Peter Hurn (JRGS 1967-73) unearths a couple of vintage school badges...
My mum (aged 91) was going through an old suitcase this morning and found these old school badges.
They are interesting to compare, being
only 13 years apart but some major changes in style and content. Do any
other Alumni still have their badges? I bet some do - if they have
mothers like ours! Click on either thumbnail to view a larger version.
Peter Hurn, Wallington, May 2009 Email
Anne Smith (JRGS/JRHS teacher and SFC Princal 1970-99) adds: In 2000, John Ruskin School in Coniston sent the Sixth Form College a fax wishing us a Happy Birthday on the 100th anniversary of John Ruskin's death.
(1951-56) adds: Sight of
the 1954 badge brought a lump to my throat and I must say that I prefer
it to the later version! Then I would wouldn't I?
(1956-62) adds: Here is
a copy of my old school badge. As can be seen from the image
is the same as Brian Hurn's badge, but with blue house-colour infill
[for Beta House].
Geoff van Beek - formerly
Downer - (1962-60) adds:
The badge that adorned my JRGS blazer was the new, improved Sixties
version. Anyone still wearing the older version was obviously a Weasley.
Keith Hunter (JRGS 1968-75) recalls school life during the Seventies transition...
I was a pupil at JRGS between September 1968 and July 1975 - in fact I
was deputy Head Boy during the 1974-75 school year.
I am also able to update some of the
information on dates for the school master's
State Grammar Schools
I have never forgotten my grammar school
education and appreciate perhaps more than others the privilege it was
to have had such an education having witnessed the destruction of
standards both academic and behavioural that inevitably came with the
introduction of mixed-ability schools in the early 1970s. I deliberately
chose to live in Kent, which is one of two (I believe) counties that
still have state grammar schools.
Keith Hunter, Maidstone, Kent, April 2009 Email
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) discovers nautical links to our school's namesake...
John Ruskin the writer, John Ruskin the school, John Ruskin the train... and now John Ruskin the canal narrow boat. We saw
this last Sunday while on a walk along the Grand Union Canal,
Uxbridge. Click on the thumbnail
left to view a full-size version
Paul Graham, Iver, Bucks, April 2009 Email
|Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) updates his collection of books about Croydon...|
John Graney (JRGS 1962-67) recalls headmaster Mr. Lowe and a form letter...
Further to the recent recollection by John Walker (JRGS
1958-65) of the
Mock Election, I remember standing at the bottom of the playground
steps as Mr. "Joe" Lowe announced the result. I did vote but I
can't remember who for! I was in 3G and did not automatically get a vote
but had to earn it by attending a number of hustings meetings. The Head
was careful to state, with a little laugh, that although interesting
this result was "obviously" no indication of what the result of the real
election would be. I do remember some celebration and singing of "Avjo".
John Graney, Brading, Isle of Wight. March 2009 Email
Derek Falkner (JRGS 1954-61) adds: John Graney mentioned singing "AVJO" after the mock election. I wonder if The Alumni is aware that Mr. Lowe knew exactly what "AVJO" meant? I heard him explaining it to another member of staff; apparently it is shorthand for the Latin phrase "Ave Joe", or "Welcome Joe". I didn't want to disillusion him. This was during my time in the sixth form, so it would have been around 1960.
Smith (JRHS Teacher/Principal
John Lowe was indeed aloof. He was chronically shy; but also
suffered from having become Head at a very early age and, like other
male heads I have known, sometimes thought that his name was spelled G O
D. In any case, the letter included above is inexcusable.
Bob Lisney (JRGS 1958-65)
) adds: Interesting that this
1964 Mock Election has come up because I stood as the Conservative
John Walker as the Labour Candidate]. I was not and am not
politically motivated - and was not of that persuasion - but I do recall
that the conservative faction could not get anyone to stand. Communist
was very popular I recall and there was real interest in making it a
real campaign event.
Grant Harrison (JRGS 1959-66) adds:
I was corresponding the other day with John Byford about these
elections. He was the Welsh Nationalist candidate and I was his
publicity officer. We distributed scores of little strips of paper
around the school designed to look like telegrams. They read something
like "Welsh Nationalist meeting stop Classroom 10 stop Welsh Nationalist
meeting". I think many people came, obeying the instruction to "stop
Welsh Nationalist meeting".
John Byford (JRGS 1959- 66) adds:
The electorate was made up of the fifth and sixth forms; boys below the
fifth could vote if they attended at least three of the meetings. (Was a
register kept? Or were boys issued with a loyalty card, stamped at each
election meeting they attended?) There were five candidates in all, each
of whom held three meetings. Grant Harrison is spot on about the
tremendous attendance, so tremendous that Mr. Rees took great
delight in entering the meeting and appointing himself as a Guardian of
the Peace; needless to say there were no more questions!
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