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MEMORIES OF HILLSBOROUGH - continued

 

The Standard 7 and 8 classroom, now occupied by an Infant class, was in his day tiered up towards the back. In this small room there were about 56 children.

 

The entrance to the Boys' School has now been closed up and is the Nursery stock­room. He remembers that on one wall was the Roll of Honour and that Mr. Cooper's room was opposite.

 

The School bell was rung at 8.45 a.m. and 1.15 p,m. Mr. Adams remembers a long rope hanging in the Standard 7 and 8 classroom. The rope was connected to the school bell which hung in the tower.

 

In those days the school was so overcrowded that Mr. Adams remembers that for some of the time they had to use the Congregational Church on Marlcliffe Road. The children also used Marlcliffe School for a short time before that school was officially opened.

 

The School House at the top of Parkside Road was used as the Housewifery Centre during Mr. Adams' time. Other schools as well as Hillsborough used it.

 

On the sporting front, Mr. Adams remembers that football and netball were played. He also recalls some tennis equipment being bought with some funds which were raised. The posts were held by some grindstones.

 

Discipline was very strict. However, he does remember a gypsy boy being admitted to the school, and breaking a slate over Mr. Dewsnap's head.

 

Mrs. Olive Kelly (nee Barker) 1929-1933

 

I went to Hillsborough School in 1929 when I was seven years old. We were seated at strong wooden desks with iron legs and a wooden plank across as a seat and another one across the back as a back rest. They made us sit up straight all the time.

 

Sometimes we were told to put hands behind our backs or to put them on our heads. This was usually when we were listening to a story or chanting our sums. We learned a lot by this chanting method and I enjoyed it.

 

One day I was chosen to go to Corporation Street swimming baths because I was doing well with my lessons. It was a great honour to be chosen for only 20 were allowed from the whole school.

 

We had coloured tissue paper to cut out patterns and stick these on a piece of thin cardboard to make lovely pictures which were then put on the walls of the classroom.

 

At Christmas time we made snowmen and Father Christmas and Christmas trees from paper and cotton wool and those were stuck on the windows. We made coloured streamers to decorate the classrooms.

 

 

 

Miss Armitage was the Headteacher. She had a big desk in the hall where she could Hear and see what was going on in all the surrounding classrooms. She was very kind.

 

I had a teacher who seemed quite old to me (of course she wasn't). She had a long black skirt to her ankles and a pretty grey or white blouse which was decorated at the high neck with a cameo brooch. Her hair was drawn severely back into a little bun at the back.

 

She was Miss Merryman. Gosh! I idolized her and her teachings were so very, very interesting.

 

I loved going to school. We made paper mache in a big bucket and then on to a faint outline of England we had to make the Pennine range, Cheviot hills and all moun­tainous ranges. It was very messy but so very enjoyable. In the next geography lesson we painted the map in greens and browns showing rivers in blue. We were always good in Miss Merryman's class, she was so interesting.

 

We learned to sew and embroider and we knitted dolls' bonnets.

Of course we had to learn sums and spellings and we read a lot out loud. The stories she chose were wonderful. As a treat for the last half hour on Friday afternoon Miss Merryman read a classic in instalments. 1 remember Pollyanna — Ann of Green Gables — Little Women.

 

Later on we were taught netball and rounders. I remember one lady teacher called Miss Hobson who caused quite a stir by coming to school on a big motor bike dressed in black leather boots and a black leather coat and a sort of helmet for her head. The teachers were quite shocked. It was very undignified and not at all ladylike, but she stuck it out.

 

On Armistice Day we all assembled for a talk on Peace and War and sang hymns and then we had two minutes silence staring straight ahead at a big sun surrounded by the words,” Peace in our Time". You could have heard a pin drop.

 

We used slates and chalk to write with at first. Then we had to learn double writing, using paper and a scratchy pen. The ink was made by monitors by adding a blue powder to cold water and stirred well before being poured into ink wells let into a hole in the desk.

 

Scripture lessons were very important and prayers were said together in the hall every morning. There was no hooliganism or bad language in those days and the teacher's word was law. We all respected our elders and other people's property. We were disciplined well, and were all better for it.                                                                                              

 

Yes my memories of Hillsborough School are very vivid and happy. I left there to go to the new Wisewood School.

 

Mrs. Gilmour (1948 - 1983)

 

Mrs. Gilmour was the peripatetic music teacher at Hillsborough for 35 years, and her daughter attended the school around 1940.

 

She remembers the three separate Hillsborough Schools — the Boys' Department at the top, the Girls' Department at the bottom and the Infants sandwiched between. The outside building now used as the M4 block was a Special School for remedial children.

 

She also recalls that at one time that three teachers lived in the House, and the girls used to go to there to do Housewifery.

 

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