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  • Cornwall College, the all boys educational institution, in Montego Bay, St. James, now has its own chapel.
  • The facility, built at a cost of $33 million, was officially dedicated on Sunday, September 7. Construction of the 120-seat chapel began in early 2012.
  • The building also has offices for the school’s Chaplain, Reverend Kenroy Salter, and a Secretary as well as sanitary conveniences.

Cornwall College, the all boys educational institution, in Montego Bay, St. James, now has its own chapel.

The facility, built at a cost of $33 million, was officially dedicated on Sunday, September 7. Construction of the 120-seat chapel began in early 2012.

The building also has offices for the school’s Chaplain, Reverend Kenroy Salter, and a Secretary as well as sanitary conveniences.

Speaking at the dedication ceremony, the Education Ministry’s Western Regional Director, Mrs. Hillary Foster, who represented Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said all schools should take a page from Cornwall College’s book and build their own chapel.

Mrs. Foster, who taught at Cornwall College in the 1980s, said construction of the chapel is yet another historic achievement for the school, and  the Ministry of Education supports the building of the facility and the purposes for which it will be used.

“At the Ministry of Education, we salute the importance of this chapel as it seeks to serve the students. This chapel will be a multi-purpose, non-denominational facility. It will complement and drive the teaching and learning of the school, by housing certain aspects of the curriculum…with the objective of being the hub of a number of character building programmes for our boys,” she said.

Mrs. Foster said the advancement of music education is another aspect of the learning experience that will be enhanced through the use of the chapel.

“We know that music literacy leads to personal and professional development and the growth of critical thinking, team building and independent skills. Music is a subject in itself, but is a medium through which other subjects can be taught. We must agree that the chapel will add value to the school’s chaplaincy programme,” she added.

The Director is also confident that through the use of the chapel, the moral and spiritual aspects of the lives of the students at Cornwall College will be enhanced.

“The chapel will also be used to promote the spiritual and moral upliftment of students…that social space of the school grounds to which the boys can escape without being judged, seek refuge, gain pastoral support where their self esteem, self belief can be nurtured through the various activities. Students will experience Christian principles and will be encouraged to respect other faiths,” Mrs. Foster said.

Meanwhile, she has issued a call for members of the Cornwall College Old Boys’ Association to institute, in an official way, a mentorship programmme for the students at the facility.

“It would be good for the Old Boys to continue to mentor and guide the young ones in adopting the right values and attitudes for success in life and work. This is exactly what our country needs,” Mrs. Foster noted.

Money for the construction of the chapel was collected through several fund-raising events staged by the Cornwall College Old Boys’ Association, especially the Central Florida Chapter in the United States.