Mona Preparatory School, a private institution opened its doors on September 22, 1964. The School was formed under the auspices of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, and is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Synod of the United Church.
Founded 50 years ago, under the guiding hand of its first headmistress, Mrs. Daphne Kathleen Vidal Smith, Mona Prep continues to be celebrated as a beacon of excellence in preparatory education in Jamaica. Its mission is to provide a Christian environment in which students can learn and develop into well- rounded individuals who see service as an important part of their contribution to society, hence its motto "I Serve".
The year 2014, marks 50 years since the School started and to commemorate this milestone, there will be a year of activities, starting January 2014 until June 2015. The 50th Anniversary Committee, is chaired by Mrs Marcia Streete-Hendricks, a former student and Alumni, who will oversee the year of activities which will culminate in a Banquet in June 2015.This newsletter will keep you updated as the year unfolds.
The Chair, Mrs Marcia Streete-Hendricks can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: 999-0095, for further information on how you can make this a memorable year for the Mona Prep Family. Look out for the 50th Anniversary Committee on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.
As the Mona Prep Family Celebrates another milestone, the Mona Prep PTA wishes to congratulate and celebrate with all who have contributed to the development of this noble institution in its endeavours and achievements. We wish you continued success in playing your part in providing top class education at the preprimary and primary levels. .
Suzette Singh Ogle
PTA President 2013-2014
Mona Preparatory School 47th Anniversary
Mona Prep. celebrated its 47th Anniversary on Thursday, September 22, 2011 with an Anniversary Celebration in the Church Hall. There was a special cake cutting session and also blessing of the school by Rev. Dr. Margaret Fowler, Rev, Nigel Pusey, Rev. Astor Carlyle and Rev. Stephen Jennings.
During our Anniversary Celebration, we also badged our student leaders for the Academic Year 2011 – 2012. Congratulations to our Head Boy, Milton Foster and Kristen Ferguson our Head Girl. Congratulations also to their deputies, Shane Reid (Deputy Head Boy) and Athena Pagon (Deputy Head Girl).
Congratulations to all the students who were appointed as prefects and sub-prefects.
Rev. Henley Bernard ( Moderator – United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands )
Through the vision of some members of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, the Mona Preparatory School was established. The institution soon assumed a significant role on the Jamaican pre-secondary educational landscape greater than its years of existence. Its success is attributable to the well-roundedness of its curriculum through which It has consistently fostered among students a positive worldview as well as an enlightened understanding of self as being fashioned after the image of God.
Mona Prep has maintained a healthy balance between academics and aesthetics – music, dance and sports. No praise can be too high for those administrators, teachers, parents and students who have both established and tirelessly preserved these standards of excellence. The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands salutes you on this your forty-sixth anniversary and expresses the hope that the future will be no less impressive than the past.
Mr. Lascelles S. Lewis (Chairman – Mona Preparatory School)
Ever since its establishment in 1964, under the auspices of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Mona Preparatory School has strived to create an enduring record of great achievement on the Jamaican educational landscape. In doing so, we have provided a holistic educational environment, characterised by Christian principles, that seeks to develop the potential of each student to make a significant contribution to society.
I am extremely grateful to our Founder, the late Rev. Madge Saunders; United Church authorities; past and present staff and students; as well as to former and current Board members for their vision, dedication and commitment that have brought our school to its present stage of admirable development. Mona Prep’s remarkable growth over the years, and its history of successes in the many academic and extra-curricular activities in which our students have participated are the inspiration that continuously drives our faithfulness to the school’s founding Vision and Mission.
As we endeavour in the future to further enhance the school’s reputation and record of accomplishments, we have resolved to intensify our emphasis on the following areas:
Mona Preparatory, like other private schools, must depend heavily on tuition fees as a primary source of revenue. Even though we are a non-profit institution with a noble purpose, we must ensure the school’s financial health in order to realise our worthy aims and objectives for the future.
The school needs, and will continue to call upon its well-wishers and alumni for support in many different ways. We are confident that you will enthusiastically join us in our efforts to keep our contribution to education in Jamaica strong and flourishing.
Mrs. Citrine Dixon (Acting Principal – Mona Preparatory School)
It is quite an achievement for any institution to be still in existence for forty-six years. Therefore, I am honoured to be associated with Mona Preparatory School, a school that is celebrating 46 years of educating young minds to become productive citizens of our country.
During the forty-six years, we have seen shy tiny tots enter the school for the first time and then leave seven years later feeling confident and equipped to develop themselves into respectable ladies and gentlemen. We have interacted with parents who epitomized the meaning of partnership because they worked with the school in order to realize their children’s potential. In addition, we have been blessed with competent, talented and caring members of staff who worked tirelessly in executing their responsibilities.
Therefore, as we relish our milestone, we wish to thank all the persons who have contributed to Mona Prep’s legacy- teachers, parents, students, principals, chaplains, coaches, ancillary workers, bursars, caretakers, security officers, sponsors etc.
In addition, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the members of the Board who have sacrificed their time and resources in order for the school to continue on the path of excellence. We also wish to thank the United Church of Jamaica for their solid spiritual leadership throughout the years.
As we move forward, I wish to implore our students to strive for excellence in their pursuits. I remind my staff to serve with love and dedication. I would like to encourage my parents to continue to work with the school so that we can continue to produce high achievers who display exemplary conduct.
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mona Prep!
Mrs. Audrey Nelson-Salmon (President – P.T.A)
On behalf of the Parent Teachers Association, it is my pleasure to congratulate Mona Preparatory School (PTA) on its 46th anniversary.
After 46 years, Mona Prep’s name is still synonymous with excellence. Thanks to the teachers and staff who work tirelessly to uphold the school’s high standards. Thanks also to those dedicated parents who invest time and effort toward enhancing the development of the school.
The PTA is committed to building our parent – school partnership engagement. We are aware that it is only through parent involvement that success will be achieved for our children.
Parents, economic realities will challenge our commitment to service but we must not lose site of the higher goal, success for our children.
As we embark on this academic year, the PTA looks forward to your continued support. Furthermore, let us use our remarkable heritage to re-motivate ourselves and move forward with clarity, passion, integrity and purpose.