AMONG MY PROUDEST MEMORIES WERE BEING CHOSEN TO REPRESENT THE SCHOOL AT FOOTBALL AND CRICKET I RECALL MY FIRST GAME OF FOOTBALL WE PLAYED THE ORATORY AND I SCORED TWO GOALS TO WIN THE SCHOOL THE GAME, I ALSO WAS CHOSEN TO REPRESENT THE SCHOOL AT ATHLETICS FOR WHICH I WON THE FINAL OF THE WEST BIRMINGHAM SCHOOLS 220 YARDS FINAL. Apart from myself there was Margaret, Eileen, Gordon, and Kenneth.The oldest teacher there was the metal work teacher Mr Rolands, he taught my father in 1908.The head teacher was Mr Vincent and the science and music teacher was a Mr Basil Holt.
This is another photograph of the Osler Street Football Team about the same year 1952, which I was not a member of but I did know some of the names from the left is the Sports teacher, Back row second left is John Richmond, the gentleman on the end with the glasses is the Headmaster.
The next row from left is Carl Goodchild, the bottom row centre is Lenny Gardener My name is Ann; I was a pupil at Osler/Follett Osler Infant Junior then senior school, until 1959. I lived in Osler Street until 1966 when I married my husband Leonard who was also a pupil at Osler Senior Boys.
I HAVE NOT LOOKED AT YOUR SITE FOR A LITTLE WHILE BUT WHEN I DO IT ALWAYS BRINGS THE MEMORIES FLOODING BACK PARTICULARLY THE SECTIONS LADYWOOD ROAD IN WHICH I LIVED AND ALSO OSLER STREET SCHOOL WHICH I ATTENDED FROM 1941 UNTIL 1952.
I'm front row, third in from the right, Lynn Hazel Crabtree, aged 5yrs. I think the teacher he mentioned was Mr Sunderland and he took 1B for a while; I seem to remember we were a handful and he found us difficult to handle at times and Mr Bowen took over.
I can also identify 2 other pupils for you; Middle row, sixth from the left, by our teachers shoulder is Madhuban Mistry (my best friend); Looking at the photo and starting with the girl in the short coat on the left, her name is not known. A photograph when I was at Osler Street School in the Athletic Squad, which I hope will jog someones memory.
At that time my name was Bill Hunt and remember Derek quite well.
However the girl next to him with a scarf on is Maureen Richards.
I REMEMBER AS AN INFANT WE HAD TO DO AIR RAID DRILLS IN WHICH WE HAD TO MARCH IN AN ORDERLY MANNER TO THE AIR RAID SHELTER.
ON REACHING THE AGE OF ABOUT ELEVEN THE BOYS AND GIRLS WERE SEPARATED, THE GIRLS WERE TRANSFERRED TO THE SECOND LEVEL OF THE SCHOOL AND HAD THE USE OF THE TOP PLAYGROUND WHILES THE BOYS REMAINED ON THE LOWER PLAY GROUND, MR MARSHAL WAS HEADMASTER AT THE TIME, AND MY FORM TEACHER WAS MR CECIL, M JONES WHO HAD STARTED TEACHING AT THE SCHOOL FOLLOWING DEMOB FROM THE RAF.
MR JONES WAS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MY FINAL YEAR MY FORM TEACHER THROUGHOUT MY TIME IN SENIOR SCHOOL INCIDENTALLY MR JONES WAS IN POSSESSION OF A BAMBOO CANE WHICH HE USED TO KEEP NEAR HIS DESK, I REMEMBER THAT FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, OTHER TEACHERS THAT I REMEMBER WERE, MR WILLETTS, MR ROLAND, MR PHIPPS THE NEW HEAD.
OSLER STREET SCHOOL ALWAYS ENCOURAGED PUPILS TO TAKE PART IN SPORT, I RECALL A SPECIAL BUS WOULD ONCE A WEEK TAKES US TO EITHER METCHELY LANE PLAYING FIELDS OR BERNARD ROAD PLAYING FIELDS IN SCHOOL TIME, IN THE LUNCH TIME THE PLAYGROUND WAS A HIVE OF ACTIVITY WITH GAMES OF FOOTBALL OR CRICKET BEING PLAYED, THOSE NOT TAKING PART WERE USUALLY SMOKING BY THE SCIENCE LAB. I am attaching a photo of my twin uncles who attended Osler Street School in the 30s and 40s. On the left is Geoff Cook who was head boy and the right is Ron Cook.