- Page 07 - May 2003 -
- Page 07 - May 2003 -
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.
|Colin Peretti (JRGS 1955-60) recalls a nickname for a favorite JRGS teacher...|
Sorry I cannot assist with the school
magazines, but I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy and
appreciate the web site.
The original nickname was
"Dad," and later amended slightly by his affectionate students in 4P and
5P to the more upbeat "Pad." He was a great character, and an enjoyable
Colin Peretti, South East Queensland, Australia, May 2003 email
|Andy Barber (JRHS 1985-87) recalls the fate of the Shirley school organ...|
I was at JRGS for two years, to take my A Levels, and went to Edenham High School before that. Ruskin was undergoing great change whilst I was there, transitioning from a 14-18 High School to a College. The buildings were in poor shape and full to bursting.
It was also a time of great
change in staffing - with many of the old school teachers retiring and
many new college staff starting. There were many teachers strikes at the
time (as part of the national action) and I'm sure morale amongst staff
wasn't high. For example, I had five different teachers for geography in
the two years I was there, and a similar number for history.
I have emailed them to update their register, sadly pointing out the organ was scrapped, and pointing out the photos of the organ on the Alumni website.
Andy Barber, May 2003 email
|Steve Kember (JRGS 1959-63) named Crystal Palace's First Team Manager...|
Crystal Palace Football Club announced last week that former JRGS student Steve Kember has been appointed as first team manager. Steve took temporary charge of the side for the final four games of last season following Trevor Francis’ departure in April. He will be supported by Terry Bullivant as first team coach.
As chairman Simon Jordan told the club's official website: "The focus and determination to bring the required success to this club is at its strongest since my purchase of the club three years ago. We have, after considerable investment, a squad with huge potential and it is now Steve’s job to deliver up on the investment and opportunity.”
"I am relishing the opportunity to take the role full time," Kember says. "I firmly believe that the squad of players we have here will certainly be capable of achieving promotion next season. The chairman has already made his ambitions public and mine mirror his."
Born in Croydon in December 1948, Steve Kember joined The Eagles as an apprentice in 1963, and has enjoyed an illustrious career with Crystal Palace Football Club, playing for the club from 1965 until 1971. After positions with Chelsea (1971-75), Leicester City (1975-78) and Vancouver Whitecaps, he returned to Selhurst Park in 1978. Following a sojourn with Vancouver Whitecaps from 1979 until 1981, Steve has held management positions at Crystal Palace in 1981, 2001 and 2003. >> Vintage JRGS image
|Peter Wilson (JRGS 1956-63) recalls his form's nickname for Mr. Dobson...|
It was actually the politically incorrect
nickname of "wog," which was why he didn't like it. I don't know how Mr.
Dobson got that nickname - certainly not from anyone in my form. (We had
him as a Biology Master for the two-year O-level biology course, which
must have been while I was in 4S and 5S - September 1957 to July 1958 and
Sep 1958 to Jul 1959.) He was at great pains to explain what the acronym
stood for - he was of somewhat swarthy appearance - but that was all. I
think I mentioned that he actually asked us to give him a different
nickname, suggesting "Dobbo," but the original one stuck.
Peter Wilson, May 2003 email
For those of us who recall Peter from the early-Sixties - and in particular his prowess on the chess board - the following news story from ChessBrain might be of interest. (The picture below - showing Peter's Guernsey Flag bow-tie - was taken at the Commonwealth Chess Championships held in India during spring 1999 - ML)
ChessBrain announces that esteemed chess organizer, Peter Wilson, has joined the project
ChessBrain project, Newbury Park, California, May 13, 2003 – The
ChessBrain project announced today that chess organizer Peter Wilson has
joined the project.
About ChessBrain: ChessBrain has become the first distributed computer to play online chess. The ChessBrain project is a non-profit Internet experiment founded in January 2002. The project is supported by hundreds of individuals who contribute their time and resources.
Elsewhere in the ChessBrain website is a
short biography of Peter Wilson:
|Phil Barber (JRHS 1990-92) recalls the Shirley site being demolished...|
I was interesting to see the pictures of the Shirley site as John Ruskin Grammar School was being built. I have some similar ones of it being knocked down, as shown left. Click on any image to download a larger version, and here to see all images on a single page. (WARNING: Because these image files are large, the page takes several minutes to download - ML. Annotated images are here.)
All of these pictures - except
for The Windmill on the housing estate - were taken on the same day. (It
was some time after we had moved to the old John Newnham site - and I was
very definitely not supposed to be there at the time.)
Andy Barber comments: Yes,
you're right. I started at Ruskin in September 1985. In the Lower-Sixth I
think everyone was at Ruskin - including the fifth years (and maybe fourth
years). They still wore a grey uniform and had assemblies, etc. And the
Head wore his gown to assembly.
When I was in the Upper Sixth the school was a split site. I think all of the Lower Sixth were at John Newnham (and possibly the remaining fifth years). I remember having a concert at the John Newnham site. We performed Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms." (The trombone part was fiendish!) We had to carry a piano into the hall from the old music room. Hope this is helpful.
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) adds:
My general comments are that this is sad but, having spent half a life
in teaching - and seen many rebuilding programmes - I cannot get truly
upset. I can well imagine that the 1950s buildings were in a poor state by
1990. Some of the post-WW2 design and workmanship wasn't that great - I
know because I've taught in places like it. Plus the rooms were too small.
(JRGS 1956-62) adds: Sadly, I think the organ was just scrapped. I
tried to persuade the Council to save it and put it in the Braithwaite
Hall in Croydon (the old Reference Library) but to no avail. I explained
that the organ was really the property of the parents and pupils who paid
for it, but the argument fell on stony ground, not surprisingly.
Roger Adcock (JRGS 1963-68) adds: The War Memorial was on the left-hand wall of the Hall (to the left of the school organ) - you can see where it has been removed in the image above. I bet London Borough or Croydon has it in store somewhere.
Cliff Cummins adds: I telephoned John Ruskin College [Selsdon] and discovered that the War Memorial is safely installed and on display in the Foyer at the College. Good News.
Derek Charlwood (JRGS 1958-64) adds:
The photo top-right that Paul Graham wonders where the wall belongs, it
looks to me as if the photo was taken from the basement area of the cycle
sheds, which was below ground level. (Anybody else remember it also being
the ACF rifle range?)
|Peter Wilson (JRGS 1956-63) poses an interesting challenge...|
Following the recent success in naming a
whole class, can we try to name (and then hopefully find) the following
classes I was in:
4S September 1957 -
If you are on line, or can help locate our fellow schoolmates, please email.
And have been thinking about
some of our schoolmasters. Is Biology Master Mr. Dobson still around?
(Yes, I can recall his nickname too - he wanted us to call him "Dobbo"
- but that wasn't the one we gave him!) French Master Ken Tryon used to
live in the same road as my parents, Falconwood Road off Featherbed Lane,
Addington. He had a red-haired daughter named (I think) Jacqueline, and a
famous other daughter who was older than Jacqueline. Valerie Tryon was a
famous concert pianist; one of very few lady concert pianists.
Peter Wilson, May 2003 email
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