the pupils were from Mayfield House, a home for children on East Trinity
Road which later became part of the Leonard Cheshire organisation. They
proceeded to school each morning by foot, along East Trinity Road, Stanley
Road and The Whale Brae, in ‘crocodile’ formation."
The Primary Department
4 classrooms making up the Primary Department were
in the annexe, now demolished. They
were extensively decorated with coloured prints of paintings by R
Gemmel Hutchinson, William MacTaggart and EA
Writing on Slates
Primary 1 class were taught to write on slates, using ‘scribes’ when chalk
was in short supply! A small rag was
provided for ‘rubbing out’. This could be
be dampened at ‘playtime’ and ‘dinnertime’."
Martial Music and
were admitted in the morning – summoned by a hand bell, then marched in,
one class at a time, to recorded martial music. Teachers stood at their
classroom door and were saluted by boy pupils of each class as they
the classrooms were divided by heavy glazed partitions so that classes
could be combined for e.g. lessons transmitted by radio."
facilities being scarce, the girls were drilled in an inane ‘sport’ called
‘overhead ball’. Small demands on space
and equipment were involved.
The boys were wont to mock this
activity, but when the inevitable challenge took place, the girls won –
that I remember were:
Miss Howie (or Hewitt),
Miss Carnie (newly
Miss Campbell, Mrs.
Mr. Butcher was the Head Master until
he retired. He was superseded by Mr. McKenzie"
attended two camps in the autumn - Broomlee and Middleton"
Eric Arbuckle, Largs, Ayrshire,
Scotland: 27 October 2015