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Extracts from The Cryptian 2010

Below are just a few extracts from this year’s issue of The Cryptian :

The Headmaster’s Foreword : John Standen reflects on the year gone and the challenging year ahead.

School Department Reports : highlights of the school year from Business Studies to RE, via Music, PE, Psychology, History and all the other departments.

School Staff Changes : fond farewells to Mike Wilks, Brigid Carnell, Karen Kitt, Nick Hutchings, Natalie Jones, Sarah Witts, Judy Lappin, Paul Lortal, Andy McAvoy, Anthea Arend and Mark Barrington.

The President & President Elect : John Goodridge reflects on his year as President, Eric Stephens looks forward to his term in office.

Events : Founders’ Day, the 13th Annual Golf Competition, Reunion Weekends, Annual Dinner events are all recorded.

News of Old Cryptians : news of Doug Perks, William Armiger, Dr John Paddock, Clifford Meech and David Waboso.

Extracts from The Cryptian 2008

Below are just a few extracts from this year’s issue of The Cryptian :

The Headmaster’s Foreword : John Standen reflects on his first year as Head and the school performance over the past acamedic year.

School Staff Changes : a summary of new staff at the school this year and fond farewells to those who have left.

School Report : staff & pupil articles describing school activities, including science events, language department, school visitors, school visits & trips and articlaes celebrating school successes.

The President & President Elect : Peter Hobbs reflects on his year as President, Paul James looks forward to his term in office.

Events : Reunion Weekends, Founders’ Day, the Annual Golf Competition and Dinner events are all recorded.

Bursary Fund : Hugh Roe details the activities of the Old Cryptians’ Club Centenary Bursary Fund.

Extracts from The Cryptian 2007

Below are just a few extracts from this year’s issue of The Cryptian :

The Headmaster’s Foreword : David Lamper reflects on his seven years as headmaster. The current Sixth Form were the new intake when he started at The Crypt.

School Report : reports from the many of the school departments : Music, Maths, Drama, MFL & Science. Articles about the Sixth Form, the School Council, Tours, Trips and Sporting Achievements. A selection of views, art & poetry from Crypt pupils.

Gordon Hill – Secretary & Old Cryptian Editor : A number of tributes to Gordon who has resigned his positions for personal reasons.

The President : Peter Hobbs reflects on his time at The Crypt. Lester Hunt provides his own recollections of Peter.

The Reunion Weekend & Other Events : Reg Hunt recalls the 2006 reunion weekend events. More articles give further detail of the Ladies Dinner, the London & Oxford Dinners, the Annual Golf Competition, Founder Day and the Rememberance Sunday Cenotaph Service.

Letters to the Editor : are included from Charles Lepper, M K Lane, Richard Browning, Eddie Norris, Philip Ewan, Warren Barrett, R S George, and Michael Nuth.

. . . and a further 90 (!) pages of articles, reports and recollections including submissions from Tony Little, Jill Harvey, R George Hopkins, Doug Perks, Andrew Barnett, David Lamper, John Fricker, Howard Allen, Damian Atkinson, Gordon Savage, Bob Griffiths, John C Goodridge, Brian Jones, Derek Howell, Ian Williamson, John Mace, Michael Nuth, Warren Barrett, Peter Roberts, Ralph Gibbs, Derek Howell, George Fisher, Bob Griffiths and Paul James.

Extracts from The Cryptian 2006

Below are just a few extracts from this year’s issue of The Cryptian :

The Headmaster’s Foreword & School Report : A 19 pages summary of the School’s bi-annual newsletter reviewing the past school year, news of staff & pupils, photographs of staff and school trips.

The President : Reg Hunt recalls his first day at The Crypt & beyond.

Cometh the Moment, Cometh the Man : Brian Showell profiles this year’s president, Reg Hunt.

The Reunion Weekend : Peter Butler recounts the 2005 Home dinner and reunion events. There are further articlaes covering the Rememberance Service and Parade at the Cenotaph, the London Old Cryptians’ Dinner, the Oxford Dinner and the Ladies’ Dinner at Edgemoor.

Old Cryptian Bursary Fund 2001 : Dr. Graham Russell provides an update.

