Principal (Ag) of the JW Fletcher Catholic Secondary School (JWFCSS) – Mrs. Laurel Bartholomew said that she is quite satisfied with the students’ performance at the first attempt at CXC/CSEC.
Eleven students had a total subject entry of 60 covering 17 subjects; 56 subjects were attempted and 4 were not. One student obtained 8 of 8 with distinctions in English and Integrated Science.
While principal, former principal now Chief Education Officer, Mr. Elvis Morain had mentioned one student who wanted to offer eight subjects but he felt that it would have been a strain on that student given other external circumstances of which he as principal was aware. However, Mr. Morain finally allowed him because of his determination, and indeed the student proved himself. Another student got 7 of 7 while two students obtained 5 of 6. There were 100% passes in Electronic Documents, Principles of Business, Physical Education and French.
Mrs. Bartholomew rated the overall results as very good considering, as she stated, the challenges encountered in the transition period of setting up the school. She showered high praises on Mr. Morain, for laying the foundation. Mr. Morain was elevated to the position of CEO after just under three years as the first principal. Mrs. Bartholomew also expressed sincere thanks to the Anglican High School for their assistance in accommodating the students in their examination hall. She stated that when AHS did not see JWFCSS candidates arrive they would call to enquire out of concern. The principal further noted the strong support from the Ministry of Education as officials would call to make sure that everything was moving smoothly.
As a model school by initial designation, stated Mrs. Bartholomew proudly, JWFCSS has made its mark and proven itself. She reminded that the first CXC class comprised transfers from different schools and they were given a special mandate to prepare for the occasion and move on. She feels that the mentorship programme introduced by Mr. Morain was very effective and did assist immensely. Apart from the regular subject teaching, each student had a mentor to monitor and guide him/her along. She encouraged the children to move on and not to give up.
Mrs. Bartholomew expressed delight at having the privilege of taking the first CXC/CSEC students through their examinations. However, in a spirit of humility, she said it would have been nice if Mr. Morain were at the helm to do the honours. The principal mentioned that the teachers’ assistants in the IMANI programme were very commendable in their performances. They were dedicated to their tasks and were even very impressive in their dress and mannarisms. “You couldn’t even know they were IMANIs” she said, while hinting that the pre-CXC trials done in form 4 helped in preparing the students for the real test.
The new intake for the school from the 2015 CPEA is 45 and an additional 5 or so is expected from transfers. With about 16 leaving school and 5 migrating from lower forms, there would be just over 232 on role for the new academic year 2015. There would also be an adjustment in staff and as of now, JWFCSS might need about four new faces. Orientation day is on Monday 2nd September from 9 am, and the school Mass is on Wed 9th. It has not been finally decided whether the Mass would be in the Cathedral or in the school. The school’s patron is St. Gregory and the Feast Day is 3rd September.