Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun -Where Did You Go To School?

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.  This week’s mission was:

1) Michael John Neill started an interesting Facebook meme – when and where did you go to school?  

2)  Tell us in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a status line on Facebook or a stream post on Google Plus.  Be sure to leave a link to your post in Comments on this post.

Here’s mine:

February 1968 to December 1974: Mitcham Primary/State School. My school photos show:

  • In 1968 it was called Mitcham State School
  • In 1969 it was just Mitcham School
  • From 1970 it was Mitcham Primary School

I always walked to school – mum didn’t drive and dad was at work, and it was only a ten-minute walk – the nearest bus stop was the about the same distance.

Our school had a swimming pool, and the school was open during the summer holidays, so that we could go for a swim in the pool. From memory, it cost 5c to get in over the holidays.

In 1974, we stayed with my sister in Shepparton for 2 weeks, and while there I went to the Wilmot Road State School. I only went for a week, as I was sick with gastro for the other week.  We walked to school from my sister’s place, as it was only a couple of blocks.

From February 1975 to December 1980 I went to Mitcham High School.  It is now called Mullauna Secondary College

The Primary school and High School were next to each other on Mitcham Road, and the High School was actually closer to home.

Here in Australia, it was only compulsory to attend school to the age of 16 (I think).  Also, those that attended University were those from wealthier families, or someone wanting a professional career, such as doctors, lawyers and teachers.  I did one year of college, as I had wanted to be a primary school teacher.  I attended the Frankston State College in 1981.  I only did one year, as I wasn’t suited to teaching.

In 1996, I attended the John Batman TAFE (Tertiary and Further Education) in North Fitzroy, where I completed the Certificate II in Information Technology, in preparation for returning to work after having my kids. I’ve also done a couple of correspondence and online courses in Accounting and Bookkeeping.