The Senate

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 1951

Senate names 1951

Senate names 1951

Senate names 1952

Senate 1953-4

Senate 1955

Senators on Speech Day 1957. l/r T. Masters, R.Cornish, G. Pettiford, J. Strickland, T. McGarrigle and A. Laurie

Senate October 1957. Consul is John Strickland and Pro Consul Danny Drew

Senate June 1958

Senate October 1958

Senate 1959

Senate October 1959

Another version of the Senate!! About 1960

Senator's jacket 1960s (NB a bit crumpled over the years - Ed!!)

Senate braid and Sixth Form tie 1960s