Are St. Christopher’s buildings and classrooms too old?
Someone coming from other more modern schools might think that the answer to this question would be a definite yes. In the past decade we have seen many classrooms and buildings at these schools, as one might say, ‘revamped,’ to a more modern style. St. Christopher’s, on the other hand, has stayed true to its older style and many students and faculty, including myself, would answer a definite no.
There is something about sitting in a 100-year old room that is comforting. Whether it’s the chalk boards in the English rooms or the old wooden doors, St. Christopher’s oldest building, Chamberlayne Hall, stands out as the prime example for why I like St. Christopher’s older buildings.
As said by Gunther Abbot, walking into St. Christopher’s older buildings “is like going to Grandma’s house.” When I sit down in the library in one the various chairs it’s interesting to think of all the people who have sat in that chair throughout the past couple decades. Walking through St. Christopher’s, just like Grandma’s house, gives me a feeling that you can’t really describe in words.
How up to date are your facilities? What kind of technology do you have? These are the questions that this generations parents are asking when looking at prospective private schools. What ever happened to parents asking questions about the teachers and possibly questions about how students perform on standardized tests? Parents like these are the reason many schools are converting to modern classrooms and buildings that are stocked with the most up-to-date technology.
At St. Christopher’s we have one building that is modern, and that would be the Luck Leadership Center. Although we have this building if you look at it from the outside it doesn’t look all that different from the other buildings. Actually, if you look the bricks and paint color of the building are almost the exact same of the other buildings scattered around our campus.
I believe that by not renovating our buildings and embracing the age of our school that we stand out among private schools. Would you rather blend in and adjust to modern-day styles or stand out for having historical buildings and classrooms? Well, here at St. Christopher’s we choose to stand out.