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Classes for ESHS students begin in Pasea Estate

- Children being housed @ Old Clarence Thomas Ltd building; Shift system implemented
Students of the Elmore Stoutt High School are being housed at the Old Clarence Thomas Ltd Building in Pasea Estate, Tortola. Photo: VINO
PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI - The Old Clarence Thomas building located in Pasea Estate is the new home for the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), which began operations yesterday October 9, 2017 for grades 10-12 students.

ESHS, along with other schools, will operate under a shift system. The morning shift will run from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM while the evening shift will run from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

According to Connie E. George, Acting Chief Education Officer, "We started working on how to get our students back into a formal classroom setting and into school," said Ms George during a radio programme, Sparks Plug, on ZBVI 780 AM, adding that there were some challenges to meet deadlines but they were determined.

Ms George commented that the department set some benchmarks in order to allow them to meet certain deadlines.

The Acting Chief Education Officer stated that the education team is "open to run the entire programme" that they would have normally done.

Lunch break

During the shift system, the lunch hour will be placed at the end of the first shift and the beginning of the second shift, according to the Acting Chief Education Officer.

"The lunch for the morning shift will be at 12:00 PM and the lunch hour for the evening shift will be at 12:30 PM."

She further explained that the music programme will be implemented at a later date due to damages of the instruments, while all other subjects will be in the curriculum.

Classroom teaching will now be forty minutes instead of the regular one hour.

Holiday breaks

Ms George expressed that hoilday breaks will not be as regular breaks.

For example, "Christmas break would have normally been three weeks but now it will only be one week."

She noted that the first term will end in February while the second term will end in May. Additionally, the school year will end on July 27.

It is unclear at this time what is the number of children enrolled at the school and the amount of staff as Principal Ms Sandy M. Underhill declined a comment to this news site.

Students located in Virgin Gorda, from grades seven to twelve, started school on Thursday October 5, 2017 at the Bregado Flax Educational Centre-Primary Division.

5 Responses to “Classes for ESHS students begin in Pasea Estate”

  • school children (10/10/2017, 10:34) Like (11) Dislike (23) Reply
    Look how much that wasted $1.6m wall money could have done for our education and proper accommodation
    • @ School Children (11/10/2017, 04:47) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Heard the files on the wall are missing so I guess no jail time!
  • Effort (10/10/2017, 12:09) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
    Trying something is better than sitting down running up our mouths and doing nothing at all.
  • wize up (10/10/2017, 13:25) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    one the NDP looks out for their own
  • school children say (11/10/2017, 19:38) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    She don't want to talk to VINO cause they twists everything she say... She's on top of the world she built a school in how many days ayo say... lol

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