Greenhill Grammar school, Oldham


School Notes


We would like to apologise for the delay in publication of this issue of the magazine, and also thank all our readers for being patient.  We hope you will continue to support us in the future.

At the end of last school year we were unfortunate in losing the services of five members of staff.  Mr. Petford, Mr. K. Wright, Mr. Handforth and Miss Taylor had been with us for several years, and will be greatly missed.  Mr. Bickerstaffe, although a comparative newcomer to the school made himself extremely popular, and his leadership will be especially missed in the Historical Society.  We would like to thank all five for their services to the school, and we wish them well in the future.  This seems a fitting time to welcome to the school Miss Gough, Miss Singleton, Mr. Dobson, Mr. Janes, Mr. Toms and Mr. Whitworth, and we hope that they will enjoy their stay with us.

We have news now of former pupils who have been successful in their chosen fields.  Robert Millward gained a First Class degree in Economics, Neil Thornley a B.Sc. (Textiles), and Pat Greenall became the school's first Doctor by gaining a Ch.B.  More recently we have heard that Leslie Kershaw, Frank Briggs and Fred Ogden have gained B.Sc. (Honours) degrees, and Rodney Smith a B.Sc.  To all these people we offer our congratulations, admittedly rather late in some cases.

The societies continue to flourish.  The Scientific Society, the oldest and most popular of the societies, had another successful year, and its annual dance was a great success.  The Society will greatly miss Mr. Petford and we should like to welcome Mr. Janes who will take his place.

At the beginning of the year the Dramatic and Debating Society passed a resolution to the effect that they would be more active.  True, they held meetings more frequently, but unfortunately presented only one play, Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit".  The Society will sadly miss Mr. K. Wright, and we hope that he will be happy in his new post at Hathershaw Technical High School.

The Chess Club, the newest society, had a successful year, and the meetings of the Film Society were enjoyed by all who attended.

Members of the Historical Society started a museum at the beginning of the year, many interesting exhibits being on view in the Lower Hall.  The Society held its annual dance at the end of last term, and made a presentation to Mr. Bickerstaffe in the course of the evening.

We are indebted to Mr. G. Cox, former P.E. Instructor at this school, for giving to the school a trophy, named in memory of Stephen Brierley, "The Stephen Brierley Trophy for Sportsmanship".  Last year this was awarded to Steven Shaw.

Mr. Tempest and Mr. Handforth took a party to Spain during August; the trip was enjoyed by all.  The previous summer these two members of staff and Mrs. Kuler took a party to France.  This too was successful, and probably was the cause of the wide response for the trip to Spain this year.

We would like to congratulate Miss Jones on her marriage, and Mr. Petford on the birth of his daughter.