Wednesday 19th January 2022

What’s The Story Behind These Images? 8/2021.

What’s The Story Behind These Images? 8/2021.

Quite some time ago, years in fact, I began buying images from Dreamstime for use on the blog. I accumulated many and have used few.

I guess I have not used them in more recent times because the focus of those images was for my education category which I blogged about with frequency in 2012-2015.

I was also an Education Specialist assisting families and educators who were part of a group of pre-schools in the northern and norwest suburbs of Sydney.

I was very careful to only use approved photos from the organisation so I tended to add some of these images where there was a correlation between my written messages and the images.

Today, I am using my imagination to write something as I might see as the story behind the images.

Image One.

Here are the students in Year 9 who were asked to look as if we are reading and be interested too. However, you can see that that two of them who were excluded from being seated. Huh? Stand against the shelves and look like they are reading? We can do that. Still not sure what we are reading though. Guess if the teacher is smiling it might be a funny book?

However, in all seriousness it is good to see reading AND being in a library of interest. Far too much these days, books from libraries and students being able to access a library within a school setting is being denied. Something, something, funding! Rubbish. I wrote a post about it here.

Does your child’s school have a library and a trained teacher librarian?


Image Two.

This one is a very familiar image. Boy, in image, gets what they are supposed to be doing, as requested by the teacher, leaning over another student at a computer in rear of image. This is how it does happen in many schools. There is a computer lab or bank of them set up. Truly, it can be quite the challenge to keep this kind of lesson under control in terms of the students’ searches. Fortunately there are security set ups via the schools’ systems.

With a whole class of 30 this kind of lesson is exhausting! Back when I reckon this was the kind of way teachers may have “ticked” the boxes of computer education. This is less likely to be the kind of work done by students now as each classroom has a range of set ups for technology including interactive white boards. High school students have laptops and ipads too, as do many primary schools.

Do you remember this kind of lesson?


Image Three.

Taking the hand of an older and trust adult to be safe in terms of being outside, in a crowd, approaching the road, or even starting school. It is both reassuring and kind to the child as he or she makes changes that need some parental or adult support. However, of course, there can be hand-holding refusers and with those little ones, there needs to be a firmer grip…a kind one.

Did you know children need adult supervision to cross a road up to around the ages of 8-10. It is something to do with developing peripheral vision.


Image Four.

This is quite an homogenous group of four. Interestingly for me as I reviewed some of my images, I realised back when I was selecting them my unconscious bias took me to the familiar for me. White and anglo in appearance. I am quite surprised now that I look back and know that even acknowledging it is better than continuing this.

Do you think play and children’s ability to let off steam outdoors is allowed enough for these days?


Image Five.

I loved the connection of these two children as I imagined in this image. They seem comfortable with each other, and are moving along a bridge-like structure to another area. The simple parts of childhood can be forgotten in the hustle and bustle can’t they?

How much do children really get to play and explore within a relatively safe space. Food for thought.



And now for my images….I think I am missing return to school time in some ways but agree it is not something I could do practically nor emotionally but I still have the love of teaching in me.

My M.Ed. Graduation from CSU Wagga Wagga in 1991. My daughter used ‘the same cloak’ for her Masters of Education (Teacher Librarian) when she graduated in 2017.


Images Six, Seven & Eight.

Image Nine.

My Education Collage: Where two teachers met, our trip back to the area, farewelled by the Deputy Secretary of NSW Dept of Education, My Service Medal

Image Ten.

On 27 January 1970 this is where I began teaching. The classroom in background was mine, teaching a K/1 group. My image here: 50 years later we re-visited Barraba Central School.

That’s my  post about the stories and the images. It was thought-filled and a bit of fun as well as a trip down memory lane!

Did you enjoy being at school?

Tell me more.


Joining with Leanne for Lovin Life Linky here on Thursdays.

And here too for Natalie’s Link Up: Weekend Coffee Share



  1. Hi Denyse! I used to buy images from Dreamstime too but nowadays only if I can’t get the right stock image free elsewhere. I generally opt for free stock images from Pixabay or Unsplash or use my own. I love your imagination and stories to go with the images. My favourite image though is the one of you in your graduation gear. I think that if you still have the teaching in you that it’s a very good thing you have the blog to help express that side of you! xo

    • Ah yes, Min. Blogging when we actually paid for images! Gosh.

      I tend to have enough images now from my sources but it was just a stimulus I guess to go back to Dreamstime and see what I had.

      True in your assessment of me, teacher me. I try not to overdo it but it is within me for sure.

      That graduation, for my masters of education, was my one and only. Held at Wagga Wagga because that was where the degree emanated. My other qualifications, from the same Uni, came in the mail. The attendance at the Masters was also offset by the Dept of Education back then too.

      Your kind words are always appreciated.


  2. I remember the “click here and wait for the rest of the class” type of computer sessions and I never wanted to run away screaming faster than in an educational setting where I couldn’t work at my own speed.

    • Yes, yep and yeah. nodding my head with you Vanessa!

      There were lessons like this at banks of computers in the primary school where I was principal and I think the teacher nearly tore her hair out having to do lessons with such a range of abilities.

      The lock-step method was very “in” because the teachers in the 1990s were not properly trained for this either.


  3. I love the power of images and the role they play in storytelling, and also the role they can play in prompting thought or imagination. I used to buy a few images in my previous communication roles in government when looking for a very particular feel or scene (though there were also great libraries we had access to which worked for the most part) but as I take so many thousands of images myself now, I don’t have a need to buy images from others for my own blogging and writing. Photos can say so much.

