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Invergordon Academy Senior Staff Retirement Dinner
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Academy Senior Staff Retirement Dinner

The retirement dinner held in 1975 for Mr. Milton and Mr. Cooney.
Picture added on 25 September 2004
Mr Cooney taught French and German in, I think, room 17 in the building that's now the library. That's him 3rd from right isn't it? G Milton extreme right.
Added by Brian McKenzie on 27 September 2004
Second on left is Russell Preston, who taught Geography.
Added by Joan Murray on 03 October 2004
Mr Cooney belted me on my first day in his class (I deserved it!). Oh how I regret not taking French more seriously - I am still struggling to learn the language of, what has become for me, a beloved country.
Added by Bill Geddes on 24 December 2004
Surprised that old Cooney made it to retirement as we used to drive him to despair. We were in class in room 15 - he was one classroom down - we used to make a helluva noise - he would show up demanding to know who made the noise, no-one came forward, off he would go back to his class and no sooner in the door when we would start-up again; continued this until our teacher arrived - Miss Nichol the music teacher, a real nice lady whom we also drove up the wall.....ah the good old days....
Added by Harry O'neill on 28 December 2004
Harry, I think Mr Cooney was very serious about his job but perhaps did not have the ideal skills to do it. He was a very serious man and perhaps should have lightened up from time to time. I will never forget one Hogmanay when he turned up at our house in the company of Fatty Matheson (maths). They had one of those folding top hats which they kept putting on their heads while the other one would smash it down. Oh how we laughed...It is amazing to think that school teachers lived in Council Houses in those days and were just part of the normal community. Ross (Leekey) the Latin/Greek teacher also lived in Gordon Terrace at that time.....very healthy I think but no longer the case - certainly here in London anyway...
Added by Bill Geddes on 30 December 2004
Anybody remember King Kong, Mr McIver if my memory serves me right? He was in the same room that Mr Preston taught in, and I think he lived at the same address in Gordon Terrace as well.
Added by Gordie Peterson on 15 June 2006
King Kong rings a bell, Gordie, but I have no clear memory of him but as I lived in Gordon Terrace I must have known him, what did he teach? Returning to Mr Coonie and having another look at him, it is astonishing as to how FRENCH he looks! Surely he must have origins in France but I cannot remember him talking about the country in a way which would stimulate a child's interest......a shame really, as I am sure he was very dedicated to his job.
Added by Bill Geddes on 16 June 2006
Billy, if I remember correctly King Kong taught the C level. Remember there used to be 1A 1B etc., then they added C....
Gordie, thanks for your e-mail, greatly appreciated and I have sent to Willie...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 16 June 2006
King Kong definitely lived in Gordon Terrace (No. 27) and was replaced there by Mr Preston. Apart from Mr Cooney and Johnny Ross (Leeky), Gordon Terrace also housed Bill Smith (Technical) and Mr & Mrs Donald MacFarlane (Lofty and Tich).
Added by Rod Bell on 16 June 2006
Yes Gordie, I remember King Kong, huge..when I was in school he taught in the building where the carpentry shop was, east of the canteen..Gordie if you are Brenda's brother, say hello to her and Willie for me will you?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 16 June 2006
Hi Bill, King Kong taught History, in the same building as Bill Smith. He was a big man, I think you must remember him racing down Gordon Terrace on his bicycle. He lived next door to Tubby. He was an accomplished speaker and was in great demand for Burns suppers.
Added by Gordie Peterson on 16 June 2006
Hi Roddy, Mr & Mrs MacFarlane never stayed in Gordon Terrace. They stayed up the back in Scotsburn. The Cooneys stayed next to the Smiths, and at the other end Tubby Mathieson stayed next to King Kong. Johnnie Leekie stayed across the road in one of the wooden houses - I remember this as I delivered the sunday papers for about 4 years.
