Mr Gooch And Mr Healey
A Memory of Yeadon.
I was at Westfield Junior School from 65 to 70, we lived at Westfield Oval.
Mr Gooch's regime of daily repetitive and monotonous chanting of times tables has held me in good stead all my life. He also had a unique method of calling the register whilst transposing first letters of christian names and surnames so as Mark Bradley I became Bark Madly for 5 long years. Shirley Wright wasn't too impressed either.
Mr Healey's spelling tests were so many in number, looking back it seems like it was every day but it probably wasn't.
Throughout my working life, and to this day, my staff have asked how I can mentally shout out an answer to a sum or a price calculation before they have reached for their calculator or iphone to work it out.They regularly ask me how to spell a word or construct a sentence for the diary or email rather than google it, then might ask how I know the answer.
I say it's the Gooch Healey method. They don't have a clue what I'm talking about and google can't tell them no matter how hard they try. It doesn't matter that they don't know the Gooch Healey Method, it's enough that I know
I do hope, Mr Gooch and Mr Healey, that you've both enjoyed long happy and healthy retirements
For nearly 50 years I have benefited immensely from your teaching and shall always be in your debt (but please forgive any grammatical errors)