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...19 out of 20 five year olds were NOT ready to continue to the next level. With our assistance, reorganization and added curriculum, 99% were deemed proficient and ready to move on to primary school the next year.

Success by Six

The Tryall Fund is committed to developing and implementing the model program, “Success by Six”, for preschoolers (3-5 years old) and their caregivers. It encompasses education, literacy, health and nutrition. The Fund believes early intervention will give the children of Hanover the best chance for success, and will make the greatest impact on our larger community. The Fund adopted its first school, Sandy Bay Community Basic School (SBCBS) in January 2010.

To date we have:

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School renovation
  • The outside of the school before renovations began.
  • The outside of the school as good progress continues.
  • A fresh coat of paint on the new doors really began making the school look nice.
  • The classroom as work began.
  • The old fans came down.
  • The ceiling was replaced.
  • Improvements to the classroom.
  • Improvements to the new classroom.
  • The roof needed to be totally removed and replaced.
  • While work continued on the building, even the furniture was given a fresh coat of paint.
  • What a difference the changes are making already.
  • The renovated space has room for a principal's office, an additional classroom, a computer area...

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2011-2015

We are pleased that during 2011-2015 of the 154 students who entered primary school, 108 have performed in the top 25% of grade one. Sandy Bay Community Basic School is on its way to being self-sustaining and we have adopted 5 new schools.

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Impact on Nutrition
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Success by Six – Impact on Nutrition
The Success by Six initiative identified poor eating habits as a deterrent to learning. Our students were primarily consuming unhealthy snacks and drinks high in sugar resulting in poor behavior and lack of concentration. In order to change this situation the Fund engaged a dietician to develop a program which included the following:




Success by Six – Process Phonics
Process Phonics is based on principles of renowned neuropsychologists and scientists with practical application for over 25 years. The program comes with a long history of positive results in teaching students the skills needed to build a foundation to become good readers. Extensive research tells us that teaching phonemic awareness in a multi-sensory way is the single best way to successfully teach children to read. The uniqueness and power of the program is that it can significantly impact on grade level students as well as students with special needs and adults.

Process Phonics can easily be taught to groups of teachers and requires minimal supplies to start and almost no on-going costs. The program is highly affordable for schools and districts that want students to begin with reading readiness skills but without resources to purchase expensive programs. Process Phonics introduces students to “toy” objects that teach initial sounds. From there students learn to blend sounds even before letter names.

In 2013, a group of retired teachers and an administrator came to Jamaica to work with pre-schools in Hanover. The group provided all the hands-on, non-consumable materials for students and teachers. They also provided DVD’s and digital material to help with the presentation. While the initial work was with the Sandy Bay and Hopewell pre-schools 3 other schools and are now fully integrated in this programme. The group of teachers now visit our schools 2-3 times a year depending on our needs.

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Process Phonics
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The team was careful to do both pre and post assessments to gauge the success of the program. Virtually all students who we exposed to the program as 4 year olds and 5 year olds entered 1st grade with the reading readiness skills to be on-grade level readers. Some students far exceeded our expectations.



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Success by Six – Stay+Play
The “Success by Six” initiative includes the Stay+Play program that was developed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The Stay+Play philosophy is to introduce young children to an individualized sport and encourages them to become skillful while enjoy tennis. The students experience success when they learn to serve, rally and score. This program teaches 4 and 5 year olds the game of tennis while having fun. The students use larger and softer balls, smaller nets and smaller courts that are scaled to their age and makes tennis easy. Tennis helps build eye, hand and foot coordination. This program also develops listening skills and the students learn to follow oral instruction.

This programme is now in 5 schools serving 100 students plus the 78 that are now in primary school. This is one more tool we use to teach skills that will follow our preschoolers as they move to primary school.


Success by Six – Wellness Program
The Tryall Fund believes preventive health care is critical to a child’s development and success in school. To this end the Fund has instituted basic health screenings annually for the students in the Success by Six Program. When a problem is identified the doctor meets with the parent or guardian to discuss further intervention. The schools in the Success by Six Program participate in the Annual Dental Mission sponsored by the Tryall Fund.

The Mission provides cleanings, restoration and a large dose of eduction about dental heath. Also a dental hygienist from the Ministry of Health provides additional education in the schools. Medical professionals lead workshops for parents and teachers in all six of our schools to inform them about the importance of good nutrition, having annual check-ups and required inoculations, current diseases outbreaks and answer any of their questions.

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Wellness Program
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  • The assistant held the little girl's hand to reassure her
  • General exams were done on all the children
  • Needed supplies were donated
  • The children lined up outside for their turn
  • Another quick check
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