Ely High School 1905-1972
Arrivals of Staff
EHS Magazine July 1949
In the Autumn we welcomed Miss Boreham, Miss Mahoney, Miss Mason and Miss Richardson. Miss Wilson kindly gave us temporary help during the absence, through illness, of Mrs. Staniforth, and Miss Castle and Miss Mabley in the Spring and Summer Terms respectively, during the absence of Mrs. Zagorzcyka. To these temporary helpers we express our thanks and good wishes. We welcomed Mrs. Staniforth among us again at the beginning of the Summer Term, and hope to see Mrs. Zagorzcyka again in September.
EHS Magazine May 1961 - Salvete
Mrs Munby graduated from St. Hugh's College, Oxford in Modern Greats and has taught at several schools including Luton High School for Girls and the Cambridge Technical College. She reveals that apart from having an interest in reading and foreign travel, she is also an accomplished tea-maker on archaeological expeditions ! She has a large collection of historical books and other objects of which many of us have been privileged to see, and those of us who take History never tire of her seemingly inexhaustible fund of lesser known facts about great people.
Miss Talbot, who lives in Ely, includes among her hobbies knitting, sewing, reading and travelling and she admits that although she enjoys walking whilst on holiday, it is not normally one of her favourite recreations. Before taking a B.A. degree in French, she spent five years at Reading University, including one year in France at the University of Nancy.
Miss Morrell no doubt finds Ely High School somewhat different from the Schools at which she taught during her residence in America. She was trained at Dartford P.E. College, and apart from her prolonged visit to the States, she has travelled extensively in Switzerland, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Holland. She now lives at Sheringham, Norfolk and lists among her interests sailing, ski-ing, tennis and the theatre.
Mademoiselle Vaillant, who has been taking French conversation lessons in School since last September, is a native of Tunisia, where she received her early education. She is at present studying at The University of Montpelier in the South of France where she hopes to graduate in English in 1962. Her interests are reading, music and dancing, and contrary to general expectation, she finds the English climate congenial, although she adds that she has no plans for an extended residence in this country.
Mrs Delany, who is perhaps better known to us as Miss Foweather was educated at Cambridge High School and at the Battersea Training College of Domestic Science. Apart from other hobbies, Mrs Delany has spent some time abroad in Italy.
Miss Bramley has joined the Staff as Classics mistress, also Mrs Bowden as part-time mistress in Physical Education.
EHS Magazine May 1962 KNOW YOUR STAFF.
Miss Brook. Miss Brook, who was educated in the "Garden of England" and also in the metropolis at Queen Mary College, has, besides teaching in the vernacular, also imparted Geography - not necessarily academically but definitely with imagination.
Hobbies include music, clothes, (favourite colour being green), the theatre, which entails her annual treat to Stratford, cooking, and all kinds of sport especially the boat-race and sunbathing ! Miss Brook who has also travelled extensively in Europe and across the Atlantic, considers the Niagara Falls definitely worth a visit.
Miss Brook aims to visit Greece in the near future, would also like to produce a Shakespearean series and perfect her performance of the cha-cha-cha !!
Miss Langton. A well known figure within the bounds of the "province" of Ely High School, Miss Langton is a native of the intriguing seaside resort of Sheringham, in that "foreign" county of Norfolk.
Educated at North Walsham High School, and Bedford College, London, after a year at the Institute of Education, Miss Langton then "inspired" the girls of Farringtons, Chislehurst (no connection with Chislebury and Headmaster Edwards), with her intimate knowledge of geography; having travelled in the U.S.A. and extensively in Europe. Her favourite parts of Great Britain are the Scottish Highlands and East Anglia.
Miss Langton then ventured into the wilds of the Isle, to take her post here. It is interesting to note that Miss Langton prefers teaching in a day school to doing so in a boarding school !
Any spare time, which teachers usually deny, is taken up by dressmaking, gardening and swimming. Miss Langton also says that she would like to travel in unusual countries, as long as accompanied by a linguist ! Her pupils have discovered through their lessons her liking for elaborate rice dishes, and her dislike of goat's cheese.
EHS Magazine May 1962 SALVETE.
Mrs Hywel–Jones. Mrs Hywel-Jones, as her accent suggests, comes from "the little land behind the hills" where she lived on a farm in the North. She reveals that her first language was Welsh; the question arises - did she inherit the characteristic Welsh singing voice with the language? - after extensive research the question remains unanswered !
