Bishop’s College Original Intake – 1964

Bishop’s College Original Intake – 1964.

The names of the first intake of students to Bishop’s College in 1964 have always been a bit of a mystery….until now. Patrick David has kindly consulted with family and friends and between them they have compiled a list of names of the first student intake of 1964. Patrick has also furnished a few other snippets of information about the arrangement of classes and the first teaching staff.

I just want to pass on my thanks and appreciation to Patrick for sending this valuable information. Patrick says in an email:

“I am consulting with some former colleagues to complete the list including my brothers. Currently I have about 96 names. I’m not certain of total intake but initially there were only three classes; 3A, 3B, and 3C,administered by the three teachers, MR Noël , MR Roberts and Miss Lorna Cayenne. A month or so later when Father Wappler joined, we were then divided into 4 classes. I think it grew to167 students through subsequent intakes. However, turnover was high due to mass emigration as in the case of my brothers and myself. The next intake was December 1964 or January 1965.
MR Bernard Bullen took over in January or February 1965 as Principal.”

Later he wrote:

“………..those days were so filled with excitement and being part of something new that you just coped with the rigour of academia. it’s is such a trip to remember those days – so many pleasant memories. Indeed I realised many of the people were featured on the 1968 information; many had left. One thing I should emphasise is the logistical effort required to get children from all around the Island to start school at 08:30 instead of the customary 09:00
This required transportation via three buses and may have set the trend for school children on the Island. One operated from Windward, another from north of the island i.e. Top Hill, Mt. Pleasant, Dover, the final one Belle Vue, Belmont , Harvey Vale, L’esterre etc. The bus drivers were: Lennox McQuilkin, Winston Stewart (“W”), Nick Andrew and Gifford Andrew (“Big Andrew”). These men were determined to see everyone succeed.

Nick Cox has provided the following additional information:

‘I remember all four buses going by my house with the Bishop’s College students. I remember the unique engine sounds; Austin (Lennox, Nick and Big Andrew) vs Morris (“W”). I remember so many names of students, you (i.e. Selwyn Mills) included, even without meeting them. Many students I met in person later in life.
We must remember the bus drivers for picking up the lunch carriers on the 11:00AM run and getting them safely to the hungry students.’

Nick has also written:

‘I started Bishop’s College in 1971 following my siblings, Gloria Cox (on the original list), Jerva Cox and Jean Cox.  This is the type of history that the people of Carriacou should be aware of.  It is the story of what makes us who we are today.  I hope that the leadership in both high schools in Carriacou, make the reading of the information on this site a requirement as part of an orientation to high school.
I have fond memories of being awakened at 5:00 AM to participate in the feeding and counting of the chickens.  In the summer months I listened to my parents discussing how many chickens they needed to sell to accumulate enough money to pay Gloria’s school fees ($EC24.00 per term).  Mr. Anthony Clouden from Bogles was the one who would come by the yard to purchase chickens by weight, using the spring balance.  I am sure many Carriacouans have their stories to tell.
Thanks to Selwyn Mills for pointing out the importance of the Bus Drivers.’

Agnes McKenzie (nee Brown) remembers:

‘I can still recall the day I started at Bishop’s College. I have fond memories of boarding the bus at Mt. Pleasant, traveling through the villages of Limlair, Dover, Meldrum, Belvedere and Bogles picking up students on the way to school. That’s a part of our history that can never be forgotten.’

Approximately one quarter of students walked from surrounding villages; Lauriston, Six roads, Brunswick, Prospect Hall , Hillsborough and Bogles.”

Original Intake of BC Students February 1964
ADAMS Manson
ALEXANDER David
ALEXANDER Everest
ALEXANDER George
ALEXANDER Joan
ALEXANDER Valerie
ALEXIS Alexia
ALEXIS (Freddie) Dennis
ALEXIS (Noreen) Jacintha
ALEXIS (nee AUGUSTINE) Palmira (pia)
ANDREW Astor
ANDREW Ezra

BARCLAY Theresa
BATISTE Alfred
BATISTE Lionel
BARTHOLAMEW Letitia
BEDEAU Jeffery
BEDEAU Lloyd
BEDEAU Patsy
BENJAMIN Albert (‘flash’)
BETHEL Tyrone

BASCOMBE Bernardine

BILLY Maureen
BRISTOL Dunstan(‘courtney’)
BRISTOL Joseph
BROWN Agnes

BROWN Margaret
BROWNE Joe
CAYENNE Annette
CAYENNE Vestin
CHARLES Edith
COLLINS Winifred
COMPTON Bridget
COMPTON Cyril
COMPTON Nuala (Nola)
COX Annie
COX Deborah

