Jones Primary appeals for support

A private school which caters to pupils with “mixed learning” abilities is banking on public assistance to build a comfortable learning environment.

Students of Jones Private Primary  School on the first day.
Students of Jones Private Primary
School on the first day.

Jones Private Primary School, which has roll of 41 students ages 3 – 11, began an expansion programme over a decade ago in a bid to accommodate the growing number of children who require its specialized form of education.

However, the 54-year-old institution, whose student population includes autistic children, has found the going tough.

An incomplete bathroom stall that is in need of windows.
An incomplete bathroom stall that is in need of windows.

“We do have a few children who come to us that have first level autism . . . we cater to children with mixed learning abilities,” Valarie Goodman, Deputy Principal of the Durant’s, Christ Church school said.

“A long time we’ve been working on this back [the extension of the school]. Over ten years we have been trying to finish the area . . . we have to do it off of fundraising.”

At the start of the new school term the building was still in need of flooring and plastering and the ceiling also needed to be sealed.

“We have to fix the ceiling first; we cannot have the children using the area per say because it would leak” said Goodman.

The school housed 160 students at its Cane Vale location in its early years. (KK)

13 Responses to Jones Primary appeals for support

  1. Laura Rudder
    Laura Rudder January 8, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Appealing to all of Anna Jones’s former students to play their part in this project.

  2. Ryvan Bigman
    Ryvan Bigman January 8, 2016 at 11:35 am

    WTH, this is a private school? Correct me if i’m wrong, this is 2016, right? Where’s the $$ going to fix up this school? surely NOT in the School. Smh

    • Mhizz Joan Moore
      Mhizz Joan Moore January 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm


    • Maria Foster
      Maria Foster January 8, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      It is not as easy as you may think. Money from tuition goes to the everyday maintenance of a school. They have to pay the teachers, pay light and water bill. Buy paper and printing supplies and other micellanious things.

    • Ryvan Bigman
      Ryvan Bigman January 8, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Maria Foster I here what you’re saying, seem like the school need sponsors, something need to be done it’s about the kids.

    • Adobi Rheider January 9, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      Be positive. Why not find out more about the plight of the children and lend a helping hand if you can? I am willing to do the same.

  3. Deep A Byss
    Deep A Byss January 8, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Do it best, Cater’s General store should step up…

  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm
  5. Marsha Layne
    Marsha Layne January 8, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Wait what?? Does this ‘school’ have a government licence to operate like that??

  6. Wavney Rouse
    Wavney Rouse January 8, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I wish I had the money to help them.. don’t mind @ all…

  7. Penny-Ann Waithe
    Penny-Ann Waithe January 8, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Man this is not in Barbados!!!!!!!!

  8. KayHaynes January 9, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Its ok to talk about where the funds going but from personal experience the real issue is where are the funds going…to come from.

  9. Cynthia Alleyne January 10, 2016 at 6:39 am

    I don’t think the colour of the desk and seats are a good choice, I am just looking at them from here and they are too bright for my eyes, so I could understand those children in the class room.


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