|702||04/09/2018||Susan||Ellis||I attended Vedala between 1965-1968 and I lived in No 4 Sur Fons Street Sliema. My father was at HMS Bighi. His name was Alan Ellis and I have a sister called Carol that is two years older than me and a brother called Trevor that is four years younger than me. I used to play with my best friend called Rebecca that lived in the flat opposite ours in the same block. |
|701||07/05/2018||Stephen||Byrne||(5 Jan 1972) British military schools close as plans for withdrawal from Malta continues|
|700||15/03/2018||Adrian||Fitzgerald||I was at Verdala 1953-55 and then again 1956-58. I remember we put on the play Peter Pan. I was one of the waves!!|
|699||08/02/2018||Keith||Gray||Hi All - was at Verdala 1972-74. I remember Jane Murphy, Kim Gray, Dawn Seaman, Carol Calcott, Vincent Ramsey, Graham Paxton. Also Dawn (can't recall last name). CMD Bond (Head), Mr Medleycot. The swimmimg pool. The carving in the brickwork of former soldier's regimental badges. I recall early finishes in the summer. Most memorable times of my childhood. |
|698||05/02/2018||Linda||Blakelock||I am trying to find out if my sister Elizabeth Blakelock went to this school we have a photo taken in 1951 My family lived in Valetta for 3 years |
|697||31/01/2018||Ann||Phillips||I was at Verdala from 1967-70. So many memories- my class teachers were Mr Perkins, and (twice I think) Mr Why. He was such an inspiring music teacher . I remember playing marbles and that jumping game with elastic!, the Blue,and White Ladies- imaginary ghosts? Brownies, the climbing frames, and school drama productions. I remember performing in the Wind in the Willows, and my my friend Shelley Jones and I produced Cinderella once we had done our 11 plus in 1969 or 1970. Friends' names- Alison Williams, Sarah Spreckley, Christine Banwell, Shelley Jones, and a very cool girl called Deborah who lived on a boat in T'a Biex marina!!|
|696||20/01/2018||Angela||Caldwell Nee Bamber||Some of your members may be saddened to know of the sudden death of my brother, Geoffrey Bamber, on 30 September last. He died while doing what he loved best - messing around with boats at his local sailing club in Toward, Argyll, Scotland.|
|695||18/11/2017||Anthony||Hunt||I was at Verdala in 1961-2, in Miss Perkins class. Certainly the best primary school teacher I ever had. Stimulated my imagination in subjects and provided the answers. I made two years progress in one. Many thanks.|
!972 - 74 - great times, i remember Steve Holmwood, Grame Paxton and Vincent Ramsey> Two girls come to mind in my class a fiona? and a Dawn Seaman?
I think I was in Tedder House if they were red?
I remember being in the school play wearing green tights with Vincent!!
|693||08/10/2017||Anita||Stapley (Now Broad)||Hi everyone, so pleased to have found this site! Verdala was my first school, so it must have been 1965 I guess. I wish I could remember more about it, but sadly I don't. I have in the back of my mind a memory about there being a ghost (?) maybe I made it up! We lived in 2 Eagle Flats, Upper Arcade Street (Road?) Paola. My Mum is Brenda Stapley and my late Dad was Arthur, known as Rueb. I don't know what the street is called in Maltese, or whether it's still there, but it was quite close to Paola Square I believe. Other navy families lived in the two flats below us; Jean and Ron King, daughters Lesley and Deborah were one of the families. We were in Malta from about 1963/4 to 1966ish. Does anyone remember St Anton Gradens? I only remember the name and the prickly pears!|
|692||02/10/2017||Patrick||Hearn||I was at Verdala from 1954 to 1956. My father was on HMS Forth and we lived in Sliema. I always liked the sport and was in Drake house. Hope to visit Malta next year and look up the site of my old school.|
|691||18/08/2017||Richard||Cane||Astonished to see that this School roll….so fond in my memory…... is being cherished….. and remembered, especially Miss Candy who so patiently taught me fractions…what a slog……we moved back to England and in …..YES LONG AGO…..emigrated to Vancouver in 1960 then to Victoria where we now reside.|
My father …Commander W. J. Cane continued his marine career with the new and growing British Columbia Ferry system. He passed some 14 years ago.
We lived at Egmont Close……..great memories…….my first Girlfriend…..Jane Stubbs.
|690||11/08/2017||Linda||Goldsmith||I was at Verdala in 1952 for a short time before we returned to UK. If I remember correctly my father (Frank) was on HMS Fierce and we lived in Gzira.|
|689||16/07/2017||Rob||Pritchard ||Mixed memories of Malta and my time 1956 to 1958. We lived at St Joseph's St Senglea With my brothers Anthony and Keith Remember having to sit on the floor in rows for assembly. Visited the school in 2016, but was put of going into the grounds by the only enter on school business signs.|
Also visited Kalkara Cemetery to pay my respects to Anthony
|688||07/06/2017||Gillian||Stevenson||Was at verdala from 1952 to 1956 was pleased to find this web site, brings back memories|
|687||27/04/2017||John||Dunlop||I am going back to Malta for the first time in 40 years in October and was amazed to find this website. |
Is it still possible to visit the school?