Added by Gordie Peterson on 17 June 2006
With all those teachers in the street we should all have turned out as geniuses! Still can't remember King Kong. I did not realise they had teachers for different academic "streams". I guess this is why I have no recall as I can certainly remember Tubby. I once passed him on the street and I said "aye aye" which was a bit cheeky and familiar. He gave me a telling off in class the next day but I could tell he was having trouble not laughing! My first clue that teachers were human!
Added by Bill Geddes on 17 June 2006
The Macfarlanes lived in Gordon Terrace before they moved to Scotsburn, Gordie. It was I think at about No. 8 or 10, possibly, where the Kemps moved into. My family were one of the originals in GT, moving in in early 1950 before the odd Nos were built, when I was just a toddler.
Added by Rod Bell on 17 June 2006
I can remember many of the secondary school teachers mentioned here eg 'Ma and Pa Conon', Mr Cooney, Mr Preston, Mr Milton (Rector), Mr and Mrs McFarlane, Mrs Auchterlonie (Mrs McFarlane's twin), Mr Smith. However - who remembers the dashing Mr Stewart, the music teacher? - or the cookery teacher, Miss Macrae?
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 12 January 2007
It was great reading all these comments about our former teachers. Johnny Leekie, Tubby Matheson, Mr. Cooney (did he ever have a nickname) and I very rarely saw him smile. Does anyone remember Miss Campbell, the art teacher ("If you've got a seat, SIT DOWN"). Lofty and Tich Macfarlane and his sarcastic but funny comments!!! Weren't they all "key workers" so they automatically got houses? Gordie, can you also say hello to Brenda and Willie from me?
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 13 January 2007
No, I can't remember Mr. Cooney having a nickname. This is odd as it was a very common thing and of course Mr. Cooney had a feature which was just begging to be used for a nickname. Perhaps kids were too scared of him to risk it - or maybe he was secretly respected beyond the norm because of his clear dedication to his job. I still regret sniggering instead of paying attention!
Added by Bill geddes on 15 January 2007
I guess "Cooney" was nickname enough for him.....no-one has mentioned Miss Carmichael who taught out of room 15. Very prim and proper and walked like her legs were welded together at the knees.....Lizzie?
Added by Harry on 16 January 2007
Rosalie, did Miss Campbell teach upstairs in the infants school? If so I remember her, she used to put me to sleep. In fact we were always late arriving at her class and she would be hanging out the window encouraging us to hurry-up, of course we took even longer.....
Added by Harry on 16 January 2007
Katie Carmichael, I think, Harry. Towards the end of her career I fear she became increasingly reliant on the juniper berry.
Added by Rod Bell on 16 January 2007
Harry, Miss Carmichael was Katy not Lizzie, she taught us Science, if I remember, and she also taught Maths in room 15. I think she stayed in Tain.
Added by Gordie Peterson on 16 January 2007
Harry, Miss Carmichael was known as Katy, not Lizzie.
Heather, the "dashing Mr Stewart" is still dashing about making music all around.
Miss Mackintosh the Primary Three teacher whose catch phrase was "I'll murder you boy!" - a wonderful start to the world of education.
Milton the Rector, seldom seen without hands in pockets, dishing out sarcasm by the barrowload.
Turnbull the gym teacher, always reeking of Capstan Full Strength.
Addison the Maths teacher who followed Tubby, gravel rash and keekers a regular feature as he misjudged the path between The Com' and his digs.
Miss Sutherland, who knew it was a school pencil because she had inscribed the letter S on it in Hindi, clever eh?
Remember Sabrina too? Why did they call her that?
Jackie Hall who did his utmost to make science boring.
Invergordon Academy, what a dreadful place it was.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 16 January 2007
Not forgetting the confidence building Dr Stewart science teacher, who told us, the whole class if not the whole school, that we were a bunch of "no hopers" and had little chance of any success in the world after an education at Invergordon Academy.
