Barbara Jean McKay Graham

House and Years at Fettes:
Glencorse 1975-77

What is your most cherished memory from your time at Fettes?
Starting every day in Chapel - it was a calming and wonderful way to begin the day and made me feel part of the community and ready to 'get on with it'.

And your least?
All the exams in the summer term of my final year - far too many to cope with and to focus on with O-levels, Highers, A-levels and S-levels all over the course of a few weeks.

What event or personality left a lasting impression on you?
Winning the Governor's prize for Science - I finally realised that I could actually excel in something! GABS left a huge impression on me as did his wife, Mrs GABS - both were so caring and had known my family for several years before I arrived as they'd been looking after my brother in Glencorse; they could always be relied upon to give just the right advice and, where needed, plenty of support.

Were you a conscientious student?
Yes I certainly worked hard - but also had enormous fun.

Outside the classroom, how did you spend your free time at Fettes?
In a coffee shop in Stockbridge called Duncan's Land or in the evenings in The Bailey (now and then). I had one boyfriend for most of the two years that I was there and we often spent Sundays visiting his Mother in Joppa, during fine weather we would eat a picnic tea on the beach.