St. George's College
Part 3 of 4
Annual Summer Dinner / Ball 2009
L-R: Robbie Vernon, Director; Ray Chang, Treasurer ;
Milton Hart, 1st VP- Pres. Elect ; Carl Chang, Liaison Director.
Georgie & Fred Kennedy, Margaret & Everton Campbell
Annual Summer Ball, held at the Pearson Convention Centre on Friday July 31,
2009, provided fun, entertainment and great company. Most importantly, this high
profile event that draws visitors from far and wide gives our association the
means of sponsoring our Alma Mater, St. George's College.
much handshaking, hugging, friendly banter in the cocktail hour from many of the
over eight hundred in attendance, who had not seen each other in years.
Aggrey Irons, Master of Ceremonies extraordinaire, kept the early
proceedings entertaining with his amazing intellect and jovial utterances.
Aggrey, a past-student of St. George's College, also showed his versatility in
performing with the Fifty-50 band. The dynamic Fifty-50 band was on-hand to
provide oldies-but-goodies like only they can. Robert Burke and his band
pitched in with some splendid selections - together, these two bands thrilled
the capacity crowd with a wide repertoire of Jamaican and international
Liberal Member of Parliament Alan Tonks & wife Cecile
(Alpha alumna), graced us with their presence, as did Jamaica's Consul General
to Toronto Ms Anne Marie Bonner and Grenada Consul Jenny Gumbs.
Margaret Campbell, the
current principal of St. George's College, and her husband, Everton Campbell
were special guests as were the lower school vice-Principal Dave Soares
and Clifford Brown coach of the winning school basket ball team. Also
spotted in the huge turnout, Past Principal Fred Kennedy and his wife
Georgie, Paul Foreman and his family from Louisville, Kentuky; Dr
Errol Reid from Potomac Maryland, Cecil Chew also from Maryland,
Monsignor Bardowell from Barbados, Tom Dewdney, the former West
Indian fast bowler .
President Patrick Haddad's managerial experience and expertise were
displayed via a successful silent auction and Vice President Richard
Saunders' well-organized raffle was once again a great earner for the
event. The Ball Chair Danny Ho Lung should be pleased with the overall
success this year, due in no small measure to him. The backbone behind all this
success, since inception, has been Ray Chang.
annual Summer Ball is a result of the hard work of all the members of the
executives, who were visible during the cocktail hour welcoming and greeting-
truly a job well done.
thanks to our Sponsors, CI Investments, Jamaica National Building Society,
Western Union, Red Lobster and our Donors, Hitachi, Air Jamaica, Sandals,
SuperClubs, Bon Voyage, Stratford Festival, Appleton, Atlas-Pirelli Tires, Grace
Kennedy, Travel Kiosk.
L-R: James Moss-Solomon, Aggrey & Jackie Irons
Donette Chin Loy, Daphne Chin Loy,
Herman & Jean Chang
L-R: Bev McLeod, Bernadette McIntosh, Ray Jackson, Claudette Lee
L-R: Tony Chin, Loraine & Patrick Lee
L-R: Cecile Tonks, Richard Chin, Joan Chin
Ray Chen in a dancing mood
L-R: Monsignor George Bardowell, Norma Smith,
Elaine & Cecil Chew
L-R: Samantha Mahfood, Josephine Ho Lung,
President Alpha Academy
Paul & Elaine Bunting
Meeting & greeting cocktail party hour
Patrick(Skedron) Smith, Tom Dewdney
Mr & Mrs Tony Yee
L-R: Joe Henriques, Karen Chong, Tyrone Holbrooke
Margaret Campbell- prize picking
Charmaine & President Chris Chin, Robbie Vernon
L-R: Anthony & Kathryn (Foreman) Staten, Paul Foreman, Ray Chang, Lloyd & Kay
Pinnock, Betsy Foreman
Enjoying the cocktail hour and Donor give aways
last year, this particular day was a beautiful one, with sun shining full blast,
giving off a pleasant 79 degrees F, not a cloud in the sky, and slight breeze
blowing. It was probably the best day ever for a StGC Annual Golf Tournament.
And to boot, the Deer Creek Golf and Country Club's fairways and greens were
immaculately manicured, flowers and shrubs neatly trimmed along the course. We
couldn't have received a nicer day for the event.
St.GC Ont.Golf Tournament 2009
Speedy Tait left handing over trophy to Pat Burrell
We had a full showing of competitors, with all 36 spots filled. Guys came
from all over the city to play, including our two regular female contenders,
Pam Summers and Joan Lyn. Some regulars were not present this year
and were thoroughly missed, like Ray Jackson, Francis Dalhouse, (Dooley)
Chung (injured), Michael Haddad, and a couple others. I played with
Fen Chang, and asked him for a sand wedge on the 9th hole. I didn't see
him till the 11th hole when he handed me a ham and cheese on rye. Because I knew
who I was dealing with, understandably, I just shook my head and played on.
