Mike Mallett has found a very unusual souvenir.
Barry Kadleck recalls:
Re: Detentions... Here are a few scant memories:
There were (at least) 3 types of detention: Headmaster's, Master's and Prefect's). It was obviously easiest to get the Prefect one!
In my time, I had the "privilege" to receive all three!
Perhaps not surprisingly, although easiest to receive, the Prefect detention was the most severe. The worst I remember had us each holding a chair at arms length. If we let it drop slightly, we were rapped under the arms with a long blackboard rule. Nasty b*ggers - they are probably tax inspectors now!
The Masters detentions were reasonably OK - generally consisting of essay writing. Never any of the torture tactics imposed by our peers.
I only receive a Headmaster's detention once, with a friend (I cannot remember the heinous crime we were accused of though). This was actually the easiest of all (at least in our case - perhaps Eric was in a hurry to get home)... He kept us waiting in the hall for some 20 minutes, during which time our fear grew to monumental proportions. When he appeared, the only words he spoke were "I'd better take your names, boys...". Then "good night".
S pratelskym pozdravem / Saludos / Cordiali Saluti / mit freundlichen Grüßen / met vriendelijke groet / with best regards / avec mes meilleures salutations / med vänliga hälsningar
Dr Digby L. James
Was interested to see the photos and the Detention Card. I can't remember the latter either, even though I was certainly no stranger to detention. My guess is that the card was used before my time and that it was replaced by detention books some time in the 60s (I'm still looking for the 1967-68 one).