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Rumbling Bridge
KY13 7KZ

Dear Former Pupil,

New Year Greetings for 1982.

It is a long time (1973) since I wrote to you all. Partly for that reason alone I should be writing again. Also, as you will be sorry to learn. Mr. Bisset died last fall; he had had bad health for a long number of years and was not able to fulfil his remit of keeping you in touch with the school as he would have wished.

You will be sorry to hear too of the passing of all the following who gave service to the school: from the teaching staff Mrs Clark, Mr. Irwin and Miss Urquhart; from the housemothering staff Mrs. Crozier and Miss Watt: her sister Mrs. Wilkinson who was housekeeper for a period; and we remember also Harry Baxter and among the domestic staff Mrs Sutherland. Above all I must mention both Mr. and Mrs. Grieve. The latter continued to be interested in the school after her husband's death. She it was who opened the new Sports Hall officially and even the month before she died she wrote to me suggesting that she sold her house in Brixham in order to come to live at the school and help out. Naemoor she said was her child and Lendrick her grand-child. We are fortunate indeed to have had a progenitor of her calibre.

Requiescant in pace omnes.

But one would not want to be too lugubrious, There are many former staff members for example pursuing active careers all over the world: Mr. Wildman is teaching Music in Shetland; Mr Fulton. Art in the Hebrides; Mr. Heath has the unusual job of teaching both primary children and adults at the J. & P.,Coats school in Perreira, Colombia. Mr. Haig, a former Deputy. (with his wife Veronica nee Flynn) is principal teacher of science in Mungwi School., Kasama', IT, Province, Zambia; Mr. Buddery, Deputy before him, is teaching in Brussels having been for a time Head of Farney Close School in Sussex. Mr. Davenport was until very recently Deputy Head of that school. Continuing to speak of those nearer to home. Mrs Hughes is Area manager of the Dunfermline District Social Work Department. Mrs. Richmond is residential Social Worker at Melville House Letham in north Fife. Mr. Fairweather holds a similar position at Balgay School for girls Dundee, while Mr. Neat is lecturer in that bonnie City's College of Art. Miss Eccles is Headmistress of Luncarty Primary, Perth; Mr. Weatherhead, Headmaster of Loaningdale School, Biggar; Mr. Fraser has left the Youth & Community Service and is completing a degree course. Mr. Bridgeland became Headmaster of Frensham Heights for a while after being lecturer in Special Education at Liverpool University but is now Adviser in Special education to the Portsmouth Education Authority. Mr. Pennock is Head of Modern Languages, Mildenhall, Suffolk. Mr. Downey, the most recently leaving Deputy is Head of Granloch School, Elgin. Finally, Miss Ramage has become Mrs. Winnick and Miss Chenhall, Mrs. Papadoes.

I am not sure whether the latter two ladies would regard themselves as retired or not. But we have quite a number of former staff who certainly claim to be in that category. Miss Millar (who was housekeeper twice) is away from the local scene but in the immediate neighbourhood all the following seem to me to be very much in evidence: Miss Duff, Miss Middleton, Mr. Sim, Mrs. Calvert-Wilson and Jessie Gilchrist, the cook (Until recently so was Mr. Morrice but he has now gone to Lybster in Caithness). I should mention separately Mrs. McGlennan whose service to the school included a period with the Grieves before the war when Naemoor was a day school (River House) at Alloa. There are not many special schools who can claim to have staff-with such an extensive record of service.

There are also a number of staff still at the school who have been with us for a lengthy period. On the domestic side there is still Mrs, Robertson and Mrs. Wardrope. Mrs, Davidson changed jobs as did Mrs. Fraser and became housemother at Craigard where Mr. and Mrs. Glaister are still in charge. Mrs. Bisset still continues as housemother at the school and Mr. Russell. as Social 'Worker. Of the teaching staff we still have with us Mr. Campbell, Mrs. Walker. Mr. Simmons and the two Mr. Smiths, as also Mr. Hayles who is now deputy and lives in the top flat with wife two daughters and Sooty. In the office my 'new' Secretary, Mrs. Dingwall, discovered the other day that she had been here six years and Mrs. Kerr has just completed 25 years which must be some sort of a record, We are all indebted to her for keeping the flag flying so long.

