Alnastazia Watson – National Secondary Students’ Council President Elect

caesarapp_2016671011605Alnastazia Watson from The Queens School withstood the challenge of Ackeem Smith (William Knibb Memorial High) to be elected as the President of the National Secondary Students’ Council (NSSC) for the academic year 2016-2017. Watson will officially take office in September 2016 at the start of the new school year, and will succeed current NSSC President, Everton Rattray (Kingston College).

Alnastazia Watson, NSSC President Elect 2016-2017

Students from secondary schools across the island participated in the election process, which commenced

Watson has pledged to promote cohesion during her tenure, while advocating for adherence to provisions in the Education Regulations. She will be joined on the NSSC National Executive by:

  • General Secretary – Elias Fennell (Wolmer’s Boys School),
  • Treasurer – Rasheem Martin (Camperdown High School) and,
  • Public Relations Officer – Shantae Shand (Campion College)

Returning Officer Ruth Lawrence hailed the election process as a success, and sought to extend commendations to all students involved. Miss Lawrence explained that all nominees were involved in intensive capacity building sessions in preparation for the elections. Other capacity building and planning sessions for the student leaders will be coordinated by the Youth and Adolescents Policy Division in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information over the summer months.

The NSSC is the governing body for students’ councils in public secondary schools islandwide. The organisation was established in 1973, but revamped by the then National Centre for Youth Development in 2003. The NSSC ontinues its representation of Jamaica’s secondary school students with the guiding philosophy, “Responsible students make the difference”.

Watson is the first female president of the NSSC, since Chantal Cogle in 2008.



“May she flourish in virtue and wisdom.”

The Queenlet: May 2016

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The Queen’s School Quiz team was awarded the Top Girls’ School Award in the TVJ Schools’ Challenge Quiz Competition. The Team (from left to right) was comprised of Chrisann Gordon, Felicia Dennis, Thiana Tyrell and Ramona Chambers.



The members of the Debate Team were not only Quarter Finalists in this year’s Burger King National Schools’ Debate Competition, but were named Top Girls’ School in the island.

Noshai Abrahams, Trevene Dunn and Tenneil Roberts were awarded best speakers throughout the competition.



The Queen Beez, our Cheerleading Team placed 4th in The Jamfit Regional Cheerleading Championships and are poised to take home the GOLD in National Finals to be held at the National Indoor Sports Centre in July! You go girls!



The School’s Cadet Unit placed 2nd in the Annual Inspections held earlier this year. They continue to make us proud, serving in different capacities, from assisting at the GRACE/ISSA Boys and Girls Championships to providing security detail for the President of The United States of America, Barack Obama!!

We beam with pride to have a second student, Amoya Edwards, admitted to the Cadet Flight Training programme. Our first student to have joined the programme, Sion Davis, is nearing the end of her programme at the Caribbean Aviation Centre!


The Queen’s School took this year’s festival by storm and brought home over 30 medals!!!!

For Music, we earned 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal…


The Dancers received 3 Gold Medals….

In the Speech Festival, the students received 5 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal and 1 Bronze Medal


Ashamoy Blair seen here performing the piece, A Fi Wi Jamaica, went on to represent the school at the National Finals. Ashamoy has also managed to capture the attention the Ministry of Labour and Social Security who invited her to perform for a delegation from St. Lucia at a function held recently, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

When Nestle Jamaica held its School’s Wellness Intervention, in collaboration with JCDC, Ashamoy was invited to perform once again, at the Knutsford Court Hotel.




Once again, our Senior and Junior Netball Teams did extremely well in the ISSA Netball Competitions. The Senior Team ended in 3rd place and the Juniors in 2nd place.

The Under 14 Netball Competition in currently underway and already our team is poised to do very well!

Abigaile Sutherland and Marvette Anderson lead the Jamaica Under 16 Netball Team to victory in the Caribbean Netball Association Championships held recently. Abigaile served as captain of the team which was coached by our own Netball Coach, Marvette Anderson.


Our Badminton Team placed 3rd in the LIME Badminton Competition. We are very proud of the members of the Badminton Team who are all First Form students!


The team did well this year ending in the top 30 of the GRACE/ISSA Boys & Girls Competition. They were recognized by Grace Kennedy, at the Corporate Area Meet for being the most improved team in the competition this season. Special ‘big up’ to Donelle Hartley of second form who placed 6th in the Hurdles and Danika Ferguson of fifth form who placed 10th in the heptathlon.


Taekwondo was introduced to The Queen’s School just this year and already they are making their mark in a significant way! They have made history as the first all-girls school to have a Taekwondo Team and even more spectacular than that is that all the girls medaled in their first tournament held earlier this month. The Team is coached by Past Student Aneek Brown.

Members of the 12-13 Team were Jade-Ashley Binns, Jhada Dubidad and Ashleigh Mitchell.

Members of the 16-17 Team were Shackera Bernard,  Jevauna McPherson and Dyandra Cole.


The Queen’s School Family wishes to extend special gratitude and congratulations to all the teachers who coached, mentored or otherwise assisted the students in performing so well.

Special thanks to:

Ms. N. Haye, Ms. K. Henderson, Mr. C. Creary & Mr. R Henry -Schools’ Challenge Quiz- Coaches, Mr. P. Ennis (Music, Speech, Debating), Ms. T. Edwards (Cheerleading), Mrs. C. Reid Grant (Cadet), Mrs. D. Steele (Dance)Mrs. S. Crawford, Mr O. Shaw and Mrs. L. Hall-Downer (Music), Mr. D. Herridge (Drama), Ms. M. Anderson, TQS Physical Education Department  & Coaching Staff (Sports)


Edition written and edited by: Mrs. T. Morrison – Reid