The school compound had been fenced. In the extreme left, the police quarters were under construction. Behind the library block were the teachers block & the much feared principal's office. Students held much more respect for the teachers and principal then. Students often made u-turn or fled with awe when they chanced upon teachers or principal in town.
This old block used to house my Form 1 classes. Dreamy students spent their time counting cars on Repok Road. Who cared about Modern Mathematics (a+b = c)? Chinese proverbs? My favourite was "beat the bush to scare the snake".Sarikei St Anthony's School 1979 - Behind the front blocks. View from government quarters.
The canteen on the left served mee hoon (rice vermicelli in Hokkien) which would set your pocket money back by 20 sen. The most popular treat was putting satay fish slices into kom pia (Foochow donut lookalike). Really bad nutrition for kids.
Look for the path leading from the front block to the Demonstration Room block (not shown) on the right. Spot the sepak takraw court and the huge bicycle shed (finding your bike could be a problem). The police quarters in the background had almost completed construction.
This lovely picture depicts the Demonstration Room block on the left. The Demo Room was the first room facing us. It had tiered seats like a lecture room and was used mainly for Geography classes (who can remember the population of Burma?), Chinese lessons and debating contests (The proposition said that women should stay in the kitchen! Huh?). The "New Block" (built 1975) was in the background and the Chemistry lab block (built 1960) in the foreground. What's missing were the basketball & volleyball court. The north east corner showed the Malay kampung.
Note that the kampung road was narrow and unpaved then. This kampung road led to Methodist Primary School to the left (not shown).Sarikei St Anthony's School 1979 - Chemistry lab block. View from government quarters.
A very important building in the picture was not the Chemistry lab block but the the ladies toilet in the foreground. In the late 80's, a lily pond was built next to it and the lilies were very healthy for obvious reasons. Have you ever wondered why ladies liked to go to the restrooms in groups of 2-3?