THOSE LAZY, HAZY
SCHOOL DAYS...
Who doesn't remember the old school days, the navy gym frock which was put under the mattress at night to keep the pleats in, the old school satchel..it was gravel roads for our lot, first bikes with the pedals built up, and the many bloodied knees from coming a cropper and skidding in the loose gravel..In those days we had a healthy respect for our teachers, who didn't spare the stinging  strap for misdemeanours and as I recall spelling mistakes or not being able to tell the time....
below is a photo taken by  Reginald Blomfield of the old PONGAKAWA VALLEY SCHOOL -Te Puke NZ.....
.....as I was born in Pongakawa Valley, it is quite probable that I was a pupil of this very school..
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A quiet dignity -The old PONGAKAWA SCHOOL HOUSE Te Puke Nth Is., New Zealand.   2010
Below the old KURATAU SCHOOL now a Community Hall.
Pongakawa School house Te Puke NZ
copyright C.R. Blomfield 2010Pongakwa School 
copyright C.R.Blomfield 2010The old Pongakawa School House Te Puke NZ
copyright C.R.Blomfield 2010note rows coat  hooks to the left side where pupils hung there coats, hats and bags, above bakerlite light switches.Old school house Matamata NZ
copyright H.G.Blomfield 2010copyright C.R.BlomfieldWhat remains of the Leitchfield Bank building,  now the South Waikato Car Club rooms
copyright H.G.Blomfield 2010This could be Pongakawa School pupils Te Puke NZ
copyright H.G.Blomfield 2010Off to school on the trusty bicylce 1949
copyright H.G.Blomfield 2010Statue of a schoolgirl & boy complete with the old school satchel,  with feet in the warm water from the Waihi mine in the old days...Mini me Whakatane NzEarly Nz FamilyThe olde school bus!
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