I was a milk monitor
I spent a year and a bit at Whitehawk Infants school, where I enjoyed being milk monitor, because back then we had free milk at school, and milk monitors got first pick of any spares because not all the children wanted milk. I still like a pint of milk every so often, usually flavoured with milkshake, to this day. After the Infants, I went to Whitehawk Junior School where I met three other boys with whom I remained friends far beyond our school years. I used to like to swing over the bars at the end of the pathways, until one day I found I’d grown too tall and banged my head.
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Remembering my teachers
Around 1970 we moved from Whitehawk Avenue to Nuthurst Road where I made more friends. I moved up to Whitehawk Senior School which I somewhat enjoyed. We didn’t have year 1 to 12, or whatever it is now, back then. We had 1st to 5th year in the seniors, and 1st to 4th in the Juniors. Some teachers I remember are Mr Simmons (Maths), Mr Yates (Geography?), Mr Fitzpatrick (Art), Mr Darling (Music) and Mr Richardson (P.E.). A year or so before I left school it became Stanley Deason High School, then, shortly after I left school, it moved to Wilson Avenue and eventually it became an academy.