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Green Pond High School: Instilling the spirit of success

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Sheena Gayle, Youthlink Writer

The government-owned Green Pond High School in Montego Bay opened its doors on September 5, 2005, with 368 students in grades seven and nine. The initial intake has since doubled to a population of 1,200 students with the addition of grades 10, 11 and 12.

Under the stewardship of Michael Ellis, principal, and Iris Stoddart, vice-principal, the school has adopted the motto 'Success Nothing Less', and the administrators seek to direct students to achieve excellence in all their endeavours.

There are nine departments, including science, business, technical vocational studies, social studies, industrial arts, physical education, mathematics, language and sports, and the school is not short on achievements over the past seven years. Christopher Thompson has been awarded for best performance in western region in basketball, the cricketers are joint winners in the St James Cricket Competition and have qualified for the quarter-final of the ISSA Headley Cup rural competition, Lloyd Crawford placed first in the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica Poster Competition and Green Pond placed third overall in the high-school category of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica Science Competition.

In an effort to instil a spirit of success in the students, they are given attention, affection, affirmation and they feel appreciated and accepted. Students are also constantly reminded that they can do it, everything in the school is important, and that even if they give up on themselves the school will never give up them.

Through the support of the Mutual Building Societies Foundation Centres of Excellence Project, the school benefited tremendously in terms of institutional strengthening, capacity building and financial support. 

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