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# Posted: 7 Jun 2006 23:07 - Edited by: admin

If you have any interesting anecdotes / reminiscences of Hurlstone please either post them here or send an email to admin.

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# Posted: 15 Jun 2006 21:36

1977 - 1980

As a Pleb I was totally impressed by the water bomb fights that would sponataneously erupt as the quadrangle became polarized into two groups. This usually happened during staff meetings, and was always a great start to the day.

PS As a teacher now I would discourage current students from doing this.

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# Posted: 19 Jun 2006 20:59

They were nothing compared to the fruit fights that the Daygoes would start up across the platforms at Glenfield Station in the afternoons.

I also remember Mr Wilson telling the students off during one assembly (must have been about 1985 or 1986) about a spate of copper bombs that had been going off around the place. A few had caused significant damage to the toilets. He was interrupted by a well-timed copper bomb going off in the boys' toilets behind where the dais was placed at the time. He went off, he was furious.

I also remember a renegade magazine that was published in the mid 80's to rival Harvester. It was known as Harbinger. It got banned. There was an English teacher at the school at the time whose first name was Oma. The final straw was when the magazine produced a mathematical proof that triangle OMA was equivalent to triangle HOR. Something to do with libel or something.....

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# Posted: 14 Jul 2006 22:10

I remember Harbinger, and think I may still have a copy somewhere. I was in the year below the guys who ran this mag and didn't really pay much attention to them unil the advent of Harbinger; it certainly made me realise there was more to them than met the eye!

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# Posted: 5 Oct 2006 15:39 - Edited by: JAA

Deputy Dog Wilson was the subject of a mosquito coil ignited cracker placed in the toilets directly behind his green podium during a full assembly circa 1975. I think the perpetrator was a bloke named "Brown" aka "Poon"

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# Posted: 1 Feb 2007 18:00

Yes, I recall both the copper bomb and Harbinger. Mr Wilson told us he wanted to see everyone in year 12 involved in the publication of the magazine in his office one morning, so 80-odd year 12 students rocked up. His reaction was quite funny.
The time tials down Roy Watts Road were a hoot too, with Bob Bucinskas invaribaly as time keeper in the passneger seat with th ewindow down in case he had to throw the stop watch out the window in anemergency. It all came to an end when Jason Abbott spun his old man's v8 ford out of conrol on the "esses" as they were known.
Massive handball games taking up the whole quadrangle were a treat as well.

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# Posted: 1 Apr 2007 08:04

The mozzy coil bomb - remember clearly, must have been 82 or 81. smoke billowed out of the toilet block.

Is there still a white painted fence along the road to the footy field? Over 20 years now. I painted that fence (I guess it is gone now). It was part of my punishment. End of year nine, broke into science staff room, took bottles of white wine. Woke up the next day in the school sick bay in school uniform. The details were revealed to me later - they involved some vomiting.

Otherwise getting on a train at 11pmish and returning with the sunrise fills my nostalgic needs. Me, Mark Burnett and Danny (gronk). Mark couldnt make the 'real' world. I miss you mate. I can see you clearly, standing on George st, off our faces, just out of from the film - 'The Song Remains the Same' - and it does, it does

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# Posted: 3 Apr 2007 03:10

I remember a mozzie coil bomb, must have been 81, 'cause that was my last year there. Seems like good ideas come up every few years.

Water bomb fights were always fun. We'd place an artillery spotter in the building that overlooked the quadrangle (room 10 or 11?) and then signal someone to lob a few over the building and get the group that sat against the wall just around from the water tower.

I think the most fun I had was in cadets, with Mr. Gable and co taking us canyoning and caving on the weekends. Do they still send kids out doing stuff like that?

And whatever became of Kevin Tyerman? I remember when he set the world record for crawling. Man, what an effort !!!


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# Posted: 3 Apr 2007 05:24

School hisory - world record for [b]crawling [/b](literally) Kevin - what a champion.
Also world record for Touch Footy - 25 hours if i remember correctly. We all got sick the next day - spewing big time - spiked? We never found out. But there was a suspect - what was his name, Hooky Day or something like that. That boy masturbated everywhere he went.

