St. George's College
Part 4 of 4
StGC Jamaica Old Boys Annual Communion Breakfast Sunday
Most Rev. Egerton Clarke celebrating mass
Headboy Craig Jervis pleading for support
for the mentorship programme.
a gorgeous Sunday morning with the Holy Trinity Cathedral standing
in the sun's glory.
the Cathedral, one was greeted with a splendor that is
breathtaking. The artwork
has been totally restored and one is struck by a sense of
beauty and peace.
The service started a little late with Archbishop Emeritus Most Rev.
Clarke the Chief Celebrant, assisted Fr. Peter Mc Isaac, STGC
Chairman and Deacons, Clive Chambers, Christopher Gooden and David
looked through the moderately large congregation, I could identify
the sick, the
mentally ill, the poor and the regular church goers of this parish. You
also distinctly identify the STGC Old Boys and their families.
There were also
some very special persons present as well. Children living with HIV from
Mustard Seed Home, Matthew 25.40 and teenage mothers with their babies
supervised by the house mothers of Mary's Child, another Mustard Seed
teen mothers. It was indeed a microcosm of modern Jamaica; the
afflicted, the more fortunate and the powerful.
Glen Thame &
service began with the readings for the Third Week
of Lent. The first reading
taken from Exodus 3 describes the calling of Moses and the story
'Burning Bush'. The Lord tells Moses' I have seen the suffering of my
Egypt and have heard their cry....I have come to rescue them from the
the Egyptian and lead them out of that land..The Gospel reading was
Luke 13:1-9 and ended with the parable of the fruitless fig tree.
We heard the solemn warning... 'Leave it (the tree)
for this year and I shall
cultivate the ground around it ...It may bear fruit in the future. If
can cut it down.'
homily, Archbishop Clarke reminded us of our baptism when we were
grounded in Christ and like Moses, are called to be agents
of liberation for
our families, communities and the broader society. However, we are prone
our focus and sometimes conform to the values of the world. Lent is a
renewal when we look at ourselves honestly and get back on track. His
was solid “ unless grounded in Christ and constantly renewing
we cannot make a difference in a broken world.’’
breakfast was served at the Abe Issa Auditorium. It was very
Jamaican with corn
pork, ackee and saltfish, liver etc and was simply out of this world!
welcomed the Old Boys. He spoke of the mentorship program and his work
5-VI, the worst class in the school! He told us of some of the
activities he had
organised for them and how it has resulted in a
positive change in the boys.
the Principal reported that the school continues to improve in all
endeavor. We recently got two prizes at the ISSA Principal's Award for
outstanding CSEC performances. We won the Manning Cup, Oliver Shield and
recently, U16 All Island Basketball Title. She thanked the Old Boys for
and encouraged us to participate even more.
the Headboy spoke of the need to get more Old Boys to get involved in
Mentorship Program. The present students
would benefit immensely from the
the Assistant Manager of the track team reported that the team did very
Gibson Relays. The team was a very young one but full of talent. He
solicited help from those present.
point, I had to leave. As I drove out of the school, I thought of the
beloved country and the broken school system. Archbishop Clarke's homily
coming back. Yes, we need to renew ourselves and be instruments of
change as we
go through this dark period of our history.
Just My Views
Twenty Five years, --- that’s over a quarter century, a fairly long time
volunteer support organization to remain functional. The brainchild of Peter
Rickards, our St.GC Old Boy’s Association’s Ontario Chapter began
’83, with his phoning a few old boys and asking them to come together
discuss the possibility of forming an Alumni Association in Ontario. Roy
McCatty, Winston Cooke, Mike Lym, Pat “Skedron” Smith, Robbie Vernon,
Jackson and I, met and listened to Peter’s exciting
on creating a support body for the old school sounded like a great idea.
records show that our founding group then met on March 3,1984 and formed
steering committee, and started gathering names of old boys. They then
the first AGM of the Association which took place on March 5, 1985 at
Commander Blvd, Scarborough, and the date the Association was officially
Peter Rickards was automatically voted as the first president, and the
creation, the Association has caused a number of old boys, to really
step up to
the plate and go to bat for the school. The likes of Pat “Skedron”
Michael “Buski” Charley, Robbie Vernon, Ray Chang, and most recently
“Ambassador” Chang have been notable stand-outs who contributed
hours of their time and money to help St.GC maintain its high profile as
the finest schools in Jamaica. Many others too have contributed, but in
ways, and not at the level as those whom I just mentioned. If you
me on this, speak up and let me hear from you. The personal
have received in seeing the positive results of our volunteered support
school over the first 25 years, is priceless. The school’s future
depend on others to walk in the footsteps of those of us who marched
first 25 years. Stop and think of the countless more students who need
chapter’s continued support for the next 25 years. It can’t be done
Your help is needed now. Contact our executive and offer your
won’t regret it.
