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THE ST. STANISLAUS COLLEGE ASSOCIATION in BARBADOS

The St. Stanislaus College Association Barbados, was founded in 1995. It provides alumni, former members of staff and friends of Saints, with an opportunity to assist the College, as well as occasions for them to meet at Social Evenings, Family Fun Days, the Feast Day of St. Stanislaus, and other activities that arise from time to time.
Saints crest

We have tried to help our Alma Mater, within the constraints of our limited resources. Since its inception, our Chapter has assisted by sending shipments of textbooks, donated by Harrison College, Barbados, for which we are truly grateful.

A twinning arrangement between Saints and Harrison College is currently in the process of formation.

We hosted the Saints Scout Troop in 1996, providing foodstuff, transportation etc. and helped in many other ways.

A return visit to Guyana by the Harrison College Scout troop in July 1999 was hosted by the Saints Scout Troop, during which the Fr. Darke Shield was awarded for outstanding performance to a Scout who met certain criteria. This Trophy was in memory of Fr. Bernard Darke, whose contribution to Scouting at Saints and to Guyana, will long be remembered. This Trophy as well as replicas for previous years, were donated by the Barbados Chapter, which has also funded the grilling of the Scout Room doors and windows and the extension of the Scout room etc. St. Stanislaus College mural
We donated a Computer to the Scout Troop and again in August 2001, we hosted the Saints Scout Troop, who camped at Harrison College as guests of the Harrison College Scout Troop. We look forward to a return visit to Guyana by the Harrison College Scout Troup in 2005.

We have taken out group membership of this Association which was launched on April 25, 2004. Individual members are free to join on their own.

At the 9th Annual General Meeting held on August 25, 2004, the following were elected:


CURRENT EXECUTIVE – 2004-2005


President – Gavin Ferreira

(Tel 423-3276 H)

E mail staplegrove@sunbeach.net


Vice President - Stanley Greaves

(Tel 429-4897 H)

E-mail:isaph@sunbeach.net


Secretary – Kenneth Khan

(Tel (426-3750H)

E mail: kenkhan@cariaccess.net


Treasurer Jeane Forde

Tel 420-3294 H)

E-mail jamjef@sunbeach.net


Asst. Sec. - Marcia James

(Tel 437 3560 H)

E mail: valenciajames@hotmail.com


Past President Clement Derrell

(Tel (438-3580H)

E-mail: mrdee@hotmail.com

The Barbados Chapter and the Saint Stanislaus College Old Students= Association (SSCOSA) have been asked by the Toronto Chapter to work together to put in place an overall plan for the improvement of St. Stanislaus College. It is felt by many alumni that some Master Plan is urgently needed if Saints is to move ahead in the 21st Century. This Master Plan should include both short-term and long-term objectives. The following is a beginning to what is hoped will be an ongoing series of consultations involving Past and Present Students, Parents and Teachers of Saints, the present College Administration, the Ministry of Education and all stakeholders interested in the welfare of Saints. We all need to work together so as to set up goals and long range plans for the success of the College. The plans for a Computer room, a Transformer, a Wall of Fame and other ongoing improvements in the facilities and curriculum/extra curriculum, should not be seen as knee-jerk responses to crises, but as part of a well thought-out master plan. We need to be proactive, and be able to anticipate to some extent the problems that rapid change brings about. < Read more >

In March, 2004, we assisted in the Launching of a book, The Scattered Jewels, by Evadne D’Oliviera, the well known Guyanese journalist, author and playwright, now resident in Toronto. This book was well received and was promoted by a Book Signing Ceremony on March 5th at the Cloister Bookstor, Bridgetown followed by the Official Launching at the UWI Campus, thanks to the assistance of Dr. Mark McWatt.

STANLEY GREAVES was made an Honorary Distinguished Fellow of Cave Hill Campus, UWI for two years commencing June 7, 2003. . During this time, he hopes to have the visual arts achieve greater recognition through exhibitions of work and visits by artists from the region. This would be made possible after the construction of the new Creative Arts Centre. At the Humanities Week Celebrations March 15-24, 2004, Stanley designed and presented a concert of folk songs from the region, organized in eight categories –work songs, children’s songs, love and marriage, religion, and so on. He was ably assisted by four friends, including Ena Harvey Vocalist. Stanley surprised many by his playing of the guitar and by rendering nine Guyanese folk songs. Along with poet Dr. Mark Mc Watt, Stanley also read poems from HORIZON in his Guyana Literary Prize winner (available on-line from the publisher – orders@peepaltreepress.com or hannah@peepaltreepress.com) He had a one-man show in Martinique in June 2004. Keep up the good work, Stanley.

GUYANESE ASSOCIATION OF BARBADOS INC. We have taken out group membership of this Association which was launched on April 25, 2004. Individual members are free to join on their own. Its aims and objectives are the following: Promote the integration of Guyanese into the Barbadian Society, Preserve and exhibit Guyanese culture in the Barbadian society, Provide resource information for newly arrived Guyanese and Guyanese in need of assistance, and Organise celebrations around Guyana’s national events. An AGM took place on October 16, 2004 when Pat Thompson was elected President and a Fusion/Lime on October 30, 2004. Our members continue to support this fledgling organization. Gavin Ferreira and Kenneth Khan are involved in the works of the various Committees.

Our AGM was held at St.Patrick’s School Hall on August 25, 2004. It was well attended. Discussion centred on the SSCAA International which was set up at the August 1, 2004 meeting in Toronto, with follow up meetings scheduled during the proposed Opening of the Wall of Fame in Guyana on April, 2005 and July 31st 2005 in Toronto. Kenneth Khan and Gavin Ferreira were selected representatives of the Barbados Chapter.

