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St Vincent de Paul - Holy Spirit RC Infants/Juniors Primary - Brunswick Street

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annemad10, Anselm59, battersby, bonnybreeze, Brendan, Davekirkman62, grazdraz, highhill37, Le200, lizthemeerkat, middleageman, Parrdog, parr_tizan, philyd, steve1951, Thomas Heavey,


4395 posts
Wed, 9 Mar 2011, 20:09.

I have a few good memories from this school and some bad ones too.

The Good:
Mr McCormack mainly took us for sports and is the only teacher that I can remember as if it was yesterday!
He started a 'Boys Club' on a Monday nights and it kept a few of us 'Latchkey kids' off the streets.

Mr Campbell joined the staff when I was in the third year of Juniors, he was a cracking teacher and lived locally in Malvern Road.

Sister Mary Baptiste was very quiet and a really nice person to be around, never raised her voice and never punished any children that I can recall.


The Bad:
It has to be Sister Mary Ethna, she was definitely one of Hells rejects and would slap you across the face just for running down a corridor!
Her leather strap was well used too, I'm sure there was a pink tinge to it where the skin off little fingers and legs had stained it.
Every Monday I would be called onto the stage at assembly to have the strap in front of the rest of the school all because I didn't attend church (again!) on the Sunday and didn't bring my Trippance"" in for the little black babies in Biafra. ",,,,,,,,,
Errm, I needed that trippance just as much as they did especially for some toffee to eat in the park when I was skiving church on Sunday.,,,,,,,,,,,,


8 posts
Thu, 1 Sep 2011, 20:02.

How about Mrs Mather, just about 4' tall and a leather strap just as good as sister Mary Ethnas. Her favourite song was The rooks are alive on the tops of the trees


17 posts
Sat, 14 Jan 2012, 21:06.

St Vincents! oh my gosh .... I went there in the early '60's ...Sister Mary Ethna was about 9 feet tall in her scary black veils etc ... had the strap just once probably for breathing out of place or something! the infants headteacher Sister Mary Baptist was lovely though. Also remember Miss Mather who was incredibly scary for such a tiny person and had a very pointy bendy finger she used to prod you with, she used to make everyone in the class stand on their chairs and go round hitting your hands with the ruler if anyone talked .. Mr McCormack was amazing though - the one teacher universally loved, remembered and respected - he used to actually keep in touch with many of the ex-pupils after they left and ran football clubs etc well into his sixties. great memories - except of course if you had missed Mass on Sunday and they knew - you had to actually give a reason - I actually believed I would go to hell if I missed church!


8 posts
Tue, 19 Jun 2012, 21:03.

Wonder if any of the boys remember miss golding what a stunner can anyone remeber the teacher thar always dressed 50s style her classroom was upstairs and if u went to morning mass we used her classroom for eating our toast


2 posts
Fri, 13 Dec 2013, 22:56.

I went to St. Vincents infants and Juniors from 1965 to 1971. I'm trying to trace John Gornall, Vincent Rimmer or Ian Swift. We used to fight for 1st, 2nd , 3rd and 4th in class. Does anyone know of them?


29 posts
Fri, 4 Apr 2014, 18:10.

i also felt the sting of old sister mary ethna,s strap more than once for wagging church over the duckery,and for not saluting her when passing her in the corridor.She became a nun when she was kicked out of the Gestapo during the war for being too cruel.

Thomas Heavey

11 posts
Mon, 1 Feb 2016, 9:14.

@ Crosfielder

Not sure if it's the same Rimmer, but they had the shop near the Garage at the Horseshoe. They lived in Eccleston originally. I last saw Mrs Rimmer at her retirement home in N wales. She said her son lived in Pemberton, Wigan.

Thomas Heavey

11 posts
Mon, 1 Feb 2016, 9:17.

@ Crosfielder

The Gornalls I knew lived at about 178 Broad Oak Rd, Parr, upto my leaving in 1955

Thomas Heavey

11 posts
Mon, 1 Feb 2016, 9:47.

@ lizthemeerkat

Hows about Mrs Corrigan, Mr Harry Rimmer, Miss Platt, Mrs Atherton (her son Peter was in my year), Sister Mary Dimphna, Sister Mary Celestine


0 posts
Fri, 26 Feb 2016, 20:06.

@ Davekirkman62

wasn't that mrs pert she was a right tartar she had yellow eyeballs she smoked that much.


1 posts
Sat, 6 May 2017, 12:46.

Miss Goulding got married and became mrs stirrup I was in her class second year i loved that school I have fond memories of it

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