    • Lovely to read more of ‘your story’ here too.

      Thanks Christine. I am a visual person through and through and yes, story telling with images is indeed what I love to do.

      I remember of course, as an Infants teacher, we used to have ‘picture talks’ using large images and ask the children questions to draw out some of their describing words and insight. Not all can do this well, but just writing this set a memory going about how this was an important part of teaching little kids.


  4. Lots of memories here for you Denyse. I find as I’m getting older, my memories are becoming more precious. Some of your photos reminded me of my children at primary school age.

    • Ah time passing…it seems to be in an instant at times doesn’t it?

      Thank you for your kind words, memory making is very important to me, Jennifer.


  5. Denyse, Image 5 and your personal photos are lovely. It’s really nice too that your daughter used the same cloak for her graduation. Thank you for linking up with me at #weekendcoffeeshare.

    • Thank you so much Natalie for your interest and kind words about the images.

      Your link up is going very well indeed!

      Enjoy your weekend…

      It’s a kind of long weekend ahead of Australia Day and then school slowly returning.


  6. I liked the way you’ve used the images to tell the story Denyse, and times have changed with free sharing of photos available now. Visiting from Natalies’ coffee share weekend.

    • Thank you Debbie, it’s so much better now of course and my images look very dated but they served a purpose back then.

      I prefer, always, if I can, to use my own images!

      Happy Weekend and enjoy your lovely grandparenting days and nights!!


  7. Denyse, as a photographer, I enjoy the challenge of capturing the story behind the picture, especially with family photographs. Sometimes I give a simple direction; ‘act like you love each other’ and it produces real smiles, rather than the ‘stiff’ ones that generally happen when folks look at a camera. I can imagine the photographer telling that class in the library to look like they are reading their favorite book. Even the most ‘posed’ photo can look natural, given the right prompt.

    I loved that your daughter wore the same graduation cloak as you. How special that must have been.

    • I am loving that ‘pretend like you love each other’….

      could have done with that ice-breaker a a few times yesterday when my husband was “over it” for our golden wedding anniversary lunch pics!!

      Needless to say, we “do” love each other and yes, we can still make each other smile.

      Your skills and experience stand you in good stead capturing the memories, Suzanne!

      Thank you for visiting and commenting.

  8. I really disliked school and was glad to get out. Working in schools was interesting but again, not my cup of tea I think. It felt like a fishbowl, a world of its own. Thanks for the trip down memory lane and sharing something slightly different too with the initial few images and thoughts.

    • Oh I am sorry you did not like school…and I understand it might have not been where you liked working either.

      I am not sure why I love schools and’s not because I was a swot or a teacher’s pet..far from it..but I knew I loved to help, teach and see others learn. In a nutshell it is still me now!!


  9. It is great meeting a fellow teacher. I am currently teaching a kindergarten class of 28 at a very special school, with a ski profile. We are outside 3-5 hours/day. In general I believe children do not get enough outdoor exercise, my own included. At the school I work at the children definitely get enough outdoor time, if they want to be outside more than the usual 3-5 hours we indulge the students desire, and adjust our plans according to their needs and wants. I enjoyed your post.

    • Thanks so much Maria. I heartily agree students need to be outside more than ever since screens became more dominant at home (and in school!).

      When I was back teaching in a large school following my re-entry to teaching after retiring as a principal, it was evident how much the children needed outdoor spaces for play and learning as many houses were built on small blocks of land!

      I live connecting with other teachers, even though I am long retired. It never leaves you, I think, the teaching thing.


  10. Great post and way to ponder the pictures. Thanks a bunch.

  11. Hi Denyse, what a lovely post! I mostly loved school, except for 2 years when I was 13 and 14 when I went to a private girls’ school. It didn’t do much for my self confidence and looking back I realise that it was a very miserable time for me. But before and after that I have only good memories of school. I went to a lot of different schools because my mum moved us around a lot, but each one of them, all state schools except the above-mentioned one, gave me what I needed in each stage of my childhood. I hope that children have the same positive experience these days as we did back then (mostly in the 1970s). Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Have a great week!

    • Thank you so much Cheryl.

      It’s good to meander back down those memory paths sometimes.

      I like how you reflected about your own schooling and then some more.

      I am glad, that in general, school provided you with what you needed to grow and learn.


  12. Well that was fun!
    You mentioned the teacher-librarian …
    When I do my author talks I often get to meet the librarian. Most are teacher trained (at least they appear to be). The lovely librarian who edits my books definitely is. She’s very clever … you should see her when she takes classes.

    • Thank you. My daughter is a teacher-librarian with NSW Dept of Education. Her first degree is in teaching and then when she wanted a position as a teacher-librarian, she undetook a Master of Teaching- Librarianship over 3 years, part-time, on-line AND still teaching.

      It was a huge load and she ended up taking some long service leave to complete the course. She can, now, if she chose, also work in other libraries. She chose to do her library prac (which was not to be in a school, to give variation) at Sydney Jewish Museum and now regularly volunteers there.

      In public schools those who are qualified teacher librarians will have completed the course as I mentioned. Some systems and some schools may not have that same condition but if someone is working in the library you would most likely know they are teacher trained at least.

      I have to say I LOVE exploring books with kids, and did this over and over in my teaching career and find it’s a great way to connect through picture books and also chapter books. I could go on and on but I won’t!

      Thanks for sharing your side of things too.