Message from WOGA – Fire Update

May 5, 2017 | Written By: Rickaye Brown

May 4, 2017

Message from WOGA

As we celebrate our 135th Anniversary, we have been met with both happy and traumatic news. Classes at Westwood were suspended indefinitely yesterday following a fire on Tuesday night. The fire, which was confined to the kitchen and main dining room areas, destroyed the roof, furniture and heavy-duty appliances.

We are relieved that none of the girls were hurt and we laud the efforts of the firefighters and plant supervisor in quickly containing the fire. Hats off to the staff, students and Principal for their prompt response. We are advised that the evacuation conformed to all fire drill exercises.

The Investigation to ascertain the details of what triggered the fire and an estimate of the damage are still underway.

Boarders from the upper school who were slated to sit external examinations starting on Monday, have been asked to return on Sunday.  The Board will meet on Friday, May 5 and from that short-term plans will be put in place for all other students and the remainder of the academic year.


In an effort to assist with rebuilding the structure WOGA and the school are asking for donations.

See below avenues which can be used for cash contributions:

1:  Name: Westwood High School – Account #: 000003611 – BNS Brown’s Town

2: Name: Westwood Old Girls Association – Account #: 255718 – BNS Liguanea

3: Name: Westwood Foundation – Account #: 064519174 – NCB Duke Street

4: GofundMe:

5: Paypal:


If you are unable to donate in cash and/or would like to contribute in the form of food items, cutlery, appliances, etc. kindly contact President Rickaye Brown ( or call 472-7280) in order for us to organize and confirm same.

Pray with us as we move forward as a stronger unit. Westwood High School – 135 Years: Celebrating the Journey to Greatness




Rickaye Brown                                                  Jenniffer A. Brown                                              Donna Nicholson

President                                                            President                                                               President

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