This section of the website is for contributions from former pupils of the school .... or former pupils from the old Junior Secondary that used to be open. Very occasionally we here from people who used to go to school in Strichen and it is interesting to share what memories they have of the school.
Mr Thomas Soutar, Headmaster, 1962-1979
We were very sad to receive an email informing us that Mr Soutar had died in July 2008 after suffering from a heart condition for a considerable time. We would like to pass on our condolences to his family and appreciate them letting us know. Mr Soutar was the ‘Dominie’ when the newspaper report that is re-produced in the History section was published.
Ronald Paton - Former pupil from 1948 - 1951
I have just come across your web page and was interested in reading of the current status of the school. I was a pupil from 1948 to 1951 when I had to transfer to Fraserburgh Academy. In fact I was the Strichen School dux in 1951 (do they still have such awards?). I have many fond memories of my days in Strichen and the school friends I had there. Highlights of the school year included sports day, the annual picnic (Aberdeen or Fraserburgh by train), the annual production of a Shakespeare play (I had roles in A Midsummer Night’s dream and Macbeth), and the annual School Magazine (I think I was co-editor for the 1951 edition).
I believe that Mr Gavin was the headmaster in my first year at Strichen followed by Mr Nelson Keith (whose daughter, Eden, married Jack Webster of journalistic fame). Teachers I recall were Mr Shanks (English and History), Mr Watt (Science), Mr Eugene Bain (English and play producer), and Miss Black (English and Geography. She later married Mr Bain). Mr Keith was also a Math teacher.
I have lived in Vancouver, Canada for over 50 years now and am a graduate of the University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Commerce) and the University of California (Berkeley) (Master of Business Administration). I am also a Fellow (Honours) of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. So it would appear that the 3 years of junior secondary which I completed at Strichen prepared me well.