Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Missing 1977 panoramic photograph

Jebel Kabir ( 1974-79 ) writes
"Nobody appears to have mentioned the 1977 panoramic photograph.
The gap of only two years between this and the 1975 photo was the result of the "School Council" (yes, an attempt at democracy did exist in the school in the 1970s!) suggestion that the school should commemorate the Silver Jubilee (the Silver Jubilee logo appeared on each print). I seem to remember a/some silver birch tree(s) being planted in 1977. Did you notice them at the reunion?
Are we going to see photos of the demolition of the school on your sites?

I started in September 1974 (4th form as we called it in those days). I was one of the first to be denied the opportunity to sit the 11 Plus exam and, therefore, arrived at Purley Boys three years later than I should have done! I remember D G S Akers at a School Council meeting, responding to a boy's request to have the school sign re-erected outside the school (it had fallen behind the low wall in Placehouse Lane): "Good heavens, boy! Do you really want people to know what this school has become!" The sign remained where it was, of course! "

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