April 25, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians

We are into the final term of the 2015-16 academic year. I refer to this term as the Examination Term as this is when CSEC (Forms 5), CAPE (Forms 6) and NCSE (Forms 3) take place.

Students of Forms 1 – 4 should be preparing for End of Year examinations when they will be examined on material taught during the academic year.

The following is a list of activities planned for this term (April 11 – July 08, 2016):


·         April 15 – Opening Mass

·         April 20-22 – Annual Book Fair

·         April 26 – U6 Graduation Mass

·         April 28 – Form 5 Graduation Mass

·         May 02-June 10 – CSEC and CAPE Exams

·         May 03 – Form 1 Parents’ Day

·         May 07, Saturday - Parents of SJCSF Movie Fundraiser (Captain America)

·         May 26 – Corpus Christi Holiday

·         May 27 – SJC 5K Walk/Run

·         May 30 – Indian Arrival Day Holiday

·         June 08-17 – NCSE Exams

·         June 13-30 – End of Year Exams

·         June 16-30 – L6s Classes

·         June 20 – Labour Day Holiday

·         July 01 - Emancipation Program

·         July 06 – Closing Mass/Spoken Word Programme/Distribution of Reports

*Please note that school will be dismissed at 1:30 pm on Thursday, May 05, 2016.



v  this school year so far has been fraught with serious financial challenges.  As you are well aware this is a Government assisted school and most of the services provided for your daughters' safety and enjoyment are funded in part by our fundraising activities and largely by your annual voluntary contributions which, particularly for the majority of our returning students, have not been forthcoming. We depend on your contributions to offset costs for Security, Science Laboratory supplies, Utility Bills etc.  In order that we can continue to maintain the high standards that you have come to expect at this institution, we are appealing to you to honour your financial commitment to the school as it is all for the benefit of your daughters.  I wish to expressly thank those parents who have already contributed.


v  your daughters have been consistently breaking the school rules by using their cell phones during school time, in many cases, they use it call you.  I wish to remind you that your daughters are not to use their cell phones during school hours (8:00 am - 2:30 pm), unless they have the permission of a member of Staff.  Any student caught using a cell phone during school hour, it will be confiscated.  If there is a emergency, they are allowed to use the school phone.  Please note that your daughters are entirely responsible for the security of their cell phones and/or any other devices that they may bring to school.  We will not take any responsibility for lost or stolen items and no reports of same will be entertained.



v  for the safety and security of your daughters, policies and protocols have been put in place.  These have been outlined in the school rules which you have all been asked to read and sign on your daughter's entry into the school.  I wish to remind you that once your daughters enter the school compound, they are not allowed to leave unless they are signed out by a parent/guardian or persons authorised in writing by you.  Please remind/inform your daughters that they are not to leave the school compound without the proper authorisation.


v  your thoughts, ideas and opinions are very important to us and we would very much like to hear them.  One way this can be accomplished is through your attendance at Parents of SJCSF meetings, a forum where your voice can be heard.  Meetings are held every second Thursday of the month on the school compound and you are always welcome.


On behalf of the Ag Vice Principal, Mrs Debra East and Staff, I wish to expressly thank you for your continued support in all things St Joseph’s Convent San Fernando.  We continue to depend on you for your time, talent and treasure and your active participation in your daughter's school life.


Looking forward to another successful term,


God Bless


Jennifer Manwaring