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by Alex
Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Writing letters home
Replies: 8
Views: 409

Re: Writing letters home

Yes, I clearly remember the weekly letter writing in the 50s. For my house it was done after morning chapel on Sundays. There was no compulsion however and most of course complied. If one finished early one read. Sometimes the housemaster came in with blank envelopes which had to be addressed to the...
by Alex
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Bursaries Shmursaries
Replies: 23
Views: 1939

Re: Bursaries Shmursaries

At its inception the NHS was intentionally structured so that almost all the Doctors and most others who participated to provide care for the patients were independently employed and NOT state employees. This was a policy strongly pushed by Aneurin Bevan, the left wing Minister of Health. He was a v...
by Alex
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Red Dean and CH
Replies: 2
Views: 530

The Red Dean and CH

I have just read a biography* of the V Rev Hewlett Johnson (1874-1966, Dean of Canterbury and a very voluble, much quoted Communist “mascot" and sympathiser, hence called "The Red Dean"). Although there are no references to CH in the book, his daughter Kezia became Mrs Noel-Paton. Was she the wife o...
by Alex
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Teaching staff
Replies: 35
Views: 3763

Re: Teaching staff

I first saw a computer in 1956. This is not simply boasting and one-upmanship directed towards Dr Scuffil, for it resulted from a visit to the HQ of the Lyons Company, organised for science and maths grecians by the visionary Mr Edward Bullard, who accompanied us. His most unusual career and abiliti...
by Alex
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Congratulations to this year's Grecians and their new Headmaster
Replies: 32
Views: 3076

Re: Congratulations to this year's Grecians and their new Headmaster

Impressive results indeed – all concerned are to be warmly congratulated.

But perhaps these results would be even more impressive if someone could give comparable results for comparable schools.
by Alex
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Science teaching in the 50's
Replies: 41
Views: 8343

Re: Science teaching in the 50's

I agree that ‘doing’ usually increases ‘learning’ and ‘remembering,’ though some do have more highly developed auditory and/or visual memories. However the heuristic method at CH goes back far longer than to the 1950s. It was introduced when the school moved to Horsham in 1902. Then the four, spanki...
by Alex
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Siegfried Sassoon & Dennis Silk
Replies: 4
Views: 912

Siegfried Sassoon & Dennis Silk

I was reading some of Siegfried Sassoon’s works and looked him up in Wikipedia. There I was most surprised to see the following. For those interested the context is explained in the article. “One of his closest friends was the cricketer, Dennis Silk who later became Warden (headmaster) of Radley Col...
by Alex
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 37
Views: 7439

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

More about Ian Sutherland: he was a pleasant young classics teacher and for a year or two in the fifties a junior housemaster of Barnes A, with EA Littlefield as senior housemaster. I imagine that they got on very well, since Littlefield’s passion was cricket. Sutherland left CH for Harrow School an...
by Alex
Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Day Room wall colours & their possible significance
Replies: 1
Views: 728

Day Room wall colours & their possible significance

In some ways the general characteristics of a senior house master were reflected in the way boys in the house were viewed. This was so in the 40s and 50s and I suspect is still probably true. At the risk of giving offence I suggest that Peele B was sloppy (P Matthews), Mid A upright, keen and virtuo...
by Alex
Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RESEARCH
Replies: 60
Views: 9042

Re: RESEARCH

Every house had an appointed time for the weighing (set about 20 min apart?) which took place at the Infirmary. On arriving (marching at ease) at the narrow path which led to the Infirmary I recollect we then marched in single file, the only occasion we ever did this. One senior boy in each house wa...
by Alex
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 37
Views: 7439

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

Here are some more facts Ivor R Maconnell A quiet maths teacher (Cambridge graduate) who taught grecians (and others), son of a vicar. For a time he taught divinity too. An oboe player of (near?) professional ability. When stricken with a fatal cancer, in spite of strong suggestions to quit as head ...
by Alex
Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:15 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 14692

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

Thanks. I never realised he taught Latin, so it didn't click.
by Alex
Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 14692

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

Thanks for your two answers. That’s a very natty French pun. I have never met it before. But my real problem was the mantra,
'Rough Copy', 'Fair Copy', uttered many, many times during his Latin lessons.
Could someone explain that please?
by Alex
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:09 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 14692

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

I may be a bit thick so could you please explain, “Kit Aitken's mantra of 'Rough Copy', 'Fair Copy', uttered many, many times during his Latin lessons”. Also I may have a poor memory, but I don’t think he taught Latin. As a senior boy, for a term I was in a class from Kit nominally on current affair...
by Alex
Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What happens to ‘retired’ Housey coats?
Replies: 6
Views: 1545

What happens to ‘retired’ Housey coats?

Once yearly boys’ Housey coats were changed for new ones, as they became outgrown or outworn. So what happened to the old ones? I suspect in the 50s they were sold to makers of reconstituted cloth. If the coats were in reasonable condition it is likely they would be highly prized by Old Blues for us...