I was at Verdala from '64 to '67 and of the teachers I remember Mr Wyse and Mr Ousbie. Of my classmates, I remember Christiane Morris, Andrew Morley and Michael Conlan (hope I've got the names right). I also remember summer afternoons off spent at Tigne Beach and the Marsa club.
|686||15/04/2017||Sue||Adams||Hope you are going to use it tomorrow Gillian!|
|685||09/04/2017||Gillian||Stanley||I have a Malta weave egg cosy too Sue Adams!!!!|
|684||05/04/2017||Una||Barry||Leaving Malta tomorrow after a weeks holiday and a trip down memory lane. I was in Malta between 1966 and 1969 and attended Verdala. |
My father worked out at Dingli wireless station. We lived in Point Street, Sliema, (now George Borg St). Vivid memories of swimming off the rocks in Sliema, learning to swim of course before this, in the pool at Verdala. (The polystyrene floats). Playing marbles as previously mentioned.
Also attending Verdala were my younger sisters, Kathleen and Sheila.
Great to come across this website and read others memories.
|683||06/01/2017||Vincent||Ramsey||Again it has been a few years since I took a look here. I hope all ex-Verdalans are well. I was there from 1971 until 1974, except for a few months when we were sent off to Cyprus. My mother is Maltese, and still have family over there. It's been 42 years since I lived over there, and still have very fond memories. I have popped over a few times on hols...need to get back there really!|
|682||13/11/2016||Lynette||Presswell||It is so lovely to find this site, I was at Verdala for three years. We lived in Floriana, I have lots of pictures of Malta of my parents and I. I remember flying out to Malta with my mother in 1954 to joint my father who was an officer and had been stationed there a year or so before we flew out there. I remember lovely days at the beaches. I remember kindness at the school. I also remember being put on a school bus and being sent of to school, it felt a very long time ago. I was in a school play and I wss an elf, my dad made me a lovely green outfit and painted me some great elf ears. |
|681||06/11/2016||Clare||Hill Nee Walters ||Golly! Just found this. I was at Verdala from January 1959 till July 1962. A wonderful time for me as well. I loved it. I was in the B stream I recall Mrs Stuart was my teacher for the last year. And a very nice woman the year before who taught me how to crochet! I can't remember her name. |
Yes, marbles, rollerskating, tumbling over the ropes. A very free , creative and egalitarian environment.
And in the entry class, a fabulous exercise about writing as an object in one's pocket! Great days.
|680||26/09/2016||Lester||Pearce||I was at Verdala 59/60 & 60/61. I recall Linda Morrell and Jane Masters but no other names. was there a teacher called Miss Townsend? Best time of my life. Does anybody remember me/have photos etc?|
|679||02/08/2016||Caroline|| Sanderson||Back in Malta for the first time since 1976. Had my entire primary education at Verdala. Happy memories of a fabulous place to grow up; playing marbles in the sun, struggling to reach the school bell through the tower bars and picking shot out of the cracks in the playground.|
|678||30/06/2016||Helen||Flack||I've just come back from a holiday to Malta which promoted me to search for information about my old school. I was at Verdala from 1966-1969. It was a very happy time. I have memories of being in the brownies, the climbing frames and the school bell in the centre of the quad. |
Mr Why and learning to play the recorder started a life long love of music. I remember playing hymn tunes in assembly and driving my parents mad by practicing at home!
I remember the pool, playing marbles and writing huge long stories in English- was it with Mr Perkins?
Of course I remember the school busses, finishing early in summer and spending the rest of the day clambering over rocks and swimming in the bright blue sea.
|677||11/06/2016||Christopher||Forster||I have faint memories of going to school at Verdala in the early 1960's. I remember getting a bus there every day. I wish my memory was better because that's all I can recall.|
|676||15/05/2016||David||John||Memory a bit feint now but I have school reports from infants, autumn 50/spring 51/summer 51 till return to UK @ end of 51. We had a pink? chit & 4p per week for lunch, which were served @ Tal Handaq. I had to look @ on site photos to identify the sites.|
Horrible memories of Baracca lift, ferry to Gozo running aground & us coming back @ night on naval launch on outside deck.
|675||30/04/2016||Geoff||Ross||I attended RNS Verdala in 1970 - 1971 right before we got evacuated. My father stayed behind in Malta to disassemble RNA Rinella and all the gear had to be shipped to England. I always remember playing marbles on the breaks. |
|674||26/03/2016||Debbie||Bramley (Was Boyes)||I was there 1964-1966. Mr Woodhams was my form teacher. I was Velella in The Tale of the by the Wind Sailor.|
Christianne Morris, Lyn Hardcastle and Jane Dunlop...are you out there? I am about to fly back to visit Malta and try to find the school !
|673||29/02/2016||Desmond||New||Yes, I think for many Verdala was a wonderful adventure. We were there 1961-1964. Me, infants/1AJ/2AJ - my sister, Vanessa, 2 years ahead.|
Ditto the bus races (we started in Spinola) and urging the drivers on - Mr Why and playing recorders/accordiettas - The Swimming Pool/Roller Skating/Marbles. Swimming every day after school - didn't we finish at 1pm in summer term? The Swimming Gala by Fort St Angelo. Banyans. Roaming the island on our own from the age of 5. The excitement of the Nutcracker (I was a china man). The Hydrofoil to Gozo. Freedom and Sunshine basically.
