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Verdala Bell-on-the-Well30 viewsCover to the deep well below the Verdala playground.

Sketch by Ken Woodhams.

Verdala website HERE
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Tony Wise ©54 viewsContinuing the Verdala theme, this was painted by Tony Wise, Verdala staff member 1962-5. TW is mentioned by KEITH ALLEN in THIS EXTRACTadmin
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Sheriff who?83 viewsNot a lot of people know this - but Keith Allen, star of stage and screen (at present playing in "Hogarth's Progress" as the older William Hogarth) - and of course Lily Allen's father- went to Verdala in 1960. His autobiog briefly describes his time in Malta (scroll down to chapter 3, page 40) -

HERE

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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1965 (3)146 viewsExecuting "the wheel".

Viewed from the hall roof.

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1965 (2)112 viewsTwo paces forward.

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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1965 (1)90 viewsBelieved to be on the occasion of a member of staff leaving - Jack Ousbey

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Coronation party 1953158 viewsCoronation school party at Verdala 2nd June 1953. Me bottom right half hidden by Union Jack. Younger Brother (now deceased) hiding behind hands. Both of us went on to Tal Handaq 58-61.2 commentsCrab
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Dockyard Technical College338 viewsSelf with Godwin Bonnet outside one of the old rooms of the Dockyard Technical College 2016. Godwin was one of the apprentices taught by my father 1959-60.1 commentsMartin Powell
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RAF Luqa School Choir, 30 May 1964286 viewsRAF Children's School Luqa. School Choir for TV Performance, 30 May 1964.pughcd
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Verdala closes - 40 years ago516 viewsThe Dolphin & Eagle (forces families newspaper Malta) carried the following article on 30 July 1976, headed simply :-

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"The Service Children's School Verdala closed on Wednesday 14 July, for the third time in its history. The Assembly held in the school that morning was therefore a rather special one for the children, staff, parents and guests. The Flag Officer Malta, Rear Admiral O.N.A. Cecil, accepted an invitation to be present and and kindly consented to present the awards.

For most of the forenoon a special signal hoist 'ZKJ2' was flying from the palm tree, meaning 'I am closing down this circuit'. A very sad moment arrived when that signal was executed at 1255"
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Rear Admiral Loram Visit to RAF Luqa Primary School 1973553 views?? Capt Mike Law on right?Karl
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RAF Luqa Primary School Oct 1973 pupils assembled436 viewsHarvest Festival Service 23 October 1973 with Rear-Admiral David Loram and staff in attendance.Karl
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RAF Luqa Primary School335 viewsSchool visit on 9 Feb 1973 by Controller of SCEA Group Captain Angus McIntosh, accompanied by Captain Brierley.
Who is the teacher on the left? Gordon Partridge (Headmaster) on right.
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RAF Luqa Primary School children 1972-73484 viewsTaken by my Father, Gordon Partridge, who was then Headmaster.Karl
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TH from across the valley390 viewsPrefect
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Verdala Old Entrance © 556 viewsSomewhat neglected.6 commentsPrefect
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TH 2015334 viewsNot sure what this is about. Future development?Prefect
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The Gym is still a Gym377 viewsPrefect
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The Hall still stands355 viewsUsed as a storeroom.Prefect
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Sports Day399 viewsBut what School, where & when?
From Bruce Williams.
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Another of Luqa 2 Site (June 2012)407 viewsAfter 10 minutes of cajoling the AFM guard at the entrance opposite the station church he decided he couldn't let me in, so this was taken from outside the perimeter. Our flat was the one in the middle, although it didn't have a glazed-in veranda in 1965/66. McDonalds - who'd have thought it...?Ivan
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A Surviving Romney Hut389 viewsGlimpsed though the barricades.Prefect
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More planned development at TH, 2014.353 viewsBut not sure what as the banner kept falling down.Prefect
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Verdala School Visit to BEA at Luqa © 392 viewsPhoto Graham King, © Camera Moose.Prefect
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Same railings but only one door. © 374 viewsPrefect
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St Andrews School Cricket Team (1955)445 viewsTaken when we visited RAF Luqa . I think all must have gone to Tal Handaq in either '55 or 56' (I went in '56).
Back Row: Me, Bernard Derrick (captain), F Green, Q Bloxham, D Hutchins, T Pickering, L Davie, Mr Thomas (Sports & Form Master)
Front Row: A Mustoe, R Orchard, O Casteletti, C Head, T Crisp, N Wright, R Wilson
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RAF Luqa Primary 564 viewsPrefect
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At St. George's Bay 1961429 viewsDon and Martin Stubbs, St. Andrew's pupils in those wonderful free afternoons !dfss
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RAF Luqa School Badge402 viewsWhich belonged to the late Andy Joyner.Prefect
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Luqa School Class in 19652263 viewsWith Mr George Cannon, Andy Joyner, Mike Castle, Linda Sweeney, Susan Paton & Vicky Edwards.Prefect
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RAF Luqa School Relay Team 1957519 viewsLaraine PalmerPrefect
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Laraine Palmer & Friends456 viewsRAF Luqa 1957-8Prefect
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