He himself was just passing through on his way to become Director of Education for the County.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 16 January 2007
I do not remember a 'Sabrina' but could it be that she was rather well-endowed as was the 'starlet' in the '50s with the same name?!
Mr Stewart still making music! Good to hear it! I would have thought he was well past retiring age by now?
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 16 January 2007
Right you, are it was Katie....sounds like Miss Mackintosh never changed a bit...I don't know how these techers got away with it but they did, parents just turned a blind eye to it....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 16 January 2007
Gord, do you remember the Rector Clark "The Jake"? There is a pic of him on the site.
Did he retire? - or burnt at the stake....

Ronald....Well said.....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 16 January 2007
Well I remember "The Jake", he had an office like a broom cupboard at the top of the stairs, which he shared with Ena Gordon. If my memory serves me right it had no window, and always seemed dim and miserable. Sabrina, or Miss MacKenzie's room was out next to King Kong, and if things got a bit boisterous, he used to come through and sort us all out. Happy days.
Added by Gordie Peterson on 17 January 2007
I remember Ena Gordon - school secretary? Ena was also my Guide Captain. I had a lot of respect for her. When did she retire?
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 17 January 2007
Harry and others - Yes, Miss Campbell did teach upstairs and Yes, she used to hang out of the window. Why were we so reluctant to go to her class.?? Who could forget Katie Carmichael? As for The Jake, I think that I was the only girl who got the strap from him (not deserved). I had red marks on my wrist for a few days where the strap wound around. Harry, he would never got away with that now. I wouldn't have mentioned it at home for fear of getting a telling off!!
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 17 January 2007
Ena Gordon left her job as School Secretary in middle age and studied successfully for a degree and became a Secondary School Teacher at Alness Academy teaching English and History I think. Sadly Ena passed away a year or two ago - she was a wonderfull character who touched many lives in all her various activities and interests.
Added by Graham Mackenzie on 17 January 2007
Graham - thank you for the information about Ena Gordon. I was sad to hear she had passed away. Yes - she certainly touched my life all thse years ago as my Guide Captain, which I have never forgotten.
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 17 January 2007
Can someone fill me in on Katie Carmichael? Was she the Science teacher?
So far on this pic no-one has mentioned Miss Horne!! So I claim bragging rights for being the first person to mention how horrible she was. Dare anyone say they liked her? How could a Physical Education teacher get away with never demonstrating a single technique. I nominate her as the Number One worst teacher of the '40s and '50s.
Added by Bill Geddes on 18 January 2007
Bill - I remember Miss Horne well! Wasn't 'navy blue' her colour?!!!
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 19 January 2007
Billy, Katie "taught" history in the room next to Tich along from the canteen. I remember her hurling the wooden blackboard rubber across the room and catching some poor innocent on the forehead. She was certainly a rival for Miss Horne for uselessness ....I can never remember any history, but I can remember the steps of the Cumberland Reel, pranced out to that windy-up gramophone of hers!
Most of the comments here about our teachers are very negative. I have some very fond memories of some of them, even Battleaxe threatening murder. Who could forget Miss Chrystall elastoplasting an old penny onto a bump on your forehead if you fell, even if it is well over 50 years ago.
Added by Rod Bell on 19 January 2007
I remember the incident that Rod mentions, when Katie threw the wooden blackboard duster at Alistair McKay, Tarbert, Kildary, striking him on the forehead and resulting in a cut. Sadly Alistair, who ran his own contracting business was killed at the roadside at Kildary, when he was struck by a truck, as he went about his business.
Added by John Fraser on 19 January 2007
Saddened to hear about Alastair Mackay - when did this happen? I remember many visits to 'Jock Mackay's' emporium at Tarbat - like Steptoe's yard, but what a range of goods! Also remember the results of Mr Addison's (Daddy Addy?)collision with a glass door at Inverness station.
