Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Ronald Jones, inspects the construction of the Blackman and Gollop Primary School in March 2011. (FP)

Two schools which threw open their doors to students for the first time this academic year, 2011-2012, will officially be opened this week by Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Ronald Jones.

They are the Blackman and Gollop Primary School in Edgerton, Christ Church and the Maria Holder Nursery School, near Sharon School, in St. Thomas. The former will be opened on Wednesday, September 28, at 10:00 a.m. and the latter on Friday, September 30, at 9:30 a.m.

The Blackman and Gollop Primary School is an amalgamation of the South District and St. David’s Primary Schools. ??It is named in memory of two outstanding teachers – Wilfred Blackman, a headmaster at the St. David’s Primary School for some 42 years, and Sir Clyde Gollop, one of its teachers and a well known community activist and family planner.?? It has a roll of 380 students and its principal is Miss Joslyn Brewster.

The Maria Holder Nursery School, which represents part of the Ministry’s initiative for early childhood education, was funded by the Maria Holder Memorial Trust at a cost of some $1.5 million. The school has the capacity to accommodate 120 students in the three to four-year age group and its principal is Mrs. Shelley Boyce.

Minister Jones will address and tour the facilities with senior officials in his Ministry; contractors and relatives of the persons in whose honour the schools are named.?? Relatives are also expected to address the ceremony.


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