With only 105 first form students and a faculty of four Jesuit Fathers, Campion College opened its doors on January 5, 1960 and the first lessons were given that day in a pavi
lion and in classrooms borrowed from Campion Hall Preparatory School. Campion Hall Prep had been founded in January 1940 when Rt. Reverend Thomas A. Emmet, S.J., D.D., was Vicar Apostolic of Jamaica and V. Reverend Thomas J. Feeney, S.J. was uperior.It began on the premises of St. George’s College but moved to Roslyn Hall (now known as Campion Hall) at 115 Old Hope Road on January 6, 1942.
To make room for the growing needs of Campion College, the prep school graduated its last class in December 1962, just as twenty-two years earlier it had taken in its first students to supply the needs of St. George’s College.
In just over 50 years, Campion has become the premier high school in the island with over 1400 students. Some of the highlights in the history of the school include:
• The addition of a 6th form programme in 1967
• The transition from a private school to a grant-aided, coeducational public school in 1976
• The school’s outstanding academic record, which has resulted in its awards for Top CSEC & CAPE School based on its examination results over several years
• The numerous national and international awards and scholarships its graduates have received including 14 Rhodes Scholarships.
True to its Jesuit identity, the school’s mission is to create “men and women for others” by forming graduates who are “intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving and committed to justice.” To that end, the school has a rigorous academic curriculum as well as a carefully designed, expansive co-curricular programme for character formation. This co-curricular programme includes some 40 clubs and 15 sports and features service clubs which range from the Interact and Key Club, to the Ministry Outreach (which visits children and senior homes weekly), to the Champ ions Homework Club, whereby Campion students tutor children from the inner-city community of nearby Chamber’s Lane.
CAMPION & THE SOCIETY OF JESUS
Not only did the Society establish the school, but its Jesuit Fathers also served as members of staff, encouraging willing young minds in all aspects of learning, and laying foundations in religion, the arts, and science.
Jesuits who have served at Campion College over the years include: Archbishop Samuel Carter (First Headmaster, 1960- 1964), Fr. William Raftery, Fr. John Dorsey, Fr. Farrell, Fr. Ashe, Fr. Coleman, Fr. Ruddy, Fr. Delaney, Br. Clarke, Fr. Bowman, Fr. Reil, Fr. Barry, Fr. Krim, Fr. Macmillan and Fr. Cowley.
Today, Fr. Joseph MacWade, Fr. Con Mulvihill and the Chairman of the School Board, Fr. Peter McIsaac, continue the tradition of Jesuit service to the school. Read more......Read less
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SINGER has assisted many schools through the provision of sewing machines and has taught children to sew through joint programs with children's homes and government institutions. We have for many years donated furniture and appliances to homes that care for children and the aged and continue to focus on these two sectors of our citizenry by way of donations. Sports
SINGER is an official sponsor of the Jamaican Olympic Team to London 2012, continuing our support of the Jamaica Olympic Association, which began in 2000, when we assisted in sponsoring the Jamaican contingent to the Olympics in Sydney, Australia. We were also sponsors of the team for Beijing 2008. We are proud of the achievements of our athletes and happy to do our part to assist in Jamaica's athletic success on the world stage.At SINGER we have been actively involved in assisting in the growth and development of sports in Jamaica. SINGER has fostered the development of sports through our donations to various High Schools for their sports programmes. Schools such as St. Jago High, Ardenne High School & Wolmers High, Campion College have benefited from our contribution. We have donated footballs to schools and community centres across Jamaica. In 2007 we also sponsored the Digicel Junior Under 17 Caribbean Cup. Read more......Read less