St. George's College
Good & True ...issue# 44... November, 2005
The success of our Toronto soccer team in winning and bringing the coveted Deltana soccer trophy from the Miami to Toronto has brought much rejoicing to the Ontario camp. (see Sports Korner).
The Miami tour was a great success, and not just because we won, but more so due to the relationships we are building and strengthening with the Florida Georgians.
Growing stronger together is essential to the way forward and can only assist in increasing our zeal in helping StGC.
The warmth and hospitality of the Florida Boys was extraordinary.
Dennis and crew, we have a great challenge on our hands to not only win on the field in your Toronto visit next year, but to match as well the high quality entertainment and fellowship provided. Both we intend to do. Come see !!
This camaraderie is not just with Dennis and the Florida Boys, but also with Bruce deSousa, and his Jamaica team with whom we also interact. This all augurs well for the exchange of ideas and fundraising for our beloved alma mater.
On Nov 2nd I telephoned Fr. Quinlan on this his 90th birthday. I don't think he was all that enamored by my vocal talents as I sang "Happy Birthday to you", but he laughed and we had a good chat. He handed me over to Fr. Larry O'Toole who was visiting him and it was good to touch base with two of the significant influencers of so many Georgian lives. (See In The News)
In our last issue we highlighted the launch of the Endowment Fund Campaign; the bold initiative to raise U.S. $5,000,000 will provide the capital to generate on-going income for the school. (See article Endowment Fund Campaign)
The school is doing their part. In July 2005, a 5 year Plan (Balanced Scorecard) was made public; it outlines targets to be met. These include all the areas of effective schooling: staff development, student achievement, student behaviour, capital improvements, community involvement, and excellence in academics and co-curricular activities.
All stakeholders are urged to take a look. The Plan can be viewed on StGC's website: stgc.org and log on to the homepage
St. George's College is making great strides and based on Discipline and the Academic reports they are already exceeding plan. There was a 20% increase in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) pass rate this year (See Message from The Principal).
At the school’s annual prize giving on November 4th, 42 students were honoured for successfully making it onto the school’s 'honour roll'. This was a dramatic increase from last year when only 11 made the honour roll.
A survey in November of corporate area high schools to ascertain how involved students were in voluntary work reported 500 students from StGC had signed up with the National Registry of Volunteers.
All were somewhat agog. How did a single high school come to provide 10 percent of Jamaica's officially registered volunteers? A close look was taken at St. George's College and it is no surprise to us that at this Jesuit Catholic school, service to others is a core part of the educational process. Voluntary services is in fact compulsory for fifth and sixth formers.
The campus minister, Rohan Tulloch S.J. ensures that all students do at least 15 hours of community service per year; others may do up to 150 hours, towards gaining international scholarships.
At the end of the year each student has to write a paper on how they saw Christ in their service and how they think the experience has improved them as young persons.
The Jesuit tradition continues. Toronto, New York, Paris and other major cities are all facing problems of disenchanted/disillusioned youth, particularly males. The easy surrender to a gun and drug culture sets challenges for a rethink of what we need to do to change this around and restore some hope for a future in which they are active participants.
Jamaica has not escaped this. StGC sits on a 30 acre campus in the heart of downtown Kingston, with a very qualified staff, many of whom are graduate trained, some with Master's degrees. It has a 155 year history of achievement. It has in Dr. Fred Kennedy, a Principal who has demonstrated leadership of the kind necessary to grasp today’s realities of the school and has a vision to garner support from the major stakeholders and help recreate the culture of excellence.
The school has become a sort of oasis in Kingston, fostering community outreach projects for its students, many of whom come from the area; and providing the sort of leadership training that will produce citizens of character and integrity for tomorrow’s Jamaica.
We now need to do our part to ensure that future generations can benefit, as we have, from the Jesuit learning experience.
Pax Christi Robbie Vernon
St. George's College
Greetings fellow Georgians and Friends!
Since our last newsletter, the Georgian Family has been blazing with news all around.
Our beloved Treasurer, Ray Chang was the recipient of this year's Monsignor Gladstone Wilson Award for Excellence in recognition of his unending contributions to society and the school in particular. Joining him this year was Dr. Aggrey Irons, psychiatrist and musician who I remember quite vividly, was the keynote speaker at my graduation ceremony back in '76. Many thanks to them both and heartiest congratulations!
More kudos to Ray too, being honoured by the Ryerson University with an honorary degree bestowed on him on November 3rd. Ray continues to provide his unselfish support to education both locally here in Toronto and in Jamaica with St George's. Well deserved Ray, couldn't happen to a nicer guy!
Congrats too to Trisha Chang, daughter of Herman (Class of
'68) and Jean upon being awarded the British Chevening Scholarship to study for
a Master's Degree in International Relations at St. Andrew's University in
Scotland. Trisha recently completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Media,
Information and Technoculture at the University of Western Ontario. She started
her Master's program in September 2005.
More congratulations, this time to Prof. Anthony Chen and Dr. M Parris Lyew-Ayee.
Prof. Chen was awarded a Silver Musgrave Medal for his work in Climatic Studies. Prof Chen graduated from St George's in 1955.
