John Rollins Success Elementary School Students Overcome Obstacles To Achieve Graduation Goal | New


Sunday afternoon saw a jubilant celebration from the John Rollins Success Primary School graduating class of 2022, as they honor their status as the first cohort of the St James-based school who have successfully completed the modality blended learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The graduating cohort of 118 students rejoiced in their honors at the school’s 18th annual graduation ceremony, held at the Montego Bay Convention Center in Rose Hall, St James, under the theme “Taking the Hybrid Approach: Facilitating 21st Century Learners”.

Principal Yvonne Miller-Wisdom praised the Department for Education and Youth and the efforts of Minister Fayval Williams for enabling her students to join the ranks of tech-focused 21st century academics.

“As we focus on the theme of graduation, it brings back memories of when hybrid and blended learning modalities were only tied to universities. However, since the onset of COVID-19 in Jamaica, we have experienced a paradigm shift, where hybrid and mixed modalities are now the norm for primary education, and today we have the first cohort of students who have completed three years of mixed and hybrid education .terms,” Miller-Wisdom said at the ceremony, referring to the need for online learning that has arisen due to the pandemic limiting in-person classes.

“Today, all stakeholders are thrilled because this 18th cohort of students are among the 21st century learners who can access and use the various information, communication and technology platforms and tools to enhance their learning experiences. learning,” she added.

In addition to their school leaving certificates, graduates have gained special recognition through the St James East Central Scholarship Fund established by MP Edmund Bartlett.

Of the 118 graduates, 30 students will be awarded through the fund later this month for academic excellence. Bartlett set the standard last July, when he announced $500,000 would be allocated to textbook support for the top 30 students who passed the 2021 primary exit profile at each of the 14 elementary schools in his constituency.

In her address to her fellow graduates, Class Major and Daughter-in-Chief Jehelianna Dobson thanked the students’ parents and teachers for supporting them in their pursuit of excellent academic performance.

“Allow me the privilege of thanking my mother and your parents for giving us the opportunity to be part of the John Rollins Success Primary School family. For many of us, it has never been easy to get to where we are today, celebrating this big milestone,” said young Jehelianna. “We were faced with the COVID pandemic, which would have slowed us down and caused many of us to fall behind. Although there were many breaks in the online platform, we did not give up, but continued to push ourselves with the help of our parents and teachers.

Meanwhile, Dominican Republic Ambassador Angie Shakira Martinez Tejera used her commencement speech to encourage graduates to make the most of their educational opportunities.

“Education is the most powerful instrument that can be used to change the world. A good education can change a whole life and a future,” said Martinez Tejera. “Don’t waste your time, but focus and enjoy learning. If you study, you are unstoppable.

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Norma A. Roth