The Immaculate Conception High School for Girls is in a state of mourning as long-serving principal Franciscan Sister Angella Harris died on Friday, May 29. She was 63-year-old.
Speaking briefly with BUZZ, a senior administrator confirmed Harris’ passing, saying the loss of the beloved former principal has rocked the school.
According to the Constant Spring Road-based institution’s website, Sister Harris was born in Spalding, Manchester, and had dedicated 25 years of service to the development of education in Jamaica.
“In 1964, Sr. Angella’s father, the then principal of a school, moved his family to the bustling city of Kingston in order to fill a vacancy in Kingston. Sr. Angella attended the Harbour View Primary School and later on Providence Primary. From the latter school, she graduated to St. Hugh’s High School where she proved to be an excellent student,” the website indicated.
She graduated with top honours from St. Hugh’s in 1979, and went on to pursue a degree at the University of the West Indies (UWI).
Harris then furthered her studies at the Sam Sharpe Teachers College and the Central Connecticut State University.
She was described as a stern but warm soul and a brilliant academic; in 1982 she converted to Catholicism and decided to enter the convent.
Harris was a teacher at Immaculate for five years between 1984 and 1989 before she left to take up a position at Mount Alvernia High in St James. She was at the Montego Bay institution for 16 years, 10 of which she served as principal.
Harris returned to Immaculate in 2005 and was the principal of the all-girls school for close to 15 years.
On social media, scores of past students have expressed their sadness at Harris’ passing as they remember her for her kindness and guidance in their formative years.