On return to England it was drizzling and the sea was freezing!!
|672||05/02/2016||Sheila||Richards-Hyde||Looking for Valerie Fletcher and Marie Fyfe who were in Malta same time as my family ( Swinn ) 1949 -1951. |
|671||30/11/2015||Paul||Ditcher ||A happy time at Verdala from 71-73|
|670||17/10/2015||Deborah||Freed||I attended Verdala school in 1970/71. I just found the website for the school and it brought back memories. Not sure if anyone remembers me.We left at the times of trouble in Malta and moved to Cyprus.|
|669||16/10/2015||Darren||Smith||Mid 70's pupil.|
Funny how the last ever flight of the Vulcan bomber in the uK (2015) has brought me to this site.Obviously reminded me of the time the Vulcan exploded mid air near the school and my very happy days in Malta. There is even a picture of me and my brother in the '76 football team on here that we don't have. What an adventure it was. Did anyone move to RAF Luqa school as we did?
|668||09/03/2015||Robert||Lewis||Like so many, I remember the years at Verdala, with great fondness. I am struck by how many vivid memories I still have, though names of fellow student elude me.|
I have records starting in 1961 though I might have been there earlier having moved to Malta in 1954 (age 3 months!). My first records are 1960/1961 Infants 3; B.E. Conidree(?)
1961/1962: Form 1C2J Form Teacher: J.M. Welch;
1962/1963: Form2B2J Form Teachers: J. Perkins/S. Bassett
1963/1964: Form 3B2 Form Teacher: M.P. Townsend
I am told by my father I was one very upset kid when I had to leave in late 1964.
|667||03/03/2015||David||Bancroft||Hello fellow ex-pupils of Verdala.|
I was trawling the internet and came across this fabulous site. I felt like a time traveller!!
I think that everyone has very similar memories of Verdala as I do, good friends,excellent staff, sunshine days and of course...THE BUS RACES in the morning and then doing at all again on the way home,Verdala was doing this way, way before the Wacky Races ever saw the light of television!!
Morning assembly would have our music teacher Mr.Why introducing us to various pieces classical music and a brief insight into the mornings composer
.The Verdala Wolf Cubs,always a lively event and i learned lots too.
On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, we would have school "clubs",everything from music and photography to swimming/lifesaving, games and art to mention a few of the more than lots that were available for the whole school. Playing marbles near the school swimming pool,choosing "sandwiches"or"NAAFI"for lunch (and a que a mile long for days when Paul would put ice cream on the menu).Obviously the climbing rope frame,I think everyone that ever walked up the school drive will remember those frames. I Recall near enough all of the the first rate teachers we had, those that taught me, including Mr.Radford, Mr.Woodhams, Miss Martin,Mr.Why,Mr.Perkins and Mr.Powell to name but a few. The Verdala first soccer X1, unbeaten champions 68-69,the team which included; 1-Steven Nicholson,2-me,3-Andy McCord,4-Martin Smith, 5-Paddy Boyle,6-Alan Wood,7-Steven Scott,8-David Harkness,9-Bruce Dodson,10-Steven Foote, 11-John Macintyre,12-Phillip Heaton, Coach,Mr Perkins.
I lived on Sur-Fons Street,St.Julians Court,with my family, mum Frances and dad Bill, brother Colin and sister Angela, we made lots of good friends,Steven and Christopher Nicholson,John and Tom Lisle,David Slingsby, Frankie Newman, Andrew Limb,Neil Mason,Nik Emmence, Patrick AND Antony Curtain.No memories of pals would not be complete without the mention of at least 1 girl......Angela Lloyd.
So moving along,gone on long enough, its not easy condensing down what I would like to share when it comes to my thoughts of Verdala and all the fabulous people I met. Not only time at Verdala, but ALL of my stay in Malta, days of playing footi in the street or all day at the beach. What a really wonderful time in my life Jan.1967-March 1969.
|666||10/02/2015||Kathleen ||Flynn (Now Wise)||I was at Verdala 1961-63. I was in Stevenson house. My teachers were the lovely Miss Moore (who told me I never had to sing God save the Queen because I was Irish!!) and Miss Townsend. I fondly remember a boy I had a massive crush on, His name was Steven Hansen. His dad was in the USA navy. I can't remember any surnames of friends but do remember a Susan. My sisters Ailish and Una were also pupils at the school. I love this site 😊|
|665||09/02/2015||Chrissie||Northam ||Sometimes I wonder if as a 6 yr old shy child I really was sent off to first day at Verdala by bus on my own ? I remember the playground parting as all kids went to their classes and I was stood there lost ! I tell my grandsons but not sure they believe me ! |
|664||12/01/2015||Bruce||Potter||I attended RNS Verdala December 1962 - June 1965. My father was in the US Navy at HAFMED. Rex Carroll was my teacher all three years, fantastic! He would read passages from The Hobbit to us when we finished our lessons - changing his voice for each of the different characters. He was tolerant of my patriotism, allowing me to post an American flag in my inkwell on the 4th of July. I had great fun learning and playing football, now a devoted EPL fan across the pond. I recall that the most trouble that I got into at Verdala was when I dipped Emma Holland-Martin's ponytail into my inkwell - sorry Emma. My best friend was David West, we still communicate. I also remember Peter West, John Faucet, Nigel Fisher, Rona Smith,Ian and Reggie. Best times of my youth!|
|663||25/07/2014||Glenys||Evans (Now Fear)||I was at Verdala from 1964 -1966 and have many happy memories. I sang in the choir and played recorder and accordietta! We lived in Depiro St and I remember a retired gentleman who lived opposite complaining that I played the recorder on our balcony too much.I was also in a school production but can't remember the name.Belinda Ousbey, Jane Marston and Anne Caley were friends.|
|662||10/07/2014||Lorna||Jones (Now Edwards)||Hi, I am not too sure of my dates but think I must have been at this school from about 1961 to 1965. This was the first school I ever attended although I don't have many memories of the lessons, I remember being in the Nutcracker as a flower and a snowflake. I have two brothers who are 4 and 5 years older than me Laurence and John Jones. We lived in Sliema, 5 Stella Maris st, with a Maltease family so didn't really get chance to make a lot of Navy friends. My dad was in the Navy, Jack Jones sadly he has now passed away. My mum Irene is doing great at 88 this year! The other memory I have of this school is when I lost my Topo Gigio key ring, I was so upset. I remember there being a big case of them in lost property and I guess I could have had one of them but they didn't have mine (it had an orange t-shirt)! We have been back a few time and may be coming back this year. I love Malta and will always think of it as my home. Will post some photos when I dig them out!|
|661||09/07/2014||Steven||Pope||I lived in Taxbiex from 1969-1972. I remember going to Verdala for a very short time, this must have been my first ever school as i was only 5 when we left Malta. I remember the freezing cold swimming pool and the infants block. Also the sports day and im sure there was a carnival float being made in part of the school too. Hopefully going back to show my wife in 2015|
|660||01/07/2014||Barbara||Taylor||I was a Verdala school 1956 - 1959, my father was in the navy and we lived in Tigne street in Sliema, my brother Peter went to Tal Handaq we were sorry to leave the island, but I have been back over 17 times as it feels like home, I now |
Take my husband every year and last year we took our granddaughter, I'm so pleased I found this Web site, roll on Sunday when we fly out again.
