$30 Million Auditorium Opens At Pembroke Hall Primary School

Photo: Donald Delahaye Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (3rd left), and Principal, Pembroke Hall Primary School, Norma McNeil (3rd right), cut the ribbon to open the Norma McNeil Auditorium at the school in Kingston on November 26. Others (from left) are: Member of Parliament for North Western St. Andrew, Derrick Smith; representative of the Greater Works International Fellowship, Ann McCarthy; Past President, Parent-Teachers Association (PTA), Sonia Morgan; and School Board Chairman, Novlette Howell.

Story Highlights

  • Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is praising the partnership between school and community in the construction of a $30 million auditorium at the Pembroke Hall Primary School in Kingston.
  • The National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation and Tastee Limited also made donations to facilitate the painting of the building.
  • The Norma McNeil Auditorium, named after the school’s Principal, is a state-of-the-art facility, which boasts a fully equipped audiovisual centre, changing rooms, lounge area for visitors, kitchen and bathrooms.

Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is praising the partnership between school and community in the construction of a $30 million auditorium at the Pembroke Hall Primary School in Kingston.

Delivering the main address at the official opening of the facility at the school’s Potosi Avenue location on November 26, Rev. Thwaites commended all those who contributed to the project.

He said the establishment of the auditorium, primary through fundraising activities and contribution from parents and private interests, is in keeping with the Ministry’s focus on public/private partnership in the education system.

“You recognise that the future of education is a partnership (and it is in) everybody’s interest and that it involves sacrifice and engagement by everyone who can contribute… I commend all the members of this community near and far that have brought about this structure and all of the facilities here,” he said.

Member of Parliament for North Western St. Andrew, Derrick Smith, who was also in attendance, hailed the achievement as a “job well done.”

Principal of Pembroke Hall Primary, Norma McNeil, who gave an overview of the project, said that funds were raised through various fundraising efforts, as well as contribution from parents, staff and students.

She cited “generous contribution” of over $10 million by the Greater Works International Fellowship (GWIF) for ceiling, electrical works, installation of air conditioning and provision of chairs and equipment for the audiovisual centre.

The National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation and Tastee Limited also made donations to facilitate the painting of the building.

The Norma McNeil Auditorium, named after the school’s Principal, is a state-of-the-art facility, which boasts a fully equipped audiovisual centre, changing rooms, lounge area for visitors, kitchen and bathrooms.

It will be used for general school activities such as devotion and graduation; host training courses for residents; and will be available for rental for private functions.

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