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Jamaica College’s P.T.A. – Ready Again!

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Collin Greenland was as effusive as ever as he took to the podium to take up the mantle yet again, a proud President of the JC PTA. He welcomed the parents heartily and was pleased to see a steady stream arriving throughout the evening.

In his opening remarks, he pointed out that- “every burden is lighter when we lift it together”. While he was pleased to see the throng of parents, he was quick to point out that perhaps teachers were dissuaded from attending because of being criticized in the past, adding that the PTA was not the forum to criticize teachers. He encouraged parents to work closely with teachers to resolve issues.

Senator Reid, who is in his ninth year at JC, thanked the parents for their support over the years. He commended the new parents and told them that they had joined at an exciting time. He then regaled them with statistics and records of the school’s progress which indicate how it is now poised to do even greater things. He pointed out the school’s academic improvements this year: 50% improvement in CSEC Math, Add Math and CAPE Math. The number of students passing 5 subjects with Math and English A, saw a 48% rise over 2013. This is a staggering 262.5% improvement over the period 2006 to 2014.

“Without quality material, the finish product is not going to be the best quality. However, JC now has the quality students to compete and out do any school in Jamaica. Next year and going forward will propel us towards the top in academic performance in Jamaica.”

To drive performance, there is a need for mentoring and so there continues to be a thrust to provide the boys with mentors. New classrooms are to be constructed and the curriculum is being expanded. The school has done well in sports and has increased some five hundred percent within nine years. It is now on the momentum to academic achievement. The momentum is on!

Author and Photos: Marjorie Wright

JC’s Commencement Ceremony 2014

Written by jcadmin on . Posted in General, News

Jamaica College seems to have asked the question and answered it: Why be ordinary, when you can be extra-ordinary? September 8, 2014 saw them at their extraordinary selves during their Commencement Ceremony. Mrs. Smith-White, EO, was there to bring greetings on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

The Guest speaker, Dr. Stevenson Samuels, Chaplin at UWI, commended the school for making a complete turn around. In alluding to the parable of the planter and the seeds, he commended those who are making it a ‘good soil’ for growth.  He concluded by urging the students to trust God and do well.

Senator Reid waxed lyrical in his charge to the boys.  He declared that it was a wonderful time to be at Jamaica College and that this exciting start pointed to tremendous possibilities. He thanked everyone who had worked hard to make last year, his eighth year, a success.

In laying down the gauntlet, he reminded the current students that everything is in place for them to do well under the theme: “Jamaica College #1 school for champions in the pursuit of excellence”.  He quoted Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit”. He ended with rousing applause as he did justice to Winston Churchill’s speech: “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense!”

 

Author: Marjorie Wright

Photos Contributed by: Mr. McCalla

Off to a Blazing Start

Written by jcadmin on . Posted in Football, News, Sports

2013 Manning Cup and Olivier Shield champions, Jamaica College, launched the 2014 ISSA/Lime Manning Cup season with a 5–0 trashing of Jonathan Grant.

Despite losing defender Zaron Sewell to a red card late in the first half, a hat trick from newcomer Akeem Shackleford in the first 29 minutes and two late goals from Junior Flemmings in the 86th and 88th minutes sealed the deal for the College.

Coach Miguel Coley declared that  the win was “not one of our best performances”. Captain Junior Flemmings, however, exclaimed that “we wanted to send a statement and I think we did that with this victory”.

Follow Jamaica College on Twitter @FervetSoccer ; Instagram fervetsoccer

For pics and vids visit http://www.fervetsoccer.com/

For the lates updates on 2014 ISSA/LIME Schoolboy Football, visit https://www.schoolboyfootball.com/

Author: Nickiesha Findley

ISSA Manning Cup Fixtures (First Round)

