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26/5/13 - PETER J BROWNE
WAS A PUPIL 1944-1948 EMIGRATED TO CANADA 1953 AND TO THE US 1963 WORKED FOR 7 BANKS IN 3 COUNTRIES NOW LIVE I SUNNY CALIFORNIA 3 CHILDREN 8 GRANDCHILDREN AND 7 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN.
17/3/13 - Roger Holdsworth
I attended CHGS FROM 1954 - 1959 and look back to those days with great affection. I remember 'Fred' Cox' a brilliant Maths teacher who could throw a piece of chalk with unerring accuracy!. I went on to lecture In Mathematics but never mastered the missile throwing. Probably just as well!
Mr Bowers an English teacher who everyone loved and who loved to impart the technicalities of growing melons! A lovely man indeed.
I remember the Assemblies when we sang ' God be in my Head' and when we were kept up to date with the career of Ted Heath by our Headteacher Mr Pearce. Happy memories, treasure what will be yours!
13/3/13 - Roger Stacey
I was at CHS from 1950 to 1956. I well remember all the teachers mentioned by D.J.H. Wort (09/05/2012). To his list I would Cox (rugby) and Thomas (geography). I was in Thomas House. My brother Andrew followed through the school four years later.
22/2/13 - Anonymous
I am currently a year 10 at the federation. Although the amount of rules with uniform and looks and so on, I love this school. Everyone there, and everything about it, I love it all. I'm so happy to the fact I go to this school, and feel proud to walk around in our uniform. Everyone's so much more mature than any other school, and you know that the teachers are there if anything goes wrong.
12/1/13 - David Clarke
Getting old now. A former pupil in the late 40's to 50's. In my old age, old memories come flooding back.
03/11/12 - Ben Watson
It's been over a year since my time at CHS, but I still miss it. I will always carry fond memories of my time at Chatham House, from it's prime to the beginning of the amalgamation of Chatham and Clarendon. One day I hope to return, and see how the school I left in metamorphosis has changed. I hope it is for the better, despite the widespread doubt for the success of the federation engrained into my generation of alumni.
CHS provided the best years of my life and the springboard for my future career.
And I'd like to say thank you.
15/08/12 - Alan Woodland (1942-1947)
In response to DJH Wort's question, yes I was at CHS in Uttoxeter. We sat in class, mesmerized by the smell from Elk's Biscuit Factory just down the road. Were the other teachers Johnny Steele, Maths; Mr. Wilshire, Geography, and Mr. Jacobson, the teacher with the exotic vocabulary?
And the Head Master, the Rev BVF Brackenbury? Or were they later after we returned to Ramsgate?
06/08/12 - Chris Adams
tragically I can still recite the register from one of the huts where all the 'booty' was stored. Adams, Archdeacon, Arthur, Brooman, Cowell, Crane etc. A life? I simply must go get one
18/07/12 - Sam Baldey
I loved this school and was very fond of the teachers. I went here from 1969-1970. I sadly only stayed a year i wish it could have been longer.
16/07/2012 - Peter Roach
CHGS 1974-1982. They got me started in science. Thanks to my teachers, particularly Mr Farrell, Mr Willard and Mr Russell, who saw some potential in a lazy dreamer. I just got promoted to Professor in Chemistry (U. Southampton) but I still remember the amazing and inspirational lessons at Chatham House. Above all, they taught me I could be good at something....
11/07/2012 - Anonymous
I have very fond memories Chatham Houe (1988-1995) - the 2 schools were separate then but still did a lot together - if I was not living so far away now i would not hesitate to send my kids there.
09/05/2012 - D J H Wort
1942 -1949 - those were the days! The incomparable Percy Pester, dapper Dicky deRome, bluff Joe Leach, under the firm guidance of Bill Pearce. And oh yes, I remember Eggy Neville (a superb musician), Tufty Goodram. and A H Nash-Williams who tried to make gentlemen of us.....
Anyone else remember Uttoxeter days?
02/05/2012 - Anonymous
I remember attending this school when I was younger. It's the best school I've ever been to!!! It was amazing!
