School Gossip - July 1945
The Headmaster has referred in the closing paragraph of his message to his successor, Mr. D. Crowle Ellis: and, since we hope he will see this number of The Gaytonian, we want him to know that the welcome waiting him when he takes up his appointment will be a very sincere one. Mr. Ellis comes to us from Enfield Grammar School, where he has been Second Master and Senior English Master since 1931. The son of the late Rev J. Crowle Ellis, of St. Benet's, Queen Victoria Street, London, Mr. Ellis went to Kilburn Grammar School, there winning an open scholarship to Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he read History and English in the Honours Schools. He served in the infantry in the last war, and in the R.A.F. in this. He holds the rank of Squadron-Leader, R.A.F.V.R., and is District Inspecting Officer for North-East Middlesex A.T.C. Among other achievements a century against the M.C.C. is a very interesting item.
We say farewell this term to Mrs. Baranyay and Miss Simpson, wiahing them success in their new appointments and good health to make their happiness complete.
Mr. P. Street will rejoin the staff next term after a long period at the Ministry of Supply.
We have alraedy as a School spoken our congratulations and good wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Hackman (Miss Gower), who were married during the Easter vacation. Here we record our pleasure and note this unique event in the School annals. It was quite a School function; for the Headmaster read a portion of the Marriage Service, gave the Blessing, and spoke words of counsel to the bride and bridegroom. Mr. R. S. King was best man; many of the Sixth Form attended to cheer the happy pair; and the members of the School A.T.C. Squadron formed part of the Guard of Honour. How could a nuptial knot be more gracefully tied?
The Sixth Form dance was a great success, and our thanks are given most gratefully to Mr. and Mrs. Hackman and their corps of enthusiastic helpers. It rounded off a very delightful Sports Day, which had something of its pre-war anumation and high performance.
Te following boys received prizes during the present School year:-
"Boswell" Music Prize, 1945 - Seniors, Pianoforte: 1, Kendell, I.P.; 2, Ratcliffe, A.G.; 3, Heritage, R. Violin: 1, Arthur, J.P.; 2, Bruce, A., and Muckersie, P.J.; 3, Megenis, J.A.; Juniors, Violin: Hayes, B. Beginners, Violin: Newman, R.F.
Miss Derbyshire's prizes for members of the Violin Class: Lawson, D.; Larkin, P.J.F.;Hipkin, R.C.; Macfarlane, D.D.
W.H.F. Johnson and A.E.F. Manders have shared the prize given in memory of Francis W. Davis (1931-37), Sergt.-Pilot, R.A.F.
W.H.F. Johnson wa awarded Mrs Williams' prize for personal service to the School.
W. J. Donalson gained the Douglas Imrie Prize for French.
The School is grateful to Mr. Hackman for presenting a large lectern Bible in memory of his mother, who died early in January last.
Source: Gaytonian, July 1945