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Re: Harry Lucas School
« Reply #99 on: January 24, 2019, 06:01:38 PM »
I was a teacher at the school. It was my first post after college. In at the deep end!

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Re: Harry Lucas School
« Reply #100 on: January 24, 2019, 09:28:08 PM »
I was a teacher at the school. It was my first post after college. In at the deep end!
Interesting, I'm guessing Mr Walker, Headmaster, was instrumental in you being appointed, as a matter of interest was Miss Chivvers in post during your tenure?
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Re: Harry Lucas School
« Reply #101 on: January 27, 2019, 04:36:48 PM »
All the time I was at HLS (1960-65) I tried desperately to get into the school football team, but to stand a chance of selection you had to be one of the PE master's circle of friends and I wasn't. I did get selected to play once but I think that was because there was shortage of players. Ah well that's life! :(
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P.S I know what you are thinking: Maybe it was just a case of Peg being rubbish at football. :(

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Re: Harry Lucas School
« Reply #102 on: January 29, 2019, 07:38:46 AM »
hello barncrofter would you happen to have any photographs of the school..inside or out as they are very thin on the ground...my brother went to harry lucas and before that my dad the school at that time was called burbury st school


all the best


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Re: Harry Lucas School
« Reply #103 on: January 29, 2019, 11:37:32 AM »
hello barncrofter would you happen to have any photographs of the school..inside or out as they are very thin on the ground...my brother went to harry lucas and before that my dad the school at that time was called burbury st school


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I'll second Lyn's request and add another - did you ever come across the classic 8mm silent movie The Bicycle thief? Claimed by the odd person to be years behind it's time, it was a movie made by my form G2 (4th year) in 1964 although silent there was a piano  accompanyment composed and performed by the then music master Mr Cole (who was also a fantastic classical guitar player). When the school closed the film vanished without trace which is a pity as it was a valuable record of the life and times of the school in 1964. The movie was premiered at the Speech Day cNov of that year to widespread acclaim.
Even if it could be found it my have secumbed to the sands of time and be nothing more than a chemical infused blob of plastic in a film canister. :-[
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Re: Harry Lucas School
« Reply #104 on: February 05, 2019, 03:27:48 PM »
1960-65: One day every month, or two, the artroom was given over for cinema duties (I was projectionist in my final 2 years, more about that later) when a movie was screened, usually of the educational or safety genre but occasionally non-main stream cinema fiction, I can't remember Polanski's Two Men and a Wardrobe being  screened or not but it would certainly have been a contender.
Ah! Happy Days! :)
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Re: Harry Lucas School
« Reply #105 on: February 05, 2019, 08:08:51 PM »
When a teacher (probably the artmaster) approached me to see if I was interested in becoming the school projectionist I accepted without hesitation and so in my last 2 years (G2 & G3, 1964 & 5) I held the post, luckily it wasn't too demanding because in truth I could ill afford to miss any lessons, particularly maths.
The school had a good quality projector (similar to the one shown in the attachment) with a reel capacity of 2000ft, which meant it would be most unlikley there was a break in the performance to change the reel. Threading was a bit tricky because it was a sound projector, the sound track on the film (like an old fashioned tape recorder) is out of phaze with the image, usually lagging behind where it follows a path around the sound drum this is why we still see on TV today speech and image sometimes being out of sync.
During my early showings I soon learned I could not trust the previous user of the film to have re-wound it, but I soon learned to always check - there was always a riot if the film ran backwards at the start of the performance and it took a strong nerve when being booed and whistled at to calmly rewind and re-thread.
Ah! Happy Days!. :)
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P.S. The school projector was state of the art but comparing it now with a computer based projector it looks positively archaic, but everything has its season and that will be the case with current image production.

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Re: Harry Lucas School
« Reply #106 on: February 21, 2019, 01:47:59 AM »
It's a small world - leaving Harry Lucas in 1965 I was fortunate to secure an apprenticeship, one day I was talking to another more senior apprentice when it came to light he was engaged to a girl who was in the same year as me at HLS.
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P.S. Apprenticeships - thing of the past now, aren't they:(

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Re: Harry Lucas School
« Reply #107 on: March 02, 2019, 04:07:04 PM »
My home classroom for my final year at HLS (Form G3, 1964-65) was the library, my chair was near the physics section and one book I remember in particular was Einstein's Theory of Relativity, I perused it regulary, did I understand it? Partly, what did fascinate me was the proposition that nothing can travel faster than light and moving clocks run slow until they reach the speed of light then they stop!
It's World Book Day Thursday next. O0
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Re: Harry Lucas School
« Reply #108 on: March 11, 2019, 09:00:22 AM »
School Library - was a modest offering considering present day standards, mainly because the school was an old building updated, so far I have not seen a single pic of the front of the school when it became senior grade with the dreadful box-like first floor extension to  the front elevation, which housed domestic science on the east and the science lab on the west, with the staff room in between, the library was one of two classrooms beneath the domestic science room.
The library was traditionally the home classroom of the 5th Year, G3, there was a bank of lockers in the corridor nearby, we each had one to store our belongings.
Right up to my last day at the school free milk was provided in a crate each morning, 1/3 pint (is that a gil?) for each of us, some didn't bother to take one so I was able to take 2 and keep one for the afternoon.
I don't remember there being a librarian but there must have been someone to control the issue of books.
Plan attached based on my memory - that was 53 years ago.
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Re: Harry Lucas School
« Reply #109 on: March 21, 2019, 07:23:42 AM »
Autumn 1964 - If you weren't preparing for the CSE Exams the forthcoming May 65 you should have been, I'd elected my 6 subjects and the pressure was off to attend lessons of subjects we had not chosen, French was the first thing I dropped and whilst I was good at art (I'd been awarded 2 prizes) I could see a CSE was going to be of no benefit and dropped that subject, even so I'd always got on well with the Art Master Mr Jones and he approached me sometime in the Autumn 1964 for help - he'd been tasked with providing coloured lights for a Christmas Disco being planned, between the two of us we hatched a design and I set about making them.
The plan was to make a three-sided box (like a giant Toblerone box) to hang from each of the pendant light fittings in the main hall, there must have been a dozen of these so there was some work involved - 36 cellophane covered frames in all.
I recruited 5 or 6 of my mates to help, showed them a sample I had constructed: a simple hardboard frame with coloured cellophane stetched and glued across it, with smaller frames of a different colour stuck on so that when the original cellophane was removed from the back the colour of the smaller frame showed through.
The project was a success but the irony was I didn't make the disco.
I lived a one hour 2 bus commute from the school and with the disco starting about 7.00pm and finishing about 10.00pm I couldn't see how I was going to make it - I had no family or friends closeby with cars who could give me a lift.
I'm guessing the disco was on a Friday and the light fittings were still in place the next school day so I was able to see how they looked, what I didn't see, of course, was them in all their glory in darkness.
Should I have tried harder to find a way of attending the disco? Probably.
Peg.