By the 1960s decisions had been made to re-site St Chrysostom’s school. The site chosen was on Lincoln Grove on the land formerly used by the Tip Top Bakery.
Two sisters who went to St Chrysostom’s School around this time, Eunice and Caroline Chambers, recently revisited the school and talked about their time at school, while looking at some of the school’s old records.
Here are some of their memories:
Euncie was born in St Elizabeth in the southwest of Jamaica and moved to Manchester with her family in 1967, and started at St Chrysostom’s school in January 1968 when she was living in West Grove. She started in the old school. The following year Eunice moved to the new school which had just opened. Eunice remembers Mr Felthouse and how she loved outdoor games especially playing rounders – a favourite game at the school in those days. English was her favourite subject at school and she loved the school dinners.
Caroline was born in St Mary’s Hospital and came to the school nursery on 24th September 1970. She was living in Rye street at the time. She remembers being very upset because she didn’t weant to leave her mum but Mrs Pritchard, the nursery teacher was ‘just lovely’ and made her feel at ease and introduced her to Julie Merryweather, who is still a dear friend and who lives near the school to this day.
Caroline loved Sports days and the school Christmas party, and the simple cookery lessons where children made biscuits and cakes. There were many visits to church and lots of singing. Meals in the school were not in the hall – they were in different parts of the school and the children only came together at Christmas for a big dinner.
A special feature was holday events organised by staff in the first two weeks of the summer holidays.
Both Eunice and Caroline enjoyed being out of doors when at school, and loved the school pond with its tadpoles, and the cages with the rabbits. The children took turns in taking a rabbit home to look after it.
Thank you to Euncie and Caroline for coming to the school and sharing these lovely memories.
(For earlier bog entries on the school’s history see: Cod Liver Oil, the Maypole and more memories of St Chrysostom’s School, and also St Chrysostom’s School: The Early Days.