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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Published Examination Results

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CWB School Certificate Results, 1918

NB: The use of bold typeface signifies different pass enhancements in the Boys’ and Girls’ lists - see explanation at the end of each list.

Aberdare Boys’ County School

Pass List of central Welsh Board
Examinations, 1918.

Higher Certificate.T.P. Evans: History, Additional Maths., Chemistry.— G. Quick: History, Additional Maths., Welsh.

Senior Certificate.D.T. Jenkins: English Lang., Literature, History, Arithmetic, Maths., Chemistry, Geography.— W.T. Jones: English Language and Literature, History, Arithmetic, Latin, Welsh, Chemistry, Geography.— A.S. Morgan: English Language and Literature, History, Arithmetic, French, Geography, Drawing.— M. Morgan: English Language and Literature, History, Arithmetic, Chemistry, Geography.— D.R. Owen: English Language and Literature. History, Arithmetic, Maths., Latin, French, Chemistry, Geography, Drawing.— W.H. Phillips: English Language and Literature, Arithmetic, Welsh, Geography, Drawing.— R.J. Price: English Language and Literature, History, Arithmetic, French, Geography.— R. Roderick: English Language and Literature, History, Arithmetic, Maths., French, Mechanics, Chemistry, Geography.

Supplementary Certificate.J. Peters: English Language and Literature.

Junior Certificate.D.W.C. Cox: Scripture, English Language and Literature, Arithmetic, Maths., Geography, Music.— F.A. Cox: English Language and Literature, Arithmetic, Chemistry, Geography, Book-keeping, Shorthand, Music, Woodwork.— A.E. Davies: English Language and Literature, History, Arithmetic, Welsh, Chemistry, Geography, Book-keeping, Shorthand, Music, Drawing, Woodwork.— D.H. Davies: English Language and Literature, Arithmetic, Geography, Music, Woodwork, History.— J.G. Davies: English Language and Literature, History, Arithmetic, Maths., French, Geography, Music, Woodwork.— W.J. Davies: English Language and Literature, History, Arithmetic, Maths., Welsh, Chem., Geography, Book-keeping, Shorthand, Music, Drawing, Woodwork.— ? Davies: English Language and Literature, History, Geography, Book-keeping, Shorthand, Drawing, Woodwork. — R.S. Edwards: English Language and Literature, ?, Chemistry, Geography, Shorthand, Drawing, Woodwork.— D. Harris: English Language and Literature, History, Arithmetic, Welsh, Woodwork.— L. James: English Language and Literature, History, Maths., Welsh, Physics, Chemistry, Geog. Music, Woodwork.— M.W. James: English. Language and Literature, History, Welsh, Geography, Music, Drawing, Woodwork.— I.G. Jones: English Language and Literature, History, Arithmetic, Maths., Chem., Geography, Book-keeping, Shorthand, Music, Drawing, Woodwork.— R.B. Jones: English Language and Literature,. History, Arithmetic, Maths., French, Physics, Chem., Geography, Music, Drawing, Woodwork.— T.H. Jones: English Lang. and Literature, Arithmetic, Maths., Welsh, Chemistry, Geography, Music, Woodwork.— H. Marshall: English Language and Literature, Arithmetic, Maths., Physics, Chem., Geography, Music, Drawing, Woodwork.— B. Matthews: English Lang. and Literature, Arithmetic, Maths., Welsh, Physics, Geography, Music, Drawing, Woodwork.— J.W. Morgan: English Language and Lit., History, Arithmetic, Maths., French, Physics, Chemistry, Geog., Book-keeping, Shorthand, Music, Woodwork.— P.E. Phillips: English Language and Literature, History, Arithmetic, Maths., Latin, French, Chemistry, Geography, Music, Woodwork.— B.F. Powell: English Language and Literature, History, Arithmetic, French, Chemistry, Geography, Music, Drawing, Woodwork.— D.S. Prosser: English Lang. and Literature, Arithmetic, Physics, Geography, Music, Drawing, Woodwork.— D. Roderick: English Lang. and Literature, Welsh, Geography, Book-keeping Shorthand, Music, Drawing, Woodwork. — A.D. Thomas: English. Language and Lit., History, Arithmetic, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Music, Drawing, Woodwork.— Ed. Thomas: English Language and Literature, Arithmetic, Maths., Physics, Chem., Geography, Book-keeping. Shorthand, Music, Woodwork.— J.E. Thomas: English Language and Lit., History, Arithmetic, Maths., Welsh, Physics, Chem., Music, Drawing, Woodwork.— S.G. Williams: Eng. Lang. and Lit., History, Arithmetic, Maths., Latin, French, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Music, Woodwork.— Herbert Lewis: Eng. Lang. and Lit., History. Arithmetic, Geography, Book-keeping, Shorthand, Woodwork. — Thos. J. Walters: Eng. Lang. and. Lit., History, Arithmetic, Maths., Chemistry, Geography, Book-keeping, Shorthand, Music, Woodwork.

