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Re: Gillingham Technical School, Green Street
« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2017, 11:12:16 »
Hello chaps

I went to the Tech in 1962 and after the transfer to Pump Lane I left in Oct 1967 to join the navy. Jock Rankin and Mr. Hawkins were my form masters - I have a feeling poor old Mr. Hawkins was getting a bit past controlling very young kids - in the first year. I remember Malc Lifton, he had a romance with the secretary 'bird', Mr. James - the maths man, Mr. Wood English but he did Economics in my last year - genuinely interesting. Carlton I think was metalwork - my hands might have well as been lumps of wood I was useless at everything technical although I do remember the old tech drawing chap up the stairs at the back of the part time fire station, don't know his name though, and the young rather sexy French woman in the room above the Odeon. My first summer the old head, "it has Coomb ter my atension that", died and then we got that very smart new one Dr. Something, a physicist he started on level three and I never got above level one, only years later did I get a decent physics teacher who could actually teach and achieved an A. Based a lot upon Mr. Hawkings' general science teaching.

Not really great days but I do remember so good times there. My best mate was John Kennett from Sittingbourne - went to work for Debenhams

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Re: Gillingham Technical School, Green Street
« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2017, 20:31:23 »
Hello Capman, I was at Gillingham Tech at about the same time. It was a good school although I was a square peg in a round hole in so far as I was hopeless at all the practical subjects it specialised in, sports too. I only passed the 11+ at the second attempt and was given no choice of Tech or Grammar school; the local Education Department, in its wisdom, saw fit to place this square peg in that particular round hole. I was living in Priestfield Road then but my family moved to Hoo when I was 14 which meant a terrible bus journey home after school as there was only one bridge over the Medway in those days and it could take up to 2+ hours sometimes with traffic jams from Chatham all the way through to Strood! I have much to thank 'Jock' Rankin my English teacher, though, as I later studied English as a mature student (aged 24) at the University of Kent and have since even managed to get a mention on Wikipedia as a fairly well-known poet. I well recall Mrs Taylor (French)' 'Chopper' Vickers (History) and a Maths teacher (not Mr James) who used to jump on his desk and chant 'Mathematics' but I  cannot remember his name (Mr Apps?). They may not have been the happiest days of my life, but I could have done a lot worse than go to GTS.
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Re: Gillingham Technical School, Green Street
« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2015, 16:23:22 »
Hello Capman. I attended Gillingham Technical school between 1961 and 1966. I do indeed remember all of the teachers you listed with the exceptions of Mr Spry and Mr Chaplin. Fifi might have been the subject of many a young lads fantasy, Mr Ritchins was a horrible man who was reported for awful behaviour and bullying by a couple of lads in my class and, I believe, was reprimanded and left soon after; Mr White lived down Hawthorne Avenue and drove around in a Black Austin A30/35; Mr Lifton I well remember along with Mr Sawyer, a very apt name for a woodwork teacher; Mr Hoskins had the classroom down the left hand side of the quadrangle when I was there and Mr Partridge, when I first started, was my form teacher who taught RE. I hated school with a vengeance! 

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« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2015, 15:32:55 »
Does anyone remember the french teacher, mrs Taylor(Fifi), Mr Spry(Sprog)the geograhy teacher, who seemed to be pemanently behind a newspaper while we copied somethig off the blackboard. Mr Ritchins(Slimey) no comment, metalwork teacher. Bill Carlton, metalwork teacher, nice guy.  Chalky White, technical drawing teacher. Used to regale us with his wartime experiences in the desert. Malcolm Lifton, PE master, Mr James(Jesse) maths teacher. Tom Sawyer,woodwork teacher, nice guy,  Mr Vickers(Chopper) history teacher. Mr Hoskins,metalwork teacher.  Mr Stephenson(Rocket).  Bill Heaton, Headmaster.  Mr Motts (chemistry) always stinking out the top floor of the building with the smell of rotten eggs. Mr Chaplin(Charlie) science teacher, no nonsense but a good teacher. Mr turner, woodwork teacher.  mr Partridge(Polly) music teacher.  We used to have a coach to take us to sports at Langdon Playing fields and I hid in the toilets with a couple of others at school to play truant on the day they decided to take a roll-call when they arrived there. One of us said he was unwell and we had stayed to look after him. That cane really hurt.  Not allowed to do that today. Health and safety.

