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The Jabberwocky – Kings School Nottingham Road

February 20th, 2010 No comments

I spent an amazing 5 years in the formative time of my life at one of the most enlightened schools in South Africa, if not the world. I refer of course to Kings School in Nottingham Road – Natal.

Kings was a school with a liberal attitude in a country that at that time was anything but liberal.  We learnt that “Apartheid” didnt make sense, but perhaps tolerance from all sides was a good idea.  We learnt that all people are created equal, and have a place in society. One has to remember that in South Africa in this era (I was at Kings from 1972 to 1976) equality had little place in “official” politics.  It was many years later that the government changed and at least the constitution became fairer.

Kings taught values and an attitude to life that have been a part of my life ever since.  Much of the credit for establishing this foundation must go to the ex-Headmaster and founder/owner – John  Carlisle-Mitchell.  Not only the head, John also taught me English and Maths.  John unfortunately passed away last year, but I recently came across this video of him reciting The Jabberwocky and had to share it.

The Jabberwocky would have to be my favourite poem, and John lends it an additional flair in this recording. Over to you John…

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