Number of candidates entered, 47; number successful, 38. Percentage of candidates successful, 80. Number of marks of distinction, 56.

Note: In Form 4a (Junior) 24 candidates out of 25, or 96 per cent. were successful.

Black letter denotes distinction.

 


 

ABERDARE GIRLS’ COUNTY
SCHOOL.
Central Welsh Board Results,
July, 1918

Senior Certificate.Huldah Bassett: English, Arithmetic, Latin, Welsh, Botany, Geography, Needlework.— Carrie Collins: English, Maths., Latin, French, Botany, Geography Needlework.— Beatrice Davies: English, History, Arith., French, Botany, Geography, Needlework.— Dorothy Davies: English, History, Maths., Welsh, Botany, Geography, Needlework.— Jane Davies: English, History, Arith., Latin, Welsh, Botany, Geography.— Sarah Evans: English, History Maths., Latin, Welsh, Botany, Geography, Needlework.— Dorothy Fletcher: English, Arithmetic, French, Botany, Needlework.— Barbara Harris: English, French, Botany, Needlework, Cookery. — Ceridwen Jenkins: English, History, Arith., Welsh, Botany, Geography, Needlework.— Bronwen Jones: English, History Arith., Latin, Welsh, Geography, Needlework.— Elizabeth A. Jones: English, History, Welsh, Botany, Geography, Cookery.— Gladys M. Jones: English, History Welsh, Botany, Needlework.— Margaret L. Jones: English, History, Arith., Latin, French.— Ann Morgan: English, Arithmetic, Welsh, Geography.— Bessie Morgan: English, History, *Arithmetic, Mathematics, Latin, *French, Botany, Geography, Needlework.— Emma Oliver: English, History Arith., Maths., Latin, French, Botany, Geography, Needlework.— Jane Owen: English, History. Arith., Maths., Latin, Welsh, Botany, Geography, Needlework.— Annie Powell: English, Arith., Maths., Latin, *French, Geography, Needlework.— Annie Rees: English, History, Arith., Maths., Latin, *Welsh, Geography, Needlework.— May Thomas: English, History, Welsh, Botany, Needlework.— Edith J. Doris Jones: English, History Arith., French, Botany, Geography, Needlework.— Gwyneth Hughes Jones: English, History, French, Botany, Cookery.— Rachel Price: English, History, Welsh, Geography, Drawing, Needlework, Cookery.

Supplementary Certificates.Sarah James, Geography; Winifred Probert, Mathematics.

