Nostalgia: Back to school

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IT was a big week for thousands of city youngsters as they headed out for their first day at school.

Children across the Lothians were packing their pencil cases, slipping on their shirt and tie and being ushered out the door to start another term at school.

Scottish traveller, poet and traditional storyteller 'Duncan Williamson talks to children at Broughton primary, October 1988.

Scottish traveller, poet and traditional storyteller 'Duncan Williamson talks to children at Broughton primary, October 1988.

And while there will have been plenty of complaints that the summer holidays had finally come to an end, as parents everywhere will know once back at school the kids will have found plenty to keep them entertained.

Back in 1970 three little girls at John Watson’s school in Belford Park Edinburgh were soon into the swing of things as they learned about numbers, weights and mathematics.

There was a Royal visit for youngsters at George Watson’s school in June, 1982, when her Majesty the Queen joined teachers for a tour and saw two girls enjoying their cookery class.

For children at Murrayburn primary school the return was a chance to catch up on class pets, and that means a big crowd gathering in pets corner to see how the rabbit, guinea pigs, hamster and the class goldfish had been getting along.

At Broughton Primary, Scottish traveller, poet and traditional storyteller Duncan Williamson was bringing some of his adventures to life for a spellbound class as part of a visit in 1988.

And while it can’t all be fun and games, even learning can be entertaining. Children at Whitekirk Primary school in East Lothian were given the chance to go back in time when they celebrated the school’s centenary by staging a classroom scene from the 19th century, with everyone wearing Victorian dress and the children’s jotters and pens replaced with the more traditional chalk and slates of years gone by.