The Crypt School: A day in the life of two students in lockdown
From the ins and outs of remote teaching to some fun extracurricular activities, this SoGlos finds out more about in Gloucester.
About the experts – Theo and Marianne, Year 7 students at The Crypt School
As Year 7s, Theo and Marianne (pictured left) are in their first year at The Crypt School, a leading co-educational secondary school in Gloucester. Like many students across the county, they have been logging into online school and learning remotely during lockdown.
Barrie Gordon SIMS (1953-60)
We are saddened to hear news from America of the passing of Barrie Sims, a longstanding member of the OCC.
Barrie Gordon Sims, 78, a resident of Columbia, Maryland, died of Covid 19 on Friday, November 27, 2020 at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson, Maryland.
Barrie was born in Gloucester, on May 16, 1942, to Gordon and Lillian Sims. He grew up with his sisters Julie and Heather and attended the Crypt Grammar School.
After graduating, he began a long career with GCHQ as a computer scientist. While working, he achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Maths.
Barrie’s family was his source of pride and joy. He married Patricia Murrin of Gloucester in 1963 and their marriage was blessed with three children, Colin, Philip, and Jennifer. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1986, he married Tracey Taaffe Manning of Columbia.
In 1983, Barrie moved to Columbia, Maryland, to coordinate intelligence work with his U.S. counterparts. Later he worked as a program director for Computer Sciences Corporation and subsequently, Eagle Alliance, both in service to the National Security Agency. He always took satisfaction in his contribution towards making the world safer for his two beloved countries.
Barrie’s faith was important to him and he was very committed to his Baptist churches, both in Gloucester and in Columbia. As its treasurer, he helped to shepherd Brunswick Baptist Church in Gloucester through growth and the building of a new facility. He later served as treasurer for over 20 years to the Columbia Baptist Fellowship (CBF) in Maryland. For many years, he represented CBF on the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center (OMI) board of directors where, during his term as president of the board, he oversaw a major building expansion and renovation.
He is survived by his wife Tracey Manning Sims, his three children, Colin Sims (Annette Beattie) of Hampshire, Philip Sims (Michelle Sullivan) and Jennifer Sims (Graham Wollington) of Essex, his two stepchildren, Laura Manning Attridge (Andrew Attridge) and Elizabeth Manning, and his grandchildren, Matthew Sims, George Sims, Margaret Attridge, and Sean Attridge. He is also survived by his sisters Julie Briffett (Gerald Briffett) of Hereford, Heather Harvey (Robert Harvey) of Gloucester, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Lillian Sims.
Donations may be made in his memory to Parkinson’s UK (www.parkinsons.org.uk/donate).
The Wheatridge Primary School
The School are delighted to announce the Department for Education’s approval of a new and innovative free school for the children in Gloucester.
The Wheatridge Primary School aims to work closely with the community providing local children access to a world class, academically focused education to prepare them for the demands of a secondary school curriculum and help them aspire to achieve highly in all that they do.
There is more detail on the School’s website about this important and exciting announcement.
The only requirement is a willingness to continue the work of the committee in maintaining the links with the School, identifying areas where the Club and the School can work together and generally being interested in the School.
Of particular interest we are looking for someone to engage with younger members (and potential members) and to improve the use of communication channels available to us.
email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to register interest and more details.
20% sale on all OCC shop items (not blazers)
(while stocks last!).
Enter discount code OCC2021 at the checkout stage and the discounted cost will be applied. This code can be used as many times as you like until 28th February 2021.
Early contender for the Booker prize
The book gives a fascinating insight into the daily life of our ambitious and intrepid Old Cryptian as he negotiates the daily grind of lockdown living and disappearing children.
Unfortunately he has already started posting Lockdown #2 updates which may portend a second volume.
Proceeds from the sale of the book (should there be any) will be donated to NHS charities.
*No money changed hands in return for this description.
Brian Jones – (1946-53)
Howard Allen writes with sad news.
“I much regret to inform you that my very dear friend B.A. ‘Brian’ Jones passed away on Thursday in hospital of CV 19. He was aged 86.
Brian was President of OCC, a member of OCRFC and played for GRFC in early 1960s. A tremendous back row forward and popular for his dash with the Shed.
He was commissioned in Royal Artillery in mid 1950s-short service commission with his National Service.
He was for many years an outstanding presenter and commentator in motor racing at Brands hatch and other circuits. He possessed a wonderful command of the spoken word and a memorable voice.
He is the only brother of Gordon Jones – former president OCC- now approaching his 90th birthday.
We grew up in The Oval in the war and post war years – Brian at 33 – me at 23-such happy times-from cowboys to sport!”
The Club extends its condolences to Gordon and Brian’s family.
A number of online obituaries have been published:
For an overview of his many broadcasts, please see his website.
Christmas greetings from the Head
Dear Old Cryptians,
It has been a quite extraordinary year for us all, but I do hope that this note from your old school finds you all safe and well. The Crypt has endured through the ups and downs of the last 9 months, as it always has, and I think risen tremendously well to the challenges we have all faced. The students take great heart from knowing that the School has endured many, and indeed more demanding challenges in its long and distinguished history, which gives them the resolve needed to cope with the challenges of the present.
I have been immensely proud to be the Headmaster of the School over this period, as it has been a real privilege to lead and work with such a wonderfully committed group of staff and a fine set of young people.
I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and we hope for better days ahead.
My very best wishes,
Christmas Greetings from OC President
Well, what a year we have experienced. Back in February when we were contemplating how we could manage the AGM and dinner in March I am sure none of us were expecting to be still in the grip of this pandemic at Christmas.
Each and every one of us have been impacted and on behalf of the Club I would like to offer my sincere condolences to those that have suffered losses over the year. I sincerely hope that the vast majority remain in good health and good spirits and are looking forward to a break over Christmas, although probably not the Christmas we all are used to.
As a committee, we have made changes to how we operate and along with many others we have embraced the digital world and hold our meetings on line. We will be sending details in the new year about the arrangements for our 2021 AGM. Unfortunately there will be no March AGM and dinner, although I like to think that we will be able to hold an event later in the year once the vaccinations have done their thing.
I have been very impressed with the measures that the school has implemented to ensure that learning continues for all pupils, especially those preparing for exams and those who have required additional support. The regular videos posted to YouTube show that life in school continues with the usual events and plenty of music – well done. I recommend taking some time to see how the school has marked events such as Founders’ Day and the Remembrance Service.
On Thursday 17 December the annual Christmas Carol Service was broadcast on YouTube and made available for later viewing.
Finally, on behalf of all Old Cryptians everywhere, I wish you a safe and healthy Christmas and much better New Year.
Robert Ireland (1949-57)
We are saddened to learn of the passing in October 2020 of Bob Ireland who was at the Crypt School 1949-57 and who had spoken at the 475th anniversary dinner.
Bob was a pioneer of air travel magazine publishing and we will have an obituary in the next Cryptian.