St Andrew's School Alumni & Friends Association
Volume 6 Issue 1 Spring/Summer 2007
PO Box EE-17340, Nassau, Bahamas St Andrew’s Headmaster 1954 to 1972
E-mail email@example.com John Chaplin Remembers
The StAAFA Executive In 1953, at the age of 29, I applied for the Bertram Maura’s “stabbing” of himself with
Committee 2006-2007 post of Headmaster of St Andrew’s School. I his penknife on behalf of Shakespeare; Mrs.
Robert (Bob) Wade received a polite refusal from Charlie Freeman Price in her mothball smelling uniform
Margo Albury (Royal Victoria Hotel) and secretary to the cupboard under the stairs: the Howell-
Irene Cathopoulis Board. Presumably on account of my age! Grifﬁths; the Dunns and many more?
Kirstie Smollett A year later St Andrew’s was I well remember how,
Kirsten Stevens again advertising for a headmaster. during the second night of a
Dana Thompson I wrote, reminding the Board performance of a Christmas
Jeanne Treco of my previous application. In Carol, Stafford Morrison ran
response I received from London onto the stage bearing the
a telephone call inviting me to remnants of a turkey – the
attend for interview. Captain rats had eaten the rest.
Inside this issue: William Wallace Ogilvie had Then there was the time
promised to deliver a Scottish that boys lead a horse up the
Former Headmasters Headmaster who would stay. I front steps and into the hall!
In their own words 2 was appointed and stay I did – for In my early days I taught
19 years. all the science in the school
Former Teachers, I admit that I had some and my after-school Scientiﬁc
Where are they now? 4 reservations about heading up Society was popular for its
a school of which the members annual expeditions to such
Alumni in the Spotlight 5 of the Board of Directors were places as Preacher’s Cave, the
parents of current school pupils. My fears Everglades and Staniel Cay. Unashamedly the
In Days Gone By 9 were unfounded. I enjoyed very pleasant club followed my hobbies of photography
relations with all - except the last! My ﬁrst and radio. There was an occasion when my
StAAFA Wine & Cheese 10 Chairman was Dr. Kenneth Eardley who secretary, Sue Kimble, received a frantic
even delivered my two children! phone call, “Tell Mr. Chaplin there are boys
Can you name anyone? 11 The Collins House on Collins Avenue and girls running about on the roof of the
had recently been bought for £27,000…we school!” - There were…and I was among
Announcements 12 sold it 18 years later for almost $1,000,000! them ﬁtting up antennas for our amateur
The school roll of 120 quickly grew radio station VP7CR.
due to the inﬂux of foreign companies and Jean, my wife, ran the English department
the economic growth of Nassau. By the late for 18 years, dearly loved as the kind gentle
We want your feedback: 1960s the school building on Collins Avenue lady she was.
Please send any comments, alumni
could no longer accommodate the 600+ We had two children, Joy (Class of
pupils. Plans were put in motion for the 1971) and Ken (Class of 1974). Joy followed
news, old photos or articles for
building of the new school on the Yamacraw in the family tradition as an educator. Ken
future newsletters to Kirstie at site. In 1971 the move was accomplished worked with Solomons for many years and is
firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to very smoothly thanks to the cooperation of now in Real Estate with Peter Dupuch (Class
Kirstie at P.O. Box N-523, Nassau, staff, parents, pupils and friends. of 1974).
Bahamas. St Andrew’s staff members were Joy lives in Abaco with her husband
encouraged to stay for a number of years in Mike Robus (a former St Andrew’s teacher.)
Also, if you have a change of ad- order to provide stability. This gave rise to a Ken and his wife, Sheila (a current St
dress, or are not registered in our family feeling within the school. Characters Andrew’s teacher ) have two children, Kai
database, please ﬁll out our registra- there were aplenty over the years…among and Jenna, who presently attend St Andrew’s.
tion form in the Alumni link at www. staff and pupils. Who can forget the gentle The connections to the school are still there
ministering of the Reverend Poad; Dr. after more than 50 years!
Cont’d on page 3
Volume 6, Issue 1
IN THEIR WORDS
GRAHAM BARROTT – Former of Tom Close’s office – how they moved it I
Teacher and Former Headmaster – 1968 to don’t know. Two of the thieves took the safe
1983 into the bush to try to open it. The others
went off and, after some time, couldn’t find or
I read about the position contact the two with the safe so they turned
of mathematics teacher at them in to the police who arrested the two.
St Andrew’s in the Times
St Andrew’s Educational Supplement,
These two culprits then squealed on the rest of
the group and they all were sent to jail and we
Welcomes A and, having been turned
down for a post teaching
got the safe back.
