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THE GLEANER’S PREP SCHOOL GUIDE 2018 |

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THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018

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ELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS have

always played an important role in

the development of education in

Jamaica. Inspired by this fact, Father

James H. Barry SJ saw the need for a

school to be connected to the Roman

Catholic Church in Kingston.

On the evening of Monday,

September 7, 1953, St Theresa

Preparatory School in Vineyard Town

was officially opened. There was a repre-

sentative gathering of clergy, parishioners,

friends and civic leaders, including the

Chief Minister of Jamaica Alexander

Bustamante. Classes began on Tuesday,

September 8 (the Feast Day of Our

Lady’s Nativity), with 220 pupils. The

school then was a long, low building

with five classrooms.

Father Barry SJ, was instrumental in

staffing the school, having invited the

Dominican Sisters to Jamaica, with the

permission of Mother Geraldine, to be

the first teachers. Sister Marcella Hickey

was the first principal and Una

Hendricks, the vice-principal. Sister

Timothy and three lay teachers com-

pleted the initial staff. During the period

1953-1969, the school expanded and

the numbers increased to 750 students

in 17 classrooms. A library, a staffroom,

and curriculum rooms were added to

the main school building. An additional

block (upstairs), which houses the

computer laboratory and administrative

offices, was erected in 2002, and in

2003, another block was built to

accommodate the canteen, tuck shop,

storerooms, and the accounts and

maintenance departments.

The present school population stands

at approximately 300 students. The high

standard St Theresa has achieved

through providing top-quality educational

opportunities can be attributed to stability

among its academic staff and the dedi-

cation and commitment of its past and

present administrators, members of the

school board, academic and ancillary

staff and a concerned and vibrant

parent-teacher association.

The students are well rounded by the

various co-curricular activities offered by

the school. These include chess, swim-

ming, karate, K-Kids, Brownies, Cub Scouts,

training in football, netball, track and field

and cricket, and the Computer, Spanish,

Wellness, Debating and Environmental

Clubs. Of greater importance, however, is

the emphasis that has always been placed

on the value of a Christian education.

Students participate in daily worship.

ACHIEVEMENTS

St Theresa Prep has a long history of

excellence in academic achievements

and has a deep appreciation for the

Jamaican culture. The school participates

in the annual Jamaica Cultural

Development Commission’s Festival in

music, speech and dance. The school is

naturally proud of its successes and aca-

demic achievements with regard to the

Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy Test,

the Grade Six Achievement Test, and the

number of scholarships it has been

awarded over the years.

Many past students have demonstrated

their abilities by becoming outstanding

citizens in the business community and

in the field of sports. Every year, the

students who graduate and move on to

high school are highly recognised for the

standard of their work, high measure of

discipline, and well-rounded knowledge

of academics, sports, and aesthetics.

ST THERESA PREPARATORY SCHOOL

A long history of excellence