Added by Fraser Dryden on 20 January 2007
It has been a strange and thought provoking journey back to the past reading all these remarks over the last few weeks. I remember the headmaster, Mr Milton very well. Someone mentioned his sarcasm, which I would definitely agree he had no worries about running out of. Personally what I remember most about him was his Chewbacca type eyebrows, which were a definite fire hazard. I also remember a Mr Taylor who looked like Terry Thomas and taught Physics I think, he was a gentleman. I am not sure if the Mr Donald Stewart who taught Modern Studies is the same Dr Stewart mentioned in one of the remarks or not, but it sounds like him. The other teachers I remember with a mixture of fondness and total terror are Mr Shearer the Arts teacher, Ma Baird, English, lived up Ardross I think. Ma and Pa Preston and Connon, Jock Watt, who I always thought should have been a SAS trainer rather than making us poor bairns run all over the golf course in the bucketing rain. I never had the privilege of being taught by Mr Cooney, but since he always reminded me of a Gestapo interrogator I think I am quite glad. It was a different world in school then, not sure for the better or worse, but definitely different. Maybe would have picked other teachers but couldn’t have had better school mates. Often thought if I didn’t leave school when I did, would have had hands like two massive red flippers with that damned belt. Oh what happy memories.
Added by DFGripton on 20 January 2007
Spot on DF! Mr Cooney as a Gestapo officer is very accurate type-casting. He was very very serious about his job and had a total absence of a light side. Seared into my brain is my first day in his class. So impressed was I by his magnificent hooter I felt driven to adding an artistic impression of it onto the surface of my desk. He spotted me of course. He came over, made a quick artistic judgement then silently summoned me to the front of the class with just his forefinger. He could have been welcoming me into his interrogation room for a spot of water torture. He went to the bottom of his storecupboard, where sure enough, as legend held, his famed belt was produced. I had very fine weals to display at the lunch break. I viewed his nose in a different light after the experience....
Added by Bill Geddes on 21 January 2007
Mr Cooney was actually involved in the interrogation of Germans during the war. I wonder if he had the belt in his drawer then!
Added by Rod Bell on 21 January 2007
Oh! The memories! Miss Horne.....Bill, I don't think she ever demonstrated anything except for the "Cumberland Reel". How I hated it and when it came to the school dance she picked our partners for us, and definitely not the ones we would have chosen for ourselves. Although a lot of the comments are negative, Rod, and you are right, we did have some wonderful teachers, but it's so good to reminisce. Strange, isn't it that the horrible teachers are the ones that most readily spring to mind. Happy memories though and we're still here to tell the tale!!!
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 22 January 2007
Rosalie, correct you are...I watch the kids today running happily to school and not wanting to leave. I don't know about you but it was the opposite for me, used to not want to go but ran like hell at 4pm....The only thing the strap was good for was to warm up your hands in winter....but there was also the ruler across the knuckles, and in woodwork a block of wood at the back of your napper...and like you said you never said a word about it at home lest you got another there..
Added by Harry on 22 January 2007
Hi Heather, re Miss Horne and her favourite colour being navy blue....think that was her complexion wasnt it?...they say we are descended from the monkeys, ample proof shown in that regard by Miss Horne.....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 27 February 2007
I think Miss Horne was Mrs Sangster when I had her, black thin frizzy hair, all in black, crepe bandage under black hose and a walking stick. And when we got a new young PE teacher it was amazing, Mrs Laing I think it was, married to the history teacher - and then Mrs Macrae when we moved up to the new Academy. We didn’t like the new school at first as we used to take our time between the various buildings and had shorter classes, but always hurried for Pa Connons in the huts.
Added by Liz Adam (Askew) on 07 April 2007
Enjoyed reading all the comments on here (only just discovered it!). Does anyone remember Miss Holmes - she taught French(?) in a room behind Russell Preston, sadly now no longer with us. I must admit I enjoyed his geography lessons. He was a stalwart in the TA for many years. How well I remember Miss Horne - did she not stay at the Temperance Hotel where the vet's place is now? Any prizes I won for athletics were in spite of her input and not because of it! Seeing so many familiar names of former classmates bring the memories flooding back.
