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Arusha School / Standard 5 1971 Photo Arusha School
« Last post by shonab on 18 April, 2014, 12:40 »
Hi Everyone!
This is the Standard 5 class photo from 1971. I am in front row, second girl from right. (Next to the blonde girl- was she called Ellen?)

My name is Shona. My brothers Gary and Alastair were at the school from 1969-1971 with me too.

We lived in a house on St Constantine's (Greek) School site. My Dad worked at the printing litho and my Mum taught ballet at Arusha school for a short time.

It would be great to catch up with anyone in the photo!!!

Cheers,
Shona Borthwick
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Mbeya / Re: Mbeya School 1955-1959
« Last post by pippajarman on 20 February, 2014, 11:11 »
I think his name was WALLINGTON....they named the 'Red' House after him! I was at Mbeya from 1957 (7rs) until 1960?? in Stanley.

I am 're-friended' !! with Tiffany & Lou Morrant (also Stanley) Tiff is now Tiffany Foster and shares her year between the Isle of Wight and Noordhoek (RSA) and Lou is Lou Docke & has a Farm in Noordhoek.

I also see Diana Curtis nee Wren regularly.

I live in Knysna, on the Southern Coast of South Africa.
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Mbeya / Re: Mbeya School 1955-1959
« Last post by pippajarman on 20 February, 2014, 11:05 »
Mbeya School for 5 years.
Things I remember:
Mr Waddington was the headmaster when I went there in form 2 in 1955 as a day scholar. My teachers were Miss Swift and Miss Steere. In 1956 my teacher was Miss Thompson (3a) and Mr. Francis became headmaster. In 1957 I was in 4a with Mr McCleery; in 1958 I was in 5a.

In my first year at Mbeya, I was a day scholar as my father was the British Government D.C. in Mbeya. Then we were transferred to Zanzibar and I had to fly to Mbeya with my brother, Michael. I think that the terms were very long then. After a week, I announced to my brother that I had had enough of this and would go home now! He broke the terrible news to me that I had another 5-6 weeks at boarding school.

There were various games in fashion each term – like jacks or pick-up-sticks or skipping. We loved playing with Dinky cars creating long roads in the dirt dongas. We played hospitals, lying on the steps behind the assembly hall. We used to learn dancing in the hall; I remember the Scottish dancing and dancing the polka. We had old fashioned roller skates and used to have a track next to the gym and fly round and round for hours.

We used to have the job of raising the union jack on the flagpole at assembly. First it had to be folded correctly, with a loop in it so it would break out when it reached the top. You had to be careful that you did not get it upside down.

For the annual fancy dress event you had to line up and present yourself with a partner, curtsey or bow to the headmaster and his wife. This was in the assembly area in front of the hall. Once my brother went as a Viking warrior and I was a Spanish dancer. I was very envious of my brother’s outfit.

Next to the hall there was an anti room which had cabinets with shallow drawers and a magnificent butterfly collection. Scientifically arranged.
Behind the hall was a music room where I learnt to play the recorder. If you were in the choir you wore a white surplice over a dark skirt.

In the River Garden there was a fast flowing stream and water was taken away from it for irrigation in concrete lined furrows. On the other side to the right was a huge baobab tree – you could climb this to a certain level, round and round. Many of us would be in it at once.
Once we went on an outing to visit an Indian girl’s school. I had never really met Indians and this left a big impression on me.
When the Mau Mau rebellion was on, we were sent home a week early and the school was used as a ‘refugee’ camp for families from Kenya. I seem to remember that we had lights mounted on dormitories at night in preparation for a possible attack? Certainly there were guards around the dormitories.

In the girls toilet block at the end of the senior classrooms, we shimmied up the walls and climbed into the roof space. We then climbed along under the roof through all the classrooms. We made a small hole in the board so we could peer down into the classrooms. We had to move along on the wooden struts so as not to fall through the light board. We travelled right along to the area behind the stage in the hall. The classrooms were in a “U” shape behind the assembly hall. Facing the hall, the junior classrooms were to the right and the senior ones to the left. The headmaster’s office was across the road on the way to the River Garden.

I was a Brownie and then became a Girl Guide. These groups were taken very seriously. There were all sorts of tasks we had to complete, gaining badges: how to follow a trail; how to build a fire; various knots to tie. Once we went on overnight camp into an area near the teachers’ accommodation. While the Catholic girls were at church on the Sunday some of us raided the orchard and ate the fruit. We were in terrible trouble when we were found out.

In my last year they built a rifle range in the River Garden and a wall to hold the targets.
We would lie down across the river and shoot at the targets on the near side of the river. You had to cross the bridge to get your target to see how you had done.
The whole senior class climbed the mountain 'Mbeya Peak', behind the school. It took the whole day and was a fiasco. Some kids were meant to carry the water and the fruit / lunch. We got to the top, had a wonderful view of the school below us, and then found that all the water and fruit had been eaten by the hungry carriers. We were parched with thirst. There was a free for all dash back down the mountain. Out of control we were desperate for water. Some kids asked Africans for water. I remember dashing back into Burton dormitories bathroom and drinking gallons.

In the bathroom there were 4 baths in a line and for bath time you lined up naked with your towel to await your turn for a bath. I remember lining up for inoculations outside the sanatorium and being terrified as the word was passed back along the line that the needle was blunt and that it had broken in one of the kid’s arms. I seemed to spend quite a bit of time in the sanatorium with bronchitis and used to play with cards, building tall constructions.

Girls would be punished with the wet tacky. I remember the whole dormitory lining up for this once.

In my final year, 1959, we were told we had to do the new exam, the 11+ and we all lined up in front of the refectory to do the exam. I was then told that I did not need to do this as I was going to school in South Africa.

