High School for Boys
of 1959 Reunited 40 years on
reunion included a dinner at the Masonic Hall and a tour of what
is now St Ninian's High School. About 90 former pupils went to
the reunion, including a number who returned to the Island for
the weekend. They included Graham Haddock from Middlesex, Eddie
Jepson, from Holland, John Whitaker, from York, John Mills, from
Cheshire, Roy Christian, from Wirral, David Cowell, from Warwickshire,
Billy, Creer, from Manchester, Ashton Gill, from Surrey. William
Hayfield, from Bury, Jonathan Chandler, from Manchester and Colin
Marling, from Northampton. The other former pupils from the 1959
intake still live in the Island but some had not seen each other
since leaving school 35 years ago.
top table guests incluned ten former teachers - back row - George
Quayle (Head Master St. Ninian's High School) Frank Gregory, Frank
(Slipper) Smith, Bob Forster,John Slater, John Timson, Fred Goddin,
Lawrie Morrissey, - front row - Erie Colville, Win Musgrove, Mrs.
Chandler and Rev. John Chandler.
other teachers from the 1959-64 period sent their greetings which
were read out by former pupil, Manx Independent columnist,
Peter Kelly. He went on to list many of the teachers, reminding
the audience of nicknames and amusing incidents and on a more
somber note, he listed the former pupils who had died.
history master Bob Forster, who later became head teacher of the
Queen Elizabeth 11 High School, Peel, confessed to his former
pupils that when a teacher carrying out a caning told the pupil
it would 'hurt me more than it hurts you', they were not being
Howard Hilton proposed a toast to the old school and jokingly
asked what happened to all the sweets confiscated by Frank 'Slipper'
Smith, and whether they went to his wife, who was a dental nurse.
Present head teacher of St Ninian's George Quayle, a former pupil,
gave the reply and commented it was probably the last reunion
he would attend where he was the youngest present.
next morning Mr Quayle gave a guided tour around St Ninian's to
about 40 pupils, explaining the changes which had taken place.
For some the highlight was to sit at their old desk position,
for others It was to go through a door which had always been locked,
behind it pupils knew, was a spiral staircase, but they did not
know where it went to. All was revealed on Sunday - it went to
the astronomical observatory, Bruce Hannay confessed he had been
there before, Peter Sumner said he knew how to pick the lock,
'and as prefects we would go up there to play cards..' he revealed.
the success of the reunion it was decided not to wait another
40 years and to hold them on a more regular basis. The chance
to purchase a special commerative school tie was offered to all