Ja­maica Col­lege PTA cel­e­brates a mile­stone on Novem­ber 23

Jamaica Gleaner - - ARTS & EDUCATION -

THE JA­MAICA Col­lege PTA (JCPTA) will com­mem­o­rate 10 years of trans­for­ma­tion and will hon­our three of the cham­pi­ons of this change at an awards din­ner on Novem­ber 23 at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel at 7:00 p.m.

“R. Danny Wil­liams, Ruel Reid, and Ian Forbes will be given spe­cial awards for their in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the school,” said Robert C Dunk­ley, first vice-pres­i­dent, JCPTA.

Prime Min­is­ter Andrew Hol­ness will be the key­note speaker.

As part of the 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, The Church of The As­cen­sion, and JC school chap­lain Fr Michael Allen will host a ser­vice of thanks­giv­ing to­day start­ing at 8:00 a.m.

The ge­n­e­sis of the trans­for­ma­tion, Dunk­ley shared, goes back to 2006 when the JC school board, led by then chair­man Dr R. Danny Wil­liams, ini­ti­ated pro­grammes to trans­form the in­sti­tu­tion to the days of for­mer glory. This saw the com­ing to­gether of many stake­hold­ers such as the Ja­maica Col­lege Trust, The old Boys as­so­ci­a­tion, the JCPTA, and what would come to be the Ja­maica Col­lege Foun­da­tion.

REN­O­VA­TION AND MOD­ERNI­SA­TION

As a part of the process, ren­o­va­tion and mod­erni­sa­tion of ma­jor fa­cil­i­ties on cam­pus, con­struc­tion of the Karl Hendrickson Au­di­to­rium, a new gym­na­sium, ten­nis courts, the Mayer Mat­alon Dor­mi­to­ries, ex­panded class­room fa­cil­i­ties, and other im­prove­ments val­ued at in ex­cess of $500 mil­lion were un­der­taken.

The teach­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tive sys­tems were also over­hauled and Se­na­tor Ruel Reid, led the in­sti­tu­tion as the prin­ci­pal.

The trans­for­ma­tion, Dunk­ley said, has reaped re­wards over the past decade and cat­a­pulted Ja­maica Col­lege as one of the best schools in the is­land.

“Our sports pro­gramme, led by chair­man of the Sports De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee Ian Forbes, has seen the school take many of the most cov­eted foot­ball and track and field ti­tles,” he said. “Other teams such as bas­ket­ball, lawn and ta­ble ten­nis, swim­ming, as well as ro­bot­ics and per­form­ing arts have rep­re­sented the school lo­cally and over­seas with much success and ad­mi­ra­tion.”

The theme for this year’s cel­e­bra­tion is ‘Trans­form­ing Cham­pi­ons to Great­ness’, and the pro­ceeds will go to­wards the school’s strate­gic de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

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