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- Page 22 - March thru April 2005 -
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.
Michael Howard (JRGS 1963-70) recalls masters and school staff from the Sixties...
I was trawling through the
list of masters
today, checking my own memories of past teachers, and am able to add
some further notes on nicknames. and subject taught.
Michael Howard, April 2005 email
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) adds:
The following images are extracted from various school photographs taken
between 1958 and 1970. Aside from school caretaker "Perce" Eagleton and
ex-pupil Paul (?) Jezeph - with whom I worked in 1965-66 as Laboratory
Technicians - can anybody identify the other support staff shown here?
(Can we assume that the female staff members shown in the 1970 school
photograph are secretaries?)
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) adds:
Regarding Mr. Kay's nickname of "Cass", it could have been because he
came from Sir John Cass Teacher Training College - or was that just a
coincidence? Anyway, wasn't it a bit too early for Cassius Clay? He only
won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1960, so may not even have turned
professional by 1961?
Former JRGS teacher John Peet adds: I can fill in some background
from the staff room end!
Peter Wilson (JRGS 1955-63) recalls John V. Jestico and a chess tournament...
This year I spent Easter in
Southend-on-Sea. My partner, Mary, and I were there for the 49th Annual
Southend-on-Sea Easter Chess Congress. I'd played there a number of
times before - and Mary and I had been there as controllers a number of
times too. The last time were there was eight years ago.
Peter Wilson, Guernsey, Channel Isles, April 2005 email
Former JRGS Chemistry Master John Peet recalls school life in the Sixties...
Castro drew my attention to the John Ruskin pages. Interesting to see my
name mentioned! This was my first teaching post - Chemistry, under Mr.
Pearman. Years later, after he retired, I met him in Liphook enjoying
country life before he died. I began teaching there on the same day as
my good friend John Adkins. I remember we met with Messrs Chaundy and
Pearman in the July to collect our timetables for the next term. We were
wearing Crusader and Covenanter badges. Before we left we were talking
in terms of a school camp for the following year!
John Peet, March 2005 email
Brian Thorogood (JRGS 1951-56) remembers Mr. Whellock, Biology Master...
Mr. Whellock dressed in a dark grey two-piece suit with his teaching gown worn on top. As well as being the
senior Biology Teacher he was also our fifth-form master. I must say
that I had a good mutual relationship with him, mainly due to the fact
that I came top in the mock Biology O -Level exam. Also, I had always
learnt by visual appreciation, the “symbol” being prominent in my own
intelligence. Mr. Whellock had published his own
course book for use in
O- and A-Level examinations, and I was able to grasp the fundamentals of
the subject by assessing his excellent diagrams. Many years later I was
able to purchase a second-hand copy in an antiquarian bookshop in
Brian (Bone) V Thorogood, Willowbank, Wick, Scotland KW1 4NZ, March 2005
Peter Oxlade (JRGS 1940-44) reports on a recent visit with Charles Smith...
ML writes: As described elsewhere, the former-JRCS pupil and later School Governor recently made contact with Mr. Charles Smith, and met with him several months ago. Mr. Smith taught sports and mathematics at the school from September 1942 until he retired in July 1978. The latest visit was occasioned by the Memorial Service for Mr. Alan Murray, which took place on Monday, March 21, in Purley. (Paul Graham also attended the ceremony and presents his report here.)
I visited Mr. Charles Smith and his
wife Elisabeth at their home - a most
enjoyable couple of hours. He related to me the events at the
Thanksgiving Service, and of Paul Graham's distribution of website
Peter Oxlade, March 2005 email.
Morris (JRCS 1942-50) adds: I see from the images of Charles Smith
posted on the website that he is immediately recognisable - more than I
would be(!) - and seems hardly to have changed down the years. Good to
see him in such fine shape.
Marsh (JRGS 1949-55) adds: Very many thanks to Peter Oxlade for
his visit, report and, in particular, the photographs of Mr. Smith. Also
to Paul Graham (with others) for his attendance at the service for Alan
Murray and the photographs that included Mr. Smith. I have difficulty
even now in writing his name as Chas or Charles Smith, "Smut" maybe, but
the familiarity born of later generations still comes hard, especially
Wilson (JRGS 1956-63) adds: How good to see a photo [shown
elsewhere] of Michael
"Mick" Noakes. I am sure I remember him as a prolific goal-scorer. There
was a rumour (was it true?) that a knee injury had prevented him from
becoming a professional footballer.
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