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
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 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!