After leaving Denbigh Grammar School, Mrs Hywel-Jones went to Bangor, the old cathedral city on the coast of Wales in Caenarvonshire, to read Bible Knowledge at the University College of North Wales. Before coming to Ely, Mrs Hywel-Jones taught in Chester.
"Travelling makes a wise man wiser" says the proverb, and Mrs Hywel-Jones includes travelling among her interests, having visited France and Switzerland. Even though Mrs Hywel-Jones did not mention reading as one of her "out of school" pastimes, she owns an unfailing supply of helpful books which she readily lends to us.
Miss Taylor. Miss Taylor is the new member of the Science staff, she was born and grew up on a farm in Wragby, Lincolnshire. This no doubt played a large part in the development of her keen interest in plant and animal life.
She was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Horncastle, from where she went on to study Botany, Zoology, and Geography at Reading University, specialising in Zoology.
Apart from her scientific interests she enjoys most forms of sport, in particular, cycling, rowing, hockey and tennis. She also enjoys reading autobiographies and books concerning travel.
Mrs Thorgerson is an expert potter, full of fun, bringing an enthusiasm for clay-modelling to everyone.
Mademoiselle Escribano also joined the staff last year. She was born in Perpignan, in the south of France. She was educated in the University of Montpellier, taking her final exams in October.
Mademoiselle considers England very different from France, but she would not mind living here if her parents were also here. In her opinion the English people are much less reserved than their reputation, being very kind and friendly.
Miss Brinkworth also joined us this year in order to further our knowledge in History.
EHS Magazine May 1963 - KNOW YOUR STAFF
Miss Morrell, games mistress extraordinary, owner of a two-seater sports car (which we learn she occasionally drives barefoot), had a varied school career, going to five different schools, the last being North Walsham High School. Dartford College of Physical Education followed, and then considerable travelling, notably to America. Miss Morrell considers that though American children are not as well-educated, they are far more impressed by the idea of going to college, for more people do so in America. She finds life in England far more ordered and restricted (could this be connected with her barefoot driving?). Miss Morrell adores the theatre, but not "very heavy drama" and belongs to the local Amateur Dramatics; she dislikes too much routine and prefers an outdoor life inasmuch as she prefers to live in the country and to enjoy herself at weekends in the town. At this point she uttered the word "Amsterdam" and proceeded to embark on a list of its attractions.
EHS Magazine May 1963 - SALVETE
This year we were pleased to welcome several new members of Staff.
Miss Convine who had been a pupil here, joined the English staff, after reading for an Honours Degree Course at Southampton University and an Institute of Education Diploma at London University. She has taught for two years at Beal Girls' Grammar School in Ilford and at Easter last year she was among the members of staff who took the pupils of that school for a cruise in a school ship, the "Dunera" to Madeira via Lisbon. She has also travelled to Belgium and Germany. Miss Convine prefers hockey and outdoor sports, likes the colour orange and has no particular dislikes!
Miss Cook has joined the Maths department this year. She was educated at Queen Margaret's School near York and St. Andrew's University, she then spent a year in the Cambridge Department of Education. After teaching at the Friends School, Saffron Walden, she came to Ely. Miss Cook displayed the greatest possible enthusiasm over Greece, which she has visited four times already, liking the warm climate, the balmy nights, and on a higher level, the mixture of the old and new. Last year she went on a 10 week tour which included Bulgaria, Turkey, Persia, Iraq, Jordan. and Alexandria (much to the envy of her interviewers!) She enjoys, apart from travel, cooking and the theatre, though she owns to a dislike of curry and ill-mannered children (in that order).
We were also joined by Mrs Ellis who teaches History and Mrs St. Joseph who imparts French. This year's "Mademoiselle" is Mademoiselle Françoise Martin, who comes from Paris.
EHS Magazine May 1964 - SALVETE
Miss Baines. The early education of Miss Baines was at Dixie Grammar School, Market Bosworth; she then read for her degree at Exeter University and, after graduating, went to the City of London College for a secretarial training course, afterwards becoming a private secretary for a short time. She has travelled to France and Austria, but preferred the latter. Among her hobbies and interests, she includes sailing, music and singing, local history, dressmaking and cookery, especially Chinese food. Our School is Miss Baines' second teaching post, the first was at a London Co-educational Comprehensive School. After London Miss Baines finds Ely a pleasant and likeable city.
