The Dominica grammar School (DGS) is celebrating 124 years since it was established by the Government of Dominica on January 16, 1893. It is also one of the oldest educational institutions in the Country. The DGS offers a range of academic and technical subjects, including, but not limited to, agricultural science, auto mechanics, home economics & management, natural sciences, social sciences.
Ms Alicia Jean-Jacques who has served as Principal since 2014, along with teachers Aretha Francis and Gezel Mondesire among others, have organized one week of school-based activities which started yesterday Monday 16th January 2017. The event will come to an end with a grand assembly on Friday 20th January. Activities will include a student exhibition throughout that day, and a concert, with singing and dancing, featuring past students, and one of Dominica’s leading Iconic Artistes, Michelle Henderson.
The exhibition will showcase works of students in different school departments, including food & nutrition, and English. The students will also have the opportunity to display their talents in several different ways, including a presentation of a “Live Museum” where re-enactments of different literary scenes will be portrayed. Some of the other activities taking place during the week include; quiz competitions on Wednesday 18th January, to sensitize the students on the history of the school.
On Thursday 19th January, the students will wear shirts in the school’s colours (Chocolate Brown, Gold and White), with the words “Straight Outta DGS” or with the institution’s motto “Mens Sana in Corpore Sano” inscribed on them. The students are said to be showing great interest in the event, and looking forward to Friday’s the highlight activities.
DGS was an all-boys institution in its early years, but in the early 1970’s, the school accepted registration from female students. This represents one of its major changes. It is now the biggest secondary school on island, with a population of about 900 members including staff. DGS takes great pride in being an institution that has taught many well-known prominent persons in various walks of life.
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