26/11/2011 - Simon Dixon, Ph.D
My late father, Alan Dixon, ARICS, (1925-2004), attended Chatham House in the late thirties and early forties on a scholarship. His attendance at Chatham House was interrupted by World War II. He went on to earn his B.Sc. (Hons.) in Estate Management at the University of London, and finished his career as Chief Planning Officer for East Devon. My father received a school prize, Hugh Walpole's novel "Jeremy at Crale" in 1941 (while in Form 5C). I still possess this book, and my father's school tie, as reminders of his pride at having attended Chatham House. He spoke of the school only with fondness. He would have been delighted to know that his old school still flourishes today, as Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School.
01/11/2011 - Dan Pasqua
Attended CHS 1995-2002 Great Memories. Am deeply saddened still by Dave Ratcliffe's death. A legend in his own right. RIP
19/08/2011 - Anthony King
Attended Chatham House in 1968-69, while visiting from America. One of the greatest experiences of my life. I still have fountain pens I've saved from those days! Thanks for showing an American how education is done properly!
16/02/2011 - Paul Springthorpe
1979-1984 glad to see chs up at the forefront i have many fond memories of my time there with all the other greenflies, bracks and pearces were my houses, paddy O'Halloran Kev Woods taught me well along with all the great staff of that era...that school moulded me, a young Paul "springy" Springthorpe. Keep up the good work , good health and fortune to you ,Cheers CHS !
12/02/2011 - Tara Wood
What an impressive new web-site, chic and certainly a cut above "those who shall not be named".Bravo.Our family are so passionate about the success of both institutions and truly hope that the drive and ambition offered by Mr Smart and his wonderful team will allow our children to experience the "Dead Poets" inspiration that does indeed stay in your heart forever.
31/01/2011 - Margaret Symonds
Congratulations on your web site. As a pupil who was evacuated to Stafford to join the school it would be good to read more of the history of the school. I am still in touch with one old girl, Brenda Bernau nee Morton. She joined in 1945 as did the Wren twins one of whom survives and is living in York Town USA
28/01/2011 - Cary Elcome
CHS 1958 -65
A few more names to play with: Dennis Woods (french and German)? Mr. Penny (Art)? Mr. Bevan (was the one with Italic handwriting, a twitch and a bowtie, who taught French). Anyone remember Mr. Cox the caretaker and founder of the Beekeeping Society? Bless him, thanks to his efforts I, my father and my brother all became avid apiarists.
By the way, how can I get hold of a school photograph for 1964?
Im a student in year 11 now and i really love my school!!!
Not only is this my last (compulsory) year at the fabulous Chatham House, it is also the end of an era for the school?s history, with the retirement of Mr. Mathews. The school has changed a great deal since I joined 5 years ago and a lot of this is due to the relentless campaigns by Mr. Mathews. Therefore, I wish to extend my sincerest thanks to him for all that he has done for the school, and to wish him a happy and tranquil retirement.
Anyone remember that long ago? Perce Pester was one of the teachers. I mainly played cricket...Don Littleales
I left CHS in 1951 at the age of 15yrs.To migrate to Australia. With that background of education I became the Director of Studies at the Victoria Police Officers College for senior ranks.. Retired as Chief Supt.in charge of total training. Thanks so much for the start CHS gave me.
Hi to anyone who was at school from 78 to 83. Happy days indeed!!
I joined in 1958, under Junior House boss-man Jake Jacobsen's ministrations. Brackenbury's.
Then into Senior School, Simmons - Ken Girkin didn't like me much. No good at sports, OK at geography... Went into teaching - been there ever since! Travelled a lot, living in Japan now.
Who remembers: HD Thompson (French); AE (Hank) Gordon (Latin); Pete Mitchell (Geography); Atkins (Maths); Turner (Maths); J.R.M.Senior (History); Mo Mitchell (English); Jordan (Physics); Arthur Johnson (Chemistry - I still can't balance formulae!!); Harry Millsted (Music); Mr. Weekes (woodwork); Pop Delaney (History); Mr. Goodram; Mr. Peppiatt (History); poor Gareth Davies from Llanelli; the two Mr. Hurds; Mr. Maharry (Geography); Mr. Berry (R.I.); who was that French teacher with a bowtie and a twitch in one side of his face?; the aged but much respected Latin (and Greek) master; Mr. Boniface (""Bone"" to so many) English and ""Libry""; Mr. Thomas (P.E. and a whole range of sports!!) and the inimitable ""won't sell my geese as swans"" Bill Pearce?
