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Wardie School

in the

1960s

Please click on one of the links below, or scroll down this page:

Wardie School Anniversary Booklet
1931-1981

New Teaching Methods

Excursion

Cruises

1.

Paul Johnson
Edinburgh

Big TV in a Box

School Fees

School Uniform

School Football

Wardie v. Granton

Music

2.

Ed Thomson
Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland

Tennis Pavilion Playgroup

3.

Bruce Walker
Edinburgh

School Football

4.

Donny Coutts
East Lothian, Scotland

Gym Hall

Football

Teachers

5.

Paul Reid
Glasgow, Scotland

Teachers

Pupils

Gymnasium

My Recollections

 

Wardie School:    1930s     1940s     1950s     1960s     1970s     1980s

 

 

 

Recollections of the 1960s

from the

'Wardie School Anniversary Booklet  1931-1981'

Recollections of the 1960s:

New Teaching Methods

New teaching methods came into use, with children being taught in small groups and being encouraged to write in their 'Busy Books' without having every mistake corrected.

Excursion

There was a TV Educational Excursion by train from Granton Road Station to St Andrews in 1961.

Cruises

Fourteen pupils went on a cruise on 'Devonia' to Bergen and Amsterdam in 1966,  and 20 pupils sailed from Leith on a 10-day cruise to Norway and Denmark in 1969.

[Anniversary Booklet  -  Wardie School  1931-1981]

Recollections

1.

Paul Johnson

Edinburgh

Thank you to Paul Johnson, Edinburgh, for sending me these recollections from time at Wardie School in the 1960s:

Big TV in a Box

"In September 1964, the whole school sat cross-legged and numb-bummed on the wooden floor of the gym hall to watch 'Her Maj' cut the ribbon for the Forth Road Bridge.

The black and white TV was in a huge wooden box with doors, and stood on tubular steel legs about 20 feet high - or at least, they looked 20 feet tall when I was five!  The doors on the TV were supposed to block glare - but nae luck if you happened to be sitting slightly off-centre.

Three years later we all trooped back in again to watch 'Her Maj' launch the eponymous QEII.  Of course, now we all appreciate how dreadful it is to waste champagne.

I don't recall a screening for the moon landing in 1969, perhaps because the timings were wrong.  And of course, now the conspiracy theorists cast doubts on whether they really went  - but, hey, that's a whole other subject!"

School Fees

"Back in my Wardie days (1964-70) it was, technically, a fee-paying school - the princely sum of £4 a term!  -  Not quite in the same league as Heriots or Watsons, or the Royal High though.

This actually might well have been pretty 'princely', because I know my parents used to get 'helped out' by my Gran when it came time for it to be paid.

Don't forget, Wardie had an entrance exam at one time.  Going by the standard of some of us who got in, probably little more than:  'Can he tie his laces and go to the toilet on his own?' !"

School Uniform

"There was the twice yearly trip to 'Leith Provi', down at Junction Street, Leith, to buy the school uniform - because my Mum would get the 'divi stamps' which would help pay for holidays.

Grey shorts, grey shirt and grey V-neck jumper with the school colours round the collar.  And for P1, a dark blue Burberry coat with a belt round the waist - and a cap.

And later, Clarks Pathfinder shoes with animal tracks on the soles and a compass in the heel!"

School Football

"Most playtimes the boys in my class would nip into the field for a game of footie with jerseys for goalposts; we were keen, but really, really bad and the only half-decent player we had was Colin (Coco) Barr.

As we weren't in Mr Wallace's class (and I can't recall any other teacher being as interested in football) I think we only got on to the proper pitches in a school-organised game perhaps four or five times in my whole time at primary.

The ground used was the one that ran along the length of the classrooms to the east side of the school - more suited to downhill skiing, with a steeper slope than Hibs pitch at Easter Road.

We were all tiny, yet they had us running about on this full-size adult pitch, and as I played in goal I saw the ball perhaps twice in every game.

In fact, because it took 20 minutes for the ball to even get out the centre circle and goalmouth incidents were so few and far between, rather than go back to the centre spot after a goal, we'd just restart with a goal kick, to keep the 'action' going!

The only thing was that the ball was so incredibly hard and heavy (and sore), I could hardly kick it out the goal area at goal kicks.

And it was full-sized goalposts, the crossbar of which I couldn't even reach even if someone gave me a dookie-up.  It also took me about 15 steps to even run across the goalmouth, never mind being able to dive to stop balls."

Wardie v. Granton

"But some bright spark decided we were ready for a competitive match and organised a game against Granton Primary, which had a grand tradition of school football teams.

I'll never forget the name of Hugh Stevenson, in the Granton.  team. He  claimed he was the same age as us, but this kid was so huge I'm sure he had 'repeated' for about eight years and was actually old enough to drive!

Every time a Granton player got the ball they passed to Hugh, who then fired it straight past me into the back of the net - except there wasn't a net, so my wee legs got knackered just fetching the ball.

