Old Pocklingtonian 2019/2020 - Page 13


Our annual delve into the past looks at what was in the magazines 75 , 50 and 25 years ago .
1944 – 1945
On the last morning of the Michaelmas term , the whole school assembled to make a presentation to the Headmaster , Mr P Sands , and Mrs Sands on their retirement . The Head Prefect , F A Massie ( 40-45 ), gave a speech referring to the ‘ great expansion of the school in both numbers and buildings in the thirty years of Mr Sand ’ s term of office .’ D Kettlewell ( 15-20 ) represented the good wishes of the OPs , including mention of a telegram from J M Cobban ( 20-29 ) on behalf of the London Branch of the OP Club and Mr T W Pay gave thanks on behalf of the staff and recalled the ‘ happy times they had had with the Headmaster and Mrs Sands at the many parties at the Schoolhouse .’
At Commemoration , the new Headmaster , Mr Robert St John Pitts-Tucker , and his wife were extended a ‘ real Yorkshire welcome ’ to the school .
The retirement of Dr A F A Fairweather , OP , Chair of Governors and School Medical Officer , was announced at Commemoration , which preceded his death only a few weeks later on 30th August .
In the Lent term , there was a rude reminder that the war was not yet over , as German aircraft pitted the walls of Dolman House and pierced a water tank under the roof of the San .
By the Summer term , the school was celebrating the ‘ coming of peace ’. On V E Day , boarders listened to broadcasts by the Prime Minister and His Majesty and in the evening enjoyed an impromptu concert and a fine bonfire , with refreshments at the School House . Black-out blinds were removed , and meal arrangements were changed to include a high tea at 5.30pm and a stand-up tea following prep and prayers .
In his Commemoration speech , Mr Pitts-Tucker paid tribute to the 30 Old Boys who had given their lives in the war and those who remained reported missing in action ; 25 decorations had been gained and one VC . The Pocklington School War Memorial Fund was launched to raise a sum no less than £ 4000 with the hope of building a War Memorial Library – ‘ where the freedom of the mind can be cultivated and the boys of today seek the companionship of the great minds of the past .’
After a year as Resident Housemaster in School House and Classics Master , Mr A G Russ left in the Summer term to take up a post at Kelly College , Tavistock , succeeded by Mr R Bullock as Housemaster and Mr J P Fogarty as teacher of Classics .
Following the Education Act 1945 , the school became a Direct Grant Grammar School . This resulted in at least one quarter of the pupil number being admitted from schools in the East Riding , thus better enabling the school to fulfil the intentions of its Founder .
At the end of the Lent term , there was a welcome reform in the school organisation with the abolition of distinction between Boarding and Day Boy prefects , the latter being allotted their proper places in the order of seniority . The old tradition of House Prefects was revived in School House .
Gruggen were victorious in both the individual and House Fives competitions , winning the Cup with infinite ease for the third time in succession . A S D Horne ( 39-45 ) was the Senior Champion and J B Wilson ( 39-46 ) the runner-up . A G I Wood ( 39- 49 ) was the Junior Champion and P H Schwabe ( 41-47 ) the runner-up .
The 1st XI Cricket exhibited several memorable team and individual performances , ably led by P M C Bradshaw ( 38-46 ), which was not reflected in the score sheet – won 3 , draw 4 , lost 6 .
Hutton were winners of the House Shield at the annual School Athletic Sports . Prizes were presented by Wing Commander J H Thompson DFC . B H Walker ( 38-45 ) won the Stewart Challenge Cup for the third successive time – a unique feat for the time , and A G I Wood ( 39-49 ) won five Junior events and thus the Summerson Challenge Cup .
1969 – 1970
In the Michaelmas term two experimental changes were introduced . The October half term holiday was more than a week long and there were no formal Michaelmas term internal examinations for pupils below Fifth Year .
The Pixies Cricket team ended a fine season by playing in the final round of the Cricketers ’ Cup at the start of term and narrowly missing out to Hampstead by a slim 14 runs in the final played at Edgbaston .
The weekly timetable was reorganised in the Lent term , to allow more ‘ activity time ’ accessible to day boys and boarders . The Design and Creation Centre was a focus for new activities including a printing group , Military History Society and boys completing a crash course in woodwork and metalwork . It was envisaged that future pupils entering the school at age 11 would follow a three-year course which was designed to teach basic skills , give an experience of working with common materials , an introduction to engineering drawing and the opportunity to start on electronics .
The senior school play was ‘ Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead ’ written by OP Tom Stoppard ( 51-54 ). C T Whitby ( 63-71 ) and A M Thorpe ( 63-70 ) apparently gave a good portrayal of the two demanding main parts .
In a change to normal proceedings at the school Carol Service , the lessons were read by a boy from each form , starting at the top of school and then the three staff readers followed as usual . Two pupils , C Walker ( 71-77 ) and P A Clarkson ( 68-76 ), each wrote a carol and musical accompaniment , which was performed at the Carol Service .
The Rugby XV had a fine season , with two splendid displays against Barnard Castle and Leeds in the Michaelmas term . At the end of the Lent term , the team scored a record number of victories in one season ( won 11 , drawn 1 , lost 4 ) and a record number of points scored ( For 261 , against 148 ).
The Cricket XI enjoyed an unbeaten season , led by P M Wilkinson ( 64-70 ), who achieved a school record for his 60 wickets at 7.46 runs each and proved himself to be a ‘ schoolboy bowler of outstanding class ’ when he took 6 wickets for 55 runs against MCC in just 2 hours 40 minutes . C R Woodhead ( 64-70 ) was also notable for his batting and fielding with which he ‘ infused the whole side with confidence and with and understanding of how good cricket is played ’!
In the School Athletics Championships , all the track events were run over metric distances for the first time and there were two new events introduced : the 80 metres Hurdle at U14 and 1500 metres at junior and senior levels . The overall House Championship was won by Hutton after many years ’ dominance by Dolman .
The Community Service Unit ran a week-campaign for Shelter , the National Campaign for the Homeless . Several events were held including the showing of the film ‘ Cathy Come Home ’, an auction , a school concert , a slow bicycle race and a tug-of-war . A magazine was also published , containing jokes , poems and articles about Shelter .
There were school trips to London , Hadrian ’ s Wall , ICI Billingham and a Sixth Form visit to Reckitt & Colman of Hull – in the newly acquired school bus ! The Combined Cadet Force travelled to Cultybraggan in Perthshire for their summer camp and the Scout Camp took place in Edale , North Derbyshire .
1994 – 1995
The Governors launched an appeal for funds to build a new Performing Arts Centre . The new extension to Faircote House was opened on Speech Day by Mrs P Carver .
Mrs Diana Forrester , Mr Terry Hardaker ( 31 years ’ service ) and Mr Paul Chambers ( 22 years ’ service ) retired after long and distinguished careers at the school .
Mr Darren Ayling , Miss Goldie Raley , Mrs Lynne Sefton and Mrs Philippa Bosworth were welcomed as teaching staff to the school .
Congratulations were given to teaching staff who welcomed the birth of their babies : Mr & Mrs Peel , Mr & Mrs Bond , Mr & Mrs Loten , Mr & Mrs Bird and Dr & Mrs Dyson .
The deaths of Mr Bobby Collins and Mr Owen Beckett were recorded .