Wolmerâ€™s Boysâ€™ School is a â€˜Blue Ocean Schoolâ€™ as we offer programmes that allow the young men to step into the future while manipulating the past. We are in the process of taking away the pain of monotony and difficulty in accessing jobs after high school by redefining education. We have combined what students already know with where the future is taking them and where they want to go. Wolmerâ€™s is ensuring that its young men are ready for the future; as such we have added the following courses to the regular programme at the Sixth Form level:
CAPE Logistics and Supply Chain, in association with the Caribbean Maritime University; the Private Pilot Course in association with the Caribbean Aviation Centre; Entrepreneurship and Tourism.
Wolmerâ€™s Boysâ€™ School provides secondary and pre-university programmes to young men between the ages of 12 and 18 years. From Grades 7 through to 13, our young men are exposed to a range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences and technical areas.
Read More: Pages 11 â€“ 12 of the handbook
Lower School: 1st to 3rd Forms
Promotion in the lower school level is dependent on the studentâ€™s attainment of at least 60% in a minimum of seven (7) subjects. At First Form students are expected to pass ALL their subjects, including Physical Education and Personal Development/HFLE.
Read More â€¦ page 13 of the handbook
Upper School: 4th â€“ 5th Forms
Matriculation to the Fourth Form requires a student to achieve passes in no less than seven (7) subjects in their Third Form end of year examinations.
At the Fourth Form level, students are required to undertake an eight subject programme; they are recommended for subjects based on performance, aptitude and attitude.
Read More â€¦ page 14 of the handbook
Criteria and Guidelines for Selection of Fourth Form Options
In order to be admitted to the Fourth Form all students must first satisfy the matriculation as well as the attitudinal and behavioural standards for promotion from Third Form.
Read More â€¦ pages 14 â€“ 15 of the handbook
Valedictory Service and School Leaving Certificate
The School Leaving Certificate, which is awarded at the annual Valedictory Service, affirms that a student has attended Wolmerâ€™s Boysâ€™ School and has met or exceeded the high standards of the institution in keeping with our heritage. The Valedictory Service comes at the end of the Fifth Form Year and is usually held on the last Sunday in June.
The student will qualify for the Valedictory Service and School Leaving Certificate based on his academic performance and conduct during his Fourth and Fifth Form years.
A student, during his 4th and 5th Form years shall:
- Maintain a minimum of 75% punctuality to school.
- Maintain a 90% attendance record to his scheduled classes and lateness or absence must be substantiated by a written excuse from a parent/guardian or authorized member of staff.
- Maintain a good to flawless record in relation to his deportment and attitude.
- Maintain a fairly good to flawless record in relation to the timely submission of ALL assignments during all terms of his 4th Form year and during the Christmas and Easter terms of his 5th Form year.
- Submit ALL his SBAs before or on the deadline established by the school and to the standard of completion established by the departments. Failure to do so will result in immediate exclusion from the Valedictory Service and receipt of the School Leaving Certificate.
- Maintain a fairly good to flawless record with respect to preparedness for classes. Failure to arrive at classes consistently on time, that is within 10 minutes of the start, and with the necessary implements for learning (textbook, pen, pencil, notebook, lab book, geometry set, calculators, T-Square, set squares etc.) will be a significant strike against the student.
- Maintain a fairly good to flawless attendance record to the weekly Form Time sessions. It is also to be noted that attendance at General Assembly, Year Group Assembly and House Meetings is compulsory.
- Maintain a fairly good to flawless attendance record to school functions/events, including the Blue Report Award Ceremony; Annual Prize Giving; Sports Day; among others.
A flawless record means 100% compliance
A fairly good record means 80% - 99% compliance
It is important to note that a student who enters Fourth Form on the Watch List would have already placed himself at a significant disadvantage in being able to qualify for the Valedictory Service and being awarded the School Leaving Certificate. This situation will be exacerbated if he continues on the Watch List into Fifth Form.
The graduation exercise at Wolmerâ€™s Boysâ€™ School comes at the end of the Fifth Form year; those Wolmerians who have met the criteria will be invited to share in the celebration.
Graduation is usually held in November on the Sunday after the Prize Giving Ceremony.
To qualify for the Graduation, the students should have:
- Completed the Fifth Form year at Wolmerâ€™s Boysâ€™ School.
