The New Coach

“What in the name of glory just happened!!” Eleven young men carried on stripping off their kits. The post-match banter flew around the changing room. “I’m talking to you boys!” Louder. Angrier. Voices quietened. Silence at last. “So answer me? Who wants to tell me what just happened?” The boys shuffled nervously. Embarrassed. “Gillingwater!” The … Continue reading The New Coach

The Run

A St Francis Independent Grammar School story. Click here for the full series. Brother Sebastian grew impatient. It was cold and starting to rain. Soon it would be dark. Where were those two boys? The others had returned ages ago. Brother Sebastian paced around the carpark. He paused and looked at his watch. He would … Continue reading The Run

Footballer’s Hairbrush Treatment

The new Chief Coach knew what he would do if he could have his way. A so-called top class footballer smoking cigarettes. What was the boy thinking? And, he still was a boy. Chief Coach Herbertsen had only recently been appointed to lead one of the best-known football clubs in the world and he was … Continue reading Footballer’s Hairbrush Treatment

Book. The St Francis Independent Grammar School stories

  In this free-of-charge book offering we revisit St Francis Independent Grammar School. St FIGS is a traditional school – traditional curriculum; traditional sports; traditional uniform and traditional discipline. We meet John Allison, eighteen years old and a new boy at school, as he discovers just what that means. The thwack of the cane against … Continue reading Book. The St Francis Independent Grammar School stories

Why me?

  Why me? Why am I always the one coach picks on to paddle when something goes wrong? I’m the one who has to “assume the position,” palms on shins, legs straight, butt sticking out. It’s me who feels the full force of coach’s 14-inch paddle across the arse. I don’t have much padding back … Continue reading Why me?

The St Francis Independent Grammar School stories

In the latest free-of-charge book offering we revisit St Francis Independent Grammar School. St FIGS is a traditional school – traditional curriculum; traditional sports; traditional uniform and traditional discipline. We meet John Allison, eighteen years old and a new boy at school, as he discovers just what that means. The thwack of the cane against … Continue reading The St Francis Independent Grammar School stories

The run

Brother Sebastian grew impatient. It was cold and starting to rain. Soon it would be dark. Where were those two boys? The others had returned ages ago. Brother Sebastian paced around the carpark. He paused and looked at his watch. He would give it another five minutes before he informed the headmaster. Where were they? … Continue reading The run

Footballer’s ‘hairbrush treatment’

The new Chief Coach knew what he would do if he could have his way. A so-called top class footballer smoking cigarettes. What was the boy thinking? And, he still was a boy. Chief Coach Herbertsen had only recently been appointed to lead one of the best-known football clubs in the world and he was … Continue reading Footballer’s ‘hairbrush treatment’