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Remember Judy Mendes

Judy Mendes 1974

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When did you attend Priory

  1970-74 then again briefly from 1977-78


How did you locate the Priory website?

David Brown told me about it.



Who were your most memorable teachers?

All of my prep school teachers were memorable. I was very lucky to have Mrs Bertram as my first teacher. She was amazing, the standard by which all the other teachers in my life have been judged.

Mrs. Jean Bertram


My second teacher was memorable because she sent me to stand outside. When she asked us for our homework I did not have mine (I had put it on her desk), so, she sent me outside for not doing my homework. I stood up and told her I had put it on her desk and then walked up to the front and started to rummage around her desk looking for it. As I found my book and held it proudly aloft she sent me outside for being rude and disrupting the class. The injustice of it is still burned into my memory.


My third teacher was my Aunt, Anne Mendes. At the very beginning of the year she announced that Angie (her daughter) and I would not receive any special treatment in her class. Then followed a year in which neither of us was ever allowed to collect the milk at break time or clean the blackboard or any of the other "treats" we so coveted. More injustice!


Mrs. Anne Mendes


My final teacher in prep school was Mrs Bicknell who I liked almost as much as Mrs Bertram.

Mrs. Bicknell

I went to the high school for such a short time and there were so many different teachers (one for each subject) that I really don't have any clear memories any of them.


Who were your best friends at Priory?

In prep school, my cousin Angie. We were always in the same class. In high school, Sheona Brandon.    

Angie Mendes


Who are you in touch with today?


Mostly my cousins (Anne Marie, Clive Stephen and Angie) and, of course, my brother Paul.


Anne Marie, Paul and Stephen


Occasionaly I see David Brown because he works at UWI.



Who would you like to track down?


From high school, Sheona Brandon. From prep school, there are so many people I wonder about.


What was the wildest thing you did at Priory?

I was much too reserved to do anything wild.


Tell us about your memories of Priory and Jamaica

Just being happy. The most remarkable thing about Priory was that everyone was allowed to be themselves and was accepted for who they were. This did not seem remarkable at the time only looking back on it, after having been to other schools, did I realise what a gift it was to have gone to Priory.


Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

Crazy? I don't know. Certainly, in high school, some of David Gonsales's stunts were breath taking.


Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?

Judy's UWI faculty picture

I split my time between teaching at UWI in Jamaica and working at the Bellairs Research Institute in Barbados.

Judy 3rd from left middle row with a research group

Judy right, diving off Barbados


Tell us about any significant others

I was married briefly from 1992-94. I am now happily unmarried.


Tell us about your most unusual meeting with a Priory person

When I was in C2 a really nice boy in my year, Jamie, was accidently shot and blinded. When I was about 11 I was on a flight to England (going to boarding school) and was seated next to Jamie's brother (they seat all the unaccompanied minors together). I asked him about his brother. He said Jamie was at school in England also, doing really well, and that he liked to take out his glass eye and juggle with it. This was followed by a very awkward 7 hours of silence as I had no idea how to respond to this information.



What do you think of the Priory Website?

Fascinating. Reminiscence therapy at its best




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