Holy Name hosts building fund art auction

Holy Name Con­vent has em­barked on a school ex­pan­sion dri­ve to build more teach­ing spaces to en­sure the rich lega­cy of the Do­mini­can Sis­ters con­tin­ues in its dri­ve to ed­u­cate the young women of Trinidad and To­ba­go.

Com­ment­ing on the school's rich tra­di­tion in ed­u­ca­tion via a me­dia re­lease, chair­man of the Build­ing Ver­i­tas Fund, Ian Ben­jamin, ex­plained, “We are proud of the tremen­dous her­itage that Holy Name Con­vent has. Its phys­i­cal space has proven to be a sa­cred space that al­lows our young women to blos­som and grow in ser­vice.”

The school said the ex­pan­sion of the in­sti­tu­tion has been in plan­ning for the last 14 years as cur­rent ca­pac­i­ty al­lows for on­ly 66 per cent of CAPE stu­dents to re­turn to Form 6. In ad­di­tion to a pre-ex­ist­ing short­fall of eight class­rooms, there are now 18 spaces in the school that can­not be used, mean­ing the school is now lack­ing 26 teach­ing spaces.The re­lease added that the dam­age sus­tained af­ter the 6.9 mag­ni­tude earth­quake in Au­gust fur­ther re­vealed struc­tur­al is­sues.

As such, some ren­o­va­tions to the ex­ist­ing struc­ture are planned but a new wing is crit­i­cal, it not­ed. The new wing will ho­n­our the mem­o­ry of two Do­mini­can Sis­ters, Sr. Bernadette De la Bastide and Sr. He­len Gomes and is pro­ject­ed to cost $10 mil­lion for the build­ing alone.

The school has, how­ev­er, em­barked up­on sev­er­al fund-rais­ing ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing an alum­ni fundrais­ing chal­lenge, Deeds of Covenant, spe­cial con­certs and events and the sale of mem­o­ra­bil­ia items to raise the nec­es­sary funds for the project.

The next event is an art auc­tion en­ti­tled Art is LIFE! on Fri­day at the Arch­bish­op’s House, Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah, Port-of-Spain from 5.30 pm.

The Auc­tion will of­fer for sale a mix of novice and pro­fes­sion­al art, sculp­ture, jew­ellery. Art from HNC Alum­ni artists Karen Sylvester, Sarah Joseph Dasent and Marisse Ro­driguez, along­side well-known artists such as Christo­pher Co­zi­er, Ire­nee Shaw Co­zi­er, Judy Shaw, Fitzroy Hoyte, Der­mot Loui­son, Jack­ie Hink­son, Che Lovelace, Lisa O’Con­nor and Ken­ny Yu will be on of­fer. Items from emerg­ing artists Ali­cia Milne, Vi­vian Wall, as well as cur­rent head girl La Shelle Charles and oth­er cur­rent stu­dents will al­so be avail­able.

Speak­ing about the event, Form Six Dean Sr. Re­nee Hall, said, “We have had such a glo­ri­ous out­pour­ing of art for the auc­tion that we want­ed to give guests mul­ti­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to pur­chase. There­fore, we have three cat­e­gories: out­right pur­chase at list­ed prices; silent in­cre­men­tal bid­ding till the bell and the lim­it­ed-edi­tion raf­fle, there is tru­ly a price point and that spe­cial some­thing for every­one.”

Di­rect de­posits can be fa­cil­i­tat­ed at Sco­tia­bank – 131908 (TT de­posits) or Re­pub­lic Bank 180999 343901 (US de­posits). For more in­fo check the school's Face­book page or call 475-6502 or 623-8168.

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