Flagrans Veritatis Studio! | Burning with the Zeal for Truth!
The Glenmuir High School Past Students Association (UK) Chapter is part of the Glenmuir High School international alumni association. Our mission is to engage with alumni past and present across the United Kingdom and continue to support our beloved alma mater Glenmuir High in Jamaica as well as students continuing their studies in tertiary institutions in the UK.
GHSpsa (UK) chapter President Kerry Ganna - in her own words...
As the GHSPSA (UK) Chapter President, may I welcome you to our online space. Since 2010, a small group of alumni here in the UK would meet up and subsequently decided to formalise links with our alma mater Glenmuir High School in Jamaica. I am particularly proud of the fact that the UK membership conceived and initiated the GHS Breakfast Programme project back in 2017 which has since proven to be of immense benefit to disadvantaged students. We have joined forces with the other GHS Alumni Associations and together we have been able to complete and dedicate the Dr. Sydney Scott Auditorium. 2020 has brought the worldwide pandemic of Covid-19. Nevertheless, we were able to answer Principal Dr. Marsha Smalling's call for assistance with learning resources and personal protective equipment for the staff members. Going forward, we will continue to strive to increase our membership as well as assist our school. The fire still burns - here in the UK!
Your EXECUTIVe officers
President: Kerry Ganna
Vice President: Peter Allison
Treasurer: Durant Thompson
Secretary: Sophia Smith
glenmuir hspsa webinar series continues on june 24
June 22, 2021
12.00AM BST (UK)
new guidebook documenting london's black history and culture for launch on june 22
June 20, 2021
A new pocket-sized guidebook to celebrate the black presence in London is to be launched soon. Produced by Avril Nanton and Jody Burton, Black London: History, Art & Culture in over 120 places features plaques and artwork previously ignored that celebrate black life and achievement in the capital. The book can be purchased here from June 22nd.
jamaica 2021 Heritage Lecture for
June 19, 2021
(8.30PM BST - UK)
jamaica diaspora en france property webinar for june 10
June 9, 2021
Webinar - (1900 CET; 1800 BST).
glenmuir hspsa webinar series continues on May 27
May 26, 2021
NB - For UK participants, the event begins at 12am BST - May 28.
jamaican high commission (UK) consular session for may 13
May 10, 2021
glenmuir teacher keisha myers-walters given sagicor Foundation award
May 7, 2021
Outstanding Glenmuir High School educator Keisha Myers-Walters has received the Sagicor Foundation "My Teacher, My Hero" Award. Mrs Walters (pictured on the right) was nominated by one of her students, Talesia Smith. Congratulations!
JAMAICAN DIASPORA (uK ) agm SCHEDULED FOR MAY 15TH
May 6, 2021
Professor geoffrey Palmer named Chancellor of Heriot-watt University
May 4, 2021
Scientist and international human rights activist Sir Geoff Palmer has been named Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University. Born in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, he became Scotland's first black professor in 1989. Congratulations to Sir Geoff!
Windrush Scandal: victim unable to return to the uk for 38 years!
April 30, 2021
stephen lawrence: we remember...
April 22, 2021
Today is celebrated as Stephen Lawrence Day. Stephen was an 18 yr-old teenager who was brutally attacked and murdered in a racist attack this day in south-east London in 1993. An aspiring architect, today we honour his memory.
luther vandross: so amazing
April 20, 2021
Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr. would have celebrated his 70th birthday today. A noted singer, songwriter and producer, his talent left an unmistakeable musical legacy for the whole world. So sadly missed. Enjoy this classic!
CLIVE SULLIVAN, THE FIRST black GB NATIONAL TEAM SPORTS CAPTAIN
April 9, 2021
Welsh winger Clive Sullivan played both rugby union and rugby league but it was the latter where he left a sporting legacy. Read more.
london community gospel choir fundraising concert for april 17th
April 7, 2021
gofundme page to assist glenmuir high teacher
April 6, 2021
We join the family of Christophe Myrie, one of our outstanding team members, in soliciting financial contributions towards his medical treatment in Mexico. Mr Myrie has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Osteosarcoma. Mr Myrie currently teaches Physics at Glenmuir High up to the CAPE level. Christophe is responsible for leading Glenmuir's Robotics team to second place in the last First Tech Challenge.
Your contributions and support are much appreciated. The GoFundMe link is below:
remembering winston wright - glenmuir alumnus and one of jamaica's finest keyboard players
April 3, 2021
Winston Wright was one of Jamaica's finest keyboard players. Having learnt to play the organ at Glenmuir High, he went onto perform with the legendary Tommy McCook Supersonics band. We remember this musical great who sadly passed away in 1993.
the WINDRUSH SCANDAL: ICILINE Brown's journey
April 1957. Twenty year old Iciline Brown arrived in the UK from Jamaica with aspirations to undergo nursing training in Scotland as well as begin a better life. During this period, many other West Indians were making a similar journey to the UK. After settling in England and raising four children alongside her husband Gersham, Iciline returned to Jamaica in the early 1970s.
March 2018. After Iciline was twice denied a visitor’s visa in the preceding months to visit the UK, The Guardian newspaper revealed a UK government policy intent on creating a “hostile environment” for the so-called “Windrush generation” and specifically to detain and deport black persons - the majority who had arrived in the UK before 1973 and been born British subjects, back to their countries of origin. Windrush generation refers to a sailing vessel, the SS Empire Windrush, which arrived in the UK in June 1948, bringing 500 settlers from Jamaica. Following the end of World War II, the UK needed manpower to rebuild the country, and subsequently reached out to its colonies at that time.
“I was frightened and horrified of this course of action, and could not believe leaders would have agreed to treat people in this shocking way. The consequences were that it was tearing many families apart” she said.
After being temporarily allowed into the UK, there followed a 2-year struggle, led tirelessly by her four children Freddie, Monica, Noel and Phil to prove her status. In April 2020, the Home Office granted Iciline with indefinite leave to remain and her biometric residency card.
Iciline continued - "the truth is I had mixed feelings upon receiving the residency card. Without Team Brown (her children) taking on the task, the outcome would have been very different as I had personally given up due to my own frustration and anger about the situation.”
Even though Iciline’s battle yielded success, many other persons affected have not been as fortunate with deportations continuing, and also deaths due to the stress caused. Iciline’s experience describes the pain and anguish suffered by so many others who have been terribly mistreated. The fight for justice continues.