The standards of a school depend largely upon its Sixth Form. Fashions, not only in length of hair, tidiness and general behaviour, but also in attitudes to work, are set by the Sixth Form. Thus it is important that provisions should be made for these people in terms of suitable working facilities for private study periods. At the present, these are not really available, for our library facilities have been outstripped by the growth in our numbers; in the future this cannot be solved merely by designating a standard classroom with rows of desks as a "Sixth Form Study Room". Now. however, the opportunity of rectifying this situation New buildings are being planned, and a great deal of thought and money is being put into this planning. Now is the chance for Sixth Form working facilities to be given a place on the list of priorities. No longer need people be crammed into an inadequate library area, with its jungle of tables and chairs, or overflowed into odd classrooms or even the canteen. We have a chance to copy one of the better systems that can be seen elsewhere. What is needed in simple terms is space and an academic atmosphere. If the new rooms near our library are planned with the Private Study periods in mind, it is argued that this will help the whole school.
After a long holiday, in one of the finest summers of the century, and being immersed in a new September term, one finds some difficulty in recalling what last year was like. In some ways it seemed every bit as long as all its predecessors, and yet, probably because of the development of the house system, it seemed to run its course very smoothly.
In our last issue we referred to Mr. TIPPER's illness and expressed the hope that he would soon be back at School. Unfortunately, our hopes were ill-founded, and his absence throughout the year necessitated a variety of make-shift arrangements for the teaching of Physics. Thanks to the untiring efforts of the Physics Department the results in the G.C.E. Examinations were remarkably good, falling only a little below what might have been expected. Mr. Tipper retired, as he had originally planned to do, at the end of the summer term.
We congratulate Mr. LORD on being among the first students to be awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree of the Open University (B.A., O.U.).
There have been considerable changes on the staff since the last DURNOVARIAN. Two comparative newcomers, Mr. NOVY and Mr. DOVE, left for pastures new, taking our good wishes with them. As replacements and additions the following have now joined the School:
Mr. B. CLOVER, B.A.(Keele) in English and History. He has been at the London School of Economics for the past three years, studying International Relations.
Mr. M. FORDER, Lieutenant Commander, R.N.(retd.) comes to us via Weymouth College of Education. He has joined the Maths and Physics Staff, and is taking over the new responsibility of Careers Education. His experience in the Royal Navy will be invaluable to the C.C.F.: he served in the Korean War (1950-51) and spend eight years in submarines.
Mr. J. W. RICKETT, B.A.(Southampton) in Politics and Law. At present he is teaching English and Latin, and assists Mr. Forder with the Careers department. He has considerable merits as a cricketer - a left-arm spin bowler with much experience in the Nottinghamshire County 2nd XI.
Mr. M. N. SHAW, B.A.(London) in French and German. He has also studied at Birmingham and Grenoble Universities. He is taking a commission in the R.A.F. Section of the C.C.F.
Mr. M. J. WATSON, B.Sc.(Leeds) in Physics with Maths subsidiary. House Tutor at Heathcote House.
Mrs. J. A. ALLEN has joined the Biology Department on a part-time basis; and Mr. F. G. HOWES, on a similar basis, teaches German and English.
We have said bienvenu to M. Patrick ROUX, and willkommen to Herr Hartmut LAU, our language assistants. The former is a student at Montpellier University, while Herr Lau comes from Seesen, Harz, and is studying at Gottingen.
We have had a new head caretaker since April, Mr. Dave ENWRIGHT, who must be the youngest to hold this post in the history of the School. We wish him well in the most trying job in the whole establishment.
The Headmaster has given advance notice of his intention to retire in July, 1974. His successor has already been appointed, Mr. W. M. THOMAS, B.A. (1st Class Hons. Classics, London University). He was Classical Master at King Edward VI School, Southampton until a year ago, when he was appointed Deputy Headmaster of Buntingford Comprehensive School, Hertfordshire. He will take up office in September, 1974 and, in accordance with present plans, he will take Hardye's into the comprehensive system in the next few years.
A three-tier comprehensive education system has been adopted for Dorchester, and Hardye's will become an Upper School for boys between the ages of 13 and 18. By the early 1980s, when the system is expected to be fully operative, some 900-1,000 boys will be catered for. Building plans are now being drawn up, and Phase I building should start in the next twelve months, and Phase II in late 1976.
The Governors are negotiating the sale of Wollaston House to the County Council. The proceeds from this sale will finance the Phase 1 building at the Senior School, which will, initially, provide accommodation for the Second and Third Forms for as long as the 11- and 12-year-olds are with us.
