E.M’s Sunday Ramble #19

High School Days

Before I start to answer these questions, I should mention that when I was going to school in the suburbs of Adelaide, we did not have Junior and Senior High School. We did Primary School until 7th Grade and then went either to High School or Technical High School. In those days we said “First Year” and “Second Year”. I think Third Year was called “Intermediate”, Fourth Year was “Leaving” and the final year was “Matriculation”. Basically, it was 8th through 12th grades. I was twelve going on thirteen when I went to High School. I did two years in one school and then mum remarried and I moved to another school where I did one more year. You could leave school at fifteen then so I did because I hated it.

We did not have many of the American traditions like Proms. I am still not exactly sure what a Homecoming Queen is.

What is one thing you remember about your first day of high school?

That was January 1970 so I think I can be forgiven for not remembering the details. I remember wearing my new school uniform for the first time. It was summer so a checkered cotton dress rather than the tunic, blouse and tie we had to wear in winter. We had straw hats too, I can’t recall if I wore mine of the first day. I certainly wore it very rarely after that. It was a big intake of first year students. I think there were five or six classes of around 40 students each. I walked to school with two friends from Primary School. I hoped that we might be in the same class but they divided us by what languages we chose to study. They both chose French and Latin while I chose French and German. I did not see the point of learning a language I would never use. At least nobody could accuse me of being a follower.

Me aged around 14

Did you participate in extracurricular activities or sports in high school?

Not if I could possibly avoid it. As I mentioned in a previous post about school, I didn’t enjoy organised group activities. I just wanted to go home and do my own thing.

Was Freshman hazing or initiations at trend at your high school?

Not that I am aware of. I never heard of any although that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

Did you attend your Senior Prom? If so, do you remember the theme?

We didn’t have Proms in our High Schools. We had “Socials” but they were not a big deal. In later years I know that senior high school students started to have “Leaver’s Dinner” and that became a big deal where the girls dressed up and the kids often rode to the dinner in a fancy car or something like that. I don’t recall it being a thing when I was at high school but I left when I was fifteen so I don’t really know.

Is there a favorite memory from your high school days?

Despite my dislike of school there were a few good memories. In my first year our school had a team in a local TV quiz show called “It’s Academic”. First year students were invited to be part of the studio audience so my friends and I went. It was on a Saturday, a rare extracurricular activity for me. I also remember attending a school production of “Richard III” which was very good.

We had another teacher, Mr McCall who I liked very much because he was funny and talked about real life things. He had worked at a local “Special School” and arranged for our class to visit. I won’t say that the visit gave me a burning desire to help the disabled but it was interesting and I was glad of the opportunity to see how these children coped with life.

I think I was fairly lucky with teachers in those first two years of high school especially. Quite a few of them were younger teachers and they were good because as well as teaching us what was in the school books, they also opened our eyes, well mine anyway, to new ideas that I might not have had access to otherwise.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

One comment

  1. How cool to learn the differences between our schools. My high school years were age 14-18 (9th through 12th). The video of the school’s birthday was really cool! I liked seeing the pictures and learning about the school. Thanks for sharing that with all of us. I think the school layout was better than what we have in the US. Our legacies are mean girls and jocks, and we have a lot of bullying when I was in school (Class of 1994) and beyond. The socials and leaver’s dinner sounds much like our proms and homecoming. Homecoming for us was the first home football game. Then we had Sadie Hawkins, which I never knew what it was about lol. Thanks for rambling with me!

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