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    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 6th Sep 17, 1:26 PM
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    Your first day at school.
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    • 6th Sep 17, 1:26 PM
    Your first day at school. 6th Sep 17 at 1:26 PM
    I'm listening to the radio and they're talking about the first day at school, have the little ones gone back today ?
    People have been calling to share stories, not just about today and how their kids faced it, but talking about when they first went to school maybe 50/60yrs ago.

    https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/first-day-at-school/

    All these people on the radio saying, it's a day you never forget. I've been trying to remember, i think i've forgotten. I can remember my first day at senior school. It was a grammar and not in our area, so most of the people were new to me. My Mum had divorced when i was only a baby and remarried, so i'd always had a different name, never changed it to her new married name. We thought going to the new school with new people was the ideal time to change it. But then the first day when they called the register they called my old name. I was shy and didn't know whether to answer or not. The couple who had moved to the new school with me were urging me to answer, everyone else was looking around the room.
    What was your first day at school like, or your kids ?
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    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 6th Sep 17, 2:03 PM
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    I can remember my first day at school. January 1960.
    I can remember going, and saying goodbye to mum, and her coming to pick me up after school, but nothing really about the day as such.
    It was a bit weird because I was new in the middle of a year, so the others knew each other and so on. I didn't really know anyone.
    That particular teacher wasn't all that welcoming either as I remember.
    Anyway I thought it was OK as a one day experience, but then I realised they wanted you to keep going back.
    Secondary school. More of the same.
    I didn't like school. I don't like authority without good reason or merit particularly, and I'm not particularly academic.
    • koexelek
    • By koexelek 6th Sep 17, 2:03 PM
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    To quote Neil Young's lyrics..

    The punches came fast and hard
    Lying on my back
    in the school yard.

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    • Torry Quine
    • By Torry Quine 6th Sep 17, 2:07 PM
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    No I don't remember my first day at any of the schools I went to including my secondary school.
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    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 6th Sep 17, 3:44 PM
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    No I don't remember my first day at any of the schools I went to including my secondary school.
    Originally posted by Torry Quine
    I remember mine from primary, secondary, through to art college after that.

    I started all of them on my birthday.
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    • Deep In Debt
    • By Deep In Debt 6th Sep 17, 5:38 PM
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    I can only remember my first day at secondary school. I had been ill the week before the schools started so I missed the actual first day of the term/school year due to illness and started a couple of days later. It was quite awkward as all the kids who had started at the beginning had already made friends and settled in and I felt very much the new girl for a while.
    • peter_the_piper
    • By peter_the_piper 6th Sep 17, 6:22 PM
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    I don't remember any, not surprising considering it was 1951
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    • lewishardwick
    • By lewishardwick 6th Sep 17, 6:41 PM
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    I remember my first day of primary school very clearly.

    Had a very upset tummy that my mum thought was just nerves...

    Needless to say it wasn't. Within half an hour of the school day I was wearing the 'emergency pants' and waiting for my mum to collect me. She felt awful.

    This was back in the day when teachers didn't need witnesses or escorts to deal with small children's accidents...

    Secondary school was the most miserable time of my life and I try hard to forget it!
    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 6th Sep 17, 8:18 PM
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    I started primary school in September 1973, just before my fifth birthday. My older brother and sister both enjoyed school, and I could see the playground from an upstairs window at home, so I was quite looking forward to going. I was very disappointed when my mum picked me up at lunchtime - my brother and sister were allowed to stay all day!

    From the first day, I enjoyed school. In the early years before I moved to St. Helens, school (and when at home, reading) gave me an escape from my father.

    Secondary school was much harder, not so much academically as socially. My first day there is a bit of a blur. I remember that it was sunny, and my dad gave my mates and I a lift there - it was a mile and a half away from where we lived, so much further than primary school. My accent is different though, and some people soon found that I was a really quiet and shy person, so I became a target for bullies. I quite enjoyed the lessons though. I still enjoy learning now.
    • tommix
    • By tommix 6th Sep 17, 9:15 PM
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    I remember my first day at Nursery school. It was 1967. Scott mckenzie was No1 with 'San Francisco'. I arrived wearing crushed velvet loons and a T-Shirt inscribed with the teachings of the Bhagavid Gita..

    I was only 5 years old but being away from the constraints and limitations of being stuck indoors was a wholly liberating time in my life...
    • donnajunkie
    • By donnajunkie 7th Sep 17, 12:22 AM
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    I can't remember my first day at any of the schools I went to. I just remember the odd bits and pieces from the past.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 7th Sep 17, 1:14 AM
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    I was only 5 years old but being away from the constraints and limitations of being stuck indoors was a wholly liberating time in my life...
    Originally posted by tommix
    That was the opposite of my experience. Before I went to school, I had spent most of my time outdoors. Having to stay inside for hours on end took some getting used to. I didn't like it.
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 7th Sep 17, 11:25 AM
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    I can't remember my first day at school at all, in either primary or secondary. But then again i can't really remember much of my time at either full stop. I only remember small bits of it to be honest.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • bap98189
    • By bap98189 7th Sep 17, 11:33 AM
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    I have no memory of my first day at nursery or primary school.

    I do remember my first day at secondary school. The older kids in the village had told everyone that on the first day of term everyone lined up and punched/kicked the new kids as they got off the bus. It was of course nonsense. Each bus was met by a group of teachers and the First Years were shown to the assembly hall.
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 7th Sep 17, 12:05 PM
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    Dallas Road Infants & Primary, Lancaster in January 1959. It had two big playgrounds, one for the Infants and one for the Primary. One of the playgrounds is now a teachers car park.
    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 7th Sep 17, 12:21 PM
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    I have dim memories of Miss Philips, the classroom at the end of the corridor, and standing in the playground in my duffel coat with Tanya who lived just up the road from me when we were four. The playground was the first day, I think.
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    • Judi
    • By Judi 7th Sep 17, 12:54 PM
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    I remember my first day at school. I enjoyed myself immensely but when i'd had enough i told my teacher that i thought it was time i went home. I didnt know, going home wasnt an option.

    I was unsettled by one of my classmates who had to be dragged in kicking and screaming for the first few weeks.

    My teacher was Mrs Eades, she had got a round smiley face. The classroom was dark.
    'Holy crap on a cracker!'
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 7th Sep 17, 12:59 PM
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    I cried my eyes out on my first day of school. Aw.
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    • Tarry
    • By Tarry 7th Sep 17, 5:51 PM
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    I remember visiting the school for the first time and having help paint a picture of my Dad's lorry and myself ruining it.
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    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 7th Sep 17, 9:11 PM
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    Dallas Road Infants & Primary, Lancaster in January 1959. It had two big playgrounds, one for the Infants and one for the Primary. One of the playgrounds is now a teachers car park.
    Originally posted by PompeyPete
    I didn't realise that you were a Lancashire lad Pete - I always thought that you were from Portsmouth or Plymouth area.
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