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Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Thanks for the comment, Mike. That makes sense.

I must admit that my remark was made in complete ignorance of the chant as I never heard it during my years at our school.
Sat 2-Apr-2011 15:36 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Surely "boater" doesn't make sense?

Firstly, because there is no record that I have seen of the School ever wearing boaters and, secondly, because the next line in the derogatory rhyme is "couldn't (can't?) swim without a floater" which refers to a fish - bloater.

Rubber Man - that's a new one to me. Never heard of him on the Sutton Estate at that time.

Keep smiling.
Fri 1-Apr-2011 19:10 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire

From Mike T:   My research from some time ago suggests that "boater" doesn't refer to the hat but rather someone who "boats", and the next line about "rusy motor" refers to the motor of a motorboat.

Alex Patterson, VUA, 1946-51 | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
All this talk of uniforms urged me to look at the school photographs for the period I was at school. In the Junior school panoramagraph of 1947/48, I see that scarcely anyone is wearing a blazer. In the 1950/51 Seniors photo, the uniform seems to be light coloured sports jackets and open necked shirts...and in the 1950/51 VUA class photo there is not one blazer, but there are more than 20 ties ( not necessarily school ties) It seems it was circa 1955/56 when the uniform regime kicked in according to the photos.
I was always a "High School bloater (with an 'L')" when being jeered at by my non-High School contemporaries or adversaries. Someone wrote recently about the school board man; does anyone recall the mythical 'Rubber man' who supposedly terrorised children on the way to and from school?
Maybe this was just in the Barnes Road/ Laygate area.
Regards from a pleasant (3 C) sunny Montreal
Alex Patterson
Wed 30-Mar-2011 15:48 - Montreal, Canada
Michael Lawrenson 1946 | lawrenson~AT~hollyburn~DOT~plus~DOT~com
I see looking back at my last entry I seem to have got rather mixed up between bloaters and boaters. So, apart from the quotation, for 'bloaters' read 'boaters'. It's either my age or the keyboard is playing up.
Tue 29-Mar-2011 16:18 - Scotland
Alan Whittaker (52-59)
Oops! reference my last, I meant "sewn" not "sown"!!! GCE English was such a long time ago!
Tue 29-Mar-2011 13:29
Alan Whittaker (52-59)
My memory is that when Mr Egner took over from Mr Lucas he tightened up the requirement to wear uniform.Iseem to remember that I got a Council grant to pay for a blazer and grey flannels although some kids still wore sports jackets with the school badge sown on the breast pocket.We would approach the School via Russel Avenue sharing a Woodbine! with our caps folded in our blazer pockets and keeping a wary eye open in case a prefect came cycling by!
Tue 29-Mar-2011 10:33
Eric Moyse 1946 to 1953 | eric~DOT~moyse~AT~sky~DOT~com
I was never accused of being a rainbow college kid but often of being a high school bloater. Mike Lawrenson's latest hints that "bloater" may originally have been "boater" but did the school ever wear straw boatera?
I remember well having me Mam sew badges on any old jacket and my losing scarves with sickening regularity. Never had a school cap, though. That was for the (relatively) posh kids.
Tue 29-Mar-2011 10:00 - Reading Berkshire
Michael Lawrenson 1946 | lawrenson~AT~hollyburn~DOT~plus~DOT~com
‘High School bloater, rusty motor, cannot swim without a floater’ – I can remember that being shouted at me as I went to school in 1946. But the bloaters were always mythical and I doubt if they were ever seriously considered even when uniform became the norm several years later. I would think that any boy trying to make his way along East Avenue wearing a bloater would have come to a sudden and sad end.

We were an informal lot in those days as the 1947 panoramic photo will show. As Ed has pointed out the reason was simple: everything was scarce and rationed. What you wore depended on how lucky your parents were in their shopping and how many clothing coupons they had left.
Mon 28-Mar-2011 23:01 - Scotland
Bryan Cooper | bryglen~AT~bryancooper~DOT~wanadoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Here we go again.....
'Here come the rainbow college kids' - where did that one come from?

'High School bloater, rusty motor' - I am fully prepared to accept ( I can actually remember it very well, to be honest ) but no others spring to mind.
Come on Lawson, Moyse and co., help us out here.
Mon 28-Mar-2011 19:13 - North Wales
Ed. Forster | r2ed~DOT~forster~AT~live~DOT~ca
My recolection of school uniforms is a bit hazy,I left to work at Hawthorns 69 yrs ago,because of clothes rations we were left with only the cap & socks having the school colours. On the way to school we had to suffer the chants of other kids ' here come the rainbow college kids' occasionaly resulting in fisticuffs which was one of the few things in which I excelled.
Lots of sunshine here, but still about 3 or 4ft. of snow front & back of the house.
Sun 27-Mar-2011 19:01 - PEI Canada

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