“The Gym” was used for many functions other than the obvious, in autumn prize giving was the order of the day as displayed
above for pupils who had been selected by there various teachers as worthy candidates, and competition was fierce throughout
The year for a coveted prize in your trade or schooling.
THIS YEAR we were graced with a very charming lady to present the prizes in the person of Miss Sylvia Watson, O.B.E., who holds
the all important position of Children's Officer for the Hertfordshire County Council. Also we were blessed with one of the few sunny
days of the summer.
After the singing of the hymn 'Praise my soul, the King of Heaven', the Chairman of the Goldings Committee, Councillor L. B. Keeble,
Esq., J.P., opened the proceedings by introducing all the V.I.P.s assembled on the stage, and saying a few words about the School and
its future activities.
Our Headmaster then addressed us all and gave further details of the reorganizing that was in progress. He also made mention of the
progress of the boys when they left the Home to take up employment either as apprentices or improvers in their particular trades, and
quoted the stories of three boys he had heard from recently, all doing remarkably well in their particular spheres.
Then came the more active part of the proceedings, when the boys who had honourably excelled themselves during the past twelve
months either in school or in workshop, received their regards from Miss Watson. As usual the prizes were of great variety from book
tokens to tennis rackets or suit cases. Miss Watson then gave a very bright and brief address, and no one was left in doubt as to the
merits of this very dynamic lady.
Our Deputy Headmaster then proposed a vote of thanks to Miss Watson, the Mayor and Mayoress of Hertford, and all distinguished
guests, and another prize-giving came to a close with the singing of the hymn 'Fill thou my life, O Lord my God' followed by the
'Blessing'. The prize winners were as follows:
Juniors: Mathematics, John Bassett; Science, David Pike; English, Paul Hundleby; Religious Instruction, Glyn Parry; Progress,
David Marno; Physical Training, Imre Nagy.
Seniors: All Subjects, Raymond Hood; Progress, Richard Rowan; Physical Training-, Harold Holberry.
Senior: Michael Toynton; Intermediate: Phillip Furley; Junior: John Major.
Senior 'A': Terence Whitehead; Senior 'B'; Harold Holberry; Senior 'C': Patrick Snowden; Junior: Paul Hundleby.
PAINTING AND DECORATING
Senior: Roy Morgan; Junior: Michael Glendenning.
Senior: Shar Mairs; Intermediate: Michael Kelly; Junior: John Bassett; McMullen Prize: Desmond Mohammed.
Senior Compositors: William Charlton and Winston Norton; Junior Compositor: Glyn Parry; Senior Machine-minder: John Blackman;
Junior Machine-minder: Stephan Denton; Apprentice: John Wellwood.
SHEET METAL WORK
Senior: Roy Capon; Intermediate: John Sparks; Junior: David Pike.
N. T. P.
Goldonian Winter 1960
Another use it had was “Film Night” in the winter on Thursday night (this night was not always Thursday’s in the early years
of the school) and in it’s infancy local children along with Staff children were also invited. The “Films” were so kindly loaned
by film companies to us for free! The films were organised and shown by the staff for the boys and there was many a night the
reel ran out, and it became a hall of riotous behaviour until “normal serve was resumed”
The floor of the gym was religiously protected for these shows, due to the polished floor! And I would just like to quote an
old boy Paul Walkeden.
“We had to roll out a canvas sheet onto the floor before we were allowed to place out the seating (chairs) and after the show
we rolled up the sheet, re-stacked the chairs then sprinkled damp sawdust onto the floor, and swept up with large brush’s.”
This “ privilege” was usually given to defaulting boys!
OUR CINEMA SHOW.
Thursday, the 14th of February, will go down in the history of Goldings, as the occasion when we had the first cinema show, entirely
arranged and conducted by our Staff. From first to last it was a splendid performance, and we felt ourselves amply compensated for
what few faults there were by the fine choice of films and the herculean task accomplished by the trio in the operating box. As a
matter of fact, we seriously advise them to don shorts and singlets on another occasion, they will find them far more convenient.
The orchestra also deserve a word of commendation for untiring energies throughout the performance. This, however, is still another
word in favour of Mr. Marchant, and the standard of efficiency that he maintains among his boys. Three very appropriate films were
shown, and we only hope that future performances of this nature will be as successful as " Our first Cinema Show." L. SCOTT.
Sergt. KETCH. 1927