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The Lower School in 1957

A big learning curve!

In Sep 1957, I walked up Elton Rd from Queen's Rd, to start my new schooling at The Lower School. After being able to walk from my home in Hengrove to Tyning Junior, which took about 5 mins, getting to/from The Lower School was quite daunting in comparison, because it required 2 buses. 

The first thing I remember is the smell of the classrooms; very musty and the age of the desks with lots of pen-knife inscriptions! A very strict looking Head, Mr Bone generally spread fear amongst us, and Mr Pugh, sports master would reprimand us if our daps weren't white to attend gym class.

Of all the memories I have about various teachers, there's one master I remember well because what he used to put on the blackboard I still use today in my role as a trainer in a business college. Mr Bullock would write " RMLID"...read, mark, learn and inwardly digest...it still works!! Well done Mr Bullock.

I wish all the stakeholders of BGS a very prosperous 2019

Peter J Ashford

Auckland, New Zealand