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BendyBadger's Brickset BonusBall - Speedman back to school edition 08/08/19 UK draw

Morning from sunny Berkshire, I was in the office bright and early this morning because the roads where we live have descended into chaos once more....the kids are back at school. Little Miss Speedman went into year 3 on Tuesday and loved it, she came home excited for a new year with lists of topics they were going to cover and activities planned.

This weeks question is, "what is the most memorable thing that happened at your school?" It could be a project you enjoyed, a school trip somewhere brilliant, a teacher that was amazing at teaching their subject or the time that kid from the year below you climbed the changing room wall to peer through the gap into the girls room and fell off slashing his leg open on a metal bracket and getting the school evacuated while the paramedics stitched him up!

The prize will be a polybag picked from my stash by Little Miss Speedman.

The rules, write your answer below and the first 59 entrants will get a number, please try to avoid double posting until we get 59 entries. This is open worldwide.  And the bonus ball from the UK lottery on Saturday night will decide the winner.



  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,540
    I still have slightly too vivid memories of a school trip to the zoo to see a giraffe give birth.
  • MaffyDMaffyD Member Posts: 3,500
    I remember freaking out one of my friends who pulled on my arm whilst I was sliding down the 'ice run' in our playground (no H&S in those days). I slipped, did a 360, fell over and banged my head on the icy concrete. It was really cold so I couldn't really feel anything, but when I got up and looked at my friend (and was about to castigate him for his antic) his face was white as a sheet and he was staring at me like I had just turned purple or something.
    I said "What? Why are you looking..." when the first drops of blood fell in front of my eyeball... Turns out I had a massive gash across my left eyebrow and was bleeding profusely, but because of the cold (and possibly a little concussion) I didn't feel it.
    After a trip to hospital, a few stitches and a day off I was back - my friend was very nice to me for about a month - bringing sweets, asking if I was ok.
    That's the only thing I remember from primary school. Secondary school... that's something else.
  • bandit778bandit778 Member Posts: 2,372
    Most memorable school moment was on a school camping trip to Botley near Southampton.
    On one of the days we got to travel to the coast and visit the Funfair, and in my younger days, the faster or more loopy the ride, the better.
    On this occasion, we arrived just in time for Lunch, so after stuffing my face with burger, chips, milkshake and for an added treat, a bag of freshly cooked sugary, deep fried donuts. 
    While that in itself made it a good day to remember, it wasn't what made the day memorable.
    Being of a somewhat dafter nature than I am today (not by much I grant you), after this well balanced meal, for some reason I decided it was a damned good idea to firstly have a go on this..

    closely followed by not one but two goes on this...

    Needless to say, by the time the second go on the Waltzer had finished, my complexion had turned from it's normal pasty white to what was a very distinct shade of green.

    As you can guess, the inevitable happened and the grease and carbs infested meal from earlier in the day decided it had been shaken quite enough, and ejected itself at full velocity from where it had been nicely fermenting. 

    Being kids, this got rapturous applause and cheers from my fellow camp mates and numerous offers of food from those with a slightly more warped sense of humour.

    It was possibly the most attention that I had ever encountered at school hence the most memorable. :)
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks Member Posts: 1,731
    edited September 2018
    Since I'm homeschooled, many memorable things have happened. Along the lines of @Bumblepants answer, I've seen multiple goats be born at our school aka our farm. :)
  • TheFewTheFew Member Posts: 1,779
    A mate punching a whole in a window and cutting a major vein in his hand. Lots of blood!
  • dmcc0dmcc0 Member Posts: 778
    The annual school trips to the Netherlands/Germany were always memorable for a number of reasons, but I always look back fondly on our weekly lunchtime teachers vs seniors football match.  A great excuse to give that teacher you didn't like a sly kick in the shins or "accidentally" wipe him out with a late tackle, and for him to return the favour while smiling and not even trying to make it look like an accident. "You're just too quick for me".  All in good fun, obviously.

    Just had to avoid the PE teacher though, he didn't bother kicking you back; he just blasted the ball at you as hard as he could.  To this day I've never seen anyone hit a ball as hard as he could.

