The 1969 school year at Waterview started on February 4 with a new
headmaster, Mr A. Newth, and the introduction of a school newsletter. The
lunch menu was announced - Sausage Rolls (5 cents), a Cold Peach, a Hot
Apricot or a Fruit Salad (12 cents), Big Ben pies, and the mysteriously
named 'Cheffy' - apparently a mixture of peas and carrots (14 cents).
June, two librarians from the National Library Service came to help
catalogue the school library according to the Dewey Decimal System. It
took the librarians and a group of mothers one week to complete, with
all the books being 'carded' and a card index made out.
was beginning to make plans for a 'more demanding fitness programme,'
and issued stern warnings about school gym clothing in the school
'So that the girls can take part in Physical
Education and sport with freedom, and without embarrassment, we would
like them all to have rompers (or heavy black bloomers). Many girls this
year have been wearing shorts and other attire which are not suitable.
Tight shorts etc., besides splitting at the seams, restrict movement. If
your daughter hasn't a pair of rompers, do you think you could supply
her with some. Those children who do not wear gyms to school would also
need a blouse.'
No mention of the boys, however - a
pattern repeated in later years when it was usually the poor girls being
berated for their inappropriate clothing choices!