Added by Anne Campbell (Matheson) on 23 July 2007
Yes Anne, I remember Miss Holmes very well - I had her for French in 1963/1964. It's funny, I didn't apply myself all that well in French classes and now I find myself with a young grandaughter being brought up in France with the native tongue being her first language. Thank goodness she is very adept at English as well, otherwise I would be in a bit of a bind on the communication front. However, I do try and am actually considering taking French lessons. Poor old Mrs Holmes, I wish I had co-operated much more with her.
Anonymous comment added on 24 July 2007
I remember Johnny Ross (Leekie) as our Latin teacher and I was thrown out of class for slinging the blackboard rubber back at him after he tossed it at me.
I never returned to Latin but must have learnt something as I managed to pick up the Spanish lingo fairly easily when posted there in the RAF.
Added by Ross Mitchell on 14 April 2008
Well done there Rossie, but we should have started with Miss Macintosh and threw the strap back at her...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 15 April 2008
Mr Stewart (music) was also known as "Daisy". I never found out why it was Johnny Leekie.
Added by David Pople on 03 October 2008
I really liked Johnny Leekie although I was not very good at Latin!!!! He had a leek carved on his walking stick although I don't think that was the reason he was called that!!!
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 06 October 2008
I seem to remember that the Leekie nickname had some connection with the famous Archaeologist family the "Leakeys". (They did groundbreaking discoveries in the Great Rift valley in Africa.) Seems a bit of a long shot as I have never been able to work out the connection! Johnny Leekie also had a reputation as a bit of a "leftie". This was perhaps reflected in one of his sons (David I think) who was something important in the Labour Party.
Added by Bill(y) Geddes on 08 October 2008
Billy, both of Johnny Ross's (Leekie) sons were (and still are) lively lefties. John, the elder, was a Glasgow Councillor for many years but has now stepped down - I see him and hear of him from time to time. Donald had a successful career in journalism, including the Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. Sister Isabel is, I believe, in New Zealand. A nice family, despite my memories of being picked up by the hair for getting my Latin grammar wrong! I always thought the nickname came from his own father being a champion leek grower in Balintore.
Added by Fraser Dryden on 03 June 2009
I remember Mr Ross coming to wish my dad a happy new year, I think I was about 10yrs old. My mother said 'oh here's Johnny Leekie coming', so in he comes - my dad said a happy new year Mr. Leekie - I near fell off the pouffe. I think dad was still half p***ed - anyway Mr. Ross never batted an eyelid.
Added by Jeanette Bremner (Geddes) on 12 December 2009
No matter what we thought of Invergordon Academy, we must have listened to some of it. I managed to get a degree through the Open University a few years later.
Added by Ross Mitchell on 01 July 2010
Have to agree with you there Rossy, most that I have spoken to seem to have done well since leaving. I don't think many of our class-mates remained in Invergordon though.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 01 July 2010
Reading this again reminded me that Jock Watt won a TV talent competition in the early sixties.
One of Ma Baird's children was Alison, now a doctor who I last heard of during the Falkland Islands war when she was tending to injured on both sides, if I remember correctly. Ma Baird's husband was with the Forestry Commission at Ardross and they moved to Gartly near Huntly soon after I left school.
Added by David Pople on 02 July 2010
Ross, whatever the memories of the Academy, we all seemed to enjoy being there and the good and bad memories are all part and parcel of it. I became a teacher in later years although I left the school at the age of 15 years so good influences are always there. So many of us used to get certificates for perfect attendance so that can't be bad (or was there nowhere to hide if we skived off?). I am proud to be an Invergordonian and of attending Invergordon Academy.
Added by Rosalie (Graham) Samaroo on 02 July 2010
Oh my goodness! Just discovered this on a wet and dreary morning in West Sussex. What wonderful memories it brings back, particularly on Mr. and Mrs. Ross (Johnnie Leekey). They lived at 38 Gordon Terrace, and I lived at 32, next to the Macaigs at No 30. All of the Ross family were so good to me all the way through my school years, but I am sad to say I let Mr. Ross down, being particularly useless at Latin in my first year at secondary school. We were the first intake into the new Academy, and it was so grand compared to the old site on the High Street.
Mr. Milton, Ma and Pa Conon, Mr. Preston, Mr. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Shearer all played their part in my education. Like many others, I have very fond memories of the school and its teachers and my classmates, particularly the gang of children who used to play “Cheeky Nelly” and “Kick the Cannie” in Gordon Terrace: Kate, James and Bobby Macaig, Robert McKay, Gordon Sutherland, Margaret and Evelyn Westphal, Florence, John and Susan Urghuart, Donald and Ross Urghuart, who used to walk up and down the street with his tin drum for hours on end. Happy, happy days, with lots of freedom to have fun.
Added by Sue Miles on 10 August 2010
Just on Gordon Terrace, in the early days when it was the only completed Road “up Snob Hill”, virtually everyone had a “rustic” fence around their front gardens. “Rustic”, because the fences were all made from young birch trees from the wood at the back of the Terrace. On a Saturday the field between the wood and Gordon Terrace was full of people dragging freshly felled saplings up to their home to construct fences. No-one ever seemed to object to this plunder! By the way, Sue, I too live in West Sussex, much much drier than Inverg ever was!
Added by Bill Geddes on 10 August 2010
Hi Sue, I was interested to see that like myself you also live in West Sussex. Since living in England I have never met anyone from north of Inverness. This is a wonderful site and as you say full of wonderful memories.
You are probably younger than me as you went to the new Academy.
Added by Janet Shoosmith (Macpherson) on 10 August 2010
Hi Sue, I too went to the new academy, quite a difference to the old, we had the boys stairs and the girls stairs and Mr Fleming the janitor guarding the stairs……Pa Conon shouting in that inimitable voice “walk don’t run”……Not so much opportunity to skive off either between classes!
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 11 August 2010
Bill, you are so right about the fences, as we all had one round the front garden. You have a wonderful memory for detail. Do let me know where you are in West Sussex, and Janet, perhaps we could all meet up for a blether?
Liz, I can remember the new academy so well, but I loved my time at the old one, with Miss Crystal and Mrs. Duff, odd fellows on a Friday afternoon just at going home time. I cannot remember Mr. Fleming though, he must not have been as scary as the one at the old school?
Added by Susan Fraser on 13 August 2010
When I returned to Invergordon after years in the RAF and time in the distillery, I was the lab technician in the new academy. I left there to join British Aluminium as a chemistry analyst.
Added by Ross Mitchell on 13 August 2010
Susan, you must be referring to Mr Clark (the Jake) - there was none like him. Such a pleasant individual, uhhum.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 13 August 2010
Susan, have not heard the word blether for years, yes it would be nice to meet up. I knew Bill's sister Audrey as we belonged to the same Girl club which was run by Alice Wilson (nee Macleod) who as you probably know was a teacher at the Academy. I will be interested to know where Bill lives. My email address is: Janet.shoosmith@googlemail.com
Look forward to hearing from you.
Added by Janet Shoosmith (Macpherson) on 13 August 2010
I was there during the early '70s. Does anyone remember Donny Pongo, the English teacher, Ma Pirie the scary maths teacher and Miss Wilkie the french teacher?
Anyone remember the name of the chemistry teacher, who also delivered the milk to Cadboll Wood?!
Added by Trace on 28 June 2015
See picture #540 for Ma Pirie (Jessica) and her sister. Not sure who delivered milk to Cadboll Wood, possibly Denis Slattery? ... the contributor of the photograph above and many more photos on this site.
