Headmaster’s log paints picture of school in 1936

From left: Malcolm Paice, Pat Paice (Corbett); Hazel Dyke (Bowyer); Freda Lewis (Smith); Rosalie Rees (Osborne); Gaye Boyd (Barnicoat); Elaine Towner (Storey) at last year's reunion of past pupils at Gosport Central School
From left: Malcolm Paice, Pat Paice (Corbett); Hazel Dyke (Bowyer); Freda Lewis (Smith); Rosalie Rees (Osborne); Gaye Boyd (Barnicoat); Elaine Towner (Storey) at last year's reunion of past pupils at Gosport Central School
Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

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The death of King George V, one boy suffering malnutrition and a visit to Eastleigh Carriage Works.

All school life is recorded here in the headmaster’s logbook for 1936 from Gosport Central School.

It is one of the items which will be on display for the annual school reunion later this month.

These are some of the log’s entries:

· Jan 6: The school reassembled after the Christmas Holidays at 9am.

· Jan 7: The headmaster was away to attend his father’s funeral and Mr Hayward was in charge.

· Jan 22: All the scholars were taken to the steps of the Thorngate Hall by 10am to hear the mayor (Councillor Ford) read the proclamation proclaiming Edward VIII King of England following the death of King George V on January 20.

· Jan 28: The school was closed for the Royal Funeral. A memorial service was held in the school hall from 11am to 11.20am at which representatives from the Girls Department were also present.

· Feb 4: One wood-turning lathe from Findlays of Newcastle Upon Tyne was delivered.

· Feb 7: A routine dental examination was carried out on 132 boys.

· Feb 11: Mr Beck attended an interview at Stroud.

· Mar 5: A visit to Eastleigh Carriage Works of the Southern Railway a Party of 26 boys (Form IV) accompanied by the headmaster and Mr Beck. They left by the 1.12pm train from Gosport railway station and returned at 5.25pm. Mr Hayward was left in charge of the school.

· Mar 7: The results of the Competitive Examination of Boys for enlistment into the Army as apprentice tradesmen were published; Harry Sounders (Form iii) was placed first in all Britain out of 534 candidates. This emulated his brother Tristram who achieved corresponding success in 1930.

· Mar 10: The routine examination of boys reaching the age of 12 was carried out by Dr Fleming. Forty boys were examined, also he re-examined seven boys with defective vision and one with malnutrition.

The reunion will be held on May 18 at Thorngate Halls, Gosport, from 12pm until 4pm for members of the old boys’ and girls’ associations.

If you’d like to attend, application forms are available by e-mailing bb4reece@msn.com.

The picture here shows past pupils at last year’s reunion. Left to right: Malcolm Paice, Pat Paice (nee Corbett); Hazel Dyke (Bowyer); Freda Lewis (Smith); Rosalie Rees (Osborne); Gaye Boyd (Barnicoat); Elaine Towner (Storey).