Restoration comes in many forms. Add a little paint, some grass, a little discipline and you have a wonderful setting for imparting knowledge to minds ready to achieve.
Godfrey Stewart is making that change. With change comes production and success. We have started to experience this wonderful new birth.
Editor's note The school emerged in 1963 shortly after the independence of Jamaica from Britain, established as a senior school to address the concerns of the Government at the time about the quality of education being offered at the upper level of all-age schools. The system was pioneered by principal, Mr. Stewart.
In 1966 it was upgraded to a junior secondary school and then to a new secondary school in 1974. Over the years, Godfrey Stewart has undergone several infrastructural and systemic improvements, which has helped the school to expand its services. It added a new block of classrooms to accommodate students in the Grades 10 to 11 programme, which allowed the school to extend the school leaving age to 17 years-old and to expose students to vocational programmes.
The shift system was introduced to the school at the same time to facilitate the increasing student population and in 1984 the “extended day” was introduced. However, the school reverted to the “straight day” a year later.
Godfrey Stewart, which caters to a student population of 1600, serves several communities in Westmoreland. These communities are: Hudson Street, Season Crescent and New Market Oval; Dalling Street; Grotto and Shoalin; and Barracks Road.
With an academic staff of 64, it provides a day and evening institute, which offers several subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level, including the core subjects Mathematics, English Language and Literature and History; and also Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Human and Social Biology, Geography and Electrical Technology and others. The school is steadily improving in most subjects, but is in need of much support to increase performance. Nineteen students achieved grades one to three in English Language in 2008 and only four passed Mathematics.
This high school is located in Savana-la-mar, Westmoreland,Jamaica and carries the zeal that “Only the best is good enough.”
This picture was taken in July of 2009 on a visit. We stayed @ The Tree House in Negril AND this is one of the pix I have from that trip. This is special 'cause of the beautiful lighting I saw as I walked back to the room after an hour in the HOT TUB!!