St. Jude’s Primary School Needs Upgrading
St. Jude’s Primary School, situated in the inner-city community of Waltham Park Gardens in Kingston, has been a beacon of light for many years, as the educational institution produces some of the best students in academics, culturally and in sports.
However, today, the school, which opened its doors in 1963, needs to upgrade its infrastructure. Susanna Ainsworth, principal of St. Jude’s Primary, informed that the school’s infrastructure urgently needs a major overhaul.
“Corporate Jamaica and Jamaicans in the Diaspora, our most pressing need is that, the infrastructure needs to be upgraded. We need more classrooms, so that we can discontinue double classes; and, to create more space for a Reading Lab,” she related.
Mrs. Ainsworth also informed that, the school would benefit from a Resource Room; the upgrading of its bathroom facilities; as, at times, due to the limited cubicles, students fight to use the facility.
The principal has, therefore, invited Jamaicans to donate to the upgrading of the school via ISupportJamaica.com, the crowd funding website, powered by The Jamaica National Group.
Phillip Lindsay, operations officer, ISupportJamaica.com, at the JN Group, said that donating to the Pledge2Build Project, will greatly enhance the infrastructure of the St. Jude’s Primary School.
He informed that some US$864 was donated to the school on the platform; however, he indicated that the target is US$50,000. He also pointed out that, contributing to any initiative via the platform is simple and secure. Interested persons may donate by visiting the ISupport Jamaica.com platform, at www.isupportjamaica.com, click on the project; and then click the “Fund Project” button.
In addition, donations can be made via JN Live e-banking; by visiting a branch of any JN Bank or MoneyShop; and, through interbank transfers.
Despite these challenges, the educational institution continues to do well. In 2015, the school’s Grade Four Literacy average was 94%; and with a Numeracy average of 81%.
In 2013, St. Jude’s Primary School was the top awardee in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT); and the school continues to be one to be reckoned with.
Culturally, the school boasts the number one community marching band in the country. It’s students also excel in chess, athletics and music. Students benefit from some 22 extra-curricular activities, which cater to the overall development of its students.
In 2016, St. Jude’s qualified in round two of the 2016 Junior School Challenge Quiz; and, did exceptionally well in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) competitions, by wining numerous awards in the areas of dance, music and speech.