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Remember Christine 'Shoby' Shobrook

Christine 1964


Shoby 2006

When did you attend Priory

62(?) to 64

Who were your most memorable teachers?

Mr Fowler - the only teacher who ever made me understand what maths was all about. Later on when one of my own children was diagnosed as learning disabled and number dyslexic, I realised then that I had the same problem. So it was entirely due to Mr Fowler's efforts that I passed the Cambridge Exam with a Credit in Maths.

Apart from that I remember him for things that have stayed with me all my life. Like his 'Quo Vadis' address for those who were about to leave the school and start out in life, and this assembly prayer:

O God, we thank Thee for this universe, our great home; for its vastness and its riches, and for the manifoldness of the life which teems upon it and of which we are part.

We praise Thee for the arching sky and the blessed winds, for the driving clouds and the constellations on high.

We praise Thee for the salt sea and the running water, for the everlasting hills, for the trees, and for the grass under our feet.

We thank Thee for our senses by which we can see the splendor of the morning, and hear the jubilant songs of love, and smell the breath of the springtime.

Grant us, we pray Thee, a heart wide open to all this joy and beauty, and save our souls from being so steeped in care or so darkened by passion that we pass heedless and unseeing when even the thorn-bush by the wayside is aflame with the glory of God.


Who were your best friends at Priory?

In my last year they were Georgeanna Andrews, John McNaught, George Cummins,  George Shilletto, Evelyn Epps, Robert Goodman and Terri Hall


Georgeanna Andrews

Who are you in touch with today?

George Cummins and George Shilletto


Who would you like to track down?


Georgeanna Andrews and Robert Goodman. 

George Cummins told me that Johnny McNaught was killed in a car crash a couple of years after we all left Priory, which was a total shock to me as he had been my best friend at Priory.   Not boyfriend/girlfriend but friends.

He always looked out for me like a big brother.   I stayed in touch with him for a long time, but after a while my letters weren't answered and now I know why.    I know he's been dead for 40 years but I feel as grieved as if it had only happened yesterday.


What was the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?

We stole the clapper from the bell, so it couldn't be rung for class change overs. Mr Fowler WAS NOT AMUSED!!


Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

Whoever it was who answered Mr Fowler's phone extension on the lunch porch with "Harry's Morgue - you kill em, we chill em!!"


Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?

I live in Taupo, New Zealand. I used to work on the Administration Team of a busy medical imaging practice (13 outlets) in Auckland, but now I'm semi-retired. I do a few hours a week for the local McDonalds organising the children's birthday parties, which is a lot of fun.


Tell us about any significant others

I'm married to Geoff Harris have two grown up daughters, Jennifer and Joanna, and our adored grandson Angus.

Shoby and Angus


Tell us about your most unusual meeting with a Priory person

Have never run into anyone from Priory.


What do you think of the Priory Website?

Great idea.

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Published on the Priory Website Sunday 18th June 2006


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