I don’t remember a lot about the move
New Principal in one of the Government’s to Yamacraw Road. There were many trucks
schools, I decided to apply moving text books and supplies. It was well
& CEO for it. It was early in April organised and only took two or three days and
In this edition of our newsletter, 1968 and snowing in London we were back to teaching very quickly – in
StAAFA would like to extend a when I was interviewed by carpeted classrooms!
hearty welcome to our school’s the Headmaster, John Chaplin, and offered I played the washboard badly in a variety
the job, which I accepted immediately. David of Staff musical groups - one I remember was
new Principal and CEO, Mr. Jenner interviewed on the same morning and called the ‘Frugal Four’; sang a farewell song
Robert (Bob) Wade. Mr Wade we travelled out to Nassau together at the end with Terry Mann when we left Nassau; played
comes to us from the Zurich of August 1968, and, along with Cyril Enoch, softball and soccer (goalie) for the faculty
International School after a we lived in the Tiliacos Apartments off Collins enthusiastically but with little distinction.
career spent in international Avenue; very convenient to school. My wife, I enjoyed being Carib Housemaster and the
Joy, was also hired by Mr. Chaplin as one of the friendly rivalries with the other Housemasters
education. Mr. Wade is originally middle school teachers. – the student’s eager spirit for the various sports
from Massachusetts in the I was Maths teacher from 1968 to 1972; and events impressed me enormously.
United States of America and is Head of Maths from 1972 to 1974; Deputy I managed to survive a heart attack and
joined by his wife, Dr. Arvindra Headmaster from 1974 to 1975 and Headmaster subdural haemorrhage in 1997. Sadly, Joy passed
(Vinny) Sant-Wade. StAAFA from 1975 to 1983. I met the Headmaster away in 1994 after she returned to England in
of The Shipley School in December 1982 1993. I retired in June of 2002 and spent the
is also happy to welcome Dr at a cocktail party in Nassau and went for next year rejuvenating my house. When I sold
Sant-Wade to St Andrew’s as its an interview with him in Bryn Mawr, near it, I bought a 33 ft Nauticat motorsailor that
Coordinator for the International Philadelphia, USA. He offered me the position has an enclosed pilothouse rather than an open
Baccalaureate Diploma as Head of the Computer Science Department cockpit, and I am currently living on it in a
Programme in the secondary starting in September 1983 and I taught there marina just off the C & D canal in Pennsylvania;
until my retirement in 2002. In many ways the maintenance and cruising take up much of my
school. We trust that they both school was similar to St Andrew’s and I enjoyed time.
enjoy their stay at St Andrew’s the teaching.
and have a wonderful experience Here are some funny memories I have of my
as they settle into life here in The time at St Andrew’s: DAVE JENNER – Former Teacher
The week following my appointment, and Headmaster – 1968 to 1992
certain drains and toilets were backing up so I
became overly acquainted with the sewage and When I arrived in Nassau in 1968 with
Did any of our alumni drainage system - not quite what I expected in Graham and Joy Barrott and Cyril Enoch,
marry a classmate? my first week. housing was provided on 1st Terrace in
If you married a classmate, or Early one day, Tom Close told me that one apartments owned by Mr John Tiliacos. We
person who attended St Andrew’s of the Maintenance staff had not only found a were within walking distance of the school
and was in the same year as you, bottle of scotch hidden in the suspended ceiling and a car was not an immediate necessity.
we want to hear from you. Please of the boys’ bathroom, but had volunteered to Among our welcoming party were Allan and
email Kirstie at alumni@st-an- lie above the ceiling and grab the hand of the Mijo Tarmey, Tom Close, Paul Harrison and
drews.com and send us a current student who reached up to retrieve the bottle. David Protheroe. It took a while to get used to
photo of the two of you. Tell us At recess that’s exactly what happened; can you the heat but before long I was playing football
your graduation year, how many imagine his surprise when not only was his arm twice each week-end.
years you’ve been married and grabbed but all the administrators turned up The ﬁrst parent I met was Mrs Helen
if you have any children. We will almost immediately to cart him away. Phillips and she was someone I relied on, along
add this to our 2008 newsletter. Some thieves stole the large metal safe out with Mrs Blanco, to transport the boys to all
the soccer matches which were all played away
whose support I valued made a family decision to move to the UK.
greatly throughout, gave I was lucky to ﬁnd work and have been
birth to our daughter, teaching Maths in Kirkby Lonsdale near
Jessica, in October 1981 the Lake District for twelve years now.
and it was, perhaps, Since Anne passed away I have
appropriate that I took continued to work part-time and it has
on extra responsibility given my life a focus. Jessica is a qualiﬁed
at that time. I actually beauty therapist and presently works for
cried when I was offered Chanel in a local department store. She
the position as I knew and her partner Steven are expecting their
how much I enjoyed ﬁrst child in June. She lives close by and
teaching and being I am in regular contact. In my spare time
Taino Housemaster. I play golf, watch Bolton Wanderers play
Mrs Sharon Cowderoy football and I am in the local Pub Quiz
softened the blow when team.
