My painting of a helicopter gracing the dining hall
Being awarded 6d by Mr. Cowan for correctly answering a question . I bought a "scooby–doo" with the money
Carving a block of salt
Memory No. 3
Needlework classes in which the boys participated – some of the cross-stitch work such as "Duchess sets" is still in use to this day.
Dianne Bowering’s dislike of jam pie. Nicholas Holmes having been to the cinema to see "THE CRUEL SEA "- or was it "MOBY DICK " ? This was discussed in class by Mark Richards.
Pauline Kendall operating the gramophone for the background music for the school play "The Informer "
Being given as a class, a sheet of A3 paper which we daubed with paint of many hues and then we were challenged to produce the maximum number of feathers using a template provided ultimately for an Indian headdress. The title of chief was awarded to Geoff Gillon for squeezing the most out of the sheet.
Barbara Sidwell’s agility during P. E. –the teacher commenting on her being able to rock on her tummy.
Barbara Sidwell’s painting to which Mark Richards applied the title " la belle dame Sans merci "
Mr. Cowan making a present to Geoff Gillon of one of the props used in "THE INFORMER " a length of bamboo passing as a blowpipe having been brought back by Sir Francis Drake from his travels. There’s a certain irony in this in that he had used a somewhat thinner length of bamboo as an instrument of punishment on Geoff Gillon on earlier occasions. [Geoff still, unsurprisingly, has this piece of bamboo ]
Alan Nicholls using his 1d bus fare to purchase a lemon on the way to school. He kept a pin in his lapel with which to pierce the lemon and sucked on the juice on his walk to school. [to this day Geoff similarly carries a pin but for different uses ]
Geoff Gillon’s still life painting being given the title by Mark Richards "Separate Tables" – a prominent literary work of this era.
Swimming lessons at Ilford Baths – in particular the coach journey. Many of the boys contrived to get on the right – hand side of the coach to ensure a good view of a nude bust in the upper triangular window of the house at the end of Aldborough Road South. More than 40 years on that bust is still there ! This bust may be regarded as something of a land – mark; it is a replica of the Venus de Milo and was purchased in 1919 by Mr. Cook, father of the present owner of no 93. He had brought it home, wrapped in paper and string on a tram. The shaking of the tram caused the wrapping to fall away; other passengers looked aghast and red-faced Mr. Cook alighted and walked the rest of the way home. The bust has remained in that window since 1935 !
Pauline Kendall’s ballet shoes
Anne Sheerin’s painting entitled "Dam & Foal "
Kay Emery’s pose – one hand clasping her arm behind her back – a pose on which the teacher commented.
Visit to the Hunting Lodge and High Beach – at least two classes went on this trip. Terry Turner, from the B class found a toad in Dick Turpin’s cave and brought it in to the cafeteria!
Painting by either Francis Ives or John Beard of a German soldier grasping his rifle – Mark Richards commenting on the way the hands had been portrayed and telling us that the human hand is a most difficult subject to capture well.
Poetry with Mark Richards – in particular "Meg Merrilees " and Song of the Western Men, the one about Trelawny and the 20,000 Cornishmen. Special attention was directed towards Philip Taylor who hailed from Cornwall.
Memory No. 2
Anthea Hay bringing her record player to school for end of term party
Memory No. 1
Dianne Bowering’s reaction to the news that she had passed the 11+ -running along the corridor towards Mark Richards exclaiming "I’VE PASSED, I’VE PASSED!"
Farewell and Thank You gift of cigarette case [with built-in lighter? ] to Mark Richards. He even lit one up from it in our presence! [Susan did the collection]
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