“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”.
— Dr. Aggrey Irons
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 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 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, Mrs. Jo-Anne Kingsley, wife of the Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica and 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 for StGC.
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 Derrick Jones.
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.
— Donette Chin Loy
Editor’s 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.
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Greetings Old Boys and Friends of St. George’s College.
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 this regard.
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 Donette 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.
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 significant 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 community.
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.
— Margaret Campbell
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