For me personally, it was a rather pleasant surprise to have discovered that Victor Koo ( 3rd from right ) is a fellow Victorian, from an even earlier bloggers' meet up. Then when I happened to talk about Geylang English School, after listening for a while, Wee Kiat ( 2nd from right ) interjected..." I was also from GES. What year were you there, Dick ?"
It was such a pleasant surprise to know someone who had studied in the same school before me.
For those who may not understand this nostalgic and sentimental feeling...let me confirm this fact; GES (Primary ) does not exist anymore as a school. The building is still there at the junction of Lorong 23, Geylang Road, converted for other uses.
Since the school had closed down decades ago, the number of former students would naturally dwindle year by year, making it harder to find former students as time passes.
[ Dicko's archives: Bloggers meet - 4 Sept 2010 , Siglap Road ]
Unk Dicko entered Geylang English School as a Primary One pupil in 1955.
My eldest brother John and 2nd elder brother Peter were also pupils of the school, before me.
Both were much, much older than me. By the time I stepped into the school grounds, my brothers had both left the school. Thus from 1955 to 1960, I learnt to fend for myself and was quite independent, going to school on my own and returning home in similar fashion...a journey by walking from Lorong 40 to Lorong 23 ( and vice-versa), rain or shine!
I'm pretty certain if today, you ask the average boy or girl of my age back then ( 7 - 11 yrs) or even some adults, to walk the same walk as many of us had done daily...they will say you
are "NUTS !". I may not agree with their response but I will not blame them.
The world we lived in has changed tremendously... in many ways for the better, in others for
[ Front cover of my 1956 GES I School Magazine ]
Geylang English School I was founded in 1923. It was the only English primary school along the
main Geylang Road that catered to boys only. For the girls in Geylang area, the only English primary school in those days was the Geylang Methodist Girls' School situated at Aljunied Road
junction of Sim's Avenue. My elder sister Jenny studied there.
Every year, I would bring back the Annual School Magazine and my parents and family members
would check it out eagerly. My 6 years in the school would mean a collection of 6 magazines or more, if I include those under my brothers' time.
Somehow, to my utter disappointment, when I finally moved off from my family home, after marriage, into my own home, I could only find 3 surviving copies of GES magazines.
These 3 very fragile, somewhat tattered copies are now in my prized possession.
They are the 1954, 1956 and 1960 copies. Some pages are missing from here and there.
Otherwise, they hold a treasure trove of the sweetest memories of the innocence of youth
and the days of yore.
As an example, I have thousands of pictures in my archives and albums. When I got down to re-organise my photos and whatnots, I could only find ONE ...yes, just one single photo of myself
before the age 12. And that picture of me, as a 3 month old baby being cradled in the safe arms
of my late mother is presently with my younger sister.
I have it saved and uploaded to my early blogpost.
Click HERE to see that RARE picture.
It is therefore good fortune and a blessing when I found some pictures of myself still recognisable in this 1956 GES magazine which I have placed below.
[ This is the Back Cover of the 1956 Magazine ]
[ My class photo: Pri 2 A 1956 - Form Teacher Mr Neo Yam Koon ]
The once young Owl in this photo, is in the middle row, 4th from the right.
Page 55 of the magazine has 5 photos of different classes engaged in class