As the anticipation for the 2010 Manning Cup season
grows, I often wonder: am I the oldest living Blue who has played in the
tournament for St. George’s?
I entered St. George’s in January 1934 at the age of
thirteen years. In 1935, Arthur McKenzie, who was the coach of the football
team, selected Waldie Ricketts, Leslie Rampie and me for the Manning side. I
played outer right (or right wing) from among the invitees. The three of us
remained on the team which won the Manning cup in 1935, 1936 and 1937. So,
unlike the current radio announcements that history would be made should St
George’s win again this year, let it be known that St George’s already has a
triple win under its belt.
I also played on the team that won the Oliver Shield
in 1935 and 1937. In 1938 we reached the finals for the Shield but were defeated
by Wolmer’s Boys. It was a hard blow and it took us many years to come to terms
with that result. That same year, I started playing for the Old Boys in the
Senior Knock Out Competition and we defeated Kingston Cricket Club in the final.
I remember Claude McMorris on the team. Also, I made the Jamaica National
football team that year and played until 1948 when I was both captain of the Old
Boys and the national team.
Having represented Jamaica at home and abroad, I
retired from competitive football at age 28 years. Five years later, I trained
as a coach in Haiti and went on to coach the Old Boys winning at least three
trophies and I also had the distinction of becoming coach to the National team.
During the 1960s, I coached Jamaica College, Clarendon College, Titchfield and
Mannings High Schools finally hanging up my boots in 1968.
I love football at all levels, World Cup, European,
Latin American, and Reggae Boyz and of course, watching St. George’s regain its
dominance in this sport. The game has changed, as all sports have, and I notice
that the game has become more defensive. Football gave me focus and discipline
which I have successfully applied to other aspects of my life. I must thank
Father Walter Ballou, Sports master and Father Conti, my Form Master who played
a significant role in my development as a student and footballer. Arthur
McKenzie had a great deal of influence with his words “there is no defence that
can stop us!” I will never forget my friend, Waldie Ricketts—we grew up
together in Jones Town and shared a lifelong friendship. We would reminisce on
our games. How he would have loved to be here today to see beloved St. George’s
on the cusp of another glorious year. He was a True Blue. Are any other of my
team mates out there? If yes, please contact me at
Noel Hall turned 90 this year and is still fit, strong
and mobile. He is probably the oldest living old boy and, as he says, would love
hearing from other Georgians.
Contact him at:
Noel Hall with 1935 Manning Cup & Olivier Shield Winning Team
Stephen Hill ( Captain) Standing:- L-R- I. McDonald, L.
Carr, Rev. Walter J Ballou S.J., K. Williams, R.Bennett, Arthur
McKenzie, D. Richardson, V. Hechavvaria. Sitting:-L-R-
L. Rampie, V.Ricketts, V.Best, L.Chin.
Front Row with ball:- G.Delgado.
Keith Noad - A Great Georgian
In 1943 a bright young man, Keith Noad, left
Alpha Elementary School and armed with a scholarship walked through the doors of
St. George’s College to leave a mark that is difficult to replicate.
Keith Noad has set standards and can make a good
claim on being the student who has successfully parti-cipated in more activities
than any other graduate. He was the first teenage cadet Lieutenant in Jamaica; a
scout leader who became scout master. He was an altar server, Sodality prefect,
member of the drama club and debating society and finalist in the elocution
contests at the school. He was house captain for Campion leading them to Victory
in the house standings. He was a member of the Lance Publishing committee, the
Phi Gamma Chi Honorary society (on the invitation of the Jesuits) and in his
last two years at St. George’s was voted the most popular student- this by
On the sporting side, Keith was an all round athlete
representing the school in Track and Field, Football, Cricket, Boxing, Softball,
Swimming and Diving, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, He also played handball and
field hockey. In his first year at St. George’s he participated in the Manning
Cup (at age 13).
He remembers the 1943 Manning Season for two very
good reasons. It was the first year that girls were allowed to see, free of
charge, any matches in which their counter-part schools participated; so St.
Andrew’s was allowed to see J.C., Similarly St. Hugh’s /KC; Alpha/St. George’s
and Wolmer’s Girls/Wolmer’s Boys. The second reason was the decision by the
Manning Cup Committee to once again have matches played at the home grounds of
the schools. He attributes this latter change to their horrendous loss to
Calabar on Calabar’s home ground, due to spectator interference in the game, to
the benefit of the home team. It was a rowdy game in which officials had
difficulty dealing with the partisan crowd. Calabar went on to win the Manning
In Track & Field, Keith broke the school’s class II
100-yards record at Winchester Park with a time of 10.2 seconds (record still
unbroken) and representing Jamaican schoolboys in an inter-colonial track meet
vs. Trinidad, also broke the 100 yds. record with a time of 10.3 seconds. He
was one of three schoolboys including Karl (Digger) Largie-on defence and Claude
McMorris on the winning StGC old Boys major league team. Keith was on the
forward line with Noel Hall, Arthur McKenzie, Claude McMorris and Victor Best.
