St. Augustine's School 1946

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Topic Originator: Philip Rudkin
Post Date November 26, 2010 @ 9:52 PM
 St. Augustine's School 1946
 St. Augustine's/Miss Boole

Philip Rudkin
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St Augustine's School Stamford 1946
by kind permission of Phil Rudkin

This is one of the classes at St. Augustine's school, in Broad Street.  The school has been closed for many years of course, but the building still remains (which is next to the Catholic Church).  The photograph was taken in the tiny playground, and I think that the wall still exists?
1946 was the year, and I was 10 years old.  As I lived in Essex Road,  I used to go on my scooter to school, but, as I grew older it was a second hand cycle that got me there.  Some of the children came from the local countryside, and they stayed for dinner at school.   Us locals would usually go home for dinner.
The line up  from left to right. back row: John Askew, Tony Richardson, Philip Rudkin, Peter Dean, Brian Lappin, Stewart Scotney, Paul Stafford, Geoff Stafford.
Middle Row, left to right: Margaret Pugh, Joan Galea, Monica Jarvis, Mollie Smith, Theresa Broom, Cecelia Green, Pam Francis, Nancy York.
Bottom Row, left to right: Colin Francis, David Seamer, Albert Barlow, Peter Ward, Tony Doyle, Dennis Kirk, Ken Woods.  Does anybody else who attended the school, remember Miss Boole, the head?  Those were the days when we got the cane, and I can still feel the twinge of pain when the head teacher whipped it across my fingers, cleverly striking the finger joints.  Ouch!

Kate: Sorry about that Phil - I hope you were not too difficult for Miss Boole!  Great photo.  Thanks very much.

November 28, 2010 @ 8:03 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Miss Boole! Tall, thin, no make up, hair tied back into a bun, no nonsense. Her saving grace was the number of children she coached into obtaining scholarships. The infants were taught by Miss Walker who was plump, friendly and very popular. Miss McLoughlin (later Mrs. Harvey) taught the 8 to 11 year old pupils and was also well liked.
Miss Boole and Miss Walker shared a house in New Cross Road. Does anyone know if they moved away from Stamford after retirement.