Every picture tells a story
Every picture tells a story and I think many of us treasure the ones we had taken at school when a photographer arrived.
I have one taken by Harry Wright, the deputy headmaster, of the school staff in 1981 at Catton Grove Middle School and looking at the photograph there are many tales to tell. I was a teacher at the school.
Harry Wright, who was a major in the army before he became a teacher, had very small handwriting and the rest of the staff thought his staff room notices were comical, especially the one that read ‘Assembly in Hell at 9am’.
As for Doug Garrett, it took a long time to recover from the embarrassment of getting his fourth year children to build a model of Noah’s Ark ( it took five to six weeks) in the class, but when it was finished, it was too large to go through the classroom door to be taken to the stage to be used in the drama production.
It took quite a while to ‘unbuild’ it and build it again and there were a lot of smiles from the children.
Later on in life there are so many memories, just looking at school pictures. It’s quite an amusing kind of education.
The attached 1981 picture of Catton Grove Middle School shows, left to right, back row: Lynn Marshall, Doug Garrett, Karen Felton, Phyl Mendlesohnn, Mary Ellis, June Gidney, Barbara Ellis ( music teacher) and Hazel Fletcher. Front row: Nancy Bridson, Dave Prince, Margaret Haley, Terry Loan ( head), Audrey Baker, Martin Monaghan and Linda Holland ( student). MARGARET HALEY Norwich Norfolk
The 1981 picture of Catton Grove Middle School.