November 2013 Volume 10

One-Year Review: My Talk with Kingston College’s Headmaster, Dave Myrie

Author: Derrick R Wright

Principal Dave Myrie

It seems as if it were just yesterday that I last interviewed the then newly appointed headmaster of Kingston College (KC).  I had caught up with him a full year ago in South Florida, at one of the series of events that normally coincide with the KC Old Boys (KCOB)   read more

George Thompson Memorial Scholarship to get Matching Funds

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Geroge Thompson

The George Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund is planning to double the number of scholarships awarded to students at Kingston College in the 2014/2015 academic year. Ten awards were made to students his year.

Funding for the awards comes from donations and Atlanta’s Annual Scholarship Fund Dance held in December.  

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Analysis of KC’s CSEC Results 2013

Author: KC Academic Vice Principal - Juliet Wilson

KC Academic Vice Principal - Juliet Wilson

The following analysis of KC’s CSEC examination results provides a comparison over the last five years.

This year 265 or 81.3% of the students taking the CSEC obtained passes in five or more subjects. The number of students passing five or more subjects including Math or English is 263   read more

A Tearful Reunion after over 50 years

Author: Dr. Frederick “Buddy” McIntosh

Winston Golden and Buddy McIntosh

Dr. Frederick “Buddy” McIntosh was recently reunited with Winston Golden, his neighbor on Maxfield Avenue in Kingston after not having seen each other for over 50 years.  They met with tears in their eyes.  But they were tears of joy.

According to Buddy, the reunion was a “whimsical, memorable   read more

Prostate Cancer Prevention

Author: Dr. Robert Wan

Dr. Robert Wan

Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Jamaican men and in some ways it is an ideal target for prevention. However, its exact cause is unknown so it is difficult to pinpoint a specific method of prevention.  

There are two drugs (Finasteride and Dutasteride), used to   read more

KCOB Brandon Allwood receives International student award in Toronto

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Brandon Allwood

Former Deputy Head Boy of KC and Jamaica Observer Teenage Club President, Brandon Allwood, was one of eight international undergraduates to receive the Toronto Excellence Award at the 2nd. Annual Toronto International Students' Festival, held recently in Toronto, Canada. He was the only student from the Caribbean to be honored.

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David “Wagga” Hunt Scholarship Plans Washington, DC Event

Author: Christopher Hunt

David "Wagga" Hunt

Plans are underway to host another fundraising event in support of the David Hunt Scholarship Initiative.  The event will be under the Distinguished Patronage of the Jamaican Ambassador to the United States of America, His Excellency, Stephen Vasciannie. The David "Wagga" Hunt Scholarship Committee Members in Washington, DC will be hosting the   read more

The Library & Technology Capital Campaign

Author: Robert Taylor

Library and Technology Center Capital Campaign Kickoff

The Kingston College Library & Technology Capital Campaign has received US$180,000 in donation and pledges after holding two donor conferences in Philadelphia and New York in September and October respectively. The goal is to raise US$302,650. Bryan Grant of Premier Financial Group Inc. hosted the Philadelphia leg.

Mr. Basil Anderson   read more

KCOB's Big Purple Session 2013: The Magic and the People

Author: Derrick R Wright

Mr & Mrs Dave Myrie, Audley Hewett and Dean Morris

South Florida is unquestionably the place to be each year the first Saturday in October for what is now one of the biggest and most prolific fund raising events held to benefit a Jamaican high school.  So this year, as before, I headed to the Miramar Cultural Center, to attend   read more

KCOBA Atlanta and NOBCChe sponsor Super Science Weekend in East Point, Georgia

Author: Anthony Williams

Woodland Middle School Super Science Weekend Fair 2013

The K. C. Old Boys’ Association (GA) Inc  (KCOBA) and the Atlanta Metro Chapter of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChe) were joint sponsors of Super Science Saturday which was held at Woodland Middle School in East Point, Georgia on November 9,   read more

Toronto 40th Reunion & Awards Banquet

Author: Reprinted from Share News Online

Kingston College President Award winners L-R, Neville Prowde, Lance Seymour and Clive Barriffe

KC future brighter with new principal, help from alumni

Dave Myrie had several options when he decided to re-enter the teaching profession as a principal. However, he chose Kingston College because it’s a male institution and many of its students are from some of Jamaica’s challenged communities.

Some 14 months   read more

A New Entrance Way for Kingston College

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

A New Entrance Way for Kingston College

Kingston College now boasts a new, modern entrance way that welcomes staff, students and visitors as they enter the North Street campus.

