"This photograph is of my class in Sciennes
School. I guess it would have been the last class I was in there,
and we would have been aged 10 or 11 when it was taken, possibly some time
"I remember the orderly way in which we
entered the school. From the separate playgrounds (girls in one, boys in
the other, and divided by railings I seem to remember) we had to walk into
the school at the beginning of the day and after breaks in twos and in
time to music which was played on a gramophone on one of the large
I remember how we all filed up the open
stairway and I used to enjoy that because you could see everyone and I
loved the music!"
"We had singing lessons and sang Scottish
songs which I still remember. That was fun, once the initial 'voice
testing' was accomplished. We had to stand in a line with our eyes
closed and sing a few notes in turn which was quite scary.
"The swimming lessons were not
so pleasant. There was what seemed to be a large pool and the teacher
Once someone learned to swim a few strokes,
they then had to jump in at the deep end while the teacher stood on the
side with a long pole. Many children were in tears about this. I remember
deciding not to master those few strokes, especially since I was to be
"Of the five primary schools I went to in
England, Scotland and Wales, Scotland had the strictest discipline. It
was the only school where I was punished (and quite a number of times!)
probably for chattering too much and not concentrating!
I'm sure many will remember the
leather strap, administered to the hands, and the plastic grin as one
returned to the desk, unable to pick up the pencil for a few minutes!
It never did us any harm, anyway. It was
just part of life."
"I remember loving school days at Sciennes.
My best friends were Jo Price and Joyce Bird. We kept in touch for a few
years, but it was a long time