TEACHERS from Glowell Preparatory in Portmore, St Catherine, are singing the praises of Sandals Ochi Beach Resort after a recent visit to the property during which the teachers got a chance to let their hair down and enjoy the vaunted Sandals hospitality
“We thoroughly enjoyed our tour at the property and the hospitality shown to us by the team at Sandals Ochi,” said Gillian Myers vice-principal and grade six teacher at the well-regarded school.
“Not only are the facilities kept in pristine conditions but the staff are so friendly and accommodating, as Jamaicans and teachers we are made to feel very special, so hats off to the management and staff,” said Myers.
Kevin Clarke, hotel manager at the resort, in welcoming the teachers, lauded them for the outstanding work they were doing in educating the nation’s children. “We cannot do enough to thank you,” Clarke said.
Recently, Ian Spencer, regional public relations manager based at Sandals Ochi, presented the school with much-needed supplies for students as a special devotion at the school, which also featured students displaying talent in song, dance and speech to the delight of the hotel staff, representatives of the school board, and members of the Parent Teachers’ Association.
Principal Gloria Jack, a retired educator who served as an education officer, started the school in 1996 with six students. Today it has more than 200 students on roll and 12 trained full-time teachers on staff, and has become a school of choice not only for children in neighbouring Portmore communities, but from Old Harbour and Spanish Town in St Catherine, and as far away as May Pen, Clarendon.
Jack said then that while the school seeks to ensure that children get a good education, what is of paramount importance is building holistic individuals with lasting values and good characteristics “who will become world changers”.
She thanked Sandals Resorts International for the gifts and for visiting the school in Cedar Grove and said she looked forward to a long and productive relationship with the respected hotel chain.
Francine Francis, the PTA president who has a daughter in Grade 4, praised the principal and Glowell for the solid education given to students as well as helping to shape their character. Francis, too, thanked Sandals for the visit and wished for a long partnership with Glowell.
Spencer congratulated the school for its success and growth over the years and praised Jack for her passion for education. He said he was happy to have formed a nice bond with the school and lauded it for the quality of its graduates who have gone on to excel in various professions.
Spencer was also impressed with the quality of cultural items performed at the special devotion.