Combermere School and the Barbadian Society

Combermere School and the Barbadian Society

Combermere School and the Barbadian Society

Combermere School and the Barbadian Society

Synopsis

"Written by two former students of perhaps one of the Caribbean's most famous educational institutions, book elucidates school's evolution and analyzes its contribution to the development of Barbadian society. Although scarcity of adequate documentation results in an uneven treatment of different periods, work examines roles of various headmasters and their administrations in the school's evolution. Additionally, work places Combermere, and the changes it underwent, within the larger framework of societal changes that Barbados experienced. Useful case study"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

Excerpt

The research for this book on Combermere School, our alma mater proceeded in earnest, even though in fits and starts (and with many more of the former than the latter), from 1985. It was much facilitated by the wholehearted cooperation and encouragement of the Combermere School Board of Management, its alumni and its staff. Mr George Belgrave, a former chairman of the Board, and Mr Charles Pilgrim, then headmaster, were extremely supportive. They allowed us full and free access to the Combermere School Records at Waterford during the summer months of 1985, 1986 and 1987. the present headmaster, Mr Keith Roach, has also been very cooperative and provided invaluable information and insights. So too did Major Noott before his death in February 1992. Mrs Dorien Pile, the deputy principal, who has been teaching at the school since 1967 not only provided information and insightful comments but also critically reviewed most of the chapters.

The project has also been encouraged by the Combermere School Old Scholars' Association and Mr Basil Levine, in particular, has been urging us to complete it. Another old Combermerian, Mr David Williams, a member of the staff at the Department of National Archives in Black Rock, has also been most helpful indeed.

The study has profited enormously from the willingness of the Combermere staff and alumni to be interviewed. It has also been enriched by the editorial advice of such colleagues as Professors John Finlay, John Kendle and Edward Moulton of the University of Manitoba and Professor Hilary Beckles of the University of the West Indies. Nor could it have been brought to fruition without the contributions also of Ms Karen Morrow of the University of Manitoba . . .

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