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Our Lady of the Angels Prep beams with joy after computer lab renovation

Published:Tuesday | February 9, 2016 | 12:01 AM
Patrick Whittock (left), board director of Our Lady of the Angels; Desron Graham (centre), manager of NCB Washington Boulevard branch, and Tamara Crooks, president of the home and school association, assist head boy Jadon Howell and head girl Janelle Williams on the computer after the opening of the refurbished computer lab at the school in St Andrew.

Students, teachers, and parents at the Our Lady of the Angels Preparatory School are beaming with joy following yesterday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for their newly renovated computer lab.

The renovation project was organised and executed by the institution's home and school association (HSA) in an effort to promote the use of modern information and communications technologies.

"Computers currently have a tremendous influence on the way in which we communicate with each other. It enables learners to work with an assortment of resources. The modernised lab creates the opportunity for new approaches to teaching new material, and we believe that with the best use of the lab, the foundation of learning at Our Lady of the Angels Preparatory School will be strengthened," said Tamara Crooks, president of the HSA.

According to Crooks, the refurbishing took approximately one month to complete and focused mainly on upgrading the overall efficiency of the systems.

"It took us a month, almost a month, to get it fully modernised. What we did was take out the computers that were not fully efficient, using a lot of energy, and replaced them with modern and current systems. The Internet speed wasn't as fast, so we have also done some re-cabling," she said.

Twenty brand new computers were installed. Painting was also done.

The NCB Foundation, J. Wray & Nephew, MC Systems, Gary Martin and Triphina's Pharmacy were the sponsors.


Desron Graham of NCB Foundation told The Gleaner that "NCB is very big on the development of our youths, and so when we were asked to partner with the school to assist with this computer lab, it was not a question for us. It was just a matter of when and to get it done."

"In this day and age, everything is about the computer. Everything is done on the computer in a jiffy, so, of course, once you get the kids on the right path from day one, it will just be smooth sailing for them in terms of education," he said.

Principal of the school, Marcia Meredith, expressed her gratitude to the sponsors and members of the HSA for their input and commitment to the project and described the efforts as immeasurable.