Fair Hall Government School launches website
October 14, 2011
Fair Hall Government School launches website

Persons wishing to learn more about the Fair Hall Government School can now do so via the World Wide Web.{{more}}

The Fair Hall Government School has created history, being the first primary school in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to launch its website, www.fairhallschool.com. The website was launched during a ceremony on Monday, October 10, 2011, at the school.

Headteacher of the school Sherron Peters, making remarks, stated that the idea of establishing a website came about since 2009, during a discussion with Information Technology specialist at the school, Donette Ferdinand.

Despite this, Peters said plans to establish the website did not start until 2010 when they received assistance from Peace Corps Volunteer Stephen Chaisson.

Stating that the website is a work in progress, Peters added that it was created for two reasons, one of which is to provide information about the Fair Hall Government School. “We want everyone to know that we are alive and well…We want everyone to know what is going on here,” Peters stated.

In addition, Peters stated that the school hopes to use the website as a medium for enhancing students’ learning.

Speaking on behalf of Minister of Housing and the Parliamentary Representative for the area Clayton Burgin, Permanent Secretary in that ministry Luis deShong stated that the website is “a bold step towards making the Fair Hall Government School more accessible to the entire population, providing a positive online presence where they can all be involved, informed and educated.”

Addressing the Headteacher and teachers, deShong encouraged them to use the site to address the many and varied issues faced today in Education, such as violence in schools, drop out rates and underachievement, inter alia.

He also encouraged the teachers to use the website as a forum in which they can dialogue with other members of the teaching profession to address instructional delivery issues, the management of student behaviour, among others issues.

“Creativity is the key here, Madame Headteacher and staff. You must all see this website as a veritable opportunity for you to realize further personal and professional growth and development,” deShong said.

Chief Education Officer Lou-anne Gilchrist told the students that their Netbooks will come in handy when using the website, adding that any information can be shared with other schools via the website. Gilchrist also congratulated the school on the launch of their new website.

Giving a brief tour of the website, web designer Stephen Chaisson stated that some features of the site include an email address for each grade from grade k to grade six. The website also allows students to receive homework assignments online, while parents can also track their children’s attendance record and lunch menus, among other things.(OS)