Dear Parents, Students, Well-wishers & Friends,
Corpus Christi College of Occupational Education and Training, was established by the Corpus Christi Carmelite Sisters on September 08, 1959. From that time, until 1976, the school was managed as a secondary school under the name, Corpus Christi High School. Being both a pioneer and Principal, I have seen this school soar to great heights over the past fifty-six years. In our journey of educational development, I have enjoyed the privilege with many persons at watching this Institution grow from a Private all-girls Secondary School of thirty-nine (39) students, to a fully operational College which continues to provide a ”home away from home” for over four hundred students, 32 staff members and a Sixth-form component, accepting both male and female students. Corpus Christi College has also shared in several joys of students, including the honouring of one of our male students—Mikhel Trestrail (a blind student) who achieved a top ten place in the world in the area of Sociology in June 2004 at the Cambridge A Level examinations.
I credit my love for education to my parents’ deep interest in their children’s education. They monitored our activities and ensured that we always made time for studies. My mother, in particular, was quick to recognize the value of learning a marketable life skill, which would be useful for employment.
The seeds, planted in me at an early age, developed into a wealth of initiatives created for the students of the Corpus Christ College and later for the women of the surrounding neighbourhood. Today, I take great pride having been recognized by our nation through receiving the Public Service Medal of Merit (Gold) for outstanding meritorious service to Trinidad and Tobago in the field of Education.
As Principal, I recognize the challenges which our young people face, a fact which prompts me to be even more dedicated in leading a team of teachers who are equipped, and eager to respond to those challenges with innovative techniques and the best practices in education. As a Catholic Institution, we are determined through our holistic approach to education, which includes a Job Training Programme, to not only produce intelligent young women, but also women of substance, women with high morals and values who are so well crafted, that our society becomes a beacon for the rest of the region because of their presence and significant contributions.
Corpus Christi College pledges to remain focused and fully charged with the “Carmelite Zeal” necessary to execute the mandate given to us by Almighty God. However it is important to note that this task cannot be done single handedly. It is in that vein, we continue to seek the support of all stakeholders as we move forward. The hurdles are inevitable, the seas may get rough and the challenges are evident, but we are determined to journey on in the spirit of the Carmelites, under whose banner the school has been molded.
Sr. Petronilla Joseph O’Carm
Corpus Christi College of Occupational Education and Training
This is Education!