||Marguerite Johnson (now
Schilpp) (1949-1954) WHYAYECA@aol.com
I left after a few months in 6th Modern, to work, intending to apply for Teacher's Training College at age 18, I thought! The Youth Employment Bureau sent me to the Caledonian Insurance Company, in their 150th year and I was employed in the accounting department, to my great, good fortune as they told me! It was, because it was there that I made 'forever friends' with whom I'm in touch and see after 47 years. I digress!
I lived at Benton [Dad worked for 'The Ministry'] attended St. Bartholomew's, Longbenton, was a founder member of the Whitley Bay Figure Skating Club, sang with two skiffle groups and through a fellow HHS girl, Valerie Walsh, had the opportunity to come to the USA in 1958. She'd been in Florida for a year with a member of her family and introduced me to a family who wanted some one to help their six young children with their school work. (You said life history, Dave!!)
I only intended to stay in the US for two years at the most, but here I am 43 years later, because of a man, of course! Met John, was engaged in two weeks, went home for two months, came back and have been married for almost 40 years and have a boy and a girl, four grandchildren and consequently am stuck here!!
I entertained Dr. Henstock twice in my home and my kids called her Auntie Constance and my husband thought she was lovely!! Any 'Old Girl' wanting details, please email me - I couldn't believe it either! I have also had my form mistress, Olga Redhead, nee Gray [History], for the five years I was at Heaton, visit us. At 82 she's independent and doing well and a great friend, as she was to me at school, though at the time I didn't appreciate it!
Margurite Schilpp, San Diego, California, USA
Janet LAWSON (now Hare) (1963-1970) firstname.lastname@example.org
In 1963 I walked through the gates of Heaton High for the first time.
We were herded into the first years playground then marched to our classes.
I was put in 1A, a big mistake! After the first year exams I was moved
to the C stream. Our seats in class were determined by our exam position,
highest at the back. I always managed to stay second from the back, just!
Looking back the teachers were quite unkind. No praise was ever given
and mockery was used as a teaching tool. Doctor Henstock was an unpleasant
woman definitely in the wrong job spending most of her days destroying
the self esteem of countless girls.
Wish I could find my best friend Susan Cantwell. Lost touch in 1970 and have been trying to find her for years.