Mr Wargent – wow what an amazing man! Our family of 4 kids all had
Mr Wargent and he was our favourite for all of us. I visited him as a 17 year old heading into teachers training college and he gave me advice I have never forgotten.
“When you are cross with the class you use a big voice.”
“When you are really cross with the class use a stern voice.”
‘When you are very angry use your smallest voice.”
“The class knows the quieter you are the more they need to listen.”
Diane Saunders nee Sutherland (1977-1982)
Our Sports Day in 1964. The girls had a dress up race wearing clothing of their dads and the boys wore their mums. I think it was the only race I’ve ever won, so proud on that day.
In the one with my brother Malcolm (photo on the right), to the left of him I think is Janet Wooding. This was the lower sports field and grassed terraces, back in the day before the bypass. Angela Young (1958-1964)
I remember in the primers having a teacher called Miss Sweetapple (Yes real name!) She had a pet possum she would bring into the class in a cage, and the whole classroom smelt of slightly rotten apple!! That would definitely not happen today!
Maria Tyrrell (1972-1975)
One of my strongest memories from Birkenhead Primary was the Pet Day. My brother and I had a lovely ginger tom cat, called Ginger! We scooped her up in the morning and mum helped drop us to school in the car so we could take her in her cage. I recall during the day we all went outside to show off our pets. There were cats, rats, guinea pigs, mice and more. But our excitement turned to fear when my brother wasn't happy with the cat sitting in her cage. He thought she needed a cuddle so he opted to take her out. Alas, poor Ginger was terrified with all the commotion so she ran as fast as she could taking solitude under the classroom - right in the middle where no-one could reach her. We could barely make out where she was but the wide glowing eyes in the sea of darkness assured us she was still there. Mum was called in from work and we tried to coerce the shaking cat out to jump back into her cage. Unfortunately we didn't succeed. After school we went home and grabbed some of her favourite Jelly Meat. The rattle of the can and the quietness of an empty playground provided her with enough confidence to come out so she could enjoy a treat before being securely returned to her cage to go home. Needless to say that was the last time I recall taking a pet to pet day!
Jane Henderson (1981-1983)
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