Childhood memories include waiting at the end of the road to catch the school bus to our primary school. The driver would travel in a circuitous route through the farmlands picking up students on the side of the road. Nowadays when travelling by car and slowing down to pass a stationary school bus or seeing the delightful bus stop sign outside Tirau School, I'm reminded of my school days.
In the 1920s, the number of country schools was reduced by setting up larger, central schools, called consolidated schools. The Education Department’s school transport policy (1924) enabled students living more than 3.2 kilometres away from their nearest school to travel for free by bus.
On board we'd chat with one another and catch up on homework - reciting our times tables and spelling lists of words out loud were some of our activities.
At the end of the school day, we'd line up along the school's driveway beside the crab apple tree near the dental clinic. A teacher would check we were all present and we'd traipse on board.
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