Followed footsteps of 10 siblings. I am last of family now. 2 eldest sisters were original pupils, in new school, (now very old school), Alice lived to be 100 years. Eileen cut cake at 75th Celebration.
I just loved the school, every day the sand pit. The terraces were great and the cricket pitch on the top field. My best memories are in standard 3-4. A group of us above average in maths were put in a composite class of Std 3-4 with a brilliant teacher Mr A.D Upton. We girls though he was magic. We got to have him as a teacher for the 2 years. We got to play cricket with the boys at lunch time. We got to do the dishes in the common room which meant a biscuit. Owing to the age difference in my family (spread over 24 years) I had a niece (Maureen Roberts) in the same year as myself, and a nephew (George Davis) 1 year behind us. I remember a big concert for war funds in the 'Foresters Hall' and us smaller children stood on the stage in nightgowns holding candles while big kids sang. One boy Willie Waller, with such a beautiful voice, he sang solo. I vaguely recall trenches dug in the the very bottom below terraces under the trees, and us having air raid drill - scary. Best school ever. Hot cocoa at lunch time in winter in shelter shed under infant block. Getting to be important - running messages for the teacher. Being in main building, first room, really good. Will be at reunion (hopefully) with my 2 sons who both started at Birkenhead but had to go to Verran Rd School when built, both did very well. I have lived in Birkenhead all 87 years of my life and I pass the school nearly every day.
Lorna Lydiard (nee Bland) 1936-1941
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!