HELPING HAND: Anna Pounder, principal of St Joseph's Convent, Port-of-Spain receives cheques of $500,000 each from chief executive officer of Methanol Holdings Trinidad Limited
HELPING HAND: Anna Pounder, principal of St Joseph’s Convent, Port-of-Spain receives cheques of $500,000 each from chief executive officer of Methanol Holdings Trinidad Limited

The presentations were made by Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Limited (MHTL); Proman AG (Trinidad) and Process Energy (Trinidad).

At a special assembly, school principal Anna Pounder, said the relationship between the Convent and MHTL and its shareholder, Proman, goes back to 1997 when MHTL helped in construction of the school’s Physics laboratory.

The company’s chairman, Joseph Cassidy, addressed the school on the opening of the laboratory.

In an address to the assembly, MHTL’s chief executive officer, Dennis Patrick, said the provision of the Physics laboratory was closely followed by the multimedia project in 1998.

He added that Proman also assisted with the upgrade of the school’s computer laboratory in 2003 and the multimedia facilities/security and intercom system in 2006.

He said the most recent project for which Proman provided help was in 2010 at the Maria Regina Grade School, the sister school to St Joseph’s Convent.

He said the total sum contributed to these projects was more than $1.5 million bringing the total contribution with yesterday’s donation to $3.086 Million.

Patrick recalled that at the end of his address in 1997, Cassidy had reminded the school body that he and the school had the same name — Joseph — and assured them that if the school needed help in the future it should not hesitate to call. Therefore, he said it was not surprising that when Proman received the request for help to upgrade the multimedia centre it should respond.

He said it was decided that the other companies in the group should also be involved and MHTL and Process Energy (Trinidad) both agreed to join Proman AG (Trinidad) in funding the full sum of $1.5 million requested by the school

He hoped the project would help with the continued development of “outstanding graduates of St Joseph’s Convent” who would make an invaluable contribution to the development of Trinidad and Tobago.

In remarks afterward, Pounder said the refurbishment of the Physics lab in 1997 had led to a “phenomenal” increase in the number of students studying Physics and in the sciences generally. She said the numbers had increased to the extent that there were now 122 students doing Physics in Forms 4 and 5 and Lower Sixth. She said this year the school obtained 13 Open Scholarships of which six were in the sciences.