It was with deep sorrow that his former colleagues read of the death, after a long and painful illness, of Mr. Eric SWISS in February. He had served as a part-time teacher of English at the Lower School for some years, until ill-health forced him to retire.
The number of boys at the School at the beginning of term, September, 1973, stood at 611 - yet another record.
RICHARD GUY HOLLIDAY
When such a young man is quite suddenly killed in a motor smash, it is inevitable that his friends will, some perhaps for the first time, find themselves, without warning, face to face with the eternal mysteries of life and death, and some may have found their faith in the dispensations of Divine providence sorely tested and deeply shaken. To such Guy Holliday's own words may come as consolation and reassurance: "Death," he very recently said in an informal sixth form discussion group, "is not surely the end. I see it as the beginning of something too great to understand".
Such young men make one feel very humble, and those of us who were privileged to be counted among his friends cannot but be deeply grateful that we were vouchsafed the very real blessing of having known him and experience the influence of so rare and essentially generous a personality.
We offer, therefore, not only our deepest sympathy to his family in their tragic loss, but also, we hope, the consolation and comfort of our sincere and abiding gratitude.
Mr. R. J. TIPPER
The School was not kept in suspense for long. We had secured the services of a "man of sovereign parts", a man who was richly endowed with some old-fashioned virtues - thoroughness, firm discipline which enabled a boy to know at all times exactly where he stood, high principles, integrity, a sense of responsibility. These virtues never became debased in the face of modern trends; there was no reason why they should change, as they are an essential part of the make-up of a schoolmaster who has a sense of vocation. Richard Tipper unquestionably had this sense of vocation.
Two whole generations of Hardye's boys passed through his hands in the Physics labs. They will have learnt to appreciate the firmness and the fairness and the humanity with which he always approached his work. His standards and his values never changed.
He was interested in the whole boy. not merely in that part which enabled him to understand the principles of physics. It was this concern which made him such a sympathetic Housemaster of Pope House and fitted him so admirably for his work as Careers master. His main recreational interest was in sailing, and the School is deeply indebted to him for introducing so many boys to a recreation from which they will derive very great enjoyment for the rest of their lives. His enthusiasm and skill were invaluable.
As a colleague Richard Tipper richly deserved his place in the affections of his fellows in the Staff Room. His efficiency, his willing co-operation, his sense of humour - if there had been a popularity poll: Heaven forfend such a thought! - would easily have placed him high up in the charts.
He will be missed, as indeed he was missed during the whole of last year, when he was struck down by a mysterious illness; apparently neither he nor anyone else knows what hit him. We were deprived of his services and of his comradeship for the whole of what he had intended to be his last year in the teaching profession. He would have preferred to retire in harness, but it was not to be. But he has now made a remarkable recovery in health, and he can look forward to a long and happy retirement in the full knowledge that the good wishes and the gratitude of the School and of leavers over the past fifteen years go with him.
THE FUTURE OF THE SCHOOL
The Governors are negotiating to sell Wollaston House to the County Council which will finance the Phase I building at the Senior School and initially thus provide accommodation for 2nd and 3rd Forms for as long as the 11- and 12-year-olds are with us.
(Reprinted from the Old Hardyeans' Newsletter of Sept. 1973).
OLD HARDYEANS' CLUB
William BEKENN to Miss Susan GILDEA at Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire.
Rupert DOREY to Miss Sandra SWAFFIELD at Portesham.
Graham EDWARDS to Miss Elizabeth BRAIN at Dorchester.
Allan GOSLING to Miss Ann CROFT in London.
Stephen GOULD to Miss Jane BOXALL at Fordington.
Peter HARRIS to Miss Hazel OLD at Dorchester.
Jonathan KING to Miss Jennifer INGLETHORPE.
Simon MEYERS to Miss Elizabeth BURT at Dorchester.
Roger PARRY to Miss Kate CLIFFE at Dorchester.
Dewi PAYLOR to Miss Linda HANDLEY at Sandiways, Cheshire.
David PINNELL to Miss Susan COOK at Wimbledon.
Derek PRIDE to Miss Angela STEVENS at Dorchester.
Philip SHORT to Miss Joyce WILLIAMS at Dyffryn, Neath.
Alistair WHALLEY to Miss Ann ROTHERHAM at Preston, Weymouth.
Stephen WOODSFORD to Miss Sally PAGET at Weymouth.
