Campion College, Jamaica

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Campion College
Campion crest.png
105 Old Hope Road
Kingston, St. Andrew, Surrey, KGN 6
Coordinates 18°01′08″N 76°46′16″W / 18.0189361°N 76.7711198°W / 18.0189361; -76.7711198Coordinates: 18°01′08″N 76°46′16″W / 18.0189361°N 76.7711198°W / 18.0189361; -76.7711198
Motto Fortes In Fide Et Opere
(Steadfast in Faith and Good Works)
Religious affiliation(s) Christianity
Denomination Roman Catholicism
Patron saint(s) St. Edmund Campion
Founded 5 January 1960
Founder Samuel Emmanuel Carter, S.J.
Status Open
School board Ministry of Education
Principal Mrs. Grace Baston
Gender Co-educational
Average class size 35 students
Houses Bellarmine (orange), Gonzaga (yellow), Kostka (green), Loyola (blue), Regis (navy blue) and Xavier (purple)
School colour(s) Red and White

Campion College, is a co-educational Jesuit high school in Kingston, Jamaica. The institution celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010. The school is one of the top 3 choices for GSAT exams and is widely considered to be a prominent educational facility due to its 1st place in academics for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) in 2013.


On 1960, with one hundred and one first form students and a faculty of four Jesuit Fathers, the new school opened its doors and the first lessons were given that day in a pavilion and in classrooms borrowed from Campion Hall Preparatory School. The Jesuit faculty residence was the former residence of the Jesuit Superior of the Island, Campion House. Campion Hall had been founded in January 1940 when Rt. Reverend Thomas A. Emmet, S.J.,D.D., was Vicar Apostolic of Jamaica and V. Reverend Thomas J. Feeney, S.J. was Superior. It began on the premises of St. George's College but moved to Roslyn Hall at 115 Old Hope Road on 6 January 1942. To make room for the growing needs of Campion College, it graduated its last class in December 1962, just as twenty-two years earlier it had taken in its first students to supply the needs of St. George's College. Campion House, the former Superior's residence at 105 Hope Road, was the property of Mr. Roy Lindo before it and the large adjoining field were sold to the Society of Jesus.

Ground was broken on 26 August 1960 for a £20,000 (British Currency) two-storey structure of eight classrooms with an accommodation for 240 pupils. It was designed by McMorris & Sibley, Architects, and erected by the firm of Ivan D. Arscott. It was formally blessed on Monday, 20 March 1961 by the Rt. Reverend John J. McEleny, S.J.,D.D., Bishop of Kingston, and was dedicated to the memory of Mr. Martin A. Waters of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., whose bequest along with other benefactors made the erection possible.

In addition to Waters Hall and to the West of it, a second new building was erected. The 15,000 pound Science Block has laboratories and classrooms for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Its construction, supervised by Leonard I. Change, was finished in December 1963 and opened for use in January 1964. The formal dedication and opening took place on Monday 24, February 1964, when it was blessed by V. Rev. John V. O'Conner, S.J., New England Provincial of the Society of Jesus.

Patron saint[edit]

The school is named after the Catholic martyr Edmund Campion, executed for his faith at Tyburn in London on 1 December 1581.


Apart from the school's patron saint, they recognize six noble Jesuits as their House names. They are: Loyola     , Xavier     , Gonzaga     , Regis     , Kostka     , and Bellarmine     .


The school's full motto is Fortes in Fide et Opere" (Steadfast in Faith and Good Works)

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