147-365 (Year 7) School’s out !

147-365 (Year 7) School’s out !
Image by ♔ Georgie R
I’ve been tidying up – and gosh how the "book room" needed tidying. I came across this old exercise book from when I was fourteen. I’m writing about "Indoor hobbies" and my English teacher, Mr Walter, a contemporary of W H Auden at Oxford, has described it as: "A little thin." I think he was being rather generous with his mark of 10/20.

Eighteen months later I took, and passed, English language GCE ordinary level and afterwards English literature. I studied English as the main subject of my B Ed degree … I’m sure Mr Walter would have been amazed.

The hereios of the We’re Here! group have paid a visit to the School – when is it over? group at the suggestion of #Bea.
Having spent more than fifty years at school from my fifth to my sixtieth birthday, I’m quite glad that it’s over for me 🙂

Stuck for an idea for your daily 365 shot? Try the hereios of the We’re Here! group for inspiration.

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18 Responses to 147-365 (Year 7) School’s out !

  1. bradman334 says:

    Great story George 🙂

  2. )O( CassandraMae )O( says:

    Its so awesome that you still have this!

  3. Diane, says:

    Reminds me of the comment on one of my history essays. "I asked for an essay, not a short note"!

  4. DevoPhoto says:

    Haha I was always told one could try harder.

  5. ♔ Georgie R says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/bradman334] Thanks 🙂
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/71131525@N02] Yes, this is the only survivor of those days.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/dipics] Ha ha – my comments reach up as high as "Quite good" 🙂
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/devophotos] How like my own; my final English report says that my work tends to be superficial – spot on there 🙂

  6. cblorenaturefotos says:

    Wowsa…you have some fine penmanship there! Sadly that seems to be a disappearing art.

  7. Helen725 says:

    Your handwriting is beautiful, especially at such a young age.

  8. ruthlesscrab says:

    I love the handwriting too! And I love that you still have this exercise book. I was two years old when you wrote that, George! This makes me feel great, as so many of my Flickr friends are much younger than I am. 😉

  9. ♔ Georgie R says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblorenaturefotos] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/46223111@N02]That’s very kind of you but I’m not sure I’d agree ! The rest of the book shows varying styles – even in the same piece of work.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/27357821@N00] I’ve just been looking at your school photo and reflecting that you’re a good bit younger than I am 🙂
    I must’ve been trying hard with my handwriting here – you can see two different styles in the "Corrections" and the previous piece. I seem to remember that I had two different fountain pens at that time. One was a Conway Stewart "Petite" with a fairly broad chisel-edged nib which I used for most of this page, the other was a pen with a fine nib. One can see that I wasn’t sure whether to slant the letters or keep them upright. I never did work out how to write naturally so I still have several different styles 🙁

  10. Helen725 says:

    Compared to today’s handwriting, yours is very good. My son is in grade 5 this year and he can can barely print! I don’t know what schools teach kids these days- they certainly don’t focus on penmanship. I guess they feel that handwriting isn’t important if they’re going to be using a keyboard to type everything. It is very sad…

  11. AnthonyR2010 says:

    Looking through my archives I can find my marked French exercises from 1961 and the text book from which the exercises were taken. However I cannot complete with your neat writing.

  12. Luna Nerea | Daysleeper says:

    I love the typography

  13. ♔ Georgie R says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/46223111@N02] The problem with my handwriting is that I wasn’t consistent, look at the top left hand page and it looks as if someone else was writing! I haven’t got any better as I have three distinct handwriting styles 🙁
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/anthonyuk] One wishes one kept more of this sort of stuff – but it’s all gone 🙁
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/daysleeper_l] Ah – but the content is dire 🙁

  14. ♔ Georgie R says:

    I’ve just spotted that this picture has been looked at 3,733 times! In explore – thanks folks 🙂

  15. Helen725 says:

    Your almost up to 4000 views, congratulations on explore!!

  16. ♔ Georgie R says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/46223111@N02] Thanks – over 4000 now!

  17. Philip Watson says:

    I’m generally grateful for any book in which I can actually read what the child has written (if that isn’t too generous a term for some of the peculiar hieroglyphs with which I’m presented). If the maths is correct, that’s a welcome bonus.

  18. ♔ Georgie R says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/rpw934] I know what you mean. I taught in primary schools for over thirty years. I remember marking a SATs science paper where the child had received authorised help from a member of staff at the school who had written above the child’s writing where it might be difficult to read. I’d had so much practice that not only could I read the child’s writing, I was able to see where the child had got the answer right but the amendment was wrong!

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