Registration is now on for persons interested in applying to the Garrison Evening Academy at the Graydon Sealy Secondary School, Garrison Historic Site, St. Michael.

The academy offers courses leading to the CSEC and CAPE examinations of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).

CSEC courses include English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Spanish, Geography, Chemistry, Food & Nutrition, Physics and Economics. Those offered for CAPE are Management of Business, Economics, Accounts, Sociology, Caribbean Studies, Literatures in English and Environmental Studies.

Prospective students may also choose from among the general areas of cosmetology, lingerie making, flower arranging, sign language, basic cookery; cake and pastry making; customer service skills and event planning.

While the deadline for registration is August 30, there will be a late registration period from September 2 to 13.

All classes start on Monday, September 16.

For further information, persons may contact Candice Richards at 228-7905 or 250-7737. They may also e-mail


Dancers who have participated in Community Dance Fest for more than five years will now compete in the recently introduced Master???s category.

Chief Community Development Officer in the Community Development Department (CDD), Sandra Greenidge, made this announcement recently at the launch of Community Dance Fest 2013 – 2014, at the Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael.

Ms. Greenidge explained that there were a number of groups which had been involved in the annual event for several years, who were not yet ready to ???move on???, and who they were ???not ready to let go???.

She pointed out that with the introduction of the new category, younger groups would have no reason to be intimidated by the seasoned dancers, as they would not be judged together.

Emphasising that ???the competition seeks the involvement of all young people???, the CDD Chief has extended an invitation to all dance groups. ???We have had a significant number of groups performing street dance???but we want to embrace all genres,??? she stated.

Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Department of Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Ernesta Drakes, spoke about the large number of spectators who attended the event, and how it had grown.

???The event which commenced as Community Indepen-dance seven years ago has attracted increased patronage and popularity during its existence??? The Community Dance Fest Finals normally exceed 7000 persons,??? she said.

Ms. Drakes noted that as a result of the rapid growth of the ???festival???, the Ministry, in association with members of the private sector and civil society, would ???establish a mechanism to monitor the performance and the progress of each participant???to assist these participants to reach their goals.???

She also appealed to local businesses to give their support to the venture, and urged them to view participation in Community Dance Fest as a ???civic and corporate responsibility to safeguard???the youth???.

???The advertising reach across all social strata is phenomenal, especially amongst the youth. It therefore provides an ideal platform for owners of boutiques, barber shops, clothing stores, cellular phone providers, retail stores and shoe stores, to come on board and be associated with an event which seeks in a wholesome way to expose indigenous talent,??? the Permanent Secretary maintained.

Community Dance Fest 2013 – 2014 will get under way with the Preliminaries which will run from September 26 to 29. The Zone Finals will then take place from November 21 to 25, and the Finals, which will once again be staged at Kensington Oval, will take place on January 21, 2014.


The St. John Constituency Council is inviting all residents to a public discussion on Friday, August 9, at the Unity Wesleyan Holiness Church, Edgecliff, St. John, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Disaster Preparedness will be the focus of the meeting, which is being held in collaboration with the St. John District Emergency Organisation. Residents will also hear about how they could come together as a community to prepare, endure and recover from a disaster.


Parents and guardians of students of the Graydon Sealy Secondary School, who did not collect text books on the days previously allocated, should do so this Friday, August 2.

The collection time will be from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Students should be accompanied by their parents or guardians who will be required to sign for the books. In cases where this is not possible, an adult over the age of 18, who has the parent or guardian???s permission, should accompany the student.

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