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TAKE TEN: Daphne Clayton

Daphne Clayton (JAGS Year of 1951) talks about her time at JAGS, her favourite teachers and courses, and how JAGS prepared her for the years ahead!

5 Sep 2014
Daphne Clayton (JAGS Year of 1951), right, pictured with classmate Anne Flower at the Alumnae Lunch
Daphne Clayton (JAGS Year of 1951), right, pictured with classmate Anne Flower at the Alumnae Lunch
What is your most lasting memory of your time at JAGS and what are you doing now?
Difficult to answer, there are so many memories it’s difficult to pick just one. I am now r
etired (since 1995).

How did JAGS prepare you for the path you took after leaving?
Taught me good English grammar, spelling etc

What was your favourite course at JAGS and how did it impact you?
History, I have always been interested in History, factual and novels – I can’t get enough of it.

Which of your teachers at Jags was most influential for you and why?
I think it has to be Miss Yates. If you showed an interest she was very encouraging. I even corresponded with her for a while in the 1980’s.

Is your life similar or different than the way you imagined it would be when you left JAGS and how?
Quite different. JAGS trained me for a continuing education and a career. My parents thought neither was necessary. I confounded everyone, including myself.

What advice would you give your 18 year old self now?
Never be afraid to ask. The answer may be “no” but you could be surprised.

Is there something you would do differently if you could go back to your time at JAGS?
I wouldn’t be so scared of everyone, but stand up for myself more.

How do you define success and has that changed over time?

Success is achieving at least part of what you set out to do. It has changed from the point of view that happiness can’t always be guaranteed.

What extra-curricular activities did you take part in at JAGS?
I was rubbish at sports and there wasn’t much else to do in our day. We did have a self-trained choir in, I think, Middle V, where we performed Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” (I was one of General Stanley’s beautiful daughters – some hope!) I helped out in the library after school a couple of afternoons a week – this enabled me to have first choice of new books!

Do you still keep in touch with your JAGS contemporaries? 
I didn’t for many years, but since the Grand Reunion of 1991, I definitely have, as they have with me.

Which house did you belong to?

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