COX Gloria
COX Margaret

CUDGOE Monica
CUMMINGS Cryspin

CUMMINGS Erva
DAVID Bernard
DAVID Eileen
DAVID Emma
DAVID Gemma
DAVID Gustav
DAVID James
DAVID Patrick
DAVID Sybil
DAVIDSON Brenice

DOUGLAS John
FAURE Joe
FLEARY Martin

FLEARY Rosalyn
FLEARY Viola
GABRIEL David
GABRIEL Nell
GAY Joycelyn

GEORGE (Pancake) Leroy
JACOB Betty

JACOB Nicholas
JAFFIER Cornelius
JAFFIER Prince
JAMES Vena
JOHN David
JOHN Joan
JOHN Judith
JOSEPH Maria(lou)
JOSEPH David
JOSEPH Davis

JOSEPH Josephine
JOSEPH Merle
JOSEPH Mary
JOSEPH Magdalene
LEVINE Patricia
LOGAN Gordon
Mc LAWRENCE Humphrey

McLAWRENCE William (Irvin)
McDONALD George
McFARLANE Sarah
McFARLANE Sarahnie
McINTOSH Alicia
McKENZIE Dunbar
McKENZIE Louise
McKENZIE Pentlan
McKENZIE Solomon
McKENZIE Stephanie

McLEOD Josiah
McQUILKIN keith
MILLS Selwyn
MOSES Joan

MOSES Lenford

MOSES Merle

MOSES Rex
NEDD Jacintha
NOEL Jim
NOEL Lloyd

NOEL Margaret
NOEL Matthew

PHILLIP Margaret

PHILLIP Michael

PIERRE Louise
PRIME Esther
PRIME Jean
PRIME Merrill

QUADALOUPE Esther
QUAMINA Paul

QUASHIE Rhodda
RAYMOND Henry
SAMERSON Samlyn
SCOTT Clarissa
SCOTT Festina

SIMON Merlene
SIMON Roy
STIELL Henry
STIELL Joyce
THOMAS Errol

WILLIAMS Minita

WILLIAMS Vena

N.B. That’s a total of 119 names for the February 1964 intake. Well done and thanks to all contributors.

If anyone can add any other name (or names) to this list PLEASE send them in and I will add them on.

BTW did anyone ever take a photo of the first intake in 1964? That would be treasure indeed.

In the meantime, thanks again to Patrick David for his valuable contribution to the history of Bishop’s College.

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20 Responses to Bishop’s College Original Intake – 1964

  1. Ron Rozewski says:

    Your compilation is a worthwhile undertaking and I’m sure will be useful for generations to come. I recall the Macs speaking that it was necessary to have ALL of the people who owned a piece of property to agree to its sale. This could become quite a task for as you know Carriacouans are scattered about.
    Your banner photo appears to feature the ship that we would take from Grenada to reach Carriacou when small aircraft flights weren’t readily available. Do they still have to close off the road and chase the cows off before a plane can land?
    I don’t know if it’s the same ship but not infrequently I would notice a similar black hulled yacht parked off of the shore over the years. Never knew who it belonged to or even got close enough to know its country of origin.
    guess I’ll have to come to Carriacou for further research!
    Keep your good work up.
    Ron

  2. Selwyn Mills says:

    Awesome job by Patrick David and his brothers for generating such a list of enormous historic value as we look back at Bishop’s College some 50 years ago. We also need to remember the bus drivers who had the patience and tolerance to wait for many of us, who from time to time, ran late in the morning trying to take care of our chores prior to school. The bus drivers were: Lennox McQuilkin, Winston Stewart (“W”), Nick Andrew and Gifford Andrew (“Big Andrew”). These men were determined to see everyone succeed.

    I did not see Margaret Phillip, Gloria Cox, Vena Williams or Theresa Barclay.

    • Bill Cameron says:

      Thanks for your valuable comment Selwyn. I will add the names to the list. I reckon we have 5 to go assuming 120 is the correct final total, which I’m sure it is.
      I hope to catch you when I’m next over in C’cou Selwyn.
      All the best,
      Bill

    • Nick Cox says:

      Thanks Selwyn.
      I remember all four busses going by my house with the Bishop’s College students. I remember the unique engine sounds; Austin (Lennox, Nick and Big Andrew) vs Morris (“W”). I remember so many names of students, you included, even without meeting them. Many students I met in person later in life.
      We must remember the bus drivers for picking up the lunch carriers on the 11:00AM run and getting them safely to the hungry students.

