Fond memories of my school days {and how it has all changed}

With end of term exams looming we have had lots of discussions about school this week. This sent me on a trip down memory lane as I reflected upon my own youth. I have such fond memories of my school days, especially the sixth form and hope for the same for my children. However, it strikes me how much things have changed and I doubt that they will get similar experiences. If the kinds of things occurred today that happened to us it would trigger an Ofsted inspection! Is that a change for the better or the worse? I’ll let you decide…

Memories of my school days;

Memories of my school days. A pile of books with a note pad

Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash

 

Teachers

One of our humanities teachers had prosthetic hands following a childhood accident. If we were too chatty or not paying attention we would get a swift knock on the head from his prosthetic. Also, consider what sound a metal hand dragged across a blackboard makes? It certainly gets your attention! It was all good natured and it was accepted that it served us right. How times have changed.

Another teacher had a second job as a bouncer in a local nightclub. As long as you were more or less old enough he would let you into the club. He made sure that you were okay and always stepped in if you had any trouble. I remember this fondly. However as a parent I cannot imagine being impressed with a teacher moonlighting in a nightclub!

On one occasion our school mini bus broke down on the motor way. A few of us girls needed the loo so the teacher sent us (alone) over the neighbouring fields and told us to “find a house”. The health and safety implications of this make my hair curl. Thankfully we came across a delightful old couple who let us use their facilities but honestly we could of ended up in a very tricky situation.

It is true that you remember a good teacher throughout your adult life. Sadly we also remember the not so good teachers too. One of our English teachers was known for ‘liking a tipple’. You could judge the state of his inebriation by his demeanour. He would be vibrant and over the top (still drunk) or make us spend the lesson reading out loud to each other (hungover). How we passed any exams in that subject is anyone’s guess.

PE problems

Today my children seem to do much less pe than we did. They don’t even do swimming past junior school unless the school has it’s own pool. With hindsight I can see a much greater movement towards safety and although it may not be as much fun for the pupils, as a parent I am glad that things have changed. We had children knocked unconscious by a discus, children with darts stuck in their arms and broken limbs and nobody batted an eyelid.

Swimming lessons as we progressed through the years seemed to be less about fetching bricks in our pyjamas and more of a free for all. I think once the teachers knew we could swim they stopped caring. Swimming for us was a highlight of the week. We invented our own hybrid water polo/rugby game and it basically turned into water wrestling! One of my friends broke her foot and the response was “Meh, stuff happens”. Can you imagine  you child breaking a limb at school and not batting an eyelid?

Shenanigans

Our sixth form was based out of two schools with a mini bus service running between. Some of our group ‘kidnapped’ another by blindfolding him, taking him on the bus and abandoning him at the other end. They thought it was hilarious until the next day when the head of year called a special assembly to inform us that the boy was missing and the police were searching for him. Oh the guilt. Turns out the joke was on us and the ‘missing’ pupil was lounging in the staff room as we squirmed.

Instead of a prom we had end of term discos in a local nightclub. Lets just say it got messy. This is the stuff of legends. On a personal level I am so glad that smart phones did not exist and my own embarrassing stories shall stay on the down low. I think social media can be a brilliant tool but once it’s out there it’s out there forever and the implications of that do worry me.

Of course these tales don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the fun that we had. We made such strong bonds and are still friends 20 (lets be honest nearing 30) years later. I have amazing memories of my school days and I want the same for my children. Will todays’ climate change things for them? Probably and that is both good and bad. I hope that a balance can be found between safety and fun that will allow them to flourish and to make their own memories of fantastic times with friends.

Do you think your children’s memories of school will be wildly different from your own?

 

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24 Comments

  1. 22nd June 2018 / 10:25 PM

    I think school memories will definitely be different – and captured nowadays too. I second that for no smart phones or social media! Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

    • Louisa
      Author
      19th July 2018 / 3:03 PM

      I think the constant capturing of images on social media is something that the youth of today will come to regret in a few years time.

  2. 18th June 2018 / 7:26 PM

    Ah this made me smile, my history teacher had a badly burnt hand and he used to slam it on your desk if you were not concentrating, but he was a blooming inspiring teacher x

    • Louisa
      Author
      19th July 2018 / 3:04 PM

      My history teacher was a mad as a box of frogs but I remember him fondly to this day

  3. 16th June 2018 / 3:29 PM

    Haha! I was nodding all through this Louisa because I think we went to the same school! It was the prosthetic hands (Mr S) that made me think and said P.E teacher (Mr M) was my favourite, he’s such a down to earth bloke I have always got on well with him even years after leaving school.

