I was in the 1st Form only, Jan-Dec 1965, and left when my father was transferred.
Memories of the School:
The first day when we were sorted into Houses and realising that being a “daybug” was not ideal (- and then
experiencing it to some degree as a weird sort of Limbo).
Trying to learn how to play field hockey and cricket (or least not embarrass myself as a “Bloody Yank”).
Knee socks; the yellow custard poured from pitchers at dessert; foolscap paper; the tea breaks; avoiding prefects.
Watching the Odinga boxing match one afternoon outside the quad and also listening to the Liston-Clay championship
between classes on transistor radios.
Our French teacher driving off from behind Fletcher on his old BSA motorcycle, complete with head gear and goggles.
The oxygen experiment in chemistry; first introduction to derivatives in Maths; learning to recite poetry
(“You are old Father William”) in English; trying unsuccessfully to explain to our history teacher that it
was “The American Revolution”, not “Rebellion”.
Being perplexed by hearing what was going on in Vietnam from another American whose family had just been
transferred from Saigon.
A remarkable classmate from the NFD (Peter??) who could read a book cover to cover between classes and
remember everything – he did this with “The Long Walk” one morning before lunch to my total amazement
A classmate who sat next to me all year during prep’ in Fletcher who’s family had escaped from Hungary.
Since leaving school:
I moved first to the Philippine Islands, where my family lived outside Manila for three years and then back to the
States, where I finished high school and university.
I had a 30 year career in banking focused on heavy equipment financing with stints in Chicago, New York and Boston.
I am semi-retired now, but still working part-time on financing renewable energy projects.
My wife and I now live across the harbour from Boston, Massachusetts, USA in a small town called Hull overlooking
(Registered - 5th Jan 2010)
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