Joan’s mother, born Violet Jones in 1910, attended Harrington School from c1915-1924. Her sister and brother were also at the school. Before she died, she wrote:
‘I left school when I was 14, that was the leaving age for everyone. I loved my last four years at school. I had the same teacher. Her name was Miss Edwards but secretly we all called her Teddy. She took a huge class of Standard 7 and X7. I was in Standard 7 for a year and just moved over to the end desks, which was X7 and spent the last three years there, just making the teachers’ tea and going for their lunches. By this time my sister Elsie had started work and my brother Jim had started at the Chamber of Commerce, which his schoolmaster had spoken for him. Jim had passed the exam for Grammar school but all the books and uniform had to be paid for by the parents and by this time my Dad had died so he couldn’t go.