The students of Parkinson Memorial School have been selected to participate in a pilot project in which the entire student body will be adopted by two corporate entities.
The project is a partnership between the Ministry of Education Technological and Vocational Training, Goddard Enterprise Group as well as Sign Depot and was launched this morning at the school.
Minister of Education Technological and Vocational Training Santia Bradshaw told students that they should be shining lights to emerge from the school.
“Many of you when you [came] to the institution would have heard all kinds of things about Parkinson School. Many of you may have made decisions that you did not want to come to the school, or in some cases you wanted to come… because you heard of the good work that is happening at this institution. I want to tell you today that the institution does not make you. You are the young men and women who are going to make this institution a shining light in this community and for this school,” she said.
Bradshaw, who is also the Parliamentary Representative for St Michael South East in which the Pine Road institution lies, urged the students to wear their uniform with pride as they are representatives of their school.
“So, I want to tell you that when you are wearing the uniform, you are a representative of this school. I do not want to see you on social media being captured doing wrong things. I want to know that the students of this school are proud when they are wearing their uniform; that they are proudly wearing it in such a way that they do good things only for this institution. So, as much as the school receives negative reports from people complaining about [it], we also know that there is good, there is positive in each and every young person and we have a responsibility to work with these various groups and corporate entities to get the best out of you,” she said.
She added that she wanted students to contribute to shaping the institution that they would like to see develop at the school. (LG)