King’s Academy on Sunday dedicated a chemistry laboratory in honor of Mohammad and Monserrat Tamer and their extended family, for their collective generosity and immense support to the school.
Attending the ceremony on behalf of their family was Mohammad Tamer, a managing partner and the chief executive officer of Farouk, Maamoun Tamer & Company based in Saudi Arabia, and his wife Monserrat Ordonez, who are parents to King’s alumnus Farouk Tamer ’15 and graduating senior Mishaal Tamer ’17. The Tamers, who are passionate advocates of the school, have been active members of the King’s Parent Council and have been instrumental in strengthening the parent network in Saudi Arabia.
The extended Tamer family, namely Ayman, Taymoor, Tulin, Maamoun, Saeed, Faisal and Ranah Tamer, joined Mohammad and Monserrat in collectively donating to the construction of the school’s new dormitory and faculty apartment building, which will be completed this year.
Explaining the motivation behind his family’s generosity to King’s Academy, Tamer said: “We believe education is key to building a better future for the new generation, and giving back that little bit to King’s is how you have an immediate impact on the school and provide something for generations to come.”
Speaking at the dedication ceremony, Chairman of the Board of Trustees HE Bassem Al-Salem expressed his gratitude to the entire Tamer family for their contribution to the construction of the new dormitory: “This building is an important part of our rapidly growing boarding program. By offering housing to our international faculty, we are able to attract and retain the best teachers. By increasing our boarding capacity, we are able to offer a life-changing educational experience to more students each year.”
“You and your family members have enabled us to offer more young men and women from across the world – leaders in the decades to come – the opportunity to learn and live together during their most formative years,” Al-Salem added. “We are grateful to have you here today, so that we can publicly honor your incredible friendship, dedication and generosity.”
Headmaster John Austin noted in his remarks at the ceremony the importance of reflecting on the first decade of the school’s history, as it marks its 10th anniversary this year, and all those who helped make King’s possible, especially parents.
“Everything we do here – our ability to identify and recruit a talented faculty; to enroll a diverse and dynamic student body regardless of means; the very small size of classes and laboratories where teachers are able to work closely and individually with students; and where students are able to take an active role in their own learning, the excellence of facilities such as this one – all of these things are made possible because of the generosity, the vision and the leadership of friends and parents who believe in our mission and support our efforts,” said Austin.
Following the remarks, Mohammad and Monserrat Tamer then unveiled a plaque dedicating the lab as the ‘Tamer Sa’aid and the Community Chemistry Laboratory.’
In celebration, a quartet of classical guitarists* from King’s student orchestra entertained guests with a beautiful rendition of Tadcaster Dance followed by a trio of guitarists who performed Osvaldo Farrés’ Quizás.
“We believe that King’s Academy is creating leaders, artists and a very competent new generation that will make a positive impact wherever they may go in the region and the world,” said Ordonez. “Living on campus has prepared them, and our sons, for that.”
*Guitar Ensemble: Mohammad Shdaifat ’18, Abraham Ayed ’19, Jiwoong Jeon ’19, Sehun Yun ’19, Rui Wen ’20, Zaid AlZoubi ’20, Kamal Fakhoury ’20