- Attained at least seven (7) CSEC passes
- Qualified for the Valedictory Service
- Had no conflicts with the law or such other incident as would bring self or school into disrepute.
- Fulfilled ALL obligations to the school; and
- A fairly good to flawless disciplinary record.
The prospective Sixth Form student should have:
- Achieved a minimum of 6 CSEC passes at Grades I or II;
- Obtained a Grade I or II in the subjects he wishes to pursue at the Advanced level;
- Secured the relevant departmental entry qualifications or special approval from the Head of Department.
Some subjects may require passes in more than one subject; for example, Management of Business (MoB) requires a Grade I or II in Principles of Business along with a pass in Principles of Accounts.
- Demonstrated personal and social readiness in an interview prior to being accepted.
Read More: pages 17 â€“ 19 of the Handbook
STUDENT ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK
The studentsâ€™ performance will be categorized along the following lines: no participation; frustration; emerging; intermediate; partly competent; competent; and expert. The aim with these domains is to have a set of categories that is applicable at the level of the individual activity but also at the cumulative level; that is, whether it is the studentsâ€™ overall average for a term or the class average. So, a student may be categorized as â€˜partly competentâ€™ on one dimension of a rubric or at the end of a term, his average in a subject may locate him as â€˜partly competentâ€™. The overall termâ€™s average for a class may also locate the average performance in that class as â€˜partly competentâ€™.
Each domain will have a band of scores and a letter grade assigned. There is also an adequate descriptor that serves to benchmark performance within that band. One important feature is the â€˜0â€™ band that denotes â€˜no participationâ€™. This band or score is in place to record the instance in which a student has not presented any work or made any attempt at a task. And again, these bands will have application at the unit level in a rubric or at the cumulative level such as a studentâ€™s overall score on a task or at the end of a term.
Each domain and its associated band and letter grade will have a corresponding description that serves as a brief capture of what performance looks like within that category. And importantly, these descriptors will be customized at the level of each department in order to reflect the peculiarities of the disciplines and each subject area.
Read More â€¦ pages 20 â€“ 22 of the handbook
Paper-and-Pencil (PaP) Tests
The school administers periodic standardized examinations each term. These include (but are not limited to) the departmental and end of year examinations. Fifth Form students do a practice examination in November, and this is used to gauge their readiness for the CSEC examinations later in the school year.
Project work is also a critical element of our student assessment system. Students are required to work collaboratively and employ a range of learning skills and knowledge as they design and implement solutions to real world problems.
From time to time, students will be required to complete a graded task within the class session. Such tasks will form an important part of the overall termâ€™s score, so diligence in completing all class work should be emphasized.
Similar to class work, assignments that are to be done away from the class context are to be given diligent attention. Students should take every care to record all homework and to have them completed and submitted on time.
Calculating Overall Term Score
Read More â€¦ pages 23 â€“ 24 of the handbook
Internal Examinations Regulations
1. All students are required to be properly groomed and to attend an examination in full uniform.
- A student who is not properly groomed or is out of uniform WILL be required to make the necessary adjustments within the 30-minute window in order to be admitted to the examination room. No additional time will be provided to that student.
2. All students are expected to be in the examination room at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the examination.
- A student who arrives after the first 30 minutes of the start of the examination, without a valid excuse, WILL NOT be allowed to sit the paper.
3. Students should be encouraged and allowed to go to the bathroom before the examination papers have been distributed. Once the papers have been distributed, NO STUDENT is to be allowed out of the examination room unaccompanied.
Read More â€¦ pages 25 â€“ 27 of the handbook
Currently, the external examinations done by our students at the Fifth and Sixth Form levels are the CSEC and CAPE, administered by the regional Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). As an examinations centre, Wolmerâ€™s Boysâ€™ School is required to maintain the highest standards to ensure the integrity of the examinations. And we expect our students to participate in ensuring the integrity of this centre by careful observance of the examination guidelines that have been set out by the CXC.
Read More â€¦ Pages 27 â€“ 28 of the handbook
The Internship Programme
From its beginnings as a competition geared at challenging a year group to strive for better grades and good conduct, the Internship Programme has become one of those stellar Wolmerâ€™s programmes. Fourth and Sixth Form students now have the opportunity of vying for a paid Summer internship from one of our faithful business partners. Such placements are always aligned to the studentâ€™s majors, and specified career interests.
Read More â€¦ page 32 of the handbook