Lyn Jeffers School,
P.O. Box 140, Charlestown, Nevis.
Tel: 869 469 7909
Tel: (869) 469 7909
The Lyn Jeffers School
Parent & Student
Revised June 2009
THE LYN JEFFERS SCHOOL
Welcome to the Lyn Jeffers School. The Lyn Jeffers School is the school
with a difference, where your child will be encouraged to live up to the
school motto “Let Your Light Shine “.
The Lyn Jeffers School was founded in 1997 by Mr. Paul Lawrence and
opened its doors to six students as a Secondary school at its original
Ramsbury, Nevis site. The school continued to grow as a Secondary school
and this necessitated considering a move to a new facility. During this
exciting time of growth for the school, it was determined that there was a
concomitant need for a private Primary school on Nevis which embodied the
same philosophies; hence, the school‟s charter was expanded to include a
Primary section. The school relocated to Craddock Road over the summer of
2005. At this writing in the Spring of 2007, we are the only school in the
Federation able to offer educational and social continuity to students from
Kindergarten through Form 5.
Lyn Jeffers as a school of excellence bases its educational content on the
federal government‟s curriculum and also augments this material to include
international standards in most subject areas. The school also employs only
qualified teachers and utilizes modern and effective teaching methodologies.
Additionally, class sizes are limited to 12 in order to provide our students
with an optimal educational experience. Upon completing a Lyn Jeffers
education, it is our fervent hope that the students will not only have gained
knowledge, but an ability to engage in critical reasoning skills through
multifaceted, problem-based learning.
The school is a private, non-profit organization, and is lead by a
democratically elected Board of Directors; the Board is selected at the
Annual General Meeting each June by the school‟s members, which include
staff, parents and guardians of students.
The Lyn Jeffers School seeks to provide an educational environment that
caters to student individual differences, maximizes student potential and
promotes excellence in academic, professional, ethical and philanthropic
The Lyn Jeffers School is a private, non-profit, co-educational school that is
committed to providing a quality education from pre-kindergarten to
secondary school in order to promote the academic, social, moral and
emotional development of each student as a foundation for societal
advancement, career success and personal fulfillment.
The Lyn Jeffers School believes that all children possess the capacity to
learn and that learning is an interactive, life-long process. It also believes in
creating a safe and supportive learning environment, and in setting standards
of excellence for all students to aim to meet and surpass. Also, students
should be recognized and rewarded for successful attainment of educational
goals while providing continuing motivation for success.
The Lyn Jeffers School also believes in equal access to educational
opportunities irrespective of race, ethnicity and nationality. It does not
discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity and nationality in the
administration of its educational and school related policies. It also believes
that it makes legal, business and common sense to embrace diversity.
Each student will be treated as an individual and any special circumstances
that may have an influence upon success will be identified and addressed.
The following documents are mandatory and must be presented to
administration for acceptance:
A completed Application Packet
Copy of the first page of the student‟s passport
$100 non-refundable Enrolment fee.
The Lyn Jeffers School provides education from Pre-Kindergarten at the
Primary level through Form V at the Secondary level, inclusive.
At the Primary and Secondary levels, the Lyn Jeffers School utilizes the
material delineated in the St. Kitts-Nevis Curriculum, as developed by the
Ministry of Education, with augmentations developed by the Educational
Committee of the LJ Board, designated the “Augmented Curriculum for
Primary and Secondary Schools”. Copies of this curriculum are available in
the school‟s Main Office. The enhanced curriculum includes the topics listed
in the government curriculum, but studied to a greater depth in areas, such as
Mathematics, Language Arts and Science. Our curriculum also increases the
breadth of exposure to additional supplementary material essential for a
broader perspective in most subject areas, such as Literature, Social Studies,
History, Geography, and Arts & Craft.
At the Secondary level for Forms 3 through 5, the Lyn Jeffers School also
includes, and supersedes, the curriculum set for the Caribbean Examinations
Enhancing our core courses at all levels are Spanish, Information
Technology, Art, and Physical Education & Health classes taught by
experienced professionals in these fields. In some grade levels the
curriculum also includes Music. Participation in this additional area helps to
build character, confidence and well-rounded individuals.
The School Day:
The school day will commence at 8:35 am at the sound of the bell. Students
will then report to classrooms for morning registration. Daily assembly will
begin promptly at 8:40 am. All students are expected to be present. The
school day ends at 3:15 pm for Primary and 3:30 pm for Secondary students.
