We have been very encouraged this year by the number of former pupils who responded to a Facebook request as we aim to inspire our current pupils and show them that there are so many possibilities ahead for them. If you haven't already done so, it would be great if you were willing to join the St George's Past and Present Pupils Group on Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13729030/
"Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established"
We have former pupils working in almost every field. Professions include teaching, nursing, working in the film industry, writing, biochemistry, armed services, a jockey, artist, gardener, IT specialists and many many more. We will be adding some of our former pupils' stories and we hope that it will inspire the next generation of St Georgians.
The St Georgian publication from the 1920s to early 1970s records a number of famous former pupils.
Sir William (Bill) Jordan, High Commissioner for New Zealand was a former Old Boy, and President of the Old Boys' Association in the 1940s. His Wikipedia page can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Jordan_(politician)
Hannen Swaffer, the distinguished journalist was an Old Boy of St George's and wrote to The Georgian in early 1930. He wrote, tongue in cheek : "I went to what was called St George's Middle Class School. I seem to remember two halves of the school, one meant for the unfortunate working class, who, I suppose, were not middle class. I remember they used to attack us with snowballs in the winter." He also remembered a monitor called Randolph who he described as looking like Apollo. He was not with the school very long, before going on to Stroud Green Grammar School in London.
Brigadier Vernon Smith joined the school in 1907 and left around 1911. A Ramsgate boy, though born in India to a military family, he had a very successful military career of his own. He came back to visit the school Sports Day whilst a Captain in the 3rd Sikh Pioneers and 7th Rajput Regiment and later married while in India. His promotion to Brigadier-General caused a half-day holiday for the school boys! He attended a number of other school events, including the Old Boys' Meal in 1949 and 1950. He also provided a silver cup for Sports Day, from 1920 and provided medals on other Sports Days, such as in 1931 and again in 1949.