Harrow County School for Boys

School Gossip - March 1947

We cordially welcome two newcomers to the Staff, Mr. L. J. Lacey, to the Mathematics Department, and Mr. P. R. Heaton, to geography.  Mr. Lacey, an Old boy of the Lower School of John Lyon and an Honours Graduate of University College, London, comes to us from Bishop's Stortford college.  Mr. Heaton, an Old Boy of Almondbury Grammar School, Huddersfield, and also a graduate of London University, was previously on the staff of Eastcote Lane Secondary Modern School.

The School is much delighted by H. M. Frey's achievement in being awarded an Open Exhibition in Natural Sciences at Queen's College, Oxford.  All concerned are heartily congratulated.

The thirty-sixth anniversary of the School's birth was marked by the usual special service of worship at the Upper Form's Assembly on 16th January.  The school was founded and formally opened on 21st January, 1911.

Our new sports field was declared open on 22nd January by Councillor C. Brown, Chairman of the Board of Governors.  Mr. R. M. Marsh, Harrow Education Officer, kicked off at the Rugger match which followed, when a Merchant Taylors' XV met and narrowly defeated our 1st XV.

On 28th January, 175 boys from the Upper Forms attended the Schools Symphony Concert in the Granada Cinema.  A delightful programme by the London Symphony Orchestra was greatly enjoyed.

Thirty boys from form VI Arts availed themselves of the very kind invitation extended by the Head Mistress of the Girls' School to attend the lecture there on "Greek Art in the British Museum" by professor Bernard Ashmole.

Mr. H. J. Sheppard, of Harrow Urban District Council Engineering Department, lectured on 6th February to Lower VI Modern Geography Section on "Civil Engineering."

Congratulations and best wishes to our new School Cadet Organisation.  "J" Company of the Middlesex Schools' Battalion of the Army Cadet Force!  With an initial enrolment of 97 cadets drawn from Forms IV, V and VI, and officered by Mr. L (sic) Bigham, Mr. A. J. James, and Mr. P. R. Heaton, all ex-officers of the Royal Air Force, the Cadet Unit promises well to be an important power in our corporate school life and to be a worthy successor to the School A.T.C. Squadron.  To Flt/Lieut. W. Duke and his brother-officers, many thanks for a magnificent job in the times of our greatest need!

Our participation in the Harrow Education Week comprised an Open Day on 4th March, when many visitors were shown round the school by Masters and Prefects, and to perpetrate an Irishism, since the weather caused their cancellation, the Open Musical and Film Evening on 6th March and the House Rugby seven-a-side Tournament on the afternoon of Friday 7th March.  we also showed several exhibits in the Education Exhibition.

Well done, our Cross-Country Team!  It was a grand performance to win the Cup and Medals for first place, against twenty schools, at the Inter-Schools Cross-Country organised by Wm. Ellis School and Highgate Harriers on 1st March.

The Judging Committee at the House Concerts awarded the places as follows:  Welldon, Preston, Northwick, Kenton.

S. C. Caine (1914-19) has been appointed a Deputy Under Secretary of State for the Colonies.  Caine obtained a 1st Hons B.Sc. (Econ) in 1922, and entered the Colonial service from the London School of Economics.

H. M. S. Wright (1913-18) is now a Group Captain and is at present serving on the Air Staff in Berlin.

J. V. Powell (1922-26) is British Council Representative in Iraq, with headquarters in Baghdad.

Source:  Gaytonian, March 1947 (edited by Mr. Sidney Fooks)

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