Letters to the Editor : are included from Pamela Murphy, Philip Ewan, Edward Rudge, Iona Robins, Burford Cupper, Terry Page, Brian Showell, Dick Sheppard, Donald Jefferies, Charles Lepper, Bob Griffiths, Jil Harvey and Terry Jones.

Extracts from The Cryptian 2005

Below are just a few extracts from this year’s issue of The Cryptian :

The Headmaster’s Foreword & School Report : A full 47-pages reviewing the past school year, news of staff & pupils, photographs of staff, school trips, lots of creative writing, an explanation of Table Rugby, sports review, full prize winners list and further education now undertaken by last year’s sixth form leavers.

Old Cryptian Events 2004 – the Old Cryptians’ Reunion Weekend, the 103rd Anniversary Dinner, the 8th Annual Golf Tournament, Founders’ Day Celebrations and the London Section Annual Meeting & Dinner.

The President : Peter Butler recalls his school days & beyond.

Stanley Gordon Ward : a tribute reprinted from The Cryptian of July 1969.

Letters to the Editor : are included from Gerald Rudge, Philip Ewan, David Hagger, Dafydd Miles Board, Lester Hunt, Derek Pearce, A N Rickets, Canon Marilyn Sharland, Charles Lepper, Frank W Swinwirth and Ralph Gibbs.

The Boiling Pool : the tird & final instalment of “More Fragments from the life of a Cryptian”.

Cryptians at Kingsholm : Eric Stephens recalls OCs who have featured at Kingsholm.

Extracts from The Cryptian 2004

Below are just a few extracts from this year’s issue of The Cryptian :

The Headmaster’s Foreword & School Report : A full 57-pages reviewing the past school year, news of staff & pupils, photographs of staff, sixth-form & prefects, the School Council, Aina Paterson, many pages of creative writing from pupils, sports review, full prize winners list and further education now undertaken by last year’s sixth form leavers.

Old Cryptian Events Reports, 2003 – the Old Cryptians’ Reunion Weekend, the 102nd Anniversary Dinner, the 7th Annual Golf Tournament, Founders’ Day Celebrations and the London Section Annual Meeting & Dinner.

The President : Howard Allen recalls his earliest Old Cryptian memories and pens a separate article on the Old Cryptians’ Club work in the reorganisation of Gloucester Secondary Schools.

Old Cryptians’ Centenary Bursary Fund, 2001 : the latest progress of this bursary.

Horace Edwards : Howard Allen, MJ (Bill) Smith contribute articles celebrating the life of Horace Edwards.

Colin Ewan : is remembered in several articles, including a tribute reprinted from The Citizen of 1961.

Letters to the Editor : are included from Bill Howell, EW Powell Chandler, Bob Griffiths, Bob George, Gerald Rudge, Paul Williams, John Tiley, Canon Marilyn Sharland, Margaret Pither, Peter (PD) Roberts, Michael Nuth, John Simmons, Charles Lepper, W Roy Mills & Philip Ewan.

John Hooper : recounts the ‘5B Reunion’ in September, 2003.

The Boiling Pool : is the second instalment following last year’s “More Fragments from the life of a Cryptian”. The third and final instalment is promised for next year’s magazine.

My Year As Sheriff Of Gloucester : Paul James recounts his year in office.

Photographs from the Archives : Prefects of 1948, ‘Fishy’ Walton’s Upper 6th Classical & Modern of 1956/7, the Cricket 1st XI of 1948, the Colts XV of 1949/50, the Cricket 1st XI of 1972, the Under14’s XV of 1975/6 and Crypt Althletics of 1938.

Extracts from The Cryptian 2002

Below are just a few extracts from the 2002 issue of The Cryptian :

The Headmaster’s Foreword & School Report : A full 44-pages reviewing the past school year, news of staff & pupils, the Middle School Council, Sports Review and full prize winners list.

Old Cryptian Events Reports, 2001 – the Old Cryptians’ Reunion Weekend, Founders’ Day Celebrations, the London Section Annual Dinner, forty pages of photographs, reports & articles summarising a busy school life, in a year which has seen much progress being made.

Buying a Belcher : the account by Roger Phelps of the search & purchase of a Belcher original on behalf of Old Cryptians.

Letters to the Editor : Five pages of letters from Old Cryptians.

Westenders : recollections of Westgate Street and its environs by Gordon Jones.

