St. Mary's College, Jamaica
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|St. Mary's College|
|Above Rocks, Saint Catherine, Jamaica
|Motto||Always to Excel|
|Founder||Father Edmond Cheaney S.J|
|Oversight||The St. Mary's Mission|
|Principal||Mrs. Serphena Davidson|
|Gender||Male and Female|
|Pupils||more than 900|
|Language||English, Jamaican English|
|School colour(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics||Track and Field|
|Sports||Football, Cricket, Netball|
|Communities served||Parks Roads, Rock Hall, Harkers Hall, Cassava River, Glengoffe, Mt. Matthews|
Saint Mary's College is a high school in Saint Catherine, Jamaica. It is located in the town of Above Rocks. More than 900 students are enrolled. The school was founded in 1955 by Father Edmund Cheney S.J. of the Catholic St. Mary's Mission. Father Cheney was the school's first principal.
Like other Jamaican secondary schools, St. Mary's College uses a selection process to accept students starting at seventh grade. Students can attempt to gain entrance to the school by passing the Grade Six Achievement Test (formerly the Common Entrance Examination) and the Grade Nine Achievement Test.
The school serves the communities of:
- Parks Roads
- Rock Hall
- Harkers Hall
- Cassava River
- Mt. Matthews
- Red Hills
The campus is located in Above Rocks, Saint Catherine, Jamaica. The campus houses some of its teachers in the teachers' residence. Foreign or out-of-town teachers have the option to live on campus in apartment-style cottages.
The school has a Cafeteria / Lunch Room, Computer Lab, and Science Labs, in addition to several classroom blocks and Staff Rooms. The school also has a Spacious Volleyball / Netball Court.
Uniforms are worn on campus. Girls in the 1st to 3rd Form wear a Blue Tunic, and in the 4th to 5th Form they wear a Blue Skirt, with a Yellow Blouse. Boys wear Khaki pants and Shirt, with Blue / Yellow striped epaulettes.
Subjects offered to students include Technical Drawing, Wood Works, Mathematics, Physical Education, General Science, Social Studies, Home Economics, Biology, Geography, History, Physics, Food and Nutrition, Clothing and Textiles, Principles of Accounting, Office Administration, Principles of Business, English, Chemistry, Information Technology, Literature, Spanish, and Religious Education.
Students take the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Exam in their 4th or 5th year at the school.
Students participate in Boys Champs and other national school events for the following sports:
Former Head Teachers
Past Jesuits and Principals:
- Fr. Edmund K Cheaney S.J., 1955-1960
- Fr. John Meaney, 1960-1964
- Fr. Peter Burgess (SMA), 1964-1966
- Fr. Maurice Feres S.J., 1966-69
- Mr. Carlylse McKenzie, 1969-1974
- Mr. Rudley Morgan, 1974-1977
- Mr. Patrick Donaldson, 1978-1989
- Rev. Micah Marrith, 1989-1996
- Mrs. Monica Green, 1996-2006
- Mrs. Ivy Clarke (Pro Tem-Pore), 2005-2007
- Mrs. Serphena Davidson