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Excellent turnout for Penzance Grammar School reunion

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: January 04, 2014

Excellent turnout for Penzance Grammar School reunion

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AN EXCELLENT turn out of old boys and staff of Penzance/Humphry Davy Grammar School enjoyed the annual reunion at the Queens Hotel.

Once again, in spite of a hip replacement earlier in the year, the oldest old boy present was Dr Arnold ‘Derry’ Derrington, who entered the school in 1933; he was accompanied by his son David.

There were a few new faces as well, including brothers Kevan and Michael Summerlee who were at the school in the mid-1960s and were visiting from New Zealand, Pes Nicholls from 1944, Robin Hall 1958 and Charles Upton 1948.

There were also three former members of staff – Bill Burnett, Malcolm Rudlin and Bob Coneybeare.

Some of the earliest photos of pupils and staff from the spring of 1911 and 1912, which had been found by Chris Semmens in his attic, were displayed along with photographs showing the work carried out to refurbish the School War Memorial.

The photographs will be displayed again later in the year as many of the staff and pupils in the photographs were also recorded on the roll of honour on the memorial.

The association secretary, Andrew Coak, thanked all those old boys for attending especially those who had provided prizes for the raffle, held during the evening and realising £205.90.

He also announced that there would be a ceremony to rededicate the school war memorial later in 2014 to coincide with the centenary celebrations for the First World War.

It was hoped that details of this event would be announced in The Cornishman nearer the date.

Stuart Guppy once again ably accompanied the traditional hearty rendering of the school song.

If any one wants to become a life member, contact Mr Coak on 01736 787504 or e-mail andrew.coak@btinternet.com

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  • Brookside Mini Coach Hire  |  January 15 2014, 1:15PM

    I was at the school between 1962 - 67 and don't have any particularly fond memories of the place. Mostly down to T Craske Rising, the head during that period and known as Snake or Boss, who ran the school along the lines of a Victorian private school. If you were very academic or good at sports then you were one of his chosen people. On the other hand he was very indifferent (and very intolerant) to the rest of us, unless you were the child someone famous or wealthy. Basically he ruled the school with the cane, or more exactly a collection of them that he used to keep in the corner of his office. If you came under his scrutiny for the tiniest of misdemeanors you were going to feel his wrath, but first he would add to anxiety by going through his collection of canes and selecting one by swishing them around. In my opinion he had sadistic tendencies and in this day and age he would most certainly have found himself at Her Majesties Pleasure. If you take away the canings there was nothing remarkable about his headmastership. Those that say there was no messing around under Snake is like saying there was less crime in Germany under the Nazis.