SMC Marks 125 Years!
Saint Mary’s College is marking it’s 125th Anniversary 18902015 (also known as its quasquicentennial, pronounced kwas-kwi-centennial, anniversary) with celebrations throughout 2015 - 2016
Saint Mary’s College will mark the 125th anniversary of its 1890 founding with a series of events planned over the next 12 months to highlight the school’s intellectual, social and cultural contributions and historical footprint across the Saint Lucian landscape and manscape and the world at large.
The anniversary theme, “The SMC Journey: 125 years of Stewardship and Excellence”, reflects the words of the school’s inspiring anthem, “In the past we’ve made our name, Saint Lucia’s sterling sons proclaim, That St. Mary’s taught them well…” It also touches upon the founding ideal that the school should continue to provide the mould to shape students to live according to Gospel values and the Catholic tradition; students who are life-long learners striving for academic, sporting and artistic excellence as well as responsible citizenship.
Saint Mary’s College, formally opened on 20th April, 1890, is an all-male Catholic secondary school located at Vigie. St. Mary’s College is the only secondary institution in St. Lucia, the Caribbean and the world to have produced not just one but two Nobel Laureates, Sir Arthur Lewis and Derek Walcott.
Generations of SMC old boys and students have fostered and sustained a culture of rigorous scholarship, sporting and artistic excellence and generations of staff, alumni, parents and friends have provided support that has enabled this culture to flourish. The Samarian community continues to aspire to excellence under the eternal motto Summum Attingitur Nitendo - The Top is reached by Striving.
Students, staff, alumni and the whole Samarian Community will enjoy a themed year of activities and entertainment, commemorating the College’s Quasquicentennial (125th) Anniversary.
The anniversary year started on the 20th April, 2015 with a special assembly held for the current almost 700 Samarians attending the school.
To mark the formal commencement of the celebrations, there will be a mass at the Minor Basilica on Sunday 17th May, 2015 at 2:00 pm followed by a march of Samarian identity from the church around and into the Derek Walcott Square led by our current students and anchored by the generations of old boys currently in St. Lucia, dressed in our iconic black and white and all proudly displaying the colours of their house either with the ties or arm bands.
House Meetings, which all Samarians know means social and strategic interaction, integration and networking, will follow a brief wreath-laying ceremony at the cenotaph in memory and honour of fallen Samarians over the years.
Pledges to the SMC Legacy Fund will also be invited and contributions taken up on that day. Sidewalk displays of SMC “Greats” will be used to recall the many contributions of Samarians to Saint Lucia.
Provisioning for the next phase of the “SMC Journey”, Samarians past and present will be asked to pledge/ donate 125.00 of any kind of currency (equal to or more than EC conversion) to launch the endowment fund; 125.00 representing the 125 years of existence of SMC. Contributions will go towards the establishment of a sustainable financing mechanism for current and future school maintenance and improvement projects, including two legacy projects.
Proposed projects include a school chapel and a modern day conference centre/museum/ merchandise shop for ongoing revenue generation located at the current residence of the Presentation Brothers.
Preparing Generation X for the world of digital technology: using the collective competence of teachers and parents, a school “Coding Club” will be launched as one of the signature projects propelling the school towards the future.
A historical documentary of the school’s history will be presented in the form of a timeline. Well-known former Samarian, Dale Eliott, will produce and present SMC’s “Untold Story”. The production will showcase video messages, photos and special montages from the school and National Archives of school history and milestone moments. Snippets of the timeline will be made visible through various media such as billboards, public streaming locations (e.g. Aquarius Crossing), etc., as well as the televised “SMC Vignettes” programme.
As part of the SMC tuckshop tradition, a VIP fundraising event dubbed “SMC - Festive Food, Wine, Float and Cheese Social” will be held. The Governor General of Saint Lucia will host a formal special souvenir menu featuring the commemorative SMC school break/lunch special from at least the past five decades (“float” and cheese). In keeping, however, with the distinction of the Governor General’s office, a variety of cheeses and delectable “floats” will be coupled with renowned wines for the tasting. Proceeds will go towards the SMC Legacy Fund.
Televised series will be aired on local TV in which Samarians - students and staffers past and present - tell the inside story of SMC with their memories in words and pictures, updated throughout this anniversary year. The public will savour the inventive tales of Samarians through the decades, topped with some specially brewed insights of now renowned Samarians. This will also include some sidewalk displays.
Celebrate SMC as we toast our 125th anniversary with an unprecedented night of music and festivity! This one-nightonly milestone welcomes many of SMC’s prolific Artiste Trustees to the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable and notto-be-missed evening. Guests will be thrilled with the music of tribute artistes, like the Mighty Pep, bringing to life the greatest hits over the decades. A special anniversary performance of “Guy Love Dance” paying tribute to the antiquity of the musical talent and flair of Calypso writer par excellence “Rowan Seon” will also be delivered by the “Icon” himself.
Guests can also compete for special prizes in exciting trivia questions and test their knowledge with the SMC Trivia Challenge – 125th Anniversary. Proceeds will go towards the SMC Legacy Fund.
A newspaper supplement highlighting the history, culture and contributions of Saint Mary’s College to the country will be placed in key newspapers and a fun walk by the Samarian Community with registration costs to include a commemorative 125th tee-shirt in the colour of one of the School Houses is in the making.
Limited edition merchandise and exclusive offers (school ties, rings, wristlets, mugs, caps, etc.) will be on sale during the anniversary year at the school store and at all celebrations. Plus, commemorative backdrops and folios will be displayed to capture the memories of Samarians at the various events.
A naming ceremony of school classrooms and buildings to commemorate apparitions of The Blessed Virgin Mary – patron of the school, will be held during the 3rd term.
More information about various 125th anniversary activities can be found at: http:// www.smc.com/125th-anniversary
School sports march-past and house letter formation was a popular tradition of the learning institution which
has produced great scholars and athletes.
Current SMC Principal