I began Birrong Girls' High School in 7A (and came from Yagoona Public School)
BGH had only recently transformed from a Home Science School (established 1957) to a High School in 1959.
*Little Miss Wooster was the feisty principal followed by Helena Moore (later Sydney Girls' High headmistress 1969-1973)
*The school song, 'Ad Astra', was first written and performed when I was in Year 10.
*I was in the first year to go to Year 12 in N.S.W. (final year seniors for 2 years in a row).
*Proud to be a prefect in both Years 11 and 12. Prefects minded classes - 1st period Friday morning - if a scripture teacher was unavailable. (This was the time utilised for staff meetings.) Prefects also had special roles outdoors. I was a transport prefect, monitoring the girls - keeping them separate from the boys - as they climbed the stairs at Birrong railway station.
* My sport house was Bundarra.
Miss Bedford - Year 7 - I remember reading Pride and Prejudice and Tale of Two Cities and Midsummer Night's Dream.
Mrs Campion - about Year 9 - loved my persuasive argument on why birds should not be kept in cages...
Mrs Hammond - Advanced English class - We studied The Loved One - Evelyn Waugh + Sons and Lovers - D.H. Lawrence + Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy + For Love Alone - Christina Stead + Macbeth + Hamlet + samples of Australian poetry e.g. A.D. Hope
Mrs Laker - senior years
Mrs Stone - led a brilliant Pirates of Penzance in conjunction with Birrong Boys' High. Robyn Boss had a crystal clear, powerful voice and took the female lead. Bill Kernoski from the boys' school was the incredible Major General with an amazing voice too.
Mrs Kreller - replaced Mrs Stone when she retired.
Ilma Sherratt (Ms Sherratt and Ms Kalucy gave extra time at weekends to a small group of us, extending our awareness of the world. They took us to a Greek play performed at Sydney University and took us to Son et Lumiere at Macquarie University.)
Sandra Holdsworth (very popular, but I did not get the opportunity to study Geography. I chose History in my junior years, and in senior years chose French and Latin.)
Mr Epis (from Egypt) - he was one in a line of Science teachers - always changing. But he was interesting, though I did not continue with Science in my senior years.
In my final study years, I took Advanced English and Latin, (extra credit) so I only presented 5 subjects for HSC = English, Mathematics, Latin, French and History
Winter - box-pleated tunic + stockings + gloves + blazer + maroon beret
Summer - hat + checked uniform + white short socks
Seniors - new in my year - skirt + blouse + skin-toned stockings + slightly high-heeled shoes. Those shoes were not made well. We all suffered with blisters on our ankles. Often, esp lunch-time, just for fun, we would take off our shoes and slide down the main lower corridor - it was a red, black and greyish-white tile-patterned lino surface. Somehow, the sliding did not work so well on the parquet flooring round the corner.)
Students in my year: