St Paul's School and Newport School
At first I went to the infant department of St Paulís School in Victoria St. I started there in 1959. I was one of those transferred to Newport School when St Paulís closed in 1961. Some of the other children transferred to schools nearer their homes. (St Paulís being a Church of England school, had pupils from a wide area not just around the Newport district ) The Head Teacher at St Paulís was Mr Walker. Apart from Mr Walker, I remember our own teacher, Mrs Milburn (it might have been Miss), She always wore an overall in the classroom, and was the stereotypical "schoolmarm". The toilets were in the yard. I recall the covered areas in both infant and junior yards to provide shelter from the elements. When St Pauls closed in 1961 Newport took over the school. In St Paulís you had to stay in your own playground. You were punished if you went into the juniorsí side. However when Newport took over we were then allowed to use any of the playgrounds we liked. When I was in Newport Juniors the headmaster was Mr Wright, a really kind man. My first year teacher in Newport was Mrs Oliver.
A Family Tradition
In going to Newport School I was following in the family tradition. My parents ,my brother and sister attended the school. Now my niece attends the ďnewĒ Newport School on St Paulís Rd.
Checking out the schoolís website I am amazed at the activities that go on there. There was nothing like this in my day! Discos, adventure courses, the lot!