I Re­mem­ber When...

Hills Gazette - - RESIDENTIAL - Mil­ton Ren­dell, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Real Es­tate Plus

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.

Thank you to every­one for their sup­port of the ar­ti­cles and if you have a story or mem­ory to share please let us know at mem­o­ries@ realestateplus.com.au.

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