On the occasion of the 49th Anniversary of Independence of Jamaica, 153 persons were recognized for outstanding contributions to nation building at the Oct 17th National Honours & Awards ceremony held at King's House. Two members of the St. Andrew High School (SAHS) family, Mrs. Mary Clarke and Mrs. Norma Newman, were included.
Mrs. Mary Clarke, CD
Mrs. Clarke received the order of distinction in the rank of commander (CD) for her contribution to advancing the rights and best interests of Jamaican children.
|His Excellency the Hon. Sir Patrick Allen with Mrs. Mary Clarke, CD Source: The Jamaica Gleaner|
Before taking up her January 2006 appointment as Jamaica's first Children's Advocate, Mrs. Clarke was Director of the Social Development and Gender Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica. Many may not know but Mrs. Clarke also taught at St. Andrew High School for Girls. She is a Deacon at Grace Missionary Church, the widow of Justice Neville Clarke and mother of three - SAHS Alumna, Dr. Tanya 'Roxanne' Clarke (Class of 1989), Dale Clarke and Dr. Nigel Clarke (a Rhodes scholar).
Mrs. Norma Gentles-Newman, BH (L)
Mrs. Newman taught Geography at St. Andrew High and is the proud mother of St. Andrew alumna, Ms. Alison Newman (Class of 1987), and son, Sean (who attended Calabar High). On Oct 17th, Mrs. Newman was awarded a Badge of Honour for Long and Faithful Services for her long and dedicated service to the National Council for Senior Citizens.
|L-R Claudette Robinson- Smith, Norma Newman, Blossom O'Meally-Nelson Source: The Jamaica Gleaner|
The following article captures the essence of Mrs. Newman and her dear friend, Dr. Blossom O'Meally-Nelson, who is also a distinguished St. Andrew High graduate http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20080713/out/out2.html
Other SAHS Family honoured on Oct 17th: -
- Mr. Ruel Reid, CD: The principal of our brother school, Jamaica College, also received an order of distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) for his contribution in the field of education.
|HIs Excellency the Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Mr. Ruel Reid, CD|
- Professor Peter Fletcher, CD: An order of distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) for contribution to the practice and teaching of medicine.
|Professor Peter Fletcher, CD Source: MFG Trust|
Prof. Fletcher is the father of three, St. Andrew High alumni - Joanne Fletcher (a Senior Insurance Executive), Jennifer Fletcher (Human Resources Specialist) and Angela Fletcher (Senior Finance Executive).
Miss Audrey de Sola Pinto, OD, Remembered
Wolmer's High School for Girls recently held a special tribute and thanksgiving service for the revered Headmistress, Miss Pinto. We now reveal an even more special side to Miss Pinto - that of a proud St. Andrew Old Girl (SAOG)!
|Ms. Audrey Pinto Source: The Jamaica Gleaner|
She attended almost every school event and Old Girl Valentine's Day lunch up to a few years before her death. Our Museum's Planning team is pleased to share a rare interview (two parts) with Miss Audrey Pinto (AP) conducted by an Executive of the St. Andrew Old Girls' Association, Miss Glen V. Yvonne Lee (GL) in 2005. [This interview was to be a book for the School's 80th Anniversary, which did not materialize. Hope McIntyre Stewart had this dream but she passed on in the Anniversary year].
GL: Miss Pinto, in light of the fact that St. Andrew High School for Girls celebrates 80 years September 21, 2005, we believe that your experience at School as a student and teacher would add value to the institution and for this reason I am delighted and privileged to conduct this interview with you. Your contribution will greatly benefit the present student body and provide encouragement to the teachers, not only at St. Andrew High School for Girls, but throughout the island.
What did you enjoy most about school?
- Who was ambidextrous?
- Who called any student whose answer to a question was unsatisfactory: “You Goat!”?
- Taught algebra using “daddy has and daddy owes”?
- Flung bits of chalk to wake up sleeping or inattentive students?
- Told us that she was once mistaken for Princess Margaret?
Do know the answers? Please use the comment box below.
Mrs. Margaret Reckord Bernal, The Curator----------------------------------------
23/Oct @5:30p.m: SAHS Parents Teachers Association
An Evening of Culture
Venue: Little Theatre, 1 Tom Redcam Ave, Kingston 5.
31/Oct @4p.m: St. Andrew Old Girls' Association (SAOGA)
The Saint Awards. Last day for nominations. Please contact Karen Henry, Selection Committee Chair, directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
02/Nov @8a.m - 2:00p.m: St. Andrew High School (SAHS) -
Gartshore Cup Competition (Home Economics)
Venue: 10 Cecelio Ave, Kingston 10.
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