I remember one year during a school play performance (perhaps Calamity Jane?), one of the girl’s on stage forgot her lines. There was an awkward silence before Fran suddenly leapt into action and just started saying the other girl’s lines verbatim. Mr Kelly was in the wings and I overheard him say “Bloody Brilliant Fran”.
I remember in my final years Mrs Harding telling me to quit school and work in a shop as I would never achieve anything….So I went to Uni and got a degree and achieved a lot in my life. Glad I didn’t listen to her.
Being sent into Mordialloc creek in deep sea wadders to collect specimens for Year 11 biology. Can’t recall volunteering but I think I was volunteered. I had to reach into the water to gather the samples so although the wadders kept me dry my arms were exposed to the toxic stew. I didn’t realise this was an issue until Mr Lye spent quite some time scrubbing and disinfecting my arms ( and this was prior to schools being so risk adverse). The creek has been cleaned up since then but this was in the day when the smell used to drift across the school on a hot day. We grew a fascinating array of bacteria from those samples, lots and lots of Ecoli included.
When I was on duty as a teacher I remember doing yard duty on the school oval when I would walk to smoker’s corner. The offenders would put their lit cigarettes behind their backs so I would stop there talking to them until the cigarette burnt their hands.
My first principal at Mordialloc High School was Brigadier Langley. This was 1947 soon after the war. His favourite saying was “Manners maketh the man” and I have quoted it ever since. He later left Mordialloc to be principal of Melbourne High School.