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Colin posted on the 27/03/2017 8:09:32 PM

Hi

My mum and aunt briefly went to a private school on Onslow Drive. It was at the corner of Onslow Drive and Craigpark and was probably number 9 Onslow Drive.

My mum thinks it was called Dennistoun Private School.

It was one of the tenements that had its rooms converted into classrooms and there was a 'playground' out in the back garden area with a school bell at the top of the stairs.

My aunt was there from about 1952 to 1955.

Please reply, if you know anything about the school - I'm doing some research into the family tree and it would be really appreciated.

Colin


29 Replies :


#1 - James replied on the 28/03/2017 1:57:42 PM

Hi Colin - I have not heard of this before but do know that 9 0nslow Drive is not a tenement but a red sandstone terraced house.


#2 - Colin replied on the 28/03/2017 5:17:22 PM

Hi James

Thanks for the reply.

My mistake - I said tenement but should have said it was a house.

Thanks

Colin


#3 - Alan replied on the 17/04/2017 9:42:55 PM

Hi Colin, Dennistoun Private was a school in Onslow Drive. It may well have been at the corner but it was not number 9. My friend from school days whom I occasionally still see lived in number 9 which was on the other side of the road. He did go to Dennistoun for a few years until he moved to a school in town which is where I met him. The big house on the opposite corner was for many years the manse of the Barony Church. This probably isn't telling you much but at least it confirms the existence of the school. I'm guessing here but it may have shut in the mid/late sixties.


#4 - Jay replied on the 26/04/2017 8:32:02 PM

Back in the 1960's I went to a private school in Onslow Drive in a red terraced house, but it was for commercial purposes run by two women. This is where I achieved certificates in shorthand/typing if that is of any use. The tuition took place in two of the rooms so I presume the women who ran it lived at these premises. I used to go there once a week after work


#5 - Euan replied on the 30/06/2017 1:49:34 PM

Hi Colin,
I was there for a couple of years in the early sixties. It was in Onslow drive but the infant class met in the church hall round the corner. I used to have to wear a red cap...but that's about all I remember!!


#6 - Ruth replied on the 11/07/2017 4:58:05 PM

Yes I remember seeing small boys wearing red caps - I can't remember girls going there though. We went to Golfhill. I'll ask my brothers if they remember exactly where it was. Which church hall did the infants meet in? was it the red sandstone building where the chapel hall is now? I'm pretty sure it was early 60s - I don't remember seeing them in the late 60s


#7 - Colin Campbell replied on the 17/10/2018 1:19:55 PM

Hi Colin,
I was born in 1952 in Whitehill Street and went to Dennistoun Private School till I was 9 and prior to that the nursery school round the corner in Craigpark, I think in the Church Hall. I suppose I was there from 1955 / 56 till1961. Yes it was red caps and my mother still has mine today. The school was very much mixed with boys and girls in roughly equal numbers. Class sizes were about I think 20 kids and they covered 3 years in one class. So teachers did a good job keeping the different years busy all the time. I still see my best friend today who lived in Golfhill Drive. We used to meet in the morning and walk down to the school together. You never mentioned your mothers name or when she was there although my memory is not great my mum's still is good so I can ask her. If you want to ask anything best to email me at colininglencoe@gmail.com .


#8 - Colin replied on the 19/03/2019 12:54:54 AM

Hi all

Thanks for your replies and sorry for having taken so long to get back to you. I was very interested to see your responses and sent my aunt the link to the page so that she could see what you'd written. I'll reply to you separately.

Thanks again

Colin


#9 - Colin replied on the 19/03/2019 12:56:19 AM

Hi Colin, Dennistoun Private was a school in Onslow Drive. It may well have been at the corner but it was not number 9. My friend from school days whom I occasionally still see lived in number 9 which was on the other side of the road. He did go to Dennistoun for a few years until he moved to a school in town which is where I met him. The big house on the opposite corner was for many years the manse of the Barony Church. This probably isn't telling you much but at least it confirms the existence of the school. I'm guessing here but it may have shut in the mid/late sixties.