Students are expected to tidy the classrooms and the yard. Students are then
expected to clear the school grounds no later than 3:45 p.m. Supervision of
children and responsibility borne by the Lyn Jeffers staff is from 8:30 am
through 3:30 pm ONLY.
It is expected that teachers and students use Standard English during the
Students must attend all lessons and carry out assignments punctually and
behave in an acceptable manner that follows school guidelines.
Bell rings at 8:35 am. Any student not present at this point will be
considered tardy. All students report to their class room for registration. It is
essential that students are punctual for all lessons, as they may miss out on
crucial information. Legitimate excuses will be accepted only if a phone call
from a parent or guardian is received prior to the students‟ arrival. In
addition, a written excuse is required for school records, written by a doctor,
parent or guardian to be presented to the administration upon arrival.
Once all procedures are followed for legitimate tardiness, the student will be
excused, although will be marked tardy for record keeping purposes.
Parents are encouraged to take vacations consistent with the school calendar.
When students are away and miss exams or vital instructional material, it
becomes very difficult for staff to administer subsequent assignments for
proper and fair averaging.
In an event of an absence, the administration requires a telephone call that
morning informing the school of the child‟s absence. Upon returning to
school, the student must also bring a letter from parents explaining the
absence for record purposes.
Parental Authorization Policy:
Each family will receive a form where they must indicate the names of
persons authorized to drop off and pick up their child.
Please note: Primary School students are NOT allowed to leave the school
grounds for any reason unless accompanied by an adult AND with written
permission from the parent or legal guardian.
Please note: Secondary students MUST have written permission from a
parent or legal guardian to leave the school campus during lunch; this may
be kept on file in the school office as a standing order.
The school also requires two (2) emergency contact persons in case you
cannot be contacted immediately.
A Health Form must be accurate and up to date and remain on file in the
school office in case of medical emergency for each child you enrol.
Any deliveries of gifts (i.e.; flowers, balloons etc.) must be delivered directly
to the office. At that point the administration will find the most appropriate,
non-disruptive time to pass on to student.
Homework is a vital element of the educational process. It is imperative that
both the school and home environment support these necessary endeavours
and work together to reinforce learning concepts. The habit of revising and
studying, in addition to standard written homework, should be developed
early on for successful learning. The teaching staff of the Lyn Jeffers
School assigns homework every day of the week in most classes.
All homework is expected to be completed on time. This enables the
teachers to have a clear evaluation of the student‟s progress. It is requested
that parents support their child, by emphasizing the importance of studying
daily material as well as completing written work.
The teachers in Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 are responsible for recording
homework for their students.
Grades 3-6 students are responsible for recording all their homework in
notebooks, as well as completing and submitting all assignments on time.
Teachers in these classes will check to ensure the correct data has been
recorded regarding assignments.
Notebooks and/or homework assignments must be signed daily by a
Parent/Guardian upon completion of the assignments.
Students in the Secondary section of the school carry an increased
responsibility in order that they may become an efficient manager of their
time, and accountable for their work. Assignments will therefore be
expected on time and complete. The ultimate decision regarding acceptance
of credit for late assignments will rest with the subject teacher.
Although all students are expected to complete and submit assignments on
time, there may be an occasional time when special circumstances occur. If
a legitimate excuse is given for missing assignments, a student will be
allowed to submit the assignments late for credit.
Upon failure to complete homework with no legitimate reason the following
consequences will apply.
First time: Warning
Second time: Detention to complete the assignment
Third time: Notify parents, and lunchtime detention to complete
assignment; no credit given
Parents will be asked to indicate how their child will spend their lunch
period. Choices are as follows:
Bring a packed lunch from home
Enter in a contractual arrangement with lunch providers
Go home for lunch IF accompanied by an adult, AND with written
permission from the parent or guardian
We ask that parents please inform the school of any changes that occur
regarding daily lunch activity.
Code of Conduct:
Students are encouraged to treat one another as well as the property of others
with dignity and respect. Any misunderstandings should be worked out
through the classroom teacher or the supervising teacher on duty.
Cellular phones are not permitted in school. If parents need to contact
students during school hours, please contact them through the school office.
No radios, Game Boys, or video games are allowed on the school premises
at any time unless otherwise directed.
