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Recollections

Links Primary School

Leith

 

Links Primary School

Recollections

1.

Jean
Leith, Edinburgh

I've found no Recollections

Other Changes

Reply to 1.

Peter Stubbs
Edinburgh

Schools

More Memories

2.

Bob Sinclair
Queensland, Australia

Schools

3.

Jean
Leith, Edinburgh

Links School

The Headmaster's Chase

The Belt

-  The Deputy Headmaster

-  Old Teachers

-  Strict Teachers

-  Australian Teacher

-  Playing

-  Playground

-  Toilets

-  Fights

-  Orchestra

-  Nursery

Out of School

-  Outdoors

Dangers

-  Wheels

-  Cinema

-  Poor-Oots

-  X-Ray Machine

-  Seafield

4.

Derek Stirton
Corstorphine, Edinburgh

1962-69

-  Teachers

-  Classrooms

-  Other Recollections

5.

Liz Torres (née Russell)
Melbourne, Florida, USA

School

1956-65

Home

6.

Sheila Dryden
Glasgow

School - around 1955

Headmaster and Teacher

Hand Washing

Writing and Reading

7.

Jim Little
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

School (1942-46)

Army Vehicles

Keeping in Touch

 

Recollections

1.

Jean

Leith, Edinburgh

Jean, who also sent her memories  of Houses around Leith Links, wrote about her school days.

Jean wrote::

Links School

I've found No Recollections

"I've not been able to find anything on Links School on the EdinPhoto web site.  It's as if it never existed.  Nothing on it anywhere.  Only the Academy!

Links has now become a RC school.  When did that happen?

My sister and I went to Links School:

me from 1956-ish onwards

she from  1947-ish onwards.  

My sister was happy there, but she left before I started.

I was happy in the first years, but hated the last years."

Other Changes

"One of my aunties ruled the roost  in the Junior Sunday School at Duke Street Congregational Church.  She was there from the 1940s until about 1960.  They couldn't get rid of her!

-  That church has now gone.

The Kirkgate has gone too

-  The Academy is empty

-  TheLinks is a  different school.

It's as if my childhood never happened  It's not nice to find yourself just a piece of past history on web sites  - and not even that."

Jean, Leith, Edinburgh:  28 August, 2013

 

Reply
 to

Recollections

1.

Peter Stubbs

Edinburgh

Hi Jean:

Schools

"I've been send memories of 96 Edinburgh schools so far, but you are the first person to have sent me a message about Links school!"

More Memories?

"Now that you've started the discussion of the Links School and the nearby houses, perhaps others will join in and send me emails with more memories of the area that I'll be able to add to the web site." ***

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  28 August, 2013

***  UPDATE

It took only  about six hours for the first message to arrive!  See below.

 

 Recollections

2.

Bob Sinclair

Queensland, Australia

Thank you to Bob Sinclair for sending a quick response to Jean's Recollections 1 above, and mentioning the kindergarten at Links Primary School.

Bob wrote:

Kindy

"My wife Margaret went to Links Primary School Kindy in about 1947 and said it was a lovely school which looked out over the Links.

However when she was 5 years old she was put in to the Academy like a lot of others."

Houses

"All that my wife can remember about the houses at Pirniefield is that in some of the people in the terrace had a relatively high opinion of themselves."

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  August 29, 2013

  

Recollections

3.

Jean

Leith, Edinburgh

Thank you to Jean for writing again.  Jean wrote:

"It's great that somebody replied so quickly to my comments  in Recollections 1 above."

Jean has now sent more recollections of Houses around Leith Links, and also the recollections below of attending Links Primary School at Leith:

Links School

The Headmaster's Chase

"The headmaster was Mr Sloss, tall, pale, gangly, bald and bland. We hardly ever saw him, but I remember him chasing Freddy Henderson through the male staff-room, trying to catch and belt him.

A group of us were having a violin lesson at the time when Freddy burst in, then charged out of the French window to the boys' playground with Sloss in hot pursuit!

At that time Freddy was a wee plump boy with huge brown eyes - a quiet boy, always cheery, not one of the bad lot at all.

Goodness knows what he'd done wrong. I bumped into him years later, and he'd turned into an unbelievably handsome, willowy man."

The Belt

"We got belted a lot, even me, and I was a 'good' girl.

One temporary teacher, a madwoman whose name evades me, (a friend of Aunty Jean) once belted the whole class for getting a phrase in dictation wrong. We hadn't.

The whole 30 of us had all written exactly the same thing, and tried to tell her that's what she had said, but she wouldn't have it.  So she belted all of us (1) for getting it wrong; (2) for arguing."

