It's been a little while since I participated in Sepia Saturday and it's been a period of ups and downs, my beloved tia Linda died which has been a complete shock to my system, despite the fact that she was 91. Somehow one continues to take life for granted even when one should know better.
On the up side of things, my latest book, Storm Warning, is out. My aunt was a great supporter of my writing so I think she'd be happy about that at least.
Below is a picture which I think was taken at the Antigua Girls High School back in the twenties or thirties but I'm not sure. It was a trimmed picture but when I asked my aunt about it, she couldn't say why.
FROM THE AGHS WEBSITE - "The history of the AGHS began in 1886, when an English couple- a Mr. and Mrs. Williams, came to Antigua, because of Mr. William's failing health. Mrs. Williams became the school's first headmistress. After her husband died, she sent for her sister and together they shared the responsibility of running the school. At this time the school had boarding facilities for local students, as well as students from neighbouring Caribbean islands such as St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Dominica and Grenada.
"In 1902 Mrs. Williams and Ms. Easie resigned and were succeeded by Ms. Simpson, who served for two years. From 1905 to 1944 Misses Millicent and May Branch served as joint headmistresses.
Because of steadily increasing numbers, the school changed its location several times. It first moved to St. Mary's Street, near the Nook, then East and Radcliff, back to St. Mary's Street and finally to its present location. At that time suitable accommodations became a pressing problem and so the idea of a building fund started. It was also decided that a governing body be created and have complete control of the school. In 1964 the school became government owned.
"During the 1960s the school's curricula was rather limited. Subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish and Music were excluded from the school's curricula. At the end of Secondary School, many of the young ladies were only able to teach Latin, French, and English. Many passed through without the benefit of a science subject. However when the government took over the school there was expansion of the curricula and sciences were included. A science lab was built, for prior to that, the ladies had to go to the A.G.S for Science classes. Today, in addition to the science, business subjects, Spanish, Info. Tech, Library Studies and Music are all part of the curricula."