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Date
Match
Venue
Result
Saturday, September 6Jamaica College vs Jonathon GrantMo Bay5 - 0
Friday, September 12STATHS vs Jamaica CollegeSTATHS0 - 1
Monday, September 15Jamaica College vs Norman ManleyJC3 - 0
Saturday, September 20Kingston Tech vs Jamaica CollegeKingston Technical
Tuesday, September 23Jonathon Grant vs JamaicaJonathon Grant
Monday, September 29Jamaica College vs STATHSJC
Saturday, October 4Norman Manley vs Jamaica CollegeNorman Manley
Friday, November 22Jamaica College vs Kingston CollegeJC

PART-TIME TEACHERS WANTED

Written by jcadmin on . Posted in Academics, News

PART-TIME TEACHERS WANTED

JC/CARIBBEAN MARITIME INSTITUTE EVENING PRE-COLLEGE

CAPE

English

Mathematics

CSEC

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Geography

Business

Integrated Science

English

Mathematics

N.B. REMUNERATION STARTS AT $1800/HR.

INTERESTED TEACHERS SUBMIT APPLICATION TO MR. DENNIS BY EMAIL

ADDRESS: hdennis@jc.edu.jm

JC Track & Field Stars represents Jamaica at CAC Junior Championships

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THE 2014 CAC JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS IS SCHEDULED FOR MORELIA, MEXICO ON JULY 4-6, 2014. The 2014 CAC Junior Championships is scheduled for Morellia, Mexico on July 4-6, 2014. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association announced that a team of 56 athletes will represent Jamaica. The team includes Jamaica College Waseem Williams, Clayton Brown and Alec-Verne Longmore.

The Central American and Caribbean Junior Championship is a junior athletics competition held between the nations of Central America and the Caribbean Islands promoted by the Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (CACAC).

Author: Nateeka Wright

Jamaica College Houses NIKE Ambassador, Leon Bailey

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Craig Butler (left) founder of Phoenix All-Star Academy looks on as Pedro Boyd (second left) sports marketing specialist of Nike, shakes Leon Bailey’s hand immediately after he signed his endorsement contract at the Spanish Court Hotel on January 28, 2014. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

As the world anxiously anticipates the winner of the 2014 FIFA World Cup competition, the college men turn to Amsterdam’s AFC Ajax football player, Leon Bailey Butler, for his commentary and prediction for each game. Sixteen – year- old Leon Bailey Butler, known to many as ‘Chippy’ recently joined the Jamaica College family along with his brother, Kyle Butler, after returning to Jamaica to officially signed to a three-year endorsement contract by international brand Nike at the Spanish Court Hotel on January 28, 2014.

Leon will wear the Nike brand on and off the field, and could earn up to 10,000 euros per year.

According to Sports Marketing Specialist of Nike, Pedro Boyd, who is based in Panama, Leon was seen by a Nike scout in Europe.

“Well he was playing some good football there and we developed a contact for him here in Jamaica. The final decision to sign him was made by my international boss and I was asked to come down to make it official.

“We are betting on Leon…we are betting on him to be a great player to represent the brand of Nike well and to make Jamaica proud,” he added.

Leon, who is a product of the Phoenix All Stars Football Academy, also created history by signing the biggest contract for a junior football player at Racing Club Genk in Belgium. The prolific young striker had attracted interest from a number of clubs across Europe after his exploits in Austria, Germany and Belgium where he impressed with his goal scoring alongside fellow Phoenix club-mate and brother, Kyle Butler. He is currently signed to AFC Ajax, a Dutch professional football club based in Amsterdam and the seventh-most successful European club of the 20th century. Leon has scored over 100 goals in his professional football career.

As Leon waits to return to Europe he explains what it is like readjusting to school life in Jamaica having lived in Europe since he was thirteen years of age.

‘At first it was difficult adjusting to the idea of wearing uniforms to school, the rigid class system when it came to classwork and homework not to mention the numerous SBAs but the teachers and students made me feel like a part of a family which made adjusting easier,” said Leon.

“I am rated as a football player by the students and so we talk a lot about football – the English League and the World Cup,” he added.

Leon explained that living in Europe has been enjoyable and beneficial for his football career.

“School life in Europe is fun. Once they heard I was from Jamaica they all wanted to know about Bob Marley and Jamaica,” said Leon. “Apart from English I’m now fluent in three languages and speak a little French.”

