December 13, 2018 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have come to the end of Term 1, a very action-packed term and we have so much for which to be thankful.

 

Some of the more memorable moments:

 

·         Opening of school and welcoming the new additions to our SJCSF family; Form One, Lower Six, and their parents,

 

·         Badging of our Head Girl – Elise Miller, Deputy Head Girl – Martina Magalhaes and the School Prefects.

 

·         The annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast hosted by you, Parents of SJCSF

 

·         Celebrating the 2018 President’s Medal winner, our own Ms Sadhana Balladin, 17 scholarships (8 Open, 9 Additional) as well as CSEC and CAPE top performers at Foundress Day Mass and Recognition of Excellence Function held on November 09,

 

·         Some notable performances in sporting and non-sporting activities:

 

o   The U15 Netball team placed 1st in the Victoria Education District Netball League

 

o   Chequeda De Boulet (L62) continues to make us proud, earning 1st place in the

 

Girls’ Singles, Girls’ Doubles, and Mixed Doubles categories in the SOLO sponsored National Junior Badminton Tournament

 

o   The Swim Team placed 2nd in the All-Female Schools category at the Secondary Schools Swim meet in November. There were several notable individual

 

achievements.

 

o   The Form 5 Physical Education class held a Netball Tournament as part of the CSEC SBA requirement. This tournament very well received and supported by the school community. The event culminated with a match between Staff and the winning team – Form 3. I am pleased to say that the Staff prevailed.

 

Congratulations to the PE class for a well organised tournament. Let me add that this is the first class doing the CSEC PE examination and I wish them all the best in 2019.

 

o   The 2018 National Secondary Schools Scrabble Tournament took place on November 10 at UTT, Valsayn. Andrianna Hudlin (3S) placed 2nd in the Junior category while Tairah John-Seedial (L62) placed 2nd in the Seniors. The SJCSF

Senior Team copped 1st place.

 

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the various clubs activities and special thanks to those teachers who manage these clubs. Parents, please continue to encourage and support your daughters’ interests.

 

·         Innovations:

 

o   This term we introduce e-reporting. You will now access your daughter’s reports online. Letters with log on information have been prepared for you.

 

o   Your daughters will have received their ID badges and testing of the system has been taking place. It’s all systems go for full implementation in January. Please be advised that all students must scan their Ids on entry onto the school compound. This means that those dropping off at/entering through the top gate must come down to the lower gate to scan their cards. The scanners will register your daughter’s attendance as well as the time she entered the compound.

o   From 2019, SEA registration will also take place online.

 

At the last Parents meeting held on Tuesday 13th November, Mr Harold Greenidge, our IT expert was present to explain the new systems to parents. Sadly, the attendance at the


 

meeting (like all the others) was very poor and most of you missed the opportunity to air your concerns have them addressed.

 

·         Our annual fundraiser, Momentum was held on November 4th and judging from gate receipts and feedback from patrons it was a resounding success. Thanks to Ms Roopnarine and her hardworking team of five for pulling it off. There are still some donation sheets outstanding, even though several deadlines and extensions of deadlines have passed. This is very disappointing. I ask your assistance Parents, in ensuring that your daughters return those sheets that may still be in their possession, even if empty, as there is the matter of accountability. Thank you for your contribution to the success of this venture, re your assistance with presales as well as the Parents’ “Chill Down” event on the day that realised $29,185.

 

·         The “adopt your daughter’s class” programme has taken off with the parents of 1S, 2S, 2J and 2C contributing towards the purchase of new air-condition units in their daughter’s classrooms and in 2J, one door was replaced and the other repaired. The teacher’s desk in 2J was replaced. I am asking the parents of other classes to come on board with the programme as the general upkeep of the classrooms, specifically the maintenance of the A/C units has become financially burdensome. You are reminded again that this is a Government-Assisted school and subventions from the Government have not been forthcoming in a timely manner. We continue to depend heavily on your annual contribution of $600 and fundraising to be able to continue providing the goods and services such as Security (a major expense) and other incidentals as outlined in the contribution slips. [It is just $600/school year (39 weeks), $15.38/week].

 

You are reminded that when you registered your daughters as students of the school, you are automatically registered as members of the parent body. The Executive works very hard to ensure that General Meetings are relevant and meaningful. Efforts are made to have guest speakers come in to speak on various issues. It is embarrassing when these speakers take time to come to our school to address 20-30 parents, a school that boasts a student population of 678!

 

If you are not already on the mailing list, kindly send an email to the Secretary, Ms Aisha Donaldson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .Indicate your daughter’s name and class and take the opportunity at the same time to indicate how you can be of assistance to the Parent Body and by extension, the school.

 

We must work together in order to make your daughters’ educational experience here the best it can be.

 

I take this opportunity, on behalf of our Ag Vice Principal, Mrs Debra East and all Staffs, to wish you and your family a Happy and Holy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

 

School reopens on Monday, January 07, 2019

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jennifer Manwaring

 

Principal Secondary