St. George's College
Old Boys Association
1998 Souvenir Edition .
Father Richard HoLung
The Reggae Boyz
A Jamaican Canadian of Prominence
St. George's College Old Boys Associations
|1st VP and Regional
||G. Raymond Chang
|Public Relations Director
|Regional VP (East)
|Immediate Past President
St. George's College
St. George's College was founded in 1850. That was before any one reading
this article was even thought of, and yes, long before the birth of Canada.
The O'Hare Building
The school was originally located on North Street in Kingston, number
26, to be exact. Very little information on the school's history is available
between 1850 and 1905, and therefore, it's not known if the premises were
rented, leased, or was just being used free of charge back then. Records
do indicate however, that on February 11, 1905, the Jesuit Priests bought
said premises, known as Pawsey's Pen or Winchester Park, from a Mr. Alfred
Pawsey. The residence, a rambling, one storey building on the property,
was immediately converted into a more modern school, from which classes
begun March 27, 1905. Unfortunately, there is no record of the students
between 1905 and 1911. In 1912 however, a prospectus indicates that there
were 132 boys, some of whom were from the neighboring islands of Cuba and
The school also preserved a copy of the 1906 prospectus which lists
its first official officers and staff.
Two of these early Jesuit faculty members subsequently became Bishops
of Jamaica, namely Bishops O'Hare and Dinand. After the purchase of the
school, classes were proceeding normally in the Pawsey residence for less
than two years when suddenly, chaos struck Winchester Park and the entire
city. A great earthquake rocked Kingston at about three thirty the afternoon
of January 14, 1907, killing and injuring hundreds of people. The city
was so badly in need of hospitals and extra clinics, that the school was
converted into a hospital. Records indicate that the Winchester Medical
Centre catered to 50 bed patients and 300 out patients. Later that year,
classes resumed, but with a much reduced attendance.
The 1906 prospectus goes on to describe in part, the objective of the
academic course the school was to take, namely:
"Our desideratum in intellectual training is the force, the steadiness,
the comprehensiveness and flexibility of intellect, the command over our
powers, the instinctive just estimate of things as they pass before us
which sometimes is a natural gift, but commonly is not gained without much
effort and the exercise of years."
It wasn't until three years later that academically, St. GC began to
be recognized as a school of great prominence. One thousand pupils from
the colonies of Great Britain sat for the Local Senior Cambridge Exams,
and of the seven most highly honored students, five were from St. George's.
Persival Gibson, one of those honored, later became Anglican bishop of
Jamaica, and founder of Kingston College.
Back in 1944, Rev. Fr. Thomas J. Feeney, S.J., Superior of the Jesuits
in Jamaica, began a drive to collect funds to set up a boarding school.
Later that year, the Pawsey residence was once again converted, this time
to a boarding school that lasted for 18 years. Rising costs eventually
lead to its closure in 1962. But the Pawsey residence underwent yet one
last metamorphosis. It was converted into a cafeteria for the students
until 1979 when it was demolished to make way for the Auditorium.
Today, many of the original buildings still house over 1000 students
that attend the college. Within the past 50 years, the school has produced
6 Rhodes Scholars and several Jamaican Scholars.
Walpole once said: "Men are often capable of greater things than they
perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom
draw to their full extent." Many of us who attended the school will agree
that the Jesuits who built St. George's College were unlike the men to
whom Walpole referred. They did in fact, draw to their full extent.
The above information on St. George's College was extracted
from works written by a former teacher, the Rev. Fr. William Feeney S.J.,
who died in 1997 at age 91.
Why a vacation
in Jamaica again?
The next time you and your family members
or friends begin discussions on where to vacation
next, just shout out —— "JAMAICA".
And if their response is, why? The answer is
simple, —– because "JAMAICA MAKES
YOU FEEL GOOD ALL OVER."
Just remind everyone of their previous vacation
on that beautiful island. Ask them if they
remember how blue the sky was when they
stepped onto that gorgeous north coast beach,
and how warm the water felt when it splashed
onto every part of their body as they hopped,
skipped and dove head first into that turquoise
sea. Do they remember surfacing for air and
looking around at the beauty of their sur-roundings?
Don't they remember looking
down at their feet, and marveling at how clear
the water was as schools of little multicolored
tropical fish darted by? Just then, at that very
moment, didn't they just — feel good all over?
