Happy Birthday

birthday-girlSt Albans East Primary School is celebrating it’s 60th birthday this weekend!

Back in the 1950s Melbourne looked like this.

The students did not have the variety of colourful and interesting books to read that we do now. Everyone had the same readers for a whole year, such as John And Betty and Fun With Dick And Jane.

Reading was taught by memorising individual words on cards called flashcards. Before you were given the reader you had to be able to read all the words on the flashcards. If you had a lovely teacher you might play games, like Tic Tac Toe, to help to learn the words. Sometimes you had to stand in line to take turns reading avictoriancollections-large word. If you got it wrong the other students might laugh at you or you might have to sit in the corner. Or if you had a really mean teacher you might get a whack with a ruler.

If you had older brothers and sisters you probably knew most of John And Betty before you started school because you had heard your siblings read it to your mum many times.

 

school-case

If you were a girl you probably carried your reader between home and school in your school case.

 

 

You may have sat at a wooden desk with an desksinkwell. The older students used to fill their fountain pens from the inkwells.

All the desks faced the big blackboard at the front of the room. A lot of time was spent copying information from the board. Left handed students were often not allowed to write with their left hands.

There were certainly no computers, air conditioning, or playgrounds like ours.

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