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The Invergordon Archive

Technical Department, Invergordon School
The Invergordon Archive
Technical Department, Invergordon School

Another view of this building (see picture #169), although in that picture it is described as the Higher Grade Department.
The date is not known.
Picture added on 19 September 2004
Comments:
This must have been before the building which held rooms 16,17 and 18, and now houses the Library, was built.
Added by Liz Taylor Nee Askew on 22 February 2010
Hi Liz. The nearest door was where the Science Class was. The next door in the distance was the Headmasters office. I was only in there once...to get a belting from "The Jake". I think the furthest away door was Johnie (Leakey) Ross’s Latin and Greek classes.
Out of site and to the right of this picture were 3 more class rooms used for English, Maths and Languages: in my day "Fattie" Matheson, "Loftie" and "Titch" MacFarlane and Mr Cooney (too scary to be awarded a nickname).
I think Loftie was the only teacher I ever came close to liking. I have very fond memories of happy days in his class where he would pass on his love of good books and stories. He strikes me as the only teacher who was not bored with his job and had a real vocation for his profession. (He also had very hairy hands!)
Added by Bill Geddes on 23 February 2010
Hi Bill, to the right inside the door nearest to us I remember there was a stair that ran down past the Senior Girls cloakroom and joined onto the corridor at the bottom building with the male cloakroom was in the left corner and Mr Cooney's room on the right. That's why I think this was before the lower section was built as you can see the gable of the existing building. Lofty was my favourite teacher, the only one I listened to, as you say he loved books and passed on this love. I had Johnnie Leakey for Latin but he did not like me and it was mutual but I do remember some Latin so I must have listened a bit! You would have had Mr Clark as the rector as I had him in Primary 1 and the Mr Milton after that. Good old days, couldn't wait to leave but it was a good school. Nice to see some of the old buildings still being used as part of the school and not demolished.
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 23 February 2010
Also known as the Bastille. Like you Liz, I could hardly wait to leave.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 23 February 2010
Liz, Harry and Bill, this is indeed "the higher grade" school although quite a few classrooms were added in my day. I had to laugh when I read your comment Bill, Mr. Cooney never did have a nickname but I liked him! "The Jake" scared the life out of me but I liked "Lofty and Titch", "Fattie" Mattheson. "Lofty" had a good sense of humour and his remarks were quite sarcastic but funny. "The Jake's" (where did that nickname come from) house is in the background.
Added by Rosalie Graham (Samaroo) on 12 March 2010
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