My brothers Forrest and Harry and I were all “on correspondence” in the 1940s, after the North Dinninup school closed [1942?], and before there was school bus access to Glenorchy School. That bus started in August 1948.

Full credit to the staff at the Correspondence School, and to our mother who at one stage had three of us at the kitchen table, as well as busy farm duties. We were all right up to scratch when we moved on to the school environment.

My brother Harry got 99% in his first-term English at Hale School, and Forrest won a scholarship to Narrogin School of Agriculture.

I got first prize for Original Story at the Upper Blackwood Show in 1947 and 1948, competing with kids from regular schools.

Correspondence School was obviously high quality and well organised, but the women who supervised it in homes were truly remarkable.

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