The project was spearheaded by the KC Old Boys via a committee led by Michael McMorris, who headed up the committee that included architect, Douglas Stiebel; Project Manager,   read more

KC and Calabar PTAs sign Memorandum of Understanding

Author: Reprinted from Jamaica Gleaner

KC and Calabar PTAs sign Memorandum of Understanding

The parents of students at long-standing rivals Kingston College (KC) and Calabar High School have embarked on a partnership, which they believe will go a far way in mitigating the decades-old strife between the all-boys' schools.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on September 19, 2013 by Presidents Stewart Jacobs and   read more

The Good Deed Brigade Recognizes Audley and Shelly Hewett

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Audely and Shelly Hewett

Florida KCOB Audley Hewett and his wife Shelly were recently featured in the Good Deed Brigade Newsletter.

The Good Deed Brigade's mission is to promote the actions and kindness of people making a difference in the community. Here is the article from their website:

Sweeter than Reggae Music   read more

KCOBA USA’s 21st Annual Scholarship Dance

Author: Charity Ferris

KCOBA USA’s 21st Annual Scholarship Dance

KCOBA USA held its Annual Scholarship Dance on October 26, 2013 at the Polish National Club in Hempstead, NY.  The function was great success and as a result 40 students at KC will be receiving scholarships to help them meet expenses while attending school.

We are very grateful for   read more

A Few Words from the Editor

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Dr. Glen Laman

We received word recently regarding the passing of Bertie Chin who was a member of KC’s 1957 football team which won the Manning Cup and Olivier Shield, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He was a classmate of Dobby Dobson, Adrian Strachan, Ben Priestly and Lenworth Smith.  No other details were available at   read more

Profile of Lance Seymour

Author: Reprinted from Toronto Souvenir Journal 2013

Lance Seymour

Lance Seymour was born in West Bromwich, England and grew up in the Whitfield Town area of Kingston, Jamaica. He attended the Whitfield Town Primary school and was fortunate to be awarded a place at the prestigious Kingston College: the only high school he wanted to attend.

While at KC,   read more

A Review and Interview of the Vanishing Visitor by Warren Chen Shui

Author: Carla Starrett Bigg

Vanishing Visitor by Warren Chen Shui

Really, this story creeps up on you -- it seems quite innocent at first, a story of two sweet old ladies in the hospital, maybe a little superstitious....but just as you relax into it, it gets quite frightening. Do not read before sleep! A fun and shivery ghost story.

Carla:   read more

Fortis from the Land of Your Breadfruit Ancestors – Bats

Author: Michael O. Walters

Michael Walters

They are coming! They are coming!  I can see them in the distant sky flying towards us (approach photograph).  They look like WW-II fighter planes, but could it be in this the 21st Century?  I can see them better now and I see wings flapping.  Now they now look like   read more

We Just Went to Run: A Penn Relay Pioneer remembers

Author: Ray Ford

April 1964: The first Kingston College High School Track Team to Penn Relays, at the Norman Manley International Airport (L-R): Lennox Tulloch, Alex McDonald (captain), Rupert Hoilette, Tony Keyes, Jimmy Grant and Lennox Miller

Had it not been for a late entry application filing, this year’s running of the Penn Relays the 118th, would have marked the 50th anniversary of the first ever high school track team from Jamaica, to make the sojourn to the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field.  Instead, the talent-laden relay   read more

Profile of Neville Prowde

Author: Reprinted from Toronto Souvenir Journal 2013

Neville Prowde - B.A., B.Ed., C.I.M., M.C.I.Q.S.

Neville Prowde left Kingston College in 1958 after completing the Senior Cambridge Exams.
While there, he was quite active in sports: he played on the Sunlight Cricket Team (1958) for the College.

Neville studied surveying at Dawson College and the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors where he obtained a   read more

First Jamaican to attend St. Helen University School of Medicine

Author: Terrence Henry

Terrence Henry

KCOB Terrence Henry is a medical student at St. Helen University which is Guyanese owned but located on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

I was born and grew up in the parish of St. Thomas where I spent most of my childhood living in the small community of Highbury   read more

Profile: Clive Barriffe

Author: Reprinted from Toronto Souvenir Journal 2013

Clive Barriffe

Clive Barriffe attended St. Michael's Primary School located on the southern shores of downtown Kingston. After passing the common entrance exam as destiny would intervene, he moved on to Kingston College.

He recalls his first day being dropped off in his father's police cruiser and pleading with him to stop   read more

The New York Launch of Delano Franklyn’s 8th Book

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

The New York Launch of Delano Franklyn’s 8th Book

KC Old Boy Delano Franklyn’s eighth book had its New York launch recently.  The book is titled, “Michael Manley - Putting People First.” The launch took place on Thursday, November 7, at the United Moravian Church in Harlem, New York. 

According to the press release by KuttingEdge Communications, Mr. Franklyn's   read more