Greensward Secondary School 1966 To 1971 - a Memory of Hockley.
So many memories of this place, too many to include here!
Going to the "big" school was quite daunting, however I soon was to become so inspired by what I saw there. The first days were spent being fearful of the Head Mr. Creevy (aka Creepy), who walked around the school with a sawn-off cane up his sleeve... and wasn't afraid to use it! His partner in crime (more feared by the girls), was Miss Cardy (aka Rubberlegs - due to her voluminous gastrocnemius and soleus muscles showing from her below knee skirt). However I must say in their defence that if you kept on the right side of them they could be really friendly and helpful.... if they were in the right mood.
My inspiration came from the wonderful staff in the woodwork shop (Mr. Milson), the metalwork shop (Mr. Taylor* and Mr. Markham), Art (Mrs Sylvester), Maths (Mr. Furnace.. though my spelling may not be right), PE (Mr. Tombs). Unfortunately I cannot remember at this time who the excellent team were in Physics and Chemistry. Another Mr. Taylor ran the Technical Drawing classes, where I also seemed to spent most of my spare time shared with the PE /gymnastics classes.
*When I arrived and saw the display of model aircraft engines in the metalworkshop window, I decided I was going to make something like that. Mr. Taylor was an amazing chap.. who also made his own design of pilotable aircraft called the "Taylor Tot". Unfortunately on one of his test flights at Southend, things went horribly wrong, he crashed, and was no more. He was sorely missed by the school, but Mr. Markham stepped in and ran the shop from thereon (apart from a brief break when he took a cricket ball to the cranium at the end-of year students and staff cricket match.
Too many memories, and a great school that served me well. Maybe I'll share some more, some time.
A memory shared by on Aug 6th, 2018.
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