Before teeing off, Rudy Chin said he would prefer not to see
another Chinese winner for 2009, as he was getting tired of seeing this year
after year. That's nothing new, as Rudy has always complained about being tired
due to age. But he wasn't to be disappointed, as this year's winner was none
other than Pat Burrell, who has been in the tournament for a few years
now. Pat looked surprised himself, when his name was announced as the winner.
Everyone left the Golf Club after the game and headed to our usual and
favourite post game rendezvous spot, the Rudy and Eunice Chin Golf & Country
Club. Their home offers a nice backyard atmosphere, where mouth-watering plates
of varied foods, makes us forget our diets. The tantalizing dishes were all
prepared by Anita Chang. A huge variety of desserts were also offered,
and lots of Jamaican pop available as well.
After the dinner, Ray Chang was asked to bring everyone up to date
on the excellent work done by Carl Chang, in refurbishing the O'Hare
building at 2 North Street, in Jamaica, then the prizes were given out. The
annual trophy this year, was presented to Joe Burrell by (Speedy) Tait,
last year's winner. Pat Haddad won second prize and Rudy (he who
has the fastest cart never has to play the bad lie) Chin and Derrick
Haddad coming third. There were enough gifts from sponsors and people
present, that everyone was able to receive a prize. And the prizes weren't
shabby either. For instance, I got a red cool weather golf jacket and pants
worth well over $200, while someone else got an electric hedge clipper. Several
others received expensive gifts as well.
Special thanks go out to our sponsors who supported us this year,
Michidean Patties, Patty King, Herman Lyn, Grace Kennedy & Home Depot. Their
contributions certainly enhanced the event more. We truly appreciate their
The Annual StGC Golf Tournament is one of the nicest events the
Association holds each year, and I am truly surprised that it only attracts the
same attendees every year. (No offence to these annual attendees implicated
here) Not to worry though, as there is always next year. Try it! You certainly
won't forget it!
The happy golf day gang
Greetings Old Boys and
Friends of St. George's College
hard to believe that we are already six weeks into the 2009-2010 academic year.
Despite the economic challenges and financial constraints, God continues to
bless the school community.
The effort put in by our Manning Cup team during the summer is paying
off. The team has been victorious in four of the six matches played so far,
drawing the other two. Neville Bell continues to work selflessly with
them and we thank him and all the other old boys for their support to the team.
Our CSEC and CAPE passes for 2009 were very good with 80% or more of the
students passing in 18 of the 25 CSEC subjects that we sit and 26 of the 34 CAPE
subjects that we sit. 100% of the students passed in 11 CAPE subjects.
Charles Frost, our valedictorian for the class of 2009 obtained 10 ones and
a one in CAPE Communication Studies. He also obtained a one last year in CSEC
English Language. We are very proud of him and all the other students who
excelled this year and commend both students and teachers for their hard work.
This year we are emphasizing to the school population the importance of
reading for success. Our Drop Everything and Read session once per month is
aimed at raising this awareness. We thank Food for the Poor for their support
in this area by providing a large number of books in a variety of subject areas.
Work continues on the O'Hare building and we hope to complete the
renovation by December 2009. Classes are being held in the building but there
is quite a bit of work remaining. We still need financial assistance in this
area and all contributions large or small are welcome. Thanks once again to
Carl Chang who has committed time talent and treasure to the project.
Thanks also to all of you across the globe who have contributed so generously.
Your commitment to your Alma Mater warms my heart.
As I tell my students, time is short and there is much to do, much to
learn and much to achieve. May God continue to bless you all richly as we face
the challenges of our 160th year together, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.
Principal - St. George's College
Opening day new school term September 2009
Opening day new school term September 2009
Some Reflections by Anthony Hill
on Reading our "Good and True"
30 July 2009, is another Special Day. It is high summer, green, sunny and warm
with blue, white clouds in the sky, here in Geneva, Switzerland, and in comes by
Post, the "Good & True", the StGC Newsletter of our Old Boys Association,
I read through line by line, page by page, with nostalgic delight, to
see familiarly present faces and names of 50 years still-in-memory. To see and
read of their offspring, children and grandchildren; to read of their love,
loyalty and commitment to St. George's, which brought us all together for so
short a time. Enjoyable, constructive years, well tutored and well formed to
know the difference between what is ethically good as distinct from conveniently
Have future Georgians lost some part of life's instruction, from the
daily surroundings of faith and the religious precepts, which accompanied us
from Class to Class, on and off the field, in the Drama, Elocution societies and
the not-so-frequent visits from Alpha and Immaculate (few at least in our day,
yes?). It seems the Class of '59 fared better and hence the joint and first ever
Alpha/SGC '59 Reunion, to which I was a part. It was unforgettable, in that the
'spirit' still shone through.
