Saturday, January 27, 2007

Never done a meme

So here's my first....

taken from Dr John, who likewise took it from Catch

A quick translation - we don't have high school here in the England in the same way, we have secondary school and in some areas of the UK we have sixth form colleges (16-18 year olds) - at 16 (or so) we take GCSEs (we had 'O' (Ordinary) levels) in various subjects which are chosen aged 14. Mine were English Lit and Language, Religious Studies, Biology, Maths, History, Art, Drama. Then lots of kids leave school, but if (like me) you could stay on and do 'A' (Advanced) level subjects. I did Religious Studies, History and English. There were also 'AS' levels (Advanced Specialist) if you were really quite good. I did a religious studies AS. I should also say that I stayed in the same school for all my exams up to the age of 18 as we had a 'sixth form' as part of our secondary school.

It's all changed since i were a lad (makes me feel really old saying that) - there are many more vocational qualifications available now, and wheras you could do 'CSEs' instead of 'O levels' if you weren't necessarily up to doing o levels now the whole system is one GCSE qualification with more levels and layers than we had... Also higher qualifications are now split into AS levels as an initial qualification which can be continued up to 'A' standard. There are many further complications to the system such as NVQ's, Vocational qualifications, International Baccalaureates, Highers and more...

All this just to get this meme done...

Grad Year: 1987

1. Who was your best friend? Mark Gibson

2. What sports did you play? Bad at everything. Liked Hockey and Swimming, discovered weight training in 6th form which I wish I had kept up,

3. What kind of car did you drive? None - didn't learn to drive until i was 23. Parents had a selection of old bangers including a 'Vauxhall Victor' which was memorable for being like a tank.

4. It's Friday night, where were you? Church youth group (more fun than it sounds)

5. Were you a party animal? Yes

6. Were you in the "In Crowd"? I was an in crowd all by myself, unfortunately no one wanted to join... Actually i was part of various groups who were all 'in' in some way or other.

7. Ever skip school? Only with good reason - though sometimes I would use free periods to go to the local town and play pool

8. Ever smoke? Yes, but not much, and took it up when i got ordained!!!

9. Were you a nerd? Not really.

10. Did you get suspended/expelled? No, was a bit of a goody-goody, though did get threatened by a teacher for sending a letter to a local TV station which mentioned his baldness.

11. Can you sing the alma mater? Is that like the Macarena?

12. Who was your favorite teacher? Crosby Chaksfield. Great name, great bloke!

13. Favorite class? Religious Studies or drama

14. What was your schools full name? The King's Grammar School, Ottery St Mary

15. School mascot? No, I wasn't.

16. Did you go to Prom? No, we don't have that kind of thing. Did like school discos though.

17. If you could go back and do it over, would you? Probably.

18. What do you remember most about graduation? Don't do graduations for secondary school. Graduated from university and I remember being stuck in the back of a very small car (my mother's mini) with my then girlfriend Jo (now wife) to get the ceremony.

19. Favorite memory of your Senior Year? Being allowed to go the drama studio when there was no one there and play music loud through the music system.

20. Were you ever posted up on the senior wall? No idea what that means, but don't remember being posted on any wall.

21. Did you have a job your senior year? Yes, i tended bar at a pub in my hometown.

22. Who did you date? Mandy.

23. Where did you go most often for lunch? School cafeteria

24. Have you gained weight since then? And then some.

25. What did you do after graduation? After 'a' levels I moved to the North East of England to be a school's minister (a Volunteer Assistant for Scripture Union in Schools) then went to University to study Theology and Drama for my Batchelor's degree.

That's it.


The Old Fart said...

Hi Alastair

Just stopping by to visit your blog. I jumped over here to your blog from Dr John's. I see you have been visiting lately and I just wanted to come visit.

I did a Meme I borrowed from Quilldancer
and you can see my answers on my blog.

Welcome to the world of blogging, you will see there are a lot of fine folks out there.

I only had a quick visit to your blog, but I will be back for a longer stay next time.

Feel free to stop by and visit my blog someday, My blog won't change the world, but it is a nice place to stop by and visit.

Have a wonderful weekend

Dr.John said...

Interesting how you translated from one culture to the other. In any case you had more fun in school than I did. You know I forgot all about youth group which was important to me in high school.