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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:

  • Influenced 920 students, 350 parents, 22 teachers, and 6 cooks and 5 janitors.

  • Grown to a total of 6 schools that are under our umbrella.

  • Provided the children at SBCBS with a better learning environment by renovating and upgrading the existing school building and adding and renovating an adjoining building therefore doubling the space.

  • Restructured the school staff, supplied uniforms and provided on-going teacher training and built a playground.

  • Provided workshops on parenting skills, and guidance for caregivers to increase literacy skills at home.

  • Added ipads to SBCBS to enhance the learning experience.

  • Provided literacy and developmental assessments for each student, in addition to health and dental screenings.

  • Helped our Basic Schools comply with the Early Childhood Commission’s legal standards. Three of our schools were recently recognized by the ECC for achieving over 75% compliance with these standards.

  • Implemented the Process Phonics method of teaching reading into our basic schools with the help of a group of professionals from Syracuse, NY.

  • This program is now fully implemented in five of the schools.

  • Created nutritious menus, trained school cooks and served nutritious meals  that appeal to 3-5 year olds.

  • Introduced tennis with an age appropriate program.

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:

  • A week long seminar for cooks and staff which included cooking lessons and site visits to each school.

  • Provided appliances, kitchen equipment, utensil, dishes and cutlery.

  • Generated nutritious menus using local ingredients to serve meals familiar to our students.

  • Developed a partnership with Food for the Poor to provide free >food which is distributed to our five schools.

  • Encouraged “fruit” Wednesdays when the students bring fruit for their snack.

  • The Fund continues to conduct nutrition seminars for our new schools and ongoing support for our existing schools.

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.

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.