We extend sincere greetings to all Saints Alumni worldwide. We look forward to meeting some you in Guyana and wish you all the best for 2005.


Kenneth Khan (Secretary) March 06, 2005



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SAINTS IN BARBADOS


Here is a list of Saints Alumni, now resident in Barbados:


Stan Affonso, Rudy Ameerally, Sonia Archer, Keith Arno, Michelle Bohne (nee Fernandes), John Burnham, Christopher de Caires, Geoffrey de Caires, David Clarke, Mark Derrell, Clement Derrell, Neeshun Drakes, Andrew Dupigny, Gavin Ferreira, Richard Fisher, Cecil Fitt, Jeane Forde, Volville Forsythe, Carl de Freitas, Gerald de Freitas, Peter de Freitas, Omar Gafoor, Aubrey Gomes, Stanley Greaves, Guy M. Hendricks, Colin Henry, Tony Hutchinson, Solomon Johnson, Marcia James (nee Bollers), Pat Kendall, Hafiz Khan, Kenneth Khan, Roger King, Richard King, Simone Lambert (nee Jones), Mark McWatt, Michael McIntyre, Devon Retemyer, Taleta Richardson, Deo Saywack-Maraj, Brian Sandford, Dwayne Semple, Earl McRae Solomon, Terence Earl Solomon, Roylyn Taitt (nee Marks), Michael Taitt, Pat Thompson, Ivor Wilkinson, Sion Williams, Sherwin Williams and Ray Yhap. We will miss Chris Fernandes who has relocated to Toronto, as well as P.I. Gomes who has moved to Trinidad

We are very sad to announce that Cecil de Caires, a Founder Member and Life Member, died on October 9, 2003 at the age of 85. He will be sorely missed. We also record the death of George Gomes, (class of 1953), who died on April 25, 2004. George was a founder member of our Chapter and always active in our activities. To the grieving families of Cecil and George, we extend our sincere sympathy. RIP.

WALL OF FAME: 27 members contribute $11,745 BBD to the Wall of Fame. We have now transferred $10,910 BBD ($1,059,073.29 G) to the SSCA, with the balance of $835 BBD held in Toronto. Construction is now completed and the Plaques are on their way from Toronto. The Official Opening is planned for February 16, 2005.. We look forward to some of our members attending this historic event.

SIR GARFIELD SOBERS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS CRICKET TOURNAMENT:

In July 2003, we assisted two cricket teams from Guyana, the Covent Garden Team and the Camille’s Institute Team with donations of chicken and eggs, thanks to Chickmont Foods Ltd, and the kindly assistance of Peter de Freitas. Some of our members also assisted with cash donations.

Again, from July 11-28 2004, 4 Cricket Teams from Guyana, including St. Rose’s High School with one student from Saints and Camille’s Institute with two students from Saints took part in the Cricket Tournament. We were again been asked to assist and were able to obtain donation of eggs and chicken for both St. Rose’s and Camille’s Institute from Chickmont Foods, arranged by Peter de Freitas and Gavin Ferreira. Teams from Berbice High and Covent Garden also took place and BHS reached the Semi Finals.

SLIDE SHOW on November 5, 2003 on Guyana Flora and Fauna at which Bobby Fernandes was guest speaker. The various Alumni groups in Barbados as well as the general public were invited. The venue was the Ursuline Convent Hall and some 150 Guyanese attended at what was acclaimed as a very successful event. We are grateful to Bobby for his presentation and hope he will come again and give us more insights into Guyana. In view of our diminishing numbers and the fact that many of us are retirees, we decided to arrange activities to include a wider cross section.

FEAST OF ST. STANISLAUS on November 13th 2004 The annual Mass at St Francis of Assissi Church, was reasonably well attended. Fr. Michael Campbell-Johnston S.J. (CJ) preached the Homily as we reflected on the life of our Patronal Saint and remembered Alumni who had passed away during the past year. Refreshments afterwards gave us the opportunity to meet and socialize.

In March, 2004, we assisted in the Launching of a book, The Scattered Jewels, by Evadne D’Oliviera, the well known Guyanese journalist, author and playwright, now resident in Toronto. This book was well received and was promoted by a Book Signing Ceremony on March 5th at the Cloister Bookstor, Bridgetown followed by the Official Launching at the UWI Campus, thanks to the assistance of Dr. Mark McWatt.

STANLEY GREAVES was made an Honorary Distinguished Fellow of Cave Hill Campus, UWI for two years commencing June 7, 2003. . During this time, he hopes to have the visual arts achieve greater recognition through exhibitions of work and visits by artists from the region. This would be made possible after the construction of the new Creative Arts Centre. At the Humanities Week Celebrations March 15-24, 2004, Stanley designed and presented a concert of folk songs from the region, organized in eight categories –work songs, children’s songs, love and marriage, religion, and so on. He was ably assisted by four friends, including Ena Harvey Vocalist. Stanley surprised many by his playing of the guitar and by rendering nine Guyanese folk songs. Along with poet Dr. Mark Mc Watt, Stanley also read poems from HORIZON in his Guyana Literary Prize winner (available on-line from the publisher – orders@peepaltreepress.com or hannah@peepaltreepress.com) He had a one-man show in Martinique in June 2004. Keep up the good work, Stanley.

We extend sincere New Year greetings to all Saints Alumni worldwide. We look forward to meeting some you in Guyana and wish you all the best for 2005.


Kenneth Khan (Secretary) December 24, 2004

 
 
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