|659||16/06/2014||Nigel||Fyfe||My Wife and I have spent a wonderful week during May in Malta driving 250k in a hire car around Gozo and Malta. But due to the house building and road works over the years or more accurately a 51 year old's memory of a 10 year, we didn't find every thing I wanted to. But Valletta, Mosta and the other main centers were exactly as expected. Weather great and wish everyone who visits the enjoyment and pleasure we had during our stay |
|658||15/06/2014||Geoff||Holt||Wonderful to find this site. Happy days indeed. I now live in Gibraltar and the similarities between the "Rock" and the island are amazing. Always wanted to return to Malta and now in the process of organising the trip. Sadly my dates will not coincide with the reunion.|
A big thank you to all those who have set this site up. Lovely!
|657||29/04/2014||Anna||Farish (Was O'brien)||Came across this whilst looking for info on Luqa Junior School. It seems Verdala and Tal Handaq (I attended TH -69/71 & 72/73) are well covered but not so much for Luqa :(. Like most who were fortunate to be posted abroad and offered an education 'par excellence' via the RNS I have fond memories of sunny afternoons lounging around Kalafrana after a hard morning at school in the summer terms. I still recall the 'whiteness' of all the buildings, if not from limestone then paint!. Utterly brilliantly the best of days. |
|656||26/04/2014||Susanna||Cook||Have just discovered this wonderful site. I was at Verdala between 1968 - 1970 before going to boarding school at 11.|
Mr Why was my form teacher for 2 years. Special memories are the buses and the stalls selling sweets(disgusting ones) at the bottom of the step hill where the buses waited.
|655||08/04/2014||Debbie||Smith||Hi just found this site.I was at Verdala from 68-71 and had Mrs Farrugia as one of my teachers. Don't remember many names. April Sharkey, Colin Monday who lived in the army flats opposite us and Angela Reid who I kept in touch with for a while. Happy days|
|654||06/04/2014||Nigel||Fyfe||I have booked a holiday in Malta this May to return for the first time since I left on 23 April 1963 and have used this site as a source of information to go back and have a look. 51 years since the last time and thank you for the wealth of information contained|
|653||07/03/2014||Lawrence||Magrin||Brought many nice memories of English childhood friends whose dads served in the Royal Navy and where stationed at H.M.S St. Angelo. I am still in touch with Carole Lauren Kelly (maiden surname was Clapton) from Weymouth. Her brother Paul Clapton was one of my best friends. I also remember the Webster family as well. |
|652||18/02/2014||Luke||Sumnall||My grandfather, Commander Sumnall, worked at the school in the early 1960's. Unfortunately he died in 1986 and thus I have never met him. I am doing some research about him and I was wondering if any old pupils have any memories about him they could share with me?|
|651||12/02/2014||Elizabeth||Edwards||Verdala Infants 1971-1974,my brother David was at Verdala and Tal-Handaq. Remember the warm milk, sitting on the mat doing times tables every morning. Just discovered this site, had forgotten about the wonderful swimming pool.Am going back to Malta on Friday with my kids, want to show them Verdala but need to know how to find it. Has anybody got an address. My father worked in the Education branch (on the Verdala site) and we were thefirst family back on the island after the 1972 withdrawal, as he had to set up the schools again before the families could come back. We were taught at home by my mum, so glad when the schools re-opened!|
Lived in Hal-Far, many happy days spent at Kalafrana, now concreted over. Does anybody remember the Sat. morning bus to the cinema at Luqa for the Saturday morning matinee?
I, too, was one of the 'mounted troopers'. My parents still have the photo at home.
I remember making the helmets, perhaps you do too. The reason was they all had to be made to measure, and my father, who taught at Verdala, took us in to the handicrafts classroom to make them.
Many, many years later, with my father looking on, I repeated the exercise with my two oldest sons. They loved them.
|649||22/12/2013||John||Thompson||Hi to all responsible for this trip down memory lane. I tried a few years ago to get connected with you all but I fell by the wayside for some reason; now back spending hours trawling through comments and remembering my time at Verdala -1954-56 and an earlier period probably around 1950-52.|
I remember my last class room was in the ditch and racing to be first to collect the empty cigarettes tins left by the sailors, climbing on the ropes and being in a concert one year: dressed as a horse guard with a flowing red cape riding a wooden horses head. Anyone else remember that time? Schoolteachers I remember; one was the headmaster’s wife, another was engaged to a local fellow and another man lived on his yacht and told great stories that he made up.
