What a way to wake up,pulling the curtain at the front of the bus i had to look twice ,ice had formed on the windscreen at least i/2 an inch thick.
looking through the small square pane of glass in the door that seperated the stationery cupboard from the classrom , i could see the rest of the class busy doing the experiments they had been assigned by Mac donald the science teacher ,berfore as usual he then headed of only to return just before the end of the lesson.I was sixteen and had less than a week before i was out of that school and Helensburgh and off to the army.
Hermitage academy was a large shool with two 3 story buildings facing each another, with large windows so from one building you cold look across and into the other.
from the Headmasters office in the bottom corner up to the far right hand english class and everything in between,
and if you looked to the left was a view out across the clyde and to the right Ben bowie and beyond Loch Lommond it really was a stunningly beautiful place Helensburgh ,but how i hated this school i found most of the teachers so boring and yet through my life i have enjoyed learning new things in fact i live to learn new skills but there sitting in that liitle room of the main classroom with my mates kenny and john I was bored beyond belief.So to releive the boredom we had come up with a wee game and after Macdonald handed out his lesson then disappeared as usual we would head into the room .
We had found the internal phone and so the game was to see who could get the most ammount of people to stand outside the headmasters office .
each person was allowed ten minutes a turn and we ticked of the people as they stood at the door and the loosers bought the beer at the dance at the caple at the weekend
so what you would do is say phone the english teachers extension and say Mr grey (Headmaster) whats to see you urgently .
then look around the building and choose someone else and send them down as well by the end of 30 - 40 mins there would be a huge queue outside the heads office.
and we could see him calling in each person in turn, we could only guess he was asking what THEY wanted only to be told they had been sent down eventually he would burst out the door to see maybe 30 to forty people queing up.Then we would just burst into fits of laughter as you each tried harder and harder to outdo one another, the door would open and one by one the class mates would squeeze in to see what all the laughter was about only then to join in as they understood what we were up to .
We would start by sending one person down at a time only to end up sending complete classes down the corridor to stand and wait their punishment this would go on for over an hour and then we would know macdonald was on the way up (someone on the look out)we would then
try desperatly to compose ourselfs re- enter the class as if nothing had been going on .
and as we took our seats again you couldn't resist one last look through the window you could see the ensuing chaos in the other buillding
Macdonald would come in without a clue at what had been going on, grunt something to us.
then the magic sound of the BELL would go and yet another DOUBLE SCIENCE would be over