The Fair Prospect High School is celebrating 35 years of educational service in the parish of Portland, and a number of activities have been planned to mark the milestone.
Formerly called the Fair Prospect Secondary School, the institution began operations in September 1970.Principal of the school Sylvia McKenzie said that the celebrations have been extended over the academic year and will include an open day and symposium on the school grounds on May 4; an evening of excellence featuring the talents of the students on May 18; an awards banquet and the publication of a 35th anniversary magazine in June; while the anniversary church service will be held at the Black Rock Church of God on September 11. There are plans to stage a eisteddfod, which is a festival of the fine arts, in February or March.
Mrs. McKenzie told JIS News, that the activities were being organized by a specially appointed committee, which would work to ensure the full participation of the students and members of the general school community. Noting that the staff and students were very upbeat about the events, the principal expressed the hope that the yearlong celebration would bring about a greater level of appreciation for the school by the students and inspire in them, a determination to achieve success in their academic and other endeavours.
Turning to the operation of the school over the years, Mrs. McKenzie said that the institution had achieved much success in its efforts to provide quality education and praised the staff for the work they were doing to mold the lives of the students.She further encouraged the students to make the best use of the opportunities available to them to become responsible adults with the capacity to contribute significantly to nation building.