Give us a sixth form too!

Outgoing principal of the Parkinson Memorial School Jeff Broomes believes its time for that Pineland, St Michael institution to be made into a sixth form school.

Addressing the school’s Speech Day and Awards Ceremony yesterday, the retiring principal revealed that he had made a similar request of the Ministry of Education when he was in charge of The Alexandra School.

However, he said, to his surprise, it was not acted upon by the Ministry until he left the St Peter based learning institution.

Recently I heard the Ministry of Education putting a focus on sixth form schools. I smiled and noted that after extensive meeting with my administrative team I [had] submitted a proposal, not once or twice, but three times for the creation of a sixth form at the place from which I was sent to Parkinson and with no response,” said Broomes.

It was noteworthy that just a few short months after my exit from that place, a sixth form was established there.

As I said, I have to leave for something good to happen,” he concluded.

However, in the case of Parkinson, Broomes said he was not interested in having “a carbon copy” of traditional sixth form with a focus on sciences or communication and business studies.

I propose Parkinson Memorial School as a school to take us into the future with the respect for a man whose name we carry, Augustus Rawl Parkinson. Our proud legacy of sport and culture, as well as a challenge to contemporary society in terms of technology, make Parkinson a sixth form school with a focus on technical and vocational education, technology, the performing arts and sports medicine.

You can’t go wrong. And I would have left, so something good should happen here,” said the outspoken and controversial principal. 

8 Responses to Give us a sixth form too!

  1. Al Bannister December 5, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Another great job! One day your contribution at both locations over the years will be appreciated. Great Job!

  2. Donna December 6, 2015 at 5:46 am

    His brusque manner is probably due to the frustrations of dealing with idiots in high places who sit on problems like hens sit on eggs waiting for them to hatch into more problems.

  3. jn-marie December 6, 2015 at 7:24 am

    jeff broomes is one of barbados’ best teachers ever. this man just loves children and wants them all to be fairly treated and equally educated. he deserves a lot more respect than he is getting

  4. Bajan December 6, 2015 at 7:27 am

    How dare Mr. Broomes to approach education with a creative attitude. How dare him to believe in our children and their abundant creative intelligence.  Who does he think he is to single handedly challenge an education ‘system’ that is out of sync with the realities of today’s world. Who gave him the right to think that he should insist that educators should rise to surpass antiquated accepted standards of excellence. That they should create higher realistic standards, catalytic to new and exciting quantum leaps in understanding and managing human potential. We will regret not taking heed and stepping outside the box with you. Thank you for your service and dedication to our children our future and our country. It is not in vain.

  5. Bajan December 6, 2015 at 7:32 am

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. Mr. Broomes, I salute you.

  6. Meakai December 6, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Mr. Broomes obviously believes that every child has the potential to become a productive citizen. This conflicts with the thinking of the powers that be in the Ministry, and with too many in the teaching service, who all believe that the die is set when the 11plus results are released.

    Mr. Broomes should join with Mr. Farley, Mr. Cox and a private investor to build a new school that gives our young people hope and the skills to survive tomorrow. That is the only option now, far too many are contented with the current system.

  7. Arthur E. Greene December 7, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Mr. Broomes is a visionary; I have tremendous respect for him.

  8. Panwallie December 7, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Mr Broomes, it is clear that you have a good heart and an interest in education. It is also clear that an overzealous attitude has contributed to some of the challenges you face. One such is this: why call for six form four the school you currently head, when you know that clearly that school is not ready. Would that make sense at this time? Come on Mr Broomes, the bassa bassa with the Min of Education is doing Barbados no good. Thank you for your service, go on next year and enjoy your retirement.


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