January 2014 Volume 11

Chairman’s New Year Message - 2014

Author: Michael Vaccianna

Michael Vaccianna

On behalf of the Board of Management of Kingston College and for myself, I wish for you Mr. Editor, your team and the entire Kingston College family a new year filled with happiness and peace and the realization of your dreams and aspirations.

My colleague Board members and I   read more

Message from the Principal

Author: Dave Myrie

KC Principal - Dave Myrie

It is certainly a pleasure for me to provide this New Year’s message for the KC Times.  This publication is a gem within the KC family as it seeks to communicate, inform, update and give voice and focus to the many activities, events and issues related to the Kingston College   read more

2014 New Year's Message from the KCOBA Atlanta Chapter

Author: Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams

The Kingston College Old Boys' Association of Georgia, Inc. wishes all Jamaicans at home and abroad a very happy and prosperous New Year. May your dreams be fulfilled as you continue life's magical journey of twists and turns in your daily lives. May we continue to treat our fellow human   read more

Unforgettable Gems From My High School Teachers

Author: Dr. Cedric Lazarus

Dr. Cedric Lazarus

During my years at KC there were many occasions when the academic discourse was interrupted, or added to, by an unforgettable gem from a teacher. As students, we had our moments too, but most of what we uttered could not be considered gems, neither were they unforgettable.

Here I   read more

The Jamaicans: Children of God in the Promised Land

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Ambassador Dr. Basil K. Bryan

Ambassador Dr. Basil K. Bryan has published a book about Jamaicans in the Diaspora. It is titled, The Jamaicans: Children of God in the Promised Land.

According to a review by former Jamaican Prime Minister, the most honorable P.J. Patterson, “Bryan’s treatise offers a discerning insight of the Diaspora   read more

Atlanta Jamaican Association President’s Message

Author: Allan L. Stewart

Allan L. Stewart

Thank you to the past Presidents, especially the immediate past President Errol Ritchie, who served for four consecutive years, the Trustees, Executive Board, Committees and members who have selflessly devoted time and personal resources for the betterment of the community and the advancement of the Atlanta Jamaican Association’s (AJA) mission.   read more

In Memoriam: Bertel “Bertie” Anthony Chin

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Bertel “Bertie” Anthony Chin

Bertel “Bertie” Chin was born in Kingston, Jamaica on February 26, 1942 to Myrtle and Vincent Chin.  He was the eldest of five children, two brothers and two sisters.

Bertie attended Kingston College where he excelled in sports, particularly soccer and cricket.  He was a member of the 1957 team   read more

White House Reception

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Mrs Vasciannie, First Lady - Michelle Obama, Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie and President Barak Obama

In the photo above, Ambassador Vasciannie and his wife Lisa pose with President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at a Reception held at the White House for Ambassadors and other Heads of Mission to the United States of America and their spouses, on July 19, 2013.

Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie,   read more

The Choir’s 2013 Christmas Concert Season

Author: Dr. Robert Wan

Kingston College Choir 2013 Christmas Concert Season

The Kingston College Chapel Choir had a very successful concert at the UWI Chapel on Sunday, December 22, 2013.

This was our most ambitious and most expensive concert to date. The music chosen by  Choir Director, Audley Davidson was challenging; it required many hours of rehearsal but in the   read more

An Audacious Initiative – Boosting Library & Technology on the KC Campuses

Author: Brian Morrison

Back row L-R: Anthony Chance, Brian Morrison (author), Victor Henry, Rainford 'Perry' Bloomfield. Front row L-R: Winston 'Winty' Davidson, Basil Anderson, Justice Lennox Campbell, Donald 'Clive' Davidson, Jomo Rose

On September 20, 2013 at the Philadelphia, PA residence of Mr. Brian Grant, CEO of Premier Financial Group Inc. KCOBA NY hosted the inaugural Kingston College Library & Technology Capital Campaign Program. For many of us who were skeptical of this bold initiative, that was laid to rest on October   read more

A Magnificent Performance Of 'Messiah'

Author: Reprinted from Jamaica Gleaner

A Magnificent Performance Of 'Messiah'

Michael Reckord, Gleaner Writer

Here's a 'money-back' recipe for a successful concert.

