SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
The High School for Building Magazine Volume 4 - 1959
HIGH SCHOOL FOR BUILDING
KINGSTON UPON HULL
Board of Governors:-Ald. I. Robinson, J.P.
Ald. L. Schultz, O.B.E.
Counc. G.W. Goforth, S.R.M.M., R.M.T.A.
Counc. W.H. Sanderson
Counc. Mrs. G. Thomas
Mr. W.E. Spence
Mr. F.O. Dunn
Miss. N. Finlay
PrincipalEmlyn Jones, M.Sc., F.R.I.C.
HeadmasterArthur Fisher, A.M.I.C.E., A.R.I.B.A.,A.I.O.B.
F. MasonDeputy Headmaster, and Mathematics
L BaineArt and French
J.S. BaslingtonGeography and History
E.A. MartinPhysics and Mechanics
C.H. SugdenTechnical Drawing and Surveying
This edition of the “Cornerstone” has, for the first time been edited by two boys in the third year; while we are proud of this opportunity and responsibility, we do ask for the indulgence of the readers.
Now-a-days, most schools have a magazine and we would like to offer ours as an indication of the various activities, both educational and recreative which are taking place in the school. We honestly believe that the spirit in the school is second to none in the City and that new boys quickly settle down and become part of the establishment. We hope to publish a magazine of greater proportions in the coming year which will cover each term and the activities peculiar to the season.
May we conclude by wishing all our readers a very fine summer holiday
HEADMASTER’S REPORT 1958-9
The past year was coloured for me by two main factors. Firstly, the accident which I suffered in July last year entailed my absence from the School for most of the first term, and a long period in which I had to take things easy. This threw a great deal of extra work on the staff, and I would like to record my appreciation of the excellent way in which everyone, including prefects, rallied round and carried on with the work of the School and especially Mr. Mason, who, as Deputy Headmaster, bore the main burden. Secondly, the impending changes in the School, to provide four and five year courses.
As most of you already know, next term will see the first entrants to the School from the 11+ examination, and in succeeding years all boys will enter by this method and will have to stay for five years. In this respect the School will be on the same basis as the Grammar Schools and other Technical Schools in the City. This will mean lifting of the standards of the School in a number of respects, increases in the numbers of boys and staff, and changes in accommodation and curriculum - but all to your ultimate good.
As a first step Room 3 is to be made into an additional Science Room and Room 11 will be equipped especially for Art. New teachers have already been engaged - Mr. Baine to teach Art and French and Mr. Young to teach Chemistry, and from what I have seen of these men they will maintain the high standard already set by existing staff - a standard which is the very foundation of our School, and upon which our high reputation in the City is based.
Whilst on the subject of staff I would mention the departure of Mr. Witty into well-earned full retirement after many years of staunch service and of Mr. Morrison, who left us at Christmas to take up a new appointment at Hornsea. Both men served the School excellently in their different spheres and were well liked by boys and staff, and we wish them every happiness in their new surroundings. In their places we welcome Mr.C. E. Martin, who has now been with us for a full school year, and Mr. J.P. Baslington who came to us in May. They have already made a very fine impression and I trust they will stay with us to assist and take pleasure in the exciting developments in the School in the next few years.
The change in the status of the School brings up the question of school uniform, and all new entrants will be expected to conform to this. For the time being the cap, blazer and tie will remain as at present, but new entrants will also be required to wear school shirts, which will be grey or white, grey shorts or trousers, and grey pullovers and socks with blue and yellow bands. The School scarf will be blue and yellow stripped. Boys already in the school will be expected to conform as far as possible. The wearing of school uniform may prove irksome to some boys, especially the older ones, but it is not so much a regulation as a mark of pride in the School, as I am sure our School is one to be proud of, and prouder still in years go by, I hope the full cooperation of parents and boys in this matter.
As regards our magazine “Cornerstone”, once again it has been a race against time to produce it before the summer holiday, and my thanks are due to Roger Mason and Barry Lidster for their very competent work, and to Mr. Charles Martin for his very efficient prodding. Many of the articles have been provided by the staff, which has given them the opportunity to declare their hopes and intentions, but the Magazine should mainly the concern of you boys and I hope that next year more of you will take part.