When Dad was discharged from the navy we migrated to Australia and settled in Melbourne, I have lived in Brisbane for the last thirty-five years. Would like to hear from any other old Verdalians who live in Australia.
|648||07/12/2013||Judith||Dent||I was a pupil at Verdala from 1969 to the sudden departure of us all in 1972. I was in Nelson house.|
I can say that leaving the island within 2 weeks of the announcement was a major event in my life. I didn't get to say goodbye to my friends at school and lost touch with them.
|647||26/11/2013||Sheila||Fallon||My father worked at Dingli Wireless Station but had been stationed in Malta during WWII whilst in the Fleet Air Arm, my mother was a supply teacher I believe and worked at Verdala occasionally. I particularly loved the school's approach - character building, motivational, great fun and remember the rope-climbing set-up particularly, playing marbles in the sand, the palm tree,the bastion walls, the projects that were always on the go. We put on a play called The Little Space-Man, written by Mr Ousby - the whole school was involved in either acting in it or supplying the music or scenery or selling tickets - it was that kind of school. We lived in a flat in Sliema at first, an old place full of cockroaches then moved to a new-build in Paceville, St Julians Bay, I was in the brownies at school, did some ballet, went riding at Marsa on polo ponies, did a little sailing, lots of roller-skating and had the best time - as many other people on the site have stated. It probably was the best time of our lives and I miss Malta, must go back!|
|646||25/11/2013||Sheila||Fallon||It's great to have found this site. I was at Verdala School from 1959-62 - and of course loved it! Don't recognise anyone from the photos (maybe Mr Ousby) but it brings back a lot of other memories, those buses etc. Great times!|
|645||05/11/2013||The||Webmaster||It has been drawn to our attention that problems have been encountered with some of the functionality of this Guest Book by users who use Internet Explorer(IE). The issue has now been resolved. Thank you Liz for spotting the problem.|
|644||13/10/2013||Graham||Coverdale||My brother and I went to verdala from 1957-1959.Unable to recall classes or teachers names but remember making good use of the climbing frame and marble pitch.(I Still have them safe in an old OXO tin).On arrival in Malta stayed in Luqa Briffa street then we moved to St Julians Court Balluta Bay.Father worked at Lascaris signal station.Happy days!! |
|643||06/10/2013||Shirley||Burrows Nee Millam ||Hi I went to Verdalla school 1973-1974, as my mum was maltease and my dad British I lived with my nana in Kalkara, I don't really remember much about the school but do remember playing with some English boys that lived in The Rinella married quarters, I also remember running into one of these boys a few years later in Gibralter! I have lovely memories of Malta which improve every year I visit to see my Nana x x |
|642||07/09/2013||Susan ||Wilcox||I went to Verdala in the 50's . Had completely forgotten about it until looking thru old photos I found some of the school & looked it up online . It is great to see the old pics. My friend Elise made a comment on a photo , I'd love to get in touch with her again. I live on the west coast of Canada , on Vancouver Island , it is a gorgeous place to be . I remember the climbing frames and all the tricks we could do on the playground equipment , great fun !!|
|641||09/08/2013||Steve||Kelly||Was at Verdala with my sister Jacqui from 72 -76. Great great memories from both the school and where we lived in Birze-buga. Remember well the school bus races between the 'Birze-banger' and 'Tony the tiger'. I was in Vincent and think Mr Collins was my teacher.He used to read' the Hobbit to use every friday. Jacqui has since been back for a visit with both her husband and son. Loved the place:)|
|640||09/08/2013||Steve||Kelly||I was at Verdala from 1972-76 with my sister Jacqui. She spent her last year or so at Tal-Handaq. I have great great memories of both the school and our house at Birze-buga. I was in Vincent an Mr collins was my teacher and would read the Hobbit to us every friday. We've still got some photo's and jacqui has managed to get back for avisit with her husband, she met up with our old land lady Rita. Just loved the place:)|
|639||07/08/2013||Stephen||Gribbin||I was at that school for two and a half years round about 1967 1968|
|638||25/07/2013||Gould||Wild||Just found this page its brought back so many memories... My father was on minesweepers HMS Wakeful springs to mind. I went to Veradala just after the Queens coronation and was there when she visited as queen with Charlies and Anne...I can remember waving a union jack from the balcony in the school once when The Duke of Edingborough landed in a helicopter in the school grounds.|
I lived opposite the Football Stadium in Gzira and remember the creek and The Forth ship which was moored there.
Loved the school climbing frames and bars which we soon learned to spin on no health and safety rules then!!
|637||19/07/2013||Michael||Kingston||Was at Verdala pre War from 1936 to 1940 or thereabouts when we were transferred to St Georges Barracks Then to a Villa in Tax Biex my class helped pack a lot of kit for the transfer to Tal Handaq I then joined H M Dockyard as an electrical apprentice. |
|636||14/07/2013||Michelle||Manickam||I loved Verdala and Tal Handaq so much that I've bought a house in Malta. Was at Verdala 74-76. Brilliant to be taught by Mr Medlicott, Miss Wilde and Mr Collins. Loved the swimming pool, sport, climbing frames and have vivid memories of the Vulcan crash. Now live near Yeovil so very interested to read that a reunion is planned for later this year.|
|635||30/06/2013||David||Hebden||Great website this !. Our family were there between 1953 - 1956. I was aged around 9 then. My elder brother Herby and sister Jean were also there. We lived ( and schooled ) at Luqa then later Tal Handaq. Then lived at quarters in Notre Dame in Floriana.We are off back there in September 2013 with younger brother Charles for a holiday in Sliema.|
|634||30/06/2013||Paul||Davies||I went to Verdala school in 1973 to 1974. Was part of the St. Vincent color house. My memories 40 years later are still vivid for sandstone buildings, soccer field with no grass and exploring the bastions.|
My school days were great.
