St. George's College
Part 3 of 4
Ground breaking Ceremony for
The Archbishop Lawrence A. Burke, S.J. Centre
Other dignitaries look on as shovel ready group:
head boy Jason Curate, Principal Margaret Campbell., Prime Minister Hon.
Bruce Golding (Georgian), Archbishop Lawrence Burke S.J. (Georgian)Min.
Of Education Andrew Holness , and Ray Chang (Georgian) begin the start
of our future.
"As most of you know
Archbishop Burke is on the battlefield, he is setting a tremendous example for
all of us, He is fighting a battle with cancer - sometimes he is winning,
sometimes he is losing. But what is most important for a shepherd of this church
is that he is teaching us not only how to live but, by example, he is showing us
how to die”.
What a glorious morning was January 28 at 10:00 a.m. The hot Jamaican sun was
yet to rise and the cool breeze brushed over us. The area just outside the StGC
auditorium was replete with the familiar blue and white; the StGC logo and signs
stood as a reminder of how proud, past and present students are, of their alma
mater. The lectern also boasted a huge StGC banner, right down the front. The
school choir was already busy belting out some nostalgic Jamaican sounds and the
students - boys and girls stood proud and played well to a gathering of some 150
people. We were here for the historic groundbreaking of the Archbishop Lawrence
A. Burke, S.J. Centre.
It was like a homecoming of
old and new friends - familiar faces and warm greetings abounded. The clergy
was well represented by three Archbishops The Most Rev. Donald J. Reece, D.D.,
Archbishop of Kingston, Archbishop Edgerton Clarke and, of course, The
Most Rev. Lawrence Burke. our, D.D. Bishop of Montego Bay; Fr.
Michael Lewis; Fr. Louis Grenier; Sister Theresa Jackson Pastoral Centre,
St.Michael's Seminary; The Very Rev. Fr Kenneth D. Richards - Vicar
General; The Very Rev. Fr Michael Lewis; The Very Rev. Fr Peter McIsaac,
Chairman of St. George's College School Board; Rev. Fr. Carl Clarke and
Mrs. Jo-Anne Kingsley, wife of the Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica,
His Excellency Denis Kingsley.
The event was coordinated by
Principal Margaret Campbell and her very able team of Jackie Clarke
and administrative staff. Old boy Carl Chang played a pivotal role in the
event, as he continues to work long and tirelessly in the fundraising ventures
Special guest speaker was
Prime Minister, Hon. Orette Bruce Golding (an old boy), who spoke of "being
overcome by nostalgia every time he entered the campus of St. George's
College". Even though he left over 46 years ago, he said, the impact on his
life and the attachment one feels to it had never diminished. He urged for
greater involvement of alumni associations, especially for infrastructure needs
as the government had limited resources to assist in this area. Minister of
Education Andrew Holness also addressed the gathering - citing StGC as a
"beacon that all schools should follow in their quest to raise the bar and raise
funds". Others present were: Senator Dwight Nelson and Member of
Parliament, Ronald Thwaites (both Georgians); Ray Chang introduced
Archbishop Burke outlining his history as a young Georgian to his ascent as
Archbishop of Jamaica. Dr. Aggrey Irons, an outstanding physician, was
master of ceremonies and moved the program along in his inimitable great humour
and easy manner.
Also present were:
Dennis Charley, Patrick Terrelonge, Arthur Chai (Canada), Michael Chai Onn,
Arthur Lowe and his son, Tommy Lyew, Johnny Black, Walter Campbell, Neville
Bell, Winston Atkinson, Patrick Smith, Charles Williams, Patrick Chin, Basil Lue,
Norman Dawson, Petius Chang, Sammy Wong Chew Onn, Mr & Mrs. Eddie Wong Chew Onn,
Tony Pearson, Donnie Soares, Paul Bitter, Anthony Marzouca, Kenty Chen
Dr. Louis Knight, Dennis
Reynolds, Michael Lyn, Carl Chang (Western Sports), Alfred Scott, Tony Wong,
Alexander Bagalue, Lorna Bell, Vincent Chin Pen, Phillippa Lue, Michael King,
Peter Chang, Maurice Rhoden, Ossie Tai, Benito Palomino, Parris Lyew Ayee and
Parris Lyew Ayee, Jr., Donette Chin-Loy, Thalia Lyn, Patsy and Peter Smith and
The Archbishop Lawrence A.
Burke S.J. Centre will comprise two floors and eight classrooms and will lie
opposite the Adrian Chaplain Building.
Architect on the project is
Arthur G. Lowe; Structural Engineer is Tommy Lyew and Civil
Engineer, Eric Fong Yee. The project is financed by St. George's Old
Boys and Friends - Worldwide.
note: Donette Chin Loy, has
captured well this historic groundbreaking ceremony. This is the start of our
future, now it's up to us to make it happen.
See part 4 for Donation Instructions.
Greetings Old Boys and Friends of St.
The year is moving so fast with wonderful things happening at the College. The
campus is buzzing with excitement. Since the last publication of the "Good and
True" on December 20, 2008 we added the Olivier Shield to our Manning Cup and
Roper Cup victories. Congratulations to the team! Neville Bell did a
wonderful job coaching the team, supported by the generous contributions of
time, talent and treasure of Lennox Robinson. Both gentlemen are old
boys of the College.
The renovation of the Emmet
Park pavilion was completed in December. Many thanks to Carl Chang in
On January 28, 2009 we broke
ground for the Archbishop Lawrence A. Burke S.J. Centre in an event that saw
many dignitaries including the Prime Minister Most Hon. O. Bruce Golding,
Minister of Education Hon. Andrew Holness, Senator Dwight Nelson,
Archbishops Donald Reece, Lawrence Burke and Edgerton Clarke,
Deacon Ronald Thwaites, old boys, parents, members of staff and students in
attendance. Special thanks to Carl Chang, Ray Chang and Donnette Chin Loy
of the Ontario Chapter for their assistance in planning the event. We also
thank Francis Price, old boy of the class of 1964 and a true visionary,
for his early generous contribution towards the building. Arthur Lowe is
the architect responsible for the beautiful drawings of the Centre and Tommy
Lyew and Eric Fong Yee will be the structural and civil engineers for
the project. All three are old boys. In fact, Arthur Lowe designed the campus'
Abe Issa Auditorium.
Enjoying a lighter moment at the Groundbreaking
L-R Principal Margaret Campbell, M.P Ronnie Thwaites, and Senator
Dwight Nelson.(both Georgians)
Our discipline continues to
improve with the appointment of our new Dean of Students Mr. Dean Robinson,
formerly the Assistant Dean. Mr. Robinson replaces Mr. T. Weir who resigned in
January to take up the position of Vice Principal at another institution.
Congratulations to both gentlemen.
Our retreats have been
having signi-ficant impact on the lives of our young men and women in the upper
school and spiritual development is evident in the student population. A few of
our students have taken responsibility for conducting worship by intercom before
the start of school every morning which is quite a blessing to the school
Despite our achievements,
there is still much to do in this work of developing our youth. We continue to
strive for excellence ad majorem Dei gloriam, and welcome your ongoing support.
May God bless you all.