Thoughts on primary school teachers
1971 - Mrs Trevitt - nice old lady who I used to visit and bestow presents that I'd made; hideous creations consisting of empty chocolate boxes decorated with empty patty cake holders. She was very gracious and just let me prattle on.
1972 - Mrs Halliday - jolly and plump, so super nice. and such a talented teacher. She wore this delicious spearmint coloured skirt suit - years later would stop my mother and younger sister at the checkout at Franklins to ask after me - loved me as I loved her.
1973 - Mrs Reynolds - a bit stern and cranky but i made her happy.
1974 - Miss Watkins - very low cut tops and happy, active breasts, very strong sickly perfume and was once a bit mean to another student so I was almost reserved with her.
1974 Mrs Melvaine - for craft mornings and a wonderful librarian whose name I can't remember (sorry) - sensational
Moved house, new catchment area so new public school
1975 - Miss Berwick, Larry Lamb and Mr Carlisle. Larry Lamb was a war veteran who relieved Miss Berwick while she was on long service leave. He made us march around the oval singing John Brown's body.. BO Berwick kept me back after school, generally once a week because I didn't hold my pen correctly and my modern cursive corrective was so abysmal. " I had to keep your brother back after school too", she relished saying each time. Mr Carlisle took us for mathematics and caned my legs.
1976 - Miss March - wore a very mean pair of gaberdines - oh so tight.
1977 - Mrs Warden - had just emigrated from New Zealand. Outwardly severe but really rather gentle and kind and very professional.