Ask them if they remember the afternoon they
sat on that hillside terrace overlooking the
north coast shores of the island. Oh what a
view it was, the sheer sensual beauty of the
mountain ranges. How could they ever forget
the breath taking scenery below, the forever
blueness of the sea extending straight out to
the horizon, a sea spotted with fishermen paddling
slowly home in their canoes, or the
panoramic view of the green sugar cane fields
below. How refreshing that pleasant sea
breeze felt blowing through everyone's thin
cotton clothing, how the breeze swayed the
beautiful hibiscus, croton and fern plants to
and fro, and how the beauty of the bright
flaming colored poincianas and jacarandas
scattered around just left everyone speechless.
What a magical moment. Didn't they just —
feel good all over?
Can't they remember how their taste buds
exploded with joy each time they ate a local
Jamaican dish, like ackee and saltfish or green
banana and mackerel, or some tantalizing
escovich king fish? Can't they remember the way they raved
about the deliciously spiced, roadside bought jerk pork? Don't
they remember its peppery taste causing them to sweat, that
they smiled with glee while wiping the sweat from their brows?
Then there were the tropical fruits, the mangoes, the pineapples,
the star apples, sweet sop, melons, ginneps and plumbs,
so sweet that no one cared how sloppy they looked as the
juices trickled down the sides of their face. Hhhmm! Didn't
eating those foods just –– make them feel good all over?
Remind them how the true warmth and humor of the
Jamaican people made them feel comfortable as each day
drifted by. The serene look on their faces just seem to imply
that there is no need to worry, just be happy. Their genuine
smiles and hellos would make the grumpiest ox enjoy the rest
of his day. What a delight it was to see them stop whatever
they were doing and sway their bodies to the rhythm of music
being played by some car driving by every now and then.
Music surely is the spice of their lives, and it just continually
flows through the entire island, day and night.
Surely those in your group who no longer
live in Jamaica, can remember how exciting it
was to see their old friends and acquaintances
when they last visited. What fun they had
exchanging childhood stories in local watering
holes, stories that, even though exaggerated
each time they were told, made everyone
laugh till they cried. Or just being able to
comfortably speak patois to them, as they
know their local friends will clearly understand
every word they speak. They could
do that all over again, and laugh even louder
at those silly stories on this trip.
Ah, — how they wished out aloud for more
time to spend as their departure time drew
near. Don't they remember? Sure they do,
and they will admit it too, but there may be
some in the group who will prefer a new destination.
Take them through these wonderful
memories once more, and if they remain
adamant about going elsewhere, then let
A funny thing about life is that, if you refuse
to accept anything but the very best, you will
very often get it. So let them go elsewhere and
deal with the unknown, while you return to a
place that you know is the best, a place that
will literally embrace you the moment you
arrive, a place that will
"MAKE YOU FEEL
GOOD ALL OVER."
Jamaica just waiting for you.
So you have
made the decision
to go to Jamaica for your next vacation,
but where will you go when you get
there? Some people who have never
been there before only know that it's a
small island in the Caribbean, and that
their friends said they had a great time
when they were there last.
Well, this land of paradise is really 146
miles long by 51 miles at its widest. Its
mountain range soars to a high point of
7402 feet, and runs through the central
part of the island. It has 160 rivers,
several beautiful waterfalls, and a
very dramatic coastline, with a multi cultured
population of 2.4 million people.
Throughout Jamaica, a colorful variety
of exotic flowers and plants lie waiting to
mesmerize even those who may be color-blind.
Night time on the island can be
either quietly romantic, or just a jamming
good time, — every night.
So now that you know all this, where
should you go when you get there?
How about Ocho Rios? Your friends
stayed there and raved about its colorful
fishing villages and lush sugar plantations.
They said it had a wide variety of
vacation experiences and accommodation
options. The 600 feet high Dunns
River falls and beautiful Shaw Park
Gardens are sights not to be missed.
Then there is "Firefly", Noel Coward's
house, high atop a mountain with a spectacular
view, or the historical excavations
sights, not to mention the beautiful white
sandy beaches. There are torch lit canoe
rides on White River with a delicious
island feast and entertainment.
Montego Bay offers visitors just about
everything, from luxury hotels to apartments
and villas. Mo Bay, as it is called
by the locals, truly lives up to its name
"The Gulf of Good Weather" given to it
by Christopher Columbus the island's
discoverer. The second largest city on
the island, Mo Bay offers many attractions,
from architecture and museums, to
natural scenic beauty. The duty free
shopping is extraordinary, featuring fine
liquor, china, glassware, jewelry cigars,
and a variety of crafts. The city brags the
largest number of guest rooms of any
resort area in Jamaica, with the most luxurious
private villas in the Caribbean.
