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This Site Was Last Updated on Sunday, 21 May 2006

Site Owner - Stephen Smith


Remember Rowena Cave?


      Rowena in 1974


Rowena today (in Bali!)


When did you attend Priory?

1972 - 1976


Who was your most unforgettable teacher?

So many! Rick Lavendar who taught me to sail and had us do capsize drill in the middle of Kingston harbour in the middle of sewage and jellyfish! And turned a blind eye to our misdeeds on Blue Mountain Peak (well, it was Jamaica and the 70s!); Barrie Day who lived near us in Irish Town and was my form teacher; John Batten who was so kind to me, Mr Fowler who knew us all.


                                                                                                                    Barrie Day                       John Batten


Who were your best friends at school?

Sally Wenstrom, Kate Troup, Ariadne Henry, Steve Warren,  - among others


                                                                                                                                          Kate Troup


Who are you in touch with now?

Steve Warren. Found Sally Wenstrom and Ariadne Henry again through the website, thanks!

Sally Wenstrom


 Who would you like to trace if we could?

Kate Troup, Thorwald Van de Tooren

Thorwald Van De Thoren


What's the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?

Cutting school to visit Bob Marley's house; or being part of the group who shifted a car into the art classroom – anyone remember that? Or the misdeeds on top of Blue Mountain…


Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

Mrs Fowler - grabbing people by the ear, telling them they looked like 'a rat-bat's backside',

Mrs Fowler


Where do you live and what do you do now?

I live in Wellington, New Zealand - well, on top of a mountain near Wellington – the Blue Mountains (a home from home!). I'm trained in neuropsychology and I was until recently a senior medical research manager writing guidelines to tell doctors how they should be doing it; recently I’ve started as a research/policy manager with the New Zealand Families Commission


Tell us about any significant others

Insignificant ex, two significantly tall children: Jake who's 19 and training as an adventure-eco tourism leader and is into all the extreme sports, and Abby who's 17 and just finished her final year at school and is having a couple of ‘gap’ years to travel before uni; a significantly crazy Irish partner who's an ecologist, plus two brothers and a sister (Alex, Duncan, Sara) all were at Priory, all now getting older!


                                                                                                    Alex                                   Sara                               Duncan


What do you think of the Priory site?

Love the website- great idea and great job, Stephen. How about a 'teachers' page'?


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