$1.5 Million for Ewarton High - CranWATA School Spirit Competition Winners

The Ewarton High School WOW Moment Steering Committee receiving their cheque of $1.5 million dollars. Present are (Front Left) Director of Marketing, Mr Fancois Chalifour of Wysinco and (Front right) Senator, The Honourable Ruel Reid, Minister of Education, Youth and Information


In March 2016 the Ewarton High School entered the Wisynco “CranWata” School Sprit Competition with an aim of winning the coveted $1.5 million dollars to undertake a school project of their choice.  They were subsequently named among the top five shortlisted schools that had to utilize their persuasive and presentation skills to convince the panel of judges that their proposal was the most ingenious, relevant and impacting to the school and community at large.

A “WOW” Moment steering team was commissioned into action by the Principal Mrs. Jacqueline Simpson-Huntley comprising Vice Principals, Guidance Counselors, Visual Arts, Industrial Technology and Social Studies Departments.  Their “WOW Moment” Proposal included the building of a “WOW Mart” Tuck shop which will be used to generate much income for the school which in turn will be used to boost other developmental programmes. The aim is to provide breakfast and other meals to the students and employment for members from the community all in an environmentally friendly atmosphere. This proposal aims to address two major challenges that the school has been plagued with, student lateness and students who come to school having eaten no breakfast; with this “WOW Mart” all the provisions will be made for students to have a hot meal before the start of school.


Mrs Jacqueline Simpson Huntley Principal of Ewarton High School standing beside the model of the “WOW MART”


The “Wow Mart” benefits:

  • Funds generated will be used for developmental programmes within the school primarily ‘breakfast’
  • Promote environmentally friendly practices - recycle bins etc.
  • Feature educational notice board and activities such as the Mathematics ‘Wheel of Fortune
  • Employ workers from the community

To initiate a breakfast programme that will

  • contribute towards students getting a healthy start to the school day


  • encourage farming – students will produce cash crops on the school’s farm that will be used in the programme
  • boost punctuality
  • Engage volunteer from the community
  • Support local farmers

Mrs Jacqueline Simpson Huntley, Principal of Ewarton High receiving a basket from Director of Marketing, Mr Fancois Chalifour of Wysinco