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Remember Arden Kass

Arden 1970

Arden 2006


When did you attend Priory



How did you locate the Priory website?

My brother, Marshall


Who were your most memorable teachers?

Mr. Tansey, Mrs. Tansey, Mr. Hobson


John Tansey, Heather Tansey, Earl Hobson


Who were your best friends at Priory?

Anne Climie, Lorrie Jodway, Melinda Eubanks, Forbes Crawford  Celia Wirth and another was Katrina Bennett...I remember others vaguely...wish I had a class list to remember names. 


Anne Climie, Lorrie Jodway, Melinda Eubanks, Celia Wirth and Katrina Bennett


Who are you in touch with today?



Who would you like to track down?



What was the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?

Watch demonstrators run through the playing field while the police chased them overhead with tear gas, skip religion class & fail it...spend all of my allowance on fudge and coconut candy at lunch, throwing out the lunches my mother packed!


What memories/views do you have of Priory?

Very welcoming for a 12 year old girl from New York who was a grade ahead of herself to begin with...I made many friends and learned a lot about the rest of the world.


I was at the Priory from 1968-70, before my family moved back to New York City. Today, after dozens of years in advertising, Iím a playwright and freelance scriptwriter/copywriter in Philadelphia, PA. I have a daughter whoís turning 13 this year and a son who will be 9. I am married to a man from Ecuador, which I attribute to the experience I had at the Priory of being part of an international culture. 


I havenít been back to Jamaica since I was 12, and that makes me sad. But I still have very, very strong memories of my school days at Priory. First there were many friendships Ė with Celia Wirth, Anne Climie, Melinda Eubanks, Lorrie Jodway and many others. Then there are the memories that are practically physical, they are still so fresh: Among them, stuffing myself on fudge at lunchtime, dreading sports days as I was always the slowest kid in my house,  standing for what felt like days during the morning assembly, (since I was barely awake) and once, watching out the open side of our classroom as protesters who had trespassed on the Prime Ministerís or Governorís Mansion (I guess it was) next door to school ran across the playing field followed by a helicopter right overhead Ė which eventually sprayed us ALL with tear gas!


I know there are more memories buried, and every time I read the website and see peopleís photos and stories, I remember more. Itís a lot of fun to re-connect.


Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

Me, I fear


Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. I am a copywriter/scriptwriter/playwright


Tell us about any significant others

I'm married to Juan Levy (from Ecuador) and have 2 children, 12 & 8.


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Published on the Priory Website Sunday 18th March 2007