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
ALEXIS (Freddie) Dennis
ALEXIS (Noreen) Jacintha
ALEXIS (nee AUGUSTINE) Palmira (pia)
BENJAMIN Albert (‘flash’)
COMPTON Nuala (Nola)
GEORGE (Pancake) Leroy
Mc LAWRENCE Humphrey
McLAWRENCE William (Irvin)
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.