Daily Gleaner, June 26, 1890
Breaking up of the Kingston Collegiate School.
large number of ladies and gentlemen
assembled at the Conversorium at eleven
yesterday morning for the purpose of witnessing the distribution of prizes to the successful
pupils of the Kingston Collegiate School.
those present we noticed the Hon. Colonel
C. J. Ward, the Revd. John Radcliffe, the
Revd. J. B, Ellis, M. A., the Revd. William Gillies, the Revd. H. H. Kilburn, the Revd. Donald
Davidson, the Revd. James Cochrane, Dr. M. Stern, and Messrs. George Levy, Sydney Levien,
L. G. Gruchy, Oconnor DeCordova, John Campbell, W. deB. Hodge, Arrowsmith, Andrews,
and Dr. J. A. Carpenter, &c.The Hon. Colonel Ward was enthusiastically received by the
children and thelarge number of persons present, and immediately conducted to the
platform where, he was introduced by William Morrison, Esq. M.A., the Principal of the School,
and kindly asked to. preside over the day's proceedings. Colonel Ward having thanked Mr. Morrison for the honor done him, stated that Mr. Morrison would give a brief account of the
working of the school for the half year. Mr. Morrison was highly gratified and greatly
encouraged by the large number of persons present, and commenced his remarks by
saying that it was not his intention of troubling his hearers with a report of any kind, as he
had decided that every one of his pupils should be supplied with one to enable them to take it
home to their parents, to let them see what they had been doing for the last half year. He was glad he was in a position to state that the last year's results, relative to the working of the
school, were very satisfactory. At their breaking up last year, however, the results appeared
to him very gloomy and he then expressed very much regret at the small number of boys who
had passed the Cambridge Examination, but some of the boys came to him, and not only
assured him but cheered him and promised that they would go forward and endeavour to
pass their examinations successfully. The last Cambridge Examination was the greatest and
most successful. Out of ten boys who went up for examination, eight passed successfully -
the highest marks having been obtained not only by the boys belonging to this island but
those of the other West India Colonies. He then proceeded to read the names of the boys over
sixteen years of age and under eighteen, who had been successful at the Cambridge and Local Examinations, all of whom had been educated in the Collegiate School and were well
known to the other pupils. He also stated that the certificates of the successful competitors
had been received direct from the University and would be distributed by the Chairman, and
then proceeded to say that no better test of the efficiency of the School could have been furnished than by the Certificates forwarded by the examiners of the University. He then
alluded to the number of boys belonging to the School who had passed so creditably at the
Civil Service Examination held in this island and also mentioned the name of an old Collegiate boy who had distinguished himself in Canada - Mr. Alfred Mayner, as also Mr. Passmore at the
London University, who passed the M.B. examination, taking the first place, and at the conclusion of a very brilliant career took the gold and silver medals. Mr. Morrison then referred
to the large number of pupils who had left the school, and were employed in the various large commercial houses in the City and who were daily giving unbounded satisfaction to their
employers, and concluded by publicly acknowledging the very valuable assistance he had
received from Messrs. Hendricks and Scotland, the assistant masters,as well as the ladies'
assistants to Mrs. Morrison who conducted the lower branch of the School.
Honorable Colonel Ward then appointed a
Committee to inspect and report upon the
papers in writing prepared by several of
the pupils, after which Master Sherlook, in
appropriate and well rendered address, introduced the competitors in Elocution, as follows:-
"Regulus before the Roman Senate" - Master George DeMercado; "Bernardo del Carpio"
- Master Alfred Shirley; “the Baron's last Banquet" - Master George Henriques; "the Stow-
away" - Master William Morrlson; " Charles Edward at Versailles” - Master Angusto Alvarez.
the conclusion of these well rendered
selections the Chairman announced that the
of Elocution had decided to give the first prize to Master William Morrison and to recommend
Master Alvarez for a special prize for his delivery and the conception of the piece he had
rendered, allowances having to be made owing to Master Alvarez being of Spanish descent, and
when admitted into the school four years ago could hardly speak a word of English.
Chairman then proceeded to distribute the
certificates gained by the pupils at the
University as well as the prizes obtained at the School during the half year.
Chairman said he was very much pleased,
and he was sure the ladies and
were equally so, at the excellent manner in which the boys had acquitted themselves generally.
Their performances reflected the highest credit on Mr. Morrison and his assistants. There could
be no doubt that the Collegiate School was one of the best in the city, and from what he could see of
the boys there then, and those who left and entered the various professions, it spoke volumes for the teaching capabilities of the island as well as for the boys themselves. The speaker then
spoke for some time on the standard of education in the island, which has had to be raised higher
and higher from time to time; the efforts which were being put forward by other countries all over
the world to educate the masses of the people so that no excuse could be made that they had not
an opportunity of obtaining the advantages of a fair education, and concluded his speech by
thanking Mr. Morrison for the honor he had conferred upon him in calling upon him to take the chair,
and the very creditable manner in which the pupils had gone through their examination.
Revd. William Gillies congratulated Mr.
and Mrs Morrison and their assistants on the great
success which they had achieved in the working of the school. Mr. Morrison was rendering
a great deal of service to the country, which service, however, had not been very often publicly acknowledged enough. He then alluded to the large number of boys who were finding their way
to the island from Panama, the Colonies, South and Central America &c. to obtain the benefits
of a good education and said he looked forward to the day when Jamaica would be the great educational centre in the West Indies.
Ashenheim, one of the most successful
pupils, on behalf of the students thanked
Chairman for the able manner in which he had conducted the proceedings of the day as well as
the ladies and the gentlemen for their kindness in being present. He also publicly acknowledged
the well known ability of their Principal, and thanked him as well as his assistants for the care and
attention he had bestowed upon them. He congratulated the successful competitors and
offered his sympathy to the unsuccessful ones at the same time encouraging them to persevere
in their studies.In concluding he proposed that three cheers should be given for the Chairman,
three for Mr. and Mrs. Morrison; three for the ladies and gentlemen present, and three for the
holiday which having been warmly done, the Chairman on behalf of Mr. Morrison, thanked the ladies and gentlemen for their attendance and the proceedings terminated.
The School will be reopened on the 6th August next.
too, also join heartily in congratulating
Mr. Morrison and his assistants for the
satisfactory and efficient manner in which they have conducted the working of the Kingston
Collegiate School. Mr. Morrison is undoubtedly, entitled to the best thanks of the community for
the very great interest he has been taking in the educational advancement of the young people
in the island, and we trust that he may long be spared to continue the arduous work which he
has been engaged in for so many years.