she presented me with I recently attended Jim Astbury’s 60th
as we had no pitch. I well remember John a cap painted in all four birthday and the following St Andrew’s
Constantakis scoring the winning goal the house colours. friendships were renewed. In attendance
ﬁrst time we ever won at St Augustine’s. The development of the Scholarship were Jim and Judith McMullen, Roly
I was initially a Carib but in January Programme was a great plus for the and Shirley Skelton, Mike and Lesley
1969 Mr Howell-Grifﬁths asked me to school. It was fully supported by the staff Reynolds, Roger and Jane Taylor and Jim’s
take charge of the new Taino House with through “The Staff Revue” and I was sister Catherine. We had a great reminisce
Liz Maura and Milton Dufﬁeld as House always pleased that ‘Albert and the Lion’ of the many happy years we all spent at St
Captains. The house system was fantastic was allowed to take part. As Headmaster Andrew’s.
and I probably got more enjoyment out I enjoyed my years working with Roger It is impossible for me to mention
of house activities than anything else. My Kelty and we both agree on our most everyone who inﬂuenced my life at St
ﬁrst swimming gala was in the pool at the moving experience. Alexander Stewart, Andrew’s, but I would like to thank all of
Montagu Beach Hotel. with tremendous courage, mimed a song them for their support.
I developed a close friendship with called ‘Rebel Son’ in front of the whole I regularly visit Nassau and I try to
Graham and Joy and, in exchange for high school. He was given a standing keep in touch with the school and meet
Graham repairing my car, I used to take ovation which brought tears to the eyes of as many former teachers and students
them to the Buena Vista for dinner. Cyril many and was an indication of the caring as possible. I would be pleased to hear
was very active in the Duke of Edinburgh nature of the school. from anyone associated with St Andrew’s,
Award Scheme (now known as GGYA) and After 10 years in administration we particularly anyone living in the UK.
I enjoyed working with him. Whenever it
rained he would emerge from his bivouac Cont’d from page 1
in his swimming trunks, shampoo in hand, In 1974 Jean and I returned to Scotland perfect excuse to return to the Bahamas.
and take a shower. where I took up my “other’ profession as Thanks to the excellent medical care which
The move to Yamacraw was a real an educational psychologist Jean ran a unit Jean received in Scotland we were able to
adventure and the whole of the Pinder’s for maladjusted children. This work we live between Scotland and the Bahamas for
Customs Brokerage ﬂeet was required found fulﬁlling and might well have stayed almost 20 years. Sadly, Jean died in 2001.
to make it a reality. Graham Barrott and in psychology until retirement. I now spend summer in my Scottish
the whole of the Maths Department were However, the opportunity arose to home and much of the winter in Treasure
responsible for the blackboards and I think oversee the building and set-up and, Cay, Abaco.
we put them all in the right rooms. I did thereafter, the running of a new school
feel sorry for the P.E. Department as many in Malawi in Central
of their early lessons were spent removing Africa. For 5 years
stones from the ﬁeld. Jean and I enjoyed
As the site developed the House the excitement and
Programme expanded and gave every challenge of the birth
student the opportunity to become of Kamuzu Academy,
involved in the life of the school. Sports one of the top schools
days and swimming galas were all contested in Africa. Incidentally,
with a friendly rivalry. I often wondered I “stole” Frank Cooke
why we had the swimming gala because from Queen’s College!
Alan Tarmey could forecast the result He has remained
with unerring accuracy by analysing the in Malawi and is
swimmers in each race. now headmaster.
Staff vs. student softball was an annual Un f o r t u n a t e l y,
event although, as catcher, I never did Jean’s failing health
manage to throw a runner stealing second necessitated our return
base. to Scotland in 1982.
I was privileged to be appointed Happily, our Pictured from left, back row are: Mike Robus, Jenna Chaplin, Kai Chaplin,
Deputy Head and Head of Upper School children have always Sheila Chaplin. From left, front row: Joy Chaplin Robus, John Chaplin and
in September 1982. My wife Anne, provided us with the Ken Chaplin.
