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Queen's College is a secondary school in Georgetownmarker, Guyanamarker.

History

In 1951, a history of the school History of Queen's College was published by Senior Master, N.E. Cameron N.E. Cameron. It was updated and re-published in 2009 by the QC Alumni Association in Toronto Toronto Alumni Association.

Queen's College was established in 1844 as the Queen's College Grammar School for boys by William Percy Austin, D.D., Bishop of the Anglican diocese of then British Guiana. The female equivalent was the Bishops' High Schoolmarker.

The first assembly was held on 5 August 1844 with an enrollment of fifteen boys. Although the school started out as an Anglican Church School, Bishop Austin was interested in making it a more broad-based institution to include non-Anglicans. Its first administration, however, consisted only of members of the Church of England.

Formal classes commenced on 15 August 1844 in the Old Colony House (situated in the compound of what is now the Guyana High Courts, previously known as the Victoria Law Courtsmarker). The original fifteen students had two tutors, with Bishop Austin himself becoming the first Principal. In 1845 the school moved to Main and Quamina (then Murray) Streets. Its population was rapidly expanding and, with a student body of seventy and three tutors, another move was made in 1854 to its first formal building at Carmichael and Quamina Streets.

In 1876, the school became a "Colonial Institution" and was renamed "Queen's College." Several additional changes in location took the school to the site of the present Ministry of Health building (Vlissengen Road and Brickdam) in 1918, and then to its present location in Thomas Lands (Camp and Thomas Roads), where the facilities were formally opened on 3 December 1951. The school had a reputation for maintaining a rigorous academic environment with intense competition and graduated students who were eligible for admission to elite public and private universities around the globe, including the Sorbonne, Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and London University colleges. The school became co-educational in 1975. This was accomplished by transferring approximately one hundred and fifty girls into the 2nd, 3rd, Upper 5th and Lower 6th forms from the Bishops' High School,which institution was also a single-sex institution. Girls were also admitted into the first form. On 16 November 1997, the school was partially destroyed in a fire. The three-story centre block, housing the auditorium, offices and dining hall were destroyed. Damage was estimated at G$200 million (around US$1,000,000). Extensive reconstruction has been carried out, starting six years after the fire. Phase I of the rebuilding - the Administrative Block and Auditorium - has been completed and was dedicated on 19 September 2003.

School houses

The school's traditions included features that were characteristic of an English public school with a head boy and subsequently after co-education, a head girl and prefects picked from students who were determined to have the respect of their peers and to have displayed an appropriate standard of conduct. They provided student leadership. Additionally, students were placed in cross-grade groups called "houses" with a house master or house mistress, who was teacher and a head-of-house, who was a student. The house was essentially a school team. The school's ten houses are named after past Headmasters and masters (teachers), members of the school, members of the British Guiana colonial government, and historical figures significant to the former British Guiana. These ten houses also possess their own colours. The houses are as follow:

A House - Percival (red)

B House - Raleigh (royal blue)

C House - Austin (emerald green)

D House - D'Urban (brown)

E House - Pilgrim (purple)

F House - Weston (light blue)

G House - Moulder (pink)

H House - Wooley (dark green)

K House - Cunningham (yellow)

L House - Nobbs (white; presently gold)I House - Isaacs (black)

Alumni

Noted alumni include:

Sports

Queen's College is famous for its excellent cricketing skills with the most recent even being a match at the National Stadium versus Berbice High School.A fine all-round performance from Feaz Mustapha yesterday spearheaded Queen’s College (QC) to an exciting five-wicket victory against Berbice High School (BHS) at the Guyana National Stadium in a match organized by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Education.

Mustapha took 2-28 with his medium pace on a flat track in sweltering heat as BHS reached 167-9 off their allotted 40 overs after electing to bat first and then returned to stroke a 66-ball 51 to see the City school reach 168-5 with one over to spare to spark wild celebrations among their many schoolmates in the stands.

Mustapha, who featured in an entertaining 113-run fourth wicket partnership with Sunil Rupee, who finished unbeaten on an 82-ball 57 with five fours, was named Man-of-the-Match and received a trophy and a ticket from the Guyana Cricket Board for the second One-Day International in Guyana on March 22.

