GSAT is finished!

GsatThe emotions on their faces suddenly transformed into brilliant smiles, as they breathed a sigh of relief, on leaving their classrooms at Vaz Preparatory School, Kingston, on the second day of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) last Friday. The Vaz students are among the almost 48,200 who can now rest easier after sitting the examinations.

"I feel relaxed because I know that it is finally over," Tasian Tuitt, told The Gleaner as he stepped out of the examination centre. Tuitt said in preparing for the GSAT he had put aside some of the activities he enjoyed.

"I am going have fun with my brother and I will be watching more TV," the 11-year-old said with a broad smile.

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Jaheel Hyde, Youth Olympic 110m hurdles champ

Jaheel Hyde 2Jaheel Hyde opened another chapter in his already impressive career by claiming the Youth Olympic 110 metre hurdles title in Nanjing, China, in record fashion.

The Wolmerian significantly improved the world record of 13.12, as he sped to 12. 96 seconds to claim gold.

Hyde has won gold medals at the World Junior and World Youth championships in the 110 and 400 metre hurdles respectively, but he says this achievement sits atop the pile.

Martin Manley also added the Olympic title to his World Youth crown after posting 46.31 seconds to win the 400 metres on Friday night.

Janelle Fullerton captured the "B" final of the women's discuss with a throw of 43.36 metres.

First outing for new dance troupe memorable

Vaz Prep Dance TroupeIt was a show of colours, vibrancy and, for the most part, clinical executions by the young talents, representing Vaz Preparatory School, situated on Dunoon Road, Kingston. However, to have shared in the 60th anniversary land mark event, the school's launch of its dance troupe, students, parents and well-wishers had to make their way to the Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue. And they were not disappointed.

Embolden by its achievements in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival of the Performing Arts - Dance, the school, under the guidance of choreographer Charmaine Blake, launched its dance troupe with two shows, on Saturday and Sunday.

Tackling the Challenges of Running a School

bisnottEven as a little girl, Karlene Bisnott knew that she was meant for the classroom, and now she is living her dream as principal of Vaz Preparatory School, her former alma mater. This makes it even more fulfilling. To mark Teachers' Day, Flair sat with the principal for her reflections.

Growing up in Kingston, Bisnott was surrounded by family members who were educators so it was only fitting that she followed in their footsteps. After attending St Hugh's High School she studied chemistry at the University of the West Indies (UWI) so she could help mould the minds of future scientists. After university, she taught chemistry for seven years at her former high school. Then, in 1996, she moved on to Vaz Prep as a science teacher for grades four to six. Five years later, she became vice-principal and assumed the top job seven years later.

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Kingston 2
Jamaica, W.I.

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