Well, if you recall these people, please e-mail me.
Cary Elcome (hung an estate agent's ""For Sale"" sign outside the school, above Bill Pearce's study, in my leaving year...)"
Congratulations to your homepage. A lot has changed during the last 30 years.I visited the school decades ago,from 1978 -1980.I was the only german pupil.Although it was difficult for me to cope with the english subjects, I still remember the time at the school as the best school time I experienced. Mostly it was due to the effort of the teachers to help me and the comrade ship in the school teams (hockey and tennis). A special thank you to the staff of that time. For the staff of today I can only say,""Keep up the spirit""!
Your music department is great I love the SWB and choir, keep it up!
Like the school what is the times for 6th form
i am writing to inform you i have been going though your website and i realy like the idea that you have put every detail about the schoool but would it be possible to take pictures of students working and a hole school photo and put it on the web site i would be realy pleased to see that i am realy please with the chatham house school
Does anyone remember my dad Ken Clare at CH 1939-45 or thereabouts
Congratulations for your website ! I taught in CHS as a French assistant in 1976/77 and I do appreciate to visit your site after so many years. My Head of Department was then Mr Dennis Woods and Mr Delaney was the Headmaster.It was a very interesting period of my life. Good luck to all of you, staff and pupils, and especially to the 5th and 6th formers for the coming exams! Dominique DUVAL BURGUIN
We do need more photos! Especially the funny ones from Beam House!
the site is cool, but it needs more PHOTOS!
With great sadness I've read about David Ratcliffe's death while browsing CHS' news.The two years I worked at CHS was made so pleasant and interesting by his humanity and knowledge. I recognise names in these messages for him.I wish you all good luck and offer my sadness for David's family. Pauline Webb Ex Eng. Dept.
hey guys, i think we need more greenpower and need to update it.
I was recommended to your site by a parent of a child at your school because of the information you have given about the recent illness outbreaks within our local schools. My son's school has not offered any such information! Thank you very much for your informative approach. I feel very much reassured!!!
This is Yusuf Canitez writing, im in year 8, it is now 2006, so when im old, ill be remembered, ive been having a not so good education at Chatham House, i hope to improve, and live up to my ambition to become a lawyer, bismilahirahmanirahim, have faith in me! (im hoping)
When are the Cabaret pics going to be posted on the site? O want to look back on the good ol' days, and it's been two years! C'mon guys! Anxiously waiting, Kieran Brown
Hi everyone its ollie i miss the 5foot9 club boys! See you at Jacksons 5 at 5 soon! All my love chappers!
I would like to leave you a message that my G G Grandfather John Sear was a teacher at your schoolin the 1870s and would love to visit your school if possible. Jane Ross
just wanna say that im gonna miss the fortress that is CHS all the banter and the teachers that have put so much effort in.all the PE staff and willios are legends thanks for all youve done and im sure ill be back to watch the warriors on the rugger field.cheers wakey xx
surely there must be more italy music tour pics than you've got on the site?!
I would just like to express my shock and sadness at hearing about the death of Mr Ratcliffe. A person once said to us that Chatham House is not just bricks and mortar but the people. Mr Ratcliffe was not just one of those people but almost part of the bricks and mortar as well. His charm, character, wit, intellect, integrity and personality made him into a truly unforgetable and inspirational teacher. I have encountered few people who have spoken with as much passion and unrivalled academic brilliance as Mr Ratcliffe - he will be one of those teachers I will never forget and also one who I will never stop quoting! Cheers Mr Ratcliffe, Rest In Peace. Patrick 1993-2000 English A Level.
What can I say? Your departure was so sudden and such a terrible blow to us all; I don't really think it has sunk in yet. I admire you Sir, not just for your wit and intellect but for your humility and dilligence. You summed up what Chatham House is all about and you helped make my time there unforgettable. Wherever you may be, get out your Elvis videos and relax; you deserve it. Miss you Sir, love ""the wench"" EM x
It is with profound sadness that I am unable to make the funeral of the late Mr Ratcliffe.
