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Reminiscing about My last year of high school

November 13, 2017

Do you ever think ‘what might have been?’  Sometimes life doesn’t turn out the way you think it will but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This week’s prompt at Denyse Whelan Blogs was ‘My Last Year of High School’. I wasn’t going to write anything but decided that much as changed in my life since the year of 1975.

I was always self-conscious at high school and never thought I measured up to others.  In fact, I’m being pretty brave posting the photo below!

North Sydney Girls’ High School was a ‘selective’ school and you could only attend if a mother or sister had been a past student or in my case it was the top few girls in my primary school.  It was an academic school and what a pleasant surprise to think I would be one of the chosen few from my primary school to be selected.  Although my Dad was a blue collar worker and Mum a stay-at-home Mum, I was now mixing with girls who had parents from professional backgrounds. I even had a friend who’s father was a Judge!

My best friend from day 1 in kindergarten.

I Left School twice!

As well as school I had always loved dancing – ballet, tap, jazz, highland dancing – you name it, I did it.  So when my ballet teacher offered our local studio to myself and my best friend, I jumped at the chance.  It was then after completing my School Certificate that I decided to leave school and pursue my dream of being a full-time ballet teacher.

However, it wasn’t long before I realised that my dream would also need a ‘back up’.  I missed my friends and also wanted to become a school teacher.

So back to School again.

School was a happy time for me and during the last two years – 5th & 6th Form as they were known, I was surprisingly chosen to be a prefect.  As part of my prefect duties, I introduced a jazz ballet club as an extra curricular activity for the girls.

Time came for the Higher School Certificate and I matriculated and received a place at University for a teaching degree.  Unfortunately, my parents (whom I loved dearly ), couldn’t understand why I wanted to continue on to university, when I would probably soon be ‘getting married and having children’.  To my regret I didn’t pursue a teaching career but continued with my dance studio and taking a secretarial course.

40 years on and we had our School Reunion last year .  It was so wonderful catching up with girls I hadn’t seen for 40 years and it was so ironic that I am now firm friends with some that I really didn’t know at school.

Toni Pike, Author who I connected with during our 40th school reunion

I was a dance teacher for a number of years until my children were born and I moved to Queensland.  Ironically, I became a teacher for a couple of seasons training people to complete tax returns for H&R Block when I managed one of their offices.

I can’t turn the clock back but my life has certainly not been boring and it is pointless focusing on ‘I wish I had done this’ or ‘I wish I had done that’.

One thing I did learn from my last year of high school was to encourage my children to do what they wanted to do and not what others thought they should do.

What do you remember about your last year of high school?  I’d love you to share it with me in the comments below.


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  • Reply Ness November 13, 2017 at 08:27

    I love this. I had no idea at all what I wanted to do and didn’t care about studying. I didn’t enjoy school because I was so shy (and autistic, as it turned out but didn’t know that at the time) and had no friends. Although, as you say I’ve connected with people from high school on social media and it turns out I wasn’t as hated as I thought. Interesting. And your shool photo isn’t so bad. Wait until you see mine!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 05:02

      It is funny how we view ourselves isn’t it Ness? I didn’t realise so many thought I was great for starting the Jazz Ballet classes but I didn’t think it was that big a deal. If only we had the wisdom of now, when we were younger. Have a great week!

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit November 13, 2017 at 09:51

    Love the school photo of you and your bestie!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 05:03

      Oh thanks Leanne. I’m not a fan of any photos of me before 50 LOL:)

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl November 14, 2017 at 12:41

    Sue, that final piece of advice you gave to your children is perfect. I think we find our own groove in the world much more easily when we are doing what we love and are with the people we love best.

    Love the photos of your best friend from school.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 05:08

      Hi SSG! Lovely to hear from you after my holiday. It certainly is easy to be wise after the event, but I wanted my children to know that it was their life and to find something they loved rather than what I wanted them to do. The photo brings back happy memories to me that is for sure. Have a fabulous day xx

  • Reply Denyse November 14, 2017 at 15:55

    Wow. How lovely to learn much more about you Sue! That was an awesome feat to be given the entry into North Sydney Girls HS. One of my teacher friends actually taught there and I know she loved her time. It sure sounds like you were betwixt and between with career choices. My school was a comprehensive girls’ only HS and only opened officially in 1961. I was the first co-hort of the HSC starting in 1962 for the 6 years of…slog, social life and more! Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 44/52 Next Week: Taking Stock (last one for 2017)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 10:28

      What was your teacher friend’s name? It was funny after I had left school I took my two children to playgroup and my history teacher was there with her little one!x

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au November 14, 2017 at 21:51

    Sue we were definitely sisters in another life – when I read: “Unfortunately, my parents (whom I loved dearly ), couldn’t understand why I wanted to continue on to university, when I would probably soon be ‘getting married and having children’.” it could have been a direct quote from my life – I got accepted into Early Childhood Education and my parents didn’t support me going on to further education for the same reason yours gave. I don’t regret my life at all, but it is funny to think we could have both been teaching school!

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