Last updated Sunday October 14, 2007
Remember Roberta Stoddart
When did you attend Priory
1973 - 1982 I believe
What was your nickname at Priory?
'Spuddy' or 'Spuds'
How did you locate the Priory website?
Through Julian Spence
Who were your most memorable teachers?
Every teacher was great in their own way, but I did not know this then. Teachers are so important. Deep down, I think I loved them all. teachers often give much more of themselves and their time than they ever get compensated for. Theirs is a lifetime of service, in the true sense of 'service'.
Who were your best friends at Priory?
Lisa Borland because she was my best friend and brilliant, Christine Gonsalves because she was exciting and a dare-devil, Lorena Aitken and Christian Aitken because they were loving, caring people.
Christine Gonsalves and Lorena Aitken
Who are you in touch with today?
Christian Aitken, Lorena Aitken, Todd Randolph, Lisa Scwab, Simone Silvera (Chin), Nigel Benjamin, Christine Gonsalves, Nicola Barakat (Melhado), Eliko Borland, Katrin Borland, Lisa Borland, and more
Christian Aitken and Nigel Benjamin
Who would you like to track down?
Anyone I hurt or belittled, however unintentional and misguided my actions, while I was busy being a rebel.
What was the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?
Smoke cigarettes and drink off-campus, put tacks on other students' chairs, mess with the bunsen burners in Chemistry class, shoot prefects with rubber band and paper pellets...and I was obnoxious to various teachers; I was a rebel.
What memories/views do you have of Priory?
I loved Priory and have great memories of my school. Most formidable for me was a sense of community and having beloved friends. These friends have remained in my life throughout. There were also very special teachers whose impact on my life has been immense. In particular, Marie Gregory, but there were also others. Marie Gregory expected a great deal from me, and I also realised she wanted the best for me. Many teachers were very kind.
Mrs. Marie Gregory
Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?
Everyone was crazy in their own way!! Some people were eccentric.....but a lot of people, including myself, were in a lot of pain, but I did not know this then. I did well at my studies but ironically I was usually in trouble...I identified strongly with the 'bad girl' role. Its taken me years to realise that I have more wholesome choices. And I'm making them!
Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?
I live in Trinidad, although my ties to Jamaica remain strong and constant. I am a professional artist, an oil painter,and I have been painting professionally since 1991. I have currently published my second book on my work entitled 'The Storyteller'. I am launching my book in Trinidad, and in Jamaica at Hi-Qo gallery on December 15th, 2007. My book is available for sale, if anyone is interested I can be contacted at my e-mail address.
Tell us about any significant others
I am a lesbian and I live with my partner of 5 years. I think its important to speak about this and to live it because there is so much homophobia and hatred in the world. We've all got to play a part to change that!!
Tell us about your most unusual meeting with a Priory person
None I can recall in the category of 'unusual' of late, although I am always in touch with my friends.
What do you think of the Priory Website?
Amazing and most necessary. Thank you Stephen and all other Priory contributors! You are doing great!!
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ęStephen Smith 2007
Published on the Priory Website Sunday 14th October 2007
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