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Ken.... Thank you for sharing the 1965 Fawcett Speech Day program with us; it certainly brought back many memories and familiar names of class mates who were both close friends and competition on the field of play! I recall fondly the competition in the swimming pool against David West.... one could never catch him but coming second to David was still an accomplishment to be proud off. Who could forget Clive Boxall, our fast bowler of the school cricket team; and to think that the batsmen of that time did not wear safety helmets!! With all this sports talk its no surprise that in 1965 I was the recipient of the "Sportsmanship Medal", an honor that I still recall today. Along with the medal I was allowed to spend one pound at the Bredon's Bookshop on East Street, purchasing two books; Engineered Drawing for 12/6p and Geometrical & Mechanical Drawing for 10/0p.... I guess I had to pay the difference of half a crown! The books are still in my possession, signed by the headmaster. In 1965 I obviously had a strong desire to make drafting a career - but not to be; finishing up here in the USA involved with the responsibility of developing global sales & marketing strategies for CNC machine tools. John Horn

By John H Horn (26/08/2009)

I was in this year at Fawcett School. Although I enjoyed my last couple of years there, it was, I imagine, a fairly bleak place for many. I suspect that a lot of the teachers were more interested in 'containment' than education and many wielded power by the use of a leather strap or a cane. By 1964, the school seemed to be a much nicer and more interesting place to be. Those of us who 'stayed on', found the more human side of Jazz Bolton, for example and we learned a lot from him. Mr Webb was also an excellent teacher at the time. He kept discipline in a quiet sort of way, without needing to use straps or canes. I think that he, unlike a number of other teachers, really enjoyed teaching and respected those he taught. Some had, perhaps, burnt out or never really enjoyed the work. 

I also remember learning the violin with a very charismatic, part time, teacher who I can only remember as 'Mac'. He was inspirational and I now wonder why he didn't do more mainstream teaching. I never learned to play the violin very well but I still play jazz and blues piano. 

I must have learned, generally, from Fawcett. I went on to get a PhD and to be a university professor and a vice dean. I wrote and had published 38 books.  I am now retired and living in South Wales. We have two grown up children. It would be good to hear from others who were listed in this programme and who have memories of Fawcett. 

By Philip Burnard (19/03/2014)

It was great to read your comments Philip. I agree with so many of them, particularly how it was prior to 1964. I remember being terrified when I joined in 1960. Not only of the teachers but also of the boys - brutes, bullies, gangsters and thugs they seemed to me. As you say, things changed later and most of us seem to have done alright and had fulfilling lives. I'm not sure that was because of the school or despite it!

By Ken Gray (07/06/2014)

I remember playing the violin but don't recall the name of the teacher, I only wanted to play because I could watch the girls next door playing netball. I was in Derek Keates' class and was very friendly with Graham Martin, a chap called Papadopolus and I have a school photo of us all on a school trip to London zoo. I was at Fawcett only for 2 years (1960-63'ish). I came from Tunbridge Wells and my parents had the Preston Café, up London Road  opposite Preston Drove. I would like to hear from anyone that remembers me. I married a local girl and we emigrated to New Zealand in 1967, still here!

By Peter Rogers (27/01/2015)

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