February 7, 2017
Dear Fellow Alumni and Friends:
The US Chapter of the St. Rose’s Alumni Association USA Inc. will be celebrating the 170th anniversary of our Alma Mater, St. Rose’s High School founded by the Ursuline Order in 1847. The Anniversary Gala will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Russo’s on the Bay, 16245 Cross Bay Boulevard, Howard Beach, NY 11414.
Our Honorees are Cathy Cholmondeley-Hughes and Fly Jamaica Airways. Cathy is an alumna and the Minister of Public Telecommunications of the Guyana Government. From 2005-2015, Cathy was the Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Rose’s High School. Fly Jamaica Airways founded in 2013, has been and continues to be a loyal sponsor to our Association. Fly Jamaica Airways’ core values aligns with our Association’s goal “to improve the quality of education and environment of St. Rose’s High”.
On behalf of the Planning Committee, we are cordially extending an invitation to join us in this celebration.
To mark this historic event, we will create a Souvenir Journal to capture the spirit of the celebration. We would like to offer you an opportunity to purchase advertising space: whether to say congratulations, to advertise your business, or to simply share an expression of congratulations.
Enclosed are the Advertising contract and rate sheet for review.
Save the date.
Our Annual General Meeting and Elections will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 1pm - 4pm
American Federation of the Arts
305 East 47th Street
Between 1st and 2nd Ave (10th Floor)
New York, NY 10017
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At the Anniversary Gala, the Association will be honoring Catherine Andrea Cholmondeley-Hughes, Guyana Minister of Public Telecommunications; and Fly Jamaica Airways. Ms. Hughes is an alumna and former Head Girl at St. Rose’s. Cathy was also the Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Rose's High School from 2005-2015.
Fly Jamaica Airways, commenced operations in February 2013, is owned by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Guyanese-born Paul Ronald Reece, Mrs. Roxanne Reece and three Jamaican shareholders including Captain Lloyd Tai and Mrs. Christine Steele and Mrs. Shaun Lawson-Laing. Captain Reece is also the owner of Wings Aviation Ltd, based in Guyana, which owns and operates Cessna aircraft in the interior of Guyana. Fly Jamaica has been a long time sponsor and donor of our Association.
Guyana, (formerly British Guiana) was making history in 1847 when the first Ursuline nuns arrived. The first railway on the South American continent was nearing completion in the colony. Thirteen years prior to this date, slavery had been abolished. The famous Stabroek Market was opened in 1842 and in 1844, Georgetown became a city and would be known as the capital.
Against this backdrop of on-going development, six Ursuline Religious and two postulants, (women who want to join the order), left the Ursuline Convent in Athlone, Ireland and came to British Guiana. Their families were alarmed when they heard of this dangerous undertaking and used every argument to dissuade them from going to a distant, tropical country.
The six Foundresses of the convent were Mothers Mary Bernard Perry, Mary de Sales Molony, Mary Magdalen Doyle, Mary Regis O'Brien, Superior, Mary Stanislaus Hearne and Mary Alphonsus O'Beirne. The two postulants would later be known as Sisters Mary St. Rose Tierney and Veronica Gavin. Five years later, Sister Mary Rose died at the age of twenty-five and Sister Veronica followed her six years later. These women often used the railway to Rosignol, crossing the Berbice River to New Amsterdam, where the second convent was established in 1897. Some important dates follow:
1867: On August 31, St.Rose's, a Secondary School for Girls, was opened with 4 students.
1851: St.Ann's Orphanage was established.
1869: A large three-storied school, with a dormitory for boarders, was constructed.
1925: Another three-storied structure was built to accommodate over 500 young ladies enrolled in St. Rose's. This structure abutted St.Rose?s School and contained a fine auditorium with graded floor and stage designed by Mother St. Catherine. It was the largest of its kind in Georgetown for many years. Funds were available through loans from Rome, England, and the generosity of the citizens of British Guiana.
1933: All children, regardless of religious persuasion, race, or language, were accepted at St.Rose's.
1935: The first steps to the establishment of a gymnasium began when hooks and ropes which were suspended from the ceiling, and vaulting boxes and horizontal ladders were obtained.
1941: Bicycle stands were provided for the increasing number of students who rode to school.
1941: Students and teachers were no longer required to wear stockings.
1953: The boarding school was closed and work began on a new structure to accommodate the increasing number of students requesting admission to the school.
1954: The Marian Wing was completed and officially opened on May 4.
1967: The Physics and Chemistry labs were constructed.
1969: Three additional classrooms were built above the labs.
1975: History was made when young men were accepted as students for the first time at St. Rose's.
1976: St. Rose's, and all other schools, became state controlled.
2005: Board of Governors appointed to manage St. Rose's High School.