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Godfrey Stewart High celebrates golden jubilee

Published:Saturday | February 16, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Roger Allen
Godfrey Stewart High School students at the church service in Westmoreland to celebrate the school's 50th anniversary.

Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau

Despite the myriad challenges the institution has faced over the years, the Godfrey Stewart High School family - inclusive of past students and former administrators - were out in large numbers on Sunday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the institution.

According to Roger Allen, the chairman of the school's board of governors, the enviable milestone reached by the institution underscores its resilience, one of the key factors which has contributed to the producing of good results under difficult circumstances.

"Our school canteen is serving over 1,500 students," said Clarke. "When the school was built 50 years ago, the canteen was built for just 200 students."

"The situation is the same for our staffroom that was constructed for 30 teachers and is now accommodating over 100," continued Allen. "These are some of the challenges Godfrey Stewart High is dealing with, and we continue to press on amidst the challenges."

Wayne Wallace, a former head boy and past board member of the school, said he had been waiting for over two decades to participate in this phase of his alma mater's history as the school was very special to him.

"When I was in Grade 11, we celebrated our 25th anniversary, and ever since that day, I have been looking forward to our 50th anniversary," said Wallace. "This is truly special, not only to me, but to the entire Godfrey Stewart family."

Wallace, who is now a serving member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, was a member of the planning committee for the 50th anniversary celebrations. He is encouraging the community and past and present students to participate in the activities that will help to expose the virtues of the school to the wider community.

Godfrey Stewart High was established in 1963 with Waldermar Stewart as the founding principal. One thousand six hundred students are currently enrolled at the school.

Some of the activities planned for the 50th anniversary

  • Jamaica Day Cultural Concert - February 22,
  • School Expo - May 7
  • Labour Day School Project - May 25
  • Graduation Ceremony - June 27,
  • Reunion Dinner and Awards - July 27
  • Godfrey Stewart Distinguished Lecture - October 10
  • Fun Day and Sports - August 3
  • Evening of Excellence - November 24
  • Retro Party - December 14