You were full of surprises. I will never forget your classroom which was like an art museum, zoo and biology lab all in one. There was a REAL talking magpie in a cage, there were stuffed animals and birds , fish tanks, wormeries, fossils of shells in rocks taken from nearby mountain ranges, artistic mobiles hanging from the ceiling spinning in the breeze, posters, paintings, maps on the walls. You played the piano, conducted and trained the school choir, drew huge sketches in coloured chalk of Robin Hood and other famous characters on the blackboard and in Form 1 (Yr 7) took 35 of us for an UNFORGETTABLE 6 day tour of the North Island in a bus during school time visiting farms, Te Rehunga dairy and cheese factory, Peter Pan Ice cream factory, Rothmans tobacco factory, orchards, wineries, hydro-electric and geothermal power stations, Maori marae, the Port of Napier, Whakarewarewa in Rotorua, Fairy Springs, the Trout hatchery and we stayed at schools at night. He was handsome, eccentric, talented, a big tease and so much fun! Best of all we learned sooooo much!
Thank you Miss Lee for the very best year at school I ever had- Standard 1 in 1966. You inspired my love of reading with the “Treasure”and “Look and Learn” magazines that you must have bought us out of your own money. You listened to us as people, and did not hit your pupils with your ruler, you didn’t need to. I hope you realise just how much difference one great teacher can make in a person’s life,
Johnny Goulter [ about 50 yrs old at the time ] was athletics coach to the gifted [ not me ] and to the ungifted, but enthusiastic [ me ].
This was at St Bede’s College in ChCh [ 1960’s ].
Because of his inspiration and example [ he was always running….” I meditate when I run” ] , I am still a runner and biker 50 years later. Thanks , Johnny.
Really, it was called Reefton Primary School back then. In Form 2 I had a wonderful teacher – Robin Penman. Our class was located in a stand-alone room with a huge number of students (maybe 50+ students) in 1966. However, Mr Penman drove the school bus from Ikamatua, was very sporty, and made learning stimulating and fun! He showed a great deal of respect to each student and I think that we all liked him. I remember achieving well at gymnastics. I loved speed tests in Maths. I loved my Form 2 year at school due to the input of this special person. Thank you Robin Penman!
Although I never had you as a class teacher in our little two room country school, I look back so fondly on the endless lunchtimes which you gave up to spend with us ‘big girls’, teaching us folk dancing. We had so much fun learning ‘Tancuj’ and several other dances – and you really didn’t have to do it at all. Now I am the primary school teacher, and it is my turn to give extra time to children as they learn Jump Jam songs to teach other children in our school.
Full circle – I wonder where you are now Barbara.
Thank you for fun and laughter!