Wolmer’s Boys’, Girls’, and Preparatory Schools in Kingston are the oldest educational institutions in Jamaica. In 1729, Goldsmith John Wolmers left instructions in his will to develop these prestigious institutions which currently serve over 3,300 students each year.
After the disastrous 1907 earthquake, the wooden hall and classroom block for the Girls’ School were rebuilt. Now, over one-hundred years later, the buildings are again in dire need of replacement; the organization hopes to build a larger multistory, tech-driven building that better serves the needs of the 1,500 students at the school.
Join our 2023 Humanitarian Awardee The Hon. Douglas Orane in supporting the Wolmer’s Trust in rebuilding the Girls’ School Hall and Classroom Block.
The project cost is US$3.6 million.Support This Cause
One hundred years ago, the Girls’ School had a student population of about 200, and the population has since grown to 1,500 on the same property. Older buildings have been steadily replaced over time with multi-storey structures. The new three-storey structure will triple the number of classrooms and supporting spaces on the existing footprint occupied by the one-hundred-year-old single storey building. Teaching and learning methodologies have changed dramatically with the advent of new technologies, so the need for innovatively-designed spaces which support student-teacher interaction is of paramount importance. The proposed building will be a safe, attractive and engaging space for Jamaica’s young women to grow and develop into the next generation of dynamic global leaders.
The Wolmer’s Trust Schools’ purpose is to produce rounded young adults, well-prepared for building a better Jamaica. Graduates of Wolmers excel in athletics, science, the arts, and business and to date, Wolmers has produced 24 Rhodes scholars, the highest from any educational institution in Jamaica.
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