Barbara Stott Lewis provided us with a wonderful handwritten account relating to the Birkenhead Primary School Dental Clinic.
I feel the dental clinic need recognition as part of the history of Birkenhead School. The dental service began in 1921. The year of first graduates was 1923. One of the first clinics on the North Shore was Birkenhead Clinic. I believe the clinic was opened early 1930's. I attended the clinic from 1939-1946. My dental nurse was Phyllis Webster. The clinic is still there, a veery solid building - now the classroom for children with English as a second language.
I trained as a School Dental Nurse in 1952-53, worked in the far north with very primitive conditions and equipment. My Dental Nurse Inspector was Phyllis Webster, my old Birkenhead Nurse. I was looked after very well.
I came back to Birkenhead Clinic in 1955 and worked here for four years. Most of the time on my own. Sometimes a 2nd Nurse. We treated a wide area - Birkenhead, Birkdale, Albany and Coatesville.
It was a busy clinic. I visited these schools for examinations in school staff rooms, then parents brought the children to Birkenhead Clinic for treatment.
I joined in the school events, fairs, bottle drives etc. for fundraising. We had a good group of teachers. Headmaster Mr Soloman, then Mr Fryer-Raisher and Ian Menzies as Head Teacher.
An updated clinic was built in the 60's and now a modern clinic build in the 2000's. With the equipment now available and again serving all the district it is built on the school boundary.
Barbara Stott Lewis
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!