Greater Portmore St. Catherine
Our mission is to provide our students -
through a time honored flexible curriculum, and highly trained academic,
administrative, and support personnel teams - the opportunity to acquire
a high school education of the best quality; in a clean, hospitable and
wholesome environment thus enabling each student to achieve the
matriculation requirements to continue their educational development and
training well beyond these borders.
History Of The School
Greater Portmore High School is a public
co-educational institution which is fully owned and funded by the
government. The doors of this institution were first opened to the
public on September 4, 1995. During the early years, it was categorized
as a Comprehensive High School. In recent times however, it is commonly
referred to as an upgraded high school.
The institution started out with 26 Teachers and
approximately 800 students from grades 7-9. By the year 2000, the
student population grew to approximately 1200 and a teaching staff of
60. Today the faculty has increased to 71 teachers having oversight
responsibility for approximately 1500 students from grades 7-11. There
is also a clear indication that the student body will grow in the years
The curriculum offering covers a wide range, which embrace a careful balance
amongst the Arts, Sciences and Technical subjects. Every student is
given exposure to Information Technology. Some of the
vocational subjects presently offered include Cosmetology, Food &
Beverage, Home Economics, Clothing & Textiles, Building Technology,
Electrical Technology, Visual Arts and Mechanically Technology.
sincere and heartfelt welcome to you and your child to the Greater
Portmore High School
family. We anticipate a rich, cordial and engaging relationship in
which your child on graduating
will be poised to add value to the international
community, and would have strive -through actions and deeds- to uphold
the finest traditions of this noble institution.
worthwhile noting that your child is beginning secondary schooling at a
time when tremendous and exciting changes are taking place in education.
The buzz word today is “transformation” and your child will experience
greater use of technological devices
in the delivery of the subjects in the curriculum. The process of
teaching and learning will also undergo changes. Schools now and
tomorrow will require students to take greater control of what they
learn while on the other hand teachers will serve more as facilitators
and guides in the process of discovery. In short you are expected before
too long to function more as an independent learner or as a part of a
social group of explorers.
flipside of the rapid changes are greater levels of disobedience on the
part of some students to school rules, authority figures including of
course teachers and parents. You should understand from the outset that
the exhibiting of responsible behaviour is a sure recipe for success.
It is important to choose your friends carefully and cultivate a sound
school will provide you with absolutely no guarantees. We firmly believe
that your success here will have a lot to do with how you apply yourself
and the sustained assistance of your parents. You should never forget
that the programme of work you are about to embark upon will be for five
years. Stay the course; study hard and consistently and above all
participate in as many extra –codal activities as possible. Clubs and
societies are organized to help to fashion your character, attitudes and
world view, you cannot afford to lose out in this area.
I congratulate you on your achievement thus far and wish for you
laughter, cheers and pain in the days ahead.
It is indeed a tremendous
pleasure to welcome you to the Greater Portmore High School family. You
can be assured that you have become a vital partner in a great
institution with tremendous
potential and one, which is going places.
The school is presently
evolving from its
embryonic stage and is
gradually, on its way to becoming a well-established educational
institution embarking on its second decade of service to the nation.
As you join this
organization, your child/ward should endeavour to encapsulate and take
advantage of all which is being offered by the school, both in the
academics and the co-curricular, so that ultimately they will become
productive, dynamic and creative citizens.
We solicit the full support of all parents and guardians, as we assist
your children in achieving their goals and in so doing, add value to
their present state of existence.
It is with great
anticipation that we look forward to working with you, as we continue to
build a great institution which has been growing from strength to
strength illustrating the school’s motto “Al
alcance de honor y excelencia”
the pursuit of honour and excellence”
May God continue to bless
Students of the Greater Portmore High School are
prepared for certification by a munber of external examining bodies
inclusive of CXC, G.C.E., NVQJ City Guild, S.S.C. and J.S.C.E.