Once, he shot the ball straight at me and I took this cannonball full in the chest, staggered back four or five steps, and fell over the goal line - I think I was the only Wardie player to score that day.

I don't recall how far into double figures Granton got.

Despite our obvious ineptitude at football we were entered into an inter-schools competition at the playing fields in Inverleith Row (at Eildon Street), but I find I have wiped all other memories of that; they were obviously so bad!"

Music

"Music always seemed to consist of splitting the class into groups and singing a song in a 'round' - once the first group had sung the first line the second lot started, and so on.

And it usually was some French song - probably Frere Jacques.

There's a memory lurking of the day Mrs Fraser got just a little too ambitious - or maybe simply miscounted - and had us split into so many groups that the first lot had finished before the last group had even sung a note!

Mrs Fraser was also obsessed with that 'Doh, Ray, Me' hand thing, which she must have thought was a much more useful exercise to improve singing than, say, the perhaps slightly more relevant practising breath control!

Paul Johnson, Edinburgh:  August 25, 2006.

 

Recollections

2.

Ed Thomson

Edinburgh

Thank you to Ed Thomson, now living in Glamis Castle, Angus, who wrote:

Playgroup

"I remember Mrs Wilson and Mrs Wallace from the 1960s,  when they ran the Playgroup at the Wardie Tennis Pavilion.

Occasionally I stopped by, to do running repairs to the trikes and play equipment."

Glamis Castle, Angus Scotland:  February 25, 2007

Thank you to Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland,  for telling me about one of his photos, captioned:

"My mother, the indomitable Jessie Wallace, Mrs. Paterson and the children"

I  have passed a link to this photo to Ed Thomson.

-  Peter Stubbs:    February 25, 2007

Recollections

3.

Bruce Walker

Edinburgh

Bruce Walker wrote:

School Football

"I went to Wardie primary school, 1965-70, then to Ainslie Park High, 1970-74.

What Paul Johnston wrote about regarding his time at Wardie school is bang on!  Hugh Stevenson of the Granton school football team of the time must have been around 35 years old, and 6ft 2 tall !!"

Bruce Walker, Edinburgh:  Message (and email address)
 posted in EdinPhoto  Guest Book, August 3, 2010

 

Recollections

4.

Donny Coutts

East Lothian, Scotland

Donny Coutts also described Paul Johnson's comments (1 above) as "spot on".  Unfortunately, not all of Donny's memories were happy ones.

Donny wrote:

Gym Hall

"I remember the gym hall and the lovely Alice in Wonderland murals on the south wall.

Football

"I remember playing football on that awful sloping pitch and going away on school trips."

Teachers

"I remember Mrs Logan whose wrath was to be avoided at all costs.

My recollection of Wardie is that of how I would imagine a prison camp to be;  the discipline was extreme and punishment was meted out in many forms. The main one was ‘the belt’ which was used upon me more times than I care to imagine. Thank God that form of assault has been long abolished!"

In reality, the ‘teachers’ spoiled those early formative years for me.  Though I have often thought of going back to tread those corridors one more time, I can’t quite bring myself to do it."

Donny Coutts, East Lothian, Scotland:  August 3, 2010

 

Recollections

5.

Paul Reid
Glasgow, Scotland

Thank you to Paul Reid who wrote:

Teachers

"On my first day at Wardie, I was taught by Miss Grigor.

Other teachers that I remember include:

-  Mrs Hume,

-  Mr Cooper.

- Mr Wallace.  He was a good, kindly teacher.  He always wore a green tweed suit and brown brogues!"

Pupils

"I remember:

 -  Brian Law,

-  Ian Drysdale,

Brian Swanney,

Jennifer Walls,

-  Felix, from Caracas!"

Gymnasium

"The gymnasium was home to all plays, services etc.  On the wall there was the famous 'Alice in Wonderland' mural with the golliwog which was recently subject to attack by history revisionists!

In the corridor were scary display cabinets with all kinds of stuffed wildlife."

My Recollections

"This has been my brief recollection of a great era and a wonderful school, although  we didn't see it that way, 50 years ago!"

Paul Reid, Glasgow, Scotland:  23+24 December 2016

 

 

North Edinburgh

Cramond - Granton - Royston - Trinity -  Wardie

Maps

Granton:  transport map 1932

Granton:  small map 1870

Granton:  large map 1870

Recollections

Cramond:                        from 1940s

Cramond Island:              1970s

Granton:                           1930s   1940s   1950s   1970s

Granton, Trinity, Wardie:  1940s   1950s - 60s   Shops

Lower Granton Road        all dates

Muirhouse                         from 1930s

Pilton:                               1940 bomb

Royston:                            from 1930s

Wardie School:                 1930s    1940s   1950s

                                         1960s    1970s   1980s

History

Granton, Trinity, Wardie:  from 1544

 

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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks