I went to St. Joseph’s School from 1948 to 1955. Teachers I remember are Miss Larna, Miss Beard, Mr. Holland and Mr. Darby. Miss Clark was headmistress and she was very strict. She wielded an ebony ruler that I had reason to be wary of.
The street as a playground
The infants and girls played in the playground whilst the boys had to make do with Milton Road as a playground. If a car came along while we were playing, the teacher on duty would blow a whistle and we would all have to run to the pavement. When the car had passed, the teacher would again blow the whistle and we would return to the road. We would play marbles in the gutter and tabs against the school wall. Some boys would use cardboard milk bottle tops and some would use cigarette cards. Gallagher’s were the best tabs.
For PE we would trudge up Elm Grove to St. Wilfrid’s Hall in Whippingham Road. I remember going by Southdown bus out to the playing fields at The Highway, Moulsecoomb for a sort of sports day. We also had the annual Brighton schools’ sports day at Preston Park.
Our ideas of a treat
School outings were spent at Chessington Zoo and the Isle of Wight. We would wait excitedly at the school for the bus which would take us up to Brighton Station to catch the train for Portsmouth and then on th the ferry for the Isle of Wight. Another treat we had was to be allowed to listen to a schools radio broadcast once in a while, I wonder what the kids of today would think of that.
Can you recognise yourself here in this photograph of Mr Darby’s class from 1954. Maybe you can identify an old school chum? If you can add some names for this group, click on add comment under the photo and let us have the details.