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1503/11/2001PamCossins / SkeetWell done to whoever has composed this site. I was at Verdala from '53 - '56 and lived at St Julian's. It's been a real trip down memory lane reading Friends United and these entries. My best friend at school was Barbara Thurlow who lived in the flats at Egmont Close. Does anyone remember Miss Candy? We had to take a towel to school and wash our hands in the classroom sink before we sat at our desks. On reflection probably a good idea as we spent all play time on the rope frame or building "rooms", complete with doorways in the dust with lots of little pebbles. I remember the Star of Malta capsizing at Dragonara Point very clearly and swimming out into St Julian's Bay for the crates of peaches which floated in next day! Remember standing on sea urchins?, the wonderful cheese pastries and The Lido? Roller skating at Spinola? - etc., etc. and all such fun. P.S. I was in Stevenson house and wore a green sash - we sat cross-legged on the floor during assembly (which seemed interminable!), plaiting the fringes at the end
1403/11/2001PhillipRoseSo much to remember about my time on the island and 57-60 at Verdala. Does anyone remember a Miss Rowe?? whose weapon of choice was some sort of rounders batlike a large wooden spoon, think I got paddled with it a couple of times. How many people remember when they ran out of space in the main school area and opened classes in the barracks opposite the main entrance. Think for a time we shared the place with a number of Royal Marines, all very exciting. A gentleman by the name of Peter Prictoe has wriiten some very interesting articles on Malta, including one on Veradala, well worth a look at. On one of the rare occassions we were able to go through to the far end of the site where there was a large open area, I remember looking down into the fortifications and seeing much activity with people appearing to move large ammounts of Naval Stores arround, and to this day I wonder what actually was stored under our school!!!!!
1301/11/2001ValerieBurns / TremainI was at Verdala from 1951-54 and lived on St. Julians Hill. I also found this site through friendsreunited. I was in Drake house and last class 1AJ. I remember the buses to school, taking our chairs out for lessons under the trees, the rope climbing frame, playing the triangle in music lessons. It's amazing how all the memories come flooding back after all these years!
1227/10/2001NinaWigg / SwiftI was at Verdala in 1954-6'ish and have been going down memory lane with Alastair (of Tigne!!) on friendsreunited though he was at Verdala years after me - it seems things didn't change much but I have fabulous memories of Malta, Verdala etc and lived in St Julian's Bay, Sliema. When we first arrived in Malta we were put up by the Navy at the Plevna Hotel in Sliema (does anyone else remember that Hotel ? spelling ? I think a lot of Navy families started live there!). Tigne beach, octopus, huge waves, swimming out to rafts, snorkelling and school at Verdala with lessons on the roof, half days in the height of summer, sports days, light coloured uniforms and bright sashes! I was in the school's performance of Sleeping Beauty (a fairy or cobweb or something!!!) aged about 7 or 8!!) and remember it well, staying after school to rehearse!! I wonder if anyone else of my era will find the site! Over the years following Verdala, I bumped into various people in other Naval places i.e. Singapore, Gib etc...and nearer to home, Bath (Admiralty) - always a small world. Good days.
1126/10/2001 CarlWoodComment:- Re-submitted from the Forum by the Verdala webmaster. Original message dated 23/10/2001 Great idea and I hope to see some photos of the school grounds. I attended Verdala between 1963 and 1966. My teachers were Mrs Jackson and Miss McNally in the infants and Miss Leslie in the first year Juniors. My Dad was stationed at Dingley (GCHQ) and did a tour between 1956 and 1959 aswell. I can't remember any of my classmates apart from Stepen Why (son of music teacher) I wonder if anyone knows if any records exist of the classes. other people I remember are Raymond Googe and Helen Mail, but they weren't in my class I dont think. If anyone knows me please get in touch. CARL
1025/10/2001TonyWrightI was at Verdala '61-'63 - along with my sister Celia .Iwas in Drake House -she was in Nelson. We lived in Msida,Dream Flats!
923/10/2001RosalieHide/StephensI went to Verdala from 1957 - 1964 with a break of a year in 1961. I lived in Egmont Close in sliema for most of that time. Does anyone else remember the area. I know the name Chris Jenkins - Did you live down the hill on the way to the rocks at St Juliens?
818/10/2001ChrisJenkinsExcellent idea. Like Rosalie Hide, I, too, was at verdala from 1958 - 1964 and, thus, have lots of memories and remember many names - Rosalie, Rona Smith and Alan Evens stick in my mind too! My father, Roy Jenkins taught at Verdala and many of you who were there in 58-64 will probably remember him and the pantomimes he used to direct. Both my parents are well and living in Evesham. I saw a mention of Jack Ousbey. When I last heard he was well. Any of you who have been through the 'Rosie & Jim' stage with your young (as I have) may have noticed that he was the Educational Adviser to the publishers of the comics etc. Indeed, my ma-in-law's next door neighbour (publisher of such works) knows him well.
716/10/2001 RosalieStephensI went to Verdala School from 1958 to 1964. I went back to Malta last year on holiday and drove to the school. It looked so small - the front gates which I remember as being gigantic were in fact not at all and the driveway which I though was really wide was quite narrow. I would love to hear from anyone there at that time. Names I recall are Rona Smith, Jacqueline Duncan, Valerie Evens, Alan Evens, Chris Whittle.
616/10/2001ChristianeMorrisGreat idea. I was at Verdala from September 1963 to July 1967 and my teachers were Mrs Lewis, Mr Ousby and Mr Woodhams for the last two years. I was in Hawkins and was the house captain and vice-captain for the last year at school. Sad eh, that I can remember all these details.
515/10/2001MadelineCourt / HavisFound your website through friendsreunited. It has taken me back a long way
414/10/2001JohnHadleyI was at verdala from 1964 to 1966 and I do appear in one of the photographs in the display area. After some 35 years it is interesting to cast one's mind back and to remember events, places and people that have remained locked away in the mind all these year. The obvious thought is where are the people now that I knew and called friends. Being in a naval family I got used to moving on every two-to-three years: this I regarded at the time time as normal though as an adult I now realise what a wonderful experience this was. Perhaps this website will assist in bringing together those I got to know along the way (and, for a short time at least, called friends) and who may also be reflecting along similar lines. Well done for putting this together.
314/10/2001CarlEvesI was only at the school from 1974 to 1976 when I moved to Luqa as we were given a Quarter on the base.I loved every minute of it. I have been waiting for a site like this for ages. I keep trying to explain to my kids about the school but cant seem to get the right words out. It would be great to see some old photos of the school.I have some old class photos which I will try to send to you if I can work out how to do it as im not to good with computers regards Carl
213/10/2001TrudyBeggIt is so good to see all of this coming together...we all spent a small amount of our lives in Malta,leaving friends behind as the tour of duty ended..often I have wondered what happened to everybody. This may serve to bring a lot of us together again.
108/10/2001 AlastairNewmanI have a year book (brochure style)for the year 1965/66. Some good pictures of the school teams and some inspiring written verse! It will be fascinating to find out where people are now. Already located 2 people through Friends Reunited within a week. I participated in just about every sporting event. I was Vice/Captain of Nelson in 1965-66.

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