Watched by a raucous crowd, made up of predominantly students for QC and BHS, Neil Barry Jr. struck twice in the opening stages of the contest (which was used to revive the battles between the two schools for the first time in over two decades) to leave the Berbicians on 16-2.

Barry, the son of former Guyana cricketer and QC ‘old Boy’ Neil Barry senior, bowled Ryan Hussain for a duck and then scattered the stumps Hardat Singh (2).

Sports Minister Dr Frank Anthony, Minister in the Ministry of Education Desrey Fox, Director of Sports Neil Kumar, former Test off-spinner and QC ‘old Boy’ Roger Harper, ex-Test wicketkeeper Ivor Mendonca and GCB President Chetram Singh were among the crowd which was bigger than the one for Guyana’s first class match at the same venue last week.

They were treated to impressive batting from Brandon Balkissoon and Kumar Bridgelal who joined forces with BHS in trouble at 60-5 when Kaveem Hinds (1) was run out and the two put together 73 before Ballkissoon (54 from 92 balls) missed a big heave and was bowled by left-arm spinner Javeed Rasheed in the 36th over at 136-6.

Bridgelall, who reached the boundary eight times in his 63-ball 51, then added 32 from 18 balls in a belligerent seventh wicket stand with Derwin Clarke who did not contribute a single run.

Bridgelall, who skied a catch to the keeper in the final over, was one of just three batsmen to reach double figures for the New Amsterdam institution as Rasheed, who conceded 11 from his last over, finished with 2-26 from eight overs. Skipper Tregon Henry (24) also batted well before falling for 24 from 52 balls with two boundaries.

Barry, affected by influenza, only bowled six overs and took 2-16 while Mustapha had 2-28 from eight overs Carlye Collins (8) and Jimal Marks (13) departed in quick succession when QC began their reply, while Tejprackesh Persaud (11) fell shortly afterwards as the City school slipped to 41-3.

It was at this stage that Rupee and Mustapha joined forces to revive the position with Mustapha reaching his fifty from 64 balls with four fours. Rupee, who stroked Clarke gloriously to the cover boundary to reach his half-century from 75 balls with five fours, remained to the end after his team needed 29 from the last five overs and was awarded the best batsman's prize.

A few fumbles in the field and three wides in the 38th over from Kirk Jhetoo, who removed Mustapha and Avian Rodrigues (1) in his only over, added further drama to the well organized contest which was arranged by the National Sports Commission and the Allied Arts Department of the Ministry of Education.

Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and Education Minister Sheik Baksh, along with Dr Anthony and Kumar, took a break from Budget debate in Parliament to be present at the presentation ceremony after the game.

Harper, who bowled the first ball of the match, said he was honoured to be at the revival of the competition between the two schools which has been dormant for so long and said that too often the importance of sports is underplayed.

“I feel very excited and heartened to hear of all the plans the Minister has for cricket at the school level and I feel that the huge sums of money we spend on crime if some of that is spent on sports it would save us millions we use for crime since involvement in sports will leave less time for involvement in crime,” Harper opined.

Kumar said sports is much more than play and helps to teach teamwork. He added that this competition will be an annual affair and thanked the GCB for providing the scorers, Umpires and balls for the game.Prime Minister Sam Hinds spoke of the days in the 1950s and 1960s when he attended QC and there was an annual competition between QC, BHS and Saints Stanislaus College.

He also spoke of the benefits of being involved in Sports and obviously unaware that there is a national inter-secondary school competition which involves 49 schools, challenged the Sports Ministry and Education Ministry to organise a national schools’ competition instead of just one between the teams that played yesterday.

The Final of the national schools’ competition is scheduled for the Guyana National Stadium at Providence next Wednesday.

Fox, herself a former bodybuilder, said that the Education Ministry is working closely with school Heads about the role sports should play in school.

She said that many heads feel school is for school work and informed that her Ministry is trying to change that culture within many of the schools and to also look at the ‘extra lessons syndrome’ which is preventing many talented students from participating in sports in the afternoons.

“A bill for us to have more input at Private schools has been tabled in Parliament and we are looking at having one afternoon per week set aside for sports at the public schools. We will also be working to have more trained PE teachers in the school system since that subject is now on the curriculum,” Fox added.

References

  1. http://www.kaieteurnews.com/2009/02/19/mustapha-spearheads-qc-to-victory-against-bhs/


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