School Behaviour Policy:
1. Students must respect themselves and others at all times.
2. Students must listen when others are speaking, i.e. one voice at a time.
3. Students must raise their hands and wait to be called on prior to speaking.
4. Students must sit properly on their chairs at all times.
5. Students must be prepared with all school supplies.
6. Students must ask for permission to leave their seats or classrooms.
7. Students must speak with kind words to one another.
8. Students are expected to complete all assignments on time.
During outdoor breaks, all children are expected to treat each other with
mutual respect. Students must have written permission from their parents to
utilize the playground equipment; and must comply with ALL of the posted
playground rules in order to enjoy the privilege of using the equipment.
Students who have violated any school policies or are missing assignments
without legitimate excuses will serve a detention during the lunch hour.
(Lunch will be eaten during detention.) Parents will be notified and a
detention form will be given for a parent signature.
There will be one parent/teacher conference per term. The Term Two (II)
conference will render any necessary information regarding possible
retention of a student who is not performing satisfactorily. This will include
a Pupil Placement Team meeting with the Senior Management Team (SMT)
of the school as well as the parents or guardians of the student. At the end of
the year the child will be re-evaluated and a decision made as to that child‟s
appropriate class placement.
Students must wear school uniform at all times, including to and from
school. The uniform is as follows:
Yellow gingham dress Yellow shirt
White blouse and Bow-tie Gray shorts/trouser
White socks & Black shoes White socks & Black shoes
White blouse and school tie White shirt and school tie
Gray skirt, knee-length Gray trousers
White socks & Black shoes White socks & Black shoes
Fabric is available at Zelly‟s shop (Hermitage Road) and Kids „N‟ Things
(Heritage Plaza); inquire in the school office for all ties, which are available
The wearing of jewellery other than watches, stud earrings, and school rings
is forbidden during school hours. Cosmetics are not permitted.
The Lyn Jeffers School accepts students from all cultures. Children are
permitted to wear ethnically important attire such as neatly groomed
dreadlocks, burkas, yarmulkas, etc. at the Lyn Jeffers School.
Physical Education Uniform Policy:
The P.E. uniform is to be worn to school by students on the day of scheduled
P.E. class for Primary students, and brought separately as a change of
clothes for Secondary students.
The uniform is as follows:
Black or Navy shorts, skirts or exercise pants
White tee-shirt, (obtainable at the school office for $22 dollars)
Field Trip Policy:
Field trips and visitors to the school will be arranged as part of the general
education of the students.
When field trips are scheduled a permission slip will be sent home for
parental approval. The form must be returned to the school prior to the trip
or the student will not be allowed to attend. If for any reason, a student does
not have permission to attend a trip, he/she must be kept home on that day
because the school cannot provide supervision.
Chaperones are responsible for supervision of the students and are expected
to follow school guidelines. Students are expected to be on their best
behaviour at all times.
Parent Teacher Association:
The PTA holds and invites all school members to attend meetings monthly
and plays a vital role in the running of the school. It is very important that
all parents make every effort to attend these meetings for necessary parental
education of the school and to assist in fundraising activities. Each family is
expected to volunteer or make a donation to the PTA during every major
school event. The PTA will be comprised of parents from both the Primary
and the Secondary sections. Positions are one-year terms and are elected at
the Annual General Meeting in June. Open-forum monthly meetings are held
the second Wednesday of each month.
Board of Directors:
The Board of Directors consists of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer
and Secretary as the Officers of the Board; these positions have a one-year
term. It also includes 4 additional Directors which have two-year terms and
are elected on alternate years to provide continuity. All of these positions are
elected by the school membership at the Annual General Meeting in June.
The Board also includes the Principal of the School as the 9 th voting
member; as well as the immediate Past-President of the Board in an Ex
Officio capacity, and a Legal Advisor. Board meetings are held a minimum
of once monthly, on the last Thursday of each month. The President of the
PTA is invited to regular monthly meetings as a link in communication with
the broader school community. Open-forum General meetings are held by
the Board at least once per term with the entire school membership. A
bulletin board in the school lobby posts communication from the Board of
Directors, as well as listing all venues of communication to the school
The school fees as of September 2010 are: EC$1,950 per term.
The Lyn Jeffers School admits students of any race, colour, national and ethnic origin to all rights,
privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at school. It
does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, national or ethnic origin in administration of
educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan program, and athletic and other
Parent/Student Agreement Form
WE HAVE READ ALL INFORMATION ON THE POLICIES
OF THE LYN JEFFERS SCHOOL AND AGREE TO ABIDE
BY ALL REGULATIONS AND RULES.