images in 90 days, as Canford approaches its 90th
Anniversary on 15th May, 2013
Triumvirate: former heads Ian Wallace and John Hardie on either side of Headmaster Martin Marriott. In a speech celebrating Canfordâs diamond jubilee, Martin praised his two predecessors for the ways they had developed the school. Michael Rathboneâs Canford School, 1923 -1983 was published as part of the anniversary celebrations.
Discovery and Invention - a mural painted by sixth form pupils and staff to commemorate the visit of Princess Anne on 5th May to open the new Maths and Science Block and the Art School extension. It combines a series of images that comment on manâs scientific progress.
In Focus was one of a number of pupil publications over the years. Started originally as a General Studies option, it developed into a Tuesday Enterprise. While some saw it as âa means of expression for a small clique of âstroppyâ pupilsâ (Canfordian), others saw it as a good example of pupil initiative.
A collage in the Canfordian suggests a strong and varied cultural life within the school. Drama productions included The Merry Wives of Windsor and En attendant Godot, while a musical highlight of the year was Haydnâs Creation. Meanwhile the Art Department was displaying an exhibition of pupilsâ work in Parkstone Library.
Within 10 years, the number of girls in the Sixth Form had expanded from four to 42. To accommodate this influx, Oakley House was purchased to board Lower Sixth girls. They were looked after by Rob and Mary Woolner, who appear in this photograph.
A self-portrait, painted in 1960, by Robin Noscoe who, after nearly 30 years as Head of Art, retired in the summer. He was a hugely influential figure in post-war Canford.
A scene from The Mikado. The days of league tables and a constant changing of exam syllabuses were well in the future, and staff twice found the time in the 1970s to mount Gilbert and Sullivan productions, with pupil assistance in the chorus.
Headmaster Ian Wallace on his final Speech Day at Canford. Although the school had expanded under his leadership from 436 to 496 pupils, the addition of new buildings had left it less cramped. He had an eye for picking good staff - four of his appointments went on to headships elsewhere.
This prospectus map, depicting the western half of the grounds, reflects the building programme of the two preceding decades. It shows the new science labs, the Art School, the Wessex Block (English) and the new cricket pavilion / theatre.
Conductor Annunzio Mantovani presents the Friendly Action Group (FAG) with a minibus, the money for which had been raised by a sponsored walk in April. FAG was an expansion and development of the Community Service programme that had begun a few years earlier.