    What a small world hey! Those were the days 😂 x

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC.

    • Louisa
      Author
      19th July 2018 / 3:07 PM

      YES!! Definitely the same school. Do you remember the science teacher who used to give you detention if you used God’s name in vain and the super strict maths teacher who was very scary? What a small world!! x

  4. 16th June 2018 / 12:08 PM

    This was a brilliant read, brings all the memories back of a lifetime ago at school X #pocolo

    • Louisa
      Author
      19th July 2018 / 2:38 PM

      Thank you. It does seem to be a lifetime ago now

  5. 16th June 2018 / 11:38 AM

    You have some fab memories of school apart from the humanities teacher ! We had a hippie humanities teacher who would always burn incense which smelled awful, I still detest it to this day. I think kids still get those fun and rogue teachers nowadays but they are few and far between. #WotW

    • Louisa
      Author
      19th July 2018 / 2:40 PM

      I think there are so many restrictions now that the fun teachers are much rarer. My children don’t seem to have teachers they admire like we did.

  6. 16th June 2018 / 2:45 AM

    I think social media is such a big factor nowadays that kids act so differently. They seem to grow up a lot more quicker than I ever did too!

    #pocolo

    • Louisa
      Author
      19th July 2018 / 2:57 PM

      They really do grow up much faster and I think social media is a factor in this.

  7. 15th June 2018 / 9:48 PM

    Your school days sound memorable. I went away to school and I have tales that would make me shudder as a parent. I’m sure social media probably inhibits a lot of behaviour now that we didn’t give a second thought to. Better or worse? Not sure. I know my teens come back with some fabulous stories and have lots of friends that I’m sure they will keep in contact with. Especially as they have social media from the start. #wotw

    • Louisa
      Author
      19th July 2018 / 2:55 PM

      Yes, I think social media has changed the whole landscape. I am sure I would’ve thought twice about some of my more questionable choices if it was going to be captured on peoples phones and have the potential to come back and haunt me!

  8. 15th June 2018 / 2:56 PM

    Ahh! This made me smile….Wonderful memories.
    My school had the end of year disco in a nightclub too. My year group was the first and last too….lol The teachers couldn’t work out how everyone was getting drunk. A lads older brother worked there and had bottles of vodka. hahaha

    • Louisa
      Author
      19th July 2018 / 2:53 PM

      Lol! I surprised that the teachers didn’t anticipate that. Thankfully our teachers didn’t attend otherwise our first would’ve been our last too!!

  9. 15th June 2018 / 2:50 PM

    Your post brought back good and bad memories from school. In some ways schools are better with stricter safety laws but in other ways it’s worse. It’s a give and take like most of life.

    • Louisa
      Author
      19th July 2018 / 2:51 PM

      I agree that the stricter health and safety rules are a bonus and also it’s great that special needs are catered for in a way that we never knew.

  10. 15th June 2018 / 1:04 PM

    I hope the Tubblet will have good memories of her school life and keep the friends she made. It was very different back then, but social media makes things much harder now. Then all our mistakes were just turned into stories that either get shared or forgotten. Now they’re difficult to delete once they’re out there

    • Louisa
      Author
      19th July 2018 / 2:47 PM

      I think the permanence of social media is what worries me the most. I have had some events that I am thankful were never captured on camera to come back and haunt me.

  11. 15th June 2018 / 12:37 PM

    This was fun to read and brought back so many memories of my own school days, too. Times have definitely changed, and I think it is a mixture of for the better and for the worse. Like you, I just hope my kids enjoy theirs, too x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Louisa
      Author
      19th July 2018 / 2:45 PM

      Thank Jocelyn. I really hope that our children have amazing memories to look back on and that social media doesn’t prevent them being able to ignore the things they would rather forget.

  12. 15th June 2018 / 12:19 PM

    School life has definitely changed a lot since my day too! A friend’s daughter is currently winding up her GCSE’s and I cannot believe how tough they sound, I seriously do not remember them being that bad when I sat them. Lots of fond memories of favourite teachers… and the scary ones! 🙂 Sim x #PoCoLo

    • Louisa
      Author
      19th July 2018 / 2:43 PM

      My son is going to start his gcses in September. They are so different now, even the grading has changed.

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