I used to be something of a 'student tourist'. Although it has been 50 years since I attended RS and then only briefly, I do recall the collegial atmosphere so readily promoted. It was an intangible asset which I have appreciated over the many years since. All the best.
(Tue 12th Jul 2011 at 13:20)
Wow! Lovely to look back. Best days of my life!
(Thu 16th Jun 2011 at 09:43)
Congratulations on your new web site, very easy to navigate. Wonderful to see the historic photographs of Westmount.
Congratulations to the organisers of the reunion on Saturday. It was great to see so many 'old faces' again.
(Mon 19th Jul 2010 at 14:24)
This is an excellent website, informative and easy to navigate. I was particularly interested to read Simon Nickerson's recent comments about the sad passing of Roland Macleod. I was at Ryde 1958-1964 and played the Duke of Norfolk in that 1963 production of "A Man for all Seasons". It is quite a coincidence that I was looking at a photograph of the cast only the other week, recalling amongst others Godfrey Cornish-Underwood who brought to the part of Sir Thomas More a measured and dignified calm. It was our first venture at "treading the boards". Although I have not acted since I maintain a keen interest in local amateur dramatics where I now live in Kent. It would be good to hear from other contemporaries, actors or no!
(Thu 8th Jul 2010 at 16:49)
Some great nostalgia here!
I was at Ryde School from 1980-1983.
I most definitely will be joining the ORA, and I very much look forward to seeing my old school again, and meeting up with fellow Old Rydeians.
(Wed 2nd Jun 2010 at 21:50)
I was at the school from 1953 to 1961, and again from 1963 to 1964. I was very sad to learn today that Roland MacLeod, who taught English until the late 60's, died suddenly on 2 April this year (2010). He was 74. During my last year at Ryde I found Roland to be an inspirational teacher, and he encouraged my love of drama (e.g. I did the lighting for the school production of Robert Bolt's "A Man For All Seasons" in 1964 which MacLeod produced) which proved pivotal to my subsequent 40-year involvement in this field, and the arts more generally. We kept in touch over the years, and last autumn he phoned me out of the blue and said he'd like to meet up; sadly I couldn't make it, but now, of course, wish like anything that I had. He had a sparkling career after he left the school as a comedy actor, a career change that came as no surprise to those who knew him. Even in the classroom he had a natural comedic ability, and I shall remember him with much affection as essentially a lovely man who made people laugh. Not a bad epitaph I would suggest.
Mr A H Baker
(Thu 10th Dec 2009 at 21:05)
Excellent website, congratulations to all who set it up.
A very nice and interesting website.
We need more Archive pictures - I will search the attic.
(Sat 5th Sep 2009 at 16:55)
A great improvement - well done whoever designed it.
Hello everyone! Hope we're all surviving the 'credit crunch'.
(Fri 21st Aug 2009 at 15:35)
Come hither you Class of '58 [that's 1958 chaps] this is a great website and easy to use so go for it and tell us you're still alive and hopefully healthy. I know Ian Crimp, Mike Rooke, Dennis Millet and others are all in good shape - next year the Class of 58 will be knocking 70 and we all have a lot to live up to. Best wishes
(Thu 20th Aug 2009 at 17:00)
What an excellent new website!!!
(Wed 12th Aug 2009 at 21:30)
At last, a website even I can follow.
(Thu 6th Aug 2009 at 20:56)
Great to see you ORA in the web, easy to follow now.
Kevin Ashley Lockwood
(Thu 6th Aug 2009 at 20:54)
A great site
(Thu 6th Aug 2009 at 14:35)
Great site - and easy to find your way about.
(Thu 6th Aug 2009 at 08:18)
Congratulations on the new website and e-news service - both are informative and look fabulous. Many thanks - Fraser
(Fri 31st Jul 2009 at 02:42)
We hope this new website coinciding with the launch of the association's innaugral electronic newsletters will usher in a new era of communication and information for ORA members everywhere. Remember, this is your association and we would love to hear from you.