Archive photo-1985 Founding Group: L-R: Roy
Mc Catty, Mike (Mello) Lym, Patrick ( Skedron) Smith,
Neil Dalhouse, Peter Rickards,Robbie Vernon, Ray Jackson.
didn’t know that in a bag of M&M chocolate covered peanut candy, the
of coloured candy in each bag is as follows: Brown – 30%, Red – 20%,
20%, Green - 20%, Orange – 10%. Don’t believe this? Then buy a bag and
Jim Webb S.J. tenderly caring forArchbishop Burke’s sister Madge in
stroller, while Neil Dalhouse makes presentation
said he never ran from difficult questions. Jamaicans strongly agree
statement as well. A past student and headmaster of St.GC, 77 year
Archbishop Larry Burke S.J was also viewed as a champion of
education and a
stolid defender of Roman Catholic values. Born Oct. 27, 1932, he was
priest June 16, 1964, and appointed Archbishop of Nassau June 22, 1999,
Archbishop of Kingston, Jamaica in May 2, 2004 . I had the privilege of
his presence on many occasions, some serious, others quite social.
serious ones, whether you liked it or not, he never shied away from
his strong beliefs on a variety of issues. In social gatherings, he took
teased in a light-hearted fashion, but dished it out to others just as
This dedicated servant of God passed away on January 24, 2010 after a
years annoying fight with cancer. A St.GC Memorial Mass was held for him
Toronto on March 24th. The Jamaica Consul General for Toronto Mr.
Ramocan attended the mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Ottawa the
Rev. Terrence Prendergast S.J., Fr. Jim Webb, Jesuit Superior for
Canada ,and no stranger to Jamaica, also participated. Archbishop Burke
sadly missed by all who knew him. May he find peace in heaven with God.
some straight answers: a) What’s a fibula? Straight answer - A little
The race of people known as Malays come from what country? Straight
Malaria. c) What’s the meaning of the word “Varicose” Straight answer:
d) Where was the American Declaration of Independence signed: Straight
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St. George’s College celebrates its 160th year of existence. Over
many years, the school has churned out some world renowned graduates,
for their exemplary performance in the fields of sports, medicine, law,
and even politics. Before he passed away, Fr. William Feeney gave
document he wrote containing a bit of the school’s history. Not many
that St.George’s College, when founded in 1850 by Jesuit priests, was
located at 26 North St. and that Fr. Patrick Murly was the initial
Later, the Jesuits bought an ample piece of property known as Pawsey’s
a Mr. Alfred Pawsey. The property included a rambling one story
was converted in 1905 to a proper school with chairs, desks etc. and the
was then officially transferred from its 26 North St. location. Officers
staff of the school included Treasurer Rev. Fr. William F. O’Hare
whom the O’Hare building is named after, and who later became Bishop of
Two of the six regulations laid down by the school’s governing body at
contributed to the high esteem in which the College’s students have been
for years: 1) All must be clean and neat in their appearance, polite to
companions and reverent to their superiors. No conduct unbecoming of a
will be tolerated. 2) Any injury done to the property or the college, or
others, besides subjecting the offender to punishment, must be repaired
expense of the parent or guardian. This, plus the continued exceptional
of education and training the students received over the years, is the
reason for the existence of the number of world renowned professionals I
wisdom: - Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads. – If you find
in a deep hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. – Don’t pick a
an old man. He is too old to fight and might just decide to kill you
Congratulations to the entire contingent of Canadian athletes who
the 2010 Olympic Games. They did us proud, didn’t they?
french-fry walked into a bar and said to the bartender “ Bartender, give
beer please.” The Bartender replied, “Sorry, but we don’t serve food
grandson Daniel Joseph Vernon
Congratulations also to Heather & Robbie Vernon who were made
grandparents once again on Feb.5, 2010. Daniel Joseph Vernon was born in
to mother Carole and father Alexander Vernon, and weighed in at 7lbs.
4oz. I can
just imagine how proud Daniel’s uncle Joe must be as well.
called a man and said “I have some good news and some bad news for you.”
says” Give me the good news first.” The Doc says” Ok! You have 24 hours
live.” Man replies “ If that’s the good news, how bad is the bad news?”
answers sheepishly “I forgot to call and tell you yesterday.”
what can you contribute to the school in celebration of its 160th
this year? You could begin by attending our Annual Summer Ball on
30th.. All proceeds go to the school. Your purchase of tickets to the
only contributes to the school’s well being, but will guarantee you a
evening with old friends. This year’s event promises to be a good one,
entertainers Jay Douglas and the All Stars, along with St.GC’s
website at www.stgctoronto.com" and learn more about the
event and how
to purchase tickets. Your support will be greatly appreciated. Finally,
those who promised to give Carl Chang a contribution for the
refurbishing of the
O’Hare building, and haven’t paid him yet, please do so quickly. Father
knows who you all are, and you will be hearing from him shortly if you