|633||28/06/2013||Susan||Davies||Myself and my to brothers went to cereals school in the early 70s what a fab time and school. Paul and Alan,susan Davies. have fond memories of Mr bond also his birthday was the same as mine.I used to get called on stage with him. and everyone sang happy birthday to us. |
|632||22/06/2013||Sandra||Trundle||I lived in a flat in Marshall Court, Gzira, near Sliema and went to Verdala between 1951 and 1954. I have little memory of the school, except being taught to write beautifully, the climbing frames and ghastly butter beans with almost every meal. My father was a chargeman of electricians in HM Dockyard on the floating dock which, at that time, was the largest floating dock in the world. I remember a huge party in the grounds when the Queen was crowned. I remember everyone seemed to own a budgerigar. |
|631||11/06/2013||Margaret||Holland||Was at verdala 1957/8 then tal'handaq till 59 -we |
lved in Cospicua -my father was dockyard chaplain .
I don't remember too much except I was in the Ditch in Mrs Barkaway's class ,in the house with the red sash ;we played jacks , marbles and two-ball a lot of the time .It was very hot and I was very happy .
|630||15/05/2013||Janis||Ducat||Arrived in Malta for our second trip (first was 1953- 56) in May 61 so only spent a couple of months at Verdala. Then on to Tal Handak. Dad worked at Dingli Wireless Station. We lived in St Julians for 2 yrs then moved to Egmont Close. I went horse riding at Marsa Army Stables - fabulous polo ponies and great fun riding round the racecourse and over the golf course. Remember well the Dockyard Club on friday nights to bingo with parents and meeting all the other kids there - the air was so thick with cig smoke you could hardly see across the room!!I recall Bus 53, 54 and 55 to school and the hair- raising journeys we had! Then there was the swimming at Tigne off the rocks, and the beaches - Paradise and Golden Bay etc. Ive always cherished these memories and appreciated that I had an almost idyllic childhood. Those were the best days of my life!|
|629||14/05/2013||Tony||Muma||I attended Verdala School in the 1960?s for a short time, I recall being in choir, learning to sing there, making movies, the rope climb, playing cricket, football, a poem I still remember its title ? All for the loss of a horse shoe nail? which was about overlooking the little details. As a half American and half Maltese my sisters and I weren't accepted much by either the British or the Maltese at the time, so I saw the vice principal?s ?T-Square? a few times for simple things like getting to school late. |
|628||10/05/2013||Phill||Rose||Perhaps we should have done a number of clones of Miss Rowe and fed them into todays education system, she would sort out the precious little dears.|
|627||13/04/2013||Margaret||Shute||I was at Verdala from 1959 - 1961 taught by the wonderful Miss Rowe who got me through the 11+.|
I was in Drake house. In my class was Elizabeth Bingley the daughter of the Commander in Chief of the Med.. fleet. I remember Almena Glover, Christopher Looker, Shiela Saxby. I remember Commander Brooks and the school hymn Jerusalem. I remember my school bus being stoned going through Cospicua. We lived in Ghajn Dieli Rd and then Cospicua Rd in Paola. My dad served on HMS Girdleness until he was badly injured while at sea.
|626||06/04/2013||Jane||Crealock||Was at Verdala c.66-69, remember little sister starting. Played French Skipping and banged head on fire extinguisher, had to go hospital for stitchs, mum found out when returned covered in blood! loved the ghost stories re passages and well, went to Brownies, in St Vincent, two bus s from st Julians used to race to school, the oldest bus was best. Good Times. |
|625||04/04/2013||Margaret||Millington||Started in 1954 and left in 1957. Remember the gymslip and wore red sash and tie, thought house name was tudor, but am obviously wrong.||NA|
|624||03/04/2013||Margaret||Millington||I was at Verdala from 1954-1956, but only have vague recollections of being there. Don't recognise any of the names from those years. Do remember the Christmas parties on board ship and the means to get onto the ship.||NA|
|623||26/03/2013||Lyn||Mace||Great site. My father was on the Ausonia. I started in the infants and was then frightened to death in1aj by mrs ferrugia. I think it was 63 to 65 but I could be a bit late there! I remember the climbing frames and playing jacks under the arches. Incidentally My name was Mace but your site is insisting on macE for some reason. !! My best friend Helen Pratt went toTigne. We lived in a hiring in nazju elu street in gzira I'm guessing on the spelling there! David was a year above and is in the gallery|
|622||23/03/2013||Jacqueline||Dove||I was at Verdala in the mid-70's. I remember those rope rigging climbing frames and how many of us fell off them! And wasn't the swimming pool a great thing? My sister and her friend always sang on the school bus. Anyone remember the Vulcan crash in the town next door? |
|621||14/02/2013||Geoffrey||Bamber||Memories of Verdala 1951-54. Mention of the ground behind the second classroom block by the sports field (in the Chit Chat) reminds me that the caretaker's flat was on the ground floor of this building and the ground was their garden which was enclosed by a 6 foot corrugated iron fence.|
The caretaker decided to open a Tuck Shop and the garden to the pupils. The garden I remember as a riot of colour and an additional attraction were cages of rabbits and guineapigs which they bred. Needless to say the whole school went in there at lunch time.
