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THE GLEANER’S PREP SCHOOL GUIDE 2018 | THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018

O

N MAY 18, 1953, the

doors of the Rose

Gordon Kindergarten and

Preparatory School were

officially opened. While this

signified the school’s formal

establishment, its founder,

Dorcas May Rose, had previously

accommodated children on a

part-time basis on her veranda

for over two years.

ACQUISITION OF THE NAME

The name of the school is

partly credited to the painter

who made the school’s first

sign. Rose wanted the school

to be called ‘Gordon Rose’,

Gordon being her maiden

name and Rose her name by

marriage. However, the sign

painter lost the written

directions she had given him

and painted the name ‘Rose

Gordon’. Rose wanted to have

the sign redone, but her

husband thought the name

should remain.

REGISTRATION WITH THE

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

Rose Gordon has been

registered with the Ministry of

Education since 1974. It is also

a member of the Jamaica

Independent Schools

Association (JISA).

DISNEY WORLD

The school is still located in

a homely atmosphere, with

classes small enough to

facilitate individual attention

to all students. Rose placed

great emphasis on not only

academic achievement but

also the overall development

of her students. In 1973, one

of her dreams was realised

when with the assistance of

GraceKennedy Travel, Rose

Gordon was among the first

set of preparatory schools

whose students took a trip to

Disney World in Florida.

GROWTH ON PASSING

On the passing of Rose in

1991, her successor, Ethle

Walters, and Verna Gordon,

ably assisted by Millicent

Morgan, and a dedicated staff

enabled the school to

continue its growth.

CURRENT DEVELOPMENT

The academic staff consists of

12 full-time teachers and four

part-time teachers. The teachers

are trained, qualified, and

experienced, all graduates of

teachers’ colleges and

universities. The administration

is decisive. In order to ensure

that pupils continue to achieve

individual attention, Rose

Gordon endeavours to keep the

size of its student body

moderate, with an average class

size of approximately 24

students. Additionally, ‘special’

students are taken care of

through our Drop Everything

and Read programme, while the

gifted students are exposed to

the curriculum of higher grades.

The curriculum consists of:

a. The core curriculum –

Language arts (spelling and

communication task),

mathematics, social studies,

integrated studies, science,

religious education, Spanish,

information technology,

music and physical education.

The core curriculum is ably

assisted by the ...

b. Co-curriculum, which

includes dancing, drama,

visual arts, football,

athletics, cricket,

gymnastics, sports.

c. Extra lessons

DISCIPLINE

Discipline is at premium

level. This is as a result of the

decisive nature of the

members of staff, with the

assistance of the parents. Our

small grounds also contribute

to the high level of discipline

on the compound. Physical

education and sports also help

with the discipline.

CHURCH SERVICES

The Supreme Being is also

introduced to the pupils through

our monthly church service. This

service is not mandatory to all

students. Supervision is provided

at the school for those who

don’t attend the service. This

group is minimal.

ACHIEVEMENTS

The school has performed

exceptionally well. Over the

years, the institution has

enjoyed a national average of

92 per cent in the Grade Six

Achievement Test (GSAT), a

government scholarship to

Campion College.

Rose Gordon has also

consistently participated and

placed in various inter-school

competitions. Students have

received certificates in the

Wilson James Art Competition

and The Gleaner’s Children’s

Own Spelling Bee Competition,

as well as trophies in tae kwon

do competitions, the Milo Prep

School Athletics Championships,

the JCDC Festival, award from

the Girls Guides Association, and

4-H Clubs competitions.

Students have also participated

in football competitions, the

KFC Prep School Quiz, TVJ’s

Junior Schools’ Challenge Quiz

competition, and debating

competitions.

EXISTING FACILITIES

Among the facilities are a

library; a computer lab with

Internet access; a literacy room;

and a canteen, which serves

snacks and hot meals daily.

INTEGRATION WITH THE

COMMUNITY

Rose Gordon also tries to

give back to the community

through participation in

outreach activities. The

institution enjoys a good

relationship with the

Richmond Park community,

which is evident by the

number of students from the

area who are in attendance.

The school was actively

involved with the Walker’s

Place of Safety. Staff and

students assist with Labour

Day projects in the

neighbourhood. Students also

make visits to the Maxfield

Park Children’s Home while

contributing to their

Christmas festivities.

Under the current

administration of Milton Lynch

and with the assistance of a

dedicated staff and parents,

Rose Gordon has continued on

the path of excellence set by

its founder, Dorcas May Rose.

Rose Gordon Kindergarten

and Preparatory School

75 Montgomery Avenue,

Richmond Park,

Kingston 10.

Telephone: 754-7007/

908- 0516

Email:

vead@live.com

ROSE GORDON KINDERGARTEN & PREPARATORY SCHOOL

On a path of excellence

Students of Rose Gordon Kindergarten & Preparatory School.

Inside a classroom at Rose Gordon Prep School.