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St James School Burnt Oak

A Memory of Burnt Oak

I was interested in reading the comments that people have written about St James. I attended there from 1962 to 1967 and yes, I can confirm that everything that has been said is quite definitely true. Unlike many others it did not affect my life, I am still a practicing Catholic and although I don't feel it added much to my education I have got through life quite successfully.
I have often told my children stories of my time at school and I can see from their faces they think I exaggerate, so at least I can now show them the old man isn't completely off his head.
I also attended St Thomas at Stanmore and was taught by Mr Vaulkenberg, his love of poetry and the works of John Buchan are a good memory of those times.
I made some good friends at school, who I have lost touch with and although many of the teachers were a little on the sadistic side, I also know that I was no saint. As well as Mr Cronolly and Mr Kilraine, does anyone remember Mr Mc Dermott, Mr Carney, Mr Simpson, Mr Benham, Mr Mc Nicholas, all of whom had a hand in my education, no wonder although I am not Irish, I have always had a soft spot for the Paddies!!

A memory shared by Robin Hall , on Mar 4th, 2011.

Comments & feedback

Fri Jul 18th 2014, at 12:59 pm

kset.shanahan commented:

There was an 80 year anniv 13.7.14 and I just happened to be in the area. I remember Cronolly Kilrane (who left about 1969 for a post in W. Ireland, Simpson Mc Dermott Benham and Tom Mc Nicholas who is 90 and at the reunion.

Sun Apr 17th 2016, at 6:07 pm

Teresa Keech commented:

I to attended Annunciation1942-1948.St Thomas's Stanmore 1948-1949 and then St James until 1952. I was at the reunion held in Colindale 2-014 but did not realise Tom Mc Nicholas was 90yrs.but there again he was at St.James when my brother John attended there and he was 6 years older than me.I met him again in Jan 2015 at my sister-in-laws funeral at the Annunciation.My further comments are I disagree with most of the negative remarks that are made about the staff there.Teresa O'Sullivan.

Sun Apr 17th 2016, at 6:08 pm

Teresa Keech commented:

Mon May 22nd 2017, at 4:36 pm

tonyarens21 commented:

I was at St James School, Burnt Oak from 1959-1962.
Can remember Tony Rice, Danny Weadick, Leslie Quilleau?,
James Shannanan, Henrick Hebber, Richard Hanratty,
James McCristal, Victor Tong, Bob Chandler, Len Moult.
etc etc.

Where are you all now. What did you do with your lives?
Did we ever have a reunion that I missed?

Still kept in touch with Mick Brady, and going to his 70th Birthday Bash in July!

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