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Ralf Brooks'
Villa St.-Jean Remembrances
1963-1965

Emblems of Villa St. Jean Ville de Fribourg  Canton de Fribourg and Switzerland


My Student Identification Card
for Villa Saint Jean International School 1964- 1965
 Student Identification Card for  Villa Saint Jean International School  1964- 1965

Villa Saint-Jean International School; Fribourg, Switzerland

In the fall of 1964 I entered my second year ad a student at Villa Saint Jean International (Boarding) School for boys.

I was enrolled in the 8th grade.

For the first week and a half I stayed in a single room in the top floor of the Sapinière residence. I thought I was in heaven.

Then the other shoe dropped, and we were told that there were too many boys in Sapinière, and all of the 7th and 8th graders were moving to the dorm in Ormes. Talk about a blow to the gut -- I tried to think of ways that I might be left behind, but they had everyone of us numbered and I was quickly marched over to Ormes -- and in a dorm no less. Disappointment does not adequately describe my mood.

1964 - 1965 Le Chamois Yearbook

In my opinion, the 1964-1965 Chamois Yearbook was not as good as the 1963-1964 version. Fewer pictures -- especially of the Underclassmen, the quality of the pictures (at least in the yearbook reproduction) seemed poorer, and instead of printing the full names of the students -- for rembrance years later -- they inserted (for the second class) Underclassmen an initial for the first name -- R. Brooks etc. A number of small things like that made the yearbook, in my opinion, not as good as the previous years.
Nevertheless its still good to glance through the pictures and remember the friends and shared experiences.

Section: DEDICATION and FACULTY

FRONT COVER  for  Villa Saint Jean International School  1965 Yearbook Le Chamois INSIDE LE CHAMOIS Cover Page  for Villa Saint Jean International School  1965 Yearbook Le Chamois
Description of town of Fribourg  for  Villa Saint Jean International School  1965 Yearbook Le Chamois Photo of Fribourg  for Villa Saint Jean International School  1965 Yearbook Le Chamois
DEDICATION Page  by Rev Charles Neumann for  Villa Saint Jean International School  1965 Yearbook Le Chamois Faculty Header Page for Villa Saint Jean International School  1965 Yearbook Le Chamois
Commentary by Principal Brother Wilfrid Moran  for  Villa Saint Jean International School  1965 Yearbook Le Chamois Faculty 1 Page for Villa Saint Jean International School  1965 Yearbook Le Chamois
Faculty 2  for  Villa Saint Jean International School  1965 Yearbook Le Chamois Faculty 3 Page for Villa Saint Jean International School  1965 Yearbook Le Chamois
Faculty 4  for  Villa Saint Jean International School  1965 Yearbook Le Chamois Faculty 5  for  Villa Saint Jean International School  1965 Yearbook Le Chamois
SERVICE Personnel for Villa Saint Jean International School  1965 Yearbook Le Chamois

The two remembrances I have of the service staff, are
a) Joseph who became a lot more visible for some reason in my second year and I remember him as a friendly sort always saying hello; as well
b) I remember the Sisters in the sick bay on the 2nd floor above Brother Moran's office -- a rare fight broke out in a classroom in Gallia Hall with two students throwing desks at each other -- no joke -- I was a bystander -- obviously standing too close when an errant desk edge entered the flesh of my lower leg -- requiring me to be rushed to a clinic in Fribourg where I got 12 stitches and spent the next 2 days recovering in the VSJ sick bay area. Walked with crutches for the next 1.5 weeks. The Brothers must have had an interesting conversation with my parents to explain what had happened!




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