ECW log for 1959

Spring Term 1959

Term started with 355 boys on registers.

  • 8 Jan: Term commenced: full staff; few boys absent; Secretary absent. Mr Jordan’s engagement. Mr Simpson reported – Leicester Student forum.
  • 22 Jan: French play, “L’avare” [The Miser] by Moliere, produced by Mr Mangan. Whole school assembled for afternoon performance.
  • 29 Jan: Special Governors’ Meeting to discuss the proposed plans and suggested modifications. Repeat of French play given to parents and friends, and scholars of local schools.
  • 17 Feb: Work on field – felling of trees along boundary of field, and inside school boundary.
  • 19 Feb: Science Society works visit to Stewart’s (Glass) Stourbridge.
  • 25 Feb: Six staff and thirteen boys went to Civic Hall, W’ton for rehearsal of St Matthew Passion – evening public performance.
  • 27 Feb: Entry forms for GCE sent: total cost £350.
  • 2 Mar: Science Society outing to Chubbs.
  • 4 Mar: Sum of £83-9s sent to the Blind Association as result of appeal made earlier in the term. Trees removed outside school fencing opposite houses in St Paul’s Road.
  • 6 Mar: Normal school day. Round (3A) broke left arm in gym.
  • 9 Mar: Governors’ Meeting. Reported that working plans of extensions to buildings being completed.
  • 10 Mar: Parents’ Association Whist Drive – 81 partook. A successful evening.
  • 11 Mar: Visit of Mr Lyon(?), representative of the Anglesey Holiday Pioneer Camps for Boys. Film shown to large junior audience.
  • 13 Mar: Musical Evening organised by PA. Visit of Mavis(?) Maud(?) Smith, county music adviser, and an orchestra of some 15 musicians: school choir provided items.
  • 16 Mar: Visit of Old Boy who left in 1936 – Bassett.
  • 20 Mar: School play performed – good attendance – Caesar and Cleopatra.
  • 24 Mar: Bayliss offered place at King’s College, Cambridge. Lawn tennis tournament for next term arranged. School play final performance.
  • 25 Mar: Mr Simpson, student from Leicester University left after 1 term student teaching practice.

Summer Term 1959

  • 23 Apr: Reported death of the groundsman Mr McCarthy.
  • 25 Apr: Geography outing to Netherton.
  • 27 Apr: Visit of Dr Phillips to give a Sex Talk with film strip for the whole school starting at 2.30pm. School divided into 3 groups – well received and many questions asked.
  • 30 Apr: Visit of Science 5th and 6th to the Star Aluminium Works at W’ton during afternoon.
  • 4 May: Decision to terminate Tuck Shop announced due to loss of money on sales during last week.
  • 12 May: History outing for Form 2 to Buildwas and Much Wenlock.
  • 15 May: Party of 20 boys and Mr Mason left during afternoon for camp at Teddersley Park (15th-22nd) to carry out biological field work as last year.
  • 25 May: Visit of 5th and 6th form Science boys with Mr Hopkins to the ICI (Oldbury).
  • 30 May: Geography outing – Wellington, Wrekin, Coalbrookdale.
  • 3 Jun: Bayliss awarded a scholarship for 2 weeks by the Royal School of Church Music to got to Chichester Cathedral from 13th-27th August.
  • 9 Jun: Old Boys’ committee meeting mainly to discuss presentation dinner to be held at the Anchor Hotel on the retirement of Mr A B Turner at end of term.
  • 15 Jun: News of accident to Braddock on Friday morning last – visited in hospital.
  • 17 Jun: Test holes to be dug on tennis courts, by study and by Chemistry lab for building operations in the future.
  • 4 Jul: Parents of new entrants for September interviewed with boys. School Sports held during afternoon – very successful event.
  • 10 Jul: History outing to Harlech Castle, North Wales.
  • 11 Jul: School v Parents cricket match. School won easily.
  • 13 Jul: Form II Historical outing to York. Works outing to Hobson’s.
  • 14 Jul: Swimming Sports held at the Town Baths – a very successful evening.
  • 16 Jul: Form I Historical outing to Sutton Park, Wall, Penkridge, etc.
  • 17 Jul: Old Boys and Parents Association presentation at the Anchor Hotel to Mr A B Turner on his retirement. About 80 attended.
  • 20 Jul: Geography outing to London. Science Society outing to GKN Research Labs.
  • 23 Jul: Annual Founders Day Service held at St Paul’s Church. Visiting minister Rev T Hugh Jenkins of Nuneaton.
  • 24 Jul: End of term. Presentation to Mr Turner at final assembly. Summer Camp Aug 17th-27th in Wyre Forest. Camp on Anglesey (Pioneer). GCE results included Watson (State Scholarship) and Greatrex (Reserve(?) State Schol).

