WINDSOR CASTLE ALL AGE SCHOOL CELEBRATES NEW ENRICHMENT ROOM
Resource Centre converted into the Enrichment Centre Initiative
Kingston, Jamaica – 06 May 2010: The Windsor Castle All Age School, in Portland, proudly opened the newly converted Resource Centre and welcomed the Dorothy Richards Enrichment Centre on May 6, 2010. Refurbished and equipped by Digicel Foundation, the school and community are happy that their students and children will benefit from the new Enrichment Centre. “We are elated to know that Digicel so quickly came onboard to give their 100% and we intend to use it to the utmost development of our students,” stated Mr. Colquhoun Harvey, Principal of the Windsor Castle All Age School.
“Digicel Foundation is always on the look-out for those projects that have enthusiastic support and drivers behind them. The team at Windsor Castle is really excited and ready to work with those students that they have found it challenging to get on stream,” commented Major General Robert Neish, Executive Director of Digicel Foundation. “
“The previous Resource Centre served a large population of students who were reading below their grade levels; 50% below grade, 35% at grade level and 15% above grade level,” explained Principal Harvey. “Windsor Castle All Age School is a major receiving school for low-performing students and so we quickly realized that the number of students, utilizing the Centre, had doubled in a short period of time. We quickly sought to address this need for more direct-focus equipment and interactive software, to tackle the problem and accommodate the increase,” he said. The Windsor Castle All Age School is a shift system school catering to 520 students, in a co-ed form. The school received assistance from a funding organization to convert a classroom into a Resource Centre as well as equip it. In addition to catering to the various cohorts of students, the Centre is used to train teachers from other schools such as Mount Pleasant All Age, Long Road All Age, Devon Pen All Age, Epsom All Age, Jobs Hill All Age and neighbouring community members and others.
The teachers, assigned to the room, do a pull-out programme, as per the Enrichment Centre Initiative.
There are two teachers assigned to the Centre full-time. They conduct on-going assessment and monitoring which keeps track of the students’ improvement rates. There is also a Reading Coordinator who keeps a detailed record of each student.
The Centre is also used for workshops by the Ministry of Education, in training of teachers in literacy, numeracy and technology.