JIS News

The Port Antonio High School in Portland is staging a number of events this month in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
An open day and concert will be held at the school on January 21, a prize giving and student awards dinner in the auditorium on January 28, and a retirees and long service awards ceremony at the Robins Bay Hotel and Villa in St. Mary on January 30.
Planning coordinator and staff member, George Austin, told JIS News that the events have been carefully planned to ensure the participation of the school community and the support of the people of the parish.
He informed that the open day and concert will feature displays by the various departments and performances by students.
A number of institutions and organisations have been invited to mount display booths. These include the University of the West Indies; University of Technology; Jamaica Defence Force; Rural Agricultural Development Authority; Coconut Industry Board; College of Agriculture, Science and Education; Portland Red Cross; First Caribbean Bank; and the Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.
The prize giving and student awards dinner, in the meantime, will honour students, who have performed outstandingly in respect of academic achievement and displaying exemplary behaviour and conduct; while the retirees and long service awards ceremony will recognise those, who have given outstanding and faithful service to the institution.
Mr. Austin said that events held so far were “highly successful”. These included a service at the Port Antonio Baptist Church on January 3, a march and a float parade in Port Antonio on January 7, and homecoming beach party and fun day at Winifred Beach in Fairy Hill on January 17.
Port Antonio High School was instituted in January 1960. It has a student population of 1,700 and a staff complement of 93.

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