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Harrison College Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) President, Tessa Chaderton-Shaw and Principal Winston Crichlow officially unveiling the Harrison College plaque at the school’s Roebuck Street entrance yesterday as former Harrisonian and owner of Earthworks Caribbean Inc., David Spieler (left) and Vice President of the Old Harrisonian Society, Lachmi Connell, look on.


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A plaque has been unveiled at Harrison College as part of the school’s commemoration efforts for its upcoming 280th anniversary.

Yesterday afternoon, Principal of the school, Winston Crichlow, accompanied by members of the Board of Management and the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), conducted the official unveiling of the Harrison College plaque at its Roebuck Street entrance.

Crichlow informed the media that the plaque was one of two projects spearheaded by the school’s PTA and expressed his gratitude to the organisation for its commitment to the upkeep of the Crumpton Street institution.

He said, “Even though persons know where Harrison College is, there is no signage that clearly identifies the school and this is a good gesture on the part of the PTA.”

He added, “It helps to improve the entire ambiance of the school. Bearing in mind that Harrison College is located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, it will greatly help to uplift the image of the school.”

The Harrison College principal revealed that the school was currently in the preliminary stages of planning for its 280th anniversary and noted that the institution had given some consideration to highlighting the linkage between the historical and social significance of the school within the context of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison.

He assured, “As we go about our plans for next year’s 280th anniversary, we have certainly given thought as to what other ways we can highlight the historical importance of Harrison College that have not been overlooked.”

Crichlow also took the opportunity to thank former Harrisonian and owner of Earthworks, David Spieler, for the donation of the plaque, adding further praise to PTA President, Tessa Chaderton-Shaw, who he noted has made it her mission to increase the level of contributions made by former students to their alma mater.

According to the principal, one such area for channelling contributions by the College’s alumni would be towards the restoration of the institution’s various buildings.

He outlined, “One can appreciate that this is a very old plant, with the most recent building erected in 1941, and others in existence for over 100 years. Even though the Board of Management has been attending to keep the place functional, the buildings are still in need of repair and restoration.” (JM)

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