Greenhill Grammar school, Oldham


School Notes


The school events of the past year are listed here as but a frame, the full picture being drawn from the palettes of the magazine's various contributors.

The summer term glided serenely to its close, and with it we lost the  services of Mr. Fryer and M. Aim.     Mr. Fryer is now teaching Latin in  the Lake District at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, while M. Aim has  returned to his native France after a stay which we hope was as profitable  to him as it was to us.   Mrs. Ford has admirably filled in the vacancy left  by Mr. Fryer in the Latin Dept. even if for one term only.   We must  now welcome  Mr.  Thompson who  has  just  joined us to further Latin studies.    Miss Healey, replacing Miss Read who has taken a post in  America, has proved herself a useful asset in the French Dept.

Speech night, a little later than usual this year, had as its speaker, one of the school governors, Dr. Warburton.

An academic honour of considerable magnitude was bestowed upon  the school by the success of Denis Elwell, an ex-pupil, who has been awarded his Ph.D.  This is the greatest achievement to date of any ex-pupil of the school.  A present member of the school, Irene Smith, has also enhanced its high reputation by securing the highest mark in a Red Cross team competition.  We have also had successes in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.  A gold medal has been presented to David Berryman, and a bronze medal to Terry Davies.  To all four we send our congratulations.

The school societies, the sugar and spice of school life, have achieved many successes.  Under the guiding hand of Mr. Halliwell, the new Chess Club has flourished, and with considerable enthusiasm from the lower forms will no doubt wax from strength to strength.

The ever-green Scientific Society has once again proved itself highly popular.  It has initiated all new members into the wonders of Science, and its main outing was to a Glassworks in Barnsley.  The Arts and Science quiz was won by the scientists.

The Historical Society has shown itself to be one of the most active societies despite the totally erroneous popular belief that history is " dead."  With a visit to N. Wales last Easter, and the memorable and highly successful Italian holiday in August, it has firmly established itself on the International Front.

The Dramatic and Debating Society presented us with an interesting programme of debates, and the Dramatic main shoot gave us two fruits of labour and enthusiasm, the production of "The Merchant of Venice" and "The Poltergeist."

The Film Society has continued its popularity with screenings of such films as "Reach for the Sky," "The Ladykillers" and "The Clouded Yellow."

The Athletics Society has had an outing to the White City, Manchester, to witness an International Athletics meeting.  The society continues to flourish with the usual first form enthusiasm.  Michael Russell was chosen to represent Lancashire in a "cross country" competition.  Swimming honours were attained by P. Hope, D. Abbott, and F. Hollingworth, who were selected to represent Oldham.

The usual dances and socials were held, and measured up to the customary criterion of success.  The Prefects' Dance, however, has not materialised this year, much to everyone's disappointment.

The mosaic of school activities has been painted more vividly throughout the following pages, and with this brief introduction I conclude, though you, no doubt, will read on.