After slight delay, the school year gets underway at TN Tatem
Students at TN Tatem Middle School have finally returned to the classroom after their summer vacation was unintentionally extended by an extra day.
Other schools opened for the start of the new academic year on Friday, but the Warwick facility was forced to remain shut because of a number of maintenance issues, including leaking pipes and faulty air conditioning.
Parents were told about the closure on Thursday and Government issued a statement saying that, following an inspection by Public Works official, “there were outstanding matters that must be addressed before students can return”.
But yesterday school principal Francine McMahon confirmed that term had finally got underway — and that students seemed delighted to be back.
“We only missed the one day and that was an orientation day so the students haven't missed any academic instruction,” Ms McMahon said.
We are all sorted out now and have spoken to the children and let them know that we're going to adhere to our theme moving forward for the rest of the term, which is ‘success is the only option'.
“I didn't hear anyone complaining that they wished the delay had lasted longer. They all seemed to be excited and eager to be back to school and back with their friends. And we were able to speak to them in this morning's assembly to explain the delay and also let them know that we're here for business — it's business as usual from now on.”