Volume 6, Issue 1
NEIL MACKNISH- Former
Teacher - Secondary English & History
-1986 to 1993
Former Teacher - Secondary Geography
- 1991 to 1993
Cynthia and I often think back to our days at
St Andrew’s and have very happy memories of
the people and the place. This was especially
so as we celebrated our ﬁfteenth wedding
anniversary on April 18th (Cynthia was Miss
King at St Andrew’s before we were married
complete her doctorate. I designed and
in Nassau in 1992).
regularly teach a 50-hour module for faculty
Although I thoroughly enjoyed my
ELIZABETH KNOWLES– teaching experience there, it was the ‘extras’
at Nanyang Technological University called
Former Teacher 1970 to 1977 Communication, Teaching and Learning. I now
that have made St Andrew’s stand out in
have classes full of eminent professors, some
my career. My involvement in launching
Liz Knowles began teaching at St with international reputations as researchers
the post-graduate programme, being Taino
Andrew’s in the fall of 1970 when the training them to be more effective teachers of
housemaster; making a public fool of myself
school was located on Collins Avenue. their undergraduates. I have to say they are the
in The Staff Revue; and not being at all
In 1975 Liz gave birth to her son Sean, most frighteningly intelligent ‘students’ I have
surprised when my students handed over a
who is currently living in Chicago. She ever taught but they seem to have the same
small fortune to repeatedly soak me under the
left Nassau to move to Florida in 1977. old excuses for missed classes and incomplete
ducking stool at the school fair. Looking back
While at St Andrew’s Liz taught Classes assignments. Some things about being a
I can see there was a sense of community at
Two, Three, Four and Five. When she student are timeless and universal, I guess.
St Andrew’s which I have never encountered
moved to Florida she joined Pine Crest I just turned 50 and in a few months we
at any other school I have worked in before
School in Boca Raton in August 1980 will have been in Singapore ten years. Who
and is still there today. She originally knows what comes next in life? We’re healthy
We left Nassau in 1993 and went to
taught Fourth and Sixth Grades and and happy and wish the same to all we knew
Canada. Over the next four years I went
is now in Curriculum Development. back in our Nassau days.
from unemployed immigrant to teacher
While teaching, Liz earned her doctoral on a permanent contract and
degree in Curriculum Development Canadian citizenship. However,
from Nova Southeastern University. Liz we wanted to see more of the
also has a long list of published books world and in 1997 we came to
to her credit, co-authored with Martha Asia where I took up teaching
Smith. The following are some of Liz’s in a local school in Singapore.
books: After two years of 40 students
per class in bare concrete rooms
and humidity you could choke
on, I moved to head the English
department in an international
By 2001, I had spent nearly
20 years teaching. We had both
studied for Masters degrees
and Cynthia was working as a
Polytechnic lecturer. I declined
a new teaching contract and
moved into working in higher
education. Since then I have
taught and written courses
in Singapore for a variety
of English, Australian and
American universities. Cynthia
now trains teachers as a lecturer
at the National Institute of
Education and should soon
ALUMNI IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Glenda Sidman (nee Wallin) - Class of 1975
Glenda Sidman (nee Wallin) attended St as chair of the Foreign Language Department.
Andrew’s School from Class One (now called Pre- In 2006, Glenda was honoured for her work
Reception) all the way through to graduation in when she was named 2006 Foreign Language
Form V (now called Year 12). She even graces our Teacher of the Year in Palm Beach County,
“Outstanding Students” Board in the Assembly Florida. Glenda lives in Tequesta, Florida with
Hall for 1975! Glenda knew she wanted to her husband Kevin and their three children,
be a teacher at a young age and is certiﬁed to Kara, 20, Kyle, 18 and Brianna, 15. She still
teach French and Spanish. She presently teaches visits the Bahamas whenever the opportunity
French at Jupiter High School, where she serves arises. Congratulations, Glenda!
David Douglas Class of 1977
after Form III (now Year 10) to go to artiSt He was the founding member of the
boarding school. He spent a few years band Gwar in the late ‘80’s. He left his rock
serving as a cadet on Navios ships and then roots a few years ago to develop a Bluegrass
attended Rollins College. After his college career. He travels between Australia and
graduation, David spent a few years in Asia Japan with his current band The Family
before sailing into The Turks and Caicos Farm.
Islands (TCI) where he still is today. He Steve has three daughters and a son,
built a vessel, Atabeyra, which was put into ranging in age from seventeen to six years
service as a freighter between Hispaniola old.
and TCI. Atabeyra was reﬁt for charter Susan Douglas – Class of 1976
service in 1998 and is now into tourist Susan graduated from college, mastering in
cargo. David and his wife, Jenny, have two Languages. She taught in Greece for many
sons; Adam, 16 years old, and Erik, eight years and married a man from the Greek
years old. Isle of Mytheline. She has three daughters
One of David’s most signiﬁcant ages 20, 17 and 13 and is currently living
projects in the past year has been the in southwest Florida where she works for
development of Grace Bay Sailing Centre. the Florida State Welfare Department.
