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Memories .. Gore High School form of 1948 gathering organisers Grace Mitchell (left) and Rosalie McLean look through photos and a school book from the era. PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

It is 70 years since Grace Mitchell and Rosalie McLean started at Gore High School.

Those school days of a very different era will be recalled at a Gore High School “form of 1948″ gathering.

The two women are organising the get-together and celebration, which will take place at the Thomas Green Public House and Dining Room on November 17.

Mrs McLean recalled a slight hitch with the start of the ’48 school year that had to be ironed out.

There was a polio outbreak, and pupils had to do their school work by correspondence until March that year.”[We] did every subject because we didn’t know which class we would be in,” Mrs McLean said.

The pair had fond memories of school and their teachers.

The headmistress took pupils for sewing and embroidery one lunch time a week.

One of the teachers, Miss Hurst, took Girl Guides in her spare time, and made history come alive as a subject.

Prefabricated buildings were used for school assemblies and as classrooms in those days.

Mrs McLean recalled Mrs McConnell took her class for cooking and home science.

“Home science was good but I hated the cooking – sometimes the staff got doughy scones for morning tea.”

Swimming lessons were held in the pool beside St Mary’s hall.

“I think it was every man for himself – mostly it was just fun.”

Mrs McLean said she still had some of her school books.

“Books were very precious, and we had to have second-hand books – it wasn’t long after the war.”

Mrs Mitchell said former pupils from the 1948 form started irregular get-togethers when they turned 70.