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  • After 38 years of inactivity, the Westwood High School for Girls in Stewart Town, Trelawny will reopen its sixth form to students at the beginning of the new academic year in September.
  • This was disclosed by the President of the South Florida Chapter Westwood Old Girls’ Association (SFCWOGA), Donna Nicholson.
  • The news that the Ministry of Education has given approval for the resumption of classes was well received by those present.

After 38 years of inactivity, the Westwood High School for Girls in Stewart Town, Trelawny will reopen its sixth form to students at the beginning of the new academic year in September.

This was disclosed by the President of the South Florida Chapter Westwood Old Girls’ Association (SFCWOGA), Donna Nicholson, as she addressed the association’s second annual dinner and dance held recently at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale.

The news that the Ministry of Education has given approval for the resumption of classes was well received by those present.  “As an old students’ association, we are very happy about the resumption of the sixth form at our alma mater,” Ms. Nicholson said.

She said that with the resumption of the sixth form, students will have another option in the parish for post secondary study.

She stated that the funds raised at the dinner/dance, would provide additional scholarships and aid in the re-establishment of the sixth form.

President Nicholson said that since the launch of SFCWOGA in 2011, the body has achieved much success in providing needed amenities to the institution as well as scholarships totaling US$3,000 to three students.

She noted that Westwood has shaped the lives of many of Jamaica’s women, who have made significant contributions to their various communities both locally and overseas. “They have exemplified strong leadership skills and are pioneers in (various fields such as) medicine, law, journalism, politics, education and other professions. We owe a debt of gratitude to our alma mater which has prepared us for life,” she stated.

Westwood’s class of 1971 was recognized at the dinner, with former Editor-in-Chief  of the Gleaner Company, Wyvolyn Gager, receiving the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for being the only woman to hold that post at the paper, and for her unparalleled leadership in the field of journalism and contribution to her community.