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Lack of space prevents our including the following
items on the main News Page, but here are some interesting
events/comments from the past several months.
Anne Smith (JRHS/JRC teacher/principal 1970-99) reports on MBE award ...
College staff member and marketing director Sally Obertell
left) has been awarded an MBE for her services to
education in this year’s Birthday Honours List. She has worked for the
London Borough of Croydon for 38 years. Click on the thumbnail to view a
Anne Smith, Croydon, Surrey, June 2016 Email
Peter Hurn (JRGS 1967-73) reports on a recent reunion of the Class of '67...
left: Tony Brandon (1967-71); Martin Burch (1967-73);
Richard Bayes with his
dad Rod Bayes (1967-73); Barry Chappell (1967-73); Peter Hurn (1967-73);
and Dave Johnston (1967-73).
(The photo was taken by Martin's son, Luke Burch.)
Peter Hurn, Wallington, May 2016 Email
David Bush (JRGS 1959-64) asks about the fate of our former school organ ...
What happened to the organ - pictured right - when the school on Upper Shirley Road was pulled down in 1991? Click on the thumbnail to view a larger image.
I was at JRGS from 1959 to 1964 and I have fond memories of Mr. "Fred" Field really giving the organ a good workout after assembly. It was Mr. "Spike" Hancock's pride and joy, and he did not appreciate rock and roll being played on it!
David Bush, Wilmslow, Cheshire, May 2016 Email
ML replies: In 2009 Anne Smith (JRGS/JRHS teacher & principal 1970-99) provided an analysis of the former school organ's fate, while in 2003 Nick Goy (JRGS 1963-70) investigated the provenance of the organ, which was built by Bishop & Son, London. As Anne wrote: "Our first thought, naturally, was to take the organ with us. It had not been used much since Dr. James had left, subsequent music teachers not being keyboard specialists; however, it was ours and some pupils used it," More
Peter Hurn (JRGS 1967-73) adds: As far as I know, the organ was smashed to pieces when they knocked the school down.
Steve Cattle (JRGS 1963-68) adds: I have an abiding memory of "Doc" James playing Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" at the first assembly of (circa) 1967.
Mike Marsh (JRGS 1949-55) adds: I was very interested to read Anne Smith's 2009 account of the fate of the organ and the bonus it turned out to be in the end. (A large insurance payout used to set up IT.) I have memories of the organ being built during my last year at the school in 1955, and also of playing it a few times - probably not very well - before I left.
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) corresponds with Mr. Chaundy's son Keith ...
Recently, I received an email from Keith Chaundy, who had located my appreciation of his father, Mr. Leonard Walter "Sam" Chaundy, MA, MSc, which was published on The Mill website in September 2006.
As he writes: I was much interested to
read the biography of my father in JRGNEWS page 34, which was
sent to me by my son, who teaches at the Oratory School, Woodcote -
their bar manager is a former JRGS pupil!
Paul Graham, Iver, Bucks, April 2016 Email
Paul Graham adds:
Keith's father was one of the
most respected teachers at JR. The additional detail he provided is
I will find a way to incorporate it into the original
article on The Mill.
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) adds:
This correspondence is a timely reminder that people are still
discovering The Mill website and enjoying what they find. (Hard
to believe that Paul's excellent piece on Mr. Chaundy was written a
Derek Falkner (JRGS 1954-61) adds: I am trying to remember whether Mr. Chaundy was part of the Army Cadet Force, and whether the phrase “Sam, Sam, pick up thee musket!” was associated with him. Perhaps someone who was actually in the ACF has the answer?
Bob Wane (JRGS 1945-53) adds:
Mr. Chaundy was well known in the sixth form for using his fountain pen
as a "magnet" to demonstrate Maxwell's laws, as I recollect. Ah, happy
Keith Chaundy adds: I
omitted to mention that during the war my father undertook a Masters of
Arts degree in Education at Reading University extramurally. He also was in a
retained occupation and so was unable to join the forces. I think he
would have liked to go into the education or intelligence corps - he had
colleagues who did - but his headmaster wouldn't release him and, as a
result, somewhat coloured his views of headmasters in general!
John Byford adds: I imagine that "Sam" was a nickname picked up earlier in his career as a teacher.
Paul Graham adds: I don’t remember Mr. Chaundy in uniform during my time at the school. And, yes, the JR school at Shirley opened in 1955; it was closed and demolished in the very early 1990s. Houses were built in its place - Postmill Close - but the old Windmill remains. The name transferred to the former John Newnham School site in nearby Selsdon, which became a sixth-form college. I think Keith is correct about Central Schools, but I'm not sure.
Bob Wane adds: Reading through these contributions about Mr. Chaundy, no one seems to recollect that he drew up the school timetable, for every subject and every form, every year on a very large piece of paper. It appeared to be a challenging task, which he undertook towards the end of the summer term with no computers to help!
Anne Smith (JRHS/JRC teacher/principal
Central Schools were poised between grammar and elementary schools. They
took pupils from the elementary schools to stay on at school until they
were 16, and to follow a mainly business-related curriculum with
attendant O-Levels or OLs.
Terry Weight (JRGS 1959-65) reports on a reunion with three school chums ...
Baron (JRGS 1959-66), Anthony Charles (JRGS 1959-66),
Brian Dyer (JRGS 1959-66)
and myself met in January in London for
what is fast becoming our annual reunion. A photo is attached; click on
the thumbnail to access a larger version. And click
here for Bryan
Dyer's report from our 2013
Terry Weight, Herefordshire, March 2016 Email
Tony Robinson (JRGS 1946-51) recalls school life in the late-Forties ...
I have just seen the photograph of the 1945 Cricket Team at the end of
and shown above. I believe that the chap in the centre of the back row -
the one with all the hair - might be Bob Burton, who also won the
Victor Ludorum. Click in the image to vie an annotated page.
Tony Robinson, March 2016 Email.
Karl W. Smith (JRGS 1946-51)
adds: Tony Robinson's note is interesting because
clearly we were at JRGS
concurrently. The photograph of the cricket team
CES exactly as I remember him. Some while back I recall reading his
autobiographical notes describing himself as apparently having a dual
personality - I particularly liked his words "somewhere to the left of
Attila the Hun!".
Roger Adcock (JRGS 1963-68) uncovers a newspaper cutting from 1992...
I found this
shown left in my home office papers while having a recent turn out. The
article about completion of the Sixth Form College in Selsdon was published by my company in its Spring 1992 magazine. I guess there
must be more in Croydon Advertiser as the newspaper was there; I will have a
Roger Adcock, Oxted, Surrey, December 2015 Email
Anne Smith (JRHS/JRC teacher/principal
I didn't know that the cake/college was from an ex JRGS! If I
had known, Roger would have been in the photograph too, for
continuity! The big handover was in 1992. Little did any of us
know at the time that, in March 1993, the Sixth Form College was
to be taken away from the council, to become incorporated - i.e.
independent! It was very hard on Croydon Council, since many
other councils saved money as soon as they knew of
incorporation, and spent not another penny on their colleges.
However, it was too late for Croydon, which had already done so
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