Miss Gage. Miss Gage joined the staff as a French mistress after graduating from Hull University. She has done much active youth work, both as organiser of a Youth Club and in running a Boys' Club in a slum area. She also started a Scripture Union in an Orphanage for Sailors' Children and takes part in many forms of Church work. Miss Gage's hobbies are playing the piano and organ and visiting foreign countries. She once hiked from the Alps to the South of France and back in five days.
Miss Howard. At the beginning of the School year we welcomed Miss Howard as History mistress. She was educated in Manchester and then at Leicester University. Among some of her interesting hobbies are photography, walking and exploring and book collecting, her prize possession being a book written for George II about the world. She enjoys serious music and looking after her "Red Grizzle" mongrel. Although Miss Howard enjoys living in the fen country, her pet hate is Cambridge cyclists.
Miss Hughes. Miss Hughes read for her degree in Physics at Oxford University and before coming to Ely taught in a girls' school in her home city of Manchester. Interested in sport, Miss Hughes has played Hockey for the Manchester League, Lacrosse for the North, and Cricket for Lancashire juniors. She likes camping and when at Manchester High School took their guides on a camping expedition. On a. visit to Switzerland she was at the top of the Jungfrau when its neighbour, the Eiger, was conquered. Although she is very athletic, Miss Hughes hastily explained that she ascended the mountain by train!
Miss Richardson. Miss Richardson was born and spent some of her early life in the Isle of Man. She read for her degree at the University of Durham, and after a year in Cambridge at the Department of Education, she went to the Midlands to teach Divinity. She then left England for Western Nigeria where she lectured at a Teachers' Training College in Ibadan. Listed among her likes are the sun, sadly missed in East Anglia, badminton, tennis, dressmaking, visits to the theatre, and music. She also expressed a liking for seeing other people in the latest fashions. On asking for a list of her dislikes, the interviewer was greeted with the cryptic utterance "macaroni".
Mrs Salway. Mrs Salway has had quite an extensive education, having been born in London, taken a degree in Classics at Cambridge University and visited France, Italy twice and Greece twice (including four months' teaching English). She has also spent a year teaching in America. Her interests include the theatre and cinema and classical music. She does not, however, condemn "pop" music. Her special dislike is rice pudding and she especially likes "doing nothing".
KNOW YOUR STAFF
Mrs Bedford was born in Norwich and attended North Walsham High School until her fifth year, when she moved into Somerset and attended Elmhurst Grammar School; she trained at Gloucestershire Training College. During childhood her ambitions were to learn to ride and to be a ballerina.
Now her hobbies are sewing and reading,.while she also likes long walks and "pottering about" on her husband's farm and dislikes cats and people without any common sense. Now Mrs Bedford's ambitions are to go on a world cruise and to make more pottery. Mrs Bedford is the wife of an old boy of the School - who attended the Preparatory Department.
Miss Bensly was born at Kenninghall, near Diss, Norfolk, and was educated at a boarding school in Cromer until she took a course at Saffron Walden Training College. Her childhood ambition was to be an announcer on the BBC. After teaching in Norwich, she moved to Sussex and then worked for two years as a member of a community in Devon. Recently she completed a year's course in Divinity in Canterbury. Walking, tennis, swimming and other outdoor activities interest Miss Bensly and she enjoys reading, music and visits to the theatre and cinema. Her likes include animals and farming, while strong dislikes are the noise, smell and rush of modern civilization. An ambition is to travel widely.
Miss Game was born at Bury St. Edmunds and always wanted to teach. On leaving the Cambridge High School she went to Newnham College, Cambridge, where she obtained a degree in Chemistry, Physics and Geology. She has taught in London County Council Grammar Schools, and has visited amongst other places Canada twice and Norway three times. Besides this love of travel Miss Game likes especially her part time work at Ely High School, reading (particularly biographies), knitting, collecting stamps, and cycling, but dislikes walking and housework. She wants to remain in the country and to enjoy her garden whenever possible.
