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School 824 : Memories, Corporal Punishment
I'm not sure what the Education Department's policy was at the time, but I can't recall any corporal punishment being inflicted by teachers, although I think perhaps the headmaster had the right in extreme cases. 
Most punishment in classes was either of the type that tended to embarrass pupils in front of their peers, typically to be made to stand and face a corner for ten minutes, 100 lines of "I must not ... (make up your own mortal sin here) ... in class again", or possibly being kept-
The other "crime" which I cannot remember bringing any actual punishment except perhaps a negative comment on the annual report card was copping regular entries in the "Late Book". There was a school bell behind the northern wing which was rung at five minutes to nine as a warning to get a rattle on and again at nine to indicate "too late".
It wasn't original, but one of the favourite ditties of the day was a parody from Walt Disney's Fantasia :
"Hi ho, Hi ho!
"It's off to school we go,
"We hear the bell and run like hell,
"Hi ho, Hi ho!
"It's off to school we go"
The memory is a bit hazy here, but I think most the kids walked to school. There was a marked crossing over Hotham Street, no "lolly-
Certainly there was no concept of Mum or Dad driving or even escorting children to school as there is today, and where the memory is lacking is that I can't recall anywhere for the storage of bicycles for those lucky enough to have one. Some families, of course, still did not have cars anyway. 
Constant delinquency was a problem with a handful of pupils and I guess somewhere along the way parents would have involved in a mediation process, but the reality was that a few just didn't care as long as the kids weren't under their feet all day -
Again, I don't think corporal punishment was involved, but often those involved would slip behind in their schoolwork and be forced to repeat a year -
 This contrasts strongly with the junior Preston Technical School where strappings for misbehaviour were regular and two or three teachers sadistically prided themselves on devising ways on increasing pain levels -
 Again compared to Preston Tech. where there was a caged-
Perhaps hardly relevant to the 1950s, or then again may some of the principles still applied ... in reviewing the history of the school, the following came to light, courtesy of The Argus, 7 August, 1880. It is not clear why the Melbourne newspaper decided to print the article in relation to Gowerville/South Preston school as it appears to have something of a statement of policy of the Education Department and the Minister for Public Instruction rather than having any specific local relevance.
CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN STATE SCHOOLS.
At the usual monthly meeting of the Jika School Board of Advice held at the Gowerville state school on Wednesday last a circular letter was read to the following effect -
(I do not think either of the latter were allowed in the 50s, although at Preston Tech. a quick whack across the knuckles with a wooden ruler wasn't unknown).
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