Junior Certificates.Gwen Abraham: English, History, Maths., Welsh, Elementary Science, Geography, *Needlework.— Gertrude Barnard: English History, Arith., Maths., Latin, Welsh, Elementary Science, Needlework.— Elsie Cottle: English, History, Maths., Welsh, Elementary Science, Needlework. Needlework.— Eleanor Davies: English, History, Arith., Maths., Welsh, Elem. Sc., Needlework.— Edith Evans: English, History, Arith., Maths., Latin, French, Elem. Science, Geography, Needlework.— Bronwen Evans: English, Arithmetic, Maths., French, *Needlework.— Blodwen Fox: English, History, Maths, French, Elementary Sc., Geography, *Needlework.— Gladys Harris: English, History, Arith., Maths., Latin, Welsh, Elem. Science., Geography, Needlework.— Muriel Jenkins: English, History, Welsh, Geography, Needlework.— Edith M. Jones: English, History, Maths., Welsh, Elem. Science., Geography, Needlework.— Elizabeth Jones: English, History, Arith., Maths., Welsh, Elem. Science, *Needlework.— Katherine M.K. Jones: English, History, *French, Elem. Science, Geography, Needlework.— Kathleen Jones: English, History, Maths., French, Elem. Science, Geography, Needlework.— Mary Jones: English, Maths., French, Elem. Science, Needlework.— Mabel Mills: English, History, Welsh, Elem. Science, Needlework.— Margaret M. Morgan: English, History, Arith., Maths., Latin, Welsh, Elem. Science, *Needlework.— May Parsons: English, Arith., Maths., French, Geography, Needlework.— Margaret S. Roberts: English, History, Maths., Latin, French, Geography, Needlework.— Gwyneth Sprod: English, History Arith, Maths., French, Elem. Science, Geography, *Needlework.— Margaret J. Thomas: English, History, Arith., French, Elem. Science, Geography, Needlework.— Irene Williams: English, History, Maths., French, Elem. Science, Needlework.— Minnie Berry: English, Welsh, Elem. Science, Geography, Drawing, Needlework, Cookery.— Cecilia A. Davies: English, Welsh, Elementary Science, Geography, Drawing, Needlework, Cookery.— Jessie Davies: English, Welsh, Elementary Science, Geography, Drawing, Needlework, Cookery.— Minnie Herbert: English, Arith., Geography, Needlework, Cookery.— Dorothy John: English, French, Geography, Cookery, Needlework, Drawing.— Beatrice Llewellyn: English, History, Welsh, Elem. Science, Geography, Drawing, Needlework, Cookery.— Gwen Lloyd: English, History, Arith., French, Elementary Science. Drawing, Needlework, Cookery.— Gwennie M. Powell: English, French, Elementary Science, Geography, Drawing, *Needlework, Cookery.— Olwen Thomas: English, History, Arith., French, Elem Science, Geography, Drawing, *Needlework, Cookery.

*Denotes Distinction gained in the Subject.

Black letter denotes “with conversation.”

In Form IVC (Senior A. Form), out of twenty-four candidates presented, twenty (83 per cent.) passed. In Form III.A (Junior A. Form), twenty-four were presented and 21 (87 per cent.) passed.

The Certificates: The Higher Stage Certificate was taken at around 18 years; the Senior Stage at around 16 years. and the Junior Stage at around 14 years, about two years after entry to the school at age 12. The Supplementary Stage was taken at the end of the first year in the sixth form, but unlike the other stages could be taken in separate subjects.

Notes

Tom Picton Evans, was from Trecynon and left school initially to become an uncertificated teacher. Eventually he was employed by the Education Department in Swansea. In Trecynon, he was a deacon and precentor at Noddfa Welsh Baptist Chapel, Ebenezer Street. He married Maudie Evans of Fforchaman Street, Cwmaman.

