RNS Tal Handaq - Notice Board

The Royal Naval School Tal Handaq

The RNS Tal Handaq has been a school since January 1947, although at that time only the buildings in the southern and central area of the school had been built. The remaining buildings were built during the 1950's and very early 60's with the objective of supporting a complement of some 800 pupils. However during the three years I attended the school numbers had increased well beyond expectation and by the time I left Malta at the end of the 1959/60 school year there were more than 1,000 pupils at the school. Even so class size was not excessive - in fact I don't remember there ever being more than 25 in any of my classes. With the exception of a few short months in 1972 Tal-Handaq was both a secondary modern and secondary grammar school (*later a comprehensive school) for British forces children until its closure in July 1978. A much more complete history of the Royal Naval School Tal-Handaq was written by ex headmaster, Captain M.F.Law and is available to read HERE.

*The school was renamed "The Combined Services Comprehensive School" in the late 1960's.

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Me taking photos of the school on my first trip back in 2004


 **VERY IMPORTANT** 


 WHEN  YOU  FIRST  VISIT  EACH  IMAGE  GALLERY  THE    LARGE   IMAGES (viewed by clicking a thumbnail)  MAY    INITIALLY  BE  SLOW  TO  LOAD.   LOAD  TIMES WILL  IMPROVE  AFTER  YOU  HAVE  BEEN  IN  A  GALLERY  FOR  ABOUT A  MINUTES.     SO ON  ENTERING  A GALLERY  FOR THE FIRST TIME IT MAY BE WORTH  CHECKING OUT  THE  THUMBNAIL  IMAGES  BEFORE  CLICKING  ANY  OF  THEM  TO    VIEW  THE  LARGER  IMAGES.   



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Click  Me And I'll Grow
FIRST TIME VISITORS PLEASE READ THIS FIRST

When clicked, every one of the  thumbnails in the left hand column will take you to a gallery of different photos of the school.

The photos have been organized into GALLERIES based loosely on area.  There will  eventually be galleries for old photos, aerial photos, demolition, and a catch-all miscellaneous gallery.

I've overlaid this Liceo M A Vassalli "Fun Run" map with colours to help place the images for those who have not been back to the school for a while.

RNS Tal-Handaq ~ Liceo Vassalli

TAL HANDAQ - BLUE GALLERY

The Blue Gallery


This gallery contains photos taken in the area highlighted in blue on the map (Admin Block, Blocks 8, 9 and 10 ....and the netball/basketball court area.

Note: This large gallery has been split into two parts. When you've viewed the last photo in Part-1 just click the "Older Posts" link to go to Part-2.   NOW PLEASE CLICK IMAGE TO ENTER GALLERY.

Royal Naval School Tal Handaq ~ Liceo M A Vassalli

TAL HANDAQ - GREEN GALLERY

The Green Gallery


Click thumbnail of the School Hall to visit the Green Gallery where you'll find photos of the hall, the gym and the changing rooms.


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R N School Tal-Handaq ~ Liceo Mikiel Anton Vassalli

TAL HANDAQ - PURPLE GALLERY

The Purple Gallery:


Clicking the photo on the left will take you to a gallery of photos taken both sides of Block-12, including Block-11 (the NAAFI), the Nissen Hut and the single story Music classroom (the Language Lab during time of M.A. Vassalli).


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RNS Tal Handaq and Liceo M.A. Vassalli

TAL HANDAQ - RED GALLERY

The Red Gallery:


Clicking the photo on the left will take you to a gallery of photos taken in and around the tarmac playground at the top of the school.


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RS Tal Handaq - Liceo MA Vassalli

TAL HANDAQ - MAUVE GALLERY

The Mauve Gallery


Click this thumbnail to visit a gallery of images taken around the general area of Blocks 4 to 7. These are the so called Romney Huts built around 1959/60 and first put into use as classrooms in 1960.

This gallery also includes Block 17:  The new Music Room and the last classroom block to be built at the school. Work started on this block in 1960.

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RNS Tal Handaq ~ Liceo Vassalli

TAL-HANDAQ - YELLOW GALLERY

The Yellow Gallery


This gallery contains photos taken around blocks 3, 14, 15, 16 and the toilet blocks.  See colour coded map if the block numbers don't ring a bell.

Note: This large gallery has been split into two parts. When you've viewed the last photo in Part-1 just click the "Older Posts" link to go to Part-2.   NOW PLEASE CLICK IMAGE TO ENTER GALLERY.

RNS Tal-Handaq ~ Liceo Vassalli

TAL HANDAQ - ORANGE GALLERY

The Orange Gallery


Photos in this gallery show the open area behind the netball/basketball court and behind Block 7.

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The Royal Naval School Tal Handaq

TAL-HANDAQ - VIDEO GALLERY

The Video Gallery


This video was kindly donated for upload to the website by ex Tal Handaq pupil, Lynn Mentiply.

Even though I've been back to the old school three times since 2004, viewing these video clips  still gave me a real feeling of nostalgia and I'm sure that most old "Talhandaqians" will hugely enjoy watching them too.    Believe me anyone who has not been back to Tal Handaq since their school days is in for a real treat!

The music

I understand from Lynn that the original video was shot for her by her sister's partner in 2005.  Lynn's sister Mandy is the girl that occasionally appears in the video clips - she was a pupil at Luqa.

I have to tell you.......the original video that Lynn sent me featured some great popular music from the 70's that I would really love to have included with the clips.  Unfortunately copyright issues meant that I've had to replace the original track with public domain music.  Nevertheless it's still a great trip down memory lane!

RNS Tal-Handaq ~ Liceo Mikiel Anton Vassalli

SCROLLING PANORAMAS

Panoramas...


Click this thumbnail to view a Gallery of panoramas taken at various places around the school. Some are a full 360 degrees - others may be less. All scroll semi-automatically under control of the mouse.

*GALLERY CLOSED TEMPORARILY*

RN School Tal-Handaq ~ Liceo Vassalli

WALLPAPER GALLERY

Wallpaper Gallery


Click this thumbnail to view a gallery of downloadable images especially processed to provide clean, painterly images of the school.

The file sizes are small which makes them particularly well suited for use as screen wallpaper. They can be used on any sized monitor with a 16:9 aspect ratio (most modern screens).

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