Parents Day, Prize Day or Speech Day take your pick!
|Speaker List||Prize Day 1947||Audience 1955 boys||50s Audience Parents||Organization 1960|
Regarding the prize days, I was always impressed at how Harold managed to get such distinguished guests - Cockroft, Fleming, Mountbatten etc. How did he do it? Paul Robinson, 1955
It is intended to select years of interest and provide extra information so click on any dates which are underlined. The selection is eclectic based on:
Historical bits of information which put the school as we know it in context.
Identify the speech days in which the 1955 year stood listening at least to grandiloquent speeches (coloured red)
Provide information and photographs of famous speakers (names in bold).
The school opened its doors at Doddington Rd., in the Autumn of 1930. There was a Christmas concert in the School Hall on December 22nd 1930. The official opening of the school was on the 11th June 1931.
Dates and Names of Guests of Honour
Source of this list is an OG book describing WGS - I believe the author was Don Stratton
The first Speech Day took place on 7 February 1935 when the guest of honour was the Reverend R. W. Howard MA, Liverpool College. It was reported that his speech was warmly applauded, particularly as he requested a whole day holiday for the boys to mark the occasion. Subsequent guests of honour are listed below.
By 1945 the accommodation available inside the School hall had become severely taxed and arrangements were made, for that year only, to hold the function in the Palace Cinema in the town. By 1946 the name of the function was amended and it became Parents Day and was held in the School quadrangle. In inclement weather the School hall was used with the audience overflow being accommodated in adjoining classrooms. The proceedings were relayed into these rooms via the School amplification equipment.
1935 Reverend R. W. Howard MA, Liverpool College
1936 Mr S.C.Kaines-Smith MBE, MA. FSA, Keeper City Museum and Art Gallery Birmingham
1937 Alderman Brigadier General A. F. 11. Ferguson JP First Headteacher Mr.F.C.Lay leaves School
1938 Sir Albert C. Seward ScD, FRS, Late Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University and Master of Downing College, Cambridge
1939 Sir Gilbert Walker CSI, ScD, FRS, FRAS, Late Professor of Meteorology, Imperial College of Science
1940 The Rt Hon the Lord Roche PC, Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford
1941 The Lord Bishop of Peterborough, the Right Reverend C. M. Blagden DD
1942 Mr G. M. Trevelyan OM, CBE, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, Regius Professor of’ Modern History, University of Cambridge
1943 Mr C. M. Bowra MA, D Litt, FBA, Warden of Wadham College, Oxford
1944 Mr R. G. Routh MA, late headmaster of Bromsgrove
1945 Mr F. R. Salter MA, Senior Tutor of Magdalene College, Cambridge Old Grammarians Killed in WWII
1946 Mr F. C. Lay MA, BSc, City of Oxford School. The first headmaster of Wellingborough Grammar School
1947 Mr G. H. Stainforth MA, Headmaster of Oundle School
1948 Mr G. A. Kolkhorst MA, Exeter College, Oxford Old Boys Reading Prizes started
1949 The Reverend Canon W. Francis Smith, Chairman of Northamptonshire Education Committee
1950 The Rt Hon The Earl Spencer Mr. Wrenn explains why the school plays rugby rather than soccer.
1951 The Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Peterborough
1952 Mr G. R. G. Mure MA, Warden of Merton College, Oxford
1953 The Rt Hon the Lord Luke TD, DL 1953 Programme
1954 Sir Alexander Fleming "There's no easy easy to success" opening of Chemistry's Fleming Laboratory. 1954 Programme
1955 Sir Gyles Isham
Mr B. L. Hallward MA, Vice Chancellor of Nottingham University
"Dangers of overspecialization"
Audience 1955 boys New Biology lab for later this year"
1957 His Grace the Duke of Bedford "knowing where they wanted to go was the key to success"
1958 Sir John Cockcroft KCB Named the new Biology Laboratory
Sir W. Laurence Bragg OBE, MC, FRS "to progress in science one had to sit as a pupil at the feet
of nature" Named the new Physics Laboratory
1960 Lord Birkett "There is no success in this world worthwhile unless you become a man of integrity" 1960 Programme
1961 Mr W. J. Penn Chairman of the Northamptonshire Education Committee "Boredom"
Sir William Penney KBE, Director of the Atomic Energy Commission Prog.
"Our living" he said "would be
maintained by the application of science." 1962 Programme
1963 Sir Compton Mackenzie OBE "If you don't want to do a thing then don't"
1964 Sir Brian Horrocks KCB Picture
1965 The Marquess of Exeter NB: In 1965 Labour Government issued 10/65 circular on Comprehensivization. 1965 Programme
1966 Admiral of the Fleet the Earl Mountbatten of Burma "Education does not end with schooldays"
1967 Group Captain Douglas Bader CBE, DSO, DFC "you must be able to look yourself in the eye"
1968 Lord Robert Boothby and Lady Boothby "Lord Boothby was invited, but Lady Boothby did the work"
1969 Sir Peter Scott CBE, DSC, LID
"three great things confront humanity: nuclear bomb,
overpopulation & Boredom
1970 HRH Prince William of Gloucester
1971 Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, DSO, DFC "everybody can contribute to world peace"
1972 Old Grammarian David Frost OBE "remember my schooldays as one's of great happiness"
1973 The Rt Hon Lord Maybray-King former Speaker of the House of Commons