Select a universally acclaimed musical composition. Add one of Jamaica's best school choirs and a handful of professional soloists. Obtain some of our top instrumentalists to accompany them. Rehearse for three months.

That's what the organising committee for   read more

2014 New Year's Message from KC PTA President

Author: Stewart Jacobs

Kingston College PTA

Work is Love made visible. The Kingston College PTA continued to add value to our school in 2013; just a mere six months into our administration, by immersing into the trenches to make best for our boys/wards.

The KC PTA is very proud of its 2013 efforts –   read more

Atlanta’s 2013 George Thompson Scholarship Fund Dance

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Atlanta’s 2013 George Thompson Scholarship Fund Danc

The Atlanta chapter held its Annual George Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund Dance on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the usual venue in Alpharetta, Georgia.

The purpose of the dance was to raise money for the fund that was started a few years ago by the Atlanta Chapter in honor   read more

Atlanta Old Boy starts new radio show

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Anthony Williams

The Anthony Williams Show (TAWS) debuted recently on the Atlanta Broadcasting Network.  It can be heard on Thursday nights from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm on WIGO 1570 AM or online at http://abnlive.net.

Williams has accumulated a wealth of experience in various industries both in Jamaica and the United States. He   read more

In Memoriam: Former Teacher Stanley A. Williams

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Stanley A. Williams

Stanley Williams, a retired teacher who taught at Kingston College during the 1960’s has died.  He was also a former principal of Manning’s High School, Vice Principal at Camperdown High School and Jamaica College.

Williams met his wife while they were both teachers at KC. He taught Biology, Botany and   read more

A Few Words from the Editor

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Dr. Glen Laman

The year 2014 is an important milestone for Kingston College.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of KC and Jamaica’s participation in the Penn Relay Carnival in the United States.  KC was the first Jamaican high school to send a team to compete in Pennsylvania.  They not only   read more

2014 New Year's Message from the KCOBA Toronto Chapter

Author: Lawrence Prendergast

Lawrence Prendergast

After an historic and successful 2013, when our Toronto Chapter celebrated forty years of continuous service to our alma mater and to our respective communities, we are energized to continue to grow and to exceed those performances and contributions.

Last year, I was privileged to meet and confer with the   read more

Prostate Cancer Screening

Author: Dr. Robert Wan

Dr. Robert Wan

Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among Jamaican men. In the USA it is the second leading cause.

Prostate cancer should be distinguished from Benign Prostatic Enlargement which causes many men to have disturbances with their urination. Screening is the detection of disease before it causes   read more

Raymond Mair wins National Book Award

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Raymond Mair

KCOB Raymond Mair won a National Book Award in the category of Best Poetry for 'Shards of Remembering'.

National awards were announced and presented at the Book Awards Ceremony at UWI on Thursday, December 5, 2013.   Also present were KCOB George Meikle, author of 'In Praise of Jamaica' and Patsy   read more

KC In the News

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

KC In the News

Kingston College is increasingly in the news.  Check this column for links to recent articles about KC.

The Old Boys, students and teachers are making headlines and doing great things. If you come across an interesting article, please feel free to contact the editor at editor@kctimes.org  and send us   read more

2014 New Year's Message from the KCOBA New York Chapter

Author: Rainford ‘Perry’ Bloomfield

Rainford ‘Perry’ Bloomfield

New Year is the time to remember all the Fortis memories we share, all our accomplishments, all the joys and support poured out as distance is the last thing that can prevent us from celebrating our Fortis brotherhood.

The Board of KCOBA USA Inc. is sincerely appreciative of your contributions   read more

Fortis from the Land of Your Breadfruit Ancestors – Aitu

Author: Michael O. Walters

Michael Walters

Many of you have heard duppy (Jamaican ghosts, spirits) stories or may have even seen duppies.  As a Jamaican, I have heard my fair share but have not seen any.  Consequently, I do not believe in duppies.

 I want to keep it that way, so I would not   read more

Profile of Warren Chen Shui

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Warren Chen Shui

Warren Chen Shui attended Kingston College from 1961-67 and was in Gibson House.  He was head boy of his form at one time and was a member of the Science Club and what was then known as the Student Christian Movement.  

He was a member of the track and   read more