Learning useful skills
Headmaster Mr Hart
I attended Clarks College, Lower School, during which time, the headmaster, Mr Hart suddenly passed away. I remember him as rather a kindly gentleman but other pupils may know otherwise. I cannot remember the names of the teachers at the school, but a tall bald headed teacher who had a limp and who taught us Maths. Mr Booblik (not sure of the correct spelling of his name) was our history teacher – he was Polish and we found him rather difficult to understand at times.
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Studied business course
I then attended the Upper School to study a business course which involved learning shorthand/typing and accounts. Miss Bishop took my class for English literature and our typing lessons were down in the basement of the building. As our touch typing progressed, we used to type to Russ Conway’s music. I remember there was always one girl in our class who was out of sync, and as the class finished typing the extract which would be on a card on a music stand, there was always another couple of taps on her typewriter from this pupil. She just couldn’t get the hang of it but hope she did eventually.
Left college in 1962
Throughout my life I have been glad of my shorthand and typing skills as they have proved very useful during my working life and I continue to use these skills daily but mainly typing. At one time during our lunch break, a group of us used to go to the ice rink and have a cup of hot tomato soup; cigarettes as well I seem to recall. I left Clarks College around 1962 and commenced my first job at Elmutt Clifton printers in Old Shoreham Road, Hove.