It was a proud moment indeed for Cayman Prep and High School when its new two-storey building was finally officially opened last week.
Teachers, pupils, parents, board of governors representatives, church council members, benefactors and volunteers attended the opening and dedication ceremony, that included a blessing of the new building by the Right Reverend Colin Cowan, General Secretary of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, as well as a ribbon-cutting ceremony, performed by Cayman Prep student, Kelly Phillips, who designed the distinctive ‘Keep Building Education’ logo, adopted by the school.
Bud Johnson, chairman of the Board of Governors at the school and deputy chairman of the special Building Committee that was established to oversee the project, thanked all those involved in the erection of the building, including those responsible for building, contracting, marketing and financing the project.
Parents contributed financially via additional payments to their regular school fees, while major corporate sponsors included Ernst & Young and Butterfield Bank. In a welcome move, Simon Whicker, partner with KPMG announced at the event that his firm would also become sponsors of this project that is always in need of extra funding.
After the official ceremony, which included entertainment by the National Festival of the Arts gold medal winning Cayman Prep girls choir, attendees were invited to look around the new building, which houses classrooms and a brand new library downstairs and specialist rooms upstairs, including computer room, maths specialist room and an art/science/design technology room.
In an especially poignant move, Mr. Brian Wilson, Vice-Principal of the school unveiled a plaque with the names of all pupils who had contributed to this truly worthy cause.