Kingston College celebrated its Manning Cup success at the school’s North Street compound on Monday, with purple and white pouring through the balloon-decorated gates of the institution.
 
With the day’s end-of-term examinations postponed for the celebrations, students, old boys, staff and parents shook the ground through the high decibels of clapping, shouting and blowing purple and white vuvuzelas.
 
On Friday, KC defeated neighbours St George’s College 3-2 in the final of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup at the National Stadium to lift the crown for the first time in 32 years.

The school’s victorious Colts Under-16 competition – who, like their seniors, defeated St George’s in the final on Friday – were also hailed in the celebrations which included the boys from KC’s Melbourne Campus, who walked across to North Street with bands and vuvuzelas.

Everyone who trudged through the gates were given a copy of the school’s song, ‘We Thank You, Lord’.

Headboy Chad Rattray built the early vibes, with radio host and media personality, Miss Kitty, later taking it to a higher level. In between the celebrations, she also implored the students to maintain the same level of energy in their schoolwork.

Father Michael Brown, chaplain of the school, while officiating the service, told the gathering that the victory was God’s way of returning hope to the institution. He explained that KC had gone through a difficult period, with at least six students dying since July.

Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, Rev Ronald Thwaites, while acknowledging that he was a proud past student of St George’s College, hailed KC for playing a great game and noted that the better team had won on the night.

Principal Dave Myrie said the boys lived up to the school’s motto, ‘The Brave May Fall But Never Yield’, and gave an ominous warning to the island’s other secondary institutions: “Once Kingston College start winning, we coming for everything”.