Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Forever Wolmer's

Hi, Bloggers. Kami's Blog called to mind de school ah love de most. So today, I'm payin' tribute to WOLMER'S--"Age Quod Agis"--"Whatever we do, we do it to de best ov our abilities." Yeah, Bybee!! Whatta school! MB's Dad was a Wolmerian too, ah heard--a school that helped shape him into a fine father and a fine man, I'm sure. For those ov you who don't know, de Prep School hugged de Girls' School cavaliers side, and de Boys' School hugged de girls' upper school side toward Heroes Circle.
What some girls loved: Usin' de crosswalk--it was de rule.
What some didn't love: Usin' de crosswalk--it was de rule.
What some girls loved: De boys who idled below de 2nd storey 4th-form buildin' an' cheered every time they saw a girl they liked--Lawd help yu if yu slip ever show!--they'd go crazy, until Mr. Barnett would send someone to chase them away. They had de good mind to remain silent, and not to "boo", if they didn't fancy someone.
What some girls didn't love: De same boys who idled below de 2nd storey 4th-form buildin' an' whistled whenever they saw a girl they liked--one skinny boy wif a high curly 'Fro used to whistle whenever he saw me--and his friends used to whistle along wif him. Ah used to hold up mi Trapper Keeper to hide mi face whenever ah had to leave de classroom after classes or at lunch-time. That never stopped them; it only made them laugh--and they still recognized me. Yeah, 4th-form was a perplexin' year.
On Sports Day, mi pony-tail clip came loose in de midst ov sports excitement (jumpin' up for mi House), an' de high-Fro whistler retrieved it. Mi just grab de clip from him an' run! His friends laughed, and de embarrassin' wolf-whistles continued. A girl from de neighbourin' 4th-form classroom had it worse; her Dad barked at de boys once, but de next day, de cat-calls continued.
Whom most girls loved: Mrs. Girvan, de English teacher, because she was such a stickler for good grammar, yet had such a great sense ov humour. Our favourite pet names for teachers: Scrip-cha Willie (Scripture/R.K. teacher, Mrs. Wyllis), Miz Bellum (LOUD French teacher, Mrs. Harrison--thunderous voice), Flat-head (boy's school Econ--taught us in co-ed 6th form--he allegedly always told de boys "Gwaan goh play Sunlight Cup!" Not cricket--he was sendin' them to stand out inna de sun as punishment. Wolmer's boys also called a certain teacher Mount EverBreast--'cause ov her generous 'buzums'--out ov respect for de teacher, ah won't say her real name.
Can't speak for de boys, but they always loitered by their fence--EVERY mornin' rain or shine, and critiqued de girls who took de bus to Torrington Bridge. God help any girl who allowed them to tamper wif her, they'd bawl out her bizniz by de fence--one girl's parents removed her from Wolmer's at de end ov 1st (!) form for that very same reason. Anyway, ah won't bash de boys. They were gentlemen for de most part--even though some ov them lurked by de tennis courts like stalkers. If a girl kept a safe distance, de most they'd do is whistle from a distance; they never got into malignin' girls who didn't pay them any mind. Gotta respect that. Big up to every Wolmerian out there in Blogland!! Have a nice day, everybody!


14 comments:

Abeni said...

School days were loads of fun eh!I used to be extra careful walking past that Boy's School as slipping or falling was the worst indignity imaginable.The boys used to loiter by the fence around the netball court or on the steps leading to the science labs.Btw,my cousins were Campion,Calabar and I forgot the other school but not Woolmers.Is there one called St Andrews?

Jdid said...

I like the nicknames. We had some crazy nicknames for our teachers; smelly nelly, fraggle, kelloggs, muhammed frog, tucan sam. Actually tucan sam was the worse. we call him so because he had this big long nose. boy one morning this classmate holla out "tucan sam!" as he was passing an he hear and run back towards we. me now i standing there and i din move cause I was like I din do anything why I should be runnning. he didnt really see it that way though and i get in trouble.

Scratchie said...

Wolmer's??? There is a school by that name? Where? Are you sure? :-) :-)

Just giving you trouble Melody. My cousin went to the boys'school in the late 70's. He and I are about the same age. We'll give the Wolmer's girls props but the boys school cyaaan test though. Gotta tell you, ST.G.C. still rules.

Melody said...

Yes, Kami, there's a girls' school named St. Andrew's High (also a technical co-ed school named St. Andrew's). Campion was always well-recommended, Calabar wasn't quite as celebrated as some other Boys' Schools, but they're still very much recognized. (Our netball court was more toward de Prep school, and safely away from de Boys' School--God is good.)
Jdid, "muhammed frog"???? (LOL) How come? "Fraggle" is a good nickname--ah know ov at least one teacha who that name woulda fit. BTW, yu shoulda run from de teacha--'Tucan' prob'ly find yu guilty by association.
Scratchie!! Yu well an' know there's a school by that name. :-) Your cousin is mi older alma-brother, then. Cool. De boys were always so troublesome--ah bet they still are--just keepin' up de tradition. STGC is a good school, but Wolmer's Boys' a still my 'brother-school' (in more ways than one--mi brother attended Wolmer's too), so De Piggy puts no other Boys' School above them.

Melody said...

P.S.
Scratchie, nuff respect to you for givin' de Wolmer's Girls their props.

Jdid said...

normally melody I would have run but it was a bad day for me because my school shoes had gone to be repaired and I was wearing my good church shoes with the good leather soles an ting so and they werent the best for running plus I was a bit self conscious about wearing them so I just stood there.

mohammed frog? not sure how he got the nickname actually. I came into school just hearing him with that name.

Sunshine said...

Hi Melody-I was a Andrews girl and buoy, did you open a can of worms reflecting on your high school days. That's a whole other blogg for me. I guess us girls are all similar at that age-our awareness of the opposite sex. All I can say about my highschool days is that they are some of the best times for me. Loads of fun!

Sunshine said...

Oh yes Melody-thanks for the heads up on making the Top5 list. It feels good.

Melody said...

Sunshine, it'll be nice to read about all de fun you had back in high school. I'm lookin' forward to you doin' some posts about it soon. :-) Hope de convention is goin' successfully.

Anonymous said...

Ummm....Wolmer's??? What's dat?

Jus cool. Melody, I did a post about school days from ages back. Maybe I will try find the link in the days to come. Dr. D.

Anonymous said...

Bwoy Mel-Mel, yes mi faada did go Wolmers, but I just know that he always wished he was a Georgian... ;-) The Wolmers girls was aight tho!
Mad Bull

Stu said...

Both my sisters went to Andrews.

Melody said...

Dr. D, it'll be fun to check out de post about yu school days. I'm lookin' forward to that.
MB, yu Dad was a lucky man! :-) Good that yu give de girls' school its respect.
Stu, Andrew's was good.

Anonymous said...

Wow...two years later. Well Ms. Melody, on behalf of the entire crew of idlers from the tennis court, to the girls' art room under the ackee tree, let me tender an apology for all the discomfort caused so many years ago. See..that skinny guy with the 'fro is not so skinny anymore and the hair has straightened out somewhat. He now lives in Connecticut but will always cherish memories of the maroon and gold and the ladies across the fence.