JIS News

Grades nine and 10 students of Holland High School in Trelawny were given the tools to find the right career, including education and training options, at a Career Day event held on the school grounds in Martha Brae.
Under the theme: ‘Nuh linga – work towards your career goal,’ the students benefitted from presentations from various institutions and organisations, which were geared towards preparing them for further education and the world of work.
Among the participating groups were the HEART/Trust NTA, Inland Revenue Department, Trelawny Parish Library, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, Brown’s Town Community College, National Youth Service (NYS), University of the West Indies (UWI), Trelawny Police Division, Trelawny Fire Department, Air Jamaica and the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA).

Students of Holland High School learn napkin-folding techniques for the hospitality industry, at a career day event held recently on the school grounds in Martha Brae, Trelawny.

Principal of the school, Ms. Pauleen Reid, told JIS News that Career Day is an annual event, which exposes students to the opportunities available for further training, as well as opportunities for bursaries and scholarships, as they focus on their future.
“Career Day has been a fixture of the school’s agenda from the very year the school was established in 2005. This has been going very, very well and students look forward to the activities and benefit from them immensely,” she said.
She said the hope is that “when they leave us they will walk from us into an (educational) institution or into a place of employment. we try to give them some sense of purpose and direction.”
Guidance Counsellor for the school, Mr. Garland McDonald told JIS News that the event was a “resounding success” and the objectives were met.

Principal of Holland High School in Trelawny, Pauleen Reid (right), is being briefed by Guidance Counsellor, Colleen Wiggan (left), before the start of a recent career day event for grades nine and 10 students. Colleague counsellor Garland McDonald is at centre.

“The objective behind the event is to make the connection between school and career. As I look through the activities that went on today, I recognise that this was achieved. Students are now seeing that the Mathematics, Social Studies and the English Language and other subjects are not being done in isolation, but they were focusing them towards particular areas. Career Day truly presented students with available career options,” he stated.
Mrs. Reid in the meantime, told JIS News that the institution, which has a student population of 1,084 and a staff complement of 46, has been holding its own.
“We have had students, who have certainly excelled, and we can boast right now that we have three of our students, who are going into their final year at the University of the West Indies in the Social Sciences Faculty,” she stated.
She boasted further that “for our first batch of school leavers, no student left us not being able to read, notwithstanding that when they came in we had some 66 and two thirds per cent of those students reading below the grade five level.”