremony

Lower school awardees.

Weeks ago, Jamaica College celebrated its annual Achievement Day under the theme ‘Striving for Excellence’. Students and parents filled the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium in anticipation of what their schoolmates and child/children had accomplished during the last academic year.

“This year, we wanted to recognise the high-achieving college men in all areas of school life, not just academics, but other socially impactful areas. At the end of the day, we want the ceremony to inspire all the boys to do their best,” said principal Wayne Robinson.

The event commenced with the entry... read more

Rev Swaby would be proud

A photo of Iona’s founders, the Reverend Herbert Swaby and his wife, Gwendoline.


When presbyterian Minister the Reverend Herbert Swaby and his wife, Gwendoline, founded Iona High and Prep schools in Tower Isle, St Mary, in 1949, the vision was to establish a nurturing environment mainly for boys. In January 2019, when celebrations begin for the school’s 70th anniversary, the administration will no doubt look back and see how far the instution has come – from four students at the start, to 840 currently on roll .

“Reverend Swaby would have been proud,” suggested... read more

Students rushing to Iona High

This is a section of the student body at devotion.

Population growing faster than classroom space

It says a lot for a school when the student population grows at a much faster rate than the school can afford to build classrooms, and that is exactly what is happening at Iona High School in Tower Isle, St Mary. When Presbyterian minister, the Reverend Herbert Swaby, and his wife, Gwendoline, founded Iona High and Prep schools in 1949, the high school started with four students. It was the same year that Abe Issa built the first hotel on Jamaica’s north coast, the Tower Isle Hotel (now Couples Tower Isle), located just... read more


A few members of the cadet team.

Even in inclement weather, Youthlink ventured to the parish of St Ann to distinguish Marcus Garvey Technical High School from all other high schools in Jamaica.

When it was established as St Ann’s Bay Junior Secondary in September1971, there were 14 teachers, and 780 students were enrolled from grades seven to nine. In the early years, much emphasis was placed on the self-help projects and, as a result of this initiative, many developments were put into place, where infrastructure was concerned. By 1975, a shift system was introduced; the school population had grown tremendously and... read more

12 students awarded scholarships and grants under ‘I Believe’ summer service programme

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (centre) and Lady Allen (10th right), along with recipients and sponsors of the Summer of Service awards during the presentation ceremony at King’s House on Tuesday, August 21.

Twelve tertiary students received more than $5 million in scholarships and grants at King’s House as part of the governor general’s Summer of Service programme under the I Believe Initiative.

The students, who are enrolled in institutions such as the University of the West Indies, the University of Technology, the Caribbean Maritime University and College of Agriculture, Science and Education, were awarded through the competition, which recognises students for outstanding voluntary work undertaken during the summer holiday period.

Speaking at the awards function, Governor... read more

Lacovia High students join no-drinking ‘Movement’

Lacovia High School students listen to Founder and Creative Director of Sankofa Arts & Facilitation, Fabian Thomas (not pictured), speak about the importance of employing refusal skills as one of the lessons learnt from ‘The Movement’, a live theatrical play discouraging underage drinking through ‘edutainment.’

In the face of what is often intense peer pressure, several students at Lacovia High School in St Elizabeth say they are determined to wait until they are of the right age to consume alcohol. Their commitment followed a presentation from The Movement, an engaging live theatre production that discourages alcohol consumption among persons under 18.

“The play was vibrant, as it drew everyone’s attention. The actors made me learn a lot, such as surrounding yourself with the right people so that you do not get drawn into bad peer pressure,” said Tobi-Kay Lyn, a grade-eight student at... read more

Exploring Ewarton High

Taking its name from the St Catherine community in which it is located, the Ewarton High School is in the Youthlink spotlight this week, as we present all that we’ve found in a very recent visit.

Co-curricular involvement

If there is ever a school that has so many things going on that the photographer for this review was happily kept busy the entire visit, it’s this one! Ewarton High prides itself on the social and extra-curricular involvement of its students with a host of clubs such as 4H, Science Club, Dance Society, Girl Guides and others... read more


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