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The Golden Grove Primary and Infant School is situated in the community of Golden Grove, but in a quiet location away from the noise on the street. Golden Grove is a small rural town. It is to be found in the parish of St. Thomas, which is in the Eastern part of the beautiful island of Jamaica. Golden Grove Primary and Infant School is twenty-four kilometres from Morant Bay, the parish capital. Its strategic position allows it to serve many neighbouring communities.
The school was established in 1886 and the original building is still in use. It is classified as a government leased school, since it is affiliated to the Anglican Church. This means that The Board Chairman is a representative of the Anglican Church. The school draws its population from the immediate and wider community. These include Golden Grove, Stokes Hall, Wheelerfield, Duckenfield, Dalvey, Barking Lodge, Johnson Mountain, Arcadia, Amity Hall, Long Road, Hector’s River and Manchioneal. This is so because the school has developed a reputation for excellence in academics. Much of this success is directly linked to the high level of cooperation that exists between the administrative and teaching staff.
The school has twenty one (21) members of staff (including a Guidance Counsellor). Golden Grove Primary and Infant school also has a Clerical Assistant, a part time janitor, three (3) permanent watchmen and three (3) relief watchmen. There are four hundred and fifty (450) and the ages range from three years and eight months to twelve years old. Most of the children are from a low socio-economic background. Average attendance on a daily basis is approximately 85%.
The school is divided into sixteen classes. Structures have been created over the years to accommodate the increasing numbers of students. Container type structures are erected through kind donation of faithful and very supportive members of the business community. The buildings erected, house approximately five classes, a guidance counsellor’s office and a mini sick bay. Some classes have individual rooms while others are dormitory type where classes are separated by chalkboard. The classrooms are always buzzing with activity, very attractive, well organized and student friendly.
Students are involved in the day to day school life. They enjoy the warmth classroom atmosphere and are active participants in various projects in and around the school. These include the annual Educational Tour, field trips, quizzes, Environmental Competition where the school has shone brilliantly, Education Week Activities, Children’s Day Activities, Black History Month, Heritage Week Activities and the Annual Graduation Exercises. The children also participate in the JCDC National Festival of the Performing Arts, Sports Meet, and 4-H Achievement Day among others. Parents value and appreciate the work of the teachers and are pleased with the school’s performance and the achievement of the children.
The varied activities provided by this institution have made us a landmark. There is an activity in place for each child as it is our vision and mission to cater to the total development of the children entrusted in our care.