JIS News

Members of staff at the Gibraltar All-Age School in St. Ann have embarked on a project to enhance the performance of those students who were unable to secure a place in the traditional high schools.
“Every semester we do a project on any subject area from the curriculum and this year we decide to focus on lines, shapes and colours,” Principal at the school, Veronica Brown-Tomlin, told JIS News.
She said that the students were very enthusiastic about the projects that were being done and that their creativity and talents could be seen in the pieces of work that they produced.
“We are aware, not all of our children will come through the high school system, being successful in the GSAT or the Grade Nine Achievement test.
As a team of teachers, we are concerned about the nation’s children. We have an interest in their future and so we make sure that when they leave, even if they did not go through the high school system, they would still be able to do something to help themselves,” she said.
Pointing out that the aim of the project was to prepare the children for the world of worth and work, Mrs. Tomlin informed that the students went out and collected scraps of material from the community’s dressmakers and tailors to make rug and doorway mats.
“The children also made a number of other things such as embroidered table cloths, paper woven place mats, pantry towels, classroom mobiles and a variety of wines,” she said.
She informed that the school was operating on a two-model system, where the students as well as the wider community benefited.
Model A, she explained operated as a school-centered community while Model B operates as a community centered school.
“As a community centered school, we provide services for the community in that we do their programmes and try to help them in whatever way we can,” Mrs. Brown explained. She further informed that a number of parents had been attending classes at the school in order to upgrade themselves, in terms of learning to read and to do basic mathematics.
This, she said was a way to get the parents to be aware of what was being done in the classroom so that they would be able to assist their children with schoolwork in the home.
Meanwhile, Examination Coordinator at the institution, Ivy Walton, said the students had been doing well at local and external examinations.”It is being said that boys are low achievers but the boys at this school have been performing at a higher level than the girls and this was proven in the results of GSAT,” she said.
Mrs. Walton pointed out that a total of 27 students at the school had sat the GSAT and that 22 of those students had been awarded places in traditional high schools. She noted that male student Kavane Walker, had scored an average of 82.6 on the tests and that his average was the highest in the school.
Mrs. Walton is appealing to the parents to invest in their children’s future and help them to become productive citizens of the society.