Hi Alan

Thanks for your reply and I see what you mean about the house number *and* it wasn't the house on the corner! My aunt read your reply and referred back to the photos that she took on the day we visited. My mistake - the house was not on the corner and it seems to have been number 8 Onslow Drive.

It was great to hear that he went to the school there and that you are still in touch. I was wondering, if he remembers anything about the school? I'm really keen to find out as much as I can and it would be fantastic, if it's possible to dig up photos of the school.

Both my mum and my aunt have very fond memories of the school; although, my mum wasn't there for a full year before moving to Drumchapel.

Thanks again

Colin


#10 - Colin replied on the 19/03/2019 12:57:14 AM

Hi Euan

Thanks very much for your reply.

My aunt said that she used to wear a panama hat with a black band on it with a red stripe and presumably the school badge on the front.

That sounds similar to the boy's uniform with the red caps.

Thanks again

Colin


#11 - Colin replied on the 19/03/2019 12:58:10 AM

Hi Jay

I hadn't heard about a private school that was run for commercial purposes and I wondered, if it was maybe run like that in the evenings for courses like shorthand and typing.

What you said about the two rooms and two women running it sounds similar to what my aunt told me. I'll need to check and see.

I have an email from her and will add these to the forum (provided I don't get blocked for sending so many replies at once/spamming!).

Thanks

Colin


#12 - Colin replied on the 19/03/2019 12:59:07 AM

Hi Ruth

Thanks for getting back to me.

That's great to hear that you remember seeing the boys wearing red caps.

I'm afraid I don't know about the church hall round the corner but I did get some emails from my aunt that I'll add to the forum.

Thanks

Colin


#13 - Colin replied on the 19/03/2019 12:59:53 AM

Hi Colin

Thanks for getting in touch and your reply, which was very interesting.

I'll send you an email separately.

Thanks

Colin


#14 - Colin replied on the 19/03/2019 1:02:28 AM

Hi all

Thanks again for all your replies - it made for some interesting reading. I have had a number of things going on since I first posted on the forum and researching my family's history took a bit of a back seat. I've recently picked it back up and let my aunt see your replies. I've copied her emails in below.

It would be great, if it's possible to find old school photos and to hear more of your memories. I'm very keen to learn more about the school because it was so important to my mum and aunt.

Anyway, here are the emails from my aunt.

Kind regards

Colin


Hi Colin,

What a lovely surprise!

I looked back our photos when we all went to visit and I am almost certain I took pictures of the correct house. Looking at the photo it was number 8? I also took photos of the back of the building which was the playground. It was still all covered in concrete and looked just like I remembered it - all of 69 years ago...I think I was there from 1952 for 2 or 3 years. Please can you put this info onto the forum below for me?
Let me know what happens next!!!
H x

Hi Colin,

It was lovely to read the snippets of information people have added to the forum. I remember the inside of the building very well. There was a door at the back of the ground floor which had a spiral staircase down to the playground. I remember we used to rush to stand by the hand bell at the top of the stair and the one who got there first was so excited to ring it when told at the end of playtime.

I was in the infant class which was the big room at the front. We used to get medals on ribbons for doing good stuff in class.

I wore a black gym strip and a panama hat with a black band on it with a red stripe and presumably the school badge at the front.

I used to play with a boy who had lots of freckles and his name I think was Lex Forsyth. He might have had ginger hair. I think your mum was there for a very short time before we moved away from Dennistoun.

H x


#15 - The Mentalist replied on the 19/03/2019 12:51:47 PM

Great post Colin.


#16 - Lily replied on the 23/03/2019 10:47:40 PM

Does anyone remember the small private primary school in Broompark Circus called St. Mary's. The school was run by nuns and was closely linked to Our Lady of Good Counsel church on Craigpark I attended the school from 1965 to 1968.
Girls' summer uniform was a brown and white striped dress and Panama hat; winter uniform was a dark brown pinafore with brown hat - both hats had a band with the school badge.

I can't find any reference to the school on the internet. I believe the building is now a B and B. I would love to hear from anyone who attended or remembers the school.

