Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

James Nash Foundation Students to Reunite

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

James Nash Foundation Students to Reunite

Article excerpt

WE ALL have memories of our school days.

The social hierarchy, the teachers we love (or not), the extracurricular sport and every so often we reflect on our early teenage years.

For the foundation students at James Nash, our school experience was a little different.

With around 100 classmates we started school with just three permanent classrooms built in the late 70s, open-barn style.

This included a science lab /art room along with two demountables for home economics and manual arts.

No tuckshop, no school uniforms, no sporting fields; just a large expanse of dirt shaded with a few gums.

For sport, most of us walked to Gympie West, some to the squash courts on Pine St and for some, our mums took us across to the basketball courts near One Mile.

I guess it's not unexpected that sometimes the messages got mixed and a few of us once sat waiting at the courts for the teacher to show up, who never did, not sure why.

This provided the opportunity for smoking the cigarettes someone carefully hid in their pocket.

Smoking was perhaps a common activity on sport day, how else did the paddock behind the school get burnt at the same time the Nash students were walking to sport?

This flush of memories is, of course, not designed to discredit our teachers who were also a very small cohort and did a fantastic job covering off on the sporting requirement.

I think Mr Bland was away the day they delegated sporting jobs in the second term as he had landed netball, having never played it and, I suspect, never seen a game.

To his credit, Mr Bland gave it his all, as he always did, got the rules, gave us the drills, took us to the nearby courts, which were basketball courts, so he drew on the netball goal circle and marked the court with chalk all the while agreeing it wasn't ideal "but let's make do".

However, it's not his netball skills that I remember and admire MrBland for - it was his passion for teaching and his genuine concern and interest in our learning and ambitions. …

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