SMC Marks 125 Years!

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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

Rohan Seon.

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