Category School life

Finis

(A speech I made upon leaving the teaching staff of Morrinsville College, after 22 years’ teaching) Someone begged me to come to Morrinsville College, and not a lot of people know that. You will be sad/glad to hear that I shall not pass on to you at this time gems of wisdom that I have […]

Acquiring skills

‘Share and share alike’ would be one of the things we were taught when young. I found it difficult at times, but in the presence of older people it was best to comply. There were a few times when uncensored, I’d surprise myself by sharing something prompted by a spontaneous generosity from within. I’d feel […]

Starters

In a school where I used to teach in the 1970s (Stratford High School), I sometimes used what are called ‘starters’ to get pupils started in writing projects. These could be incomplete sentences which I would write on the blackboard for the pupils to choose from if they wished. They would use them to take […]

Oddities

I’d seen them before, a twosome usually but sometimes with an addition, walking down the streets of our small town. Strange people I thought, certain too that other normal people would think the same. (I can really be very arrogant in my thoughts at times! Just as well others can’t read them.) Anyway, the most […]

Oddities

I’d seen them before, a twosome usually but sometimes with an addition, walking down the streets of our small town. Strange people I thought, certain too that other normal people would think the same. (I can really be very arrogant in my thoughts at times! Just as well others can’t read them.) Anyway, the most […]

A surprising reversal

We brought nothing into this world and it is certain that we shall carry nothing out of it. However, the bit in between immerses us in many variations. I once watched a plain piece of metal being silver-plated. The process didn’t seem to take long. The piece of metal was lowered into a tank. I […]

Our mental fight: primary school and thoughts of war

It was a long time ago when folk, for the most part, lived their lives in the district where they were born, shackled by a lack of money or opportunity to venture far. A few did raise their heads above it all, saw a future in the distance and with heart rending courage, wept their […]

Nymphs, indeed!

When you’re young, moving from one district to another has a certain excitement about it. My seventh birthday had come and gone some three or so months past, and while I did enjoy the change in surroundings in the street where we went to live, starting at a new school was another story. It was […]

Sowers of seed

One of the things I enjoy is reading, and like many people I can lose myself in a good book. Looking back, three events stand out as having some significance in this respect, starting with my time as boy between seven and eleven years of age, living in Longridge, a small village seven miles from […]

Book week, and happy children

The weather was fine and clear for the final day of the Book Week at the small country school where I had been invited to speak about stories and writing. A few adults appeared as I talked to the teacher who had invited me to speak. Parents, she explained, nodding in their direction. I felt […]