The Newsletter even had space for a picture of one of the older
generation, in a quasi-line dancing mode, 'toe to toe'. Indeed!
And by happenstance, I had just put on Ernie Smith's simply
enthralling 'Life is Just for Living'. If possible have the musicians at the
Summer Ball, 31 July 2009 play songs like - Life is Just for Living, Ride on
Sammy, Sunday Morning, Duppy Gunman, Play de Music, Footprints in the Ceiling,
Hail the Man, Rebel Music, Don't Worry Mamma. Ernie sings!! So thanks
to Robbie Vernon and of course his always fully supportive wife,
Heather for posting the Newsletter out to me.
So too, I take the opportunity to include him in this email, with
appreciation for remembering and acting following our meeting at the Reunion in
And Dr. Louis Lee surfaces. Good to hear from you Louis. Yes,
we should, can, and will support each and every one of the 'worthy causes'.
In rounding out this, a few brief comments, from reading the
It will be good to see
the O'Hare Building restored. It was the 'home' in which one learned, and
laughed, at Fr. Fuchs' jokes.
Archbishop Burke, who I run into from time to time, most
recently at the '59 Reunion, was my first teacher at St. George's, in form 1D.
It was a fortuitous beginning for me. A teacher close enough in years, and
experience. We pray for him.
A building in the name of Archbishop Lawrence Burke S.J., as a
memorial in his own time and classrooms is most appropriate. And thanks again to
Carl Chang (with his camera and skills. But wait! I see his picture. Carl
is 'unmasked') and others, for creating in mortar and brick the 'housing' to
nurture generations of Georgians.
To you all, warm regards,
Anthony (Hill) - Class of 54
Anthony, thanks so much for your kind words; your thoughts were indeed inspiring
and will certainly help to keep the enthusiasm and momentum going among our hard
working directors and members.
This distinguished Georgian represented Jamaica as Ambassador at the United
Nations and Specialized Agencies in Geneva, Switzerland (1978-1989 &
1995-1999).He presently resides in Geneva but was in Jamaica as a special guest
at the 50th Anniversary reunion of the class of 1959 in May 2009 and again in
October for the ceremony and luncheon in honour of Archbishop Burke S.J on his
award of the Order of Jamaica. The June issue of the newsletter that he refers
to and other issues are available on line at our website:
The Historic Winchester Park Gate
Principal Margaret Campbell observing inscription on historic gate
This gate was the
main entrance to Winchester Park
small boy, I knew that control of Winchester Park was that of the Jesuits and
they kept the school, StGC, as a separate entity. Winchester was at first tied
to Holy Trinity Cathedral rather than to the College. It was used by the College
for games and as that grew then Winchester reverted to the School... Other
entrances were through the Cathedral grounds from the Emerald Road. I recall
that many priests who were not connected to the school lived in the Rectory
across Emerald Road and they controlled Winchester Park at one time.
Back to the gate - one of the main happenings at Winchester was The Garden
Party. That was an event in those days. It was tantamount to a fair with booths
selling wares and ice cream, sodas, toys, artcrafts and games. The purpose was
to raise money for different 'charities' or organizations supported by the
Catholic Church e.g. ladies or men's sodalities etc. This gate was the main
entrance to the garden parties at Winchester Park and the entire Kingston went
The gate was a large two-sided iron gate which swung inward to the park.
Heavy types would man it for the events and charge a shilling to enter. The gate
was square with some kind of adornment in a peak at the middle. Large vehicles
would enter Winchester through that gate for delivery of booth counters, tables
and chairs for the garden parties. My parents and aunts would go to these garden
parties and of course as children we were happy to go for rides and games,
Grab-bag, races., potato sack races, etc.
It was also the main entrance for Manning Cup matches. The other gate for
entry was the main entrance and, also used were the two gates from The
Cathedral. Students would manage these gates from Cathedral but Joe Lywood
and his handpicked guys managed the two main gates.
The gate was closed when StGC stopped playing Manning Cup matches at
Winchester and moved to Sabina Park. By then also garden Parties were history
although there were other events at Winchester but more irregularly. The gate
then became covered with vines, rusted and hung precariously on its hinges, was
no longer functional and rather than being repaired, it was removed.
I also recall Joe Lywood supervising the removal of the gate and cementing
of the wall. It was then forgotten. The sign above it tells part of the story.
