Pupils' memories etc

SOUTHERN GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR BOYS PORTSMOUTH 1888-1975
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Jack Restall reference - signed by Mr Jones

George Burrans character reference signed by GBH Jones

1936 entry

Wartime story

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Former Pupils (Page 3)

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Jack O'Grady's version of “Salad Days”

I would never wish to break the spell, the magic will always hold me
At times there are things I tend to forget, then current events remind me
Four lovely years. Oh why did I not value the learning?
Oh yes it's true, I did want to go, for a new adventure was dawning
But I love to look back, yes it's great to look back, the memories remain so clear
I will always treasure those happy days, the friendships so lasting, so dear.
If I should ever stop looking behind me, forget retracing my track
I hope you'll stop and remind me, show me it's fun to look back
I love to re-live the old days, the operettas on South Parade Pier
Those lovely days on Southsea beach and the songs we loved to hear
So forgive me when nostalgia has a sad side as I put paper to pen
It's just that those days were so precious but we did not realise it THEN!!

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With apologies not only to Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds but also to Mervyn Allchin

Jack O'Grady 2009

Salad Days - by Jack O'Grady (joined 1932)

Academic Successes

Major academic successes 1934-54

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Academic successes  and Prize winners 1967-8

Pupil Report 1951

Recollections from as early as 1880 by some of the first pupils at the school - an extract from  The Secundrian 1965

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6th form Pupil Report 1954 (David Palmer) .

Secundrian article analysing the history of the careers taken up by former pupils

Doug Warr letter to Jack O'Grady 1997

Cecil Hole (joined in 1931) at Buckingham Palace having just been awarded his OBE [possibly a CBE])

Atul Patel (top right) and Andrew Bradbury (bottom right)

Atul Patel (top left) and Andrew Bradbury (bottom left)

February 1976 (just after closure of the school) former pupils  Atul Patel, Andrew Bradbury and others put questions to Rhodes Boyson MP on the ITV programme "Young Questions.

1st and 2nd year Pupil Reports 1969, 1971 (Atul Patel)

Bill Hartfree reference - signed by Mr Jones
Dicky Waite's reflections of the old school

This page last modified on Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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