  • khopewosinkhopewosin Member Posts: 101
    When the school flooded and we had to wade through thigh high water to get back home.
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Member Posts: 1,771
    Oooh, good call @Speedman29

    Best memory is probably learning to sail at primary school - weekly sessions on a local lake for the last two years plus a week on the broads.
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross Member Posts: 1,672
    Both my mate and I would smuggle Newcastle Brown Ale in Coca-Cola bottles in on Fridays in our final year and we would drink it during the lunchtime Chess club... we did it loads and never got caught. It certainly took the edge off double maths. 
  • MugenPowerMugenPower Member Posts: 631
    I graduated.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,280
    Although I have several I could reference, probably the most memorable I have is my 3rd grade year. My teacher quickly identified struggles I was having with reading and spelling and connected me with a program at my school designed to help students who had fallen behind, or help them excel in areas they were doing well in. 

    During my first meeting, they agreed I had opportunity in reading and spelling, but quickly identified a proficiency for math. By the end of my third grade year I was reading/writing/spelling at a 6th grade level and was doing 7-8th grade made (some geometry and algebra). 

    I can pinpoint that experience as my love for math throughout the rest of my education and an extreme boost to my confidence in all other areas of learning. 
  • LuLegoLuLego Member Posts: 1,010
    TheFew said:
    A mate punching a whole in a window and cutting a major vein in his hand. Lots of blood!
    Didn’t realise we went to the same school!
    This - and every one rushing to see if Barry would die of blood loss.
  • DB361DB361 Member Posts: 299
    Most memorable for me was during a mundane Year 3 class when we all started to hear some rumbling, looked out the window and watched a military helicopter landing on the playing field! The teachers told nobody about it, although it was obviously planned as class by class we were led out and learned a bit about them (although obviously very little of it went into my thick skull as I can't remember what force or type of helicoper it was!).
    Soooo many explosions (from the good old days when small homemade IED’s WOULDN’T get the bomb squad or Homeland Security called).
    Thanks for hosting @Speedman29...
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Member Posts: 3,735
    Well, the first thing that came to mind was in 4th grade. One morning, our teacher wasn't there to unlock the classroom. After waiting a little while, we came up with the brilliant plan to pick the lock. Someone broke a tooth off a plastic comb and tried to pick the lock. (What 9-year-old can pick a lock? In the movies someone just sticks something in the lock, wiggles it around, and the door opens!) Of course, it broke off in the lock, so when the teacher finally showed up, Maintenance had to come and fix it while we sat in the library and got chewed out. If I win, I'd like to donate my prize to Fairy Bricks or anyone else over there- no need to mail a polybag to Minnesota!
  • terfstenterfsten Member Posts: 303
    My school took an annual trip to the ice skating rink... and annually someone got hurt lol. The one year was me. I taught myself a few "tricks" thinking I was cool. I would spin and stop myself. I would pick up speed and then slide. Lastly, I attempted a small hop... it worked once. They started playing the chicken dance and I tried it again only this time my feet flew out from under me and my face plowed into the ice... I couldn't see anything but white out of my  right eye for about 3 minutes... I got better though and waited to go home until the end of the day. But I still hate ice skating and am terrible on the ice!
  • Russell844Russell844 Member Posts: 2,394
    Not necessarily a good memory, but in junior high school once I had a bird shit on my head. :)
  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 Member Posts: 1,827
    Only thing I liked at school was lunch time, and when I graduated.
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 3,161
    edited September 2018
    Mr Williams, Geography teacher and ex-para who was built like a brick outhouse grabbing John Ivory and hanging him out of a first floor window, holding onto him with just one handed vice grip on one of John's ankles. He didn't mess about in Geography again for a while.
  • SeijiAmasawaSeijiAmasawa Member Posts: 264
    Back in 2nd grade, I punched a classmate’s face for teasing me incessantly. My fave tv show back then was The Incredible Hulk. 
  • historymanhistoryman Member Posts: 377
    I am a teacher - every day provides opportunity to do something amazing. I've taught in Y6 for the last 7 years and every year I look forward to teaching the circulatory system (dissecting lamb's hearts!)
  • norm103norm103 Member Posts: 301
    Not the best but: There was two girls fighting and one had a razor and cut the other one up kind of bad and she ran into our classroom and the medic had to patch her up and the school went on lockdown with lots of cops. 
    Thanks for hosting. 
  • TheFewTheFew Member Posts: 1,779
    LuLego said:
    TheFew said:
    A mate punching a whole in a window and cutting a major vein in his hand. Lots of blood!
    Didn’t realise we went to the same school!
    This - and every one rushing to see if Barry would die of blood loss.
    Ha ha, no this was a Garry not a Barry.
  • hoodaddyhoodaddy Member Posts: 315
    8th grade trip to Washington DC. Was fun and first real taste of independence getting to walk around without much supervision. 
  • Lego_StarLego_Star Member Posts: 2,144
    The day the girl with the really long hair (down past her bum) got her hair caught in the lathe (whilst it was running) during metalwork class. She was told many times to tie it up / back safely before the incident occurred. She survived to tell the tale but rather painfully (apparently) lost a big chunk of hair when her scalp was yanked.

