MARION W. “BONNIE” BELL
For many of us, it has been a long time since our paths have crossed, and so I am really looking forward to the Beck Reunion and the opportunity to reminisce about those by-gone days! But let’s just remember the good things!
W. ‘Bonnie’ Bell “Recollections”
Now here are a few recollections to muse over:
The new cafeteria was
opened about 1953. Good home cooked meals were 35¢; Beck had its own
dietician. But there was no chocolate milk, no fries, no pop (except at
dances). Just imagine life without junk food!
The school day was 9:00 -
4:00, then shortened to 9:00 - 3:15. Timetables included 8 periods.
There were no spares and 3 minutes to change classes.
Seating plans were adhered
to and attendance pads circulated. Those missing were soon tracked down
by the office.
Noon hour restrictions
were in force. If you had lunch at school, there was to be no wandering
off the school grounds. Some ventured across the road to the little
store. A few were caught!
Detentions in Room 201
were appointments you didn’t dare miss.
Rules were rules in those
days, both for Staff and students: i.e. Traffic on the stairs was “Up
north, down south”. And Harvey Stewart never let us forget --or else!
For gym classes, girls had
to wear clean blue ‘rompers’ (gym suits) and white running shoes. How
times and looks have changed. But they did look spiffy (well turned
It was the ‘thing’ to go
to the school on Friday nights to watch the school teams. We thrived on
Then there were the Friday
night dances too, eerie strobe lights and deafening music -- a new era
was dawning. Not exactly a relaxing night for some of us on duty!
Singing auditoriums with
5-part harmony under Carl Chapman’s leadership bonded us in a special
Gilbert and Sullivan songs
still ring in our ears.
Grade XIII Departmental
Exams and final exams in the lower grades kept the school in a serious
frame of mind. It was hard work until the last day in June -- remember!
were never without a few tears!
And so the years roll on
and times have changed, but Beck produced the “right stuff” in spite of
our tough stand. That was the way it was!
Contributed by Carol Lowe Copyright Bonnie Bell July 22, 2004
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