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Jamaica College beat St Mary’s College

Jamaica College’s Schools’ Challenge Quiz team.

MATCH 13 of the 50th season of Television Jamaica’s Schools’ Challenge Quiz featured number 15-seed St Mary’s College from St Catherine going up against number 29-seed Jamaica College (JC) from St Andrew. St Mary’s College won the toss and decided to go first.

The Opening Challenge of the match ended with Jamaica College leading by one point at four points to St Mary’s College’s three points. Queries made during the break, pushed JC one point higher to five for a question that was thought to be incorrect, but later accepted by the judges. St Mary’s College remained on three points... read more

Wolmer’s Boys’ vs Maggotty High

Members of Maggotty High School quiz team in action against Wolmer’s Boys’ School on January 17. Team members (from left): Kimberly Robinson, Luanor Swaby, Tiana Smith, and Shantoy Campbell.

Number eight seed Wolmer’s Boys’ from Kingston were probably the favorite going into the match, but number 57-seed Maggotty High was a formidable foe and kept Wolmer’s on their heels from the beginning of the match.

Before the match started, the ladies of Maggotty High School were bubbly and cheerful, and their coach Ryan Brown helped, as he was the team’s cheerleader, creating a relaxing atmosphere for the team. The young men of Wolmer’s Boys’ School were the total opposite, as they sat quietly and were focused on the task at hand.

The Opening Challenge saw both teams... read more

Holy Childhood High takes match 2

Match two winners Holy Childhood High School.

Match two of the 2019 season of TVJ’s Schools’ Challenge Quiz went to Holy Childhood High School, who won with 25 points, while Excelsior went home after gaining only nine points.

The match started with the ‘Opening Challenge’, where questions to each team were alternated. Excelsior won the toss but allowed Holy Childhood to go first. Holy Childhood took the lead and seemed very confident, while Excelsior did not seem ready for the match. The round ended on 9-5, with Holy Childhood leading.

For the ‘Speed Challenge’, however, Excelsior High almost closed the gap, but Holy... read more

Titchfield beat Enid Bennett in first match of SCQ 2019

Members of the Titchfield High School team.

The first match in the 50th season of TVJ’s Schools’ Challenge Quiz saw the number-one seeded Titchfield High School moving on to the second round of the competition after beating 64th-seeded Enid Bennett High School, scoring 41 to 25.

The evening started with the ‘Opening Challenge’, where questions were asked alternately to each team. Enid Bennett won the toss and decided to face the first question of the match. At the end of the first segment, both teams seemed evenly matched as the first challenge had both teams neck and neck on 10 points.

The ‘Speed Challenge’ followed,... read more


St Bess school placed first in Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurship Programme

Waste management in St Elizabeth has deteriorated because local authorities are running out of space and resources to manage waste. This is how students from St Elizabeth described the reason for their product development.

Rs Crafters, a grade-nine student run company, was one of 41 high school companies which completed the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurship Program last... read more

Home of the RESILIENT

Sitting on top a hill in Spaulding, Clarendon, is a high school that many have deemed an underdog for years. However, Spalding High School has proven itself to be a force to be reckoned with, particularly in the areas of sport, innovation, vocational training and even academics.


On January 8, 1973, Spalding Junior Secondary School opened its doors to students under the leadership of Caswell Burton, who was seconded from Bellefield Secondary School. At the time, the school catered for students 12-15 years in grades seven to nine. In 1975,... read more

Alpha persues 'Excellence'

Members of the CMA Dance Troupe.

The Convent of Mercy Academy’s Season of Excellence started with a bang on November 7, as students, parents, teachers and well-wishers gathered to celebrate the achievements of the ladies of the academy under the theme ‘In Pursuit of Excellence’. The ladies of the academy sat, expectantly awaiting their awards, in the ambience of the beautifully decorated McAuley Hall. In attendance were the Central Kingston Member of Parliament and Opposition Spokesman on Education Ronald Thwaites, and his wife, Marcia Thwaites – an Alpha alumni; the Archbishop of Kingston, His Grace the Most Reverend... read more

Social enterprise takes over MoBay

Elizabeth Goodleigh had students from Charlie Smith High fascinated by the fact that 360Recycle is using waste to create beautiful works of art and even playgrounds.

Scores of students and teachers converged on the Montego Bay Convention Centre recently to celebrate Global Social Enterprise Day 2018. The event, put on by the British Council, was a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and a strategic activity for their multiyear Social Enterprise in Secondary Schools Programme, a partnership with Victoria Mutual Foundation Limited, with the support of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MoEYI).

Participating in the proceedings were 13 of the 14 schools which are now a part of the programme – St Elizabeth Technical, Montego Bay,... read more

JC recognises top performers at awards ceremony

Lower school awardees.

Weeks ago, Jamaica College celebrated its annual Achievement Day under the theme ‘Striving for Excellence’. Students and parents filled the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium in anticipation of what their schoolmates and child/children had accomplished during the last academic year.

“This year, we wanted to recognise the high-achieving college men in all areas of school life, not just academics, but other socially impactful areas. At the end of the day, we want the ceremony to inspire all the boys to do their best,” said principal Wayne Robinson.

The event commenced with the entry... read more

Rev Swaby would be proud

A photo of Iona’s founders, the Reverend Herbert Swaby and his wife, Gwendoline.


When presbyterian Minister the Reverend Herbert Swaby and his wife, Gwendoline, founded Iona High and Prep schools in Tower Isle, St Mary, in 1949, the vision was to establish a nurturing environment mainly for boys. In January 2019, when celebrations begin for the school’s 70th anniversary, the administration will no doubt look back and see how far the instution has come – from four students at the start, to 840 currently on roll .

“Reverend Swaby would have been proud,” suggested... read more


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