About Us

Our Lady of the Angels Prep. School is a Registered Roman Catholic Independent School in Kingston. It was founded in the early 60’s by the Franciscan Fathers, Fr. Paul Walsh and Fr. Clement Healy, for the purpose of educating the young children of the less privileged families in Our Lady of the Angels Church Parish.

On Sunday November 16, 1958, one day short of three weeks after the arrival of the Franciscan Fathers in Jamaica, Our Lady of The Angels Church (a former stable) at 75a Molynes Road was opened. In 1960 a new church was built and the ‘stable-shed’ at the back of the church. (the former church) was used to start O.L.A Prep. School in 1961. The school originated with the two above mentioned priests and, with an initial attendance of 30 children, headed by Miss Phyllis Beckno and assisted by Miss Jean Lyle.

In 1961 the Fathers bought 78 Molynes Road and converted the then cottage into more classrooms which housed the Kindergarten and canteen. The first Sister to become Principal at 78 Molynes Road was Sr. Anecita who held the post for approximately two years between 1962-1964. In 1962 the two-storey block were built by the firm “Rema Jamaica Ltd.”

Sr. Anne Martin became Principal in September 1964 and left in July 1969. During her term of office she converted an office room (which now houses the Catholic Doctrine classes), into a clinic which was run by trained volunteer nurses who also distributed vitamin pills and arranged for the testing of the children’s eyes.

Sr. Marion Power arrived in September 1969 and remained Principal until July 1975 when she returned to the U.S.A. During her administration the school roadway and playfield were asphalted in 1974/75, in an effort to reduce the dust nuisance. A beautification park was also created between the new and old buildings.

Sr. Claire McMaster came in September 1975 and returned to the U.S.A. in 1977. During her tenure of office she carried out an effective programme of maintenance of the buildings, classrooms, furniture and continued the beautification programme.

In September 1977 Sr. Shirley Sweeney took over the administration of the school. It was during this administration that the courtyard was paved and the stage built to replace the small wooden one. Three of the four walls were also built and for the first time the school had gates and its name displayed.

Sr. Greta Clarke, the first Jamaican, came in 1981. By the mid 1980’s the cottage converted to classrooms was demolished. With much dedication, drive, determination and numerous fundraising ventures the front building housing the present grades five and six classrooms, canteen and watchman’s quarters was built.

By 1994 the Home School Association acquired two used containers and one now houses the Computer Room with fifteen (15) terminals.

The present Principal Dr. Claudette Spence has been at the school since September 1994. The computer room was completed and Spanish programme implemented during this time. The well needed upgrading of the backyard field was grassed and underground sprinklers installed. This has been a welcomed treat for all, as the dust no longer plays havoc with the children’s health. Instead, the field has been upgraded to the extent that it is now used for Inter-Prep. Football Matches. This is further enhanced by the beautification of the school with a variety of foliage and flowers by landscapist Mrs. Cassetta Belinifante.

Dr. Spence has plans to build classrooms to facilitate the children who must complete Grade Six before they sit the Grade Six Achievement Test (G.S.A.T.). There are also plans for a Resource Centre in this proposed building so as to enhance learning. She has a staff who works to maintain the high standards set since 1961, not only in academics but in sports and cultural activities.

The past two years endorses the efforts of parents, teachers and students as the school received 100% passes in the Common Entrance Examination and The Grade Six Achievement Test (G.S.A.T.) for schools of the children’s first preference.

The members of the School Board, Principal, teachers, parents and students are committed to maintain their pride and joy as they move forward to greater heights in the new millennium. They will endeavour to keep their focus on the Lord as their source keeping in mind that “Preparing for life with a purpose higher than self”

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