The Wolmer's Boys' School in Kingston is hoping that the construction of its multimillion-dollar auditorium will open the window for students to be more rounded, especially in the creative arts.
Principal Dr Walton Small, who was speaking with The Gleaner following yesterday's ground-breaking ceremony at the institution, noted that the lack of space restricted some aspects of extracurricular activities.
"We have been limited in terms of the students expressing their artistic abilities because we do not have the space and so with this [auditorium], we are going to see a different side of Wolmer's,"said the principal of the 285-year-old institution.
"Our students will be excelling even more in the performing arts and indoor sporting events because we do not only believe in academic development, but we are of the opinion that a student should understand the importance of balance," he declared.
He added: "When we have activities that require students being outdoors, we have to transport them all the way up to a facility near Stony Hill, and it is really expensive, both financially and physically, and so I'm looking forward to great things."
Small also appealed to organisations and various businesses to assist in filling a $43-million gap in meeting the $170-million target for building the auditorium.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, who was the guest speaker at the event, implored persons in the education sector to do all they can to enhance the holistic development of students.
"In addition to the academics, let us embark on initiatives within our schools that will build the character of our students. One cannot overemphasise how important it is for our youth to be driven in purpose and accomplishment," he said.
"I also encourage persons who are members of churches to find Jesus outside of your sanctuaries and go into the schools because it is there you will engage with the little children and fulfil the mandate of Christ," he urged.