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When did you attend Priory



How did you locate the Priory website?

Googling around



Who were your most memorable teachers?

Mr. Theobalds.  Very soft spoken.  When asked why we should use ink to graph quadratic equations, he said "I should think if you took pride in your work, you would want to do it in ink."

Mr. E.C. Theobalds


Who were your best friends at Priory?

I fondly remember the whole A-2 crowd.  Or was it A-1.  What the heck is 9th grade, anyway?    


Who are you in touch with today?

Nary a one.


Who would you like to track down?

I'm up for as many as possible.  I remember Miss Blake, the French teacher, who was quite funny, and very attractive.  She made me memorize a poem in French one time.


What was the wildest thing you did at Priory?

Getting sent to the headmaster's office on a Saturday sticks in my mind.  I'm not sure what the infraction was.  Probably I was being cheeky, as I was wont to do.  Mr. Bourke and I had a very nice talk, as I remember.  It had something to do with responsibility, and thus it was that I had the responsibility of having to go in on a Saturday.

Mr Patrick Bourke


Tell us about your memories of Priory and Jamaica


Lot's of them, and lot's of characters. My first day at Priory, while in a study hall, somebody heated up a large coin with a match and sent it on the floor over my way.  Naturally, I picked it up, and, just as naturally, I howled with pain upon being burned.  Of course, I was chastised for having broken the decorum, such as it was, and the perpetrators, who were laughing in the back, were never sought out by the teacher.  An invaluable lesson.


The patties were great.  Was that goat?  And occasionally in the papers we read about a finger showing up in a patty, but thankfully this never happened at school.


I can't say I was enamoured of the hierarchical arrangements, with monitors and prefects being able to boss me around.  Truth be told, I had it coming at times.  And had I been one of these higher level students, I suppose I would have thought of it differently. 


It has been useful to understand something about the British educational system, as well.  A and O levels were way above my grade, however.



Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

Crazy is pretty relative.  I think a lot of the characters at the Priory School were pretty wild.  We were very fortunate to have had the experience of attending.


Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?

Now I live in North Carolina, where I work as an environmental engineer.  Once in a while this involves international assignments, and in 1999 or so I went to Kingston for 3 weeks, working for US AID.  This included working with some US Peace Corps volunteers in Jamaica.  We (or rather, they, the Peace Corps kids) excavated a VIP latrine (that's Ventilated In Pit) down in the shantytown area, and folks at the health ministry did some microbiological work on the samples.


Tell us about any significant others

I'm married, with two kids, who are 3 and 4 1/2 years old.  My wife has a facebook page and keeps telling me to get one.  Now it seems I need one to check out the Priory facebook page.



Tell us about your most unusual meeting with a Priory person

Virtually nil.



What do you think of the Priory Website?

It's great!  Keep up the good work!




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