Author Topic: Orangefield boys secondary school 1963 to1969  (Read 16518 times)

eman resu

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Orangefield boys secondary school 1963 to1969
« on: December 04, 2013, 09:09:31 PM »
any memories of this one..more particularly any photos.. would be unbelievable

Ann8

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Re: Orangefield boys secondary school 1963 to1969
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2013, 11:02:12 AM »
My brother, Ronnie Patton went to Orangefield during those years - I would love to hear of any memories of those bygone days - sadly Ronnie died at the age of 43

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Re: Orangefield boys secondary school 1963 to1969
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2013, 04:07:36 PM »
No direct or detailed memories of the school itself although its principal, John Malone, was one of the best teachers and best ever visionaries in education in NI.

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Re: Orangefield boys secondary school 1963 to1969
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2013, 05:13:26 PM »
I attended OBSS from 1959 to 1963.  I clearly remember the head master Malone who also could claim the title of Reverend although he never used it.  To most pupils he was referred to as either Bootsie or Molly.  He was very much a visionary when it came to education - in fact he re-mortaged his own home to help finanace the purchase of Whinlands House - a week-end outdoor pursuits centre near Annalong.  He claimed he knew every boy in the school by first and second name.  I quite believed him as he once stopped me in the corridor one day and addressed me with my full name - a fantastic feat considering there were around 1200 pupils.  Better still he enquired about my older brother who had left the year before.
 
The school has (or had) an ex-pupil association which I seem to remember was registered on the Friends Reunited website or such.

eman resu

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Re: Orangefield boys secondary school 1963 to1969
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2013, 08:32:10 PM »
 :) :) Thanks for that jamesbelfast ;Always had great respect for John Malone,even more now Ive heard the whinlands story. eman

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Re: Orangefield boys secondary school 1963 to1969
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2013, 09:22:33 PM »
thanks for that    jamesbelfast...I just saw an old friend there,and :D  he hasnt changed at all..eman

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Re: Orangefield boys secondary school 1963 to1969
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2013, 09:54:14 AM »
I went to Orangefield girls and as I mentioned earlier, my brother was at Orangefield boys - we both went to Winlands (at different times) and had the time of our lives. I recall the army dropping by for the day and taking us abseiling of some high bridge somewhere in the Mourne Mountains - the most awesome experience ever - still remember the thrill all these years later.
Ronnie used to tell me really funny stories about Mr Malone - he obviously cared a great deal about the kids at his school. I remembered feeling very jealous that I had to attend the girls school as it did not seem as exciting as the boys school.
My brother used to chum about with John Ralston, Mo and Clive Bell (and few others wholes names I can't recall) sadly I have not any photos of the school.
I do recall the embarrassment of going to the gym which set between the boys and the girls school as our gym gear was grey knickers and a white polo shirt - oh the shame of being seen by the boys as we ran as quickly as we could across the playground :-)

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Re: Orangefield boys secondary school 1963 to1969
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2014, 06:26:52 PM »
i went to orangefield 65 til 69.i remember malone the headmaster and mr weston deputy headmaster.

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Re: Orangefield boys secondary school 1963 to1969
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2014, 04:01:55 AM »
I attended the school form 67-69 before immigrating to Australia with my parents, my 2 brothers David & Michael Templeton also attended 1 & 2 years before me. I played for the schools football team with George Dunlop & George Gorman, great school and happy memories

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Re: Orangefield boys secondary school 1963 to1969
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2015, 07:28:22 PM »
I was there from 61 to 65   Started off in g1  but ended up in 2t2. I didn't like studying much , but Boots Malone saw through me ,and told me you'll be ok once you're out in the world . He said, you have street smarts and sometimes that's more important. I couldn't believe my ears. Well he was right , I ended up moving to Canada and made a millionaire of myself .now retired and living comfortably in my later years. Thanks Rev, Malone.

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Re: Orangefield boys secondary school 1963 to1969
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2015, 07:33:03 PM »
Some names that pop into my head  john Cane Reggie Morton. Peter Donaldson Larry Johnstono(there were two of them ) better known as fat and thin.  John Holmes Cliff Robb, who was Tommy Robbs little brother Tommy raced motorcycles for a living.

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Re: Orangefield boys secondary school 1963 to1969
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2015, 09:25:52 PM »
Some of the older teachers are still kicking around.  I attend a local history club and the Science Teacher Thompson Steele is as sprighlty as ever.

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