You could have a boyfriend and this was organised by empowering a go-between to approach him and ask him if he was interesting in being your boy-friend. That was as far as it went!
We loved playing in the fir trees beyond the playing fields. Inside the forest there were tunnels that looked full of snakes and spiders. We believed that the Germans had made them and did not go into them. Did anyone? We had a special route climbing from fir tree to fir tree, often at quite a height, and we felt this to be very daring.

There were two dogs at Mbeya School, one called ‘Poppy’ and another daschund called ‘Whisky’; we loved them. We had chameleons and believed that if you put them on your red jumper that they would pop in the effort to change their colour to red! Then the little African boys brought us baby pigeons and sold them to us, saying that they would kill them otherwise. The pigeons always died anyway. The teachers found out and stopped the purchasing of baby birds.

I was friends with Sandra Blain, Janet Rutter, Christine Mountain and my younger cousin, Diana Wren. My brother, Michael Smithyman is two years older than me. He was in Stanley house and a very good sportsman. He went to Lushoto School for at least a year after leaving Mbeya School.

It’s amazing what you can remember when you start to think about those days! I think that we were lucky to be there, we had wonderful school grounds, good, if stern teachers and a solid education. There never was a sense that girls were any less than the boys. We were in the same classrooms, did serious sports, learnt to shoot, tie knots, make fires. I give thanks for all those experiences.

I have various old Mbeya school magazine from 1956 and 1957 and small personal photographs. At first they had only 2 terms in the year, later 3 and produced a school magazine either 2 or 3 per year.
Here below is a photo of the front cover of "The Mbeyan". The photo below is of speech day with Headmaster, Mr Francis and his wife, I am on the right, Sandra Blain on the left. I think that this is 1956. The thrid picture is of Christine Mountain and myself in our choir outfits.
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Mbeya / Re: Names I remember from Mbeya School 1951 to 1957
« Last post by Big Ben on 18 February, 2014, 01:35 »
Hi Rosemarie,
I enjoyed reading your post with all the names, many I remember.    I cannot remember you tho'.    My name is Gill (bennett) Kopy, and I was friends with Rachel Wenban-Smith and  Joan Brackfield .   I was in Livingston House.     A couple of my memories are:
The midnight feast on the train heading back to school
Being threatened with death by Miss White if I damaged her violin (the others were too small for me)
Spending Sundays with the Wrigleys so that I could have extra French lessons (he taught French and art)
Practising plays on the Crowder's lawn   Apparently the Crowders lived on Vancouver Island at some stage.
Fun Girl Guide get togethers in Mbeya
The Lagopolous sisters going around bed to bed hitting the occupant with a pillow
Dancing in the hall and starting a snowball dance with my then heart throb, Peter Bradley
The river garden
Climbing the trees down by the far hockey pitch.
Making the plain bread and butter into sandwiches with nasturtium leaves
Getting beaten by the teachers in a netball match, students vs teachers
Singing after bath time in the shoe room
Sister and the razor she used to remove those warts we used to get on our feet (can't remember what they're called)

and probably lots more !!
Gill

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St Constantine / Re: St. Constantine's School, Arusha
« Last post by dixonmg on 13 February, 2014, 20:10 »
Odd that there is a criticism of a bullying headteacher. I worked there from 1980-1982 and the same applied then.A pity because apart from the Head it was very enjoyable.
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Arusha School / Teacher at Arusha School called Miss Harris or Mrs Joy
« Last post by Pbeadle1 on 06 February, 2014, 16:36 »
Does anyone remember a teacher at Arusha School called Cosette Harris or Miss Harris who married another teacher called Neville Joy? This is my mother and she is in the early stages of dementia and the thing that brings her to life is her time in Arusha. She climbed Kilimanjaro in 1953 so was definitely there then but may have been there a few years before that.

I just want to be able to connect with her through someone that may remember her??? She had very thick black hair with very blue eyes and was quite beautiful. I think I have attached a picture but this is my first time on a forum.

I would love to hear from anyone at all.

Thanks
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Arusha / Teacher at Arusha school called Miss Harris or Mrs Joy in 1952/3
« Last post by Pbeadle1 on 06 February, 2014, 16:33 »
Does anyone remember a teacher at Arusha School called Cosette Harris or Miss Harris who married another teacher called Neville Joy? This is my mother and she is in the early stages of dementia and the thing that brings her to life is her time in Arusha. She climbed Kilimanjaro in 1953 so was definitely there then but may have been there a few years before that.

I just want to be able to connect with her through someone that may remember her??? She had very thick black hair with very blue eyes and was quite beautiful. I think I have attached a picture but this is my first time on a forum.

I would love to hear from anyone at all.

Thanks

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Film, Music, Books etc / Re: The Road to Lindi
« Last post by kondoa on 14 November, 2013, 14:34 »
I understand from my publisher that it is now widely available again. The early ones were proof copies only.

I am unable to be at the conference unfortunately, I am working out in Vietnam so tied up contractwise until February.

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Tanganyika / Re: Life in Tanganyika in Photos 1928 - 1961
« Last post by George Punter on 03 November, 2013, 18:18 »
Hi Richard, I have just come across this site and have so many memories of Tanganyika/Tanzania. Thanks for the photos on Flicker, some very interesting. I will have to find out how to get mine there to share. Have many from Arusha School, Tanga and Dar. Will keep an eye on this site for more news.  George
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Get in touch / Looking for Terry Jenkin
« Last post by Hugh on 24 October, 2013, 13:22 »
Terry was in Nachingwea from 61-65, and subsequently moved to Zimbabwe. He was best man at my wedding in 1966, and I would love to get in touch again. Does anyone know anything of him?
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