SAINT NICHOLAS GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR BOYS

School Calendars

 
 

Click here to view the School Calendar for the 1961 Autumn term (you will need Adobe Reader to open the pdf file)

Click here to view the School Calendar for the 1962 Summer term (you will need Adobe Reader to open the pdf file)

The School Calendar for the Spring Term of 1963 is shown below as images.

Click here to view the School Calendar for the 1965 Spring term (you will need Adobe Reader to open the pdf file)

Click here to view the School Calendar for the 1965 Summer term (you will need Adobe Reader to open the pdf file)

Click here to view the School Calendar for the 1976 Summer term (you will need Adobe Reader to open the pdf file)

 

Below are the pages of the Spring 1963 School Calendar kindly supplied by Steve Bacon.

 

School Calendar Spring Term 1963

 My observations on this edition are:

  1. At this point Peter Clarke is not billed with his PhD which must have come a few weeks later as he was certainly Dr. Clarke before I left in July 1963.  I remember the School Assembly where his elevation was announced to a round of applause.

  2. The only females listed on page 1 are secretaries!

  3. Page 1 is a handy reference to the staff of 1963.  The only ones who were there on day one in 1955 were Dr. Watson and Messrs. Armstrong, Banton, PLP Clarke, Easom and Plenderleith.  By 1963 Mr. James had left to be head of Christ College, Finchley and Dr. Gosden had left to take up an appointment at Bradford University.  Mr. Lee and Mr. Richardson had also left but for where I don’t recall.

  4. There were more Prefects and Monitors than there were staff!

  5. Quite apart from the huge range of sports activities which speaks for itself, the scope of out of school clubs was quite impressive:

    Junior Gym Club

    Junior Christian Union

    Christian Fellowship

    Senior History Society

    Junior History Society

    Poetry Society

    Aquinas Society

    Chess Club

    Fencing Club

    Choir

    Orchestra

    Debating Society

    Theatre and Arts Club

    Photographic Club

    Sixth Form Society

    Sixth Form Talks by outside speakers

    Junior Astronomical Society

    Geographical Society

    Metalwork Club

    Choral Society

    The School Play – ‘A Man for All Seasons’

     

  6. The Prefects and Monitors met monthly, chaired by yours truly but always under the watchful gaze of Mr. Williams.

  7. The Aquinas Society was a somewhat esoteric group and membership was by invitation only.  With an early, somewhat left of centre view on life, I recall being fairly critical of its exclusivity and recall arguing that all school societies should be open to all.  At each evening meeting, one member of the group presented a paper on a subject of their choice for the edification of the members.  Eventually, I was persuaded to join and presumably felt that I might be able to change things from the inside!  I’m not sure that I did!  My paper was on the psychology of learning – I think I must have been doing some pre-teacher training reading at the time!

  8. The Sixth Form Talks attracted an extraordinarily high quality of speaker.  I don’t recall which member of staff was instrumental in securing such good speakers, but we were very lucky to have them.  On 31st January 1963 the guest was Marghanita Laski the well known journalist, radio and TV broadcaster, novelist and author.  On another occasion in 1962/3 the speaker was Ludovic Kennedy, journalist, writer and broadcaster.  He had published his book ‘Ten Rillington Place’ in 1961 which contended that the hanging of Timothy Evans in 1950 was a miscarriage of justice and that the murder had been committed by John Christie.  The publication of ‘Ten Rillington Place’ was largely instrumental in Evans’ posthumous pardon and the abolition of the death penalty in 1965.  I was privileged to meet both Laski and Kennedy and to give the introduction prior to their talks.

  9. It looks as though the school was somewhat ahead of its time in issues raised during this term:

    18 Jan: Geography Society film ‘Changing Coast’

    8 Mar: Geography Society film ‘Conservation of Resources’

    14 and 26 Mar: Christian Fellowship ‘Food for the Hungry’ and ‘Hunger’

    26 March: Sixth Form Talk on Computers

  10. On 2nd April, Mr. Dye, Art Teacher, gave a talk to the Christian Fellowship entitled ‘The First Easter’.  In fact, he had just written an illustrated book about the first Easter in which he described in dramatic detail the events of the first Easter.  I was privileged to be able to read it at the time but have no idea if it was ever published.

  11. There is a reference to a Parents’ Association Film evening.  I am note sure if the films that were shown were the same as those shown at the school Film Club but I recall seeing ‘The Big Country’ (released 1958), ‘Shane’ (1953), ‘The Wages of Fear’ (1953), and ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ (1952).

  12. Overall, I know that we are all very grateful to the staff for providing such a rich range of experiences and opportunities outside their normal teaching roles.

 Steve Bacon

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A view of the School as it was in 1955