A crowd of about 200 which included the Governor General, Ministers of Government, parents and well-wishers of the school, attended the ceremony, at the school grounds. The event featured singing, dancing and poetry by students who are attending the school and was chaired by Principal, Sydney Osborne.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, for the ICCS, Mr Mark Wilkin, while giving the featured address, told the audience that “We are all here today because we want the best for our children and those that make up the future of this nation.”
Mr. Wilkin added, “I stand here today not only for my children who attend ICCS, but also because as a former student of St. Theresa’s Convent High School, I want to see it grow and become all that it can be to the many students.”
He also went on to say that the school is built on love. It is a reflection of the unadulterated love a father or a mother has for their daughter. It is the product of the infinite love the church has for our society, said the Chairman.
“We are here today because Laurie Ann Mezzalingua came to St. Kitts as the founding President of Kajola Kristada. She loved the authenticity of children and connected with them on all levels,” Wilkin added.
He also thanked all contributors who showed charity, selflessness in the advancement of the school.
The parents of Laurie Mezzalingua, Dan and Kathy Mezzalingua, made a presentation on behalf of their daughter, who was instrumental in the school’s development and who has a building named in her honour.
Kathy Mezzalingua, presented parts of Laurie’s address she delivered at the ground breaking ceremony, to signal the commencement of construction back in January 2008. Laurie told students then, “You have been given a major opportunity, take advantage of it. Learn from it. Education shows us how to grow in this world. Education is a lifetime experience, not limited to your youth.”
The buildings are not the beautiful gift, the gift is the opportunity. The whole idea is to learn grow, improve, evolve, teach others and give back, said the late Laurie Mezzalingua, three years ago, before she died.
Mrs. Mezzalingua also stated that this was Laurie’s dream, to see the campus completed and that it is so sad that she couldn’t be here for this ceremony.
At present the school has just over 400 students and is an amalgamation of the former St. Theresa’s Convent and St. Joseph’s Roman School.