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NEWTON ABBOT  SECONDARY SCHOOL PRIZE GIVING - JANUARY 1930

 

Saturday 11 January 1930:

There was a very large attendance yesterday afternoon at the annual distribution of prizes and certificates in connection with the Newton Abbot Secondary School. Mr. C. L. Vicary, Chairman of the Governors, occupied the Chair and the ceremony was performed by Mr Harry Geen, ex-Mayor of Torquay.

Mr. J. Hemborough (Principal) submitted a most satisfactory  report, in the course of which he mentioned that during the past ten years, scholarships won by pupils had a total value of £10,000. For the second year in succession, four pupils had won Major Scholarships, a record which was not likely to  be broken by any Secondary School. In his address, Mr Geen congratulated all concerned on the marvellous results which had been obtained at the school during the years.

On the motion of Captain W. J. V. Watts, JP, a vote of thanks was accorded Mr. Genn and a similar compliment was accorded the Chairman on the motion of Mr. F. Horner.

The musical portion of the programme was similar to that given at St. Mary's Hall in December, Mr. Henry W. Hawker being the conductor  with Miss Vera Hambly as the accompanist.

 

In most Grammar Schools, Form Prizes were awarded by totting up the marks gained by pupils on a weekly basis. The pecking order of mark totals achieved within each form by each individual pupil  was read out to the school at the final assembly each week. In some schools, the order of seating in the classroom for the following week was based on this mark list with the person coming top seated nearest to the teacher and the person who came last seated at the back in the far corner. Hard to know why this was done but it was a custom in most fee-paying secondary schools, public or private. By the way, there was a more or less equal number of boys and girls in this school.

IN 1930, those who won Form Prizes were as follows:

 

FORM NAMES TOTAL

VA

Ruby Blackler 1        5375
  Dorothy Sope

2        5354

  Frances Luxton 3        5259
  Fred Bovey 4        5154
     

VB

Mary Hoskin 1.       5949
  Stanley Osborne 2    .   5776
  Jack Pincock 3.       5765
  Leslie J. Reeve 4.       5764
     

IVR

Nellie Godden 1        5668
  Edith Larkworthy 2        5511
  Dorothy Curtis 3        5489
  William Millman 4        5380
     

IVA

Hetty L. Spiller 1        6044
  Leonard Stanlake 2        5953
  Hilda Holland 3.       5815
  Thomas March 4.       5787
     

III

Dorothy Rogers 1         4992
  Wilfred H. Johnson 2         4902
  Reginald Almond 3.        4834
  Betty Francis 4..       4709
     

II

Henry Nicks 1         5207
  Colin Ford 2         5157
  Winifred Easterbrook 3         5035
  Audrey Palmer 4         5007
     

UPPER I

Ellen Hardwick 1         5400
  Leslie Palmer 2         5231
  William J. Hicks 3         5037
     

LOWER I

Phyllis Martin 1         4350
  Kate Medland 2         4299
  Joan Luscombe 3         3613

 

 
 
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