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Project Planning Committee Report – April 2020

St. Rose’s Alumni Association USA Inc.

Project Planning Committee Report

Annual General Meeting

April 25, 2020

Thirty-five (35) students will be awarded for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) 2019 Scholarships totaling $2,180.   Two (2) students at the Lower Sixth level were awarded Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) 2019 Scholarships totaling $70, while nine (9) students at the Upper Sixth level were awarded CAPE Scholarships totaling $650.  In addition, all the students, both at the CSEC and CAPE level students received Certificates of Excellence from the association.  The total scholarship awarded amounted to $2,900.  These awards and certificates were presented at the Annual Prize Giving held on Friday, November 15, 2019 at the National Cultural Center.  In attendance were: SRAA President, Lorraine Croft-Farnell and Board Member, Denise Harris-Durant from the USA chapter.

Report of visit to Guyana is appended to this PPC report.

Career Day in Guyana

With the formation of the local chapter in Guyana, the new organization has verbally pledged (during our Guyana visit) to facilitate the Career Day on the grounds of St. Rose’s High School sometime in 2020.  The group was very excited with taking on this activity.  In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, that date has not be determined.

Coronavirus:  Emergency Measures for St. Rose’s High School

An emergency request was submitted by the Headmistress and Board of Governors (BoG) to procure items for a safe and hygienic environment within our school.  The request was sent to the overseas chapters.  PPC provide 2 of the items which was approved by the Executive Board.  The check requisition was submitted and funds were transmitted to the BoG account on March 27, 2020. Items and cost are provided below:

Paint Donation

The 435 gallons of paint earmarked for St. Rose’s High School was handed over to the Chairman of the BoG, Kenrick Thomas was done on February 29, 2020 by Mr. Mike Singh of Demerara Charitable Foundation.  This donation was provisioned by Global Paint for Charity organization.  Kenrick has the paint in safe-keeping and has made the agreement with the Ministry of Education to get resources.  The painting will begin when the school is closed for breaks to avoid safety issues.  A thank you letter was sent to Mr. Mike Singh on March 29, 2020.

Teachers’ Appreciation

On December 3, 2019, a request was sent to SRAA to provide funds towards a Teachers’ Appreciation Dinner in celebration of the school being named the Most Improved School based on the CSEC and CAPE results and the teachers’ successes.  The estimated cost from the venue Hermanston Lodge was approximately US$1,748.90.  After PPC assessed the need and requested the approval of US$500, approved by the Executive Board, and transmitted on December 10, 2019.  The President of SRAA emitted an email requesting for the financial support to be shared with the Toronto chapter.  It was also communicated that funding for such activities should be supported through the school’s fund-raising activities.

Class of 1979

The classmates of this group made a commitment towards one of the items on the 2020 Wishlist.  The group has adopted to purchase the chest freezer which is needed for the Home Economics Department. Noting, that this transaction will be managed and supported by the Class of 1979, it is newsworthy to highlight it as it is part of the Wishlist.

Scholarship for Mr. Stanley

The final scholarship payment of $300 towards of the educational material to Mr. Alque Stanley, Physical Education Teacher, who is pursuing his B.E. studies at GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport in St Catherine, Jamaica was completed. The funds were transmitted in November 2019.

Building Project

According to the Board of Governors of St. Roses High School, that the current plan to replace the wooden building of the school with two twenty-first century structures is on target to be completed by the end of 2021. The wooden structure has been demolished and a further subvention had to be submitted to the government of Guyana to provide for additional foundational works which could only have been derived after the demolition of the wooden structure.  The foundational pilings have begun. The time estimated is for the start construction of the buildings is in 2020 to last 18 to 24 months. The completion is planned to coincide with the 2022 International Reunion. Here is the wish list received from the Board of Governors and Headmistress. If you would like to donate to any of these outstanding projects, please email

Here is the wish list received from the Board of Governors and Headmistress.  If you would like to donate to any of these outstanding projects, please email

Respectfully submitted:

Denise Harris-Durant and Compton Grose


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