HISTORY OF TACIUS GOLDING HIGH SCHOOL
Tacius Golding High School, formerly, Brown’s Hall Secondary, Tacius Golding Secondary, and Tacius Golding Comprehensive High is situated in the cool hills of Brown’s Hall in North West St. Catherine, approximately 18 miles from Spanish Town and 11 miles from Old Harbour.
The then Brown’s Hall Secondary was established in September 1979 and subsequently renamed Tacius Golding Secondary in 1982. It attained Comprehensive High status in September 1996 and High School status in September 2000. The school derived its name from the prolific educator and politician, and also previous owner of the land on which it is situated, Tacius Golding.
The school began with an enrolment of 384 students of grades 8 and 9 groups. Today the school accommodates 1,481 students of grades 7-11 age group and operates on the shift system.
The school’s mission is: “To provide our students with quality education for a fuller life through teaching by a well organized, motivated and skillful staff, with maximum use of resources from parents, guardians, community and government.” The school’s motto is: “Learning For Service”.
The school has a staff of 61 teachers who offer core subjects along with, Agricultural Science, Art/Craft, Food and Nutrition, Clothing and Textiles, Home Management, Machine Shop and Welding, Business Studies and Carpentry and Cabinet Making.
Starting from a humble beginning, the school continued on its path of growth and development. Our athletes are making strides in the athletics arena; our graduates are • among the best in their respective fields. We have accomplished this through unity, determination and the guiding hands of God. We continue to strive to maintain a high standard of discipline and to obtain excellence.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
The school year 2001 —2002 started off well. Tacius Golding teams participated in the various Inter Secondary School competitions — Football, Netball, and Track and Field. The football team participated in the DaCosta Cup and the under 16 I.S.S.A competitions. In both competitions they finished third in their zone. Dominique Wright and Lloyd Grant were the winners of the Carreras Reggae Boyz Football scholarship for the academic year 2001- 2002.The senior netball team advanced to the quarter final and came third in their zone.
The track and field team won themselves cash, trophies and medals. Lamar Edwards, Tameika Thomas and Jermaine Gonzales were all outstanding through the track season. Due to their outstanding performances they were selected as members of the Jamaica 2002 Carifia track team. However, only Jermaine won fo: his country, school and himself two gold medals. Kedine Geddes was in tip-top shape. She won gold medal at VMBS Girl’s championship and at the Penn Relays in her pet event — long jump. Another high point for the track and field team is that three athletes were selected to participate in the World Junior Games.
Special thanks especially to the Acting Principal and others who have given their support to all the teams to ensure a successful school year.
HOME ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT
The Home Economics Programme is offered at two levels in the school . Grades 7 — 9 —Home and Family Management Grades 10 & II— Food and Nutrition, Home Management and Clothing and Textiles.
The students in the Department continue to do very well especially at grades 10 and II at both the CXC and the SSC level. The number of students registered to do this option has grown significantly especially among the male students who are doing better than their female counterparts. On Open Day the department opened its Restaurant “The Palm Court”. This was done with the view of exposing the students to restaurant service as well as bringing a new idea to the school’s community. This idea was a success and I must say thanks to those teachers, parents. students and well wishers who supported us.
The Agriculture Department of the Tacius Golding High School sets out on a mission to revolutionize the Agriculture Sector by motivating students through Agriculture education, to allow them to have a positive view on the subject area which will eventually impact on the nation’s development positively.
Agriculture is offered at the CXC level. For the past 2 years. there has been a pass rate of 100 %.
Last year one of our students, Kerron Harris, was recognized nationally for outstanding performance and ranked third in the island.
For the past two years more than half of the students who have graduated from the Department have moved on to further studies, with most of them enrolled at the Elim Agricultural School and a few at the College of Agriculture Science and Education (CASE).