Champions Homework Centre
Campion College is proud to be home to the Champions Homework Centre, which was set up by the Campus Ministry Office and run by volunteer 6th Form tutors to assist children from the neighboring inner-city community of Chambers Lane.
The centre opened its doors to an enthusiastic group of tutors and potential “Champions” in September but its official opening was actually on November 11, 2008. On this day, the newly refurbished computer lab and office located in Campion Hall was opened by Mr. Christopher Berry and Mrs. Berry-Teape, of Mayberry Foundation, the generous donor of 20 brand new Dell computers.
In addition to the daily tutoring sessions, the Centre has hosted computer and internet training for the children; workshops for the parents; and reading seminars for the tutors over the past year.
At the end of 2008-09 academic year, some tutors were asked to share their reflections based on their experience of working at the Centre two of which we share here:
Anna-Kay Brown – 6A
I came into the mentoring program excited and willing to help children with their school work. The experience though was very challenging as it required me to learn patience was indeed fulfilling in a number of ways.
Firstly, I got the chance to bond with some of the children and to impart my love to them and them in turn to me.
Secondly, I was able to interact and establish a solid relationship with Sister Julie, a truly selfless individual who has taught me the value of dedication and to be joyous in everything.
Thirdly, the program taught me to put people first to be selfless, more caring and to be non-discriminatory.
Being in the mentoring program makes me feel good that I am contributing to the development of children and in turn the development of my nation.
The program brought to the forefront the injustices and blunders in the education system, the need for a change and for more programs like this. It truly makes a difference.
Gregory Whyte – 6A
I joined the homework society with only one initial interest and that was to help the children with academics. However it seems I have learnt much more than I have taught. Teaching and helping the children has molded me into a more patient, caring and empathetic human being without the desire of any reward or prize. Furthermore, it has made me become more appreciative towards the things and opportunities my mother has bestowed upon me.
Unfortunately, the homework society has left me concerned with the academics being taught at these children schools. I have noticed that some of the children are performing below their academic level. For example I had to teach a 4th former long division, a mathematical skill that he should have known from 1st form. Despite all the negatives I have met excellent children with blooming personalities and I hope that they some day will achieve greatness. I still enjoy this program and I am willing to help and serve these children throughout my time at Campion College and beyond.
Relay For Life
The Jamaica Cancer Society Relay for Life 2009 was selected as the 6A community service project for the valedictory class and Campion entered eight individual school teams-more than all the other schools combined. Students were also represented on Team Hope (Sixth Form Supervisor & alumna Kathryn Stewart's team) and alumni were represented on the Campion College Past Students and Friends (led by Jordan Eaton). In the lead-up to the Relay, these teams held a variety of fundraisers, ranging from cake sales to car washes to book sales to movie nights. Moreover, Campion students volunteered their time to the cause by selling and assisting with the luminaria (candles honouring survivors and loved ones). One of our 6A students - Kadeem Knight - also participated in the Luminaria Ceremony, reading a poem dedicated to those who have fought cancer. Of special note, two Campion teams won prizes for the Team T-Shirt competition, with Tamar Thomas' Team Campion winning first place, and Jordan Eaton's Past Student team taking second. In addition, Team Hope won the prize for Best Tent. With this kind of spirit of volunteerism, Jamaica can only stand to benefit. Congrats Campion!
The Ministry Outreach Programme
The Ministry Outreach Programme started at Campion College in 1983. Since then, the Programme has been growing from strength to strength as generations of Campionites seek to do their part in serving the wider community, quietly and selflessly. The primary place of visitation at present is the Golden Age Home in Vineyard Town. Every Thursday a bus full of enthusiastic MOP members bring cheer and comfort to the over 300 residents, forging friendships while developing a strong sense of social conscience and justice. Christmas and Easter treats are held annually, along with the weekly visits, engaging the larger Campion family through donations. With the advent of a dedicated bus, the MOP hopes to expand its ministry to other placements. Open to upper school students (4th through to 6th form), MOP meets every Thursday from 3:10 - 5:00 p.m. Faculty Advisor: Ms. K. Stewart