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by ZeroDeConduite
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP Jasper Griffin
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: RIP Jasper Griffin

Quote from Guardian article: "He did not enjoy boarding but thrived academically..." With him a Grecian and me as a squit, I remember his face displaying a supercilious disdain for the whole process of the school's regime treating everyone essentially like an 11 year-old in every field apart from ed...
by ZeroDeConduite
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Cross-country runs
Replies: 41
Views: 2828

Re: Cross-country runs

Peele A had 'triangles' (around the road triangle near the railway bridge), and 'level crossings' to the crossing by Eastlands Copse (where the old railway branched off). And weekly mandatory house runs round/through Shelley's Wood and back over Sharperhurst hill then to the aforementioned level cro...
by ZeroDeConduite
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Old Blue Clearout
Replies: 34
Views: 5037

Re: Old Blue Clearout

the small car that was manhandled during break in the 1/4 mile and wedged between 2 trees... I seem to remember that was an Austin 7 (the pre-war variant) belonging to to a junior master (maybe music?) and the man-handling was done, very easily, by Beaky Davies and a fellow Harlequin rugby player. ...
by ZeroDeConduite
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Poulton, Cairncross, Sillett
Replies: 61
Views: 6366

Re: Poulton, Cairncross, Sillett

Todays' BBC West news bulletin contained a report of the IICSA's ongoing residential schools investigation into Wells Cathedral School - where, but for her retirement last year, Cairncross would have been the one interviewed about the 2007 conviction for pupil-abuse at the school by a staff member. ...
by ZeroDeConduite
Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP BRYAN MAGEE
Replies: 11
Views: 1409

Re: RIP BRYAN MAGEE

by ZeroDeConduite
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: CH Letter re support for abuse survivors
Replies: 28
Views: 2237

Re: CH Letter re support for abuse survivors

Bullying was institutionalised and endemic during my time at CH for sure, between 1985 and 1992. In-house hierarchies gave kids power over each other - and some abused it, to a greater or lesser extent. ...bullying has now moved online and can be just as nasty, if not worse, than the CH I remember....
by ZeroDeConduite
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Red Dean and CH
Replies: 2
Views: 530

Re: The Red Dean and CH

The CCF in 1959 (I think) had a week long summer camp, based at the army camp at Shorncliffe near Folkstone. The objective of the exercise was for the whole CCF to route march to Canterbury, capture the Red Dean's underpants and march and back - over four days.... As far as I remember it was the off...
by ZeroDeConduite
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: 1968 and all that
Replies: 16
Views: 1559

Re: 1968 and all that

CH Medical Officer Trevor Hoskins, writing in June 1978, had this to says: In a decade since student unrest reached its height, and those of us working in schools saw its effect on schoolchildren, with an unprecedented questioning of authority and the entire basis of the educational system. Opting o...
by ZeroDeConduite
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Favourite teacher
Replies: 238
Views: 57597

Re: Favourite teacher

Ditto: re: the cowpat poster. My overriding memory of Uncle is the Sunday morning session in his lab - ostensibly to practice morse code - where he had us calculate the full wave aerial length for a particular ham radio frequency, then measure out copper wire to be about 3x wavelength and string it ...
by ZeroDeConduite
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 58
Views: 7240

Re: Vikki Askew

In his book 'A Fire To Be Kindled' which is a professional memoir, Gordon Van Praagh only mentions a first trip to Sarawak in 1960, returning 'many times since'.
by ZeroDeConduite
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Science teaching in the 50's
Replies: 41
Views: 8336

Re: Science teaching in the 50's

...being well taught Chemistry by Van Praagh... The question to address now is regarding Science Teaching in the 2020's and beyond - building on what might be viewed as a golden age of science teaching in the mid 20thC. Gordon Van Praagh summed up his experience in a book he wrote which was publish...
by ZeroDeConduite
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 58
Views: 7240

Re: Vikki Askew

michael scuffil wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:57 pm
ZeroDeConduite wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:02 pm
Corks left in 1957 -- what do you mean 'long gone'?
I only meant that many months had elapsed between 1957 and 1960 when I decided music was missing in my education...
by ZeroDeConduite
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 58
Views: 7240

Re: Vikki Askew

From my point of view there was absolutely no 'pop' music whatsoever (except from grecians who had 78/45 record players in their tiny day-room studies - 2 in Pe A at the time). Radio was restricted to the BBC Light programme which ran the gamut of 'Worker's Playtime' to Jimmy Young covers of Frankie...
by ZeroDeConduite
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 58
Views: 7240

Re: Vikki Askew

With subjects where I underperformed there was virtually no help from the teachers. With subjects I was adequate in, the teaching was 'adequate'. Only where I had an aptitude (science) did the teaching staff go out of their way to help me develop more fully. And when I had (personal) problems Van Pr...
by ZeroDeConduite
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Matrons
Replies: 21
Views: 2246

Re: Matrons

He was one of the original participants in Voluntary Service Overseas, in fact I think he was a bit of a guinea-pig in this regard. Two of my year in Peele A went off to do VSO in 1960 - one to Sarawak, and the other to India, where he ended up more or less in charge of a huge refugee camp for Tibe...