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Wolmer's Inducts Inaugural Hall Of Famers

Hall Of Fame Inductees

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House Week is an initiative created with an intention to facilitate competitive rivalry between
the houses. With an aim to reform the way Wolmerians respond to sports day and competitions,
it is intended to bring hype and build anticipation for the days leading to the event. It is also to
build school spirit for other proposed activities throughout the term. During House Week
scheduled for January 13 - 20, there will be a range of activities for students to participate and spectate.

To ensure all houses participate, each house will receive 10 points for entering and
participating. For each competition the winning house will receive 40 points while second and
third place receive 30 and 25 points respectively.


The activities throughout the week include:
 Inter-House Football – Please refer to the match sheet
 Inter-House Quiz – lower and upper school divisions
 House Vibes/Lyric Freestyle Competition – Upper School Only Event
 Colour Fest (House Colours Day)

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Wolmer's Schools, located in Kingston, Jamaica consists of Wolmer's Pre-School, Wolmer's Preparatory School and two high schools: Wolmer's Trust High School For Girls and Wolmer's Trust High School for Boys.

The start of a new year is a good time to re-new our pledge to support our Schools and to re- launch our Website. It is even more appropriate for this particular new year, precisely because this is the year in which we give God thanks for 290 years of service to the youth of Jamaica.

From our Preparatory School to our two High Schools, Wolmer’s continues to teach and epitomise excellence. When much around us has descended to and celebrates mediocrity, we
remain an unyielding beacon, calling our youth to be the best that resides within them. We sing and we believe “our standards must not fall”.

Mr. Milton Samuda - Chairman  Wolmer's Trust

Milton Samuda - Chairman

So we continue to rise to the challenge to prepare our youth for an increasingly competitive world, often unforgiving of failure. To do so, we must not only equip them with the power of critical thinking and the tools of academic achievement, but also the indispensable fortitude of true character based on right values and attitudes.

The ‘Wolmer’s Way’, honed through multi-decades of sacrificial experience, has proven itself. Our sustained success is uniformly acknowledged and celebrated by our community, and is for us a source of confidence, without arrogance; of energy, eschewing complacency; of humility, not boastfulness; and of resultant
confidence tempered by humility.

As we look to the future, we will do what we have always done. We will re-invent ourselves without losing, ourselves, remaining relevant and ahead of the curve while remaining true to our core values, bed rocked in integrity. 

So, my fellow Wolmerians, as we continue to positively impact thousands of young lives, I urge you to hold fast to our timeless, clarion call:


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Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga (left) is joined by son Christopher Seaga (second left), wife, Carla Seaga, Wolmer’s Trust Chairman Milton Samuda (second right) and Douglas Orane, after the elder Seaga was inducted into the Wolmer’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Douglas Orane Auditorium at Wolmer’s Boys’ School in Kingston last Friday.

Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga (left) is joined by son Christopher Seaga (second left), wife, Carla Seaga, Wolmer’s Trust Chairman Milton Samuda (second right) and Douglas Orane, after the elder Seaga was inducted into the Wolmer’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Douglas Orane Auditorium at Wolmer’s Boys’ School in Kingston last Friday.

THERE WAS an atmosphere of celebration and nostalgia as Wolmerians from all walks of life came out to share in the inaugural launch of the Wolmer's Hall of Fame.

Chairman of the Wolmer's Trust, Milton Samuda, declared that 14 individuals would be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame, in addition to two living legends, former Prime Minister Edward Seaga and Sybil Francis, pioneer social worker.

Seaga entered Wolmer's Boys' School in 1942, following in the footsteps of his father and uncles. Francis, who had a long and distinguished career as a social-welfare officer and as the first tutor in social work at the University of the West Indies, playing a leading role in policy development for the social services, was first enrolled at Wolmer's in 1924.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, who delivered remarks during the ceremony, praised the induction of the living legends.

"The induction of the Most Honourable Edward Seaga and Mrs Sybil Francis into the Wolmer's Hall of Fame is indeed a fitting tribute to these two distinguished public servants, and I hasten to add my personal commendation and that of the Ministry of Education," he said. Thwaites also gave personal reflections on the lives of Seaga and Francis.

"I had the honour to 'follow backa' Mrs Francis in the Department of Social Work and the social-welfare training institute at the University of the West Indies as a young academician and I have had also the honour of looking in admiration across the aisle of Gordon House at the Most Honourable Edward Seaga," he said.

"Their personal successes and achievements underscore the value of a good education and prompt one to reflect on the significant changes that have occurred to the Jamaican landscape," he added.

Among the other individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame were former custos of Kingston, Dr Ludlow Moody, and former Governor General Sir Florizel Glasspole.

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STUDY OF the history of the Wolmer's Trust School since its founding in 1729, and the integral role of this institution in Jamaican's cultural and educational development, is to be included in the school's curriculum through a book written by alumi.

The book, In the Light of the Sun - the story of Wolmer's Girls' School, is described as "weaving a fascinating story of the Wolmer's Girls' division in the context of Kingston's evolution as a capital city, the struggles of its people from the products of a slave society to participants in 21st-century technology, and the development of education to meet the demands of Jamaica as an emerging nation".

Five collaborating authors

The book was written by five collaborating authors: Marguerite Curtin, Penelope Budhlall, Karen Findlay, Professor Marlene Hamilton and Sonia Mills, all alumni of the Wolmer's Girls' School, to commemorate the 2009 centenary of the establishment of the Wolmer's Old Girls' Association."In the light of the sun - The story of Wolmer's Girls School

"We have a wonderful resource in the form of this book," said principal of Wolmer's Girls' School Colleen Montague.

"Our students at the grade-seven level entering this school will be guided towards a strong appreciation of the evolution of education in our country, especially the significant efforts of pioneering Wolmerian women to advance education for girls."

Five hundred copies of the publication were presented by the Wolmer's Girls' alumni to Montague at a function, which was also addressed by past Wolmer's student, Custos of St Catherine, Sophia Azan, and Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites, whose mother and sister attended the school.

In commending the inclusion of the book in the curriculum, the education minister enjoined the gathering of students to cherish the "unparalleled opportunities presented to them at Wolmer's", to recognise how much education had changed, allowing wide access and representing a unifying force. Founder of the school John Wolmer, and many unrecognised benefactors to education, Thwaites said, contributed to the realisation of potential and a lifting of the human spirit.

The book with its history, he concluded, also presented hope for "what is to come".