  3. Nick Cox says:

    Thanks Bill and Patrick for the priceless job. I do not know off hand who Patrick is, so I hope that you would clear it up. I started Bishop’s College in 1971 following my siblings, Gloria Cox (on the original list), Jerva Cox and Jean Cox. This is the type of history that the people of Carriacou should be aware of. It is the story of what makes us who we are today. I hope that the leadership in both high schools in Carriacou, make the reading of the information on this site a requirement as part of an orientation to high school.
    I have fond memories of being awakened at 5:00 AM to participate in the feeding and counting of the chickens. In the summer months I listened to my parents discussing how many chickens they needed to sell to accumulate enough money to pay Gloria’s school fees ($EC24.00 per term). Mr. Anthony Clouden from Bogles was the one who would come by the yard to purchase chickens by weight, using the spring balance. I am sure many Carriacouans have their stories to tell.
    Thanks to Selwyn Mills for pointing out the importance of the Bus Drivers.

    • Bill Cameron says:

      Hi Nick,
      I’m so pleased with the response I’ve had to this post. Thank you for your contribution.
      Patrick is Patrick David, brother of James (Cyrus) and cousin to Sybil David and ‘Pia’ Augustine. He has done a great job getting so many names and memories together.
      The memories and stories you relate really put flesh on the bones of history. Thanks again. Do you think students still get up at 5.00AM today to feed and count chickens?

  4. Agnes McKenzie(nee Brown) says:

    Hi Bill

    Thanks to you and Patrick for your great work. I can still recall the day I started at Bishop’s College. I have fond memories of boarding the bus at Mt. Pleasant, traveling through the villages of Limlair, Dover, Meldrum, Belvedere and Bogles picking up students on the way to school. That’s a part of our history that can never be forgotten.

    These students were also among the original intake of BC students: Michael Phillip, Minita Williams, Josephine Joseph, Terry Joseph. I see that Stephanie Joseph is included among the first intake, she was, however transferred from St. Joseph Convent Secondary School to BC some years later. Best wishes Bill.

  5. Agnes McKenzie(nee Brown) says:

    I forgot to mention Humphrey McLawrence.

  6. Solomon McKenzie says:

    Hi Bill

    I would like to compliment you and Patrick for doing a magnificent job. These two persons were also among the original BC intake Efford Moses, Nicholas Jacob. Rex Moses was not among the original intake, he came at a later date.

    Best wishes Bill.

    • Bill Cameron says:

      Hi Solomon,
      Lovely to hear from you and thank you for the additional information. It’s been a blast getting all the names together. Patrick has done a fabulous job. We now have 120 names on the list. Do you think there might be any more? I think you may appear in some of the photos yourself. Let me know if I need to add your name into any of the captions.
      All the best,
      Bill

  7. Solomon McKenzie says:

    Correction to Efford Moses – His name is Lenford Moses.

  8. Patrick David says:

    Hi Bill,

    Thanks to Agnes , Solomon and to Selwyn for their additions and for the kind comments.
    I haven’t caught up with too many of the original students over the years, but hopefully one of these good days on the Island.
    Nick Cox makes a valid point on the information on this site being necessary reading for intending students (to appreciate the journey the pioneers went through). It is not likely that he would know me, however, as I left BC in 1965 for the UK.
    I suspect we may be related by his marriage to a Stanislaus, if the information is correct.
    It’s great to have collaborated in this challenge.

    Many thanks Bill,
    Patrick

  9. Rholda Quamina says:

    Thank you Bill, you’ve provided us (the present generation) with much valuable information on the early years of Bishop’s College.

    • Bill Cameron says:

      Thank you Rholda,
      I’m indebted to Patrick David for providing the bulk of the names. I’ll send you the full list when it is completed. It just needs a bit of tweeking.

  10. Linda D. McKenzie says:

    Many thanks to you Bill. Information provided on the early years of BC are interested and valuable. It would definitely be a good idea to have this site for those who are interested, to know of the journey that the early pioneers encountered.
    The stories are wonderful with such blissful memories.
    Again, Bill I thank you for this site.

    • Bill Cameron says:

      Thank you Linda. I would love to know and print the stories of those students who first attended BC all those years ago. I’m sure they would make interesting and inspiring reading for the students in BC today.

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