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 History of Manning's School

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The history of the Manning's School dates back to a quarter of a century before the actual setting up of the school when in 1710, Thomas Manning, a Westmoreland planter, bequeathed a gift of land for the setting up of a free school in the parish of Westmoreland.

The legal formalities which facilitated the effecting of his will were formalised in 1738 when the Jamaica Assembly made this possible by the passing of an Act, Eleventh George II chapter 9, after which the Free School was formally established.

It is interesting to note that the school was established on the present site near Savanna-la-mar instead of on the lands left by Manning at Burnt Savannah Pen at the northern end of the George's Plain.

In 1780, a hurricane did extensive damage to the school and the Board petitioned the House of Assembly for help to effect repairs.

As the years progressed, the 20th Century led to the reorganization of the School into a Modern Grammar School. The oldest existing part of the School which was built in the early 20th Century is known as the Thomas Manning Building, named in honour of the School's founder. It is the most outstanding building on the entire School property and is currently used as library and classrooms.

The Thomas Manning Building is a delightful structure which is constructed from timber and the rest on a masonry plinth. Typical of the Georgian architecture, the building is perfectly symmetrical in elevation. However, for its function in the tropics, the Architect has added several features. On all sides the building has been fitted with deep verandas to add shade. The vented steep gable roof expels hot air, and a cupola with fixed jalousies provide relief for any warm air trapped in the roof. The features combined have created a perfect example of colonial architecture.

(Article courtesy: Jamaica National Heritage Trust)

 

  


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    CRITERIA FOR PROJECTS

    The Alumni Association welcomes the opportunity to be involved in a meaningful way in supporting the establishment of a Capital Fund from which projects for the ALMA MATER can be wholly or partially funded. All Projects submitted will be expected to follow the guidelines herein:  
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    Sunday, May 22, 2016.   Raising of FUNDS FOR MANNING’S   The raising of funds for Manning’s has been an ongoing activity from the inception of the original thought on the creation of the school. Those early efforts and those that followed were invaluable. However in today’s world, the ever increasing demands of providing education to students that must continuously remain relevant forces the school to change and adapt to each advancing decade. The reality that Manning’s faces requires sufficiency on inflows of funds to enable the school to remain relevant now and in the future.  Our formal Alumni Associations and Groups have been at the task of raising funds and providing other support for Manning’s for over 25 years. To be blunt, the needs of Manning’s have overtaken the past models of fund-raising and the level of support in other areas. The proof is in observations of numbers of programs, condition of Manning’s physical plant, budget size and allocation of funding.        One component of Manning’s greatest assets is the past students, their associations and groups. It is to those past students, associations and groups that Manning’s depend to provide the vital additional financial support that the Government of Jamaica cannot. Arriving out of consultations with our stakeholders, a fundraising approach has been instituted such that the current fundraising effort is being addressed in a renewed sustained manner.
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