They hope to host the Bahamian Opti Paul Douglas – Class of 1980
sailors soon, and work on other Bahamian/ Paul went to Virginia Commonwealth
The Douglas family moved to the TCI sailing projects. Visit David’s website University and ultimately found his calling
Bahamas in 1967 from the USA. David’s at www.suncharters.tc as a chef. He sadly passed away in 2002
father, Doug, was an Engineer for Navios An update on David’s and is survived by his wife, Dora, and two
Corporation and his mother, Lois, ran siblings: daughters aged 17 and 15. His ashes were
the business department at St Augustine’s Steve Douglas – Class of 1972 dispersed offshore TCI to drift downwind
College. David left St Andrew’s in 1975 Steve pursued a music career as a rock through the Bahamas.
(nee Tsavousis aka Fiﬁ) – Class of 1978
Sam Duncombe is co-founder and director of of former teacher and alumnus Panos Tsavousis
the reEarth Organization and works tirelessly (Class of 1975).
trying to promote saving our environment and Sam would like everyone to take some
oceans. reEarth is a non-proﬁt environmental responsibility for environmental issues that affect
watch group, founded in 1990 by Sam, her our lives daily. Taking simple actions at home
husband, Tony, and Cathy Brisson and is can make a difference as far away as Antarctica.
dedicated to increasing public awareness and Deforestation, global warming, and
understanding of environmental issues. Sam marine pollution are all overwhelming in their
and Tony have two children (Khalila, 20, and own right, but if each of us would take some
Adam, 18) and nine dogs. Sam is also the sister small measure of responsibility we CAN make
ALUMNI IN THE SPOTLIGHT
a difference. Here are some easy tasks we clothes, bringing your own bags to the food Saving the Earth for future generations
all can do to make a difference: store, changing your AC ﬁlter, supporting is a moral responsibility. A part of our
Turning off unused lights, not letting the local agriculture, not using pesticides, children's inheritance should include a
water run, using energy efﬁcient lights/ keeping your car tuned, purchasing forest living viable planet. The air we breathe,
appliances, driving less, fully inﬂating your certiﬁed products, saying No to LNG, the water we drink, the same resources that
tyres, ﬁlling the dish washer, using recycled installing alternative energy where possible, we consume are resources that our children
paper, buying minimally packaged goods, being kind to animals, policing your own must ultimately rely upon in the future.
carpooling when you can, planting a tree, neighbourhoods, consuming less, and So let's make Earth Day EVERY DAY
insulating your water heater, adjusting your demanding more from your member of - take control and make small changes that
thermostat, using a push mower, taking a Parliament. These are just some things that our children and the Earth will beneﬁt
short shower instead of a bath, installing you can do to improve the environment. from for generations to come.
low ﬂow shower heads, line drying your
Craig McCombs – Class of 1981
Craig McCombs is now living in Lake schools her three daughters and one son.
Chapala, Mexico with his wife, Elle, and She lives in Houston, Texas with her
their newborn son, Ethan. Craig has three husband, an attorney who specializes in
children from a previous marriage, Kevin energy law.
15, Steven 12 and Joclyn 9. Lake Chapala Mark McCombs – Class of 1986
is the largest lake in Latin America, and Mark remains a bachelor living in Mexico
the most prominent retirement village of as an International Law Consultant. Mark
Canadians and Americans outside of the will be moving to Washington D.C.
USA. Craig is a land developer in Mexico. this summer to complete his Doctorate
An update on Craig’s siblings: degree.
Deanna McCombs – Class of 1983
From left: Mark, Craig, David, Elle and Deanna. Deanna is a stay-at-home mom who home
Nicole Fair-Bhatti – Class of 1989
Nicole Fair-Bhatti has she returned home after which specializes in sponsorship of the
combined her skills in several years of acting in visual arts. Nicole’s greatest wish is to
writing, teaching and public Europe to apply her skills develop regular channels for funding of the
relations/event planning to in the educational arena. performing arts. Nicole is also the author
found BahamaMuseCo., a While teaching drama and of a new Bahamian novel called Travelling
company actively engaged creative writing, she obtained Tree, a tale of the adventures of teenagers
in forging connections her Licentiate in Applied who discover a magical “travelling” tree.
between arts, education and Drama from Trinity College. The book is available in major bookstores
business. A recipient of a She helped to create, and in Nassau. Nicole and her husband, Hamid,
Classical Acting Diploma continues to organize, the have two sons. Callum is two years old and
from London Academy of Credit Suisse Trust Supports Elias was born in December 2006.