To cope with the crowds they introduced a rule that you had to have at least 1d (penny) and show it to gain entry. Since my pals and I almost never had any money this was a problem. One day one of the gang came to school with 1d and entered the garden. The 1d was thrown over the fence for the next gang member to enter. This of course had to be done surreptitiously when the caretaker and his wife were not looking.
We enjoyed two lunch breaks in the garden and then on the third day my pal spent the 1d on some sweets in the Tuck Shop so it was back to the joys of the climbing frame, marbles and running Dinky toys down tracks made in a sandy bank near the climbing frame.
Ah well, it was nice while it lasted.
My sister Susan and I were at Verdala about 1969 to 1971 I was 8 - 10 years old and my sister did her 11 plus so she would have been about 12-14. The things I Remember were my teacher Mrs Howe and making Union Jack to wave for the Queens visit to the island. We all stood in the centre of the playground waving our flags at what the teachers thought was the Queens plane.. Id love to hear from anyone. I lived in Kalkara and Sliema.
|619||03/02/2013||David||Read||I was at Verdala 1970/71. Teachers were Mrs Butler in the first year juniors and Mrs Tolliday in the second year. I fondly remember mass football games behind the classroom block adjacent to the sports field.|
|618||18/01/2013||Nicholas 'nicky'||Evans||Hello one and all. Since my last posting on this site in 2004 I sadly have revisited the school since I left in 1968. Reading thru some of msgs, perhaps one should make the effort as it would appear not much of the school will remain for too much longer. Some memories that spring to mind are the school panto 'The Owl and the Pussycat' Sometime around '66 or '67; playing with marbles which were all the rage in the playground and sack races on sports days. Does anyone remember Mrs Ransome who sadly died during termtime? Funny how alot of happy memories are stirred just by looking at this website. suddenly I'm transported back to those epic bus journeys to and from Ta'biex where we lived on the seafront.....|
|617||25/12/2012||Lynne||Jenkins||I was at school in Verdala in 1957 - at the age of 7yrs. I had come from Portsmouth High School in Hampshire, England - which was a Girls Public Day School Trust (GPDST) school and very good academically. However, when I returned there after only a year in Verdala, I was basically a whole term ahead of the others - and bored stiff for that length of time!|
|616||15/12/2012||David||Woolfenden||Hi Ex Verdalans, I recently saw an article about the Rialto cinema in Cospicua, and plans underway to preserve the cinema for future generations. My brothers and sisters loved going there every saturday in the late 50's (it only opened, evidently in the mid 50's). I thought if there were any ex-Rialto fans out there you might like to look at this link:-|
|615||27/10/2012||Peter||Miles||I was at Verdala from 1960 to 1962. I must have been 7-9 years old. They were happy years. I remember the place as big and well regimented, and recall 'marching' inline from class to class. Cannot say I remember the names of my teachers but I do recall them being dedicated and personable. The one memory that does 'stick' is playing very elaborate games of marbles in what I remember as improvised sandy 'ditches' or 'hollows' behind the the swing sets at one end of the site. Anyone else recall this? Lived in Msida overlooking the creek and opposite the main catholic church and have strong memories of trips to Paradise and Golden Bay beaches and also being a cub scout....we were neighbours of the Mill's family who had a son John and daughter Jane who also went to Verdala...and the families keep in touch to this day....now live in Virginia, USA. |
|614||30/09/2012||Karen||Mitchell||Spent my first years of infant school at Verdala, 1965-1967 Can't remember much about it. I know I was in Hawkins group. Was in L Charleworths class to begin with and finished in Miss Mitchells class. Had a friend named Geraldine Maguire and lived in St Julians Court. |
|613||18/08/2012||Terry||Gordon||I attended Verdala from 1961-62 when I was 10-11. My father was PTI at Kalafrana and we lived at Birzebugia. Came to school on Bus 7, it always won. Still have school reports. Remember going on school outings to car factory at Paula and to power station somewhere. After all this time, still remember Jenny Day.|
|612||31/07/2012||Danielle||Deaton(Nee Millar)||1972-1975 (aged 6 - 9). Rope rigging climbing frames. Ambulances coming everyday to get kids who'd fallen from said rigging climbing frames. Brilliant sports days. Strange smells from the kitchens. Sun warmed mid-morning milk (yuk!)Singing on the bus going to school. The swimming pool on hot days. As an ex RAF kid, I can honestly say it was the best school I ever went to.|
|611||12/05/2012||Sarah||Nee Goodhew||I was very excited to find this site - my mother was Head of the school back in the 1960s (Pat Collins) and it was moving to see her picture on here. She died a couple of years ago I have lots of papers and old photos still to sort through, though in most cases I have no idea who people are. Perhaps when I sort through I could post some on here and get some help!|
|610||29/04/2012||Susan||Reynard||I attended Verdala school from 1957 aged just 10 until moving to Tal Handaq following the 11 plus exam . I was in Miss Rowe`s class in the ditch before moving up to the main school and into Mr.Ross`s class. I think I was in Mr. Wiltshire`s class too.I remember Geraldine Pocock, Ann Marie Wilson, Margaret..Sinclair,(Was his first name Ian) Sandra Lewis,I was in the recorder group and remember progressing from the descant to treble recorder.I would love to attend a reunion.Where can I find the information. I have to say that my school years at Verdala stood me in good stead for the rest of my life. I have such happy memories of those years ..I lived in Churchill Flats, Prince of Wales Road, Sliema. My father was on HMS Forth. |
|609||06/04/2012||Sue||Adams||If anyone has any memorabilia of Verdala/Tal Handaq and would like it to be preserved, please go to bfes-sce-association.org and read about the archives.Some Naval input would be appreciated!|
Many thanks, Sue
