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Past pupils get ready for reunion at Tenbury High School
12:00pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
PAST pupils and even a few former staff are preparing for the ‘daddy’ of all reunions at Tenbury High School.
The class of 1963 is getting back together half a century after they were together at the school.
“Half a century is certainly quite a record. If Eaton and Har row celebrate their past pupils – why not Tenbury High,”
said Colin Bentley, one of the organisers who now lives in Devon.
“In 1959 when we started at Tenbury County Secondary Modern School, as it was then, there was a total register of 240 boys and girls aged from 11-15 years.
“Each year was arranged into two forms of 30 children – upper and lower.
There were few sensitivities in those days before PC and polite speech. A spade was a spade so to speak.
We knew who and what we were and just got on with it. How times have changed.”
Colin remembers his days at school with great fondness and believes that at the time with no national curriculum teachers were better able to match lessons to the needs of the students.
He spent part of his working life as a teacher in the north of England but still remembers his youth in Tenbury.
“Something we never considered in those Salad Days of our youth was an obituary list,” added Colin.
Unfortunately it is an increasing reality of time and continues to g row each year for our generation.
Margaret Mantle has compiled a list. Indeed one of our number sent an acceptance letter and cheque for this reunion but died only last week. - The Bird of Time has a short way to fly and Lo our Bird is on the Wing.
The list of attendees is g rowing and already includes: Edwina Bishop (Gore), Geoff Bemand, Rob Morris, John Bayliss, Ken Wilson, Pauline Preece (Thomas), Denys Lees (Williams), Evelyn Jones (Shingler), David Jones 1, Derek Armour, Vera Shepherd (Moran), Phyliss Vernalls (Holgate), Charlie Rea, Maggie Mantle (Davies) and Colin Bentley.
Teachers: Mrs J Harrison, Mr R Farr The reunion is on Saturday, October 19 and a group of old boys and girls is hoping to pay a visit and talk to present pupils on the Friday before.
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