Of all the countries that he has lived in Europe, for Leon, Belgium and Austria are the most memorable places.

“I love Belgium’s style of playing and how friendly they are on the field however Austria is beautiful, clean and has a lot of things to do,” expressed Leon.

The young teen whose personal motto is “Aim for the best” days begin at 6:30am and end at 11pm. “I am confident of my skills and can only achieve excellence by working very hard. I train from 4 – 7pm Mondays – Thursdays and from 7am – 6pm every Saturday and when I’m not training I’m studying which leaves very little time for socializing,” explained Leon. He however tries to unwind by playing FIFA PS4 and through social media sites on his phone such as Instagram and Facebook.

Leon’s dream of playing football was made possible by his coach, adopted father and JC Old Boy, Craig Butler, Founder of Phoenix Academy. Leon became a member of the academy while still attending primary school.

“I started when I was seven years old and they were training at Constant Spring. I went over there and started training until I joined in with the club,” explained Leon.

His dear friends, Jamaican track athlete, Warren Weir and Liverpool footballer, Raheem Sterling, are also his biggest supporters and motivators. Sterling, who is like a brother to Leon, recent words to him before heading off to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to represent England were:

“Listen ‘charge’ push yourself as hard as you can because you will slowly make progress each and every day.”

Apart from Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Leon admires footballers Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United), Marc Overmars (Arsenal and Ajax Director) and Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) who he feels that he plays like as he is also a left footer like Messi.

While Leon eats, sleep and dreams of football he advises everyone to know what they want in life.

“Hard work and dedication will help you to achieve your goals.”

Leon’s prediction for the winner of the 2014 FIFA World Cup – “Brazil of course!” he exclaimed.

Warren Weir, Leon Bailey Butler and Raheem Sterling

Follow Leon Bailey Butler on Instagram leonbailey100 as he aims for his goal.

TVJ Excerpt – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVaoJdVYOg0

Author: Nateeka Wright

Jovaughn Mullings – Another JC Champion

Written by jcadmin on . Posted in Lawn Tennis, Sports

Watching Jovaughn Mullings, it was hard to imagine him as the amazingly accomplished tennis player I had heard so much about. However, a closer look reveals that he is quiet wiry and as he opens up about his passion for the sport, a light dances in his brown eyes that explains why it is believable.

His story started when he was a student at Mico Practising School.  He would follow his brother to the tennis court next door where they collected balls with which to play cricket.  Before long, his brother, Jahvair, was invited to play tennis.  Jahvair, a Kingston College student, would go on to earn a scholarship through his association with Tennis Jamaica, to attend Norfolk State University in Virginia.

Jovaughn did not always want to play tennis.  His first love was gymnastics.  The day he saw his friend smashed his head on some blocks doing a back flip, was the day he decided gymnastics was not for him.  His brother started to teach him tennis and he has not looked back.  When he came to Jamaica College, he was invited by Mr. Newsome to play the Under Fourteen tournament.

Already he speaks with the tone of one who has seen it all and done most of it.  He said he has played countless tournaments, he was number one in the 14, 16 and 18 age groups; he made the Davis Cup Team in 2011 beating the Honduran and Trinidadian.  Of course these tournaments have afforded him the privilege to travel widely to many tennis playing countries among other opportunities.

Although he had the pleasure of meeting and playing with Venus and Serena Williams at Tryall  and Treasure Beach, his most memorable tennis experience was his game against Ramone Doily, the number one seed at the time in the under eighteen category.  Mullings defeated Doily 7 -5, 4 -6, 7 – 5.  He was awarded by JC for his accomplishments.

Talent like this has to be noticed and rewarded and it has been.  He was spotted by Gene Thompson, Head of Men’s Tennis in Virginia, and was granted a scholarship to attend Virginia State University.  Although he has been accepted at UWI to study law, he will take up the Virginia offer because of his desire to play College Tennis.

The JC family wishes you all the best in your endeavors.  You go JC Champion! Fervet

Author:     Marjorie Wright

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