Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

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Press Report of the Certificate Ceremony, 11th December 1902

Aberdare County School.

Distribution of Prizes.

On Thursday the annual distribution of prizes to the scholars at the County School was made at the Public Hall, Aberdare. The chair was taken by Mr D. P, Davies, J.P., chairman of the Local Governing Body. The following Governors were also present :—Mrs W. Lloyd, Messrs A. S. Pleace, G. A. Evans, L. N. Williams, David Hughes, G. George, J.P., J. W. Evans, and Rev. Thomas Jones. The following programme was unfolded :—Chorus, “Foresters, sound the Cheerful Horn,” by the School Choir (conductor, Mr T. Price). Introductory Speech by the Chairman. Report of the Head-master, Mr W. Jenkyn Thomas, M.A. Mr Thomas said that he differed from Principal Griffiths with regard to the instruction system of the Welsh County Schools. Far from being antiquated it was most progressive. Distribution of Certificates of the Central Welsh Board, &c., and of Prizes by Mr T. Walter Williams, B.Sc. The names of the recipients of the certificates have already appeared in this journal. The winners of the prizes are the following:—

Upper VI., Form prize, 1st, Eleanor John; 2nd, D. P. Roberts. Lower VI., Form prize, David E. Jones; English, Gaynor R. Jones; Mathematics, David E. Jones; Latin, Gaynor R. Jones; French, Emily Griffiths. Va., Form prize, Thomas Davies; English, Florrie Evans; Mathematics, T. Rees; Latin, T. Davies; French, Kate Jones. Vb., Form prize, Lewis Jacobs; English, Lewis Jacobs; Mathematics, Sidney C. Rees; French, Blodwen Edwards. IV., Form prize, David Evans; English, David Evans; Mathematics, George White; French, Mary Jones. IIIa., Form prize, Blodwen Morgan; English, Jessie Morgan; Mathematics, Lizzie A. Howells; French, Blodwen Morgan. IIIb., Form prize, May Evans; English, May Evans; Mathematics, Maggie M. John; French, Elizabeth Parfitt. IIa., Form prize, David Williams; English, Gertie Prosser; Mathematics, George M. Williams; French, Harriet Owen. IIb., Form prize, T. Arnold Evans; English, T. Arnold Evans; Mathematics, Reggie Lewis; French, Ethel Evans. I., Form prize, Bronwen James; English, Bronwen James; Mathematics, Nellie Sinnett Jones; French, Hettie Lewis. Chemistry, Harry Arnold; Physics, Jonathan Jones; Geography, Mary Jones; Book-keeping, A. Howell; Shorthand, T. H. Morgans; Drawing, Henry Roderick; Cookery, Lizzie Jones; Dressmaking, Maggie M. Jones; Domestic Economy, Jessie Morgan; Welsh, Mariel Morgan; Woodwork, Harry Atherton; Music, 1st, May John; 2nd, Edith Handley.

Chorus, “The Hunter’s Farewell,” by the School Choir. Address by Mr T. Walter Williams. Mr Williams in awarding the prizes, said those who had not succeeded in getting prizes should neither be disparaged nor discouraged. Prize-winning was not the test of education. Vote of thanks to Mr T. Walter Williams, proposed by Mr G. George, J.P., seconded by Mr L. N. Williams. Musical Drill by the following :— Misses Phœbe Charles, Elly Gregory, Gwen Hughes, Edith Howells, Sarah J. Jenkins, Mariel Morgan, Katie Powell, Sarah J. Powell, Gertie Prosser, Ethel Watkins. The accompanist was Miss May John. Vote of thanks to the chairman, proposed by Mr G. A. Evans, seconded by Mrs. Lloyd. The meeting closed with the singing of the National Anthem. The enviable position which this school has attained among the Welsh Intermediate Schools through the signal successes scored by some of the pupils who received certificates on this day has been referred to in our columns. Mr Thomas, the head-master, his efficient staff, and diligent pupils are all worthy of the highest tribute of praise.


Information about some of the school governors appear on many pages of this website. To avoid repetition, biographical details about just one governor, Mr A.S. Pleace, is presented below. It is a transcript of his obituary from the Aberdare Leader of  18 January 1913, page 3.

Mr. A. S. Pleace, Aberdare.

Mr A. S. Pleace

In the last hour of Monday 13th inst., Mr. A. S. Pleace, Rock House, Aberdare, passed away. He was one of the old standards of the town, and scarcely any movement took place or any association formed in the interests of Aberdare, with which he was not associated. He was born in Taunton, and in early years became connected with the brewing trade at the Cambrian Brewery, Cardiff. His first association with the trade locally was at the George Brewery, and later at the Blaengwawr Brewery. After this he took over the Black Lion Brewery, later becoming managing director and proprietor of the Black Lion Hotel. He was practically the father of the Aberdare Licensed Victuallers’ Association, for it was he who dragged the old association (which was then connected with Mountain Ash) out of the slough of despond into which it had fallen, and in 12 months had reformed a bankrupt concern into a flourishing association. One of the crowning events of his busy life and one of which he was justly proud, was his election to the office of High Constable of Miskin Higher. He filled the office with dignity, and added distinction to the appointment. On September 18th, 1902, his year of office, he received the Coronation Medal from Mr. A. Akers Douglas, the Home Secretary, an honour which he shared with the provincial Mayors of the nation. It must not be thought that the honours he earned were all from Aberdare, for his sterling worth as a public man was recognized by the parishioners of Penderyn, when he resided at Trebanog Farm. They elected him to represent them on the Merthyr Board of Guardians, and also as a District Councillor. For three years he sat on the Glamorgan County Council, and was also one of the Governors of the Aberdare County School. His honours in connection with the brewing trade were many. As far back as 1888 he won the Diploma of Honour at the Brewers’ Exhibition, London, and in the years 1909–10–11, he was appointed a juror at the International Exhibition. Even last year he was appointed, but illness prevented him taking his seat on the jury. On Sept. 10th, 1910, Mr. Pleace severed his connection with the Black Lion Brewery, and took over the Rock Brewery, where he held the position of managing director till his death. On Nov. 22, 1910, at a meeting of tradespeople of the town, Mr. Pleace was honoured with a presentation of a canteen of cutlery, and Mrs. Pleace with a silver tea and coffee service, the function taking place at the Boot Hotel. His illness was of long standing, but it was not till last year, when he was ordered by his medical attendant to Llanwrtyd Wells, that the complication became serious. The town loses a genial character and a fine business man. His sorrowing widow has lost a devoted husband, and his five children a loving father. Great sympathy is felt in the town towards the bereaved ones, with which we respectfully desire to associate ourselves.