|608||22/02/2012||Jen||Mann||Royal Naval School Malta. Infants I happaned to be there in 1952/53. Just found up my report for school Headmaster Mr Bellamy, Teacher a Mrs Jessup.Have photograph of being there, also have been back to visit.|
|607||19/02/2012||Jo||Ley||I was at Verdala from 72-75. I was in Mr Collins class, he was brilliant! I was in the netball team and in a school play and played one of the 3 witches. I had blonde hair' quite small and brother Robert was in year above me. I was excited to see photos which brought back huge memories. |
|606||18/02/2012||Lynn||Horsfall||I was at Verdala in 1960 -62. I think I was in 4C, Miss Candey's class. I know I went on to Tal Handak before returning to UK. We stayed in Egmont Close. Sliema. I recall names Bobby Thurlow, Gale X, Cynthia X Beryl X, Jenny Fields, Chris Phillips, Valerie and Jackie Duncan, all with whom I remember playing; running around the Egmont compound. Does anyone recall the "Dock yard" club, that was just around the corner from Egmont. It used to have Christmas paties, and in the summer months, would hold bingo sessions, on Friday nights, in the tennis courts at the rear. It was great family fun. |
|605||06/02/2012||Gerald (Gerry)||Duffett||Amazed to find this forum, I was at Verdala from mid 1959 to late 1961, since I joined in the middle of the term I started in 2D2 in the huts by the drive, learned some useful things such as knitting! Moved to 2D1 then to 3C, memorable for Mrs. Hodgeson reading such books as Swa|
|604||06/02/2012||Gerald (Gerry)||Duffett||Amazed to find this forum, I was at Verdala from mid 1959 to late 1961, since I joined in the middle of the term I started in 2D2 in the huts by the drive, learned some useful things such as knitting! Moved to 2D1 then to 3C, memorable for Mrs. Hodgeson reading such books as Swallows and Amazons to us which gave me a love of books which I keep to this day. Then went to 4B with Mrs. Rowe, did not do so well until they found out I needed glasses! Have fond memories of Verdala, the climbing frame, playing marbles in the dirt next to it, playing for the school football team as goalkeeper in 1960, nobody else wanted the job, the rush to bus to get home, first to Cospicua, (Old Poor Street), then Kalafrana, (married quarters).|
|603||31/12/2011||Geoffrey||Bamber||Memories of Verdala 1951-54 The Big Puddle|
The playground at Verdala used to be stone chips and dust. One day in 53/54 we were surprised to find a large (for the 1950s) concrete mixer sitting in the middle of the area where the junior boys played football. By the end of the day it had been joined by a heap of heavy timber, a heap of stones and a heap of sand. The next day a squad of Maltese workmen turned up and after much discussion started to build shuttering round an area of the playground.
This fascinated us as the base seemed to be randomly placed and was nowhere near any of the buildings. What was it for and why was it in the middle of the football pitch?
The mixer was persuaded into life and the area filled with concrete which was tamped down using a very long and heavy piece of timber with 2 workmen on each end. Once the block had cured for a week or so the shuttering was removed. We were still none the wiser and it was a damned nuisance to the footballers.
The mixer was moved to the other side of the playground and the process repeated with an apparently randomly placed block near the infants' (prison) block. As I recall only the 2 blocks were laid that year due to material shortages and I assume the whole playground was covered eventually.
Many of you will know that under the playground is an immense water tank designed to flood the magazines of the Cotonera Lines in an emergency. This is where the water for the concrete came from and since the well lid was open one playtime I can confirm its presence and that it looked, to a small boy,very deep.
As it does from time to time in Malta, it rained heavily and because the tamping beam had sagged under its own weight, we had a large puddle, more than an inch deep in the centre and covering most of the concrete block. Here were a couple of hundred sons of the sons of the sea and what happened next was almost inevitable. The Gregale was blowing quite strongly and someone threw a piece of stick into the puddle which the wind blew over to the other side. Stick racing was the start.
It did not last long as the next day someone produced a piece of wood with a bow carved on one end. Soon everyone had one. Masts were first made from matchsticks and fitted with paper sails but soon moved on to using cocktail sticks. Single masts gave way to 2 then 3 and even 4. A wooden boat building industry had been established and every junior boy carried a penknife and sandpaper. (If one knife is found in a Scottish school today the owner is isolated and the Police called!) Galleons became the fashion and everyone tried to make theirs the best and fastest. Pencil sharpeners were dismantled and the blades used as rudders, drawing pins, used as bottom ballast were disappearing from pictures everywhere and exercise books (jotters if you are Scottish) lost their centre pages to make sails. Half round moulding and large dowel were at a premium and several mothers found their broom and mop handles were now 6 inches shorter.
Meanwhile, the puddle was slowly drying up.
The centre of the puddle was barely half an inch deep when one morning a boy, Alan Beveridge I think, put his hand in his pocket and pulled out an Oxo tin. (Oxo Cubes came 6 to a small rectangular tin with rounded corners and an overlapping lid.) He proceeded to jamb the lid vertically in the tin about a third of the way along.
We were not impressed until he put it down at the edge of the puddle whence it flew across with amazing speed, covered several feet of dry concrete and stopped about 6 feet from the concrete block.
That was the end of the wooden boat building industry. Penknives were returned to drawers at home ? everyone now just carried an Oxo tin.
Despite all the woodcarving that was going on I don't recall any major accidents. Sure most of us got the odd nick in a finger but a quick lick was all that was required.
If you read this article following an entry in the Chit Chat facility then you are probably right ? I did find an Oxo tin in my workshop.