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Happy days - the high school meme

Was reading through jonesiexxx's journal, came across this meme, and decided to steal it...if for no other reason than to see whether I've understood the instructions in the FAQ for posting images correctly:

School and Year you graduated:
Tijmstra Atheneum, The Hague. The year, I think, was 1982/3.

In The Netherlands, children get streamed at 11-12 years old. The atheneum is one of the two types of preparatory schools for university. It differs from the other, the so-called gymnasium in that it does not offer Greek and Latin; or if it does (as in mine), it is not mandatory for the pupils to take classes in it

Number of people in your graduating class:
18, if I've counted correctly (and assuming everyone was present the day our graduating class was captured for posterity - BTW, I'm the girl in the middle in the black jumper and cognac capris). We were a small, privately funded school.


Nickname in high school?
'Volvo'. Don't ask.

Sport you were into?
Dodging PE lessons. Got to be very good at it, too.

Had a circle of friends?
Sort of. Fell apart shortly after graduation, though. Mostly because, unlike the others, I didn't go on to study law.

Best subject?
Languages, history.

Worst subject?
Maths, sciences, economics I & II.

It got to that point where my maths teacher resorted to simple blackmail to ensure he'd never have to explain anything to me again: he'd let me have a passing grade if I swore I would drop maths from my curriculum. I liked nothing better.

A teacher you owe life lessons to?
Mr. Bouma, who taught me that life doesn't stop at retirement. He'd been a successful business man all his working life but roundabout the age of 70 decided he wasn't ready to be put out to pasture yet. Instead, he became a history teacher, and a good one at that, too. Very inspirational.

Describe in one word...
Grade 10: Don't remember
Grade 11: Don't remember...but fun, I think
Grade 12: I don't think I was there all that much...

Your best friend was?
Karin. We're still friends...I think. Haven't spoken to her in ages. Must give her a call one of these days!

Worst friend?
Tamara Winkler. Pretended to be my friend, but was really only interested in snagging my guy. Didn't succeed.

Cafeteria food sucked?
Not in my last school. The janitor made a wicked egg mayonnaise sandwich...But there was usually a caff not too far down the road.

Wore uniforms?
No uniform. But there was kind of an unspoken dress code (notice how all the boys wore blazers in that picture?), which I mostly ignored.

How was the prom?
No prom. It's not a tradition in The Netherlands. We did, however, have school discos, or parties at people's houses. The latter were the more popular venues because you could get drunk and/or high at people's houses, and not at school...or you could, but there'd likely be more unpleasant consequences: your parents might be told.

Who were the prom king and queen?
Because there's no such thing as a prom, there aren't any prom kings or queens either.

Any achievements?
Champion pinball wizard for 3 years running! Plus, dab hand at Pacman as well.

Were you popular?
Fairly. Probably because I changed schools so often, I never really belonged to any particular clique, but tended to end up on the fringes of everyone's circle of friends.

Best song that reminds you of high school?
Spandau Ballet's Gold. It happened to be played a lot at all the parties we had in our last year.



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Feb. 10th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC)
Wow! I remember the hairstyle of that period. Thanks for sharing the class photo.
Feb. 10th, 2004 08:03 am (UTC)
Your welcome! I just need to figure out how to reduce its size, though...

Oh, who could forget the hairstyles of the early 80s! These were fairly mild in comparison -- remember A Flock Of Seagulls? ;-D
Feb. 10th, 2004 08:25 am (UTC)
Flock of Seagulls? Yes. Did you also wear those ruffled long-sleeved shirts? I loved those, but you'll have to pay me to wear them now. Still, I'd rather have the ruffles than those mid 80s' shoulder pads.
Feb. 10th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC)
Did I also wear those ruffled long-sleeved shirts? Yes, I did. I thought they looked the business, but if I look at pictures of those days now, I think they look just awfully busy.

The shoulder-pads I never wore, not even then. I figured my shoulders were broad enough so I ripped them out of every item of clothing that had them.

And I used to backcomb my hair when we went out...and put tons of makeup on my face...and wear ridiculously broad belts cinched in so tight to get an hour-glass figure that breathing became almost impossible. Ah! the good old days of my youth, where have they gone?
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Feb. 11th, 2004 04:49 am (UTC)
And you were very pretty

Thank you, dear. So is your icon...very!

And why 'Volvo'? (Not at this school, BTW, but the one before that, that I got expelled from). I wish I could remember...perhaps because I was deemed to be sturdy yet with a bit of class? My two best friends at that school were known as 'Daisy Bell' because she could screech the loudest of anyone, and 'Panique' because she was chaos personified -- and I always liked their nicknames better than my own!
Feb. 10th, 2004 01:15 pm (UTC)
Volvo???? *dies from curiosity*

I'm gonna do it too, cute meme, but I don't have a photo I think.
Feb. 11th, 2004 04:54 am (UTC)
Ah -- the picture and the meme...bit of a coincidence, really: I bumped into the boy in the foreground (left) recently who mentioned that he had no mementos of his schooldays left due to a housefire or some such calamity, and so I offered to scan in the few photos that I still had, that had him in it.

Then a week or two later, along comes the meme! And have the perfect opportunity to try out posting a picture to LJ!
Feb. 11th, 2004 08:26 am (UTC)
he'd let me have a passing grade if I swore I would drop maths from my curriculum.

I'm in awe. This solution could have saved both me and my teachers untold angst.
Feb. 12th, 2004 03:54 am (UTC)
I'm not sure it was altogether legal and above board, but yes, it did make my life a lot easier in the short term.

Of course, nowadays, sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't have tried to put a bit more effort into it when trying to fathom how to put 2 and 2 together...but then I think 'nah'! ;-)
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