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« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2015, 22:28:02 »
The only Shorts apprentice whose name I remember was Skinner. After he graduated, and Shorts left Rochester he went to a confectionary factory and is said to have designed the machine which made Polo Mints ( we said the machine which made the holes in them!) When the Tech started the full time degree course in 1946 it recruited three new lecturers, all Shorts engineers who didn't want to relocate to Ireland. They were Alf Old, Bert Lesieur and Bill Lewis. If you go to Friends Reunited there are pictures of them at an old boys dinner and also a picture of staff and students from 1948, with the Embassy wall as the background. Bert went into aircraft accident examination or something similar and Alf later went to Rugby Tech.

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Re: Gillingham Technical School, Green Street
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2015, 19:45:08 »
millership. I was an apprentice at Shorts 1945-47 when they moved to Belfast & we couldn't afford the digs so transfered indentures to Blaw Knox/ Wingate/etc.( me to RAF Halton). I never heard of anyone getting a degree at the Tech., we were mostly doing ONC / HNC/ City & Guilds.

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Re: Gillingham Technical School, Green Street
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2015, 23:02:18 »
New to the forum!
I was at Medway Technical College full time from 1944-48 and was the first full time graduate. Shorts apprentices had been getting degrees before then as part time students

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Re: Gillingham Technical School, Green Street
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2014, 22:24:01 »
I was there 1945-1950, doing the City & Guilds courses in Motor Vehicle Engineering on one day per week and the ONC in Mechanical Engineering 3 evenings a week, so our paths probably crossed. For day release we used a hut behind the GPO as a workshop, but did Maths and Science in a classroom over the Fire Station. Do you remember Bob Hedley and (Ray?) Parsons as lecturers? I remember them because they became colleagues when I became a Lecturer at Medway College in 1954, but there are others that I can remember except for their names, and might ring a bell if I hear see/them. Could we have been classmates for the evening Engineering Drawing class?

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« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2014, 17:29:10 »
I know this thread is very old but I am new to the KHF site, so am " surfing"! When I went there in 1945-'47, it was the Medway Technical College, next door to the Embassy (later Odeon) cinema. Fortunately I was never there when the air raid siren on top of the fire station across the road, went off- they were LOUD!! We, apprentices at Shorts Seaplane Works, had one day release + one evening (Engineering Drawing) a week doing National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. From Gillingham County School (later Gillingham Grammar), where I didn't do particularly well, I found the teaching infinitely better- a lot more practical & interesting than theoretical- & it suited me. When Shorts closed, I joined the RAF as an Apprentice at Halton (like grandarog) & found the work I'd done at the Tech. most useful. Dave Smith.

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Re: gillingham technical school, green street
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2013, 16:44:44 »
What year was this building built ?

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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2012, 09:52:09 »
THE ANVIL - the magazine of Gillingham Tehnical School Summer 1956.

The Staff Machine.

The Thing is what they call it. Iím sure itís just a dream,
Garaged in the staff room, a gi-normous great machine;
The building and assembly must have once have been quite good,
With a Sawyer and a Turner to saw and shape the wood.
It is powered by a rocket, Stevensonís, I think,
But the fuel of stale tobacco makes such an awful stink.
It has no specification, and goes mostly on itís looks,
It can just climb a small Hill and negotiate some Brooks,
One day the cleaners got inside and started up the rocket,
And now, so as to stop this, they always have to Lockett.
The crew? A very holy one, which very rarely bickers,
A Taylor, who sews holy holes, a Chaplin and some Vickers.
The order which they Rankin is not so very grand,
But they wear a black-gown uniform and march with cane in hand.
The Carleton does the catering, and when making Partridge pie,
Always insists for cooking fat, emphatically on Spry.
When journeying to Hollandís land, one day to see the Dutch,
One Mann cried: ďStep on it, JamesĒ; he stepped a bit too much.
They landed in Siberia and sat there cold and beaten
Until one had a bright idea and went to turn the Heaton.
Post script.
I apologise sincerely to the masters Iíve left out,
Their names must have a meaning, of that there is no doubt;
What a Cronin or a Davis is, a Chappelow or Cawthorne
The dictionary does not explain, a Hawkins or a Norton.
The only thing I will guess, whether right or not,
Is Motz Polish polish for polishing Polish potz?
 by C Dunk V1

Bill Heaton had been taken ill and the Head's letter was written by 'Gobby' Davis.(Did he sleep in his mortar board?)

