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> School Finishing Times When We Were Young, A question or two
gardenqueen
post 5th Nov 2014, 07:57am
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Sorry if this is in the wrong place but when I try to post in General Discussions and click on New Post, nothing happens so trying here.

Was just listening on tv how some things that schools should all be teaching swimming.

When I was at school (56-68) we never had swimming lessons, we had to go in our own time. Did any schools in Glasgow teach swimming?

As an ex teacher, I am well aware of how much they are expecting us to cram into the curriculum and feel that compulsory swimming lessons would take up a whole morning or afternoon with transporting, changing and teaching to fit in. Schools here finish at 3.30 at the latest and I always wonder why they don't finish at 4pm like, I am sure, we did. Am I right? Did schools in Glasgow finish at that later time? I am sure I can remember sitting there, looking at the clock, wishing four o'clock would come.

I know it wouldn't go down well with teachers to end the teaching day later, what with endless meetings and increasing paperwork these days. This I can vouch for. I wish I had been a teacher in those days. I can remember my teaching sitting knitting while we got on with our work. Can you imagine that happening now?
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Dave Grieve
post 5th Nov 2014, 08:07am
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When at St Mungos primary in the Townhead in the mid 50's we would be marched to the townhead baths once or twice a month to use the pool those kids that could not swim were taught how to swim using the 'kick boards' this was always during normal school hours.
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post 5th Nov 2014, 08:16am
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I never got swimming lessons while at school. we learned in our own time GQ.

South Lanarkshire Council have a policy of teaching every child to swim , which seems to be working well.

School time was always 9am--4pm. I do not know when or why this changed ?.


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post 5th Nov 2014, 08:43am
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Thanks, Dave and Dylan.

Maybe if your school was within walking distance of a pool, you had more chance of getting lessons.

My school site (St Augustine's in Milton) was big enough to have a pool built in the grounds. We had a big pavilion built but it was rarely used, they should have put a pool in then.

Not sure what time school ends in Glasgow these days but I do remember it was almost dark when we were walking home in winter. We stayed for homework classes (not much homework done, just liked the tuck shop) till about 6pm.
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post 5th Nov 2014, 08:43am
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went to st cathrines and we went up to either all saints or barmulloch college every week for swimming lessons.....those that couldn't swim went an extra day too...so needless to say we all said we couldnt swim lol

also school finished at 4, none of this 3.10 rubbish it is now
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post 5th Nov 2014, 09:04am
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GQ, the pavilion was mostly used for boys changing for football, girls would still use the main school facilities for hockey and other sports. There was also a large sports hall built next to it in later years.

There has been an assumption the parents are responsible for teaching their children to swim, great idea except a lot of parents can't swim. I never had as much as one lesson in a swimming pool at school, like KTV I got a few when attending Barmulloch College on day release. Eventually I taught myself to kinda swim, I say kinda because I don't float in water sad.gif

The schools here finish early as well, primary's seem to be out about 3.00pm and big schools about half an hour later. Lunch breaks seem to be shorter as well. Unlike when I was at school, most appear to getting built with a pool on site or within easy travelling distance of one. I don't think teachers should expected to have the necessary skills to teach swimming, it should be left to those with specialist knowledge of the best available techniques.


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post 5th Nov 2014, 09:27am
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GQ, I also went to St Augustine's but as you were leaving I was in primary 3,lol. St Augustine's did eventually get a swimming pool and it was built on what was the tennis court. Even though the pool was next door to the primary school, we were taking down to St Cuthbert's for swimming lessons. I can still picture the teacher who taught us,she was elderly and she always wore a tweed skirt, twin set and sensible brogue type shoes. For 10/11 years both my parents had tried to teach me how to swim with little success but this lady had me swimming in just 2 lessons. When I was in 2nd year we has PE for the whole afternoon and we were given the option of going ice skating or horse riding.
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post 5th Nov 2014, 10:18am
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rolleyes.gif when attending Govan High in the late 50s we used to have 2 periods of swimming every 2 weeks , we went to Greenfield school , this was near our main building for Govan High, we went there although there was a public pool at Harhill street around the corner, never helped me as i was scared of the water , but manged to swim in my early teens , thank goodness as my future family all love the water and are great swimmers
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post 5th Nov 2014, 10:20am
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At NKS in the early fifties we got a double period of swimming once a week at the Maryhill baths. I think it was in 3rd year but I am not sure.
As for school times we started at 9.15 and finished at 4.15 when I was there.


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post 5th Nov 2014, 11:00am
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Like Mairead, I well remember swimming classes once a week at NKS. We went by bus to the Maryhill Baths. I don't think it happened till third year and I for one appreciated the lessons as I quickly learned to swim. It was during school hours too. I attended NKS for 4 years, 1953-57.


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post 5th Nov 2014, 11:57am
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I remember school hours from the fifties and sixties. New infants, 9-12. Older infants, 9-3. Rest of primary, and secondary, 9-4.

Don't know why there's now an earlier end to the day, unless it's to give teachers time to catch up on all the endless clag that comes their way from the latest Ofsted gee-whizz-kids.


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post 5th Nov 2014, 01:14pm
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From memory I agree with the above times, but "posh" schools in the city centre more commonly closed at 3.30, presumably to give pupils more time to get home to the suburbs.


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post 5th Nov 2014, 01:14pm
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Thanks for all your lovely replies, I enjoyed reading them.

I can't swim to this day, despite many courses as an adult. I went to the baths regularly when I was a child but I can't remember the name, the location was, if I remember, quite near Cowcaddens. They had public baths there and I couldn't understand why anyone would need to use them as we had a bath in our house. I didn't realise that we were lucky. I fell in the pool once and thought I was drowning and that put me off. I also fell in the sea on a daytrip and I was allowed to wander into the sea and climb rocks, one of which I fell off. It obviously wasn't my time to drown.

When my two children were young, I just paid for lessons at the local pool until they were competent. There was no point in me going in as I would just transfer my fears to them. My grandchildren have private 1:1 swimming lessons now and I am glad about that as they seem more confident and don't have to rely on the school to teach them.

When I was at Teacher Training College, we were taught to teach swimming. Somehow I managed to avoid actually going into the pool but I know the theory but would never dream of saying I can teach anyone to swim. I hate water to this day. I did learn to float a few years ago but only in a teaching pool where I could put my feet on the floor.
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post 5th Nov 2014, 01:42pm
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The pool you remember GQ, is Woodside swimming bath and is still going but very different from what it was then. Does anyone remember the female pool attendant from the 60s? If memory serves, she had dark hair and looked like a man, I think her name was either Maggie or Betty. I was only wee at the time so could be completely wrong but either way she frightened the life out of me. Mary ����
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Alex MacPhee
post 5th Nov 2014, 02:29pm
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I never learned to swim as a youngster, despite several visits to the swimming baths with chums who could. Being chucked in for a lark didn't help? It wasn't till I was an adult, and took my children, that I made the discovery that it's quite hard to sink, and eventually learned to swim breast stroke, as I found my arm and leg synchronisation no great shakes for the crawl. Made sure my children could swim, and in turn, my grandchildren have learned to swim.

Never liked the smell of chlorine, though!


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