Terence Morris (JRCS 1942-50) recalls several school friends from the Fifties...
have at last found a half-decent photo [shown
left] taken by RJ Hawkins of some of the Upper VIth at Tamworth Road
in the summer of 1950. It is taken from the Tamworth Road side and it is
possible to see how much attention some of the window frames needed – I
don’t think they had been painted since before the war. The windows are
those of the Library, which was created in 1946, a long room which had
been formerly the woodwork shop, ruled over by Mr. Chinnock. When he
left all the benches and tools disappeared, and what was the last
vestige of the old "Selective Central School" (what Mr. MacLeod had
called "The Grammar School on the cheap") finally disappeared.
Regarding the circular badges that some
people in the photo are wearing on the lapels of their blazers, these
and of the same design as that published on the front page of the School
left, and designated that they were Prefects. The shield-shaped badges
on the blazer pockets were the school blazer badge. The circular design
was never a blazer badge, but was widely used on sticky labels put
inside books and on the covers of exercise books. I still have most of
my Sixth Form exercise books and they all have the circular design on
the label. My guess is that it was the original school badge, dating
from 1920 when the School first opened in Scarbrook Road, next to what
used to be the Croydon Baths. That building, like the one in Tamworth
Road, was also "second hand", so to speak, as it had previously housed
the Girls’ Department of what was called the British School.
I recall only one verse of the song:
To his memory by a mountain lake
The tune was written by Mr.
Hancock and was a good sing along, as I recall. Opinions varied as to the
literary merit of Mr. Manning’s work. [more]
Terence Morris, Hampshire, September 2005 Email
(JRGS 1949-55) adds:
Thanks to Terence Morris for the details and photos of the 1950
prefects. These were those "in power" when I first arrived at Tamworth
Road in September 1949, and many of the names I can remember, with his
prompting. As "Brats" that year, I can well remember being in awe of
these chaps who, on the first morning, were standing on top of the steps
glowering at us and looking very important as we assembled in the
playground. They were able to dish out "lines" and similar punishments
for misdemeanours - how far they could go I do not know!
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) profiles Leonard Walter Chaundy, MA MSc ...
Many of those who knew Mr. Chaundy at John
Ruskin School must have been curious about his origins. Edwardian in
style, not unlike the prime minister Harold Macmillan, slightly
patrician in nature, highly knowledgeable, not to be trifled with.
Perhaps a military or colonial background? In fact the name Chaundy is
almost exclusively from Oxfordshire, and our schoolmaster’s family, who
were of modest lower-middle class means, came from there to London in
Victorian times. I have researched a little about the man whose nickname
to all was "Sam."
Paul Graham, Iver, Bucks, September 2006 Email
(JRGS 1951-56) adds:
Just a note to say how much I enjoyed reading the biography of Mr.
Chaundy. Paul has done a lot of work on this. I appreciate his effort
and was very interested to learn something of Mr. Chaundy's background.
Desmond May, a JRGS master from 1956 to 1960, recalls school life in the Fifties...
Initially, I taught French, English, Latin
and Games, and was Form Teacher of 2M, 3M, 4M and 5M. I joined the
school at the same time as Derek Peasey (Maths) and Dennis Green
(Biology), and served under Mr. Lowe (Headmaster), Bill Cracknell
(Deputy Head) and Bernie Fisher (Head of Modern Languages) until he went
to King David’s School Liverpool as Headmaster, and then under Ken Tryon.
Desmond May, Hertfordshire, September 2006 Email
Jonathan Sindall (JRGS 1956-59) adds: Thanks to the tireless work of Roger Walters mentioned above, I have arrived at the JRGS Alumni site. As far as I can recall, I joined JRGS in 1956 and was dragged out screaming in ’59. I spent time with Des May as form master and, I’m sure, with Mr. Gee in my first year. Great site!
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) discovers an interesting appreciation of Croydon ...
Mike Etheridge (JRGS 1963-65) shares more info on Croydon secondary schools...
Whilst writing my report on the fate of
Schools in Croydon,
I could not think of parallel situations in Lewisham where schools had
been demolished. However the following has come to mind.
Mike Etheridge, August 2006; email.
John Graney (JRGS 1962-67) remembers 1924 Squadron ATC (The Vale, Shirley) ...
was one of the JRGS boys in the photograph sent in recently by Eric Webster, and shown
Shown above are archive and current images, including the compulsory first-day photo and pull outs from the 1962 and 1964 school photos; click on any thumbnail to view a larger version.
John Graney, August 2006 Email
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