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Batford Junior School Harpenden

Early 1960's The pool outside has water in it, those at the Home that went to Batford had a good excuse for Sister if their pants were a little wet.

For those who came from the Home, there was the coach to catch at the end of the day, for some there was never enough time to visit the lavatory once lessons had ended before getting on the coach.

For one of my friends at the age of eight, an accident in his pants on the way back, there was a stern tellling off from Sister when he got back, more for wetting the seat on the coach than his wet trousers. The punishment was to wear waterproof pants under his trousers for a week. He never old me how he got on when it was time to change into his PE or Games kit.

When Sister told me to wear them, if it was a PE or Games day, I dressed with the PE shorts over them first thing in the morning, so as not to do much changing at school.

A few friends did know I wore them on occasions, there was a little teasing, but a few wished they owned a pair, the painful moments when the teachers refused permission to leave the classroom could have been avoided.


The Sisters could find punishments that were far worse than the slipper or the cane.

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Taken on September 2, 2008