News of Old Crpytians and ‘Vox Cryptiensis’: mentions of A.G. Everitt, G. A. Russell, I. H. Storrie, A. J. P. Trew, Ricky Yip, Gilmour McLaren, David Gaston, Roger Bick & six different Joneses (to name only a few).

The Crypt, 50 Years Ago : Personal reminiscences by Peter Barber. Recalling playground games being banned one by one, mentions of Mr Beddis,’Bill’ Williams, Mr W N Morgan-Brown, Mr Keeble, and the mysterious disappearance of the school bell.

Sports Teams of the 50’s : photograps recall the Founders’ Day Cricket match of 1952, the 1st XV of 1952/3 & the Hockey XI of 1954/5.

Mens Sana In Corpore Sano : a challenge to all Cryptians : is this the most intellectual sports team fielded by the school ? This 1952 1st XI boasts 4 who went on to Oxford, 3 to Cambridge, 1 to Cardiff and 2 to teacher training. The Head & cricket master of the time were both Cambridge graduates !!

Bill Bray, MBE – ‘Careering Around The Conventions’ : Jill Harvey pens a piece recounting the life experiences of this Old Cryptian of 70 years standing, starting with his school scholarship success in 1926.

Lucky To Be Alive – Life After The Crypt : Rob Holliday puts pen to paper describing life since leaving The Crypt in 1977.

From ‘Hunt’ to ‘Mr. Hunt, Sir’ : recollections by Reginald Hunt of leaving The Crypt, only to return in 1961 as a teacher.

The Old Cryptians’ Rugby : the latest news & photographs of teams past.

Extracts from The Cryptian 2001

Below are just a few extracts from the 2001 issue of The Cryptian :

An interview with David Lamper, Head, conducted by six pupils : What first drew you to Crypt ? What were your initial impressions ? If money were no object……. What is the hardest part about being Headmaster ? How do you balance the traditional side of the School with bringing it into the new millennium ?

The School Sports Report

The Millennium Re-Union Weekend : The weekend of celebrations began on the evening of Friday, 17th March with the traditional fixture between the School XV (which included the Headmaster) and the Old Cryptians, which was won by…….

Old Cryptians’ Club – Ladies Dinner : Whilst Old Cryptians sat down to the annual school dinner….a goodly collection of their ladies joined me (Ros Jones) for the annual ladies’ dinner.

Founders’ Day, 2000 : An ancient ceremony with roots in the Tudor period was re-enacted when the Rector of St Mary de Crypt Church was presented with a rose at the Old Cryptians’ Founders’ Day dinner.

London Section Annual Dinner, 2000 : The Annual Dinner of the London O.Cs was held again at the Royal Hospital Chelsea……

News of Old Crpytians : mentions of Tony Chedzey, Jason Smith, David Turner, Patrick Culley, Tim Minchin, Jonathan Harvey, Mr. Malcolm Lay, Ian Bendall, Stewart Dove, Richard Howell, Andy Henderson & Rachel Hopkins (to name only half of those included).

Old Cryptians Were A Knockout : Derek Howell starts his article ‘The late ’60s and early ’70s saw the Old Cryptians’ Cricket Club at it strongest in terms of ability and success.

My Life At The Crpyt : Nigel Coombes reminisces on his time at The Crypt from 1964.

Anecdotes About A Blundellian Hero : by Derek Rowles (1944 – 49)

The Golden Rules of Arthur Harris : without fear of contradiction, Hugh Roe (1947 – 52) starts his article by saying anyone who represented Gloucester U-15 in the late ’40s/early ’50s will recall Arthur Harris. Hugh concludes his article with 10 Golden Rules just as applicable to the game today.

The Gospel According To Kun-Skrip-Shun : an article submitted by 23410030 Pte. Barrett dedicated to all OC’s who served their country. Michael Barrett continues the theme in his own article ‘The Sooner I’m In….The Sooner I’ll Be Out’.

The Oval’s Guilded Youth : takes a look at how the Oval has fed The Crypt School with pupils and where many are now. George Cole (1943 – 50) continues the theme in his own article.

The Barrett Brothers are recalled in an article by H W Allen (1947 – 55), along with a couple of old cricket photographs.

The Old Cryptians’ Rugby have 20 pages dedicated to the latest new from the club.