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South Wall Primary School

Back Row Left to Right
Jim Groat, Norman Norquoy, Ireen Flett, Ella Gunn, Ida Groat, John Spence, David Groat, Andy Dunnet,

Middle Row
Ian Robertson, Paul Rhodes, Thelma Peterson, Fiona Pirie, Isa Dunnet, John Budge, Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Margaret Sinclair, Mary Dunnet, Neil Groat,

Front Row
Anna Robertson, Kathleen Stout, Beryl Gillespie

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Picture added on 22 December 2006
Probably taken by the headmaster Eric Rhodes,a keen photographer,who had been in Hoy Primary before South Walls. His oldest so created such a fuss that was enrolled in school aged 4
Added by Paul Rhodes on 04 May 2014
Hi Paul I believe you became a Doctor and at one time in Aberdeen what became of the others of your family?.
Added by John Budge on 11 May 2014
Your dad lifted me up in the high school window and asked what I wanted to be when I grew up "A teacher because they make lots of money" was my cheeky reply. We bought your sheep Gwen, Dotty and Roman Nose when you left the island and walked them home on ropes, they lived on for many years and had lots of lambs :-)
Added by Beryl Simpson on 02 August 2014
John, correct. Vivian in Australia working for Naval Intelligence. Colin lives in Glasgow and owns nursing homes. The youngest, Elaine, who was born in the South Walls schoolhouse is a physiotherapist working in the Scilies Isles. So Island living stil in her blood.

I am pleased to hear that the sheep had a long life. One of my chores was to move the peg so the sheep could daily access fresh grass.
Added by Paul Rhodes on 06 August 2014
Paul so nice to hear from you and how your family are , I married Isa Dunnet who sadly died aged only 33, we are all now retired or near retirement and some of the above are no longer with us, I remember your Dad having a new Vauxhall Cresta two tone yellow while you were at South Walls it was like an American car only seen in a magazine not on Hoy, I only remember Vivian not the other members of your Family.
Added by John Budge on 22 August 2014
The sheep here mentioned were owned by the Mr and Mrs Mack who were the teachers at South Walls School before Mr Rhodes . Mrs Macks father used to tend the sheep when he spent time with the Macks at the School her Dad was a native of Shetland, Jamison was his surname.
Added by John Budge on 27 August 2014
I've been wondering if you knew or are related to Tom Rhodes who had a T.V shop in Kirkwall accross from the Royal (now Orkney) Hotel. My grandfather was in Radar in it's early days in the Royal Navy and was born in Blackpool. Looking for any info anyone might have.
Added by Daniel Rhodes on 05 October 2014
Sorry no relation. Paul
Added by Paul Rhodes on 19 October 2014
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