In moving from primary to secondary school, what is the guiding star for the eleven-plus winners? Surely, it could be respect.

At least this is the thinking of some practitioners in the criminal justice system, who are charting a "positive path" for the secondary level newcomers by involving them in 11+ Programme 2010, run by the National Task Force on Crime Prevention (NTFCP).

For 21 school days ending June 10, 2010, more than 1900 class four students who sat the exam from primary schools in St. Michael and Christ Church will benefit from the programme’s sensitisation module, In the winners’ circle: making the right choice.

Proven over the last three years, this training by community police officers, experts and volunteers exposes the students to issues that they may encounter in making the transition from primary to secondary school, and the positive ways in which to deal with them.

Lectures at the 30 schools will cover respect for law and authority highlighting certain crimes and drug prevention; and respect for self and family, focussing on self-esteem, personal and sexual health, and general deportment.

NTFCP Director Cheryl Willoughby and Magistrate Barbara Cooke-Alleyne will address students and teachers in the Christ Church Parish Church hall at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, May 19 to launch this year’s programme.??

It is but one important stepping stone in the preparation of primary school children for secondary school life.


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