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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EDITORIAL

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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Dione Pryce-Tomlinson: An Athlete Poineer

Citation by MARK LOAGUE for 2016 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championship

The longevity of Dione Pryce, ISSA's Female Athlete Honouree for 2016, boggles the mind. 

It was as though a fountain of youth flowed from its source as she reminisced... 

 

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CARING FOR OUR ELDERLY PARENT

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Dr. Joan Porteous-Rawlins

 

I was talking to some of my former classmates the other day and we asked ourselves the question: Where did all the years go? It seemed not so long ago that we were in Form 1A at the school and here we are now, being referred to as “seniors” in whatever society we now find ourselves. Some of us of course, will argue that we are the “young old” which is a demographic term for those who are aged 60 -74. Some of our siblings are already in the category called the “old”, which is those who are 75-84 years and our parents if alive are certainly in the category the “old old”, which refers to those persons who are over the age of 85 years.

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Emergence and establishment of the first MPSA in the USA

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Conrad Savariau

The idea of a Mannings High Past Students Association (MHPSA), was conceptualized by a brainstorming group of alumni and non-alumni having an enjoyable and social repartee at Carmen’s Deli on Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, New York in early Fall 1987. This first original gathering according to Roger Meyler and Edward "Eddie" Munro were: Anton Tomlinson, Eddie Munro, Karl Munro, Kingsley Chambers, Trevor (Tush) Lyons, Errol (Pronto) Titus, host and hostess Mansfield and Carmen Stewart. They comprised the founding members of the MHPSA, now MPSA.


It was evident that noble intention had garnered interest as other alumni expressed with enthusiasm their interest in joining the effort. That second group included the Grant sisters - Joan, Sylvia and Norma, Sonny Dawkins, Hope Scarlet, Noel Grant, Merle Titus-Gordon, Wren Porter, Ruby McKenzie, Winsome Hamilton, Elaine Henry, Carmen Munro-Flowers, Marjorie Munro-Allen, Mable Munro-Meyler, Kent Lyttle, Avery Francis, Yvonne Ruddock-Miller, Cynthia Gopaulsingh-Wright, Audrey Campbell, Jacquelyn Campbell, Trevor Brooks, Trevor Locke, Millie McBean-Thompson, Nyron Pringle, Junior Blake and Wendell Turner. As the gathering increased the venue was changed to The Jamaica Constabulary located on Roger’s Avenue, Brooklyn.

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Memories of Manning’s School (1965 - 1970)

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Trevor H.B. Stewart

 

“Youth is wasted on the young.” If I had only understood the significance of this quotation when I entered first form at Manning’s in 1965, I would have sat up and paid greater attention over the succeeding five years to what the teachers were trying to instill in us.

Whilst I cannot lay claim to having been an excellent student or outstanding athlete, I nonetheless had a remarkable learning experience along with the greatest group of classmates anyone could ever wish for. Although there were changes within the group as transfers took place in both directions during the five years, the core group remained pretty consistent throughout the period.

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The vexatious arguments on, “Transfer of High School Athletes”.

The vexatious arguments on, “Transfer of High School Athletes”.

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Karl Wallace

There has been a steady flow of articles on the ‘terrible’ practice of transfer of high school athletes. It is posited that such transfers are exploitation of the student-athletes, unfair to students at both the school at which the student-athlete formerly attended and his or her new school and unfair to the school that prepared the student-athlete to the level of competitiveness whereon another school desires his or her services. Are those arguments with merit?

If we begin with the premise that high schools are institutions where development of the whole child to fulfill his or her potential then the following should hold true at each high school; the school strives to create climate within which that development to fullest potential is possible.   

If we follow such thought process that “climate for development of fullest potential” is the goal, then there is nothing unreasonable about parents and their child seeking a school with such a climate. For parents or guardians and the child it is more than mere reasonable position to seek ‘best climate’ or environs conducive to developing the child to fullest potential, it is a position that is morally sound. It is the responsible required position.

 

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Selected memories of Manning's

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by Conrad Savariau

When I began attending Manning's in January 1958, I was placed in Form 2C.  I wasn't aware if Forms 2A, or 2B were overcrowded, didn't have the stuff to be in either, or simply a misfit. I opined then, that even if I were to be placed in First form, I'd just be as exuberant to be a student. It was an aspiration of mine, and I’m certain it were of others. 

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NOSTALGIA

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By Delroy Wallace 

Class of 1963 

 

I remember going through the gates, it was the Christmas term of 1959. I was placed in form 1A, along with six (6) other boys and twentyone (21) girls. I remember it to this day! Because there were only seven boys in class we bonded early and I remember their names to this day: Charlie Hendricks, Patrick Omess, Carlton Lowrie, Patrick Dale, Wayne Christie, Telford Bowen and of course there was me. 

We were all directed to our class in the esteemed HERITAGE BUILDING. I looked around and noticed this was quite different from elementary school. In elementary school the benches and desks were rather long units, where you shared and sat beside other students. Here at MANNING'S HIGH SCHOOL I was given my own desk and chair and could choose where to sit.

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A past student remembers

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Gloria Salmon

It has been one of my greatest pleasures to see my alma mater, the second-oldest high school in Jamaica -- and a 'country' school at that — celebrating its 275th anniversary of existence. Congratulations of the highest order are extended to the headmasters, staff and students over all those years for their contribution to keeping alive the school's motto: Vita sine litteris mors est (Life without learning is death).

Having entered the doors of this magnificent historical structure as a scholarship holder, my five years were spent revelling in all academic subjects and student activities. Riding on my 'ladies wheel' bicycle six miles each day, rain or shine, from beautiful Petersfield, and on the lonely Amity Road, there was nothing to fear but the "Black Heart Man" whom, fortunately, over the five years I never once encountered. My lunchbox occupied the carrier at the back of the bicycle but, on some Monday mornings, it had to find another location as a box with cookies, baked over the weekend and destined for the tuck shop, was anchored there.

I still recall that one morning I was privileged to have the headmaster, Mr GE Mitchell, pass through my classroom and place on my desk a lovely mango that he had picked up on his walk around the grounds. Believe me that I was the envy of the class on that day.

Having been a member of my church's children's choir and auditioned by Miss Janie, our music teacher, I was selected to be a part of the school choir which performed mainly at prize-givings and other school functions

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