Added by Kenny MacCormack on 04 July 2015
Sorry Kenny I never delivered milk. I know that my grandfather was a milkman but that was early 1900s in West Calder and from 1922 to his retirement in Armadale, west Lothian.
Added by Denis Slattery on 06 July 2015
I didn't really think it would have been you Denis, I was racking my brains trying to remember names of chemistry teachers from the 70s...there was a chemistry teacher living at the top of Bermuda Road who drove around with his golden labrador sitting upright in the passenger seat - cannot recall his name though! Jackie Hall was more physics - and I couldn't imagine him driving a milk float!!
Added by Kenny MacCormack on 06 July 2015
I was in Mr Slattery's class in the 3rd year, then The Milkman's in the 4th. I think his first name could have been Roger... Definitely not Mr Hall, I was in his physics class.
Added by Trace Ingham on 07 July 2015
I remember Mr. Somerville, Mr. Cameron and Mr./Dr. Baxter

Anonymous comment added on 08 July 2015
Can't remember if Mr. Taylor taught some chemistry as well.
Anonymous comment added on 08 July 2015
Solved - it was Mr Baxter. Thank you!
Added by Trace Ingham on 09 July 2015
That will be Robert Baxter OBE ... Awarded 2014 for voluntary services work both in Scotland and overseas. Richly deserved along with his wife Jan who was also awarded the OBE. Maybe it all started delivering the milk.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 09 July 2015
I was gone before Mr Milton time Jakey Clarke was headmaster ,I hated Cooney with a passion, tried every which way but what to nit go to school Wednesday ,I actually arrived in invergordon from Alness primary along with ardross girls and boys ,my first year was 1C King Kong. ( mr Maciver) Mr Hunter ( reeked of drink ) mr Magillvery ( Gandy ) Sabrina
Smithy was woodwork class , now the reason I hated cooney
Was his bloody arrogance and insensitivity,to people ,you see Really it was the schools fault collectively ,I started in1C then next year moved up from 1C to 2A that is where they saw me
Everything else was okay ,until,COONEY ,he would deliberately humiliate you,thing was Inwas bigger than him even then mrs Macfarlane ( tich) deadly with the duster Katy Carmichael ,mr Macfarlane ( Lofty ) Johnny leetie Turnball, gym teacher I liked them all apart from ????? Aye him
I was into sport big time was under fifteen centre half and captain, big Jock Mackay was senior captain I played. For both juniors and seniors centre half juniors right half seniors. Right wing fir Alness United on sat Afternoons back then ,anyway I getting embarrassed in Cooney class so started skipping when it was Cooneys class ,even taking whole day off big lofty Macfarlane and Smithy took me aside and put it straight to me !! Tommy if you don't come to school on Wednesdays you will nit be captain of team and further nit allowed to play I turned up took coneys insults , Sandy Mackenzie loved watch Sandy play with Ross County modern players could learn Sandy would encourage me it meant the world to me , as I've said when I left school I watched Sandybwith county I made reserve team along With Jock Mackay alas Inwas nit good enough but never lost enthusiasm
Served in forces loved my growing up ,
Question here if anyone can help did anyone kniw a Francis O,Reilly from Alness and where she ever went ,as she worked with my Wife Maureen Thomson in Maryburgh Home children's nurse Maureen always interested in pastvwork mates
Added by Tommy Macallister on 22 April 2017
Yes indeed Tommy, know where you are coming from. There was a few others like that teaching at Inver-g Academy, I know I ran into a few. Kids were supposed to be taught not humiliated. You could never question any of them. They did more harm than good. I hope it is not that way today.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 25 April 2017
Maybe I was just a scaredy cat, but I have so many happy memories of school, and know now that I could have got so much more out if it. I took my BA (Hons) degree in my forty's, and loved every minute. When I got my 1st in an essay, I was so chuffed. Invergordon Academy did me proud.
Added by Susan Fraser on 25 April 2017
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