Ah biology - exactly why did they place the biology lab next to the dining room...and why was our biology lesson involving dissection always the double period before lunch? It did seem that after cutting up kidneys for the first time we went straight to the queue for steak and kidney pie.....! I don't think anyone will forget the clatter of Marie Raynor (who was very tall) fainting at the first sight of a bloody heart, and falling from one of those biology lab stools (which were also very tall!).

Jonno Slater and Mrs Paul were our biology teachers for A level. I remember I'd be working away on dissecting a rat when something would land with a light splat on my shoulder. It was usually some particularly distasteful part of the rat behind - intestines were the favourite part! The art was to see how far forward the intestines would get before Jonno Slater discovered what was happening.

And of course a few years earlier biology meant sex education lessons, although to be honest none of the boys needed them when we had Mrs Hall taking us for biology - she was a young, red haired teacher who had a habit of wearing a purple mini dress...she could make even osmosis exciting!

On Saturday 8th April 1972 the A level Biology group headed for Worms Head on the Gower peninsula for an action packed week of standing on the beach, in the rain. The first day wasn't bad, as my diary informs me we played football on the beach as soon as we got there. On the second day we messed about doing some project on sand dunes and it was "quite hot" according to the diary - I don't believe this as my recollection of the whole week was cold and wet!

I also remember late nights in Bert's room and Ollie falling through the window and breaking the glass. He was unhurt but there was a howling gale coming through the window when we all huddled together on the bed telling ghost stories until 3.45 am. There was apparently a headless coachman who rode up and down the beach on stormy nights, and we definitely had stormy nights!

We had stormy days as well. We stood in the rain picking up periwinkles and whelks in a bucket, then categorising them according to their colour (as what they eat affects their colour and we could tell what their diet was). And did you know a whelk has a channel in it's shell and a winkle doesn't? Or was it the other way round?? When we'd done one bucket we did another one, all day!! We were however allowed in the bar at the hotel which was a bonus and we had a beach bonfire and parties in our rooms. We also walked out along Worms Head promontory and very nearly got stuck on it, as it turns into an island when the tide comes in. We had to wade back as the strong current swirled around our legs- another half an hour and we'd have been stuck!

Thanks to Stroppy (Lynnda Peck) for her recollections of Worms Head a few years after our trip!

"Mr Ward and Mr Slater took our year on a joint Geog /Biol field trip in the 6th form to stay at the Worms Head for a week. On the second day Mr Slater bought a large bag of wine gums to make us catch up with him as we had been so slow on the first day but on the second day we bought our own bag of wine gums so we could walk at our own pace.

We had Spam sandwiches every day, we too sat up tell ghost stories till the early hours, and on the last night didn't go to bed at all. We were put off as two boys had found a large cockroach in their bed ( most of us had double beds ).

We went back there the next year from a trip to Swansea Uni. and bought more wine gums."

I'd forgotten about the cockroaches but yes, they were everywhere!