Thanks in anticipation


#17 - Marjory Barrow replied on the 18/05/2019 9:08:02 PM

I went to Dennistoun Private from 1954 tilll 1960 then on to Whitehill . It was on the corner of onslow drive and craigpark . I remember only two teachers Miss Paul and Miss Thompson . One was a scary lady !! Both wore smocks Classes had about twenty pupils . Would love to hear what your relations names were ! I remember somebody Gunn , Schoolar Hastie and Oliver !


#18 - Jim Thomson replied on the 28/10/2019 12:44:00 AM

Just wondering if anyone remembers James + Lionel Morton from Dennistoun Private School?


#19 - Grant Tosh replied on the 12/11/2019 8:13:08 PM

Hi folks. I was born in 1956 and went to dennistoun private school starting in kindergarten at the church and then onslow drive till it closed after I finished P5 must have been around 1965/66. Miss MacGregor was the school principle and she was SCARY. I remember miss Paul. She was lovely. So was a Mrs Fraser. Mrs Thompson taught P5 -P7s. In my class was ian Paterson; Jackie gardiner; Christopher Barr; Norma Cullen; and carol white; ian McKenzie. There was a harry Taylor in P7. He lived in east Kilbride at one time. There was a chap who sat beside harry and played the guitar. I remember him singing a Scottish song in class one time. You had to go through a cellar kitchen to get out to the back court for playtime. The toilet block was outside and I remember it stank incredibly and I used to hold my nose when in for a pee. Hope this is helpful. BTW when the school closed some of us went to partickhill private school for last two years of primary. Our teacher out there was a Mrs Lawson.


#20 - Glen replied on the 23/01/2020 6:20:12 PM

Hi Grant,
I remember you well, but you obviously do not remember me. It was Harry Taylor who played guitar. He was fond of telling us all how much guitar lessons cost. I think it gave him a buzz. The only singing I can remember was on Friday morning when we would sing songs such as Old Folks at Home, and Scots Wha Hae. Miss Thomson would play piano. Alec Mason used to sit beside Harry, as indeed did I. Alan Thomson was also on the team. Do you remember Wilma Cant, Aileen Morrison, Helen Watson, and Valerie Spence? How about Alison Hayworth and Aileen Andrews? I also attended the Nursery School, which was in St Barnabas Episcopalian Church in Craigpark. I remember Christopher Barr very well. He was a good-natured boy, and great fun, as indeed were you, Grant. Do you remember Peter Dick? We called him Dirty Dick, after the character in the Buster comic. His older sister, Joy, also attended the school.
Yes, the boys' toilets were terrible, but I nipped into the girls' toilets if no one was about, for they were always clean and tidy. I also used the teachers' toilet a few times. (Little devil, eh?)
Do you remember Jimmy and Lionel Morton? They were always cheerful and up for mischief. Donna Buchanan is a year younger than you, Grant, so you surely remember her. She became a dance teacher, thereby following in her mother's footsteps.
Miss MacGregor was a very scary woman, but Miss Thomson could also be pretty fierce. However, Miss Paul was always so nice.
Happy days!


#21 - Gordon Harris replied on the 17/02/2020 4:15:48 PM

Writing my earlier piece generated a memory of a bull getting loose in the street outside. I wonder if anyone remembers that ? Quite how that happened I have no idea but I remember it quite clearly. Perhaps there used to be a market nearby?


#22 - Gordon Harris replied on the 17/02/2020 6:04:27 PM

Attended from approx 1958-1960. Apart from he bull Incident I remember Miss Thomson and vaguely Miss Paul. I remember class mates called Raymond, Edward, Jonquil, and Eleanor. I remember the Xmas service standing on stage in a nearby church hall singing "in the bleak mid winter". There were swimming baths near Alexandra Parade where I learned to swim. We probably weren't allowed to do this but I remember lunching on mutton pies in the Swallow cafe which I believe still exists. I used to travel in by bus from Stepps and get the bus home from Alexandra Parade just opposite the cigarette factories.
Miss Thomson I remember was very kind but could be very scary!!


#23 - anon replied on the 22/02/2020 1:26:09 PM

Hi Marjory

My mum (Rose Anne Melvin) was briefly in the school in 1955 before they moved to Drumchapel. Her elder sister (Hazel Melvin) was in the school from 1952 to 1955.

