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Humphry Davy School

Discussion in 'Schools' started by denanmor, Sep 16, 2008.

By denanmor on Sep 16, 2008 at 8:39 AM
  1. denanmor

    denanmor Member

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    As there is a thread for Lescudjack School which I can't join in on ( :mad: ) as I am too young ( ;D ) I thought I would start one for Humphry Davy School. I am not sure when this school was created, perhaps someone could fill me in? I attended in between 1985 and 1990 in the "golden years" when there was still a lower site, when draughty, smelly Elliott Huts were used and when there were plenty of teachers with some character left. Many who taught at Lescudjack and the Grammar Schools were there. Does anyone who went to Humphry Davy have any memories of the staff, buildings and lessons of your day? What is it like now in the "modern era"?
     

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Discussion in 'Schools' started by denanmor, Sep 16, 2008.

    1. Halfhidden
      Halfhidden
      Hi Denanmaor.... I was still at Lescudjack when the changes went ahead. I think my last year (1981) when Lescudjack became Humphry Davy lower site, but I'll check up on that for you.
    2. sparky
      sparky
      Hi
      I know a few people that went to Humphry Davy....And I'm sure that many would become involved if they knew that they could communicate to their long lost school friends...through this website...even though they went to different schools...what do you think??
      let us know....much appreciated. Sparky.
    3. BayOfPlenty
      BayOfPlenty
      September 1980 was the first term of the newly-merged school - "I know, cos I was there" to quote someone or other.
    4. Halfhidden
      Halfhidden
      Yes I can confirm that BoP is correct. I've spoken with Mr Owen who told me this.
    5. denanmor
    6. dargopiphead
      dargopiphead
      I was at Humphry Davy from 1976 - 1980.
      Bill Smith was the headmaster then and Mr Harvey was deputy head. It was still pretty "old school" in those days, with lots of canings dished out. We dreaded being sent to Mr Harvey for punishment as he was much more strict than the head, and had a selection of canes. He was fair though, and a good teacher, and it was not unknown for him to let you off if he'd "had a good breakfast." It was pretty tough on the teachers in those days, as the punk era was in full flow and rebellion was rife. Of course I thought I hated it all back then, but looking back I think the staff were a good bunch really and there were some great characters. Here are the staff members I remember:

      English:
      Mr Mason
      Miss Close
      Mr Mostin

      Maths:
      Mr Blackler
      Mr Berriman
      Mr Johns

      Geography:
      Mr Quixley
      Mr Connybere

      Chemistry:
      Mr Treglown
      Mr Frankie Hull
      Mr Chris Gonninan

      Physics:
      Mr Brown

      Games/PE:
      Mr Matthews
      Mr David Thomas
      Mr Alan Thomas

      Languages:
      Madame Rose (french)
      Mr Melio (french)
      Mr Bennett (latin)

      Woodwork:
      Mr Cooper

      History:
      Mr David Giddings
      Mr James

      Art:
      Mr Reggie Watkiss
      Mr Praed

      Of course I've forgotten many. Maybe someone can fill in the gaps....
    7. AnotherWeeksy
      AnotherWeeksy
      I was there from 1972 - 1979. Some more names for you;

      Art - Mr Rex Burfield

      Languages - Mr John (JAG) Grover (French)
      - Mr Roger Ainsworth (German)

      Maths - Mr Bill Burnett

      English - Mr Rowe
    8. BayOfPlenty
      BayOfPlenty
      English - Tony Fitt. How could anyone forget? :D
    9. Pasty Man
      Pasty Man
      Me too

      History - 'Boris' Hogg
      English - 'Skippy' Guy
    10. cornishman in WA
      cornishman in WA
      I was there from 1950 to 1958.
      Mr Craske Rising was Headmaster.
      Herman Otto deputy head
      Pop Whiteman Geography
      Jim and Ben Batten
      Mr Mostyn and Mr Mason
      Mr Harvey was my form teacher and a real gentlemen as were most of them
      Another one whose name escapes me had a favourite expression "Lose a mark"
      Joe Pasco
      Jeff Monro French ( and unofficially sex education )
      Bung Waller Chemistry
      Donald Behenna Music
      Mr Petters Physics

      Frank Hull who is now a teacher was a fellow student

      I still have my old report book. It doesn't make for reading to be proud of !

      Those were the good old days when teachers were allowed to discipline and we respected them. I got my share of canings and well deserved, but they didn't scar me for life.

