ST. GABRIEL'S SCHOOL
Lower Collymore Rock
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
"EDUCATION FOR LIFE"
This information has been complied
to introduce you to our school.
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
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
THE JUNIOR DEPARTMENT
St. Gabrielâ€™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. Gabrielâ€™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.
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. Gabrielâ€™s.
This is valid within one year after the first child has left the School.
A DEPOSIT of one Termâ€™s Fees is required for Non-National children. This is refundable when he / she leaves the school, provided that one Termâ€™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)
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 Â˝ 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
* 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.