Nestled on the western corner of the
island is Negril, harboring some of the
finest beaches in the world. Its costal
waters are shallow and crystal clear. As
far as brilliance is concerned, sunsets here
can challenge others seen elsewhere in
the Carribean. Strict building codes have
kept the height of buildings from being
taller than the average palm tree. Major
all inclusive accommodation facilities lie
waiting for those who want to be thoroughly
pampered, while other well
appointed, smaller resort hotels with
wonderful family programs will make
guests leave the island just as happy to
return. Night life pulsates with the
rhythms of reggae, ska and calypso.
They say the most exquisite port on
earth is Port Antonio. This seaside
resort, offering a rare blend of natures
treasures and elegant facilities, lies
between two harbors on Jamaica's north-east
shores. Movie star icons like Errol
Flynn, Betty Davis, and Ginger Rogers
called this place their second home. Port
Antonio remains the premier Carribean
playground for elite movie stars, politicians,
executive officers of major industrial
and financial operations worldwide.
For water lovers, there is the beautiful
Somerset Falls, or just rafting down the
Rio Grande on a 30 foot bamboo raft
with a licenced Jamaican raftsman. This
scenic two and a half hour trip is not to
be missed. Hikes through the spectacular
landscape of the Rio Grande valley will
leave you breathless as well.
Kingston is the cultural capital of the
island, the center of government and
commerce. It's a favorite spot for business
people and visitors seeking more
than just a beach holiday. The life of
island is set to this city's pulse. It is the
capital of reggae. Disco-style nightlife
predominates. Every street is alive with
activity. Simply regarded as an "awesome
setting" the back of the city is encompassed
by the majestic Blue Mountains
while one of the world's seventh largest
harbors adorns it from the front. One
cannot go to Jamaica without experiencing
the rhythm center of the island.
Armed with this information, you can
now visit your favorite travel agent. Tell
him or her you are ready for the time of
your life, that it really doesn't matter
where you go in Jamaica, that you just
want to get there soon. And when you
get back, if some of your friends laugh at
you because you didn't get to see beautiful
Mandeville, with its lush greenery and
cool climate,—- no problem man. There's
always next year.
The Roots of Jamaican Dishes
The first inhabitants of Jamaica were the
Arawak Indians. Then came the Spanish,
followed by the Africans who arrived mainly
as slaves. These 3 different people produced
a diverse group of foods using their unique
methods of cooking. Then, during the 17th.
century, the British conquered the Spanish
and began to populate the island. Although
the Arawaks did eat meat, many of the fruits
that grew in abundance on the island were
sometimes used in their cooking.
It was the Spanish who introduced the use of
hot spices, while the British brought in the
likes of Yorkshire pudding and the eating of
bread with meals. Meanwhile, the African
field-hand slaves, who were not allowed to
eat from their masters' table, improvised for
themselves by using their own methods of
cooking up various foods containing bits of
everyone else's dishes. Soon, these varying
methods of cooking began to take hold, creating
the likes of Ackee and Salt fish, Mackril
and Banana, and Pepper Pot soup. Another
for instance is the Jamaican meat patty, a
savory seasoned meat, baked in a flaky pielike
crust. Today, these patties are made in
different shapes with vegetables, sea food, or
chicken, instead of beef, and are a delight to
both the young and old.
A dish that certainly was derived from the
island's forefathers is the "Jerk" pork. Some
say it came from the Arawaks, others, from
the Africans. One thing is for sure, its preparation
has been refined by the many genera-
tions that have cooked it over the years. The
meat is marinated in an incendiary mixture
of island grown ingredients for hours, including
Scotch Bonnet pepper, pimento seeds,
escallion, thyme and nutmeg. The meat is
then cooked slowly over a low heated,
smoky, outdoor pit, lined with pimento
wood. This slow cooking process allows the
meat to lose very little of its juices as it
becomes saturated with the flavor of the
wood. Some of the ingredients were introduced
each time new inhabitants stepped
foot on the island. Whatever the origin of
this succulent dish, it has become so popular
over the years that dozens of jerk pits have
cropped up all over the island.
During the latter part of the 18th century,
more people from different countries
arrived. The Chinese and East Indians were
brought in as laborers after the emancipation
of slavery. With them came the culinary
treasures of the east. They immediately infiltrated
the stable dishes of the island's already
multi cultural inhabitants. It was then that
curry became the pillar of several Jamaican
dishes. The marriage of these various cultures
over the years, have produced delec-table
dishes that are internationally known,
and have become permanent fixtures on
hotel menus across the island.
It is said that the way to a man's heart is
through his stomach. This however, can
only be guaranteed if that man passes
through a Jamaican port of entry first.
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