Six in­ducted into ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pals’ league

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

SIX PRIN­CI­PALS who have demon­strated ex­em­plary lead­er­ship qual­i­ties have been cho­sen as the se­cond batch to be of­fi­cially in­ducted into the Na­tional Col­lege for Ed­u­ca­tional Lead­er­ship (NCEL) Ex­ec­u­tive Prin­ci­pals’ League (EPL).

They are prin­ci­pal of All­man Town Pri­mary, Kandi-Lee Alexan­dria Crooks-Smith; prin­ci­pal of Manch­ester High, Jas­ford Gabriel; prin­ci­pal of Ar­denne High, Na­dine Mol­loy; prin­ci­pal of Peters­field Pri­mary and In­fant, Su­san Rat­trayHam­mond; prin­ci­pal of York Cas­tle High, Ray­mon Trea­sure; and Prin­ci­pal of Bel­mont Academy, Rayon Simp­son.

The EPL is a ve­hi­cle through which its mem­bers will share best prac­tices and in­no­va­tive ideas while serv­ing as am­bas­sadors for the Col­lege. League mem­bers also pro­vide guid­ance to NCEL con­cern­ing its pro­grammes, so as to en­sure their con­tin­ued rel­e­vance to the lo­cal ed­u­ca­tional land­scape.

It serves as a cat­a­lyst for the ad­vance­ment of the Col­lege’s man­date, which is the de­vel­op­ment and sus­te­nance of ex­cel­lent lead­er­ship in the ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor and the strength­en­ing and pro­mul­ga­tion of na­tional morals and val­ues.

Speak­ing at the re­cent an­nounce­ment cer­e­mony, Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion Ruel Reid, en­cour­aged the prin­ci­pals to con­tinue mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact that will re­dound to the ben­e­fit of the sec­tor.

“The recog­ni­tion that you are get­ting is not a mon­e­tary recog­ni­tion; it’s a val­i­da­tion of your ex­cel­lence that money can’t even buy,” he said.


The min­is­ter re­minded the prin­ci­pals that much is ex­pected of them and en­cour­aged them to men­tor and in­spire the new prin­ci­pals.

“As lead­ers of this great league, we have to be trans­for­ma­tional lead­ers, but part of the greater mes­sage is that not only the ex­cel­lence that you have achieved must be­come a habit, but you have to in­fect the rest of the prin­ci­pals through­out the length the breath of Ja­maica,” he said.


Reid said although they may be faced with so­cial chal­lenges while car­ry­ing out the oper­a­tions at their var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions, they should re­main fo­cused in their pur­suit of great­ness.

The min­is­ter noted that the train­ing NCEL pro­vides will as­sist them in be­ing ef­fec­tive in hu­man re­source man­age­ment, fi­nan­cial man­age­ment and im­ple­ment­ing cur­ric­ula.

Re­spond­ing on be­half of the in­ductees, Prin­ci­pal Crook­sSmith said they were hum­bled and were hon­oured to serve.

“Through coach­ing and men­tor­ship, we will con­tinue to of­fer our sup­port and en­cour­age­ment to our col­leagues. We will in­ten­sify the cam­paign to re­spect and pro­tect our chil­dren,” she said.

Crooks-Smith noted that this is an­other av­enue for them to pool their knowl­edge, skills, re­sources and tal­ents to ac­ti­vate a re­gional and na­tional conversation on the sub­ject of lead­er­ship.

“My col­leagues and I will re­new our com­mit­ment to utilise ef­fec­tive tra­di­tional and al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tions to ad­dress our chal­lenges. In­deed, we will con­tinue to chal­lenge the norms that are non-pro­duc­tive,” she said.

The six prin­ci­pals were pre­sented with EPL em­bla­zoned blaz­ers and lapel pins.

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