Belmont Boys School Activities 1959
16mm film Colour Silent 1959 27:21
Summary: Footage of sports and gardening.
Title number: 328
Description: A compilation film of outdoor activities by the pupils of Belmont Boys School. On the school playing field, the boys compete at shot put, javelin, long jump, high jump, and perform increasingly difficult gymnastic leaps and rolls using a gym horse and mats. A mass cycle ride of boys from the school following teachers on motorcycles takes them to a parkland area and a competitive event. A number of contemporary cars (Ford Popular, Ford Consul, Morris Minor and 3-wheeled car) pass through school gates. At the event the boys run in various track events, including relay races, sprints and long distance competition. It is a hot day and the boys take some welcome cool refreshments. In the school grounds the boys engage in artistic activities, drawing plants in a flower garden. Subsequently they perform more active tasks in the garden - hoeing, forking, pruning, dead heading flowers and barrowing away cuttings and clippings. The school grounds also provide space for more outdoor activity. Some boys play a doubles tennis match on a tarmac court; others practice football skills, or compete in a netball match, a lacrosse game, and a cricket match. There is also music practice outside with a small band of guitarists, drummer, and singers performing for the camera. At a lido some boys dive from high boards and swim in the pool. The film ends with a few schoolteachers practising their golf skills, teeing off on the school green.
Keywords: Schools; Sport; Ford;
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Harrow; Harrow Weald
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Trevor Deane wrote on June 15, 2019:I attended Belmont Secondary Modern School, Harrow from Sept 1954 until July 1960 before migrating to Australia (with the Big…I attended Belmont Secondary Modern School, Harrow from Sept 1954 until July 1960 before migrating to Australia (with the Big Brother Movement) 2 months after my GCEs. Australia (Sydney) quickly became my home and whilst I have visited the UK ten times since that first UK departure Australia is where I feel most at home. In retirement my wife and I purchased a 20 acre remote property in Northern NSW where we are planting rainforest trees (2,500 so far) doing our bit to combat Global Warming. Whilst it is often not easy to id faces in the film some I do recognise are - in the musical group, Ray Brown, Greg Eves and I think Dave Thomas. On the Tennis Court Ian Mackay, Rob Patterson & John Collins. On the Athletics Field Dick Smith and in general group photos Stan Cavell. I recognised other faces but names have left me. Likewise with the teachers only a young (?) Patterson's name comes to mind. In 1997 whilst visiting the UK I went to the school site (with Ray Brown) only to find where once stood Belmont SMS now stands a housing estate. Whilst memories of a failed 11+ still upset me I carry mostly positive memories of my years at this school and my education there provided me with a sound base on which to build my 40 year career with the Western Pacific Banking Corporation, Westpac where I held middle management positions in the 2,500 staff IT Division.
John W Russell wrote on September 2, 2016:I attended this school from 1957 to 1962 and was very interested in the footage. I regret I could not…I attended this school from 1957 to 1962 and was very interested in the footage. I regret I could not name any of the pupils shown but recognised many of the teachers including Mr Anderson (Dep Head master), Mr Davies (mathematics) Mr Paterson (biology) Mr Westlake ( P T) Mr Forbes (engineering) Mr Rodemark (woodwork) I think the sports day footage was shot at Cannons Park ,Honeypot Lane. From about 1958 the school received a new Headmaster and what was originally a rather poorly performing school became a very successful Secondary Modern School with an very much improved scholastic results with a number of pupils progressing to University. I count myself fortunate to have attended there.