- Page 57 - September 2009 -
Anne Smith (JRHS teacher/principal 1970-99) celebrates John Rowlands' career...
Last Friday night, 23rd
October, there was a farewell party at the Chateau (formerly the
Chateau Napoleon) for John Rowlands, who retired from John
Ruskin in July 2009 after 43 years service! About 60 colleagues,
friends and family met for dinner, with speeches between
courses, and excitement was high as we caught up with those we
had not seen for a long time as well as celebrating John's great
service to Ruskin - not only in quantity but also in quality.
Typical but exceptional was the contribution made by Barbara
Room who, until her retirement, ran the Library, and who
interrupted a holiday in Crete to come to the dinner - she
returned to Crete soon afterwards!
An illustrious teaching career
Anne Smith, Croydon, Surrey November 2009 Email
Johnson (JRGS 1966-73) adds: I'm sure I remember John
Rowlands joining the school, but he was my form master for two
years - 3R and 4R; 1969/70 and 1970/71, I reckon - quite unusual
to have a form teacher for two years running then. He also
taught me history, I'm pretty sure. Sadly, I managed to get an
"H" at O-level. (I'm still not quite sure how I managed that, to
be honest!) But I do remember John being an excellent form
teacher, always popular, unscrupulously fair. I'd forgotten the
finger-wagging, but it was so much a feature of his unique
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) scans some documents from the Ruskin Reunion...
The following documents have been
supplied by John Walker (JRGS 1958-65) and were on show
during the recent
Paul Graham, Iver, Bucks, September 2009 Email
Anne Smith (JRHS teacher/principal 1970-99) spotlights the Ruskin Choral Society...
In 1983 or thereabouts Paul Kelly,
the school's then-Head of Music, decided that A-Level
Music students ought to have a better acquaintance with and understanding
of choral music. He therefore advertised amongst parents, staff
and friends of parents and staff for people who might enjoy taking
part in a production of Handel's Messiah, telling the students
that it was compulsory, even though the rehearsals were to take
place in the evening.
Appealing for Singers and Audiences
Anne Smith, Croydon, Surrey. September 2009 Email
Colin Bateman (JRGS 1957-63) recalls his successful sporting career at the school...
My recollections of the first couple of
weeks at Ruskin involves the fear of being indoctrinated via “the lurgy
bin”, changing in The Mill, and getting Asian 'flu! My recollection of
my last couple of weeks at the school involves being off sick due to
smashing my nose whilst practicing in the cricket nets! The six years in
between are a blur!
Shown right is a photo of the
1961 Beloe Cup winning team from
page 33 of the
April 1961 school
magazine. Keith "Monty" Masters, Jimmy Little and Peter
Holmes were all in the year above us, but the rules of the
competition allowed that eight players should be under 15 at the start
of the school year, and three under 16. It is for that reason that
Mike Noakes, Ian Paye and myself also appear in the 1962
side. The strength of soccer at the School at that time is reflected in
the fact that Roy Hodgson did not make the 1962 team.
Career after JRGS
Colin Bateman, Hilperton, Wiltshire September 2009 Email
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) adds: Tony, a fellow Crystal Palace supporter who keeps exhaustive records of the team's players, advises that "Jimmy Little did play for Palace - he was a full back who played for the reserves. He played one game 61-62, 12 games 62-63 and 24 games 63-64. He left and joined his namesake Roy at Dover close season 1964."
Mike Etheridge (JRGS 1963-65) adds: Ian Paye was former captain of the Whitehorse primary school football team in 1957. I met him at JRGS in 1963.
Tony Hasler (JRGS Teacher 1960-72) adds: Personally, I know of no other occasion when Mr. Bateman Senior - Colin Bateman's father - umpired but at that time it was not I but CES (or possibly Nev Graham) who arranged umpires. I was happy to accept his turning down of my appeal - it (the decision) was almost certainly correct as I realised when it was made. I had been a little too eager to whip off those bails, an opportunity which didn't come too frequently as I stood back to most staff bowlers who were all quickish - the spinners were seldom used and rarely beat the bat!
Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) adds:
I recently came across the attached image while surfing
FriendsReunited.co.uk, and came across a profile of Peter Smith,
who attended Woodside Infants and Junior Schools, and then Ashburton
Secondary Modern School from 1956-65. The image show the 1961
Croydon School Under 16 Football Team that won the Cyril Black
Trophy, beating St. Helier. It feature three former JRGS pupils:
Jimmy Little, Keith Masters and Keith Robinson. Click on the
thumbnail to view a larger image.
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