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School Staff - September 1954

September 1954 was roughly the mid-life of the school, and the photograph (taken from my creased and cracked copy of the school panorama) shows the people who had the academic care of the pupils who passed through the gates at that time.
Sadly, for most of them, the photograph has become one of what Dylan Thomas called 'the yellowing dickybird-watching pictures of the dead', but it is believed Miss Avril Jones and perhaps one or two other female members of staff are still alive. Mr Hourmont died on July 15th 2008 at his home in Ostend, but his funeral took place on July 30 at Thornhill Crematorium in Cardiff. Mr Harwood died on September 1st 2014 at Wakefield, and more recently, Danny Evans who died on July 30th 2015 and whose funeral took place on August 11th. .
Can you help with correcting any errors, and, perhaps, snippets of information about the teachers (subjects taught, personal details and the like) so that a potted biography of each of them can be posted.

School Staff of September 1954

From the left, the male staff are: Mr Ernie Harwood; Mr Bob Hourmont; Mr Danny Evans; Mr Emrys James; Mr Derwent Jones; Mr Cyril Melmouth; Mr Ieuan Thomas; Mr Glyn Richards; Mr Gilbert Davies and Mr Emlyn Morgan (Headmaster).
The female staff are: Mrs Olive Evans ('Ma' Green); Miss  Muriel Davies; Miss Mari James; Miss Avril Jones (daughter of Mr Derwent
Jones); Miss Olwen Ladd; Miss Betty Arthur; Miss Mary (Margaret?) Richards; Miss Evelyn Morris and Mrs Mair Kitchener Davies.
Photograph by Panora Ltd.
The rights of the copyright holder is acknowledged, but it is believed that copyright lapsed when Panora Ltd was dissolved in 1989. If this is not the case, would the present copyright holder please contact the author so that an application for waiver can be made.

Gary Teague (who attended 1951-57 and swapped Glynfach for New South Wales in 1965) has provided some information on some of the staff pictured.
In an email, he states:
All of the teachers pictured had my respect, some more than others!
Because of my love of art I was probably closer to Derwent Jones than any of the other teachers. Ernie Harwood who taught woodwork once lent me his running spikes (which were slightly too small for me but I never told him). I used them at Mountain Ash Grammar School and at Maindy Stadium, Cardiff. Bob Hourmont, who was Belgian, taught French and, as he travelled from Cardiff, was often late arriving. Cyril Melmouth taught chemistry. Ieuan Thomas taught geography and was known as Snogger Geog because he had the peculiar habit of blowing his nose in his handkerchief and then looking to see what he'd accomplished! For obvious reasons I was always very wary of Ma Green and Boss Morgan. My favourite teacher after Derwent Jones would have to be Muriel Davies who we called Davies Latin or even Dai Lat for short. She had a beautiful personality and a wonderful way of communicating with her pupils. She taught me English Language and Literature. Emrys James was our physical education teacher and married the lady who taught us biology who was known as Ma Biol but I can't remember her maiden name [Miss Blunt].
In my time at the school, the two stand-out pupils for sport would be Howard Norris who was capped twice for Wales and Ray Cheney [both featured on the Rugby stars page].
Gary also recalls that the men's staff room was forever a mystery, as when the door was opened after it had been knocked, nothing was visible thanks to the amount of cigarette smoke!

David Jeremiah, whose time at the technical school spanned 1962 to 1965 has been in touch:
There is one person missing off the staff list, Mr Bob Herne. In the '60s he was the school caretaker and a remarkable man. The entry to his domain was under the boys' staircase. There he lived, only appearing to stoke the fires, bring in the milk and shovel the snow. One day I was reading a popular Commando comic. They were 1/9d and a good read on the heroics of the war. Bob saw me reading, and, having landed on Sword Beach and entering Berlin via Belsen Bergen, he invited me into the cellar where he told me in unrelenting and degrading detail what war was really like. (There were others with me but I cannot remember who.) I will never forget that man or that talk.

In a second email, David recalled two memorable encounters with Emlyn Morgan, both in 1964, and both involved the summary justice of instant corporal punishment.
The first was on the day he took his O Level English. David recalls: "I arrived in school on the Monday not knowing that Sgt Broughton had telephoned Emlyn to tell him that I had been caught stealing lead from the roof of Ty Draw Colliery in Tynewydd on the previous Friday - a study day.
I remember the fire in the head's office grate, even though it was June, and the sweat poured out of me.  Emlyn asked which hand I used for writing and then caned the other one to a pulp."  David thought this hugely unfair, as he had already been beaten twice for the misdeed. The first time was on capture, when Sgt Broughton had beaten 'ten bells' out of him before telling his dad on the Sunday, which resulted in a simple replacement of police brutality with parental brutality. Despite this, thanks to the essay subject being the Mini car, he passed his O Level anyway.
The second occasion was in the December, when Charley Griffiths (woodwork) was away ill, so giving us tech boys free reign in the woodwork shop. With three other students, "We started nicking the milk at milk break, to make cocoa in the woodwork room, which we then sold to other pupils.  Emlyn found out, caned us, and sent us on our way with warnings that we were not the sort of pupils the school needed."
David continues: "I was caned fairly often for what would now be misdemeanours but on the other hand, I could, in common parlance, 'exhibit challenging behaviour', which mostly involved being merciless to teachers who could not control the class, and disobeying silly rules on dress and fraternisation with the girls. Mr Harris (metalwork) and Mr James (PE) were two others who wielded the bamboo against me, but I can honestly say I never regretted the prank and always accepted the punishment."
David has happier memories of Derwent Jones, the Art teacher, describing him as a lovely man and a great teacher. He also said that he still has his Art Copy books. "I referred to them recently before a visit to Rome," he wrote. "After all this time they were still relevant and I have always been grateful to him for introducing me to the masters."

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