The School Choir

Green Wrythe School

By Sylvia McCarthy nee Ramsey

In regard to being in the choir, to me it was wonderful. I was shy, and singing really helped me, as I ended up a soloist with Mr. King’s help.There were two musicals at school, the first was “Hansel and Gretel ”I played the Sandman, in 1955 and “Merry England”on 26th July 1956. This was performed on the 25th Anniversary of the School.  In my last year at Green Wrythe when I was 14, someone lost a loved one in the parish of St. Peters Church and wanted a choir to sing at the Funeral. Mr. King volunteered us and  we sang “Parnis angelicus”. It was a very moving experience for me, as I had not attended a funeral before. I think all the girls enjoyed choir, Mr. King was a great teacher.  I do not remember all the girls names but I do remember them. Mrs Weller who was the Domestic Science teacher gave up her time once a week after school to help the orchestra, teaching the girls the violin.  Some of the other teachers were Mr. L.R.King, Music & Math, (loved by all).   Miss. Rodway, not sure now, what she taught., Mr. Thomas, French & English (quite a character).   Miss. Hague, Domestic Science (Good teacher).   Miss Morrison, not sure what she taught.   Mr. Brown, Art (Good teacher)  Mrs. Lavery,  Head Mistress, (she had red hair).  Miss. Hislop weaving & dying wool, second under Mrs. Lavery ,  Mrs. Mackenzie sewing, (Good teacher, I still remember picking up all those pins off the floor.)Mrs. Marshal, History.   Mr. Hurry,  Science (nice teacher & family).  Miss Lambkin, Gym.   Mr. Beadle?  Geography and Math, brilliant man. 

Photo:Bessie Throckmorton played by Sylvia Ramsey and Vera Crofton as Sir Walter Raleigh doing the minuet in the musical "Merry England" By Sir Edward Elgar. 26th July 1956

Bessie Throckmorton played by Sylvia Ramsey and Vera Crofton as Sir Walter Raleigh doing the minuet in the musical "Merry England" By Sir Edward Elgar. 26th July 1956

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Photo:The main cast of the play with two members of the School Board, Mr. Fry and the lady, name unknown

The main cast of the play with two members of the School Board, Mr. Fry and the lady, name unknown

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Photo:Valerie West was Queen Elizabeth 1st. Esme Hancock was one of the other actors. Can anyone name any more cast members?

Valerie West was Queen Elizabeth 1st. Esme Hancock was one of the other actors. Can anyone name any more cast members?

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Photo:Isabel Bailey a famous Opera Singer conducting school choirs from the surrounding area, at a hall in Carshalton. Sylvia is in the 3rd row from the top clearly visible on left with pony tail.

Isabel Bailey a famous Opera Singer conducting school choirs from the surrounding area, at a hall in Carshalton. Sylvia is in the 3rd row from the top clearly visible on left with pony tail.

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Photo:The orchestra with Mrs. Weller

The orchestra with Mrs. Weller

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Photo:The Orchestra and Teachers.From left to right, Mr L. R. King, Miss Rodway,  Mr Thomas, Miss Hague, Miss Morrison, Mr Brown and Miss Lavery in the centre.

The Orchestra and Teachers.From left to right, Mr L. R. King, Miss Rodway, Mr Thomas, Miss Hague, Miss Morrison, Mr Brown and Miss Lavery in the centre.

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This page was added by Sylvia Ramsey on 01/11/2016.
Comments about this page

These photos are wonderful and I do wish to thank Sylvia for sharing them.  They are slightly before my time, as I attended GWL Girls' school from 1958 - 63.  I especially like the one which includes the teachers - they all look so incredibly young!

I can remember that the school put on lots of exhibits etc for their 25th birthday which I visited.

My time at the school wasn't happy and I couldn't wait to leave. I much preferred the men teachers to the women, especially Mr King and Mr Hurrey.  I do owe Mr King a lot of gratitude as he taught me to play the recorder, the most useful thing I achieved in my school life!  I continue to play and am in 2 bands!  I wish Mr King was around so I could tell him!  Miss Morrison taught English and French.  Mrs Lavery was a real dragon, she taught my form Latin and I lived in fear of her. Schooldays the happiest of one's life?  Not likely!

By Christine Gawthorpe nee Watts
On 06/11/2016

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