|"You either did what you were told or you get a clip behind the ear" : 1940s childhoodInterview with Roly Johnstone|
Main memory of year at Seddon Primary School,
"I always remember...in the cold mornings, going to school barefoot, it was very
cold and we used to stand in the old cow plops to keep your feet warm"
Then attended Rukuhia, Forest Lake, Te Kowhai, Hamilton East and Frankton Primary Schools - found it hard to keep up,
"It meant that people my age were all, sort of, going to secondary school and I was still in the primary school"
Enjoyed the sport at school, not so keen on the lessons, wagged school a couple of times but doesn't recall any overall truancy problems. Played rugby at school then league during the weekends for the Albion club, played a schoolboy international against the Australians at Carlaw Park in 1947/48. Mentions Stewart Muir. Played softball, tennis and soccer too. Remembers going to watch tennis demonstrations at Bledisloe Hall while at Frankton. Mentions teachers - Mr Foster, Billy Barris.
Talks about sports days,
"We used to have a bit of a march around now and again, especially with all the
inter-school sports etc, you know, like a miniature Olympic Games really.
Everybody marched around with their flags, all the kids behind, you know. No, it
was quite a couple of days out"
Mentions school milk and apples. Talks about characters at school.
Continues talking about school friends- Ron Harris and Ron Martin,
"Three musketeers sort of thing we were, we used to knock around together, used
to bike all over the countryside, over to Raglan, Kawhia"
Didn't go on to secondary school, left Frankton Primary at 15.