Music and Dramatic Art, Bahamian Artists Programme
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie – Class of 1994
GORDON MILLS REMEMBERS… and bronze medals in Olympic Games. We please give me the ﬁrst option." I was serious
The book, The Debbie Ferguson Story - were talking about her achievements and but I didn't really expect her to respond to
Born To Run, was born one Sunday she mentioned that her life seemed like a the possibility.
afternoon in 2004 when Debbie and her fairy story, so unlikely had this international Within three days, Debbie arrived on
mother came to my house for Sunday fame and exposure seemed when she was a my doorstep, hand held recorder, batteries
lunch. It was a couple of weeks after the girl running around the yard at Oakes Field and mini tapes in hand, telling me she
Olympic Games in Athens where Debbie Primary School and living in two rooms with wanted to start. You see, she really wanted
won the bronze medal in the 200 meters her mom in Chippingham. I replied, "Well, the story to be told. She wanted young
and thus completed the set of gold, silver if you ever want to write this fairy story, people with a dream in their hearts to learn
about her struggles, successes and failures, professional athlete.
the ups and the downs of her life and her I can truly say her story, as it unfolded,
athletic career and to take inspiration from inspired me and made me realize what a
them and believe in themselves and what special person she is. Special, not just
they hoped to achieve. because she's a great sprinter, but special
So we started talking about her life because she gives so much of herself,
from a small child up to the mature, world- believes so much in family, young people
famous athlete. Debbie was in my English and the role she plays in trying to guide
class for four years and in my homeroom them in the right path for a successful
for a year and I have always taken a keen future. Debbie has remained a humble and
interest in her running. appreciative young woman in the face of
When she left St Andrew’s, we the fame, accolades and honours. Her book
maintained contact through her time at can be found in most local bookstores.
the University of Georgia and then as a
Peter Blair – Class of 2001
Peter attended St Andrew’s as a scholarship Graduate Prize Fellowship with St Andrew’s, students
student in Years 10 to 12 and graduated at Harvard University, the and faculty at C.O.B. and
in 2001. He earned an associate degree in $100,000 All Bahamas ColinaImperial Insurance
Physics and Economics at the College of Merit Scholarship, and Company, the major sponsor,
the Bahamas and went on to attend Duke The Barry Goldwater in hosting a Math and Science
University where he graduated in May Scholarship. He is currently summer camp for Years 7 to
2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in a graduate student in Physics 9 students from around the
Physics and Mathematics (with a minor in at Harvard University Bahamas. The camp, which
Economics and French). where he is pursuing a PhD will be hosted at St Andrew’s
Peter has won many honours, awards in Theoretical Physics. July 2nd to 7th, 2007, is
and scholarships – among them, the He is now working along based on a curriculum model
Volume 6, Issue 1
ALUMNI IN THE SPOTLIGHT
that was developed at Duke University inter-disciplinary in scope. They hope my scientiﬁc abilities. I am thankful to the
by college student mentors. The United to bring together a diverse sampling of school for its investment in my life as well as
InnoWorks Academy (www.innoworks. students from across the Bahamas to hone the lives of other scholarship students and very
org) now supports science summer camps their scientiﬁc skills at the school’s excellent soon the 40 students who will be participating
on the campuses of several Universities in facilities. in the ColinaImperial InnoWorks Bahamas
the United States. The Bahamian version When asked if Peter had any fond summer camp. I am very proud to be an
of InnoWorks is the organization’s ﬁrst memories of his time at St Andrew’s he replied, alumnus of a school that promises academic
international chapter and the camp promises “My time at St Andrew’s as a scholarship achievement and is as concerned about ethics
to be both intellectually challenging and student helped to solidify the foundation of as it is about excellence.”
Kourtney Brown – Class of 2002
Kourtney Brown sure has had an interesting life. I believe my privileged is currently his manager.
life since graduating from St Andrew’s in education there has made Kourtney is attending Miami
2002. In 1996 when the casting directors my success possible. I am International University of
from the movie “Flipper” came to the proud to be an alumnus of Art and Design, pursuing his
school to cast featured child extras for the such a prestigious school Bachelor’s degree in Visual
ﬁlm, Kourtney was one of the children and it is an honour to have Arts and Entertainment. His
chosen for a call back. He remembers “I the opportunity to support ultimate goal is to perform
had such an immense intuitive urge to my alma mater.” in movies and to become
be involved in the project. During my In 2002 Kourtney signed an art director. Kourtney, a
call back I met local casting director, Liz with a model/talent agent talented artist, has exhibited
Roberts (nee Maura – Class of 1969), and and has appeared in several his art in New York and has
read script sides in the presence of the movies and television just been commissioned
director. I got a small speaking part and we shows including Miami to design and create “The
shot for several days at Clifton Pier. I will Vice, Stuck On You, South Rain Forest” mural at Parrot
never forget the experience of witnessing Beach, and Sins of The City, to name a few. Jungle Island in Florida. Kourtney’s fond
ﬁrst hand the cinematographic process Kourtney can now be seen weekly on My memories of St Andrew’s include hanging
that transpired while the crew shot scenes. Games Fever, as the host of the daytime game out at the Caper’s Cafeteria courtyard,
I was bitten by the bug!” When Kourtney show on Channel 44 at 2pm on Tuesdays eating “Fire Engine” and he added “It was
was interviewed he wanted all to know and Thursdays. Kourtney currently lives awesome when “The Run” was DONE!!
