Ev­ery pic­ture tells a story

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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.

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