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Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Just when you thought you had covered all of the information on subjects that interested you!!!

I was refreshing my memory concerning the history of RAF Usworth - given my own RAF career, not surprising. On reading the Wikipedia entry I found that after the station was re-opened in 1932 it was the home to 607 squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force under the command of Walter Runciman, one of our school's famous Old Boys. As the RAuxAF were known as "weekend flyers" perhaps it isn't surprising that this aspect of Viscount Runciman's life isn't mentioned in his "Famous Old Boys" entry but it adds another aspect to his life.

Usworth had closed as an RAF station before I entered our school but as a young boy I remember that you could see the layout of the airfield from the top pf Cleadon Hills.

So the Nissan Qashqais etc flowing off the production line today occupy the space of some interesting action going back to WW1.

Interesting stuff.
Fri 30-Apr-2021 16:16 - ruskington lincolnshie
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Couldn't agree more.

I am reminded of the meaning of the word "education" from the Latin "to lead out of". I think that was what we got all those years ago.
Thu 15-Apr-2021 21:16 - ruskington lincolnshie
Neale Backhouse | nealebackh~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Thanks Robin for your Reference to Professor Gray on the Marketisation of Education.The curriculum at the High School in the forties was well rounded and, I felt, had our best interests at heart . I certainly didn't feel that we were being marketised. Of course Professor Gray has the present state of affairs in education in mind. Also on Utube Professor Noam Chomsky, in an interesting talk on the Purpose of Education, parallels Professor Gray's line of thinking. I particularly like his remark, that a student should not be concerned about what a course covers but on what he discovers.
Cheers, Neale.
Sat 3-Apr-2021 01:58 - Victoria BC
Robin Leslie | robin~DOT~leslie~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
John Gray Emeritus Professor of philosophy at oxford recently gave a very enlightening article on YouTube on the marketisation of Education and he mentioned that he had been to the Grammar School(SSHS)
Thu 11-Feb-2021 12:51
Neale Backhouse | nealebackh~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Thanks Eric for your kind thoughts. Glad to hear that Doreen and yourself are keeping well in these hazardous times.
Liz and I are doing OK too, and managing to avoid any run-ins with the pesky virus. I must say that here on Vancouver Island we have been more fortunate than other parts of the country, when it comes to overall case numbers snd fatalities. We have also avoided any of the lockdowns, which the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario have experienced. They really have had a rough time. You in the Uk,of course, know exactly what having a rough time really means. We have followed your situation with alarm. Let's hope that the arrival of the several vaccines which are becoming available will mark the beginning of the end of this scourge.
I must not end without a continuing thank you note to Mike, who provides us with this link to our old school and classmates. Thank you, Mike, we really appreciate it. Stay safe everyone. Neale.
Tue 19-Jan-2021 04:04 - Victoria BC
Eric Moyse 1947 to 1953 | eric~DOT~moyse~AT~sky~DOT~com
Happy New Year to Mike and all contributors, especially Neale and Alex. Doreen and I are alive and well and living by the Thames. I have just caught up with emails back to this time last year when we were discussing the possiblity of a reunion . Let's hope it is possible this year.
Stay safe
Eric
Sat 16-Jan-2021 10:52 - Reading Berkshire
Robin Leslie | robin~DOT~leslie~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Hello Bruce and a belated HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and all OBs of the High School for Boys. Thank you for the information about Billy Edgar, my parents knew his parents though I did not know that his father was Headmaster of Stanhope Road School. I know that you were in St. Peters Church Harton choir. Do you remember Ronnie Kemp, Wentworth Driver and Geoffrey Hilcoat? St. Peters was a very lively church in the 1940-50s with a lot of marriages between young people involved in the various activities there. The vicar was Henry Robertson who had a son Peter who went on to Durham School and Sybil. A curate arrived at St. Peters just before I left the choir in 1953, Rev Cole or Holy Coley as we called him, he married Joan White another choir member.
The choirmaster was a Mr. Davidson who started choir practice with a tuning fork.Keep in touch Bruce it would be good to hear from you, keep safe and well.
Fri 15-Jan-2021 12:02 - Surrey
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Robin

Your wishes for the festive season and New Year are reciprocated.

Ian McDougall and Billy Edgar were both in my form throughout my time at the school. Ian's father was at the time head of the Chemistry Department; Ian went on to Liverpool University and had a career in the nuclear fuels industry. I don't know what happened to Billy Edgar but I do recall that his father was Headmaster at Stanhope Road school.
Sat 19-Dec-2020 15:20 - ruskington lincolnshie
Robin Leslie | robin~DOT~leslie~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
I knew both Ian McDougal and Billie Edgar at the High School between 1952-54
I also knew Ian Murray the criketer whose father taught at the High School and Ronnie Kemp the amateur operatic singer. Living in Surrey now but there are so many false values down here it's a very different world. I hope you all have a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A BRIGHT AND HOPEFUL NEW YEAR.
Tue 15-Dec-2020 21:01 - Cobham Surrey
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Mike

I'm fascinated to know that There is a South Shields Boulevard in Oklahoma.

Some time ago I suggested that it would be good to know that today's students were being taught something of the heritage of their town.

On reflection, I don't remember my generation in the 1950s being taught much about our local history.

Plus ca change.
Sun 18-Oct-2020 15:48 - ruskington lincolnshie

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