I was at Mbeya School from 1951 to 1953, during which time Queen Elizabeth was crowned and we all got cups and pencils.
I remember William Isemonger took me to his father's farm one Mbeya half-term. I remember it was isolated and out in lion country, and we thought we heard lions one night when we spending the night in an outside shed - we were absolutely terrified ! Memories of dairy farming, and turtles in their lake, and you were expected to sing songs for the family evening entertainment.
Interested that you, William, got the school record for the cuts - 13 times ! That means that you must have done better than Jane Kingdon who got at least that ! Brian Wilson got it a lot, too, especially when caught with a catapult. It was thought that Mr Gillham, Gilliefish, used to watch it all happening, using binoculars from his sitting room window !
I do remember the school board recording good marks and bad marks, for work and for behaviour, and that 3 bad marks got you a caning, and that was recorded on the school board too, so everybody knew !
I do remember Tootie Fruitie - Tony Tutendahl was his real name, I think.
It would be good to hear from you all.