It was an atmosphere of celebration as the Ferncourt High School Family gathered to say farewell to another set of Grades 11 & 13 students on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the Beechamville Methodist Church.
One of the highlights of the event was The State of Education Report for 2018/2019 which was delivered by the Principal, Commander, The Rev’d Lenworth H. Sterling J.P. In this address the principal first presented the results of the 2018 CSEC & CAPE Examinations and then he went on to state how the School Improvement Plan set out the way forward to improve the school.
Focusing on Objectives 1, 8, 5, 7, 8 & 10 of the School Improvement Plan, the Rev’d Lenworth Sterling said using the template of the Balanced Scored Card he was compelled to single out some persons and groups who are to be emulated by others if the school is to continue to excel.
The Top Department for the year, he said, was the Natural Science Department. The Head of Department is Mrs. Pauline Bryan. This department the principal said:
- Provided real experiences for students through field trips and educational tours to places such as the UWI, Hollywell, Falmouth, and Montego Bay.
- It had an active Academic Board which put on projects, Open Day and Prize Giving for High Achieving Students in the Department.
- It emphasized safety and security with 100% compliance rate in staff and students wearing protective gear while in the lab.
- The department used ICT in Lesson Planning and in instructions in classes, including the presentation of Weekly Notes of Lessons, watts app group which ensured that the department achieved Compliance in students’ SBA’s for CSEC & CAPE.
- Participated in Scientific Research Council Competitions
- Hosted the SRC Fair at Ferncourt.
- Had a Beach Coastal Clean Up Day.
- Invited a number of motivational speaker to get the students in improve their performance from grades 7-13 and to get them ready for CSEC & CAPE.
- Had great value added over the school year in Chemistry, physics and biology.
- Department had the highest compliance rate in teachers attendance to school.
- The Department had a low level of absenteeism and unpunctuality to classes.
- The teachers attended a number of Professional Development Seminars included that of the Ministry of Justice Restorative Justice Training and the Jamaica Teaching Council Mentorship Training.
Mrs. Jodi-Ann Ricketts- Reid was named The Most Outstanding Grade Coordinator. Mrs. Rickets-Reid and her grade were singled out for:
- Their focus was on JACE SEED to develop students Entrepreneurship skills at the grade 9 level.
- Their innovation in Pineapple Pepper Sauce, Aura Fresh Organic Spritzers. Healthy Grow Organic Fertilizers in the JACE SEED Competition
- Cecelia Grant, Brianna Campbell, Tatyana Francis, Janeika Cole, Shawntria Dyer , students of grade 9 being awarded in the Junior Achievement Company for Entrepreneurship
- Over 120 students of grade 9 attend the Luncheon at St. Hilda’s Diocesan High School.
- Mobilizing support for a student of grade 9 whose house was burnt down
- The Grade Coordinator had a 100% compliance in her Notes of Lessons presentation for the year and of being among the top 2 Coordinators to present Monthly Reports of the activities and attendance in the grade to the principal.
- Participating in the Boys in Education Conference.
- Providing Motivation Sessions to improve students’ performance in the grade. Desmarie Ingram came out as the Top Grade 9 Student Ambassador.
Career Advancement Programme Coordinator Mrs. Kasata Phillips-Riley was also singled out for coordinating the CAP at Grades 12 & 13 so that the School was the Top CAP School in the Regional and she was The TOP CAP Coordinator.
Other staff members and the broader Ferncourt Family members who were singled out by the Principal were:
Class of 2019
Forty-two for performance in Subject areas
Three for Dr. Hume Johnson’s Awards
Five receiving cheques of $79,000 each from the Rio Tinto/Alcan Legacy Bursaries/Scholarship which is over seen by the Jamaica 4-H Clubs on behalf of the Jamaica Development Bank for the Canadian Body for needy students performing at a high standard in Agricultural Science in the school
Outstanding Track & Field Student
The Principal’s Leadership, Academic Award and Outstanding Students Leadership Awards
went to Sashana Douglas, Ashley Morgan Damario Berry, and Kemar Bryan-Brown respectively.
The Principal who serves as Presiding Bishop in the Redemption City of Faith Ministries of Jamaica Inc. reminded every one of the hymn, “To the work, to the work we are servants of God” and exhorted all “To Toil on until the Master comes.”
In recognizing two Outstanding Past students who he invited as role models for his students, he spoke of Miss Khadijah Heholt, now a first degree graduate, who many did not want him to accept her in the school. He quoted from I Corinthians 4 vs. 3 & 4; “Now, I am not at all concerned about being judged by you or by any human standard; I don’t even pass judgment on myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not prove that I am really innocent”, he closed as he acknowledged the Divine Guidance of God, the support of the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information especially his Education Officer, Mrs. Marcia Gordon-Williams, the Quality Education Circle Convener, Mrs. Millicent Dacosta and the support of his wife, Fay and children as he served his Alma Mata.