Certificate Ceremony 1960
Chairman of Governors Address
from School Records & local press
N EWS was given that there were now definite hopes that at last Aberdare will soon have a new boys’ grammar school.
County Coun. D.J. Lewis, J.P., chairman of the school governors, presiding, said that he had looked forward to have been able to make a definite announcement that day.
We are awaiting a message from, the Ministry of Education that sanction for the erection of a new school has been given,” he said. “We have not had that sanction yet, but I am confident that the new school, which is in the County Authority’s 1962-63 programme, will soon be a reality.”
He described Speech Day as an opportunity for the parents to see those who took such a great interest in their children — the members of the staff, members of the governing body and of the education authority and friends of the school.
School functions of this kind helped parents to realise how much was being done for the education of their children; it enabled them to appreciate that everything possible was being done to equip them so that they could be a credit to themselves, their parents and their school.
“We are proud of what the school has done and of what it is still doing,” he added.
Referring to the headmaster, Mr. J. Warren, M.Sc., B.A., County Coun. Lewis said: “He has proved himself time and again to be something more than a headmaster. He has been a source of help, comfort and understanding in many homes. A minister of religion spoke to me about him the other day in these words: ‘He is doing a Christian job in a first-class fashion’.”
The school governors, added the chairman, were proud of the way the headmaster went about doing things which he never intended other people to know about. They were proud, too, of the fine leadership he was giving the staff.
County Coun. Lewis criticised parents who wished to take their children out of school before the had completed the full G.C.E course, “Parents who try to get their children out of school in their last year will get no sympathy from us,’ he added. “If you want to take your child out of school, then take him out in the first year so that another child can have the chance,” he said.
However, the headmaster was able to report that very few boy had left this year without completing the full five-year course — and by now half the intake were continuing their education to the advanced level examinations.
Mr. Warren congratulated Counts Coun. Lewis on his recent award of the B.E.M., commenting: “The services for which you have been honoured are specifically to industry, but all who know you and have had the honour of working with you are aware of your devotion to services in many fields of public administration and are full of admiration for the efficiency courtesy and friendliness with which your many duties are performed.”
The headmaster also referred to the serious illness of his predecessor, Mr. Brinley Reynolds, and to the death at the commencement of the present school year of Mr Gwilym Howells, the handicrafts master.
‘NOT NINE TO FOUR’
Of the staff, he said: “The job they have undertaken is not nine-to-four affair. It is something to which they have dedicated themselves — calling for their attention outside as well as within the class room.”
He then thanked the parent for their co-operation.
The certificates were presented to the boys by Mrs. D.J. Lewis (deputising for Mrs. Tom Williams who was unable to attend because their son was sitting one of his G.C.E. examinations that day).
Four choruses were sung by the school choir conducted by Mr. Derek Morgan, with Mr. Robert M. Jones (6 Alpha) at the piano.