Christopher Peter Motte Harrison MBE
||Grigg & Staff Member|
||1959-1962 & then Staff 1968-1972 |
Arrived at PoW (from Michaelhouse, Natal, S Africa) before the watch towers were taken down. Many memories, but mostly from later years
when I was teaching English, music, etc.
Earthquake in 1961/2, subsequently determined to be a large industrial explosion, but big
enough to move dorm beds!
Storky - Major Chadwick, of Scott House, subsequently moved to Millfield.
I was Secretary of the Old Cambrian Society from 1968 to 1972, a thankless task, I
must say, at the time!
While I was on the staff (1968-1972) I seem to have done a huge number of jobs (all, except the
English teaching, unpaid, of course!). Assistant Housemaster, Grigg and Inter/Fletcher, Chapel
music (organ and choir), Band (which came first in the Kenya Bands Festival around 1970, with
'Puppet on a String'!), produced Soyinka's 'Kongi's Harvest' which got a mention in Time
magazine, games (of course), got an official reprimand for allowing a team to walk the 1 mile
back to school after a hockey match, had endless gardening (never anything about teaching!)
conversations in the smoke-filled staff room, ran the library. Seems endless. And in between
I had a ski boat at Naivasha, sailed with Dr Roy Miller almost every weekend, learned gliding
at Nakuru, and we still had time to raise a son and spend idyllic hours on the coast and round
the game parks, and occasionally running check points on what was then the East African
Safari. I have no idea at all how we did so much in those wonderful days.
Most of my career since 1972 has been with the British Council - Yugoslavia, London,
Egypt, Turkey, Nigeria, Myanmar. Then I was Director of Regent College, Phnom Penh, then
Director of Studies at the European Training Centre, Riyadh, then Examinations Manager of the
Engineering Council, London.
Retired in 2001 to Pyin Oo Lwin in Myanmar, where my wife and I run the English House
Training Centre and Kindergarten.
Yesterday (25 Nov 2003) I had lunch with the ex-Archbishop of Kenya, David Gitari, who brought
back a raft of memories.
Something of minor interest in the Alumni directory might be what one's parents were doing in
Kenya at the time - it would provide some further background to the reasons for the School's
existence and excellence!
Update on 2nd Nov 2009:
I'm now working as Principal of Myanmar's latest and only IT Training Institute, preparing about 200 (so far!)
young Myanmars for BSc (Hons) degrees through the University of Greenwich, UK. The country is desperately
short of skilled manpower for the future, and joint ventures between government and private enterprise are
producing unique solutions, which could bode well for the future democratic changes we hope for.
I'm also a bit active with the Burma Children's Fund
(www.burmachildrensfund.org.uk), making sure at this end
that funds are properly spent and that desired results actually take place!
Otherwise, spots of gardening, completing innumerable forms, getting in my wife's way in running the
English House School, ensure a pleasant retirement scenario which I can thoroughly recommend anyone else!
(Registered - 26th November 2003) (Updated - 2nd Nov 2009)
Note from Webmaster - 1st Jan 2006
Chris was awarded MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours today.
Many Congratulations, Chris!! (or should I
say "Mr Harrison", as you were one of my teachers!!)
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