Griffith Quick (1900-1980) was brought up in Cwmaman where he attended Soar (C.M.) Chapel. Throughout his life Griffith’s strong religious conviction played a guiding light in all he did. He served in the Royal Navy in World War 1 after which, upon returning to college, he graduated in Physics from UCW, Aberystwyth in 1923. He was ordained as a minister at Above Bar Congregational Church, Southampton in 1939. For many years he did missionary work in Africa, particularly at the Mbereshi Boarding School for Boys in Rhodesia, (now in Zambia). He taught briefly at the Boys’ County School (1948), and eventually filled the post of minister at Rhyddings Congregational Church, Uplands, Swansea. In 1947 he successfully submitted a dissertation in Social Anthropology and was awarded an M.Sc.  Griffith officiated at the ceremony in the old school hall when the WW2 Memorial Plaque was unveiled in 1948, and it was he who dedicated the Memorial Lectern. In the late 1950s he was communicating with Cecil B DeMille about the film The Ten Commandments, and there were plans for the two to meet in the USA. However, DeMille became ill and died, in 1959, before the meeting could take place. (Griffith Quick appears in the 1948 School Photograph, where he is No. 38.)
Griffith’s sister Dilys Quick (1916-2003) also taught at the Boys’ County School, (Geology & Geography 1940-42), but ended her career teaching at the Swansea Training College.

David Trevor Jenkins left school to study medicine at Edinburgh University.

Allan Stanley Morgan became a teacher at Aman Secondary School.

David Rhydwyn Owen from Cwmaman left school in 1919 for UC Cardiff.

Richard Roderick from Clifton Street was one of the sons of Thomas Roderick the Aberdare Architect. Richard left for UC Cardiff.

Arthur David Thomas, of Abernant Road, became headmaster of Cwmbach County Primary School.

David Walter Charlton Cox was a son of Walter Charlton Cox, the school’s Headmaster. Like all four of the Mr Cox’s children, he became a doctor.

William John Davies from Cwmdare, eventually became Headmaster of Aberaman Junior School.

Luther James from Cwmdare, left school in1920 for UC Cardiff. He had a long teaching career, including a period at ABGS 1943-59. He was then appointed to headships in various Cynon Valley Secondary Modern Schools. He was very active in the Past Student Association.

Richard Bell Jones from Penderyn, left school in 1920 for UC Cardiff.

Henry Marshall from Hawthorne Terrace, became a teacher at Aman Junior School.

John William Morgan of Trevor Street, left school in 1921 for Jesus College, Oxford.

Peter Edward Phillips (PEP), initially of Canon Street, left school in 1920 for UCW Aberystwyth. He spent his entire career, with the exception of one year at the City of Norwich School, at Aberdare County School, (1925-64), ending his career there as Deputy Headmaster.
 

Huldah Bassett: Miss Huldah Bassett was appointed the first Headmistress of the Girls’ County School at Cecil Road, Gowerton in 1937. Miss Bassett retired in 1966. Throughout the second decade of the twentieth century The Aberdare Leader included frequent mentions of the achievements of Huldah as a school girl particularly in music and eisteddfodau. She was the daughter of Rev D. Bassett of Gadlys Baptist Chapel. One of the last Leader reports of this period about Huldah Charles Bassett was as follows: CYMRODORlON.—This society has of late made a new departure by giving a prize to a scholar of the Aberdare County Schools who gets the highest number of marks in Welsh at the Central Welsh Board Examination. The prize for the first time was won by a student of the Girls’ County School, Miss Huldah C. Bassett, daughter of the Rev. D. Bassett, Gadlys, obtaining the highest number of marks in distinction. It is also creditable to the school that the above young lady came second in Welsh throughout the whole of Wales in the said examination. We wish her every success in her career at the University College, Cardiff.
(Aberdare Leader 29 November 1919 page 3.)

Annie Rees (sister of Idwal Rees) became Headteacher of Gadlys Girls’ Secondary School. She lived in Spencer Street Cwmaman, later at Meirion Street, Trecynon.

Edith Evans (sister of Alwyn Evans, Headteacher of Glynhafod County Primary School), was herself a teacher at Gadlys Girls’ Secondary School. She lived in Mountain Road, Cwmaman.

Minnie Berry (1903-1989) was the daughter of James Berry, the barber in Mill Street, Trecynon. Minnie’s grandfather was Joseph Lendon Berry, the eminent Victorian photographer of the The Globe Studios, Aberdare.
 

Document images reproduced with permission of Rhondda Cynon Tâf Library Service