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SUITABLE CAPTION - FOND MEMORIES AT MORANT BAY HIGH
BY MRS. CYNTHIA BONNER

I joined the Morant Bay High School Teaching Staff in 1962 to teach History and English.

Although I was a trained professional teacher, my previous position was in St. Louis, Missouri, USA where I was employed as Director of Social Services. I served that institution for four and a half years. However, during that period, I trained students in FieldWork for Atlanta University, Atlanta Georgia, Newark University, Upstate New York and Stowe Teachers College, Missouri.

As a teacher, I approached the educational task of preparing students to live in the present, plan for the future and participate fully in activities, which take into account leadership and nation building. There are certain memories which I will always associate with Morant Bay High:

The girls trying to keep that flat topped straw hat from blowing off their heads.
The admonition of a certain teacher for misbehaviour of a male student, which usually occasioned the following question: "B-o-o-y, don?t you know that you are a guest at this school"
The loud drumbeat of musical sounds as the Headmaster (Middleton) walked along the corridors during study periods.
The 1968 record breaking achievement of the 5th Form History class that sat the G.C.E. Exams in History of the West Indies. All thirty-five students passed, two-thirds with distinction, one third with B or B+ and of the one-third, one student got C.

"OH HAPPY DAYS"

Above all, from time to time, I will always hear the sound of laughter and see the young faces with sparking eyes looking ahead.

Today I'm still talking with those young people within the sound of my voice as we remember the past, talk about the present but see visions of the future for the generation to come as

"ONCE A TEACHER, ALWAYS A TEACHER"

I left Morant Bay High School in 1971