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Memories of Northway

Memories of Northway


Following the May 23rd coffee morning, where parents, who are ex pupils of Northway looked at many old school photographs, Mrs Broadhead wrote down these memories from 1973-79:

Miss McCubbon was Headteacher of the Infant School and Mr Jones was the Headmaster of the Junior School.


Some of the teachers were: Mrs Ball, Mrs Boon, Miss Rogers, Mr Cocker,  Miss Harris, Mr Larkin, Miss Marass, Mrs Johnson, Miss Wiliams.

We had to stay in at playtime if work wasn’t finished. Children had to stand in the corner of the room with faces to the wall and with hands on their heads, or lips, as a punishment.

There was country dancing after school.

On Sports’ Day each class competed against each other in the school yard. Every class was given the name of a planet and they had their own song to sing.


The Pluto song was: 
Sirick, Sirack, Sicrick, Sicracka,
Boomeranga, Roly Poly, Firecracker,
Sixspoon Spar, Sixspoon Spar,
Pluto, Pluto, Hoorah, Rah, Rah!

My best memory is being Mary in the Christmas Nativity play.

My worst memories were crying all through the summer holidays because I didn’t want to go in the next teacher’s class, and doing PE in our vest and knickers, until black leotards were allowed. 
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School dinners-UGH! (Obviously they have much improved since then!!) The canteen was at the bottom of the junior playground. We had a white tray with sections for the meat, mashed potato, pudding etc and a glass of water. We always had a blob of hard mash, and semolina pudding with a blob of jam in the middle.
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Mr Larkin loved Snoopy and did a Snoopy Christmas grotto in the corner of the classroom. The Echo came to take photos of it, for the newspaper.
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We had a tuck shop, which consisted of two juniors sitting on the school steps, by the Infants’ door, selling Snax crisps and putting the money into a round margarine tub. I think that the crisps were 2p a packet and then went to 5p.
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Mrs Ball was the equivalent of Mrs Kenny, and just as nice!
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The toilets were next to the shed, very smelly, dark, and always with a spider, or two, hanging in the corner.
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We had warm milk in triangle cartons, with a straw and a plain biscuit. A pupil would be picked by the class teacher to give out the milk mats which we put on our desks.
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I was picked for the school choir. Miss Haddon played the piano, and for our auditions we had to sing:
A finger of fudge is just enough to give your kids a treat.
A finger of fudge is just enough until it’s time to eat.
It’s full of Cadbury goodness, but very small and neat.
A finger of fudge is just enough to give your kids a treat.
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Miss Rogers would inspect our hands, and nails, to check that they were clean. Also we had to have a clean handkerchief, or tissue.
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We played skipping with a long piece of rope, or washing line, at playtime, and Hopscotch, Hide ‘n’ Seek, Port and Starboard, and Lucy Locket.
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Thank you for sharing these memories Mrs Broadhead.

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