Quoting from Twelfth Night – “Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” As an Educator, our Principal Dave Layne can be listed in the last category. An excellent Senior School Teacher, a confidant to his Staff and Students, Mr. Layne has administered the school over the last fifteen years, reaping great success in the Common Entrance Examinations.
As fate would have it, back in 2006 he assumed the role of Principal after the sudden passing of the then Principal. Since then he has not looked back. He has coached his Staff into a ‘professional’ unit of teachers, while at the same time instilling the values of life and education into his students.
Mr. Layne has dedicated his entire working career to teaching. If they were ever a dedicated teacher, Mr. Layne would be so honoured in his commitment to St. Cyprian’s Preparatory Boys’ School.
Highly respective by Staff, Students, Parents, and his Communities he acts as consultant to all and is always available. An avid sports fan, he enjoys playing an active role in his students’ physical education. He has been a driving force in the School’s outstanding academic and sporting success.
One feat which stands out - in 2016 he tutored an eight (8) year old student to pass the Common Entrance and gain entry into Queen’s College. His exceptional results in Maths over the years stand out making him one of the leading Mathematic teachers at the Primary level.
Principal Layne has adopted our motto, ‘Sure and Steady Must Succeed’ as his objective in life.
We wish him continued success in his endeavours to maintain our school as a leading Educational facility in our Island.
Principals Report - School Year September 2019 to July / 2020
The School year started well with approximately 230 students on the roll. Excellent progress was made during Term 1.
The boys did exceptionally well emerging as the only Primary School Gold award winners and sweeping all the individual prizes in the categories they were in. Thanks to Randy Harris, Ricardo Watson, and Shanice Holder.
· The boys were in demand and also performed their piece Tek De Blame at AGROFEST/UNICEF and the NIFCA Awards Ceremony.· The choir was specially highlighted on several media outlets.
Sports, Activities & Extra Curricular
· Green House/Pinto House retained the Athletic trophy and also emerged March Past champions
· The NAPSAC team narrowly missed a top 5 place eventually finishing 7th out of a total of 80 plus schools
· Cricket -Joint 2nd
· Football -No football due to COVID-19· Chess – 4th position· Swimming – 2nd place overall· Road Tennis repeat champions
· Independence and Christmas concerts were resounding success
· The school fair was once again very well attended and a reported success
The first eight weeks of Term 2 produced satisfactory results with students showing great progress. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic hit the island and the school closed prematurely on 14thMarch as per directive from the Ministry of Education.
· Due to COVID-19, there were no internal exams, but the boys remained 100% engaged in our full school Zoom programme (online teaching).
· The school also added The Google Classroom or GSuite to its online capabilities with all teachers receiving special training to facilitate delivery of the instruction.
· The GSuite programme is currently being incorporated in all classes.
· The common Entrance BSCE was held on 14th July 2020.
Common Entrance Exam
· A total of 32 boys took the exam with 100% passes
· English Average – 81.3 with 9 boys scoring over 90% and 25 over 80%
· Math Average – 86.7 with 16 scoring above 90% and 24 over 80%
· There were four (4) early sitters who took the exam out of a total of 5 on the island,. Three of these boys gained places at Harrison College and one at Queens College..
· All the boys gained allocation within their first 4 choices with above 90% their first 3 choices and 3 out of every 4 boys attaining allocation in their top 2 choices.
· One student, Jayden King was noted in the top 10 performers on the island.
· Noted outstanding performances – 3 boys scored 99% in Math; 2 boys scored 98%.School Year 2020/2021
School resume on 14th September 2020. There are now 15 classes instead of the usual eight classes. Further details will be dealt with under staff matters.
The number of students in each class now ranges from 15 students to 19. This is to adhere to the social distancing protocol set out by the Ministry of Education. Pupils are seated 3 feet apart. Teachers now have less students to manage and this is very advantageous to the school.