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Welcome to

ST. GABRIEL'S SCHOOL


Henry’s Lane

Lower Collymore Rock

St. Michael
Barbados  BB 11156

West Indies
Tel: (246) 436-6078 or  (246) 426-6453

Fax: (246) 436-6078
Email:
stgabriel@caribsurf.com, or stgabrielschoolbarbados@gmail.com

 

 

 St. Gabriel's is an independent primary school on the island of Barbados in the Caribbean.

Founded in 1947, the school is conveniently located near Bridgetown in spacious tree-lined grounds.

About 400 children attend the school and there is a staff of 41, including the administrative and ancillary staff.

The Principal is Mrs. Angela Blackett.

 

St. Gabriel's is a community; a friendly community of children, teachers and parents, where the child's needs are central.

Our aim is to discover and foster the talents and abilities of EACH child. We take special pride in the achievements of those children for whom learning is more difficult. In addition to academic studies, creative, practical, physical and social skills are valued and encouraged, as well.

With this in mind, we aim to provide a stimulating, yet relaxed environment in which children can feel at home and develop their fullest potential.

The spacious arrangement of the buildings, among mature trees and grassy areas for play or relaxation, is the perfect setting for this philosophy.

 

"EDUCATION FOR LIFE"

 

  This information has been complied to introduce you to our school.

We welcome your visits to school, please contact us to arrange a time.  Our overall aim is to help your children feel happy and secure during their time at St. Gabriel's.  We can only do this if we work as a partnership with you, the parent.

 

 

 

THE STRUCTURE OF THE SCHOOL

 

St. Gabriel's has two departments:  Infant (3 - 7) and Junior (7 - 11) which join together once a week for School Assembly in the Auditorium and at various times during the year for special occasions.

A Senior member of Staff who assists the Principal in the administration of the school, is in charge of each department.

The School consists of seventeen classes:-  one nursery class, two classes each from Reception to Junior 4 age, as well as two small classes for children who need extra learning support.  Each class contains children with a wide range of abilities.

 

THE CURRICULUM

 

THE NURSERY SCHOOL

For children at the very start of their school life, the Nursery School offers well planned activities in a stimulating environment. Our Nursery students are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination to learn about the world and their surroundings through a balance of play and structured activities.  By learning to interact with others, these young pupils are gently introduced to the routine and discipline of a school day.  Our Nursery School provides an ideal first step towards the Reception class in the Infant Department. 
 

 THE INFANT DEPARTMENT

In the early stages, great emphasis is placed on creative and practical activities leading to the formation of reading skills and number concepts.

Spoken language is strongly encouraged and social behaviour is given special attention with the aim of laying sound foundations.

 

 

 THE JUNIOR DEPARTMENT


To meet the demands of the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination, which pupils take in their final year at the school, greater emphasis is placed on Mathematics, Grammar and Comprehension, as well as Reading and Creative Writing.  Our teachers are always in search of new ways to stimulate interest and to facilitate learning.  Social Studies, Science, Religious Education, Art and Craft, Music and Speech, Drama and Information Technology are all included in the curriculum. 

 



CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

Opportunities for Art and Craft using many different media are provided.  Often it is linked to topic work, which involves reading, writing, number work and sometimes Science and Social Studies.  Class visits to places of interest also may arise from a central theme.  Music and Movement (Infants), Drama, Music and Creative Writing are also important parts of the curriculum.


  

LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

Both Infant and Junior children enjoy the benefits of Learning Support Teachers who give special attention to any children showing signs of difficulty with Language Arts or Mathematics.

 

 

RELIGION

St. Gabriel's is by tradition an Anglican School and enjoys the benefits of a school Chaplain, who conducts special services, such as Ash Wednesday and Ascension Day, which are held at  the St. Paul Church.

Junior assembly is held three times a week and Infant assembly twice a week in the Auditorium.  Religious Education forms part of the Curriculum and the principles and practices of Christianity are upheld.

Children of many different religions attend the school and may, if their parents request in writing, be excused from Religious Education.

 

 

 PHYSICAL EDUCATION

All classes have Physical Education lessons.  Sports Days are held in Term II and are enjoyed by children, parents / guardians, relatives and friends.

Physical Education becomes more structured in the Junior Department.  Rounders, football, basketball, cricket, table tennis, athletics and netball are included with coaches attached to the National Sports Council providing additional coaching in some of the lessons.  The Top Infants and Junior 1 Classes (including the younger Junior Learning Support class) also attend swimming lessons once a week (Wednesday mornings) at the Aquatic Centre.


