When I was at primary school, from 1965 to 1971, many of the children I began Kinder with were with me all the way through to grade 6. There were a few who popped in for a term or a year or two and then disappeared but mostly it was a very stable population.
I didn't know of any other Jennys at my school, certainly none in my class. There was Debbie, and some Janines, Cathy, Denise, Julie, Lisa, Cheryl, Karen, Jackie, Ann, Mary, Jan, Rose, Colleen, Gaylene and there was Michael, David, Paul, Martin, John, Graeme, Robbie,Cameron, Mark, Richard, Simon, Phillip, Frank, Brent and William. And probably lots more but these are the names deeply embedded in my brain. Children of the 60s, named by parents born in the 30s and 40s.
The schoolyard was big and divided into Infant and Primary so the big kids didn't knock over the little kids. Various games swept through the schoolyard at various times of the year, I don't know who said what was coming next or how the message got around. There was group skipping with the big long ropes, elastics ( I loved elastics), swap cards, always British bulldog until someone got hurt then it was banned for a while, hop scotch, in infant school we did lot of Hey Presto. We played with Pois, a hard plastic ball on a string tied to your leg that you jumped over as you ran. We played yoyos, did a lot of hanging upside down on the metal bars in the playground, played on the monkey bars, stacked as many people as possible on the log swing and the seesaw and the merry go round. Some games everyone played, some were just for the girls, I suppose there were some exclusive boy games too but they were probably playing football or cricket.
We were little kids in our short school dresses and shorts, not because we were trying to be fashionable but because that's the way our mums dressed us. Our skinny legs ended in socks and lace up school shoes that gave us all blisters for the first week of school which was always hot and our feet were used to the freedom of several weeks of no shoes at all or maybe thongs or plastic sandals.
We were kids being kids, sometimes naughty, sometimes nice.
I am working on some little dolls, just little kids with simple playclothes and innocent faces ready to do little kid things.
I am hoping to have them ready to share with you by the end of the week.