Sweet Memories - DAVID MORRISH

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7 years 6 days ago #51 by admin
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I have just read with horror, the message posted on the home page about a pupil who hated every minute of his time at Ravenswood. I find that astonishing, unless he was there in the real early days when the regime could have been that of Tom Brown school days, because Ravenswood was without doubt the best thing that ever happened to me.
I arrived there in Sept 1974, and was sent there because my parents could not cope with me! I was a horrible little child who had no respect for anyone or anybody. I got 6 of the best on my first night for telling the dormitory captain what he could do!
Within a year, Ravenswood, particularly Mr Mackie, sorted me out and my stripe record went from an average 7 to about 3 per term.
I left that school in 1979 a reformed person, and it really brought the best out in me. I have been privileged to have been involved in professional squash since I left school, and it was Ravenswood who discovered that I had an eye for a ball. The 2 greatest things I took away though were the appreciation of discipline and respect.
I am sure there are a lot more of you out there who feel the same way as I do!

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7 years 6 days ago #52 by admin
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I was at Ravenswood 1967 -71, when Mr Whittaker was head. A regime of utter fear. I was sent to board at Ravenswood for my own safety owing to family problems. It was a case of out of the frying pan into the fire for a very traumatised boy. I was regularly beaten, and it was only with hindsight that I recognise that Mr Whittaker gained a lot of pleasure from the act of flagellation of young boys. There was a ritual quality to it as he selected the cane he would use from his extensive collection, and his heavy breathing as he spoke about the punishment he was going to deliver. The smell of whisky was also often present.......I cannot think of any redeeming features about the man. I often misbehaved at Ravenswood, and recall having the record of 13 stripes in one term...I never counted the beatings, but they could have averaged three or four times a term. Violence begets violence,and I became a bully, which I thoroughly regret, and would like to use the opportunity of this messageboard to apologise to anyone who suffered physically or psychologically from my actions. I now work helping traumatised children! However it was not all bad at Ravenswood, and I do have some positive memories which I hope I can collate for the memories section of the website. If anyone else suffered as I did at the hands of Mr Whittaker I would be interested to hear...

Jonathan Green

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7 years 6 days ago #53 by admin
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Dear David, I remember you ! I was a little 6 year old pipsqueak in 75/76 who was finding himself getting in trouble with Mackie quite regularly. One day you saw me misbehaving ( cant remember what i was doing ) and you made me pay you 50 p a day ( 50 p was alot back then ! )- if not you would report me ! I think I defaulted on day 3 and you took me outside to the terraces to give me a beating. Will never know if you would have carried out your threat because one of the senior boys noticed us and intervened threatening to give you a thorough going over if he ever saw you talking to me again. Dont worry I dont bear any you any grudges but would like my £ 1 returned !

Stephen Northwood

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7 years 6 days ago #54 by admin
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I really don't remember this incident at all, and I have to say my memories of Ravenswood are pretty clear, including various naughtinesses and scraps! I know I was fairly pugnacious, but I can't remember being a bully and extortionist! I'd hate to think this was so, and I really do believe he has me confused with another red head who was known to be a thug, no names to be mentioned as I don't want to be sued! (rearrange these letters X C O!)

David Morrish

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1 year 10 months ago #521 by Mark Darbyshire
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Hi David seem to remember you had runny nose a lot. Remember miss Lane? haha
Hope your good and life treating you well. Godbless

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1 year 10 months ago #522 by pdnor
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Hi Jonathan,
I do remember him with horror and his figure and actions still haunt my life to this day. I hope you have managed to piece things together in your life. I know I think back on how it changed me, I wish I could have changed my subsequent life in many ways.
Best regards
Peter Norman

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