 

EXTRA-CURRICULA ACTIVITIES

 

St. Gabriel’s offers several after-school activities: Cubs, Brownies, Cricket, Football, Karate, Table Tennis, Guitar, Violin, Flute, Music Club, School Choirs (mixed and all boys), Steel Band, Drama, Clarinet, Saxophone, Cello, Guitar (Classical and contemporary), Recorder, Boom-whackers, Trombone, Trumpet, Orchestra, Computer Club, French and Chess Club. 

 

Most extra-curricular activities are available for children from Middle Infants upwards, although some are reserved for Juniors only. Drama and Karate sessions are available for Reception students.

 

 

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION

 

At St. Gabriel's, we believe strongly that the education of your children should be a joint effort between home and school. The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a vital part of the School, a forum for ideas and social interaction.  Members of the PTA help in many, many ways and the parent representatives are relied on by the class teachers for assistance in communicating with parents and helping with trips and projects.  Parent volunteers help with the reading programme, art, sports, canteens and other activities.  The annual St. Gabriel’s School Fair, Dance/Social and Hike are some of the fund-raising events undertaken by the PTA.

If you have an interest in joining the PTA, please indicate this at the main office.

 

VOLUNTEERISM AT ST. GABRIEL'S

 

Our school encourages parents to actively volunteer.  Our parent volunteers provide extra hands, an extra measure of personal warmth, a valuable resource for teachers, and vital link between the school and the community.  Parents are welcome to approach the teacher and ask how they can assist or a class representative may approach other parents to request their services.  Parent volunteers help with the reading programme, art, sports, canteens and activities

Each class has between one and four parents who volunteer as Parent Class Representatives or "Class Reps".  Class Reps are important links for information and representation, as well as  may organize activities relating to your child's class (events, meeting with teachers, etc.)  If you wish to serve as a Class Rep, let your child's teacher know at the beginning of the term.

 Additionally, if there is a specific talent or interest that you have that you think would be of benefit to the school, please do not hesitate to share it with us.  We actively encourage parental involvement in the education of your children.

 

SCHOOL FEES

 

St. Gabriel's School is an independent  fee-paying primary school with an established governance structure.  The school is managed, in conjunction with the Principal, by a Board of Management, largely elected by parents and teachers of the School.  We, parents and teachers together, form the charitable corporation known as St. Gabriel's Management Inc.

 

 A capital contribution, which is required of every student entering the School, is payable on acceptance of the offered place.  This is an essential component of the financial structure of the School, which allows us to continue to develop the School's facilities, including the maintenance of existing buildings and construction of new buildings.

 

Entry into the School:

A)                One payment of $1700 for the first child

B)                 A payment of $600 for each additional sibling entering St. Gabriel’s.

This is valid within one year after the first child has left the School.

 

A DEPOSIT of one Term’s Fees is required for Non-National children. This is refundable when he / she leaves the school, provided that one Term’s notice is given in writing in advance. 

 

School fees, paid in advance each term, provide finance for all operating costs of the School, including salaries and wages, school maintenance and interest on all bank borrowings.  The rates are as follows:

 

                         National                                         $2.000.00 (per term)

                         Caricom                                         $2,650.00

                         Non-National                                 $3,200.00

                         Junior Learning Support                  $2,350.00

                        St Gabriel's Teachers and  Anglican Clergy  $1,250.00

 

 

In addition to School fees, the following nominal charges are involved each term

 

Stationery fee: $25.00 - this covers Art & Craft supplies and writing materials in the Infant Department, and exercise books in the Junior Department

 

Swimming fee: $80.00 - this applies to swimming lessons and transportation to and from the Aquatic Centre for Top Infants, Junior 1 and Learning Support students only.



PTA fee: $40.00 - subscription to enable the Parent Teacher Association with their fundraising efforts.

                                     

Please note:  Nursery fees are the same as above; 10% reduction will be given if you choose ½ day for the term.  The School fees are normally reviewed every two years.

 

Apart from tuition in the standard curriculum, the fees include the following:

 

                                    In the Infant Department

                                      *    Music and Movement classes

                                      *    Learning Support classes, where necessary

 

                                    In the Junior Department

  *    Spanish

                                      *    Science classes for J3 and J4

                                      *    Learning Support classes, where necessary

  *    Choir and Music Club

  *    Drama for J3 and J4

 

A nominal stationery fee which is invoiced, each term, covers art and craft supplies and writing materials in the Infant Department, and exercise books in the Junior Department. A nominal fee is also invoiced, each term, for swimming lessons for the Top Infant and J1 students.

 

 

 Please download the application form and tuition details below.

 

Application form in MS Word format.

 

Application form in pdf format.