“I remember going to cookery classes at Fonhill School in Southmead – we went on the trams to Monks Park.”
Miss Bridges was the Head of the Infants and Miss Chard was Head of the Girls School. Alumni remember two rings of the bell at playtime – one to line up in straight lines and one to march into school with a teacher playing a marching tune on the piano. School uniform for the girls consisted of bottle green tunics, cream blouses and a green and yellow tie.
In 1930 the whole school was refurbished with light wooden locker desks; children carried the keys to their lift-up desks on their belts so that night school students didn’t rifle through their things. Lots of children have fond memories of school visits to Fry’s Chocolate factory
“The classroom had raised steps going from the front to the back with rows of desks on each step.”
When children were 9 or 10, they went down to the North Bristol Baths (now converted into modern flats on Gloucester Road).
“In the summer we walked all the way to the Downs in crocodile fashion. It took us an hour!”