Discover DeCrypt eNews March 2021
Crypt School Virtual Concert … tonight (15/03)
Julian Whittaker, Director of Music writes:
Please join us at 7.00pm tonight on the school’s youtube channel for our virtual Senior Concert.
Here is the link: https://youtu.be/cdrvLJga8k8
It features some amazing performances from students from Y10-13, mostly recorded under lockdown!
You will be impressed by their enthusiasm, musical skill and determination.
I gave the students the challenge to learn a new piece for this concert and some of them have certainly taken themselves out of their comfort zones!
If you are unable to join us, the concert will remain on our youtube channel for you to enjoy when you are able.
Dick Sheppard (1942-49)
We are saddened to learn that former Cryptian and stunt driver Dick Sheppard, who once held the record for having the most entries in the Guinness Book of Records, has died aged 90. The following is extracted from his obituary published in Punchline Gloucester.
After attending Calton Road Junior and Crypt Grammar School, he earned a place at Cambridge University but opted for a job in a motorcycle shop instead.
He said: “At school I was caned quite frequently and threatened with expulsion more than once for being a rebel. I accepted that because it was usually quite true.
“The few masters who owned cars used to hand me the keys during the morning so that I spent the lunch hour cleaning the plugs and points and generally tuning their cars at the out of bounds area in front of the school, while my pals played football in the playground.
“This I did more for the love of engines than any fondness I felt for the teachers. The happiness this gave me continued throughout my life whenever I got the maximum performance out of an engine, whether it was to win a stock car race or achieve a new world record.”
Derek Pearce (1934 – 1939)
We are saddened to learn of the death of Old Cryptian Derek Pearce who we heard from last year when he wrote to tell us of his meeting a fellow Cryptian in his care home in Norwich.
Despite leaving school aged 14, without any qualifications, he won a scholarship to the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester – and won the best student of the year award. In 1961, he went to the United States and became the first farmer in Britain to graduate from the advanced management course at Harvard University’s Business School.
The Eastern Daily Press has a full obituary of Derek who lived an interesting life and was well respected in the farming community.
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.