Miss Greatorex was born near Stroud, in the Cotswolds, and attended Market Harborough Grammar School. She has always been interested in sports of all kinds, and went to Bedford College of Physical Education. She likes all types of dancing, especially national dancing, and enjoys sun-bathing, driving and travelling. She spent some time at a school in Paris, a summer in Greece, a Christmas skiing, and has stayed on the Costa Brava, with a Danish family. She likes expensive hats, and an ambition is to have a space ride.
Mrs Marshall: Born ten miles west of Brighton, Mrs Marshall attended Worthing High School for Girls, before gaining a BA Honours degree in French from London University. She has travelled to France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and wishes to visit Moscow. Mrs Marshall has achieved most of her ambitions. Her hobbies are the theatre, dressmaking and folk music. She likes Beethoven, but dislikes any kind of intolerance.
Mrs Moseley was born near Blackpool, where she later attended Arnold High School. From Blackpool she went to Edinburgh University and obtained a degree in English. Mrs Moseley now has a one year old baby, but she is determined not to become a "vegetable". Although she does not normally have much free time, Mrs Moseley has taken up the unconventional hobby of bricklaying as she is converting a house at the moment. Music of the Bach period and Indian food are her likes but she dislikes people who tidy her things when she has already tidied them herself. She likes travelling and her ambition is to travel throughout Europe.
Mrs Worthington was born at Hawkhurst in Kent and educated at Ashford School before reading for and obtaining a degree in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at Reading University. Childhood ambitions were to be a ballerina and a kennelmaid. Classical music, especially Mozart, some jazz, gardening, flower arrangement, sewing and cooking, particularly continental dishes, make up her hobbies. She likes meeting people and travelling, havingalready, visited France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland. Ambitions include to make a happy home, to improve her piano playing and to play the oboe.
Staff Childhood Ambitions (to the age of eight).
Miss Tilly - to be a cricketer.
Mrs Jones - Dispensing chemist (shaking coloured water).
Miss Baines - to be a big girl.
Miss Bridge - Deep sea diver.
Miss Cook - Nurse, doctor.
Mrs Covey-Crump - to wear her hair in plaits. Miss Dewar - Cook.
Miss Reynolds - to play a clarinet.
Miss Greatorex - to be a skater, and to wear "high heels".
Mrs Hawes - Teacher, policeman.
Miss Howard - Prime Minister, to own an Alsatian dog.
Miss Langton - None at all, engine driver.
Miss Stanyer - Cinema projectionist.
Mrs St. Joseph - to go round the world.
Miss Taylor - Land girl wearing a green jumper, vet.
Mrs Thorgerson - Ballet dancer.
1965 magazine - SALVETE
Miss Haylock was born in Ely, and came to this school. She then went to the County Stafford Training College for three years to study domestic science. She has travelled widely in Europe - Austria, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Norway and Holland. Her dislikes include stuffed olives, frogs, spiders and snobs. Her likes include dressmaking, cooking and small children; she reads widely and enjoys choral works and lute music and the French Impressionists, especially Renoir.
Miss Hatley was born in Cambridge, but went to school in Bury St. Edmunds. She then entered Neville's Cross College, Durham, where she studied physical education. Like Miss Haylock she has travelled widely in Europe - to the South of France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and has been ski-ing in the Pyrenees, but regrets never having visited Prickwillow! Her dislikes include doors left open, noise, especially that of banging of desk lids, and flies at night in the bedroom. Her likes include animals, hunting, clothes, parties, dancing, talking to people - in fact the gay life! Her taste in music depends on her mood and she is not an avid reader.
Mrs McKay was born in Morecambe, Lancashire, and was christened Heather by her parents as a reminder of Scotland! She attended Hutchesons' Girls' Grammar School, Glasgow, and then went to the University niversity of Glasgow to study Chemistry and Biochemistry. She likes haggis, sheep, Scotland, acting, horses, pickles, porridge - with salt! - and finding the potatoes peeled when she returns home! Her main dislikes include cold blancmange, wet stockings, short skirts and fat dogs. Mrs McKay likes to read novels, especially those of Georgette Heyer, and regrets not being able to play the bagpipes or dance a Highland fling. Now her main ambitions are to acquire tact and a glorious sun-tan just once!
Miss Magee was born in Croydon, Surrey, where she went to school before entering Hull University to study English and Aesthetics. She has travelled widely in Europe and takes a great interest in the Theatre. Her favourite authors are William Faulkner and William Blake. She likes all kinds of music and her favourite artists are Marc Chagall and Paul Klee. Miss Magee dislikes silly people, cold meat and hot gravy, and says she is most happy when having her own way. She would like to have been a lady of leisure.