The Deputy Headmaster

"The deputy headmaster was a sad, angry, fat, red-faced man, Mr Forsyth. He was famed for having a whole range of belts.  Only the very worst boys were sent to him.

I don't think he did much teaching.  Mostly, he seemed to stay shut up in his room. He played the violin once at a school concert, really well.

 I never had anything to do with him, but I liked him - he was interesting.  I wondered why he was always so angry."

Old Teachers

"There were two old ladies, maybe sixty-ish, Miss Audie and Miss Groat.  I never had them as teachers myself but my sister did.

I saw then about the streets afterwards for years. They must have lived until they were ninety or more."

Strict Teacher

"I did have Miss Sinclair as a teacher, and liked her a lot.  She was strict but fair. She made us sit with our arms folded behind our backs - partly so there was no fiddling with things, partly to make everyone sit up straight.

Everything I learned at Links I learned from her.  It's not her fault that I never quite mastered counting."

Australian Teacher

"A horrible Australian woman, Moira Mackenzie,  came in my last years at the school.  She a hefty, horse-faced, athletic type who took sports.  The other stuff she was meant to teach us wasn't of much interest to her."

Playing

"There were seasons for for different activities:

Winter was for making slides on the Links, when the frost was hard enough. There were snowball fights etc when there was snow.

One season was for swopping scraps; you put one loose in each page of a book, then swopped the books.

When you got the books, you moved the scraps that you wanted so that they were sticking out, then handed the books back to each other, and started bargaining.

Pre-war scraps had very high value. (There was a good scrap shop down the Kirkgate.) I don't think anyone ever actually used the scraps for anything - the joy was in the swopping.

Another season was for skipping; we did that in the playground.

Another was for collecting wee fluffy feathers on the Links and making them into flowers.  That drove Miss Sinclair mad.

She must have had a desk full of ones she confiscated.

Then there was:

- bools, but that was mostly for the wee ones.

Peevers.

Conkers, mostly the boys.

-  Tig.

Chainy Tig, where if caught you had to link on to whoever was het, until a whole line stretched behind them.

-  Tig where, if caught, you had to stand with your arms stretched out touching the wall until someone managed to run through them and free you.

The usual singing games.

- Skipping with proper ropes and, later on, ones made from elastic bands, very trendy at the time."

Playgrounds

"There was yelling at the boys, over the wall that separated the Boys' and Girls' Playgrounds, round the back by the shed.

Boys and girls never played together, not even on the Links. Sometimes there we had fights about whose shot it was next on the slide, but that's as near as we got."

Toilets

"Toilets were outside, in the shed.  They were horrible. They were used only in extremity.  We never got to use the staff ones inside, as far as I remember.2

Fights

"Fights were mostly on the Links.  I don't remember a teacher ever interfering. The teachers came out at playtime only when it was time to herd us all back in."

Orchestra

"Oh, the violin lesson!  Four local schools each got a teacher:

-  Two schools learned the violin ...

-  One, the cello ...

-  One, the viola ...

... so we could form a string orchestra.

The hitch was that the four schools were at war.  Lessons were okay, but rehearsals were held at each school in turn, and when you were in enemy territory, you had to more or less barricade yourself into a corner of the playground in the break.

I can't remember the other schools :

-   maybe DKs

-   maybe Norton Park.

I don't think the Academy joined in. Their primary school was fee-paying, so they were not like the rest of us."

Nursery

"I was sent to the Nursery.  It was a big wooden pen in the girls' playground - but decided I wasn't having any of it, so when I could get out I trotted off home and refused to go back.

I must have been three or four years old.  Crossing the Links and a road were nothing then!"

- - - - - - - - - - - -

Out of School

Outdoors

"We were out playing all the time.  Lucky mothers, then; they hardly saw us.  You came home from school, dumped your bag, and immediately went out.

Sometimes, big girls would call for wee ones to ask if they could take them out - maybe they liked having live dolls to play with!

Anyway, there were always gangs of us roaming about, from about three or four years old to roughly ten.  Those older than that had other interests.

Dangers

"I suppose that's why we were safe. There were always others around. Hardly anyone had a car, even those who lived in the big houses. If you hurt yourself, the big ones would see you safely home and tell your mother what had happened.

The only dangers I remember were:

-  a boy that the big ones told us to avoid.

-  a flasher.  We saw him once or twice by the school, but we just ran away. I don't know if they were ever reported or not. We told each other - shock, horror, drama, giggle - but probably never told the grown-ups.

