The Monovian; School Notes

School Notes - 1943

1943

School Reopening
The School building re-opened on May 17th, one week later than expected. Sufficient classrooms had been prepared, although the hall and the library were not in use. Until mid-term assemblies were held on the old tennis court at the side of the School. The Army occupied one wing until the beginning of the current term
Gift to Leominster
At the end of the Spring Term a gift of £10 from the boys, parents, and staff of the School was presented to the Leominster Grammar School to endow a games trophy. The presentation was made by Milner, acting School Captain, at the Grammar School's final assembly. At this function, which was attended by Mr Elam and Mr Emery, Mr Green, Headmaster of the Leominster School, said that naturally there were always two points of view on evacuation and one was liable to see matters from the wrong angle. Nevertheless, we had found safety, and it was remarkable how efficiently the two schools had worked together. He hoped that we should carry away some happy memories of our stay, of the Grange, for example. He concluded by offering his best wishes for the School's future.
Replying, Mr. Elam thanked Mr. Green and all the people of the town for the kindness and tolerance with which we had been treated although, as he said, there were many occasions when we had undoubtedly been a nuisance. It had been a great privilege for him to work with the staff of the Grammar School, especially with the Head. Naturally we should have many and various happy memories of the School, of the town, of the countryside, of architecture, of the fried fish shop, and of the "swish of skirts" about the School.
Sixth Form Party.
Members of the VIth Form held a private party at the Tudor Cafe, Leominster, on the night before the end of their last term there. Each boy brought a partner and Miss Fortescue was the guest of honour. No details are offered save that the party went with a swing and the evening was a memorable one.

Packing Up.
We think it is the truth to say that however unpleasant a task it may have been for the staff, the boys thoroughly enjoyed packing, up the School stock and furniture. Human chains threw miles of books from the stock rooms to the waiting road-rail containers with surprisingly little damage. The only serious casualty, apart from one leg of the old typewriter now in the staff-room, was Mrs. Elam's bottled fruit, which, after being thrown heavily across a container, had to he removed before the start of the journey.

"New Boys"
At the beginning of the Summer Term, we welcomed to our ranks the Monoux boys who had been attending the Leyton, Chingford, and other centres, not including those who were working for their General School Examination this year. Many of these newcomers had never been in the School before, but have now settled down quite contentedly.

School Dinners.
School dinners were begun a fortnight before Whitsun. MrsE.Pearson, County Canteen Organiser, came down to help at the beginning, and in spite of the lack of accommodation for the large number of boys staying to lunch, everything so far has gone off without a hitch. It has been possible to serve a meal at the pre-war price of sixpence, and, it appears, of the pre-war standard, no mean achievement these days.

Lectures.
During the time we have been back we have had two lectures, one on the Navy, the second on the Army. The Navy talk was given by Lieut. Sharpe, an old boy of the School, who was mentioned in our last issue as having received the D.S.O. His talk was as gripping as any novel, giving as it did an account of the Dieppe raid, in which Lieut. Sharpe played a prominent part. Not less instructive was Major Woollcomber's account of the methods of the modern army. Both speakers gave interviews to interested boys after their talks.

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