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Hawkhill School.

By foggytwo
The Place ; Hawkhill Primary School.
The Year ; 1952.
The boys entrance to the school was situated in Hawkhill.
The girls entrance to the school was situated in Pennycook Lane.
The school was adjoined to one of the buildings in Pennycook Lane.
The pupil involved in the following story lived in the building joined to the school.
The said pupil had an unfortunate start to his education, when, in his first week at school he was reprimanded on three seperate days for taking a short cut through the girls entrance. He could not see the logic in walking all the way round to the boys entrance when an entrance existed next to his home.
However this bad start was nothing compared to what fate had in store for our wee hero. Now being quite new to school procedure he thought playtime meant PLAYTIME which did not necessarily mean the playground had to be played in. I remember it well, it was a Thursday, the morning playtime was in progress and our pupil decided to explore his new habitat instead of playing with other pupils. Situated just inside the boys entrance he discovered a drinking fountain that was standing there just waiting to be played with. On pulling the lever to start the water flow, the pupil discovered that by placing ones` finger on top he could squirt the water anywhere he wanted and proceeded to do so. This, in his eyes surpassed any fun that was to be had in the playground. In those days a "playtime", lasted for fifteen minutes which is a considerable amount of time to squirt water.
The bell went for the pupils to get in line in order to return to class. The first boys line started to go inside when all hell broke loose, The bottom flight of stairs had water cascading down the steps with a fair sized puddle at the bottom, water was also running down the walls. Because of the mayhem the boys were allowed to use the girls entrance that day.
Once inside, all the school were lined up in the hall with the headmistress, a Mrs, McMain, standing in front of everyone. When she started to speak she let everyone know that what she was about to say concerned only the boys. She said she wanted the person responsible to speak up and admit he made the mess at the bottom of the stairs. For a moment there was a deathly silence, then she spoke again, this time in a louder tone, letting all know she required an anwser. The pupil stood there thinking, if I dont put my hand up and keep quiet, they will never know. It was just as the thought passed through his mind that everyone, in harmony as well, turned and pointed at his saying, "It was him".
Of course this involved a visit to the school by parents, the outcome being he was banned from the fountain for the rest of the year.
Now friends, this story is true, I know, I was that pupil.

Tags: General Architecture Schools Humour and fun

Voters: CarolG, clicknimagine, User_Removed and 10 more


CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
14 May 2010 3:03PM
A fine looking building, well captured. Carol

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barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
14 May 2010 3:30PM
Ahhh ..... Memories !!!
Who would be young again ????
brownsilent 12 7 2 United Kingdom
14 May 2010 5:44PM
A beautiful building, wonderfully taken image. The story is just fantastic - I could imagine you being that boy all through the story! No surprise in the end Wink
Mynett 11 142 6 United Kingdom
14 May 2010 5:57PM
Oh the image is great but the story makes it


Linda x
14 May 2010 10:17PM
Fun to hear about. I can remember my husband's first day at primary school . There was a cement mixer in the playground and we were all told to keep away from it . Well this was just too much for him not only did he go near it , he climbed inside it .Don't know who told on him . (it wasn't me !!!?) but he got the belt on his first day at school!!! gill

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