I Remember When...
DO you remember when you started school?
Although it is the norm for kids as young as four to go, in my time not many of us went to kindergarten.
I didn’t even know kindergarten existed when I was a kid until I heard other children talk about it when I was in the playground and I remember at first I felt a bit left out.
My first school teacher was Miss Hansom at Guildford Primary School in 1966.
Our classroom was what they referred to as the prefab buildings: hot in summer and freezing in winter with none of that fancy airconditioning.
Most of us either rode or walked to school and I used to walk with my friends John and Rita Di Marco, who lived across the street from me in Bertie Street, with Peter joining us when he started school a year later.
Just imagine: John was seven turning eight and Rita and I were five turning six and we walked ourselves to school each day.
The walk was just over a kilometre-and-a-half and with little legs it certainly takes a bit longer, plus all the stops we would make.
On the way to school we would bump into the other kids we knew and chat away. It was quite a communal daily event.
There were no signal lights to help us cross the roads and had to navigate two major roads to get to school.
I think most would have a heart attack seeing kids doing today what we did then.
Do you remember who you first sat next to on your first day?
I do; his name was Terry Bishop, a cheeky kid who used to wrap the teachers around his little finger with his charm.
The new school year is now beginning so no doubt plenty of tears will flow from the adults and the kids when they start their new journey in the education system.
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