A lesson in school’s history
reds and blues always used to be first or second in sports.
“I also remember on a prize giving – I think it was 1963 – Hugh Gaitskell – was giving out the prizes when someone came on stage and told him the John F Kennedy had been shot.
“Also on leaving school I took the College of Preceptors Exam, a year One course (no one has heard of it these days) and I got 10 subjects including two distinctions in algebra and music.
“I got the second highest results that year.”
HOTS of Eastholm School from yesteryear brought up some nice memories for a previous student.
We published two pictures of the secondary modern school – now part of Thomas Deacon Academy – and asked for people’s stories.
Teresa Smith wrote to us, and said: “My name is Teresa Smith (was Holmes). I was one of the first to attend Eastholm Girls.
“I remember well walking down the road in my navy beret to school! I also sang, I was in the school choir and recorder group.
“Students weren’t as rude and cheeky those days and seemed to respect the teachers more.
“I remember once though in a chemistry lesson we were put into groups to do experiments.
“We had a bunson burner, tripod gauze and flask with some liquid in it that we had to heat up in a glass flask.
“One of the girls used a plastic flask which of course melted and the liquid spewed all over the floor. Us girls thought it very funny, but of course the teacher was not amused.
“I remember going to Oundle for music festivals for recorder and singing.
“The houses that we were in were Catherine Clayton (green, I was in this one!), Florence Saunders |(red), Hester Blagden (blue) and Margaret Gibson (yellow). When I was there, the