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  • St. Andrew High School (SAHS) for Girls, one of Jamaica’s most prominent all-girls schools, is celebrating 90 years of existence.
  • Speaking with JIS News, Principal of the School, Mrs. Sharon Reid, said that celebrations, which will continue for 10 months, ending in 2016, will be held under the patronage of Professor Emerita, Hon Elsa Leo-Rhynie, OJ, CD.
  • The theme of the celebrations will be: ‘Enrich, Empower, Abounding in God’s Favour.

St. Andrew High School (SAHS) for Girls, one of Jamaica’s most prominent all-girls schools, is celebrating 90 years of existence.

Founded on September 21, 1925, through a partnership between the Presbyterian Church and the Wesleyan Synod of Jamaica, SAHS  is currently one of the best opportunities for secondary education in Jamaica.

On Monday, September 21, on the school’s Commemoration Day, Minister of Education, Hon. Rev Ronald Thwaites, will join the school family along with other distinguished guests at10 Cecelio Avenue, Kingston 10, to participate in activities to kick off this milestone anniversary celebrations.

Speaking with JIS News, Principal of the School, Mrs. Sharon Reid, said that celebrations, which will continue for 10 months, ending in 2016, will be held under the patronage of Professor Emerita, Hon Elsa Leo-Rhynie, OJ, CD.  The theme of the celebrations will be: ‘Enrich, Empower, Abounding in God’s Favour.

“The SAHS is the only school in the island that was founded by two churches, the Methodist and the United Churches,” Mrs. Reid said.

“Therefore, we have two Chaplains, Bishop Everald Galbraith of the Methodist Church and the Right Rev. Christopher Mason, Moderator of the United Church of Jamaica and the Grand Cayman, who will both participate in the September 21 activities,” she added.

The day’s activities include a service followed by the naming of some of the buildings on the school’s property in honour of past principals and past vice principals.

According to Mrs. Reid, the 90th anniversary project is the refurbishing of the School’s Hall, which will be named in honour of the second and longest serving Principal, Miss Margaret Gartshore, who served the institution for 31 years.

Other upcoming events  include  the Parent Teachers’ Association’s  (PTA) Evening of Culture and SAHS Foundation Legacy Golf Tournament in October; and the Gartshore Cup Competition, which will see houses vying for Home Economics glory,  in November.

In December, the PTA will host its Christmas Fiesta and in March 2016, the PTA will put on a Walkathon.

Highlight of the anniversary celebration is Homecoming Week, which will start on April 10, 2016 with a Thanksgiving Service and Brunch and ending on Saturday, April 16 with SAHS Foundation and St. Andrew Old Girls Association Legacy Evening.