The page is a bit long winded but he says: "..... the school began in Rochester in 1911... I am the  survivor of a FORGOTTEN SCHOOL which was sacrificed to expediency and received scant recognition for it's pains."
"The Gillingham Junior Technical School was the pioneer; those at Rochester and Chatham came later. Gillingham supplied both with key men, Mr Adams, for many years in charge at Rochester and whose work for his school was monumental, and Mr Keen, beloved Headmaster at Chatham for thirty years."
This infers there was Gillingham Junior Tech before Chatham and Rochester Techs, I think.Full info.if you want.

Chick Norton hit my uncle with chalk long before he got me.
'Jock' Rankin -Clause Analysis.  Chappelow - V=IR. Hill -tech drg.

I did look Motz up out of nosiness - he was a navigator in Lancaster bombers.

Ron Hawkins p.e. says over 400 boys took part in the GTS cross- country on the lines - no wonder we were crammed in.

The mag has 24 pages - mostly bits written by pupils.
There are adverts by Elliot Bros and Kent Alloys for apprentices, also Blaw Knox for your bulldozer and Lefvres if your school uniform has shrunk over the years - but be quick.
I also have my school report book - guess what -"Could do better!"

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Re: gillingham technical school, green street
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2012, 14:10:47 »
There are some good group photos on Friends Reunited  website on Gillingham Tech.

Mr Davies was the deputy head around the 1950's, too

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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2012, 19:54:13 »
I forgot about "chick " Norton. I remember him as a small chap with grey hair, also I think, a moustache. I never had him but I do remember Mr Brooks. I remember when the big steam trains used to go by and the building would shake. Another name I recall is Mr Franklin.

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Re: gillingham technical school, green street
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2012, 16:14:19 »
We all relocated to Gillingham Technical School, Gardiner Street,from Rochester Tech when the Art school took over.Must have been 1954 or 1955 as I remember playing hookey to see Bill Hayley , Rock arround the Clock at the cinema in front of the school. (Of course we got caught as there were about 50 or more of us at the afternoon performance.) I left at Xmas 1956 to join the RAF. Most of the names are familiar I also remember an English teacher called Brooks and I am sure there was a "Chick" Norton Maths teacher . Lethal  with a lump of chalk,head shot every time, don't think he ever missed. 

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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2012, 21:53:45 »
Does anyone remember the french teacher, mrs Taylor(Fifi), Mr Spry(Sprog)the geograhy teacher, who seemed to be pemanently behind a newspaper while we copied somethig off the blackboard. Mr Ritchins(Slimey) no comment, metalwork teacher. Bill Carlton, metalwork teacher, nice guy.  Chalky White, technical drawing teacher. Used to regale us with his wartime experiences in the desert. Malcolm Lifton, PE master, Mr James(Jesse) maths teacher. Tom Sawyer,woodwork teacher, nice guy,  Mr Vickers(Chopper) history teacher. Mr Hoskins,metalwork teacher.  Mr Stephenson(Rocket).  Bill Heaton, Headmaster.  Mr Motts (chemistry) always stinking out the top floor of the building with the smell of rotten eggs. Mr Chaplin(Charlie) science teacher, no nonsense but a good teacher. Mr turner, woodwork teacher.  mr Partridge(Polly) music teacher.  We used to have a coach to take us to sports at Langdon Playing fields and I hid in the toilets with a couple of others at school to play truant on the day they decided to take a roll-call when they arrived there. One of us said he was unwell and we had stayed to look after him. That cane really hurt.  Not allowed to do that today. Health and safety.

 

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