KINGSTON — Ground was broken for a state of the art library media centre, at Campion College, in Kingston, on June 29.
The centre will feature several different computer-accessible and internet-enabled areas for students to do research, study as well as to complete assignments and projects needed for external examinations.
It will be named in honour of the late Jonathan Stewart, who graduated from Campion College in 1983, and is budgeted at US$700,000. Jonathan Stewart is the late son of Chairman of the Sandals Group, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.
The Stewarts have donated US$350,000 towards construction of the library media centre, while the remainder of the funds was raised by the alumni, parents and friends of the school.
In his address at the ground breaking ceremony, Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness said the facility will assist with the advancement of the students’ education.
He said that philanthropy for the growth of education is a significant component within the system, and commended the donors for the contributions they have made toward the construction of the library.
The Minister pointed out that the Government is seeking partnerships to build more institutions like Campion College, as the institution is regarded as one of the top high schools in the country.
“It is now time for a new generation to look towards building new schools, quality schools of the future,” he added.
Principal of Campion, Grace Baston said the facility is essential to fulfilling its goal of providing superb education to its students, adding that the library is an integral cornerstone in this mission.
She thanked the donors for their contribution, and cited the willingness of persons to assist the institution.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sandals Resort International, Adam Stewart said the new facility will impact the lives of many.
Mr. Stewart, who spoke on behalf of the sponsors, said that “if this library can impact some of the Campionites and they can contribute and stay within Jamaica, it would be a dream come true”.
The library media centre will also have computers as well as projectors and other presentation tools for students and teachers. Other features include: a distance learning and interactive technology classroom; a multi-media classroom; small-group study and meeting rooms for collaborative learning; and an outside amphitheatre for creative art performances and student meetings.
Construction is slated to commence July or August 2011 and will last for 10 months.
By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter