The Old School HousePosted: February 29, 2012
As I looked at the broken-down old school it brought back a lot of fun and cherished memories that I have from when I was a child. Now I’m the guy who has to demolish it.
This old building being knocked down might be for the better. It has just been sitting here deep in the countryside, growing old and gathering dust. Stray animals run in and out every night, and kids have stepped on broken glass.
It’s not actually a bad thing that this building is getting knocked down. It will clear room for more important things like perhaps a habitat for animals or a new school. It could even become a home for someone.
But I feel bad in a way that the building is getting knocked down. I had a lot of fun in this school having lunch with my friends. Learning new things every day. But everything must of course come to an end.
I just hope that the space this building frees up comes to some good use that will help this community. This building isn’t doing any good as it is anyway. Dogs going inside barking maniacally. Corrugated iron thudding against the verandah. The rusty bell signalling happier times long since past. Leaves brustling against the wood. Storms making holes in the roof. Wood peeling and splitting off. There is really no point in this building going on any longer.
To sum up, I am now neither happy nor sad about this building being knocked down.
It has had its time.
I just hope the space freed up is put to good environmental use.
This story was written this week by a 10 year old boy as a result of completing a written expression test.
He was provided with a copy of the picture of an old school house (above) and then given 40 minutes to write a story about it.
Other conditions were that he had to put himself in the story (hence his stick drawing of himself he added in the picture) , was not allowed to talk to anybody, did not sit next to anybody, had absolutely no help in writing this story, no erasers or dictionaries were made available, and he had to complete the story to “the end” within 40 minutes.
What do you think of the results? Do you think this story shows any creative writing potential?
I’d very much appreciate your feedback.