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Issue # 54, March 2009
St. George's College
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HERBERT LEONARD GREEN-ENDOWMENT
FUND CONTRIBUTION- KNIGHT OF ST.GEORGE
November 28, 1908-February 7, 1991
His life was gentle,
and the elements so mixed in him that Nature might stand up and say to
all the world, 'This was a man!'" Julius Caesar, Wm. Shakespeare.
Green was a servant-leader. As
we, his sons, remember and honour him on the centennial of his birth, it
is fitting to do so by supporting the institution that taught a superb
student how to live a life worth examining, and accords him the honour
of being recognized as a "Knight of St. George."
The first of four
children to Charles and Frances Green, Herbert was born November
28, 1908 in Kingston. An outstanding pupil at the Jones Pen (now Jones
Town) elementary school, at age eleven he placed second in the island in
the Second Year Pupil Teacher Examination. This achievement earned him a
Trade Scholarship which, in God's providence, he was too young to
Two years later, in
1921, he placed first in the St. George's College scholarship
examination and entered StGC. His exceptional scholarship gained him
honours both in Junior and Senior Cambridge Examinations; he graduated
StGC with honours in 1926, with exemption from the Matriculation
Examination. In keeping with StGC tradition, Herbert, like many of his
contemporaries, did not limit his focus to the classroom but was an avid
participant on the playing field in both football and cricket.
At age 19, on his
father's death, Herbert took on the responsibilities of "head of
household," caring for his mother, two sisters and brother. Following
brief stints as an instructor at Mico Training College and as a
proofreader at The Daily Gleaner, he entered the Jamaica Civil Service
in 1932. During a temporary posting in a Trelawny tax office he met and
married Joyce Roberts who, at his death, was his wife for over 52
years. They parented four boys-Orville, Derek (StGC Class of
1959), Gladstone and Winston.
When he retired
after more than 36 years of government service, Herbert was Chief
Preventive Officer of the Customs Preventive Service, having earlier
served in the Audit Department of the Government Savings Bank, the
Treasury, and as acting Collector of Customs. His post-retirement
service included positions at the Jamaica Industrial Development
Corporation (JIDC) and the Jamaica National Export Corporation (JNEC).
A true Georgian,
Herbert L. Green exemplified the tradition of service to God, family and
community, a lifetime of learning, and the cultivation of a sense of
humour that seasoned all his relationships.
He was a man; take
him for all in all,
I shall not look upon his like again. Hamlet, Wm. Shakespeare
Note: The Good & True
acknowledges with thanks the generous donation by the Green sons,
Orville, Derek, Gladstone and Winston to the STGC Endowment Fund and
also the scholarship to be provided to a needy student at the school;
all in memory of their father. This we hope will encourage other
Georgians to do like-wise to ensure the continuity of the education we
all benefited from.
St. George's College Manning
Cup & Oliver Shield Champions 2008
On a day in 2008 when
Jamaica's Prime Minister (a St. George's College and Jamaica College alumnus),
the Honourable Bruce Golding, witnessed a fabulous Manning Cup final at
the National Stadium, St. George's College cemented its place in history with a
resounding 2-0 victory over Jamaica College.
This 2008 version of the
Manning Cup final epitomized an intense rivalry between both schools. In fact,
when both teams stepped on the National Stadium's turf to do battle for Manning
Cup football supremacy, Jamaica College had won the title 19 times since the
tournament's inception. St. George's College, with this victory, now has 18
Going into the 2008 Manning
Cup season, perhaps the most ardent StGC supporter was daunted by the fact that
it had been 16 years since St. George's College won the title and that the team
had lost a significant number of its previous starters.
Neville "Bertis" Bell,
coach of the St. George's football team, informed this writer that such
adversities made this win quite special. "Perhaps nobody expected us to win in
2008 because we had lost eight of the previous seasons’ starters," asserted
Bell. "This win is extremely special, understanding that we did not even advance
from our zone in 2007."
This George's team did more
than just win the coveted ISSA/Manning Cup; they eventually won the Oliver
Shield and emerged as national champions.
It is remarkable that the
victorious 1992 St. George's College team was also coached by Bertis Bell who
hails from a line of prominent Jamaican footballers.