BIRTHS to the wives of:
John BARBARA, who at this time last year was M.A. (Trinity College, Cambridge) and M.Sc. (Birmingham), has been awarded the degree of Ph.D. by Reading University for a thesis on "Genetics of small-pox vaccine strains of virus". He hopes to be elected M.I.Biol, next January. He is now a lecturer in the Department of Micro-biology at Reading University, and is clearly doing very well.
W. G. BEALE (left 1957), ex-South Walks, a member of the French Department of Shebbear College, paid the School a visit during the summer.
Mike BEALE had some success in the Dorset County Cricket XI - early in August the local press carried a headline "Beale blasts super 60", made out of a total of 131 against Wiltshire.
Brian BETTS, who emigrated to Australia nine years ago, paid a flying visit, with his family, to his mother in Weymouth in March. For the first eight years of his life "down under" he lived in Sydney, where he was employed as a technical writer with Qantas. He has now moved to Canberra, where he works as a technical officer with a geological research company.
C. J. BILES was commissioned into the Devon and Dorset Regiment in March. At the same time the following also gained their commissions: R. CHURCHER, Green Jackets; G. S. NICHOLLS, Devon and Dorset Regiment; B. SINCLAIR-KEMP, Royal Fusiliers; C. M. STEIRN, Royal Corps of Transport and J. W. WEDGBURY, Royal Corps of Signals. All these had trained at R.M.A., Sandhurst. Very soon after gaining his commission 2nd Lt. Biles was the colour-bearer when the Devon and Dorset Regiment was given the Freedom of the Borough of Weymouth. The same honour was accorded to 2nd Lt. Nicholls at a similar ceremony in Torquay. One of the company commanders at the Weymouth parade was Major Bill BULLOCKE. A. BISHOP, who was at School just after World War II, paid a visit in April. He is now employed by Angus Fire Armour. Based in Sydney, he covers an area which stretches from New Zealand to Hong Kong, and takes in a large number of Pacific islands. He often sees John WHITE in New Zealand.
Tony CHEW and Leigh MEYERS, articled with Messrs. Edwards and Keeping, are to be congratulated on passing Part I of the Final Examination of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Max CHURCHOUSE, who had been head postmaster at Yeovil for four and a half years, moved to Salisbury last March to become the city's new head postmaster. He joined the Post Office straight from School, just before the outbreak of World War II. During the war he flew bombers in the R.A.F., serving in this country, the Middle East and Italy. Throughout his life - at Bournemouth and Poole, and at Yeovil - he has played a very prominent part in the life of the community.
David CRESPEL, who left in 1948, called at the School during the summer. He is now the Managing Director of Hambros (Channel Islands) Executor and Trustee Co. Ltd., St. Helier, Jersey.
Bobby CURTIS, who left in 1930, also paid the School a visit. He had emigrated to South Africa almost immediately on leaving School, and is now a mine manager in Johannesburg.
Owen DAVIES and Michael DICKSON are to be congratulated on passing out as midshipmen from Britannia R.N.C., Dartmouth last March.
John DEAN continues to make his mark in the field of Iibrarianship, with the publication of a very erudite book on his own profession. In 1970 he became head of the newly-established Department of Library Studies in the Western Australia Institute of Technology, Perth.
Harry DIKE, writing from the Officers' Mess, 8 Regt. R.C.T., Portsmouth Barracks, B.F.P.O. 17, reports that he has come to the end of his "dreamy and idyllic days at Aberystwyth", where he gained his B.A.(Hons.) last June. He is now really back in the Army, at Munster, the capital of Westphalia. He is playing a lot of sport and hopes to be home before Christmas to play for Dorchester "at least once". Do we detect a note of pessimism here?
Richard DOBSON was over from Toronto recently on a longish holiday. In Canada his time is still being completely filled up by his work in the bank and his enthusiasm for cars.
Steve FRASER, now at the beginning of his second year on the English staff at Sherborne School, has written, in confidence, to give his views about teaching and about the Public School system. It is suspected by your anonymous stop-gap secretary, very much in confidence, that he likes both!
The GALLOP brothers. After the Old Boys' hockey match, at the end of March, Derek left a note stating that he was coming to the end of his third year at St. Luke's College, Exeter, studying P.E. and English. News of Richard was that he had recently qualified as an Air Traffic Controller at the College of A.T.C. at Bournemouth, and was shortly taking up a post at Birmingham Airport. He was married in August, 1971 to Miss Hilary Barnes from Newcastle, and they are expecting their first child in October - now.
Allan GOSLING, since the last issue, has gained his degrees at the Trinity College of Music, London and has got himself married. As we go to press, he is not contemplating a career in music as he is very happy with a London firm which manufactures kitchen equipment.
