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No one left behind

Khristen Lowe receiving the prize for Excellent Work in Information Technology.

A deliberate effort by the management and staff of Harrison College to ensure that students do not have to repeat “year levels” is reaping significant success.

During the school’s annual speech day today, Principal Winston Crichlow disclosed that over the last academic year only seven students from forms one to four were asked to repeat levels.

“Our school’s performance target seeks to ensure that no student repeats his/her level. In order to achieve the realisation of this ambitious goal from Forms One to Four, we had implemented a number of strategies.

“Among other things, these strategies sought:

* To encourage and embrace the support and cooperation of parents and guardians in ensuring the continued success of students in both the academic and non-academic domains; and

* To encourage the creation of an enabling environment at home designed to complement and enhance the school’s culture of excellence.”

Crichlow told guests that the aims were achieved by holding first term meetings for parents of students in first, second and third forms to brief them on the students’ performances and general conduct; encouraging students to aim for the 70 per cent benchmark in all subjects; fully utilising the honour roll system; holding parental conferences with students who fall below a 60 per cent average at the end of the first and second terms; and free after-school tuition for all students who appear in danger of repeating.

“We subscribe to the philosophy that students must be safe, healthy, engaged, challenged and supported,” the principal added. “It should therefore be clear to all that our success is not achieved by chance. We deliberately plan for success. In fact, we aim for perfection and settle for nothing less than excellence.

“As a result of these strategies…, by the end of 2012, only seven students in forms one to four were asked to repeat their levels. The number was significantly less then the 30 fourth form students who, at the end of 2011, averaged 40 per cent to 49 per cent and who were allowed to go up into fifth form.

“These 30 were in addition to the five who averaged less than 40 per cent and who were asked to repeat their level. Interestingly, only one second former failed to meet the requirements for promotion at the end of 2012.

“The parents of those who were allowed to go up were advised in writing that those students would have to satisfy their subject teachers and the principal that they were deserving of entry by the school to sit their failed subjects. They were thus requested to devote some time during the summer vacation to revise and consolidate the work in their weak areas.” (RRM)

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