History of the George Charles Secondary School
The South Castries Secondary School was constructed by the Government of St. Lucia with the assistance of monies provided by USAID and first opened its doors in 1991. Initially only ‘Block A’ was constructed and for the academic year 1991-1992 it housed the first Form 1 intake of students of the South Castries Secondary School (these students graduated from GCSS in July 1996) and the first intake for the Sir Ira Simmons Secondary which was still under construction at that time. The Principal appointed from inception was Mr. Bonaventure Jn. Baptiste and although he was not present at the school from 1997 onwards he remained the nominal principal until 2005. Since 1997 the GCSS has had two Acting Principals, Mrs. Alfrita Nuptial-Cooper and Mr. Anthony Alcide (retired).
In September 1992 the Sir Ira Simmons Secondary School students and staff moved to occupy their own premises in Choc Bay and the school was renamed as the George Charles Secondary School after St. Lucia’s first Chief Minister, Sir George Frederick Lawrence Charles. The uniform was redesigned from its opening beige and brown to the familiar navy blue and white. The newly named GCSS accepted a new intake of Form 1 students plus one class of Form 3s coming into the secondary system from the Rockhall and Bocage Senior Primary Schools via the Common Middle Exam – these Form 3 students wrote their CXC Examinations in May/June 1995 and formed the first graduating class of GCSS in July 1995.
The second half of the school currently known as ‘Block B’ was completed in 1993, expanding the number of classrooms and in addition now houses the Computer Lab, TD Room, BT Room, Staff Room, F&N Room and the Principal’s Office. ‘Block A’, in addition to having six basic classrooms, currently houses the Theatre Arts, Main Office, Counselor’s Room, Learning Resource Center, Science Labs, Vice-Principals Office, Bursars Office & Prep Room.
GCSS Staff Photo circa 1996
The current school population is approximately 570 students (four-form entry with on average 25-30 students per class). At GCSS we currently offer the following subjects at CXC CSEC level:
- Agricultural Science
- Building Technology (Construction)
- English A
- Food & Nutrition
- Electronic Document Preparation and Management
- Integrated Science
- Office Administration
- Principles of Business
- Social Studies
- Technical Drawing
- Theatre Arts
- Physical Education
- Visual Arts
In addition there is a Literacy program in Forms 1 & 2 known as Language and Communication, Physical Education in Forms 1, 2 & 3 and Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) throughout Forms 1 – 5.
We have a teaching staff of 40 plus a counselor, secretary, lab technician, bursar, grounds men, cleaners and night watchmen. The current Principal is Mr Wulstan “Walleigh” Alfred and the Vice Principal is Mrs Fiona Mayer.