that “St Andrew’s has been a stepping in Miami where My Games Fever is shot GO TAINO!!”
stone in achieving where I am today in my live. His brother, Karlton (Class of 1997),
Thomas Bethel – Class of 2003
Thomas Bethel left St Andrew’s after Grade 8 to attend the International
Junior Golf Academy and continued his schoolwork at Heritage Academy
in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Thomas earned a full golf scholarship
and went to Nebraska where he was the leading man on the team in his
freshman year with the lowest scoring average, and was ranked inside the top
150 in college golf. He then transferred to Lynn University, Boca Raton, to
continue his studies in a warmer climate, majoring in Aviation Management
with a minor in Marketing. He is currently working for ZipX Bahamas in
Fort Lauderdale, a freight service company. Thomas plays between ﬁve to ten
tournaments a year. In his youth, Thomas was named “Athlete of the Week”
twice by The Tribune. He is the current Bahamas Amateur Golf Champion
and plays for the Bahamas National Team. Last year Thomas won the Duke
of Edinburgh World Cup Golf Championship held in England at the
famous Berkshire and Wentworth Country Clubs – a ﬁrst for the Bahamas.
The photo shows him receiving his trophy from Prince Edward, the Earl of
Wessex. This summer Thomas will be travelling to Scotland for the Scottish
Amateur Golf Tournament.
In Days Gone By...
St Andrew’s Youngsters Present
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
In the spring of 1961 the third and fourth Peter Webb, head boy of the school, did George Strathy (noble), David Pierce
forms of St Andrew’s School put on the lighting effects. Mr. John Chaplin, the (noble), Steven Ray (Oberon), Sharon
Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, “A Headmaster, controlled the tape recorded Mather (Puck), Jimmy Pritchard (Duke
Midsummer Night’s Dream”. This was sound effects. Theseus), Susan Grifﬁth-Jones (the
the initial venture of the school’s dramatic Pictured from left are: Larry Roberts Queen), Jack Stitt (Lysander), Lucy
society. (workman), Ricky Farrington (workman), Bingham (Hermia), Sally Parker (Helena),
The production was directed by Roderick Davidson(workman), Gerald Biff Andrews (Demetrius), Heather White
Mr. Terry Dunn, and Mrs. Jenny Dunn Babb (Peter Quince), Lloyd Fitzsimmons (Titania), Moya Pack-Beresford, Cindy
designed the beautiful set and costumes. (workman), Dick Carreno (Bottom), Beale and Allyson Soltys, Anne Phillips
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Jeanne Treco nee Goddard Class of 1989, John
Bethell Class of 1962.
StAAFA Executive Committee, from left: Margo Albury, Dana Thompson, Irene Cathopoulis nee Tiliacos
Class of 1972, Bob Wade (new Principal), Kirsten Stevens nee Gregory Class of 1985, Jeanne Treco nee
Goddard Class of 1989 and Kirstie Smollett nee McNabb Class of 1975.
StAAFA’s Wine & Cheese
And Silent Auction
This year, StAAFA’s Wine and Cheese ensuring that all students are automatically
and Silent Auction was held at the Nassau entered as alumni immediately upon
Yacht Club on March 8th. The event is graduation.
always a big success and attended by many In addition, the association donated
alumni, teachers and friends. StAAFA is so science equipment for the new labs,
Larry Roberts Class of 1964 and Andrea Brownrigg
grateful to those who donated the many assisted the Development ofﬁce in the nee Lightbourn Class of 1978.
lovely items for the auction. grand opening of the school’s new science
Over the years, StAAFA has shown lab, made donations toward the St
its generous support of the school by Andrew’s School Endowment Fund, and
purchasing many items designated by helped to establish the Student Hardship
teachers on a “wish list”. The money raised Endowment and the Teacher Professional
also helps to fund StAAFA’s ultimate goal Endowment. StAAFA also maintains
of keeping the spirit of St Andrew’s alive responsibility to update the plaques in the
through its alumni by producing its annual Assembly Hall by adding the names of the
newsletter, ﬁlled with interesting and “Most Outstanding Students”.
informative articles on former students and It is StAAFA’s hope to reach out to the
staff. Recently, StAAFA made a signiﬁcant many alumni who have made their homes
investment in a fund raising computer here in The Bahamas and seek their support
programme that manages information in through volunteering. The Association has
the development ofﬁces, helps maintain received many rave reviews on its newsletter
the mailing lists and is also compatible and knows that there are many more stories
with the school’s database system, thereby to be cherished.
The Junior Baseball League of Nassau
The Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) a couple of times over the past few years. The
started in 1989 on the two softball ﬁelds at St enhancement of these facilities has beneﬁted
Andrew’s with approximately 50 players. By all athletes who play baseball.
