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
artists shortlisted to create windrush monument at waterloo station in london
July 24, 2021
glenmuir student wins ja national chess title
July 3, 2021
up close features award-winning singer carroll thompson
June 30, 2021
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).
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.