Mrs Garnett was born in Norwich where she went to school at Thorpe House. From there she went to the Norwich School of Art and then to the Bath Academy of Art. Her dislikes include conceited people, fish, tea and dragging hems. Her likes are mainly sunshine, time to think, swimming, making bread - which she declares manages to come out different every time! - and she also enjoys the theatre, ballet, reading, rearing cacti, modern dancing (movement) and lace-making. Mrs Garnett has travelled on the Continent and would like to travel even further afield. She likes modern poetry and French authors and admires the work of Pierre Bonnard, Kenneth Armitage, Elisabeth Frink and the German Expressionists. Her favourite composers are Stravinsky and Debussy. Her ambitions are one day to have a Weaving Exhibition and to teach abroad, preferably in Canada.
Born at Witcham, Mrs Rice was educated at Ely High School and later read for a degree in English at Bedford College, London. She then studied in Cambridge at Hughes Hall for a Diploma of Education. Mrs Rice has a varied appreciation of literature, but mentions particularly Shakespeare and Iris Murdoch. Her hobbies are gardening, reading, food, travelling and touring in such places as Ireland. Mrs Rice is also interested in the theatre and acting, but dislikes boasters and snobs. Her ambitions were to find a fairy, to be an actress and to be able to sing. She is most happy when watching plays. Mrs Rice taught here for a short time after her training; since her return she has found that the standard of work is higher and more adult.
This year we were pleased to welcome Mademoiselle Christine Gehin from Nancy as our "Mademoiselle". We managed to interview her to ask for her opinion of the English and their way of life. Apart from a few criticisms, on the whole Mademoiselle is enjoying her stay in England. She is particularly impressed with our theatres and cinemas. She admires Cambridge, the Colleges, the fine buildings and lawns, and has benefited from the good Shakespearian performances she has seen.
The people, although at first apparently slow to accept a stranger, on better acquaintance have proved to be friendly and helpful. Like many foreigners, however, she has found it difficult to adjust to the English climate. Fashion and warmth in France apparently do go hand in hand! Fashion - well! Who could compare English fashion with French! Generally, she thinks the English teenagers tend to over-emphasise the latest trend!
Mademoiselle has shown particular interest in Speech Days, and apart from being present at ours has also attended Witchford Secondary Modern School and March High School. She was most impressed with the standard of music at our Speech Day.
Amongst other places, Mademoiselle has visited Oxford, Norwich, Lincoln and Boston, but above all she loves London for its cosmopolitan life, and imposing atmosphere. We in Ely have certainly benefited from Mademoiselle Gehin's help and encouragement, and should like to offer our best wishes to her for the future.
This year we are lucky enough to have Mrs Lewins with us from Australia. During one dinner hour, three of us managed to corner her and we fired questions at her about Australia. Her first comment on the differences between our two countries was a little surprising - the numbering of forms here is apparently almost unintelligible! This rather reminded us of our first year here when we too spent days trying to find a Lower Fifth Form. In Australia Mrs Lewins taught in a school with 1,040 pupils and a Staff of 50. There is a different system of education in each State. At 15 or 16 years of age, the pupils take a School Certificate and then may stay on for another two years to take a Higher School Certificate. Scholarships for University and Colleges are awarded on the results of this examination by both the State Government and the Commonwealth Government. In the State of New South Wales, from where Mrs Lewins comes, the schools are administered from Sydney. There are Universities in the main cities and Mrs Lewins attended the North England University which was modelled on the Cambridge Colleges.
We all know that Australia is a very large continent but Mrs Lewins managed to emphasise this point by telling us firstly that the whole of Britain could easily be fitted into the second smallest State of Australia - Victoria. The total population of Australia is about eleven million - and that is about one million more than the population of London - and spread over three million square miles! It is no wonder then that Mrs Lewins feels "a little restricted" and finds everything so much smaller. In Australia one can drive over sixty miles and see few large towns. We wonder if we can drive only three miles in this part of the world and be able to say the same thing.