Carl Chang came across the metal arch,
hidden in bushes atop the southern wall of the school.. He cleaned it up brought
it to the attention of the principal and us Georgians. Our thanks to Dr. Gene
Burkett in Florida, for this information and his reminiscing on the gate,
which is a part of our history. Carl needs ideas on where to relocate it.
Charles Frost, Robbie Vernon
this young man on a school visit in October 2008, on a school off-day, but I
wanted my two Canadian sons to see the School that they had heard so much about
all their Canadian lives as children of a Diaspora Georgian. They had come too
late for the official school visit the Friday before.
Walking around the school seemed so quiet without the 1500 children. It
was a bright, sunny and hot Kingston-weather day; security let us in after
mentioning our mission and we wandered around, past the now fenced lignum vitae
tree in front of what was the chapel. I could see us fifty years ago chatting
away under that very tree; Bobby & Stephen Hill, Trevor Munroe, Buski
Charley, Tony McNeil.
We ventured into the O'Hare building, I saw the classrooms were open
and entered my old form 4D. A young Rasta boy sat at what could have been my
desk; seeing us he quietly got up, shuffled over and tried to sell us some beads
he had made. While I was at first a bit taken aback (who was this strange
usurper of my 4D seat?) my two sons were quite at home with him and after
introductions in which he was informed of my connection to the school and this
very classroom he was in, the conversation turned to other subjects and out of
this emerged a very enlightening experience.
He remembered my talk to the school assembly on the Friday morning. We
could see he had been busy doing homework. Chatting to him I soon gathered this
was like a second home - this was where he could retire from the area
distractions and that's why he was in classroom on a school holiday studying. We
later learned that this young lad was from the area and from a single parent
background, as are many here. I was impressed with his quiet demeanour; he oozed
self-confidence and was quite articulate.
Here we were getting a firsthand glimpse of the impact and importance of
St. George's College to the area it serves. It identifies with the neighbourhood
community, not just a select up-town middle class and certainly from what we
were observing serves well some real needs of this community that it is located
in. Students engage in outreach projects.
Margaret Campbell, you are indeed taking the school in the right
direction and carrying on the Jesuit tradition of service to those in need and
where in need, ensuring the poorer and more excluded are not left out of the St.
George's learning experience.
My first encounter with this highly introspective, but eloquent Rasta
student left a profound impression on me and my two sons, and we talked much
about this incident later on. The experience elevated St. George's College in
our eyes. I later learned too that he was a promising student and a chess player
I was therefore not in the least surprised to see the glowing Gleaner
write up on October 1, 2009 on StGC star student, Charles Frost, who got
distinctions in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, English
Language, Mathematics, Office Administration, Religious Education, Spanish,
Information Technology, Electronic Document Preparation, Management. Yes
distinctions in all. Charles also passed communication studies, a CAPE subject
sat mainly by 12 & 13th graders, when in fourth form. He was school
Valedictorian for the class of 2009.
Seeing the Gleaner report now confirmed what we ourselves observed a year
ago. So, yes, he had a challenging childhood from a single parent family, wore
locks not as "style", but to reinforce his adherence to certain aspects of the
Rastafarian faith, and was above all, as a young man, determined to succeed.
Principal Margaret Campbell says Charles wants to find a cure for cancer
- ambitious, maybe, as many young have such aspirations, but watch out for this
Congratulations Charles, you have defied your environment and have shown a
path through adversity that hopefully others in your community will follow.
Robbie Vernon, Craig Jervis
The interfacing of different realities in the various elements of society
in this one learning institution provides opportunity for greater interaction
and opening of eyes to the challenges of each .From this environment can spring
leaders of tomorrow, bridging cultural divides and coming up with solutions to
the real problems of each segment of the Jamaican society. The climate
certainly exists at St. George's for this to happen. Margaret, keep this up.
With a bit of luck then from this unique learning atmosphere, new leaders
will emerge to tackle Jamaica's problems, and indeed I was on that October
Jamaica visit likewise impressed from similar discussions with then Prefect (now
head boy) Craig Jervis. Craig, the more traditional, high-achieving
student, came up to thank me for the address to the student body and for making
the effort to visit them at the school. This he insisted was even more
meaningful and appreciated than money sent. He wished more alumni would come and
mentor to them. Craig was equally self-assured and likewise articulate and from
discussions with my sons and me at the Hall of Fame function later, seemed
biting at the bit to make contributions at the political level too in the future
Another impressive young Georgian.
Two young men from different backgrounds at the same school and both
poised to make a difference.
The two solitudes! Yes at St. George's the twain shall meet, and the
opportunity exists to learn from each; to do something with this exposure, and
to move forward from there.
That's St. Georges College now; perhaps not quite the same as the 50's or
60's or 70's , which many, especially overseas may remember differently and more
readily identify with, but it's just as or even more relevant to today's
Jamaica. Let’s all support.