The Senate was formed by the new Headmaster (Mr Mills) soon after his arrival in 1947. By this time many more boys were staying at school until they were 18; many had great potential and to encourage them further Mr Mills replaced the Prefect system with a Senate.
This was an experiment in self governance the Senators being nominated and elected by boys in the Upper School whereas the Prefects had always been nominated by the Headmaster and the staff. Initially the system reflected many of the disadvantages of many democratic systems - apathy and ignorance of the electors, unsuitable candidates and a tendency to elect the popular rather than the worthy - but restriction of the franchise and a system of co-option rectified these faults and the system worked very well.
The Senate chose its own Consul and Pro-Consul (corresponding to Head Prefect and his Deputy) and learnt to use its powers and exercise its responsibilities in the best interests of the school and its pupils.
Senators were distinguished by a different school tie and gold and black braided edging around their jackets.
Head Prefects and School Consuls (1933-1954) were:
1933 K. H. Varney, 1933-4 W.B Ternouth, 1934-5 C.A.L Yarram
1935-6 N.S.Middleton, 1936-7 W.G.F. Verdon, 1937-8 H. McE. Allen
1938-9 C.W.B. King, 1939-40 J.F. Blitz, 1941-2 J.D. Townsend
1942-3 B. Leech, L.V. Betenson 1943 G.W. Mason, A.A. Evans
1943-4 W. Crago, 1944-5 A.M.G. Vinall, 1945-6 G. Pilcher
1946-8 P.J. O'Leary (Last Head Prefect and First Consul), 1948-9 E.A. Peters
1949 L.F. Gilbert, J.V. Radice 1950 A.W. Blackler 1950-1 B.O.Tupper
1951-2 M. Laming, 1952-3 M. Shaw, 1953-4 L. Phillips, 1954 D.E. Porter, 1 955/6 D G Pierce, 1956/7 B A G Knight
1957 J S Cooper, 1957/8 G Strickland. 1958 C V Clothier
1958/9 G. Pettiford, 1959/60 M. Davies, 1960/61 J.C Burton, 1962/3 D J Harding, 1963/4 C. M. Vincent, 1964/5 D J Butler, 1965 R. Thelwell, 1965/6 D. Buckley and S. Game, 1966/7 D.J. Rangecroft, 1967/8 P. M. Scoble, 1968/9 M.J. Bide, 1969/70 R. Middleton, 1970/71 R.G. Chandler
Head Boys 1972-3 J. O'Byrne 1973-4 P. Knowlson, 1974/5 I. Chivers
Senate names 1951
Senate names 1952
Senate June 1958
Another version of the Senate!! About 1960
Senate October 1958
Senate braid and Sixth Form tie1960s
SOUTHERN GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR BOYS PORTSMOUTH 1888-1975
Senate October 1959
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Senator's jacket 1960s (NB a bit crumpled over the years - Ed!!)
Senate October 1957. Consul is John Strickland and Pro Consul Danny Drew
Senators on Speech Day 1957.
l/r T. Masters, R.Cornish, G. Pettiford, J. Strickland, T. McGarrigle and A. Laurie
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