Then Mrs Lewins began to enthuse about the climate. The temperature in December can be well over 8o deg. F. and the "winter" temperature is on average 55 deg. F. The six weeks holiday is from mid-December to the end of January and Mrs Lewins described long days over Christmas lying on the broad sandy beaches which surround Australia. Her favourite pastime on the beaches of New South Wales is surfing in the huge rollers which crash on to the beaches. She described to us the various movements of surfing with obvious enjoyment. She enjoys hitch-hiking in Australia where one can travel thousands of miles on the wide straight roads across it.
Mrs Lewins loves the quaint English shops which often look more like private houses. She finds many of the public buildings very unusual but thinks the private houses all look alike. In Australia there are very few two-storey houses and the roofs are not sloped to let the snow slide off, as it is unnecessary. She finds the Australians very casual in their outlook but attributes this to the climate. Perhaps if we too had days of over ioo deg. F., we would be a little less formal.
We asked about the wild life of Australia and she described small podgy koala bears, mischievous possums, and of course kangaroos. The cars in the outback must be fitted with kangaroo guards since a kangaroo bumping your car can have disastrous results.
After the interview with Mrs Lewins we were left with one idea - to emigrate to Australia 1 It was the climate and the surfing that appealed to us, with the exception of just one girl who was not so keen on the surfing when she had only just mastered the breast stroke! However, if three members of the Upper Sixth form are missing one day, you will know we have gone to buy our surf boards and kangaroo guards.
EHS Magazine 1967
At the beginning of the year three new members of staff joined us as heads of departments: Miss Greenwood (Music), Miss Hearnshaw (Mathematics), and Miss Watson (English).
During the Autumn term Mrs Salkeld-Green returned to the School part-time to take responsibility for Classics; she was joined later in the term by Mr Gordon who teaches Civics and Latin.
Our assistante this year is Mlle A Biron.
During the Christmas holidays Miss Magee, who teaches English, was married and is now Mrs O'Connor.
In the Spring term Mr Annis came to help in the Geography department and Mrs McKay (initial M to distinguish her from Mrs H McKay) took Mrs Marshall's place in the French department.
Miss Stanyer returned from Australia at the end of term and we were pleased to have her with us again.
MR GORDON was interviewed by the Sixth Form as he is the first male teacher on the staff. He was born in Hampstead and attended Farleigh House School in Hampshire and then Ampleforth College, York, both Roman Catholic schools. He went to Christchurch College, Oxford and obtained a degree in Literae Humaniores. He regards Latin as being a very good language to learn to begin with as it is a highly disciplined, difficult language. Once Latin is mastered there is less trouble with other tongues. A rounded education should have a balance between the technical and arts side. (On the whole) Mr. Gordon is impressed with the atmosphere of our school and the willingness of the pupils to learn, especially in the Sixth Forms.
Mr Gordon enjoys writing a great deal and has written several short stories, one of which has been published, "Reds and Blues". At present he is completing a novel. He considers Shakespeare the greatest writer the world has ever produced. Among his hobbies he plays folk music on the guitar and jazz on the piano; he appreciates Classical music, especially Chopin and Bach, and thinks the Beatles and Stones are very good. Mr. Gordon's favourite food is Borsch (Russian soup) and he likes autumnal colours.
EHS Magazine 1967-68
New staff during the year have been:
Mr Thompson, head of the Geography departrment, who came in April, and
Mr Murphy, laboratory assistant, joined the school in the summer term.
In September Mrs Jefferies came for a term to teach History and is now senior mistress at Cottenham Village College.
Other new staff were:
Mr Morris (head of the Biology department)
Mrs Batts (Biology),
Mrs Campion (French),
Mrs Endicott (English),
Miss Shears (Physics and Mathematics),
Mlle D Froissart (French assistante).
Mr Trotter (History) joined the staff in January.
Miss Hayden and Sister Paul were in the school for most of the Spring Term.
Mrs Marshall who left a year ago had a baby, Sarah Charmian, in May last year. We were very pleased when she and Mrs Hawes visited the School for an afternoon with Marc and Sarah.
We print below the results of interviews with some of the new staff.
Mrs Campion was born in London but spent much of her early life in Switzerland where she first accuired her proficiency in French. She was educated at the Lycée Français in London and Girton, Cambridge. When asked her likes and dislikes she expressed a love of dress-making but a dislike of American cars and variety shows. One of her early ambitions was to be a Welfare Officer and this accounts for her interest in Red Cross work and helping in holiday camps for deprived children. Her tentative view on the state of Britain today was that whereas she opposes any form of discrimination she does not think democracy is a feasible solution; it is up to the average man to work harder all round. She told us that she was happy with her status quo but her future ambition is to have a large family.
