Wolmer's Boys' School principal Dr Walton Small last Wednesday evening called on the institution's old boys fraternity to lend greater support to the school's educational, sports and outreach programmes, insisting that this would be key to ensuring the institution maintains its position among the top all-male high schools in the island.
Speaking to the members at the Wolmer's Boys' School Association (WOBA) annual general meeting, Dr Small referenced the findings of local think tank Educate Jamaica which, in a 2017 report, ranks the school in the top 10 based on passes obtained in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams.
“We have 95 per cent of our students passing five or more subjects, with several among them winning scholarships to many highly acclaimed colleges and universities abroad,” Dr Small said, noting at the same time that positive male role models are important if the young men are to maintain the level of excellence established over the years.
“Wolmer's is greater than all of us. I know a lot of goodwill toward this school exists among you, and so I am using this opportunity to urge you to get involved. We [the administration] can't do it alone…we must work together to ensure we maintain the highest standards,” the principal pleaded.
Dr Small's sentiments were echoed by newly elected WOBA president, financial industry leader Steven Gooden who spoke following the appointment of a new executive officer corps. Gooden commented that over the next 30 days, he and his new team will be establishing some key performance indicators to further strengthen the organisation and galvanise the much-needed support of the alumni.
“As president, this year I will be focused on three critical areas: Wider engagement of the old boys community, building out a robust communication framework by leveraging the natural groups and networks of which we are a part, and improving our fundraising capabilities,” he told the gathering.
“I am excited to be your president and believe that this year we can work together to further build this great institution,” Gooden added.
Gooden's executive team comprises six core officers: immediate past president Kirk Benjamin, vice presidents Frank James and Sheldon Seymour, treasurer Kevin Donaldson, secretaries Dwight Ramsey and John Sinclair; as well as eight committee support officers: Andrew Foreman, Dr John Royce, Rohan Robinson, Michael Causewell, Kurt Booth, Nicholas Brown, Courtney Wynter and Garfield Reece.