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By: Carol Provost, '76

Alpha Academy is much more than a citadel of academia.  It is a hallowed place where, for one brief, shining moment in time we would rendezvous to discover ourselves and to embrace our strengths as young women of character.  We would absorb life lessons, revel in unfettered innocence, and make steadfast friends and enduring memories. 

We have touched and have been touched by so many Alpha lives and daily celebrate this living Alpha Legacy, our common bond, in large ways and small.  In the Alpha sisterhood we are one, and in this spirit we will not forget our sisters who have gone on to glory.  Their innocent smiling faces and the indelible memories of our time together live on in our hearts.

Eternal rest grant onto them Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May their souls Rest In Peace.  Amen.

 

Let us bear in mind those who passed on as we pay this special tribute on behalf of their beloved families and friends.

 

Leonie White, Class of 1977

Marie Stephenson, Class of 1978

Anita Lawson (nee Wong), Class of 1979

Grace Roslyn Hugh (nee Pinnock), Class of 1958

Frederica Stern, Class of 1979

Andrea Malouin (nee Bryan), Class of 1975

Mrs. Icilda Golding (Math Teacher)

Carol-Ann Stanley, Class of 1973

Austhene Francis, Class of 2004

Gilliam Mitchell-Solomon, Class of 1983

Theresa "Leonie" Morales (nee Richards), Class of 1946

Eunice "Niecy" Richards, Class of 1956

Jean Garrel (nee Morris), Graduate of the 50's

Daisy Lee (nee Chin Quee), Graduate of the 50's

Mrs. Gloria Plant (English Teacher)

Teresa ("Terri") Thompson, Class of 1976

Raquel Walsh-Silston, Class of 1990

Corinne (Joanne) Chen, Class of 1969

Sister Carol Mallette, RSM

Sister Mary Clotilde

Dr. Leila Thomas

Arlene Lym, Class of 1979

Clovis McMorris (1946)

Fitzroy Harrack (Art Teacher)

Stevie Davidson, Class of 1975

Vilma Ashman, Class of 1975

Veronica Morrison, Class of 1975

Denise McLennon, Class of 1975

Sister Mary Bernadette Little, RSM, Principal

Sydney Reid, Vice Principal

 

 

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Tribute to Fitzroy Harrack (1945-2013)

(Taken from The Jamaica Observer, January 13, 2013)

The following is a tribute from the National Gallery in honour of Harrack's life's work:

MASTER sculptor Fitzroy 'Fitz' Harrack passed away on January 10 and Life Tribute joins with his relatives and colleagues at the National Gallery of Jamaica in hailing this icon of the visual arts.

Born 1945, in St John's, Grenada, Fitzroy Harrack received his early artistic training in Grenada and then Trinidad before attending the Jamaica School of Art (later Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts) on a scholarship.

Upon his graduation, in 1969, Harrack settled in Jamaica and began exhibiting in group and solo shows at well-known venues such as the Bolivar Gallery and the Institute of Jamaica. He was a regular exhibitor at the National Gallery of Jamaica where he participated as an invited artist in the Annual National exhibition and subsequently, the National Biennial.

Harrack was one of the artists selected for the prestigious Jamaican Art 1922-1982 Exhibition, a major survey of modern Jamaican art which was toured in the USA, Canada and Haiti 1983 to 1985 by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service.

He most recently exhibited at the National Gallery in the 2008 National Biennial, to which he contributed a metal mask, and in the inaugural exhibition of the Guy McIntosh Donation, which included a major, untitled and undated abstract carving.

Fitz Harrack is best known for his sculptural work in wood, metal and ceramic media. Many of his works are abstract, such as his Caribbean Splash Forms series (1977-1992) of ostensibly formalist wood carvings but, as noted art historian Petrine Archer-Straw observed "Harrack's modernist approach has always been tempered by his need to communicate through his work, his interest in subject matter, and his reading of society; characteristics that make his work accessible to the Caribbean viewer".

The Caribbean Splash Forms, for instance, were inspired by Caribbean natural forms and, furthermore, used local wood.

In other sculptural works, Fitz Harrack more directly commented on Caribbean history, culture and society, using the human figure as his main focus. He had a strong interest in music and dance, and his ceramic relief Spirit of Togetherness, a public commission near the entrance of the Sangster's International Airport in Montego Bay, depicts "a feeling of living, working together and playing through music and dance", as he related to Normadelle Whittle in 1985. The work was created on the occasion of Jamaica's 21st anniversary of Independence in 1983 and, to further quote Fitz Harrack, is based on "dance movements [that] were extracted from studies and sketches from our own indigenous dance history -- our National Dance Theatre Company performances from the early 60s, starting with Etu and Dinky Minny."

Spirit of Togetherness was one of several commissions Harrack executed and another notable commission was Stations of Christ (1977-1978) at the Holy Cross Church in Half-Way-Tree, which depicts the Passion of Christ from His arrest to His crucifixion in a series of deeply moving, expressionist relief wood carvings. There was also a more private side to Fitz Harrack's work which was most obvious in his paintings and drawings that contemplated human relationships, the body and the erotic, through sensuous, curvilinear figural forms.

In addition to his own work as an artist, Fitz Harrack also worked as a restorer of sculpture and he is best known for his restoration in 2010 of Edna Manley's Bogle (1965) monument, which had been badly damaged while installed in its original location in front of the Morant Bay Courthouse.

Fitz Harrack was also an accomplished art teacher and taught at his alma mater, the Jamaica School of Art, where he headed the Sculpture Department for several years. He also taught at several high schools, namely the Alpha Academy and the Hillel Academy, and also at the Tivoli Gardens Community Centre. He served on the Jamaica Festival Committee in the 1980s, where he was instrumental in the development of the Festival Fine Arts Exhibition, and is also a past board member of the National Gallery. He received the Gold Medal for Sculpture in the 1975 Jamaica Festival of Fine Art Exhibition and the Order of Distinction in 1988.

Fitz Harrack's passing is a major loss to the local artistic community and the board and staff of the National Gallery extend their deepest condolence to his spouse, the noted ceramicist Norma Rodney Harrack, and his other family members and many friends.

 


"Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of  the Lord forever."
 Psalm 23:6
 

 

 

 

 


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