Harrison College can now be easily identified in bustling Bridgetown thanks to the efforts of the school’s Parent Teachers’ Association and old scholars.
Earlier today principal of the school, Winston Crichlow, old scholars and officials of the school’s PTA attended an unveiling ceremony at the Roebuck Street entrance to the school.
In a release, officials of the school argued that despite a long history of almost 280 years many people still did not know where to find Harrison College and to change this, the executive of the PTA “commissioned David Speiler, an old scholar, to design and create signage appropriate to the historic integrity of the environs and centuries old structures.”
The sign was completed for installation in mid-August in time for the start of the academic year 2012-2013.
Harrison College was recently included as part of the UNESCO-designated Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison.
Meanwhile, commenting on today’s event, Crichlow said: “The school has been in existence for 279 years without any signage and therefore the PTA thought it appropriate since the school is now a heritage site.”
President of the PTA, Tessa Chaderton-Shaw, who also attended the school, said: “The PTA was pleased to be a part of this initiative given the fact that the school will celebrate its 280th year of existence in 2013 and due to the fact that Harrison College forms part of the UNESCO designated Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison. The school stands out as a peaceful oasis in a bustling capital.”
Public Relations Officer of the PTA, Ricardo Redman, said that it was fitting that after 279 years they “are actually now able to do some renovations to structures and aspects of the grounds. The PTA has repaired the benches and the quadrangle in the school yard. These repairs were all made possible through the efforts of the PTA and old scholars. We look forward to more old scholars coming forward to contribute to the school.”