Our French assistant for this year is MADEMOISELLE DANIELLE FROISSART. At the moment she is studying English at Lille University. Her likes range from peaceful walks, travelling in France, Spain and England, to expressionist art, haunted castles and - conceding sentimentality - the romantic music of Beethoven and Chopin. As she tries to see the good side of things, her dislikes are minimal. She confesses unashamedly that apart from walking, her sole sporting activity is running after the train in the morning. Her present ambition is just to be herself and in the future would like to create something - a book or a painting. When asked her views on Britain, she recounted a story in which General de Gaulle was asked "Mon Général, what do you think of Britain as a whole?" Came the astute reply - "You must first fill the hole". To end on a most encouraging note, Mlle Froissart praises our politeness; she is continually amazed to see motorists stopping to allow pedestrians to cross the road, whereas in France it seems you take your life into your hands evading the traffic.
Mr Morris, who was born in Northampton, revealed himself to be something of a jack of all trades in the jobs he has tackled outside teaching. Hospitals, pathology laboratories, cosmetic factories, gasworks and the window cleaning trade are all familiar ground to him. His hobbies show a comfortable affinity between the arts and sciences; natural history is balanced by poetry and his well-known love of chess combines a mixture of the two. He prefers classical and light opera to the noisier claims of pop music. He has travelled in Greenland, Iceland and his favourite parts of Britain are the Leicestershire Uplands, Devon and Cornwall for their biological specimens. His former ambitions were to be rich and famous, but now his more modest hopes are to lead a happy life and avoid ulcers.
Sister Mary Paul was born in Durham and went to Newcastle University to read classics. Her real name is Ann but she took St Paul as her patron saint when she became a nun at the age of seventeen in the Roman Catholic Order of the Sisters of Mercy; it is a very active order, teaching and nursing in the surrounding area which in her case is Sunderland. Sister Paul has now been a nun for thirteen years - after being a novice for five years she took her vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The life is hard - she had to make a complete break with her family and can only visit them three times a year and it is a big sacrifice to give up all thoughts of marriage and children but she has never regretted it. She has taught fot seven years in the convent school for 900 girls but she says she prefers a smaller school like this where the atmosphere between staff and pupils is freer. She is here in Cambridge to take an educational course and also to study for her LRAM examination. Music is her greatest love and she plays the piano, the guitar, and the organ in the convent chapel.
EHS Magazine 1968-69
In September Miss Baker replaced Mrs Barrett [head of Games]
Mrs Kellett came to teach Classics, also introducing classes in Fencing into the school.
Mrs Schwartz joined the staff for a year in the Mathematics department.
Mrs Neill taught Biology during the Autumn term after which Mrs Bradford came in her place.
We feel very lucky in now having Mrs Legge as [part-time] secretary.
EHS Magazine 1969-70
Mr Raby to teach Religious Education
Mr Digby for a year to teach Mathematics
Miss Thomas to teach English with Speech and Drama
Miss Seabrook for Games and Biology
Mrs Cinnamond (part-time) to teach French and English
Miss Blakeman to take over the Art Department and be in charge of junior forms.
Our assistante from France this year is Mlle Beyret.
Mrs Lyne joined us at Christmas to teach Classics
Mrs Knox came to help in the laboratories.
We were very sorry also to lose Mrs Legge, the part-time secretary but welcomed Mrs Carver in her place.
Miss Bufton became Mrs Staniforth in 1943
Miss Riley became Mrs Tresise in 1955
Miss Brown became Mrs Jackson in 1958
Miss Davis became Mrs Salkeld Green in 1959
Miss Wilby became Mrs Clarke in 1963
Miss Magee became Mrs O'Connor (1967 mag)
Miss Hatley became Mrs Barrett (1967-68 mag)
Miss Shears became Mrs Hind (69-70 mag)
Miss Hearnshaw is now Mrs Camus (69-70 mag)
In our 1956 photo 4/12 r3 #1Vivian Convine - she returned to teach at EHS and became Mrs Hawes in 1963.
sources: Christine Fuller (Bell) and research in magazines
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