• If you’re not gonna share…

    In 1973, the “New” school on Random Island opened. Originally called Random Island Integrated, its now called Random Island Academy. In Grade 11, I was part of the drama club that put off a, in pretty much everyones opinion, great play called Riverrun, semi based on a book of the same name about the Beothuks.  I am not sure, but I think the play may have been written by our teacher, Ray Budgell, but I could be wrong, that was 1982 after all.  I have great memories of it, and while we didn’t win anything at the festival, I will always feel we won in the court of public opinion, and look back fondly on our performance.

    Some of our practices broke down into some riotous laughter for sure.  There was one day I could not keep a straight face at Evan Reid’s town crier saying Hear Ye, Hear Ye.  And one other practice where Virginia Smith said “Me fell down to me knees” or something like that.

    I was also proud to be a member of the Crusader Basketball team in Grade 10. I was quite good at keeping that bench warm, and got to visit quite a number of places for tournaments.

    Was lucky to be a bench warmer for some great players too, we went to the provincials that year, and if memory serves, missed out on the playoffs by score differential of 2 baskets. I have no illusions about my abilities, but I am happy I got to participate, and also look back on that fondly.

    Our coach, Rod Nichol, was also our gym teacher, and our Biology teacher, and this particular memory relates to the latter.

    Rod had a terrific sense of humour, I remember the correct answer to a multiple choice question “An example of osmosis is…” being Mork’s finger (Mork and Mindy for all you young whippersnappers, look it up).  Another great memory relates to the title.  Like all teens, we weren’t above sneaking a snack into the classroom, which of course wasn’t allowed, a rule enforced more by some teachers than others.  Well this one Biology class in Grade 10, Jennifer Adey had a bag of candy in class, and was caught eating them by Mr. Nichol (Rod). Of course he yelled at her, and promptly confiscated the candy.

    But the funny part is instead of keeping them in the desk to give back later as was normal, he took the bag around the class and shared the candy with everyone but Jen! I don’t think there was one left at the end.  Well Jen, if you’re not gonna share…. see what happens?

    Raised in outport Newfoundland in a town of 65 people, I pursued a post secondary diploma in Information Technology right out of High School.

    I’ve always been a geek at heart, but yet I love the rural life I grew up with. Fishing, hunting, camping and the great outdoors are still loves of mine, even if I don’t pursue them as often as I once did. Sports were always a big part of our lives, and I played many (badly) and loved them all.

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    5 thoughts on “If you’re not gonna share…

    • Beulah Parrott says:

      I went to that school the year it opened. The School Board said we had to go to Clarenville to finish school. We were determined NOT to go back to Clarenville. Dot Martin stood in front of the school bus that only had one student on it. Pauline Laite I think. Anyway Art Vardy decided it wasn’t a good idea to run over her and the other parents that were protesting. The rest is History. We sat in the Gym for three weeks until they found us a teacher and some portable classrooms. It was great fun for us .The pay off was going home to some good food and our own beds at the end of the day. Graduating from that school was truly something special. We never forget where we come from.

    • Holly Martin says:

      Dot Martin was my grandmother; my dad’s mother and I have heard that story several times over the years. God love her! lol. I graduated from Random Island Academy in 2001 and the years in that school were the best years of my life. I now have a niece in grade 8 and one in grade 6 and I certainly hope they get to graduate there and that it is open for MANY years to come. Cheers to all.

    • Peter Smith says:

      I started down there when it opened as well, but that was in Grade 3, and can’t say I remember the protests other than by word of mouth.

    • Clarence Williams says:

      I would like to add to your stories, I was on the school board in Clarenville represnting Random Island, and fought for the school on Random Island, I found the land the school is built on for the board. I fought for an all grade school with the parents on Random Island backing me up.
      Its a long story and didn,t happen over night.
      Clarence Williams

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