Careers & Education

O'Meally-Nelson blames MPs for politics in school boardrooms

Dr Blossom O'Meally-Nelson (left), former pro-chancellor of the
University of Technology and educational development
consultant, makes a point to school board members during a
workshop recently for board members and chairpersons of five
rural schools participating in the JN Foundation's iLead
educational leadership programme. Listening is Rose Furtado,
board member of Buff Bay Primary School in Portland.

DR Blossom O'Meally-Nelson, a former pro-chancellor of the University of Technology and educational development consultant, has warned members of school boards not to allow political loyalties or other partisan alliances to colour their decisions and operation. Dr O'Meally-Nelson, who is also a for ... Read More

Shantayaé Grant, speaking at the launch of Purity’s breast
cancer awareness month campaign earlier this month. Shantayaé Grant to be UWI valedictorian
SHANTAYAÉ Grant, Jamaica Observer teenAGE writer, has been selected as a valedictorian for th ... Read More

Kisha-Ann Brown, manufacturing excellence and brand technical manager at Red Stripe. Kisha-Ann Brown - A career in manufacturing
AN improvement in Jamaica's gross domestic product depends heavily on the sustainability of our manu ... Read More

These girls enjoy a round
of hoola hoop during
their PE class. St Aloysius shines
ST Aloysius Primary has been blazing a trail of excellence, quietly embodying The Franciscan Sisters ... Read More

Get to work!

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Career & Education reporter | Sunday, October 26, 2014    

REGARDLESS of the industry you work in, communication is a key business skill. However, at times you may forget that you're in a professional environment and become too familiar with your work colleagues. It's OK to spend a bit of time catching up in the mornings, but you have to strike a balance between conversations that promote productivity and those that are meant to help you relax. Below, Isla Duverney CEO, and Lorna McDonald, consultant at Cari-Code, an organisational development company, ... Read More

Heritage Education honours early childhood teachers

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

Recipients of 2013 Heritage International awards Dorette Clarke (3rd left); Panceta Walker (4th
left) and Alecia Sawyers (2nd right), with Jason Maguire (right), president and CEO, Heritage;
Lyndie Headley, agency director, Jamaica, and Therese Turner Jones, country representative,
Inter-American Development Bank.

THREE early childhood education teachers have been honoured by Heritage Education Funds International for their outstanding contribution to the sector. The recipients of the 2013 Heritage International excellence awards for teaching in early childhood education are Alecia Sawyers, Vaz Preparatory; Dorette Clarke, Black River Primary & Infant; and Panceta Patrice Walker, St Aloysius Primary. The Canada-based Heritage Education Funds International, through its agency in Jamaica, has since 1 ... Read More

Sports scholarship to benefit Tivoli students

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

Popeye Whittingham

FOR Popeye Whittingham, giving back has been a constant dream of his, but the means to do it had proved elusive for a while. Now he is managing to give back in a meaningful way, starting with his old school, Tivoli Gardens Comprehensive High. The initiative — the Popeye CG Whittingham Scholarship Fund — was created through his alliance and close working relationship with Inspector Joan Benjamin, head coach of the Jamaica Police Netball Club. The first recipient is grade nine studen ... Read More

Why birds matter

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

Taejon Powell (right) and Christopher Gordon, grade four students at Trafalgar Christian Preparatory School, complete Nature Detective forms in a tree while looking for bird nests and insects recently as part of the activities to mark International Migratory Bird Day on October 11. The activities included a presentation on 'Why birds matter, and was co-ordinated by National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). Demario Gordon zooms in on birds in a tree while his classmate Geordan Reid ... Read More

PHOTO: Energy talk

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

Tamayo Hutton (right), student in the executive MBA programme at the Arthur Lok Jak Graduate School of Business located on the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies, chats with Dr Warren Smith, president of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), following Dr Smith's presentation, "Enabling conditions for using renewable energy in the Caribbean" at the VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum held in Trinidad on October 9. Hutton attended the conference as a guest of the CDB in keepi ... Read More

How to turn your passion into a business

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

THERE'S a popular Confucius saying: "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life", that chef Brian Lumley left with a group of University of the West Indies students at their recent Entrepreneur Builder club meeting. According to Lumley, following your passion isn't easy, but you have to be willing to ride through your storm. "Anything worth achieving isn't easy. You will lose friends, sometimes family, and possibly a lot of money. They might discourage your actio ... Read More

Here's how you use it

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

Here's how you use it

General Manager of Digicel Business Jason Corrigan gives Latoya Jones some tips for using her tablet during the handover of 250 tablets at the Sam Sharpe Teachers' College in Montego Bay on October 15. Digicel Business, one of the four approved tablet suppliers for E-Learning Jamaica's Tablets in Schools Pilot project, handed over the tablets during a special function held at the school. Here's how you use it --> Read More

PHOTO: Donald Quarrie tech

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

Donald Quarrie tech

Akela Lawrence and Kevin Gordon, head girl and head boy at Donald Quarrie High School, are delighted as they test features on one of several new computers handed over as a part of a Jamaica Private Power Company(JPPC) library handover on October 2. Looking on from left are Petrena Watson, JPPC's human resources manager; Maxine Lawrence, vice principal and Dr Grace McLean, chief education officer in the Ministry of Education. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Donald Quarrie tech --> Read More

From the dance floor to the canvas

Sunday, October 19, 2014    

Scion Derby breaks out in a B-Boy
storm on the pool deck at Sandals
Montego Bay.

HAND stands, head stands, back flips, glides and hat tricks are what Scion Derby does best, ruling the dance floor at weekly talent shows. The 24-year-old guest activities agent at Sandals Montego Bay created quite a stir at Sandals Resorts International's 2014 ENCORE Talent and Model Search competition recently, with a mind-boggling mix of break dancing, turf dancing and pop locking, which ultimately secured him the win in the competition's dance category, topping competitors from Sandals an ... Read More

Pembroke Hall Primary's success experiment

By KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Career & Education reporter | Sunday, October 19, 2014    

Verona Porteous Fletcher talks to a grade five class about their
music selection for an upcoming event.

IT has been 47 years since Pembroke Hall Primary School first opened its doors to students, and over the years the St Andrew institution has been living up to its motto, 'Only the best is good enough'. With some of its 1,157 students coming from as far as Linstead in St Catherine and Longville in Clarendon, it is the dedication of the 36 teachers on roll that is the recipe for success. "At the grade six level, the teachers set work for the students from the night before. Sometimes we leave sch ... Read More



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