1998, the league had grown to over 230 players Construction of the ﬁelds began in 1999,
and needed more space. St Andrew’s had the with the junior ﬁeld being the ﬁrst completed. week of January to the middle of June. They
acreage, though it was covered in bush, so they The tee ball and little league ﬁelds followed in now have 305 athletes, 24 teams, and over 70
approached the Board about leasing the prop- 2001 and 2002 respectively. The impressive coaches. The athletes range in age from 4 to
erty to create the ﬁelds they needed. It has been concession stand was built in 2004 and there 17 years. The coaches are all volunteers (and
a great working relationship since the school’s are plans to create another little league ﬁeld at former players) who give of their time to help
players have also participated in the league and the southeastern end of it. make the league a success. Volunteers also run
have even won the inter-school championships The JBLN season runs from the second the concession stand.
Volume 6, Issue 1
Who Do You Remember From 1953?
We at StAAFA need your help to put names to faces. If you can help with this picture from 1953 please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A N N O U N C E M E N T S
Weddings Birth Announcements
Class of 1966 – Chris Brown – October 2006 Class of 1974 – Peter Dupuch – a Class of 1999 - Jessica Jenner – a girl,
boy, Benjamin Michael – Nov. 2006 Sadie Ann - June 2007
Class of 1975 – Melissa McDermott-Tschappat
– March 2007 Class of 1981 – Craig McCombs – a Class of 2000 – Glenn Minnis
boy, Ethan Alexander – March 2007 – a boy, Asher Ethan – November 2006
Class of 1977 – Billy Braithwaite
– December 2006 Class of 1988 - Heather Forde-Prosa
Class of 1981 - Craig McCombs – April 2006 – a boy, Luke Alexander – July 2006
Class of 1989-– Keith Kelty to Carolyn Sands Class of 1989 – Nicole Fair-Bhatti
(Class of 1995) – May 2007 – a boy, Elias – December 2006
Class of 1992 – Dr. Valron Grimes-Tinubu Class of 1989 – Dwayne Treco – a
– August 2006 girl, Hailey Ann – April 2007
Class of 1995 - Gavin Bethel to Jennifer Treco Class of 1994 – Amy Reiach-Salter
(Class of 1999) – November 2006 – a boy, Aiden James – May 2007
Picture from left: Sylvia Fair, Nicole’s mother;
Class of 1995 - Amanda Lightbourn- Nicole Bhatti holding Elias, Callum and Ian Fair,
Higgs – a girl, Journey – May 2006 (former chairman of St Andrew’s board) .
Class of 1995 – Candace Pinder to
Charles Kelly – October 2006
Montagu Higgs Terry McCoy Beth Keenan- Athena Gates-
Class of 1955 Class of 1964 Petronis Curry
Class of 1965 Class of 1973
Jamieson Kayla Lockhart Cyril Enoch Viktoria Sayer
Class of 1996 – Sandra Whitehead de Terra Damianos Edwards Former Teacher Class of 1974
– August 2006 Class of 2001 Former Teacher
Class of 1997 – Chris Wells – May 2007 CYRIL ENOCH - March 10, 1927 - March was much loved by his neighbours. He entertained
30, 2006 them with his wonderful stories of life in the Bahamas
Class of 1998 – Keva Ingraham-McPhee
and Bermuda, never forgetting the names and exploits
– December 2006 Cyril taught Biology and Chemistry at St Andrew’s of his much loved students. He enjoyed cycling, tast-
from 1968, leaving in 1972 to return to Wales to ing French wines, and the French way of life. Tragically
Class of 1999 – Lauren Brown-Connolly look after his mother, who lived until she was 93. he became ill in October 2005 with cancer, but he re-
– November 2006 In Wales, he taught science at a High School, but fused to go to hospital and spent only his last night in
became very disillusioned with the behaviour of
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a small French hospital. Cyril left his French home to
Class of 1999 – Jonathan Massie the students and the standards, compared to what his cousin, Christine, who is going to plant a memo-
– November 2006 he had been used to the Bahamas. He also be- rial garden in the grounds of his home, and where his
came a National Archery Coach for Wales. After ashes are scattered. Christine wants all to know how
Class of 2000 – Glenn Minnis – February 2006 his mother died, Cyril "realised his dream" and very special each and every one of his students was to
bought a house in France which he lovingly re- him and how important those memories were to him.
Class of 2001 – Kelly Phillips-Dodge stored. He emigrated there at the age of 77 on She is compiling an album about his life and would
– June 2006 November 13th 2003. Sadly he had only 2 years love to hear from any of Cyril’s past students. Her email
there. He settled well, speaking ﬂuent French and address is: email@example.com