What’s the worst punishment you can remember a school dishing out to its pupils?
I ask this because a feature caught my eye in a magazine from my husband’s old school, George Heriot’s in Edinburgh. The archive department is looking for material to complete a report on the school’s history. They already have a fascinating collection such as Andy Irvine’s Scottish cap from 1973, a pair of crumbling ‘breeks’ (trousers) from 1700 and a letter from Queen Anne asking the school for the sum of £200!
However the department is also on the look out for further information on events in the school’s history where their collection is a little light. In this list they ask for more information about the school in the war years, request a copy of the film made by STV of the Duke of Edinburgh’s visit in 1961 and they hope someone may have a recording of a televised school service broadcast from Greyfriars Kirk in 1962.
But I also spotted the following:
“The cancellation of the mid-term holiday in February 1964 because of the boys’ bad behaviour”
What on earth did the naughty boys do in 1964 to cause such a blanket punishment to the whole school, as I’m assuming all primary and secondary pupils were included? It must have been pretty severe as surely teachers would have had their holidays cancelled too. Can you imagine the uproar today if a school took such a stance? There’d be hell on. All those February skiing holidays booked?
I asked Dougie if he knew the reason but as he was born in 1964 he has no idea. I can’t find any reference to it on the internet. I’ll probably have to wait until the archive report is published to discover what heinous crime was committed. Rory thinks that as it was the 1960s it could be drugs, Dougie thinks it’s more likely to have been a huge fight between rival schools.
Does anyone out there know? Can anyone better this with an alternative school punishment?