This poetry collection had its genesis in 1965 in my second-ever class as a primary teacher: Standard 2 at Bayfield Primary school. The collection was developed over the next four years as our daily poetry and singing sessions included an increasing range of poetry. The collection would not have been possible without the enthusiastic participation of the children in those late 60’s classes.
This collection has been started using material sent to me by Loretta Crossley from her 1964 poetry exercise book which is now 50 years old. Loretta is at the left-hand end of the second row from the front of one of my photographs of the class. This is my favourite photograph of the class and was taken in the tiered “Bell Room” at Bayfield Primary.
Over the next four years, the poetry collection expanded as I taught different classes. Finding out that Loretta still had her poetry book after some 50 years, made me think that it would be worth archiving the poems that we read, learned and recited.
Unfortunately, I do not have a record of all the poems from 1965 through to 1969.
In particular, I do not have tongue twisters, the caterpillar, a battle, some bulldozer, more bulldozers, cats, the little grey billy goat, night, the ark, bad memory, haiku poems, after the flood, from arawata bill, close the door, trains. from the 1965 class.
So if any ex-pupils are reading this and have their old poetry exercise books or know someone who has one, I’d love them to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can arrange to archive the material that they may have.
I’m also interested in old photographs if anyone has .jpeg files
Index of poems so far