    To be fair, a simple hairband was never going to secure her hair safely any more than wearing a pair of sunglasses on her bonce would. 

    Thanks for hosting @Speedman29.
  • benbacardibenbacardi Member Posts: 712
    My fellow band members and I were served a Noise Abatement notice for playing too loudly in the music block, which was near the boundary of the school and the houses nearby. We even made it into the local paper, and we named our band the next year The Abatements. 

    That, and the time I had to go get a load of stitches put my in head after a friend accidentally hit me with my own woodworking project...
  • redarmyredarmy Member Posts: 741
    edited September 2018
    School trip to Bogner Regis when fairly youngish and listening to a roommate taking a dump and by for some reason he decided to accompany it with a vocal rendition of WW2( I presume) bombing raid.
    I also fell over in the playground in Cyprus,cracking my head open and proceeded to turn the Headmaster red as he carried me to the office!

    Good times!
  • Muftak1Muftak1 Member Posts: 547
    In 6th class we went on a school trip to Wales. Absolutely loved it. Also spent a fortune on the ferry playing Out Run. And managed to get into the onboard cinema to watch Crocodile Dundee
  • arathemisarathemis Member Posts: 599
    It must be my first kiss.
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,779
    It's blurry, but that's me at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab wearing an EVA glove.
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  • Gibbo1959Gibbo1959 Member Posts: 541
    Thanks for hosting @Speedman29 one memory that still sticks is having the headmaster drive past me just yards from the school gate, slow down, and query my lack of school cap that was part of our uniform (grammar schools!) and was supposed to be worn to and from school - first of several detentions during my illustrious school career.
  • KaitchKaitch Member Posts: 386
    Oh boy, I have a good one. My surname sounds like a crude name for male genitalia, if you have a dirty mind. It's a word I wasn't aware of as such until I was about thirteen. When I was eleven, I went to Big School, and there was a boy a few years older than me who thought this name was hilarious. I know this, because he spent the best part of a year loudly proclaiming that my middle name was "sucks". If you're old enough, you can work out what he meant. Fortunately, I didn't, which is why it went on for so long. I thought he was saying I sucked, as in, I was dumb. Stupid and annoying, but tolerable. Anyway, after about eight, nine months, I was having a bad day, and was just heading into to class when what did I hear, but that guy casting aspertions on my character. I turned around, and screamed at him "Don't you ever call me that ever again". And I did actually say exactly the name he'd been calling me. As you might be able to guess from my naiviety, I was a good kid, so when I realised that I'd just risen to the bait and yelled in front of when of my teachers, I naturally interpreted my teacher's look of complete shock as a sign that I was in BIG TROUBLE. I collapsed in my seat and burst into tears. Obviously I was excused to go to the loos and calm down, wash my face, etc, and when I came back, the boy was very apologetic. I accepted it, a bit bemused, and was never told off myself. It was sometime later that I realised exactly what he'd been saying and felt very disturbed. But at least he got a firm lesson about acceptable behaviour before he could try it out on anyone who'd actually know what he meant.
  • Addicted2OxygenAddicted2Oxygen Member Posts: 467
    I have suppressed most school memories, but 2 trips really stand out.