Dr. Lyew-Ayee was awared the Youth Musgrave Medal for his achievements in the field of science. Dr. Lyew-Ayee was awarded the Prime Minister's Youth Award for Academic Excellence in 2004 and is a Principal Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Consultant at Mona Informatix Limited. Dr. Lyew-Ayee graduated in 1996.
The Musgrave medals were first awarded in 1897 as a lasting tribute and memorial to former Governor of Jamaica and Founder of the Institute of Jamaica, Sir Anthony Musgrave. Founded in 1879, The Institute of Jamaica is a cultural agency of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture (MOEYC), operating under the mandate “For the Encouragement of Literature, Science and Art in Jamaica.”
Get well wishes and prayers for Msgr. Mock Yen, who remains ill in Miami, and good to see Paul Bunting up and about after recent surgery.
Since our last newsletter we were all saddened by the loss of Herbie Phillips Jnr's dad on Sept 20th; Richard Chin’s wife Pat on October 6th, and Fulford Chin Choy's dad on Nov 14th.
StGC executives bid Consul General farewell. Members of StGCOBA (Ont. Chapter) visited Vivia Betton at the Jamaican Consulate to show their gratitude for her dedication and support to the Jamaican community. Vivia Betton served as the Consul General in Toronto for the past three years. She always made herself available to the community and was seen at our annual summer ball having a good time. Vivia has been a diplomat for the past 33 years and served in New York, Geneva Switzerland and Germany.
She was always appreciative of our support which included providing 100 tarpaulins for the hurricane relief, and assisting with a delegate for the Diaspora conference in Jamaica.
A graduate of Holy Childhood high school in Jamaica and McGill University in Montreal, she earned a degree in Sociology and Political science. On behalf of the entire StGC family we would like to thank Vivia for her hard work and for representing Jamaica with pride, gratitude, generosity of spirit and passion. We wish her well in her future endeavours.
6th Form now coed
StGC welcomed its first batch of female students this year when 42 young ladies started attending classes in its sixth form. According to Dr. Fred Kennedy, headmaster, the move to include the young ladies followed an expansion of the school's sixth form to take advantage of a proposal from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture, that suggested that sixth forms could begin to offer associate degrees allowing students to accumulate credits for tertiary educational institutions. The school now has 156 sixth formers, double its original number.
It was a banner year for the StGC sponsored Soccer Club. Led by Sports Director, Milton Hart, the StGC team successfully defended their title in the St. Michael Outdoor Soccer League. The team then went on to bring home the coveted Deltana trophy donated by Philip Wong in their rematch with the Florida Old Boys on October 8th. Congrats to Milton and the team on an excellent season. (See Milton’s report in this issue on this spectacular soccer team.) The generous support of Georgian Tony Sani, helped make possible the Florida soccer tour. Tony was our special guest at our executive meeting on Nov.11 when the Deltana trophy was presented to the board by Sports Director Milton Hart.
At Toronto airport President Robbie and directors Neil Dalhouse and Michael Charley greeted visiting Georgian Senator Dwight Nelson, and famous Jamaican singer Boris Gardner who linked up with Fab 5 in our entertainment package for our sold out Summer ball.
Georgians Out in Support of United Ostomy Association of Canada Charity Golf
The association puts on this annual golf tournament and funds raised assist persons with gastrointestinal or urinary diversions by providing emotional support, experienced and practical help, instructional and informational services through its membership, to the family unit, associated caregivers and the general public. Since the first Tournament four years ago drawing on Michael Charley and Neil Dalhouse and Herb Phillips as marshals, other Georgians have gone out in support.
Some Good news
Grandpa's again Lloydie Chung, on Nov 15th with arrival of Ciara, daughter of Hilary & Waine Rowe. Also Danny HoLung, with baby Hannah Lee, daughter of son Mario and Cindy.
Love in action
Sons Matthew and Geoffrey Dalhouse, giving their sweet mum Louise a kiss. Georgians know its not unmanly to show affection and, guys, the ladies love it. This was at the wedding in Calgary earlier this year of son Matthew.
The Dynamic Duo
Caught in action on the dance floor, President Elect Danny HoLung with wife Josie (JoJo) at the Alpha Dinner/dance on November 12th. This marked the debut event for JoJo, Alpha's new president, and what a great start for her. Watch out for this husband and wife leadership team next year when Danny takes over as StGC President.
Fr. Hosie in Town
On June 23rd, our beloved Fr.Hosie was on a brief visit to Toronto. Time enough for a visit and fellowship with the Toronto old boys at the home of Ray Chang. President Robbie paid tribute to Fr.Hosie reminding the group of his many visits to us; his quick response in our great hour of need in 1997 when our association sequestered themselves in a cottage in rural Ontario with him as moderator. Over the weekend we hammered out a strategy to deal with the executive fatigue and rotating musical chairs among the same directors. The retreat then in Colingwood would never be forgotten and it spurred us on with renewed vigor in a path that led us to where we are today. He also paid a pivotal role in our 1999 trip to the Jesuit centre in Weston. He was no doubt pleased to see we were attracting some younger old boys to our ranks.
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