Under Bell's tutelage, this
StGC all-conquering 2008 team has been impressive in its display of
sportsmanship, discipline and dedication; attributes that are cornerstones of
the school's mission statement. These attributes also reflect Bell's coaching
philosophy. Not surprisingly, St. George's College won 6 school-boy football
awards in 2008. In addition to the Manning Cup and Oliver Shield titles, StGC
also boasts the titles of: "Most Attacking Team", "Most Disciplined Team",
"Leading Goal Scorer" (Kamar Malcolm - 25 goals) and the Most Valuable
Student/Athlete (Shamar Shelton).
St. George's College,
throughout the annals of time, has been the type of educational institution
where the emphasis has not been only on creating winners in the classroom and on
the play-field but also on the establishment of citizens with integrity and
It is noteworthy that St.
George's College has not received a single red card in 10 football seasons.
Among all the accolades being poured out on this all-conquering team, Bell is
seemingly most encouraged by the "Most Disciplined Team" award. "We were not
just the most disciplined team in the Manning Cup tournament, but throughout the
island," said Bell. "This was won on a point-system where points are subtracted
for red/yellow cards and lateness."
Each team in the island
begins the season with 100 points from which 9 are deducted for a red card and 3
for a yellow card. At the end of the 2008 season, St. George's College had all
its points intact.
When the dust settled in
Jarrett Park after the much anticipated Oliver Shield final against St. James
High School, StGC emerged as national champions courtesy of a 2-0 win and a 3-2
aggregate. St. James had previously won the first leg played at the Constant
Spring stadium by a score of 2-1. "The game plan was to hit them (St James)
early, and we did with those two goals," said Coach Bell. "St James played quite
well, especially in the second half, but the size of the field suited our style
and we made it count." Even when as the press reported "bottles rained down''
from the frustrated St. James fans, the team remained poised and focussed until
The success of the
2008 Manning Cup squad has provided a much needed jolt of enthusiasm among past
and present StGC students. As the 2009 Manning Cup season looms, it is important
that Georgians everywhere continue to lend support to a school that is making a
real difference in the lives of many young people.
StGC Team: Back L-R. Dan Evans, Jakeem English, Deshawn Forbes,
Kemal Malcolm(Capt.), Addino Chambers, Shawn Sybblis, Jahvon Allison,
Kavel Smith, Shamar Shelton, Kemar Cummings Front L-R Marcell
Gayle.Asst.Coach., Windell Reid, Robert Salkey, Brehmer Harris,
Theodore Artwell, Carl Reid, Oniel Fisher, Devon Williams, Kurt Thomas,
Careme Gibson, Coach Neville Bell....missing.. starting goalkeeper
Jevaughn Lennon, Kemar Prince & Darryl Denny.
Boys in Blue ( StGC/JC )First Annual New Years Eve
Great Fun - Great
Ray Chang & Donette Chin Loy
Chris & Charmaine Chin
Heather & Robbie Vernon
Danny & Jo Jo Ho Lung
Milton & Novelette Hart
Trevor & Pam Summers
March 29 - Sunday
Rouge River Community Centre
120 Rouge Bank Drive
(off Ninth Line, north of 14th Avenue)
Markham, Ontario L3S 4B7
$1,500 Scholarship Presentation
Special Guest Speaker: G. Raymond Chang
Chancellor of Ryerson University, StGC Hall of Famer and Chairman of C I
31 - Friday 7:00 p.m.
(1st Day of Caribana Weekend)
Annual Summer Ball
Pearson Convention Centre
2638 Steeles Ave.
East Brampton (at Airport Rd.)
Featuring : The Fifty50 Band
from Jamaica and introducing Jamaican-born Robert Burke & Friends
August 16 -
Sunday 9:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
with Alpha & Immaculate
Milne Park, Lakeview B-Shelter Area
McCowan Road (East Side), South of Highway 7
31-Thursday - 6:30 p.m.
Annual NYE Ball StGC & JC
The Boys in Blue
Pearson Convention Centre
2638 Steeles Ave. East
Brampton (at Airport Rd.)
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