went to Risinghill in 1954 when it was an infants and primary school.
The school closed in 1956 to allow the building of Risinghill Comprehensive
school. My primary school years were at Penton Primary school in White
Lion Street. I enjoyed primary school very much, looking back the
children all came from relatively poor backgrounds, however, we had
fun and played together without any problems. There was none of the
bullying we read about today.
I joined Risinghill Comprehensive in 1965 and it was a bit of a shock
be part of such a large school. My first house was Fox, which was
closed after one year when I was transferred to Johnson House. The
head of Johnson House was Mark Wilson who in later years became my
Commerce and Accounts teacher. Many of the 'old boys' would meet Mark
on New Year's day in the late 60's to have a drink and talk about
the things we had done since leaving school.
I still remember many of the teachers. I am particularly grateful
to Miss Roney who taught me British Constitution. I left Risinghill
at 16, when the school closed, so was only able to be taught to GCE
'O' level. However, I went on to pass 'A' level British Constitution
and then achieve a degree level Diploma in Government studies. I believe
my success was due to the solid foundation that Miss Roney had given
us. I am also grateful to Miss De Swart who taught me to touch type,
I use a computer keyboard all the time in my job so being able to
type has proved to be an extremely useful skill.
I also remember many of my classmates, Ian (Moggy) Morkunas and John
(Hairy) Howard, to name just two!
It's forty years since Risinghill closed and forty years since I started
work! My wife and I celebrate our Silver Wedding anniversary in September
so 2005 is a year of anniversaries. Congratulations to Isabel and
Lynn for creating this web site which will be of great interest and
give pleasure to everyone associated with Risinghill.