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Principal's Message

From the Principal's Desk




Dear Jessie Ripoll Primary School Family,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year. This is our 44th anniversary. As a Sisters of Mercy-sponsored institution, we continue to be led by Mercy as we add value to staff, students, and parents and empower others to mirror the school's mission and the mandate of the Ministry of Education and Youth.

This school year, we believe that observing the theme: "Let your light shine" is only fitting as we seek to inspire, collaborate, and fellowship on our journey to oneness.

I extend heartfelt gratitude to our dedicated academic TEAM, who continuously prepares our students to consistently perform above the average of the National Assessment scores. In the last sitting of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), 95% of students were at the highest state of readiness for secondary school learning (Pathway 1).

Our hardworking non-teaching staff continues to ensure that the school plant is well kept and information is shared with stakeholders in a timely manner. Additionally, they are determined to facilitate proper nutrition and wellness practices.

We continue to collaborate with our stakeholders and celebrate their achievements:

   ● Aaron-St. John Waugh:
      2022-2023 PEP exam - Most Outstanding Male Performer in the country and recipient of the Guardian Group National Scholarship.

   ● (2022-2023)
      Mrs Antoinette Perkins-Chen and Mrs Alicia Palmer-Thomas Recipients - MoEY / Lasco Teacher Appreciation Award

   ● 2023 National Primary School Chess Champions

   ● Courtney Greaves:
      2022-2023) Global Poetry Foundation Competition winner: Most Outstanding Poet/Institution

This year, we are excited about building upon our successes academically and otherwise. We will continue to positively influence the community and the Quality Education Circle (QEC1) in Region 1, to which the school belongs.

During this school year, we will be focusing on the following:

   ● Improving student's critical thinking skills through increased exploration and discovery activities to expand learning;

   ● Improving systems of accountability using traditional and new approaches;

   ● Improving the aesthetical appeal of the School Plant by June 2024.

     (Reference: Principal's Action Plan 2023-2024).

Parents are encouraged to support our many different initiatives and endeavour to make us aware of areas that require improvement so that we maintain high standards.

I am sure that your support and partnership for the betterment of your child/children will propel you to make supervision and mentorship deliberate actions to gauge their progress.

As your principal, I look forward to strengthening and forging professional relationships that augur well for our school, which is indubitably critical in maintaining our position as Jamaica's premier primary educational institution.

Barack Obama (2015) reminds us: "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

Keep your flame alive...


O’neil Stevens
MoEY - Region 1, QEC 1 Chairman