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That high school meme thing

The year was: 1969 I left school at 17 with dismal A-level results so spent a year at Bury Technical College re-sitting them. These answers refer to my school, however.

1. Did you know your spouse? No. I met G at university.

2. Did you car pool to school? Very few families had cars and I don't think any of the girls at my school were dropped off by their parents. Most came on school buses. I walked to school.

3. What kind of car did you have? See above. Not only did I not have a car but my family didn't own one.

4. What kind of car do you have now? 13-year old Daihatsu Fourtrak.

5. It's Friday night...where were you? That's a good question... Probably at home reading or playing my guitar. Just possibly I may have been out at a party, but only a few times a year.

6. What kind of job did you have in high school? I didn't have a job while I was in school. Being in an express stream and taking O-levels and A-levels a year early meant that we had to work harder than usual at our studies. I did have a holiday job in the summer between lower and upper sixth. I went to work in the Methodist Guild Guest house in Colwyn Bay for six weeks. Work involved: serving meals and helping to wash up, cleaning the lounges and dining room and setting up rooms for any evening activities, such as dances.

7. What kind of job do you have now? I retired a few weeks ago. Until this year I was a college lecturer, mostly teaching short and/or part-time courses to adults.

8. Were you a party animal? Heavens no!

9. Were you a cheerleader? I would have known what a cheerleader was, due to watching American TV and films but the whole idea appalled me and it just wasn't done in the UK at the time.

10. Were you considered a jock? This was not a word that a Brit would have recognised in 1969. I was actually reasonably sporty, but was also in the top stream and a total bookworm, so probably considered by many as a swot.

11. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? I was in the choir, the recorder group and the guitar group. The music was one of the best things about school.

13. Did you get suspended or expelled? Never, I just kept my head down at school so I wouldn't be noticed.

14. Can you sing the fight song? ?? I don't know what this is even now and we definitely didn't have one. We did have a school motto that was embroidered on the badge on our blazers "Quaecumque sunt vera" (Whatsoever things are true) that comes from the Bible. We also had a school hymn: Dear Lord and Father of mankind.

15. Who was/were your favorite high school teacher? The music teacher (even though I was taking science subjects). But she trained and conducted the choir. I also like the English teacher I had up to O-level (though again, I didn't take A-level English). Of the teachers who were actually teaching me at that time, I think I liked the Chemistry teacher best. She was an enthusiastic woman who had worked in industry for a while before training to teach. She was also involved in the Guide movement so she was the only teacher I had contact with outside school.

16. Where did you sit for lunch? That's a good question. I'd had school dinners all through school, but now I come to think about it, I vaguely remember that we were allowed to take sandwiches in the sixth form so I probably ate in the form room.

17. What was your school's full name? North Manchester High School for Girls.

18. What was your school mascot? Such things would have been considered frivolous. We didn't have one.

19. If you could go back and do it again, would you? Absolutely not. I hated almost every minute of school, apart from the extra-curricula music. I might prefer being at school now, but on balance, the way things are taught at school just doesn't suit the way I learn best.

20. Did you have fun at Prom? Proms were an alien concept. I may have seen them referred to in American TV shows. I don't think we even had a school disco, due to being an all girls school, though we did have regular youth club discos that I enjoyed.

21. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with? Not applicable. Anyway, I haven't seen or spoken to anyone I was at school with since the day I left.

22. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? There was an Old Girls' Association when I left, but I wanted nothing to do with it. There were no school reunions as such.

23. Are you still in contact with people from school? No.

24. What are/were your school's colors? For most of the time I was at the school, we had to wear an Oxford blue pleated skirt with a gold and white striped blouse and a blue cardigan or sweater. In the sixth form, we could actually wear normal clothes, but not trousers or jeans.

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