School­boy mem­o­ries still fresh

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

Peter Hether­ing­ton, ad­mits his main in­ter­est while a stu­dent at Ti­rau Pri­mary School over seven decades ago was play­ing rugby with his mates.

A former head boy of the school, he is gear­ing up for its 125th ju­bilee and is rem­i­nisc­ing about how much times have changed.

‘‘(I’ve lived here) All my life. Too good of a place to move. It’s so cen­tral, an hour to here and an hour to there,’’ he told South Waikato News. He en­rolled in the school in 1940. ‘‘Yes, I re­mem­ber it quite eas­ily. Be­cause the head master told me ‘you didn’t come to learn Pete you came here to play rugby’. But that’s what I did, I went to school to play rugby.’’

The 77-year-old said times have changed dra­mat­i­cally.

‘‘Times have changed al­right. We used to play cock fight: we used to piggy back each other and try to knock the other fel­low off.

‘‘I don’t think the kids to­day know their times ta­bles like we had to. We knew them be­cause we sat there ev­ery morn­ing re­peat­ing the three times ta­bles and the four times ta­bles.’’

From Ti­rau Pri­mary School Mr Hether­ing­ton at­tended Mata­mata Col­lege.

‘‘I left pri­mary at stan­dard six and went to Mata­mata Col­lege and that was a change. I had not seen so many rooms.

‘‘That took me about one week to get used to, try­ing to re­mem­ber where ev­ery room was,’’ he said.

BACK IN TIME: A pho­to­graph of Ti­rau Pri­mary School’s rugby sev­ens team, which shows a 12-year-old Peter Hether­ing­ton (top right).

MEM­O­RIES: Ti­rau res­i­dent Peter Hether­ing­ton is look­ing for­ward to at­tend­ing Ti­rau Pri­mary School’s 125th Ju­bilee this year. He was en­rolled at the school in 1940. He is 78 in May.

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