News Updates


September 4, 2006

51 Upper Mark Way, P.O. Box 2687, Kingston 8, Jamaica, W.I.
Telephone: 925-9485 Web-site:
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

4 September, 2006

Dear Parents,

Welcome back for the new school year, 2006-2007. If your children are just starting at Hillel,
or you have recently arrived in Jamaica, I am sure that you will find the Hillel family to be
welcoming, supportive and friendly. Please do come in to meet the Principals and myself and,
if you have the time, get involved in the life of the school as a class representative or as
an active member of the PTA.

This is one of the very few letters we intend to print, photocopy, deliver to classrooms and
hope your children give to you when they get home! Towards the end of last year we started to
make much greater use of our web site as an effective means of communication. You will find
the annual calendar, the term's events, the Handbooks, class timetables and homework schedules on
the web. Additionally, every week there will be at least one news item keeping you abreast with
current events. "Tuesday is News Day on the Web" was the slogan we introduced last year.
Visit each Tuesday and click into the latest news items on our home page.

We extend a warm welcome to Mr. John Desousa who joins us as Sports Manager for the P.E. Department.
In the Prep School Ms. James has moved from Grade 1 to run the Resource Department, while Mrs. Bailey
has moved from Grade 3 to Grade 1. We welcome to the teaching staff Mrs. Coleman (Grade 6) and
Mrs. Burrell (Grade 3); and are delighted to welcome back Mrs. Tavares (Grade 5), Ms. Mohamed (Art)
and Mrs. Matthews who is covering Mrs. Peryer's maternity leave. We congratulate Mrs. Peryer on the
safe delivery of her daughter last Friday. Our new Teacher Assistants are Ms. Black (Grade 6) and
Ms. Jones and Ms. Swaby in Grade 4.
We welcome the following teachers who have joined our expanding High School team: Ms. Hawthorne
(English), Ms.Cathnott (Math) Ms. Marshall (Modern Languages), Ms. Fernandez (Humanities). We also
welcome Ms. Newman who is substituting for Mrs. Watson who is on maternity leave until the end of
October. Mrs. Watson's baby son arrived in August and we send her our warmest congratulations.

Academic success has very much been the hallmark of last year. GSAT results arrived at the very
end of term, denying us the opportunity to pay full tribute to all the children.
Two children deserve particular mention. Both Mina Robertson and Adam Henriques were awarded
Government Scholarships. Mina has now taken up her place at Campion College while Adam has
moved up to Grade 7 in the High School. We look forward to great things from both of them in
the years to come. Gautam Kumaraswamy deserves the highest praise for his outstanding achievement
in CAPE where he took 5 subjects (most students take 4) and gained distinction in all of them.
Well done, Gautam. Other students also did well and our Sixth Form had its highest ever
success rate. Our Grade 11 valedictorian, David Marston, justified this position with 8
distinctions in CSEC, while Chanz Coultier (Grade 10) set a new record of achieving distinction
in 4 subjects taken one year early. Congratulations to all these students and to their teachers.

I close with an apology that many of our school books are not yet available from the Book Room.
This is the busiest time of year for publishers and we have been informed that our overseas
books will not arrive until mid September. Teachers have prepared worksheets for the first
few weeks and we will notify you promptly once the books have arrived.

With best wishes for an outstanding year in all respects,

Director: Mrs. Sheila A. M. Purdom M.Ed hilleldirector@cwjamaica

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