P. R. HOUGHTON, a whole year ago, was accepted for 'S' engagement in the Parachute Regiment.
Peter HARRIS. "Peter scores in New Zealand" - banner-headline in local press early this summer. He emigrated to New Zealand two years ago to take up a teaching appointment at Christ's College, Christchurch. He is playing senior rugby, and is under-studying Tane Norton, the All Black hooker, in the representative side. Peter has also crewed in the N.Z. Catamaran Championships, and taken up ski-ing and golf. With a scholarship which he was awarded recently he hopes to complete a degree course at Canterbury University. He has also "done two TV serials for N.Z.B.C. and could possibly enter the TV world in the near future". A far cry from Winfrith and Tincleton where he lived during his schooldays.
Robert HAYES, ex-South Walks House, is working as a quality chemist with Cuprinol at Frome, Somerset. His brother, Nicholas, now qualified M.B., is on the staff of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Boscombe.
William MAUNDER, B.A., M.Sc., is now the Economics editor of Economics, the Journal of the Economics Association.
R. MENZIES, who left School in 1947, is now District Commissioner in Rhodesia. His address is: c/o The Secretary for Internal Affairs (Private Bag 7702), Causeway, Salisbury.
The MORLEY brothers, ex-South Walks, are doing well. John (1953-60), Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry at Loughborough University in 1969, is now working for Du Pont in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (He was married recently.) The younger of the two, H.W. (1959-63), also married, is a lecturer in Printing at West Surrey College of Art and Design, Guildford.
Robert NOTHER (1957-63), A.R.I.B.A. July, 1971; since then he has worked in offices in Plymouth, first with a private firm, and, more recently, for Plymouth City Architects' Department. He hopes to establish a private practice in Devon in partnership with three other architects. Married with two children, he lives at Yelverton, Devon.
PEARSON, John, has returned to U.K. from Australia with wife and young daughter. Christopher was on leave from Nigeria about a year ago, and then returned for a further two years. He should be back again in a year's time.
Michael PERHAM, writing, as he says, "with some hesitation", states that he is now both Junior Common Room President of Keble College, but also the Secretary of the Oxford University Student Representative Council. The first of these posts is particularly interesting in that Keble has just become the first Oxford College to appoint undergraduates to the Standing Committee of the Governing Body, and so Michael thinks that he is the first Oxford under-graduate to participate directly in the government of his College. He adds that there are now five Old Hardyeans at Keble, "enough perhaps for a dinner and certainly enough to make it worth the School's while to foster this connection!" We whole-heartedly agree with that sentiment.
John PORTER has been awarded the Thomas Ryan Memorial Fellowship, which was recently established in memory of a Jesuit priest, Father Ryan. From School John went to the Dartington College of Art for two years, and then, in 1963, he entered the Royal College of Music, London; at the end of his four years' study he gained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists and was awarded the Limpus and Read Prizes, together with the A.R.C.O. Sawyer Prize. During his last two years at the Royal College of Music he was also organ scholar at St. George's Chapel, Windsor, following which he was appointed organist and choirmaster at Bedford School. In December, 1971, he was appointed assistant organist at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. John is married, with two children.
Ian PURSEGLOVE, during August, had a twenty-minute orchestral concerto, which he had written, performed in public. His Harpsichord Concerto, played for the first time by the Wimborne Sinfonia, proved a resounding success and attracted widespread congratulations. In spite of having a handicapped left hand, Ian plays a very active part in musical circles in the Dorchester area, as teacher, church organist and composer-concert manager for the Dorset County Youth Orchestra.
Gordon SANSON (1959-Dec. 1966), ex-Head of School, went to the University of Western Australia on a Kingsley Fairbridge Scholarship. He is now engaged in post-graduate research on kangaroo teeth for a Ph.D. at Monash University, Melbourne. He is married, and has a son aged three and a year-old daughter.
Colin STAFFELL has been awarded the Polytechnic Diploma in General Surveying (Estate Management) at the North East London Polytechnic.
TILLING, George Henry Garfield, was in the news back in March. Up to that time he had been director of the Eastern Postal Region of the Post Office. He is now the Secretary of the Post Office, which is a very high position in the Post Office. He went to University College, Oxford from School, and served with the Dorset Regiment in World War II, with the rank of Captain. His father, T. G. Tilling, was the donor of the Tilling Prize for History.
R. A. WILKINS is now a commissioned officer in the R.A.F. Photographic Interpretation Branch.