My mum had polio when she was little and wore braces on her legs while she was being treated.

Colin


#24 - anon replied on the 22/02/2020 1:32:41 PM

Hi all

I've really enjoyed reading your posts over from the past few months.

In 2017 some of my family visited Dennistoun and Drumchapel. My mum and aunt lived in Dennistoun when they were very young before their family moved to Drumchapel. We visited where the school was and I recorded our visit on my phone. It was a windy day, so the audio quality isn't great. You can see the video on YouTube by following this link - youtube.com/watch?v=tv8v68sGrEQ&list=PLDN-MEgAFhmOi6njJHj_3BqFlf9L80Q8t&index=7

Please note you will have to add the normal three 'w's in front of the link. A full link can't be posted on the forum to prevent abuse.

My aunt - Hazel Melvin - white shirt - school from 1952 to 1955
My mum - Rose Anne Melvin - turquoise jacket - school 1955 only
Woman - my aunt's daughter
Man - my dad

If you have any photos of the school, it would be great if you could let me know. Anything from 1952 to 1955 would be of particular interest.

I also spoke to my mum about this today (Rose Anne Melvin). She remembers that the pupils were awarded medals for things like good spelling, good behaviour, etc. You could keep the medals for a week and were allowed to change the ribbons on them.

Looking forward to your posts.

Colin


#25 - Colin replied on the 22/02/2020 1:49:53 PM

Hi Gordon

I wonder, if the bull could have been a visitor / escapee from the abattoir on the south-west corner of Duke Street and Bellgrove Street?

I remember seeing the Swallow Cafe when I was in Dennistoun last.

Colin


#26 - Colin Campbell replied on the 23/03/2020 1:52:55 PM

Marjory Barrow and if it was Marjory Allan when you were at school how can you not remember me and Grant when you and little sister Aileen used to fight with each other as to which one would take me or Grant to school in the morning. I think what it must have been is that both of you wanted to take Grant and the loser got me ?? We lived so close to you me on the other side of Golfhill Drive in Whitehill St. and Grant in Golfhill Drive. If you can't remember perhaps you remember my little white dog Dandy? Your names are on a list of over 20 that myself my mother and Alastair McEwan managed to compile for Colin Smith. My email address is above on the 17th October 2018 if you wish to confirm or deny. I notice that none of the names you have mentioned are on my list which is good.


#27 - Christopher Barr replied on the 23/04/2020 8:27:59 PM

Grant - How strange finding my name in a message board 50 years or more after leaving Dennistoun & Partickhill!
Miss Paul was everyone's favourite teacher Mrs Thompson was quite fierce and Miss MacGregor was terrifying (to a 6 year old). As someone already said for some reason Miss Paul & Mrs (or was ir Miss) Thompson wore pale green smocks.

I remember you very well, Grant - in fact i've still got a class photo from Partickhill Private School where we all moved to when Dennistoun closed down. Mrs Lawson was the nicest then there was Mrs Holmes and the head teacher was Mrs Jackson (?) - again a small school . Other names i can remember were Carol Whitehead and Frazer Fairleigh . I met up with Ian Paterson a couple of years ago - i hadn't seen him since his wedding some 30 years earlier - we'd changed a bit since then. I can't remember in which road Partickhill School was in. But i know that I was there between 1966 and 1968.


#28 - Rob Duncanson replied on the 27/06/2020 10:38:57 PM

I attended this school. I recall one day we were playing chain tig. Peter Dick was the boy on the end. As the human chain twisted violently he crashed into the bins and got concussion. I have vivid recall of Miss Paul and her classroom. Coal fire. Portrait of Prince Philip and the Queen on mantlepiece.


#29 - Moira Reid replied on the 17/08/2020 1:39:09 PM

I went to Dennistoun Private and Miss Bartholemew was my teacher ! I remember Harry Taylor ,Wima Cant and Valerie Spence I do remember most mornings running back out and down the hill after my mum and Miss Bartholemew used to try and distract me by going in to open up the church with her .My maiden name was Montgomery .


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