Mr Ratcliffe, words would fail the most eloquent of speakers when it comes to summing you up. You were a truly great man, atruly wonderful teacher, and a true friend. The last time I saw you was probabbly 3 months ago. We sat all day in the pub and ended up in a right state1 we spoke of the great the good and the bad.
Im so sorry that you won't see me qualify as a teacher, you were an inspiration to me and the reason I have chosen my current path.
Thankyou so much for your example and your guidance, and for some of the funniest memories I have of my time at Chatham House.
May you always stay in our hearts, as you surely will.
God Bless you sir, lots of love, John Robertshaw.x
Unfortunately I am unable to make it to the funeral of the late and great Mr Ratcliffe, we will all miss you sir, and personal thanks for getting me my B at a level. Rob Copeland
Anyone around from that time? Remember the rugby & hockey, particularly all the hockey Blues? I was in School House, ""Basher"" Williams housemaster.
Remember ""Percy"" Pester, physics master & many others.
14/12/2004,every one of the rugby ladz know that this years rugby tour was amazing just wondered where the photos were that Mr Williamson took write Back Slaughter
Having just signed on to this feature, thought I would say ""hello"" to any of my old schoolmates of 1949 - 1956 years. So, a ""G'day"" from Australia."
im josh allen, i like this school and i particularly enjoy the subject of art and im currently doing extra curricular maths which i must say is very good and the teachers are very good
my first impressions were good. but now their even better
Anyone, still alive, that remembers Eggy, the music master ? !!!
I never thought I'd see the day when Chatham House would have a website. CHS has joined the 20th century just in time to be late for the 21st. And what is up with all the skirts? The only girls in dresses in my day were boys. Excellent. Any one who knew me back then, please feel free, would love to hear from you.
Thanks Mr.Hughes, you helped me out alot and realised a few things.
Just saying hi Make sure my brothers are still working. dont let them slack of like i did. like all the old-er people say 'wish i could do it again.' steve
hope you boys are keeping the rugby good and strong and cookson is as scary as ever! should be revising for an exam right now but im not!!! hey some things never change though do they! as im sure mr waltho would agree!
I left school in 1950. Last August I traced my classmate, Max Tyler, (on 192.com) and we met again at Westgate after 53 years.
I am a eleven year old pupil at Palm Bay school and I recently failed my 11+ by two marks I am appealing to your school, and would lve to come there! I hope Ill be there soon!
I have a 100 year old photo of the first eleven boys to play football there at Chatham House. I am currently contacting the school to see if they want it, but thought I would type this note in case some of you were interested in maybe seeing your great grandfathers.
my grounding in Rugby at CHS helped me for senior rugby in NZ...thanx heaps!
Does Mr Moody still hold any sports day records? It would be nice to be able to see the records on the website, see if my place in history remains secure.
This is a very heartful message to the family and friends of a student of chs who left us recently. R.I.P Griffta xxxxx Taffy
30/08/2003,"looking for my grandfathers dates at your school.
I live in Christchurch New Zealand
hi, i met oliy on holiday and wanna get in touch with him. Hes in Hit The Ground Running...i think... If anyone has his email adress or anything please can you email me... thanx anna xxx
Please put up the Spain (music tour)photos or at least do SOMETHING with them. I want to be nostalgic. Thankyou.//x
Where are all the Dracular Spectacular pics..eh..eh?
we arent there any photos of the rugby team cus dom and the boys look great!! laura
It's been how long since I left Chatham House. 24 Years!!!
although i was asked to leave the school,i still made good and stayed out of prison [so far ]
Anyone in the US who went to CHS 1944 - 1949?
Good to see the site....stimulates the old memories. Would love to see some of the old school photos.
i go to chatham house and i think the school is absoulutely brilliant
Very nice site. Maybe expand the old boys page.Anyone who knew Matt Mather 73-78, do drop me a line here in the US. I bathe now.
Guess who Chris! How is the colour laser printer doing these days?! Recovered from its little encounter with my pen knife?! hahaha. Bet you cant guess who! ;)
joined chatham house, yr7 and its gr8, the sports rule........!!!!!
Please,please,please,please,please put the spain photos on soon!!Half my films got like,totally wrecked. ps ZANZIBAR!!! pps how band geeky is that?!
