Altrincham Grammar School Centenary

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Date: 17th January 2010


Weather permitting, next week I am going up to Altrincham Grammar School near Manchester.  They are celebrating their 100th Anniversary and wanted me to MC their Celebrations.  I feel quite honoured really as there are loads of people they could have asked.  Still I am an ex Grammar School girl - having won a scholarship when I was eleven.  Actually I passed the 11+ highly enough to gain a place at a Public School - Christ's Hospital - which was exclusively for girls.  BUT there was some to do over the fact that my father had paid for me to go to a Convent School in Charlton (something like £4 a term but quite a sacrifice on a regular soldier's pay) so the LCC - London County Council didn't allow me to take up the place.  Instead I went to St. Joseph's Convent School in Abbey Wood - now defunct and turned into apartments - but a very good school which gave us the discipline, manners and the dedication to work ethic which must have stood we pupils in good stead for the rest of our lives.

I will come back to this - bit tired at the moment - as I would like to extol the virtues and praise the kind of teachers we had in my schooldays. We may have been taught- rather boringly - the Three R's (Reading, 'Riting' and 'Rithmatic') but without those, one is really hampered with studying anything else.

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