Better than 'back in my day'
Bell Block School's grandparents' dayJOHN ANTHONY
There were a few "back in my day" stories being recalled at Bell Block School's grandparents' day yesterday.
For the past few weeks Bell Block School students have been looking at their heritage and how things were when students' grandparents went to school, assistant principal Judy Knuckey said.
Yesterday about three-quarters of the school's 368 pupils had their grandparents at school for a couple of hours as part of grandparents' day.
Kiera Johnstone, 8, had her grandmother, Davinia Johnstone, visit her all the way from the East Coast.
Mrs Johnstone said Kiera's classroom environment was far more colourful and lively than the schools she went to growing up on the East Coast.
"There's lots of colour and things on the wall," Mrs Johnstone said. "We never had that.
"It wasn't allowed."
Mrs Johnstone said she went to a totally immersed Maori school until the age of 8 and used to ride a horse to school.
Briar Voullaire, 6, had her great-grandparents, Joan and Ron Moulden, as guests for the day.
Mr and Mrs Moulden said they were also impressed with the vibrancy of the classroom these days.
"It has come a long way.
"It really has," Mrs Moulden said. "It's brilliant."
Mrs Moulden had brought along old coins she had kept over the years to show the children.
"I had sixpence a week to go on the tram to town, to go into pictures and to go out for an icecream," Mrs Moulden said.
She went to school in Whanganui and remembered writing on slate boards, a bit different from the iPads kids are using these days.
Mr Moulden said it was a pleasure to see the children excited about being at school.
"I think in our days we only learnt because we were told to," Mr Moulden said.
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