Fulwood Counry Secondary School

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Year: 1958         Item #: 1608         Views: 17,663         Comments: 14

Fulwood Counry Secondary School
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Instruction from the expert, Miss Hilary Peet, physical education mistress, who plays netball for Lancashire and who is also a member of the County swimming team.
Source: Lancashire Life Magazine, November 1958

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Comments by Paul Lewis on 25th November 2018  paulleis037@gmail.com 

I can name at least three of the girls in the picture but not sure if it would be acceptable to do that. I was in the same form as these girls. I seem to remember it was 2B. We did indeed go on cross country runs in winter wearing just shorts and plimsoles (No £200 trainers in those days.) In the gym it was shorts and bare feet. Punishments were delivered with a cane or a plimsole across the backside. However, we were mostly happy kids and there was great camaraderie. There are a few photographs on the internet of the school in the late 50s, not long after it had opened. Mr Dent was the Headmaster and swanned around in a black gown which always seemed to be in tatters through getting snagged on door handles. Happy Days.

Comments by Anne on 5th November 2018  

We just got used to being compelled to participate in sports with nothing on our feet and honestly after the initial shock of mud between your toes you got used to it. Plus much easier to clean afterwards and running barefoot meant we weren’t carrying heavy waterlogged plimsolls on our feet.

Comments by Andrea on 28th October 2018  andreatwo@hotmail.co.uk 

We always wore footwear (plimsolls or hockey boots) for outside PE or games, but often went barefoot in the gym.

Comments by Anne on 24th October 2018  

Andrea, this was in the late 70s and we played in bare feet all year round. We even ran the cross country barefoot.

Comments by Andrea on 23rd October 2018  andreatwo@hotmail.co.uk 

Anne,
What decade was that and was it both summer and winter that you had to go barefoot?

Comments by Anne on 21st October 2018  

Nice picture and brings back fond memories of me and my friends playing netball amongst other sports outdoors in navy blue gym knickers and a small white tee shirt. We weren’t allowed though to wear footwear and certainly not white plimsolls as we were compelled to play in our bare feet.

Comments by Andrea on 28th September 2018  andreatwo@hotmail.co.uk 

Gym knickers like that were standard when I was at secondary school in the early 1960s. Ours were blue, but I can remember other schools having green and brown.

We were never allowed tracksuit bottoms.

Comments by Rob on 22nd September 2018  

Ted, I'm surprised that although there have been over 17,000 views on this site only 6 comments have been made. I was at a boys secondary school from 1955 to 1961. I wore short trousers until early 1958 and for PE, in common with the majority of schools at that time and for decades after, we were only allowed to wear just PE shorts and plimsolls in the gym and outside including cross country running.All the girls in the photo certainly look to be showing a good bit of leg even if the PE mistress is wearing tracksuit bottoms.

Comments by TED RHODES on 22nd October 2017  ecrgraphics@btconnect.com 

This was female pupils from classes 3a and 3b, a posed photo for a Lancashire Life article on a fabulous school. I was there from 1954 to 1960.

Comments by Mary Dando on 24th May 2017  

It is disgusting that boys are not allowed to cover their legs for sport but girls are.

School uniform is compulsory, and we ask for the full co-operation of every parent in ... Items of uniform for boys and girls: ... (Boys do not wear tracksuit bottoms).
Salesian School Uniform Policy.

I am glad PE ended for me in May 1989.

Comments by Bob Robinson on 6th March 2017  

I remember this picture appearing in a feature on the school in Lancashire Life. Some of the girls were my classmates. The one nearest the camera eventually became Head Girl in 1963/4.

Comments by Andrea Smith on 27th December 2013  andreatwo@hotmail.co.uk 

Although my own secondary school days started almost a decade and a half later, in the early 1970's, the photo doesn't look too dissimilar to how I remember our first year PE lessons. Possibly my gym knickers weren't quite as large as some of those on the photo, but otherwise one of the tall girls with thin legs and a flat chest could be me!

Picking up on a few of Gillian's comments, our PE teacher didn't stand any messing about in her lessons and enforced the uniform rules strictly (the girl with the black plimsolls would have been in trouble at our school - they had to be white and kept clean). I also remember her having a word with a few of my classmates about asking their mums to buy them bras when she thought they needed one (I avoided that particular indignity as my mum had already had that conversation with me prior to the start of my second year - following a growth spurt over the summer holidays). Showers were compulsory, although we all tried to get away with a quick splash particularly in winter when the changing rooms were cold!

On the whole I rather enjoyed PE and was always quite active out of school too.

Comments by Gillian North on 16th December 2010  

Just came across this by accident. I was 14 in 1958, not at this school though. The amazing thing is that I could have been. We looked just like this. We did a lot of PE and then there were games on Wednesday afternoons, and, if you were in a school team, Saturdays as well. Just a thought, but I cannot remember a single overweight girl. We all looked quite fit and slim. How times have changed. Of course I realise that I might be a little selective but I cannot honestly remember weight being an issue for anyone I knew then. Now, of course it is different, sadly.

I think that our PE teacher was pretty hard on us all. She had very high standards. Before we left the changing rooms we had to stand still with our kit bags and be properly dismissed. Any messing about was dealt with harshly, a detention or horrible cross country run after school. Would that happen now?
Everything was quite regimented when you were younger but as girls developed she was very understanding and had some good advice about the 1950's version of sports bras! We were never forced to shower but she would always explain why it was such a good idea, in particular when you got through puberty.

Looking back she obviously cared about what she did. I do have fond memories of those times. We were lucky to have people of that calibre teaching us about sport and life.

Comments by lllllllllllllllllll on 14th May 2009  llllllllllll 

Fab phoos



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