History - sure, but you know Hurlstone was one twisted up reality...
Anecdotes - sure, been recalling over the years - stoned in Geography, drunk at the cricket, tripping the weekends...

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# Posted: 3 Apr 2007 05:29

What about bolt bombs!

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# Posted: 3 May 2007 14:47

I remember 1981 muck up day. I was a year 7 boarder, and we were woken by the year 12's very early in the morning. We had to swim in the freezing cold water, bum waddle up Roy Watts Rd and then crawl through a paddock of thistles. Man, never thought we'd make it back alive. Never the less, when it came our turn for a year 12 muck up day, rules had changed big time!!

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# Posted: 23 Jun 2007 20:41

By the time I got to year 12 (1992), they'd cancelled Stir day! Mr Kidd (principal at the time) even threatened that if one single year 12 student turned up on school grounds that day, he'd call the police! So we went to Cronulla beach instead!

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# Posted: 28 Jun 2007 13:52

Bohemian Sex Kitten
... and what would have happened had you all turned up on stir day? Solidarity! - gone by ?92? Are you really a bohemian sex kitten?

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# Posted: 28 Jun 2007 17:58 - Edited by: mynx

Well, we all met at Glenfield station anyway!

Would I call myself one if I wasn't? ;)

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# Posted: 2 Aug 2007 15:53

I remember the days of the "sacrificial six and the chant"
"Big Black Oracle on the Hill,
Throw eggs and %@#! at your will"
All that flour off the fans on all the freshly showered students.
Still smile when I think of it!

I also remember catching the good old "Spirit of Progress" back from Harden way at 0200hrs.

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# Posted: 4 Aug 2007 20:02

During the 'good old days' of 6th Form Stir...

anyone remember the car of a certain English/History teacher being placed in the Hall of Honor? c1977.

Can't remember the teacher's name, however, I do remember the tug on the side-burn if one was caught doing the wrong thing during his class!

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# Posted: 31 Jan 2008 08:08

Werner Schmeid , changed his name to Smyth. A well built German and former Prisoner of War Camp guard who enjoyed cooking and long walks in the bush ( made that up). He was strong so when he grabbed your sideburns he really lifted you. He drove some gay Honda Scamp or similar.

Carol Ward
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# Posted: 10 Apr 2008 13:59

What about the drug bust at Murphy's Glen (class of 85 yr 10 field trip).

Not just waterbombs across the quad but a well postioned choko vine on the ag-plot fence provided amunition at one end versus the borders fruit box left at the rear of the kitchen for recess at the other.

The 80s were the time for discos - the girls had arrived and the black curtain was in full swing. I even recall we had records as door prizes at some (I still have a Cindy Lauper single from one disco tucked away somewhere).

Movies in the MPC when sport was washed out - lots of kids huddled under blankets without much supervision.

And, Mr Thomas, an Ag teacher with a strong American accent asking a tardy Robert Baiton "Where have you been Master Baiton?". Followed by a lot of sniggering by a class of year nines who were probably just discovering that past time.

Another car in the corridor between the Hall of Honor and Geography blocks during the mid 80s.

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# Posted: 16 Jul 2013 18:11

What about physical education and the push ups!!! What was the PE teacher's name in the late 70's. ???

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# Posted: 18 Jul 2013 23:17

Jimbo Downs!

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# Posted: 19 Jul 2013 10:48

That's him. He was a classic. A personality that grows on you.

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# Posted: 12 Jun 2017 17:04

Rugby season 1971
It was compulsory for all boys in 1st Form (yr 7) to attend the first rugby training session.
Mr Ayers (aka Rock) made us do laps around No 1 oval. He was a big unit and brought a cane with him to the training session.

We were all surprised that he could keep up, even more so that he would encourage the boy who was in last place with the application of the cane to the buttocks.

English 1971 Class 1C
The assigned homework was to read a chapter of the book 'Dusty', which was about a part dingo drovers dog, and answer a question set by Reg Lang.
As it turned out, few had read the chapter and even fewer has answered the question.
Reg left the classroom and returned with his cane. Upon his return, he lined us up outside the class.
To gain entry to the classroom one had to produce the homework and recite something from the chapter.
Failure to do so earned two cuts for each offence.
I received four cuts

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