Walking round the school buildings the biggest change you would notice would be the new Sports Hall which is the size of three badminton courts. Around it are facilities for the girls, housemothers (= matrons) room, various storerooms and a new workshop. The whole links with the Medway classroom block via a corridor leading out of the Mansion house at the point where the bogs used to be outside Room 5. The old woodwork room and indeed the old stable block is now used as a Youth Club. The lodge has been demolished and a new bungalow erected on the site for the handyman and his wife who is one of the cooks. There are now thirteen staff bungalows. The last of them lying on its own in the field to the east of the school. is not numbered. This is not for superstitious reasons but because for the following reasons it has been called Hilarity House: -

a) the field used to be occupied by Hilarity the bull for the Mowbray herd in the days of Naemoor house

b) just a short way away in the woods there's a pile of stones, the remains of the cowmans bothy and marked on the old maps as Hilarity's Cottage

c) I liked the name and it was built for me and successor heads. My family and I moved out of the flat just after Christmas 1980. For me it was quite a wrench after all these years, but my children were getting to an age where they felt they wanted a bit more privacy. Mark goes to Dollar Academy and sits his "O" levels this year, Valerie goes to Alva Academy so there is quite a bit of rivalry there. Benjamin who was born in Bedroom 1 (some of you girls of the Craigard reconstruction era might remember sleeping there) is completing his last year at Fossoway Primary school. Which now has 10 or so pupils from Lendrick staff.

Life in school has undergone several obvious changes. Radios, cassette recorders C.Bs are everywhere; school uniform has been abolished, on some occasions only we bring out the green blazers etc: they still look very impressive; there is no compulsory Sunday church - except for Catholics. The numbers in the school are very small indeed (only 4 girls) so that there are no pupils newspapers no team games to the extent of former times and no dances recently. On many weekends many pupils go home. But events like the Christmas Party and the Burns Supper still flourish as do all the more individual pursuits we have recently introduced: canoeing, skiing, running and golf - there's now a 9 holer on the Sports Field. Furthermore, because our facilities are under-used we have been able to ask in the locals to participate at the Clubs and in games in the Games Hall, we remain I am glad to say a lively community.

Thinking about you F.P.s one can make many comments but I shall restrict myself to three. Firstly geographically you are very widespread with representatives as far apart as Australia and Alaska. Some of you have even gone to England that oil dependency to the south. There have also been many of you in the Army in Northern Ireland and in Germany. And Mike Wilson must have circled the earth many times in the Polaris just as Garry Polkinghorne has swept the skies above Portmoak. Secondly, practically the whole field of employment is covered by you. Shop Managers shop assistants, doctors, nurses (of both sexes) lab Assistants, Army technicians electronic engineers, research students, secretaries, saw-setters motor mechanics headmasters teachers we even have an MP on the books but that is cheating a bit because he was here before my time in the Naemoor days. Thirdly, in my headmastership nearly 500 of you have passed through the school. I estimate that for about 50 of you we were not able to offer anything worth-while but for the rest I feel that we were able to enhance your life at least a little.

Whichever category you were in (and there is no-one sadder than I if it was the first) we would be pleased to hear from you, what you are doing in life, who you have married, how many children you have etc. I should also be glad for a frank appraisal of what the school did or did not do for you. It would help us to give a better service in the future (if we have one, which is not certain in these days of educational cutbacks.)

Lastly, my wife (now a housemother) and I would be very pleased to see you and yours if you cared to call in. In the past the sheer pressure of work has sometimes nut allowed us to be as welcoming as we might have liked, But one of the advantages of the present smaller numbers is that we now have slightly more time available. Do come even if only if 'en passant'.

God bless you all.


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