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Dad (David Sinclair) and his cousin, Kathie Cooper (nee Katherine Sutherland) are in this school photo but maybe someone could tell me the names of the rest of the class.
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Picture added on 06 March 2009
Far left looks like Mary Leith
Added by Willie Watters on 10 March 2009
This class was a couple of years behind mine and, while most faces are familiar I can't recall many names. Perhaps if I name a few it will stimulate someone to name them all. I think I can recognise:
Pearl Cooper, Geordie White, Bill Rendall, Jimmy Porter, Oliver Tait, Miss McGuffie (Modern Languages), Ronald Smith, Agnes Johnston, Olive Merriman, and Marina Adams.
Who's going to correct and add?

Added by Ian Hourston on 04 November 2010
It is indeed my Mum Mary Leith, and she's just given me her copy of the picture with everyone's names...
BACK ROW: Mary Cursiter, Alice Sabiston, Pearl Couper, Johnny Tulloch, George White, Alex Wright, William Rendall, David Sinclair, Stewart Banks, Jimmy Porter, Oliver Tait, Edna Shearer, Kitty Flett, Miss McGuffie
SECOND ROW: Mary Leith, Ronald Smith, Helen Garson, Olive Merriman, Margaret Smith, Joey Sinclair, Kathie Sutherland, David Hourston, Edith Penny, Malcolm MacSween, Agnes Johnston, Elizabeth Towers, Carol Spence
FRONT ROW: Ivy Flett, Ivy Couper, Marina Adam, Beatrice Muir, Anita Tulloch, Ola Johnston, Mary Waters, Margaret Campbell
Added by Shirley Laing on 28 March 2011
What a surprise to stumble across this.! Even more impressive is Mary Leith's ability to put names to everyone. I spent only one year at the Academy, but have warm memories.

My dad was minister at Sandwick until the end of 1948, when we moved to Sutherland. In later life I came across only two people in the photo: Ivy Flett at a senior International School Camp in 1952 or 53 and Pearl Couper who recognised me in the street in Stromness in 1979 while on a visit to Orkney. How many of the group are still to the fore? (I know that Ivy died shortly after the Chernobyl accident 25 years ago.)

Added by Malcolm MacSween on 26 April 2011
I apologise to the memory of Pearl and Marina for misspelling their surnames in my comment of Nov 10 2010.
Added by Ian Hourston on 27 April 2011
Hi I'm doing a search for a friend (Elsie Higgins) to find her long lost pen friend Beatrice Muir B;1935 ... could be the girl in the photo. Can anyone help?
Added by Alan Carpenter on 27 July 2016
Is Beatrice Muir still alive?
Added by Alan Carpenter on 28 July 2016
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