Brian Dunning (JRGS 1947-52) recalls Mr. Smith's mathematical memory aid...
I know that my old maths master is
happily still with us and am sure that he reads these
Brian Dunning, September 2007 Email
Brian Thorogood (JRGS 1951-56) reminisces on gramophone records of the era...
My parents owned an old large wind-up,
sprung gramophone with a small collection of 1930s shellac 78rpm
records, which my sister and I would listen to on special occasions. My
parents did not own a modern electric stereo record player until 1960,
about the same time that I became interested in high-fidelity equipment.
So it was a revelation in the first week at JRGS in 1951, in form 1H,
when Mr. Hancock, our music teacher, played 78rpm classical recordings
with a record player that was then state-of-the-art for the era.
Brian (Bone) V Thorogood, Willowbank, Wick, Scotland KW1 4NZ, September 2007
Ian Butterworth (JRGS/JRHS
Teacher 1963-80) adds: I was interested to read Brian Thorogood's
reminiscences on Ruskin gramophone records. When I became Mr. Hancock's
assistant in 1963 I still found many 78s in the record cupboard and,
with the limited budget available, it took several years to replace them
with LPs. I remember that the record player, which was in a light-oak
cabinet, had to be brought out and put away each day in the locked
cupboard at the back of the small stage in the old Music Room.
Roger Fuller (JRGS 1951-56) adds:
I have another memory of Mr. Hancock's music room at the time it was
also our form classroom. At one stage we had a relief teacher famed for
his short sight and thick glasses. He was immediately and - probably by
Vic Bivand - nicknamed "Squint". I recall three Squint stories.
Colin Marsh (Selhurst Grammar 1959-66) fondly recalls some JRGS teachers ...
I am not an alumnus of John Ruskin
School, but looked out of curiosity at your Website, having used
the link from the
Old Croydonians site. I was at Selhurst Grammar School from
1959 until 1966.
Colin Marsh, Leicester, September 2007 Email
John Adkins left JRGS in December 1964 to join Soham Grammar
School, Cambridge. Born on 29 April, 1939, he died in July 2000
at Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire.
Anthony Davey (JRGS teacher
1960-66) adds: After JRGS,
John Adkins spent several years as Deputy
Head at Rokeby, a comprehensive school in the East End of
H John Peet (JRGS teacher 1961-65) adds: I’m not sure the school
that John Adkins (pictured left) took on during
the latter half of his career is correctly called a prep school. He re-established a secondary school - and eventually a
junior school - as a Christian foundation, but not as a “faith
school” as we use the terminology today.
Ian Castro (JRGS 1958-65) adds: The Alumni might recall that I contributed recollections of John Adkins some years ago . John taught me physics when I was in the JRGS Sixth. It was his first school and I later married John's younger sister, Lucy. to whom I'm still very happily married after 34 years (three sons, one grandson). Sadly, John died in 2000, having bought and very successfully run a private school, which is still going strong, in Berkhamstead, after a couple of state teaching posts.
Victor Ross (JRGS 1961-68) discovers a Venice hotel with Ruskin connections ...
I thought Old Boys might be
interested in a hotel recommendation.
Victor Ross, Little Staughton, North Bedfordshire July 2007 Email
Anne Smith, former JRGS/JRHS teacher and principal of the SFC, adds: I once had a postcard of a plaque in Venice commemorating Ruskin and his The Stones of Venice . But, as I don't speak Italian, that was all I could get from the plaque, except that the rest of it seemed fulsomely supportive!
ML adds: First published from 1851-53, The Stones of Venice is Ruskin's original three-volume book on Venetian art and architecture. It intended to prove how architecture in Venice exemplified the principles he discussed in his earlier work, The Seven Lamps of Architecture. Ruskin also examines Venice's Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance periods, and provides a general history of the city. Kessinger Publishing 476 pages; ISBN 1417924381
Mike Etheridge (JRGS 1963-65) encounters a train named John Ruskin College...
my way to a recent meeting at Hackney, the train I was on passed
another that had a rake of four carriages named "John Ruskin
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) adds: I found mention of the Southern (formerly Connex) train on the RailwayCentre website. Apparently, the train was named by Anne Smith, then principal of John Ruskin College, to mark introduction of four trains per hour on Caterham-London Bridge route, and the partnership between Connex and the college.
Anne Smith, former JRGS/JRHS
teacher and principal of the Sixth-Form College, recalls: When
the college first started Travel and Tourism as a GNVQ course,
the course leader made contact with Connex and it was arranged
that the college should have the use of the buildings at Hever
Station, which was unmanned.
Mike Blamire (JRGS 1956-57) adds:
Mike's failure sounds like a challenge to all Alumni train
Stuart Frier (JRGS 1952-56) adds: Following on from Mike's encounter with a train named John Ruskin College, I often saw the four-car set at Three Bridges Station near Crawley, West Sussex, when I travelled up to East Croydon for work. It was run by Southern, and was sometimes used on the Brighton-Watford Service, so it had overhead equipment. Sometimes it was loaned to Thameslink for the Bedford Service.
Alan Wilson (JRGS 1957-62) attends a reunion with former teacher Desmond May ...
Under the guiding
hand of Roger "Wally" Walters from Australia, a group of students
met their form master in Hertfordshire on 3rd July. Click on any
thumbnail image, shown
left, to view a larger version.
Alan Wilson, Box, Wiltshire, July 2007 Email
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