March 2011 Volume 8

Kingston College Chairman’s Message - Recent Developments

Author: Professor Stephen Vasciannie

Stephen Vasciannie

This may be a good time for me to bring you up to date on certain recent developments that touch and concern Kingston College.  This is intended as a follow-up to my Christmas message.  Several of the items considered below concern infrastructural improvements at both North Street and Melbourne Park,   read more

RuJohn Foundation Donates US$50,000 for Pavilion Refurbishment

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

KC Pavillion

The pavilion is the sports center of the Kingston College North Street Campus. But over the years, this two-storey building with approximately 5,000 square feet of space has deteriorated to the extent that it can no longer efficiently or effectively serve the needs for which it was designed.

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KC Founder’s Week Celebrations - April 10 – 16, 2011

Author: Pat S. Williams Bignall

KC Founder- Bishop Gibson

As Kingston College celebrates its 86th anniversary, the KCOBAJ led by Dr. Ray Fraser, has put together a Founder’s Week Committee charged with the responsibility of not only organizing a memorable week of activities, but also to ensure that fundraising objectives materialize.  The planned activities include:

KCOB Michael McMorris appointed chairman of VMBS

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Michael McMorris

KCOB Michael McMorris was recently appointed chairman of the Board of Directors of the Victoria Mutual Building Society(VMBS). Michael is the son of former West Indian Cricket opening batsman, Easton McMorris, who is also a KC Old Boy.

The following is the press release issued by VMBS :

VMBS Welcomes   read more

The Politics of Justice

Author: David G. Batts

David G. Batts

It is said that there are no votes in Justice. Perhaps that explains why successive administrations of independent Jamaica have failed to adequately provide for our system of justice.

The courthouses across the island are woefully inadequate and in many instances run down. The human resource is expected to   read more

George T Fund Increases number of awards for 2010/11

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

George T Fund recipients - Rolando Berch and Gifton Wright

The George Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund issued two additional awards recently to bring the total awards for the 2010 – 2011 academic year to six. Four awards were made last summer.

The latest recipients are Rolando Berch who is attending Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC and   read more

Purples Capture Urban U-19 Table Tennis Title

Author: Michael Strachan

Front Row-From left-Jordan Hazle, Dexter Mears, Glen-Ross McDonald, Lance White Back Row-From Left-Colin McNeish (Coach), Korey Moulton, Jermaine James

The Purples recently captured the 2011 Urban Schoolboy U-19 Table Tennis Championship by stopping Campion 3-2 in the final at UTECH. The victory enabled the Fortis brigade to reclaim the title that was “lent” to Rabalac in 2010.

The success in the best-of-five tie was fuelled by victories   read more

Daughter of KCOB Coaches Florida State Golden Girls to National Ranking

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

FSU Golden Girls - Wendy Crawford in center

Wendy Crawford, daughter of Glen and Toni Laman, is the owner and director of Dance Fusion Studios and is the Head Coach of the Florida State University Golden Girls Dance Team. Wendy has just come back from College Nationals with her team ranked 1st in Florida, 1st in the ACC   read more

I Remember Christie Do You?

Author: Neville “Mussie” Gray

Christopher Francis (KC Groundsheeper) with Joycie in 1946

Those of us from the 1950’s and 1960’s will surely remember KC’s groundskeeper, Christopher Francis affectionately known as “Christie,” wearing his trademark helmet or bowler-hat.   During this era, we won our fair share of inter-school trophies and in the process produced individuals who went on to represent not only Jamaica   read more


Author: Winston Stewart


Roderick Reid - K.C. (1992 – 1999)
Michael Davis - K.C. (1965 – 1973)

Roderick Reid - K.C. (1992 – 1999)
Roderick's crowning achievement at Kingston College was being appointed headboy of the school in his final year. He was apparently murdered in Jamaica   read more

Tampa Connection Purple Session

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Tampa Connection Purple Session

The KC Old Boys – Tampa Connection announce their upcoming fundraiser, Purple Session III on March 19th, 2011 at the Tampa Letter Carrier's Hall, 3003 West Cyprus Street, Tampa, FL 33609. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and the price includes dinner, dancing and gate prizes.   read more

A Few Words from the Editor

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Glen Laman

I lived on Lissant Road which runs along KC’s western side for a couple years while a student and I recall spending many Saturdays upstairs the pavilion at North Street watching Sunlight Cup cricket.

The pavilion is still standing after all these years but time has taken a   read more

A Jamaican Mother’s Dream Comes True

Author: Warren McCalla

A Jamaican mother’s dream comes true. Warren McCalla (right) in Cuba

I left Portland for Kingston with my mother's teaching that education was to be the focus at this stage of my life. I was from a humble background, my mother worked for Eastern Banana Company and she saw education as the path to a better life for her son, a   read more

Dialogue with Bishop E. Don Taylor after Two Years Return to Jamaica

Author: Michael O. Walters

Bishop E. Don Taylor

“We welcome all who worship at this historic Church in the heart of downtown Kingston, Jamaica.  Your presence enables and enriches the worship of Almighty God which has been offered on this site for over three hundred years.”  These are the words of The Right Reverend E. Don Taylor, Rector   read more

Robert Kelly Appointed Plant Manager at KC

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Robert Kelly

The Kingston College Board of Governors has approved Robert Kelly for the position of plant manager at the school.

Robert Kelly returned to Jamaica in December of 2010 after living in Springfield, Massachusetts for 36 years. He served as President of the KCOBA New York chapter from 1995-1997 and   read more

KC Diary: A Chronicle of my Homecoming

Author: Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly

December 12th: Arrived in Jamaica shortly after 10 am on a quiet Sunday morning. It seems like I was just in Calvin Hibbert's house at a Christmas Party with my board members. The first thing I do is change my phone chip from Sprint to Digicel, something I learned from   read more

Robert Kelly meets the Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica, Yuri Lopez (left) and Robert Kelly

KCOBA NY president, Robert Kelly recently met the Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica, Yuri Lopez at the ambassador's residence in Kingston.

Over the years, several KC old boys have benefitted from scholarships to study medicine and other programs at universities in Cuba.  President Robert Kelly explained that his Chapter has an   read more