Shirley Bannister following the Old Babingtonians Reunion
Thank you so much for inviting me to the Old Babingtonians Evening - it was superbly organised and both great fun and of great interest. I didn't meet anyone more "senior" than me, but I met some lovely people who were at school just after me, so at least we had some of the staff in common. Certainly Miss Berry and Miss Hempstead were prominent in the photos. What was nice was that many of us remembered the gentle and homely atmosphere in the school. I was so impressed by all the work in the various sections of the school, and think the girls are very fortunate. ~Amusingly, everyone I spoke to groaned at the word "uniform~"!!! I don't think things changed for quite a while!! As I said before, the parents needed a bank loan to afford them, let alone an extra drawer or wardrobe!!
My memory was jogged and I remembered some other names......Mary Foster, Daphne Hemingway, Jane Powell, Patricia Powell (twins), Joyce Welch, Maureen Lover. I would be delighted to hear from them, if ever they pop up on your lists!!
I have been thinking a lot about Babington and my days there, ever since that lovely evening spent at the school. I thought you (or someone!) would be interested in something that keeps coming back to me:
In the "old days", we had formal examinations every term. We marched from our class rooms along the "covered way"( which kept us dry between the school and the gym,) and filed in to desks arranged suitably inside. Therefore, and I can only speak for myself, exams were so "ordinary" and so familiar, that they held absolutely no worries at all! They were just a part of school life. Consequently, all my life I have blessed my old school because never having had any problems with exams has made my life so much easier! In those far off days, we were encouraged to be competitive, and the results were written by hand and posted on the classroom's noticeboard. Those above the red line were "honours", then there was a "pass" list and anything under that was "failed".
Thank you, again, and I do hope I would be lucky enough to be invited, if you organised a similar event.