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Discipline, faith and hard work

Gloria
Jack

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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The following is an edited version of the presentation made at Glowell Preparatory School's 2018 School Leaving Exercise on July 4, 2018:

It is said that true education can be defined as the harmonious development of all facilities — a full and adequate preparation for life. For every human being must face the practical realities of life; its opportunities, responsibilities, defeats and successes.

How these are met is dependent on the wisdom one gains from the education one receives. It is in the early years that the mind develops, a pattern of living is established, and character is formed.

This is the rationale for the founding of the Glowell Preparatory School. On September 6, 1996 the school was established, through the inspiration of the Almighty God, by Gloria Jack. This year we will complete our 22 years of existence as we embark on our 23rd year.

The year 2018 has been of particular significance for us. With so many memories made, it will remain indelibly printed in the annals of our school's history. The school year 2017-2018 proved to be quite a challenging one. But with God being the leader of the school, we have triumphed and will continue so to do. To God be the glory!

In September 2017 we vacated the premises we had leased and were fortunate to enter into an agreement to occupy the premises owned by the Apostolic Church of Jamaica. We must publicly say thanks to Rev Noel Howe, pastor and second national vice-president of that august body. We will be forever grateful!

This move gave us the opportunity to start in earnest the expansion of our school on our own property. I must likewise publicly say thanks for the tremendous support given by our parents, friends, and well-wishers of our school. Thanks for your gifts and prayers.

Thanks must also be given to the Sandals Foundation for visiting our school, giving gifts to teachers and students, and again hosting the teachers on Teachers' Day.

Mere thanks is inadequate to be said to our vibrant Parent-Teacher Association executive, headed by Francene Francis, and all our parents for always remembering us and showing their appreciation every chance that they get.

Now to the 'life-wood' of our business — our students and the education they receive. At Glowell, the meaning being God's Love Operating Within Each Little Life, we try our very best. Here, excellence must be seen as a habit as we strive to demonstrate our motto — Discipline, Faith and Hard Work.

The Christmas Term ended with our annual pre-Christmas concert, 'Rejoice, our Saviour is Born!' Students were able to showcase their talent as they recognised the birth of our Saviour.

For the first time, this year the democratic election of our head boy and head girl and their deputies was conducted. The Easter Term was eventful in its own way. With much concern about the last sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test and the introduction of the National Standards Curriculum along with the Primary Exit Profile, hard work was demonstrated by all. At Glowell the teachers showed the passion they have for their profession. Like the poet William Arthur Ward, we strive to instil the key to success to our students: “Believe while others are doubting, plan while others are playing, study while others are sleeping, decide while others are delaying, prepare while others are dreaming, begin while others are procrastinating, work while others are wishing, save while others are wasting, listen while others are talking, smile while others are frowning, commend while others are criticising, persist while others are quitting.” It is with this passion, and with our leader, God, that we exist.

In the month of March, 39,510 students sat GSAT islandwide, 11 were from Glowell. All 11 did well and were and have been placed at traditional high schools: Campion College, Wolmer's Boys', Wolmer's Girls', Immaculate Conception High, The Queen's School, Jamaica College, and St Hugh's High School for Girls. Of the 100 students islandwide who received awards from the Ministry of Education at the National Arena for their exemplary performance, four were from Glowell: Gianni Green, Reanu Edwards, Revina Watson, and Dayshawn Whyte. Of note, the three boys know no other school; they came here at three years old.

At Glowell, we strive for the holistic development of our students, and so in October 2017 our footballers did exceptionally well in the Jamaica Independent Schools Association football competition. Two of our students who used to play for Harbour View Under-15 squad went off to Italy for a week. They did Harbour View, Glowell and Jamaica proud. Nicholy Forbes, another footballer, stunned many by his style of play. Congratulations to our coach, Richard Roberts, the Sports Department, and our parents.

In the area of dance, we again won many national medals. Congratulations to teacher S Kerr and the parents. In track and field we gave our best at the National Stadium and the basic school students did exceptionally well after an unfortunately short period of training. They came 20th out of 86 participating schools.

In June, Fun Day was exciting thanks to the support of our parents and the coordinators

Teachers, G Myers in particular, accept the gratitude from the board, parents, and my own family. Thanks to every single parent and teacher. Now as we are on the threshold of our 23rd year, it is our desire that Glowell continues, by God's help, to go from strength to strength and be the “one stop” school that we all want it to be, and with God as our continued head our goals will be achieved.

To God be the glory, honour and praise! Parents, students and teachers, I salute you!

Gloria Jack is founder/principal of Glowell Preparatory School in Cedar Grove, Portmore, St Catherine.

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