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

BELAIR PREPARATORY AND EARLY CHILDHOOD SCHOOL

The school of choice in Mandeville

B

ELAIR SCHOOL, formally

known as Manchester

Preparatory, located on

the Manchester High School

campus, was established in

1967 for the children of the

bauxite workers in Mandeville.

In 1970, the school was

relocated to 43 deCarteret

Road. In 2013, Belair High

School became a grant-in-aid

institution, while the

preparatory and early

childhood departments

remained private.

Belair School is the premier

school of choice in Mandeville

for students at the early

childhood and preparatory

levels. It exists to enhance the

development of students’

academic and physical abilities

and seeks to equip them with

a value system that allows for

the growth of self-assurance,

national pride, and a purpose

in living.

Belair School excels

academically, both at the local

and international levels.

Classrooms are fully equipped

with smart TVs, and smart

board and tablets are part of

teaching and learning. Teachers

are technologically savvy and

are trained in the use of the

National Standard Curriculum.

Belair is one of the top GSAT

schools in Manchester. Mastery

in Grade 4 Literacy is up to 100

per cent and 98 per cent in

numeracy.

Over the years, Belair has

participated in the Junior

Mathematics Olympiad, where

several students from grades

four-six made it to the final

round. In the 2017 competition,

Dian Feng Shen was placed

second nationally for grade five,

and nine students were awarded

honourable mention. In the 2017

Lay Magistrates Essay Completion,

Anderson Cameron was awarded

top boy for Manchester.

Belair is an inclusive school.

Its resource centre caters for

students with different

academic needs and learning

disabilities. It has programmes

such as the Belair Early

Reading Intervention

Programme, which is geared

at filling the reading gaps; the

Advanced Academic Achievers

– to challenge gifted students;

English as a second language

– to assist students whose

native tongue is not English,

and access to Literacy Pro

Library, an online reading

programme.

DYNAMIC PROGRAMME

Belair’s sports programme is

dynamic. Currently, Belair is

the rural champion and has

fourth-place standing in the

2017 JISA Prep School Track

and Field Championship;

reigning national champions

of the Scotiabank Prep School

Cricket Competition, 2017.

The female football team was

placed second in rural

competitions. Belair is also

involved in other sport

activities such as badminton,

and table tennis.

Belair enables its students to

express themselves in the arts.

In 2017, The Belair Senior Choir

made it to the national finals in

the JCDC Music Festival and

was awarded Best Classroom

Instrumental Ensemble, and

RuoMing Yu was awarded most

outstanding piano solo for

Class Two. Currently, students

from kindergarten to grade six

have advanced to the parish

finals in the areas of dance,

music, and speech. Benjamin

Barrett, a budding artist,

placed first in the Jamaica

Airport Authority Art

Competition, and his piece was

mounted at the Norman

Manley International Airport in

Kingston.

Belair encourages the

participation of the student

body in community affairs.

Activities that stress charity,

friendly competition, and

cooperation are valued in

order to foster a sense of

identity with the community at

large and also to develop a

sense of patriotism. As a part

of its annual charity

programme, the students

donate items and visit and take

Christmas cheer to children at

the different children’s home

in and around Mandeville.

Belair Early Childhood and

Preparatory School continues

to be the number-one school

of choice in Mandeville,

Manchester.

– Prepared by Janet Daley,

Supervisor

Scotiabank Prep School Cricket Competition

– National Champions

Lay Magistrate Essay Competition – Manchester

Jamaica Day at Belair Prep.

Belair Junior Choir

JCDC National Finals –

Piano Solo Class 2 – First

place

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