    The first was going to CERN. We got our names “picked out of a hat” and the selection was very suspiciously in favour of those pupils that were science and engineering minded. 

    There was was lots of facinating science things to see, but what has always stuck in my head is standing in this large underground chamber looking up at a massive shaft with a tiny speck of light at the top and struggling the comprehend the scale of everything. 

    The second was going to see Professor Stephen Hawking give a lecture at Cambridge. It was amazing and an honour, but the best bit was the Q&A at the end. 

    One kid from our school thought he was smarter than everyone else (may have been, but was very obnoxious about it). He was convinced he had found a flaw in one of Prof Hawking’s theories. He spent a good 5 minutes asking his question as everyone got more uncomfortable. Then when he finally finished, there was a dramatic pause and Prof Hawking replies “No”. The lecture theatre erupted with laughter. The kid was a bit quieter after that. 
  • ReesesPiecesReesesPieces Member Posts: 1,116
    When my mom came to see me say one line in a little play about the turtle computer program in 2nd grade.  She worked at a grocery store and didn't even drive so I never expected her to be there so it was a very pleasant surprise.  Moms are great!
  • BrickByBrickBrickByBrick Member Posts: 745
    edited September 2018
    My favorite teacher was my 6th grade math/science teacher, I finished the entire years curriculum in January.
  • Toc13Toc13 Member Posts: 1,144
    Probably a trip to Moscow & St. Petersburg (possibly still Leningrad) which took place before the fall of the Soviet Union.
    It was organised by one of the History teachers & he also ran lunchtime lessons in Russian language in the run-up to the trip.
    In the first couple of days, I'd helped out an extremely drunk (& ill) girl from another school doing the same itinerary - her mother was also on the trip as a teacher.
    And I'd also rescued the hat of a school governor by jumping down the side of a train - didn't think about the reaction of KGB guards armed with AK-47s before I did.

    Suffice to say, for the rest of the trip I had certain freedoms that weren't available to others.
    I should also mention, the drunk girl was later very grateful & demonstrated so quite publicly - which improved my social standing at school considerably
  • starwars4everstarwars4ever Member Posts: 489
    The time in 5th grade our class spent the night in a museum
  • M_BossM_Boss Member Posts: 256
    My chemistry teacher at the beginning of the year told the whole class if we were able to get a zero on one of his multiple choice tests filling in all of the answers he would give us a 100, because we obviously knew the material really well, but if you got one right, you would get that grade like a 1 or 2. No one had ever attempted it, but I decided to do it and succeeded. Greatest moment when my teacher told me I had done it.
  • devilheaddevilhead Member Posts: 286
    Somebody vandalized the middle school... 'Hail Satin'... (insert facepalm here)
  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan Member Posts: 353
    Along with some friends, we put a porta potty on the pitchers mound of the variety baseball team. 

    For you Europeans out there, it would be comparable to putting one on midfield of the football (soccer) field. 

    Hearing the schools reaction to it was funny.
  • mak0137mak0137 Member Posts: 288
    School picnic at the beach
  • sweetness34sweetness34 Member Posts: 406
    Bunch of guys from the football team lifted the drivers ed car up onto a loading dock on the back of the school.
  • VgangVgang Member Posts: 88
    Nothing more memorable than the first day at school!
  • LobotLobot Member Posts: 1,026

    I can't really think of anything during my school years, but I did get to meet Craig Charles (Dave Lister, Red Dwarf) whilst at Uni. 

    He'd been doing a gig that night and I was working behind the bar, so I got the chance to chat with him afterwards - a genuinely nice guy!

  • 1x11x1 Member Posts: 143
    Bee swarm at school
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