The 232-year-old Alleyne School is the newest secondary school to get a sixth form.
Today, Minister of Education Ronald Jones led a team of officials for the installation of 20 students, including eight boys and 12 girls, into sixth form at the St Andrew-based learning institution.
A beaming Jones hailed the development saying “this is complementary work in education.
“This is giving our young people the opportunity to step forward and to be counted in a real way.”
He also urged the school’s authorities to “let [the students] exhibit their excellence, the quality of their scholarship, their ability to be leaders in our society, leaders in our school and leaders in our community.
“They can say to the world they have been there, we have done that and we will continue. We will continue into tertiary education having the benefit of good scholarship at the Alleyne School,” Jones added.
In her address, Principal Julia Beckles told the gathering that the mandate of the Alleyne School had changed, adding that with the addition of the sixth form there was now heightened expectations for the Alleyne School.
“As a new entrant into the market with little or no time to sell a programme, we stepped out in faith. Alleyne purchased 20 tablet chairs for our lecture theatre, the intended base for the sixth form. Questions were many; questions were asked about whether we had any idea how many students would choose Alleyne School or if anybody would choose Alleyne School. Truth be told we had no idea, but we believed in the strength of the Alleyne brand and of course in God Almighty.
“We did a lot of praying that we would have enough students to begin.”
However, chairperson of the school’s Board of Management Reverend Joycelyn Ramsay urged the sixth formers to get ready for the best two years of their lives.
“I want to give to you a word of encouragement written by the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. These words say, ‘without ambition one starts nothing; without work one finishes nothing; the prize will not be sent to you, you have to win it’.”