Officials taken on tour of new school
(CNS): Clifton Hunter High School students showed off their new school to the members of the Legislative Assembly and senior government officials recently, when the Ministry of Education arranged tours to allow the visitors to see the school and experience the brand new facility that has caused so much controversy. Although no official opening of the state-of-the-art school has yet taken place, the students, who, according to the principal, love their new school, began attending the newly completed facility at the beginning of this academic year. According to a release from the education ministry, the official opening is scheduled for November.
In the meantime, those who visited on 21 September and 3 October were able to experience what the school’s principal has described as some of the “wow” factors at the facility. Pauline Beckford explained that students have described the school, with its great sports facilities, landscape and “pod” chairs (pictured above), as "extraordinary", as well as a new opportunity to excel.
Education Minister Rolston Anglin said it was important to share the experience of the new campus with his elected colleagues as well as the governor and other officials.
“My ministry worked exceptionally hard to complete the school over the past three years,” he said. “There were some very challenging times but we persevered. I am delighted that we were able to deliver this school for the start of the school year, and can now celebrate the fact that such incredible facilities are now available for our children and community to enjoy. Our next mission will be the completion of a new John Gray Campus,” he added, despite the ceaseless criticisms that have been made of the two new high school projects by the minister and other members of the UDP government.
Since coming to office, the current administration has used the cost of the high schools to attack the previous PPM government, and efforts were made by the current minister to change elements of the original design of the modern facilities, which were started by Anglin’s predecessor, Alden McLaughlin.
Joining the officials on these visits, Anglin said the principal of the new school was on the way to setting the high standards and expectations.
“Our job is to transform these wonderful facilities into a welcoming, caring and stimulating learning environment, with highly-skilled and passionate teachers,” he said, as he thanked the premier and his colleagues for their support to deliver Clifton Hunter, even in these very difficult economic times.
With the students now getting down to the business of learning at their new campus, Beckford said that during the first week of school the main focus was to establish a positive behaviour code and for the teachers to support the students with the orientation process.
She said the main goals for the school were instilling a positive attitude to learning and behaviour, for students to feel proud of their school and uniform, and to embed consistency in everything they do. The principal also pointed to the drive to improve on literacy and numeracy at both key stages, to involve the community through a vibrant PTA and to be a reflective community of learners striving to improve.
She also said she is looking forward to working with the ministry to develop Clifton Hunter High School as a centre of excellence for the performing arts, which would support students in all government schools, as the students are very talented and she said there was a commitment to ensure that every child succeeds to the best of their ability.
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