Autumn Term 1959

Term started with 367 boys on the registers. Staff changes included Mr Clarke as Senior Mathematics Master in place of Mr A B Turner, who retired last term, and two language assistants from the Ministry of Education, Mme Lipman for French (1 year) and Herr Holstein (for 1 term then to go to Stafford King Edward VI Boys Grammar School). Further news given to school of the appointment of Mr Cooper in place of Mr Jeavons as lab assistant.

  • 11 Sep: Camera Club met at lunchtime to elect officers.
  • 14 Sep: Railway Society meeting. Visit of County Library.
  • 15 Sep: Popular Music Society meeting.
  • 16 Sep: Violin classes to being on Weds and Thurs.
  • 21 Sep: Popular Music Society. Chess Club meeting.
  • 22 Sep: Field Club meeting
  • 23 Sep: Stamp Club meeting. Visit of Lieut Commander L A Wintle to address senior school on “The Navy and the Nation Tomorrow”. School v Brewood Caddick Cup matches.
  • 24 Sep: Camera Club meeting “Colour demonstration”. Student Christian Movement (junior) meeting. Railway Society meeting. Head Boy announced: Bayliss.
  • 28 Sep: Popular Music Society meeting. Chess meeting. History Society meeting. Works commences on demolition of shelters.
  • 29 Sep: School visit to the Gaumont, Wednesbury, to see Richard III.
  • 2 Oct: Chess Club meeting well attended.
  • 5 Oct: Chess Club meeting. [There were many more similar later entries in the log.]
  • 6 Oct: Science Society works visit to Stewart and Lloyds.
  • 7 Oct: Form 3 visit to Dudley Zoo. BBC phoned to arrange audition for choir for “Let the People Sing” programme.
  • 8 Oct: School held a mock election.
  • 10 Oct: First XI defeat Tipton. Chess match lost to Bilston (2½-5½).
  • 13 Oct: First meeting for formation of Astronomical Society.
  • 14 Oct: Visit of Mr Philip Moore, Music Assistant Midland Region BBC, to audition choir with a view to a broadcast next term. [Philip Moore went on to be Organist and Choirmaster at Canterbury Cathedral (1968), Guildford Cathedral (1974) and York Minster (1983-2008).]
  • 21 Oct: School retains Caddick Cup. All matches against Brewood won.
  • 22 Oct: BBC arrangements for choir broadcast.
  • 23 Oct: Chess match against Commercial School (4-4)
  • 24 Oct: History Society to Worcester Cathedral.
  • 3 Nov: Mr Ong Ali Guan, student from Malayan Teachers’ Training College arrives for period of teaching practice. Chess match v QMS (lost 3-5).
  • 5 Nov: Camera Club: film strip lecture “making the most of your camera”. Visit of quantity surveyor for new buildings.
  • 6 Nov: Astronomical Society meeting, “Night sky in November”.
  • 9 Nov: Junior forms visit town history exhibition.
  • 10 Nov: Science Society visit to Bolton Paul aircraft.
  • 11 Nov: Camera club meeting: demonstration of developing.
  • 12 Nov: Stamp club display: Eire and other countries.
  • 26 Nov: Camera Club meeting: film strip entitled “Milestones in photography”.
  • 27 Nov: Chess match v Commercial School (won 6½-1½).
  • 28 Nov: Field Club outing to Wyre Forest.
  • 1 Dec: Speech Day: Guest of Honour the Rt Rev C G S Michael Parker MA, Bishop of Aston.
  • 5 Dec: BBC recording of choir at Queensbridge Road School, Moseley
  • 18 Dec: End of term. Departure of Mr Goodyear going to Yorkshire.
  • 21 Dec: West Brom Albion Shield: School defeats King’s Hill in final.
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