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2009 updates

30/12/09 One of my New Year's resolutions is to try and keep this site more up to date. A lot has happened this term, I hope I can remember it all as I sit here at the end of the year.
About a month ago Diane Freer and Peter Smithson visited me one Friday afternoon, and we spent an enjoyable hour as they showed me some photos they had brought in, and helped me fill in a few names on some of the photos we already have in the archive. Diane had contacted the Ryedale Mercury in response to a photo appearing in the nostalgia section - the photo was the one mentioned below, of Stan Grice and a class at Malton National School, probably in the late 1940s.  Peter Smithson is in that photo as a young boy, and named everyone on the photo. I will attach them on the photo when I return to school and find the list.
If you haven't visited the Yorkshire Film Archive's website at then you should. Lots of fascinating footage from the past. If you register yourself (no charge) then type in Malton Evacuees in the "Find a film" search box you will find 9 mins and 45 secs of a film by Mr Folliot Ward taken during the second world war. After a minute of a gas clear-up demonstration in Malton, the film tells the story of schoolchildren evacuated from Hull and Middlesbrough arriving in Malton. Various shots of their activities during their time in Malton are available. A little more is on this website, with a couple of stills.
Our annual celebration evening took place on Thursday, November 2009. An enjoyable evening reviewing the previous year in school, but also making some strong connections with the school's past. Two new trophies were awarded. The first was The History Trophy, awarded in memory of David Lloyd, who died earlier this year. His widow, Wendy Lloyd, was kind enough to write a letter and tell me a little more about David. A summary is in the Memories section of the site.  The second trophy was The J V Wilson Trophy for Young Cricketer of the Year, awarded in memory of Yorkshire Cricket captain and former Malton pupil Vic Wilson. Vic died in 2008 and his family commisioned the trophy to be awarded annually in his memory. It was a pleasure to welcome Angela and Ken Morley, and their daughter Lynn, to the evening.  Angela is Vic Wilson's daughter, Lynn his grandaughter.  The trophy was presented by John Rolls, son of Bruce Rolls, who in a neat circle of connections, coached Vic Wilson in his days at school. Vic wrote to me once and credited much of his success to the fine coaching given at the school by Bruce Rolls.
Another visitor on celebration evening was David Greaves, who presented the Science Prize.  David’s father, Bernard Greaves, was Science master at the school from 1955-1976. David is currently consultant anaesthetist to Newcastle hospitals, and vice president of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in London. 
A programme, list of award winners and further details will be posted on the website shortly.
I was sorry to hear of the death of Alan Vincent Martindal, a former Malton School teacher, on Friday 30 October 2009. Alan spent his entire teaching career at the School, starting at the grammar school in 1953, staying on as the schools merged to form the comprehensive Malton School in 1971, and retiring in 1988. During his career he taught Woodwork, PE, Games, Maths, Economics and General Studies.
I was also sorry to hear from John Dunstan shortly before Christmas of the death of Joyce Jackson, a former pupil of Malton Grammar School in the 1930s. Joyce was kind enough to donate some photographs last year.
Good news of other former staff and students.  I am told that Alan Burns was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering earlier this year. Professor Burns specialises in Real Time Systems (computer systems) at the University of York.
Former Head of Music Derek Jones e-mailed to let me know he had retired as Head of Music at Tadcaster earlier this year. Derek was head of music at Malton from January 1977 to December 1989, and was responsible for many of the fondly remembered musical productions, such as Oklahoma and Smike. Hopefully he will be writing some more of his memories

2/11/09 Alan Martindale - We are sad to report that Alan passed away on Friday last week, having suffered recently with throat cancer. Alan who taught Mathematics joined the staff of the then Malton Grammar School in 1953, retiring from Malton School in 1988. For those who wish to attend the cremation is on Monday 9 November at Octon (11am) - Family flowers only and donations to St Catherine's hospice, Scarborough.


1/09/09 Almost time to go back to school. Not a lot done with regard to this website over the summer holiday, but a few items have been added or updated.
GCSE and A level results were once again very good - some facts and figures are included on the exam pages. In entering this year's I realise I have omitted those for 2008 - I must return to this to fill the gap.
Back in February of this year I had an e-mail from Ann Petch, formerly Ann Grice, with regard to her parents' involvement with the school. I called round to see her one evening as she does not live too far away, and she was kind enough to show me some of the photos and news clippings she had collected over the years. She lent me a few which I scanned before returning to here, and these are (at last) included on the site.  Stan Grice worked at the National School, then moved to the County Modern, before going on to be Headmaster at Kirbymoorside primary school.  Joan Grice was school secretary at the County Modern and then at Malton School.  I met her a couple of times some years ago now, when she was good enough to lend me some photos and tell me a little about the school. Ann declined a photo herself, but the photos and clippings of Stan Grice, Joan and a few other items are now available.

22/05/09 I was sorry to hear of the death of David Lloyd on Sunday 17 May.  Philip Mason told me he had actually visited David and Wendy only last week down in Ludlow.  He had appeared in good health and that had enjoyed an evening reminiscing about school and other things.  David was a member of staff at Malton Grammar School from 1958-1963, and wrote the first history of the school - A History of Malton Grammar School - a book which I relied on heavily when writing my updated history of the school last year. I was fortunate to meet David on a couple of occasions, most recently at the book launch last year.

7/3/09  Peter Stead visited in February, a Malton Grammar School student from 1958-1963.  He was working with our Sixth form as part of the Drive Alive initiative - raising awareness of the dangers in driving, and the potential consequences of carelessness.
Plans for the proposed Sports Hall to be sited in the school grounds have now been produced, and William Birch has been appointed as contractor for the project. 

26/1/09  A Friends of Malton School newsletter has been sent to all those who have signed up for the Friends initiative, plus a few others who might be interested.  An electronic copy is available on this site as a pdf document, either to print or simply to read on screen.

23/1/09 Book sales continue steadily.  Miss Nancy Boyes contacted me having bought a book. She now lives in Thornton Dale, and attended Malton Grammar School in 1940-44.  We had a pleasant conversation on the phone, when she pointed out a couple of inaccuracies on the picture captions on page 44, and talked generally about her schooldays.  I hope to go round and see her for a longer chat at half term.
Malton School introduced some house ties this year, to be awarded to students who have made significant contributions to the school in sport, music, and general work. The first awards were made to students in upper school at Christmas, and we are pleased to note students are wearing their ties this term (it is optional whether they wear normal school ties or their house ties). Further awards will be made at the end of this term. 
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Malton County Modern, an exhibition of photographs has been on display in the main corridor of West Wing for the last couple of months.  Frames were purchased from the kind donations to Friends of Malton School.  The intention is to keep the frames in place, but rotate the pictures inside them, allowing displays from different periods of time to be viewed by current staff, students and visitors. With regard to Friends of Malton School - I hope to open up a new section of this website to cover activities related to this initiative. At present just the basic details are available.

6/01/09 Howard Campion e-mailed after reading my book on the history of the school, to give a few more details about the dances which took place in the late 1950s - particularly with the opening of the new extension to MGS.  A photo and a dance diagram by Mr Martindale accompany his memories.