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May. 22, 2022 | Sunday
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Exploring photos: Parliament Oak school, 1957
The basketball teams at Parliament Oak Public School in 1957. (Submitted/Jim Smith)

I failed school every year except Grades 6 and 7, from which I was pushed forward as I was too old to hold back.

I often got the strap, sometimes twice a day, and often twice a week for minor things like disturbing another student in class. We would start school at 9 a.m. and we had an hour and a half for lunch. We got out a 4 p.m., but there we no buses for public school in town. This 1957 picture, taken at Parliament Oak School, shows the boys and girls baseball teams. Our principal, Mr. Brunton, is seen on the left and our teacher, Mr. Nightingale, in on the right.