Having spent the majority of my life living in Scalloway, I have been privileged to earn my education at Scalloway Junior High School.
Following seven years of primary, I continued to remain there for four years of secondary education, moving on to the Anderson High School for fifth year. Sure I was never to return there, by chance, I ended up accepting a cleaning job at Scalloway some six years ago. Until last Thursday, 30th June 2011, saw the last ever day of the Scalloway secondary department.
As I arrived at work I was greeted with a foyer full of teachers (many with tear-stained faces) awaiting the last bell of term, subsequently of an era. As it rang out, over and over again, the remaining pupils filed out the front door to a standing ovation from all their teachers and staff. With crying and hearts breaking from both pupils and teachers alike, they all showed such pride and love for their school. The teachers then followed on outside to wave off the buses for the final time.
After weeks of packing numerous supplies and equipment, the only thing left for them to do now, was pack up their own personal belongings and leave their once bustling, noisy classrooms and offices bare and empty. As the end of the day neared and only us cleaners and the janitor remained, it was so sad watching the doors lock and the lights switch off, knowing this time was the last time.
Thousands of lives have passed through those classrooms and corridors and although they might now be empty of people, they will always remain full of memories.
I would just like to say: to all the teachers, office workers, cooks, janitors, cleaners and other staff (past and present) of Scalloway JH School I applaud you! You have all shown such fight, bravery and devotion in the face of adversity, you should all feel very proud. It is as much you, as it is the thousands of pupils that you have taught or helped over the years, that have made Scalloway JH School secondary department what it was.
So shame on you councillors!
As they say: you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone … well you have just succeeded in dumping a diamond to keep a lump of coal.
I for one will truly miss Scalloway JH School secondary department.
Thanks for the memories.
(Secondary pupil 1992-1995)
(Cleaner 2006 to 30th June 2011)