Certificate Ceremony 1960
from School Records & local press
THE Headmaster of Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School (Mr. Jesse Warren) states in his annual report for the academic year 1958-59 that he is glad to be able to report that most of the boys are making the most of the opportunities given them in a Grammar School.
The present generation of boys, he said, were worthily maintaining the Aberdare Grammar School’s proud reputation.
The boys could not have attained their academic and other achievements without a vast expenditure of time, energy, and a high degree of co-operation by tile staff.
Here he commented that he had referred year by year to the work of the staff, to their quality and to their working together as a family.
Then he paid this tribute to the teaching staff:
“I think it is fair to make a point which is sometimes overlooked, that for these men the task to which they have set their hand is something more than a nine-to-four job. It is something to which they have dedicated themselves, and to which they give time and energy far in excess of anything for which they are paid in £ s. d.
“They have set before themselves the task of helping the boys of this area to develop all the qualities they possess, and also to make themselves into decent and helpful members of the community.”
“These are men whom the boys trust to give them advice and help unstintingly outside as well as inside the classroom, outside as e1l as inside the hours of the school time-table, and what is true of the teaching staff is equally true of the non-teaching staff.”
It was fair to add that the standard of attainment of most of the candidates at the Advanced Level was “extremely high,” distinctions being obtained in French, Mathematics, Chemistry and Geology, and grades of “very good” in practically all the subjects for which the candidates were entered.
Two boys gained open scholarships to universities. David A. Dadley, Cwmaman, was, awarded the G. H. Latham Open Scholarship in Science at the University College, Cardiff, for work in physics and chemistry, and Brynmor Keith Lewis, Foundry Town, gained an open scholarship at Swansea University College, in geography and geology. Both these boys were ultimately awarded State Scholarships on their Advanced Level results.
Allen D. Prowle, who gained a distinction in French, was awarded the George Hall Travelling Scholarship, which enabled him to spend a vacation course in France.
Old boys of the school continued to distinguish themselves. Mr. Norman Spiers (Aberaman) and Mr. Ronald Walters (Foundry Town) were awarded the degree of Ph.D., and Mr. Alan Capstick, M.B., B.Sc., B.A., of Aberaman, gained the degree of Doctor of Medicine.
During the year the boys of the school took part in a very large number of extra curricular activities, both inside and outside school.
From a large number of applicants, David Cummings (Godreaman) was selected by the British Schools’ Exploration Society to join their expedition to Arctic Sweden. His selection was a great achievement for applications are made by boys in public and grammar schools throughout Britain, and a very small number only are selected.
Not only was the expedition well worthwhile to David, but he was described by the organisers as the best geologist in the party and was given an excellent testimonial for his contribution to the expedition’s success.
Children from the school had taken part in B.B.C. musical programmes and quizzes. K. T. Johns (Hirwaun) was selected to play the French horn in the senior section of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.
The Royal Lifeboat Institute held an essay competition for pupils in the schools of England and Wales. The winner of the award for Wales and the Border Counties was Gareth Jones (Abernant), whose essay was also, for the quality of its writing, the best in England and Wales.
At the North Glamorgan Secondary Schools’ meeting, the school won the Middle and Senior Shields. Malcolm Bishop ran for the Glamorgan Secondary Schools in the Welsh Secondary Schools championships.
The school year had seen the reintroduction of a tennis team and the revival of the school swimming club.
Mr. Warren concluded by thanking those outside the school to whom they owed so much — Mr Oliver Timothy (Education Officer) and his staff, Dr. Raymond Grant (the County Inspector), Mr. Weeks and the Works Department, Dr. J. Llewellyn Williams (M.O.H.), and Mr. W. V. McCarthy (Divisional Youth Employment Officer).
Of Mr. McCarthy, he said: “He is not just a job filler. He gives sound advice based upon accurate and detailed knowledge of industrial realities in the area. The boys of this division owe a great deal to him.”