From a very early age I wanted to be a teacher. I guess it must have started after I actually went to school, but I know that a lot of my games revolved around teaching my dolls. I was in 7th Heaven when Maisie and Harold Fullarton moved into Livingstone Street. Harold was a policeman, and he boarded with us for a few months when he was first stationed at Morwell. His wife Maisie was a teacher, and she joined him, at the end of the year I suppose and they moved into a house further down our street. I used to visit Maisie all the time to talk about teaching. She showed me what a teacher's Work Program looked like, and I used to write up my own programs just the same.
The playhouse was the perfect place to play school.
As a bursary recipient I was obliged to apply for each and every course that would lead to a teaching career. In those days, Primary Teachers went to teachers' College, while those aspiring to be Secondary Teachers went to University. There was no way I wanted to be a Secondary Teacher, nor got to Uni, so I only applied for a place at Teachers' Colleges. I figured that if my marks weren't good enough to get me my first preferences then they wouldn't be good enough to get me a Uni place anyway, so why waste time (and money?? can't remember if there was any cost involved) applying for Uni places.
I obtained a place at Geelong Teachers' College - but that is for another post.