Yes, a good site but some of it a little old (see the music!) but the 3D pics are good. The library doesn't seem to have changed since the fifties!
what a surprise chatham have a web site and clarendon dont...anyway....i want to see pics of all the guys in the sixth form, i forget what they all look like, cos now im in china, and i wanna see rugby pictures!
When are you going to update the school trip section so that we can look at the photos of Beam House/Normandy for this year? Please Hurry!
I was pleasantly surprised to find this site, being a former Ruymian, (is that right?), anyway I saw some names I recognized but could not really remember. Antony Anson Barnes, 57-61. What evre happened to Paddy O'Halloran and Simmons House?
Lol I'm in the ""sister school"" it's not fair our school's too cheap to get a webpage *grr* lmao. I wonder if I know anyone who's posted here ... hey y'all btw!!!
I left CHGS in 82 and revisited once or twice after that. My two brothers were also at the school - one younger & one older. During the sixth form, I remember seeing the first ever computer the school used. It was located in the then ""new building"" - Times have certainly moved on. Keep up the good work CHGS.
Hello House! Long time no see. Kicking and screaming into the 21stC I see.
I would really enjoy being able to log on on a Monday to read through all the weekend's match results at all levels. Any chance?
Thought I'd say hi to all my lovely old teachers!(?) Bet you thought u got rid of me didn't u!!
I've only just come across this site. In my day (67-75) we had 4 junior and 8 senior houses, the blurb under Vacancies suggests that there are now only 4 snr houses, but there are more students ( up from 650 when I was there). Can you put past Cock House ( its probably not called that any more) results etc on the site, as well as class lists, sporting results ( do we still play Duke of Yorks ) etc. Can you get the whole school photos on it as well?
13/08/2001,"Hello : )
Contact with old-boys and the like - lots from my year there (leaving 1991)- check this link out - FANTASTIC -
Thank goodness for Ron and his ability to make even a lazy kid like me pay attention (if not work hard!).
Was a teacher for a bit - now back in IT - UNIX sys admin.... . Good work with the site...... Anthony Hogbin
i live in london but know a few of the chatham lot, sum i wud like 2 regret knowin but neway keep up da gd work!
hi i have a brother in year 8 and he forgot his camera for normandy have u got any pictures that u can send me of that trip???
Everyone is signing shirts - it is ofcourse our last day here - how sad!
Yes well. I got expelled!! But im living it up now with a decent job in communications and a half-decent car!!!
Just checking out the old school, nice to see that the website is up and running with a few glitches that I assume will be worked out soon,-
Pretty cool, and thanx 2 the school 4 providing me and my clarendondon mates more mates and boyfriends
Good degree, great job - Mr. Moody, I proved you wrong!! Great website, BTW...
you should have pictures of all the teachers so we can tell what they look like
my last two years at chatham house were the worst of my life the only good thing was a cool teacher named mr meade he rules!!!!
please could we have some infomation on these cups as it is akey part of the house system and a lot of effort went into it, im sorry if i sound rude not intended, nice site otherwise, keep it up. plus i want to show off to my mom and dad.
this is a superb school
Keep up the good work on the web site. Martin West
Thanks for the IT prize, I got a very good book on the mechanics of solids, you know i may actually have learnt something during my 7 yrs @CHS and you can fool some of the people some of the time...
I want to see more 3d ROOMS please
Hi Tom Eastwood here at Kingston just dropping in to say to the rugby boys that Ill be there on Saturday to watch the match.
And how much of this did you do Ron?
Oh yeah - thanks for the IT prize
As a parent of a new boy this has been very informative. Good curriculum links, particularly English and Music. Two comments: information on the Parent/Teacher Association would be useful. Spring Half Term Break 2000/01 has an error!
I wish you continued success with this lively web-site.
Heres another Old (?) Boy from 1967-1973! Ive still got the photo of Bracks House in 1967 and two of the School photos from 67 (or was it 68?) and 1972! I look forward to more contacts and news?
The guest book looked a bit ""light on"" so heres a message from an old boy downunder..It would be great to see some historical school photos & info on the site.
Im testing my memory so it would be good to be able to access names from my era too!!
Keep on developing the site guys!! you are making progress!!