While also still a schoolboy he played Cricket and football for Kensington Club
and cricket for Melbourne.
Yes, he can lay the claim, also, of being the
most versatile sportsman the school has produced, and he excelled in several
of these sporting activities as well.
This bright young man skipped form 2 and graduated in the
class of 1947.
In2005 Keith Noad
left reaching out to the late Siddy Bartlett in nursing home in New York
at right Craig Bartlett
Keith’s management and leadership skills began to
shine shortly after leaving school. He coached St. George’s College’s Manning &
Walker Cup teams, Colts Football & Cricket and Arawaks F.C Atlanta, Georgia and
also Manchester Parish Teams with 11 cup wins and three runners up. He was
selected by the Jamaica Football Federation to represent the island at a
coaching seminar in Mexico. He founded the famous Minor League competition (The
longest sponsored competition in the Caribbean. The development of football in
Manchester and St.Elizabeth is largely the result of his tireless efforts.
Keith in his lifetime has been President of nine
associations, vice President of five. He studied art at the Edna Manley College
for the Visual Arts and has had his paintings exhibited in the States. In the
Kissimmee Art Show and Fair, his paintings won three First Prizes, ten 2nd
Prizes and two 3rd prizes.
He initiated the first Art Exhibition in Poinciana
This all round dedicated Georgian has throughout his
life given freely and openly of himself in helping others in both Jamaica and
the States. He has reached out to the young and the elderly in their times of
need and many have fond memories of this caring hand as it touched their lives.
Keith has lived a life exemplifying the values of
his Jesuit education. A true Georgian.
Editor’s note: Keith spends his retirement years in an
eldercare facility in Kissimmee, Florida. He cherishes phone calls and, more so,
visits. Here is an opportunity for those who have felt his touch of kindness in
their lives to give back. He did just that for so many. Be patient if calling-
He may be in Physio or other therapy areas. Personal cell # 1-407-927-5615
Address; The Palms- room 211A, 221 Mark Place Blvd, Kissimmee Fla. 34741.Tel #
From The Principal
Greetings Old Boys and Friends of St. George’s College
The 2010-2011 academic year is well under way. It was a
difficult start, with the loss of our Dean of Sixth Form, Marsha Anderson, who
passed away suddenly on September 9, 2010. She was a wonderful teacher and an
efficient Dean. She was greatly loved and will be sadly missed by staff
members, and students, past and present.
This storm was followed by another in the form of
Tropical Storm Nicole, which forced the closure of school for three days at the
end of September, and caused damage to the ceilings of the Dinand Building which
houses our second and third forms.
Despite the challenges of reopening, the College
continues to thrive. Our theme for the academic year is “Awakening the Leader
Within” as we encourage all members of the School Community to utilize their
skills and talents positively and to use initiative to solve problems. This is
• Parents are actively and positively involved in
a number of activities; mentoring classes, assisting at the gate in the morning
and providing breakfast for welfare students.
• Our first Senior Teachers’ retreat at Breezes
Runaway Bay at the end of August, set the tone for the year as Senior Teachers
came away with a shared vision of distributed leadership which can only lead to
greater success for the College.
• Our student leaders are working well and
together we have established programs to assist especially our most at-risk
students to “Awaken the Leader Within”.
• Staff morale is high and teachers are actively
involved in school improvement projects.
Campbell escorting Chief Armand LaBarge and his York Regional Police
team on campus tour.
Our football teams are well into their season and
our basketball teams have just started theirs. All the teams are doing well.
Our other sports and clubs and societies are active and growing and it is a
pleasure to see the positive “busy-ness” of the campus after school each day.
We had a visit on Friday, October 29, 2010 from
Chief Armand LeBarge and other officers of the York Regional Police in Ontario.
The group was visiting the island to perform community service with Father Ho
Lung’s Missionaries of the Poor. I was humbled by the presentation of a
beautiful plaque that reads “Deeds Speak”, by Chief LaBarge. The group toured
the Campus and chatted with teachers and students. In a few minutes of levity,
one member of the group demonstrated his football prowess with a group of second
form students at P.E.
One of our fourth form students, Mario Spencer, is
battling cancer and needs surgery. Through the generous contributions of the
Chase Fund, donations from Old Boys and collections by students, we have managed
to identify the funds needed. Please keep him in your prayers. One growing
area of undeniable need is student welfare. It is a joy to see the Student
Council planning fund raisers to meet the needs of fellow students. This
confirms for me that we are meeting our goal of shaping men and women for others
and that we are truly on the path to achieving excellence.
I would like to thank the Old Boys Association
Ontario Chapter for welcoming me in the summer. I thoroughly enjoyed the Annual
Summer Ball. Very special thanks to Robbie and Heather Vernon who welcomed me
into their home. We have received the proceeds of the Ball and we thank you;
the funds were greatly needed and greatly appreciated. Thank you for the
example of service that you are, and may God likewise bless you
Margaret Campbell (left) in Toronto with host Vernon Family
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