Fond memories of the big enamel jug of cocoa sitting on the pot belly stove in our class room in winter, milk biscuit's, apples wrapped in tissues and being chosen to ring the assembly bell.
During the polio epidemic we did correspondence work (sometimes our parents did it!)
We young ones were taken down to the suger works all attached to a long rope crocodile style,it had little loops that we had to put a finger in!
Our father also attended Birkenhead Primary, John Higham Fenton 1916 and my two brothers and sister also. My best friend Colleen Hickenbottom nee Barker also attended and still lives in Birkenhead and she keeps me up to date with all the news we are intending to catch up with old classmates in March.
Bev Stephenson nee Fenton (1943-1949)
I was at school 1941 to 1945 and my 2 older brothers attended between
1937-1942. My 3 daughters were there between 66-72. I was back as a training college student in 54 or 55. I was a school committee member in Allan Forsman's time and was a member of the 50th jubilee team with Les Pooch in 68 and 69.
Memories are sharp, and include headmasters Robin Watson and Arnold
Dobson, and the air raid shelter trenches dug in the pine plantation - in
the land now north of the bypass, which was our 3rd and lowest playing
field. Gas masks and earplugs were supplied to pupils, and we had drills
with team leaders to escort us home in the event of air raids etc. The Home Guard (our Dads Army) trained regularly in weekends on the asphalt between the 2 buildings.
We lived in a house which was demolished for the bypass and helped our
Dad in the big dig for the bowling greens next door to school.
Philip Cooper 1941-1945
I remember when Chelsea School opened. There was quite a big build up
to some of our fellow students leaving, and a special commemorative
booklet was produced (I SO wish I had kept my copy!).
It was sad to say goodbye to some of our friends, but at the same time
the whole opening up and development of Chelsea and Chatswood was an exciting time.
I also remember when the old school building at the front was pulled
down and the new school hall was built. I always found that old stone
building a bit scary, and the fact that it was only used for older
students made it intimidating.
I always laugh nowadays at the fact that Mr Wargent smoked cigars at a
lectern in his classes! No teacher would even dream of doing that now!
And those wonderful hours of all fours classes singing together in the
'Open Plan'- I'm sure that's why we were such good readers as a
cohort: we were always reading song lyrics!
Melissa Elliott (nee Gouldstone) 1978-1984
Our Learning Trust is collecting memories from both the students and teachers who attended Birkenhead Primary School since 1919. We would love to hear from you!