Ballakermeen High School – Better Known As “Balla”

It is very rare to see this school without one car parked in front of it, so I grabbed the opportunity today whilst the school is still closed for the Christmas/New Year period.

I am sure this image will bring back loads of good and bad memories to those pupils that attended it, it certainly does for me!

It is worth noting that this school that was completed in 1939 initially served as classrooms for young boys mostly aged 16 who had signed up with the Royal Navy for 12 years and they were a familiar site during this war period marching from their ship (H.M.S St George) to Ballakermeen School to learn the basic knowledge of signalling and telegraphy.

The image was captured on my Fuji X10 camera, resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Click on the image for a larger view!

Ballakermeen High School - © Peter Killey


One thought on “Ballakermeen High School – Better Known As “Balla””
  1. When I lived in St Catherine’s Drive as a young boy the land to the west of the school was open fields all the way down to Peel Road. If you draw a line between the southern gate of the school to Pulrose Road there existed a hedge with trees and a dry stone wall, about half wat down one tree had grown around a large slab of stone an a piece of the iron railing (I’m guessing ti was the old outer perimeter wall of Belmont House).
    Anyway we called it the Witches Seat and I wonder if you know of it and whether it still exists?
    I’m afraid I haven’t been back to the island since I got married in Castletown in 1988.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *