Cayman Prep and High School growing

Construction on a new building for Cayman
Prep and High School is now under way.

A groundbreaking for the new three-storey
23,000 square foot high school building, which will be connected to the main
existing school building by covered walkways on two levels, took place on 7 December. 

The new building will comprise five
dedicated science laboratories, 10 classrooms, two fully equipped IT
laboratories, a new library, a careers office and various administrative offices. 

On hand for the groundbreaking
ceremony were board members and church
leaders including Rev. Collin Cowan; Bryan Bothwell, regional deputy general secretary
of United Church of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and chairman of the Board of
Governors of CPHS; and Rev. Dave Hazle, school chaplain. 

Former principals Mike Bowerman and
Jean Bahadur were also present, along with Government representatives, teachers,
parents and students.

 “I am delighted to witness the beginning of a
new phase in the history of our school, which has served the local and expatriate
community for 60 years,” said school Director Michael McGrath. “The new
building will accommodate all of our core subjects so every student will share
in the new experience.”

The oldest secondary school in the
Cayman Islands with an inception in 1949, Cayman Prep and High has developed
into a leading educational institution in the Islands serving over 750 students
with the I/GCSE and A-Level British educational system.

The new building, which was
designed by Kariba Architecture and Interiors and is being built by Livingstone
Construction Management (both of the Evolving Island Group), is expected to be
completed by late summer 2010, in time for the 2010-11 academic year.

 “The high school has excellent teachers whose
consistent efforts to encourage our students to reach their maximum potential
has resulted in outstanding external examination results such as the 5 or more
A* to C grade passes achieved by 91 per cent of our 2009 Year 11 class,” said
High School Principal, Sheila Purdom.

“We are all eagerly looking forward
to our new building, equipped with world-class facilities in which we will
continue to deliver a world-class education.”

Funding for the new building is
being sought through a loan from a local bank, with funds also actively being
sought by the new development office at the school, mainly from the generosity
and action of parents and students of the school. 

Past students and parents
of CPHS who may like to contribute and have their family name on a foundation donor
plaque, or help to develop an alumni association are encouraged to contact the
development office. The total cost of the project including FF&E is
expected to be close to $5 million.


General Secretary of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Rev. Collin Cowan on the tractor with, from left. Richard Purdom, Daccord Ltd. Project Manager; Steve Williams, PTA President, Michael McGrath, Director of CPHS; Derek Serpell, Kariba Architecture and Interiors; Chris Sutton, Livingstone Construction management; and Bryan Bothwell, chairman of the Board of Governors of CPHS and regional deputy general secretary of UCJCI