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Presentation College Chaguanas marks 65th anniversary

Last month, Presentation College Chaguanas celebrated 65 years of excellence as the academic term came to a close. The milestone was marked by two memorable events: a Communion Service during the week officiated by former principal Deacon Simon Rostant and a cocktail reception on Saturday, June 29 attended by numerous alumni, past teachers, principals, and well-wishers.

In his address, Principal (Ag) Dr Rene Whiby reminisced about the college’s humble beginnings: “While Presentation College, San Fernando, was established in an urban setting, Presentation College, Chaguanas was built by the Catholic Church on an estate bordered with coconut trees, serving the rural communities in the Chaguanas area”.

The transformation from the original St Phillip and St James High School to Presentation College Chaguanas under the stewardship of the Presentation Brothers on March 19, 1959, marked a significant chapter in the institution’s history. The college, which started with classes held in open-air huts with thatched roofs, quickly became a gateway to tertiary education, expanding its curriculum to include not only medicine and engineering, but also business.

Dr Whiby highlighted Bro Matthew Feheney’s tenure as the second principal, underscoring a decade of significant growth and prominence. The motto, Dominus Nos Dirige (Lord guide us), chosen by the Presentation Brothers, encapsulated the institution’s ethos of service and excellence.

“Many students excelled in academia and were awarded scholarships which started in the 60s and continue to this day. Last year we received seven scholarships and 17 bursaries,” Dr Whiby proudly shared, affirming the college’s continued commitment to academic excellence.

Dr Whiby extended special thanks to the college’s alumni, acknowledging their  role in the institution’s success.

The Parent-Teacher Association Board (PTAB) also received accolades for their steadfast support and dedication through various fundraising efforts, ensuring student welfare and enhancing college facilities.

A round of applause was dedicated to the Presentation Brothers, past principals, and teachers whose hard work and dedication have transformed the college into the esteemed institution it is today. “I am truly thankful for being surrounded by a dynamic staff who are truly competent leaders and actually make me look good,” said  Dr Whiby.

Although no longer active in Trinidad and Tobago, remarks from the Congregation Leader Bro Barry Noel FPM were delivered virtually by the Presentation Brothers.

Special awards were also handed out to several stakeholders who have contributed over the years to the success of the school.

As the festivities concluded, there was a sense of pride and optimism for the future, anchored in the strong foundations laid by generations of educators and students. Here’s to another 65 years of excellence and service! —Roger Sant, alumnus