      Happy Days

      Anthony Willis Admission Number 3010, House Trelawney
    11. Jimjam
      Jimjam
      Who was the PE Trainer that committed suicide?............Drove his car off Lands End
    12. treeve
      treeve
      I remember there was a woodwork teacher in that circumstance; please when replying to this question, make sure that the name is correct and any events surrounding that event are also correct, as we do not want to attract unwelcome attention or to upset any relatives or friends.
    13. Jimjam
      Jimjam
      Couldn't stand Jarvis (math, geography).....Kept running out of chalk 'cos he threw it at one & all. Charley McCarthy (art) was one my favourites Great bloke.
    14. nicnic
      nicnic
      Do you remember Charlie McCarthy's chair-leg wrapped in sandpaper - ears for the rubbing of?
    15. treeve
      treeve
      sandpaper? Not in my day. Plain old chairleg plus stays, as used by Michael Bentine in later years as a stage prop for a great sketch. It was to my memory only slammed down on the desk. I do not ever remember seeing it come into contact with a boy's head or hand, etc. Threat was usually enough. It was only Jammy Jervis that used contact as a weapon of choice, mostly the chalk board block or a piece of chalk, which occasionally became lodged in the ear. One classic occasion was when it damaged an already weak ear of one pupil (a friend of mine ) and the Head was less than pleased.
    16. tabtab13
      tabtab13
      Nicknames

      I too was there 72 - 79 and recognise a lot of the teachers mentioned. Most, if not all had nicknames (some have been mentioned already), but here's the others I can remember:

      'Perry' Mason
      'Piggy' Mostyn
      'Noddy' Blackler
      'Trigger' Treglown
      'Butch' Matthews
      'Tiger' Thomas
      'Scroggy' Giddings
      'Hairpin' Rowe - English
      'Jukebox' Jory - Music
      'Speedy' Rudlin
      'Spider' Burnett
      Basher' Burfield
      'Jerry' Fitt
      'Muggins' Witheridge - Physics

      Anyone remember any other staff nicknames?
    17. breizh
      breizh
      Still in the seventies..Tin Ass Astin (Metalwork)
      Zak Lynch (Divinity)
      Hairpin Rowe was mostly Latin by the way
      Ernie Guard (although he was really Eric I believe)
      Fitt was occasionally Gyppo or Gyp-Fitt too
      Strange how some had nicknames and others didn't
      Don't think I remember any for Bennetts (Latin+Classical Studies), Goninan (Chemistry), Johns (maths), Todd (French, German), Harvey (deputy Head and a bit of biology), Ainsworth (German), Berryman (Maths), James (History), Pooley (Geog), Coneybeare (Geog), Tarbet (English), Ridge (English),.... And I believe it was always just MISS Duncan (music).
      Last edited: Dec 8, 2009
    18. tabtab13
      tabtab13
      Accidents

      During one gym lesson at HDGS in the 70's, a lad in our year slid down one of the long benches and came a cropper as there was a splinter jutting out and ended going up quite deep into his upper thigh/buttock. He took some ribbing for it, but that had to hurt. He was carted off in an ambulance from memory.

      Another lad ended up with a spiral fracture in his leg during games and he too was carted off by ambulance.

      After one swimming sports day, a group of us stayed on and a lad jumped off the upper walkway (the level the changing rooms are on) and landed on my back as I was swimming. And yep, I too was carted off by ambulance.

      Health & Safety would have had a field day ....

      Any accidents happen to you or someone you knew while you were there?
    19. treeve
      treeve
      Don't remember any actual accidents, that had any consequence - it was my lot falling over, falling in gravel which embedded itself in my knees (still have some pits now), wall scrapes ... mostly it was on the end of some bully's fist. Kicking my satchel around (that was Ben Batten). But there were a couple of nasty pieces of work that took delight in dragging me around. I managed to learn from my grandfather just how to deal with such horrors. At some point I grabbed their hands, fingers locked, and found a pressure point on the back of their hands..... with two hands it was possible to overturn this brute so he eventually sat in a puddle of mud, to the instant amusement of all watching and to the embarrassment of said bully. Dusting down his pride, he set off towards me at full throttle. I was a fast runner, it has to be said, I could out run him, so then when he had reached full speed, I nipped around the corner, stopped and shoved the pedal extremity out, and over he went. It did neither his uniform, his hands or his pride any good at all. It quietened down after that, but was still a bully. Until one day the Medic came, and at the sight of a needle he fainted ... that was that. End of bullying. Happy Days.
      Last edited: Dec 9, 2009

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