Wheels

"Out of school, there were:

-  skates (roller skates)

-  guiders (carts on pram wheels)

-  a (very) few tricycles and bikes. Whoever had one of these gave others a shot - friends only, of course.

Cinema

"On Saturday mornings, there was 'The Cappy', the cinema between Easter Road and Leith Walk.  You could get in with a jam jar, I think - or maybe it was tuppence.

The rowdy boys sat at the front, the rest of us behind.  I thought Flash Gordon was wonderful."

Poor-Oots

"There were poor-oots too.  The word would spread if a wedding was going on, then a bunch of kids would wait outside the kirk for the pair to come out.

The groom or best man always scattered a handful of change. It was a bit too much of a rammy for me, scuffling in the gutter for a penny.

X-Ray Machine

"If I went to Aunty Eva's shop, I could put my foot into a machine that let you see your bones - to check if the shoe fitted properly or not.  Was this x-rays?  Does anyone know?  (Yes, it was!)

If it was, surely a whole generation should have their feet falling off by now."

Seafield

"For more distant adventuring, there was the big stone called the Penny Bap at Seafield  -  another thing that's gone.

If you took a running jump, you could scramble up it.  If you didn't jump far enough, you slithered down and ended knee-deep in the seaweed/sewage pool at its foot.

We used to watch the men burning wee piles of sewage. Happy days!"

Jean, Leith, Edinburgh:  29 August, 2013

 

 Recollections

4.

Derek Stirton

Corstorphine, Edinburgh

Thank you to Derek Stirton ho wrote:

1962-69

"I attended Links Primary School from 1962 to 1969.  

Teachers

I remember that the only male teacher there at the time was Mr Dow who also ran the school football team.

Classrooms

I started school in Primary One.  Our classrooms were on the ground floor, with the Jannie's Office in the middle of the school, just in front of the Gym Hall / Dining Hall.

As you got older and moved up, a year at a time, you then progressed to the upper classrooms.

Other Recollections

It would be great to hear of any other former pupils, and any of their recollections of their time at Links Primary."

Derek Stirton, Corstorphine, Edinburgh,  August 29, 2013

  

 Recollections

5.

Liz Torres (née Russell)

Melbourne, Florida, USA

Thank you to Liz Torres who wrote:

School

1956-65

"Like Jean, I went to Links School:

Nursery from 1956

-  Primary through 1965.

I then went to Leith Academy.

Everything that Jean said, I can relate to - even the teachers she mentioned."

Home

"I grew up in Pirniefield Bank (scheme, corporation houses) - not the Terrace but we still thought we were higher class than half the students in our class who has outside lavvies, ugh!!!"

"Thanks Jean for bringing back wonderful memories."

Liz Torres (née Russell), Melbourne, Florida, USA:
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook, 12 September 2013

 

 Recollections

6.

Sheila Dryden

Glasgow, Scotland

Thank you to Sheila Dryden who wrote:

School

Around

"I attended Leith Links Primary School for approx 1 year.  I was in Primary 1, around 1955.

My family then resided in Restalrig Road but was preparing for a 'pioneering ' move to the far North of Scotland and the birth of Dounreay UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)."

Headmaster and Teacher

Mr Sloss and Miss Cockburn

"Even after all this time and my tender age then, I remember Mr Sloss, Headmaster, who was a gentle man, and my infant teacher, a kindly lady called Miss Cockburn.

There was also an assistant head teacher, Miss Lorrimar or Lorrimer.  She was made of sterner stuff!"

Hand Washing

"I recollect the daily hand washing routine (in a communal baking bowl) with Dettol which was meant to ward off Polio.

Reading and Writing

"I  recall being taught to write on a slate with chalk and read along to 'Janet and John'.

Anyway, it must have done some good as I went on to have a very successful career in Education myself and am now enjoying a good retirement."

Sheila Dryden, Glasgow, Scotland:  August 22 +24 + 25, 2015

 

Recollections

7.

Jim Little

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Thank you to Jim Little who wrote:

School (1942-46)

"I went to Leith Links School from 1942 to 1946, with a 'Mickey Mouse' gas mask in ma school bag.   Mr Kinghorn was the Headmaster."

Army Vehicles

"I remember that Leith links was full of Army vehicles, waiting to be shipped out for the D-Day landing.  Does  anyone else remember this?  The only empty space was probably Leith Franklin's cricket pitch. 

Keeping in Touch

"I still keep in touch with Bill Malcolm, another contributor to the EdinPhoto web site."

Jim (Jimmy) Little, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: 11 February 2016

 

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