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Congratulations on 350 years of enlightening and encouraging Bermuda’s youth Warwick Academy’s 350 years of continuous operation demonstrate commitment to improving the quality of life on our Island home. BELCO , having served the community for 106 years, appreciates the hard work, dedication, continuous improvement and focus on the future that are required to empower the community’s progress from one generation to the next. For information about our corporate contributions, visit belco.bm.



Inside this supplement

History of the school Pages 1,2,7 and 8 Calendar of events Pages 3-4 Alumni appeal and School Song Page 5 Generations of Excellence — Opening Ceremony remarks Page 6 A growing reputation for Drama — Chris Jones (Head of Drama and Theatre Arts) Page 9 Musical talent — Kent Hayward (Head of Music) Page 10 Jack Osborn’s schooldays — the second oldest living alumni reflects back Pages 11-12 Clothing Mart keeps rummaging Page 13 The sporting life — Mark Thorne (Head of Physical Education) Pages 14-15 Making the grade — Principal Maggie McCorkell on academic excellence Pages 15-16 Future of the school — Angela Berry, chair of Board of Governors Page 16

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Oldest school in Bermuda celebrates Warwick Academy is 350 years old this year and is commemorating its landmark birthday with a series of events and parties through 2012. The school, founded in 1662, has a fascinating history echoing that of Bermuda itself. Here, former headmaster the late Geoffrey George Lamacraft (Warwick Academy, 1953-72) describes the history of the school and its evolution into the modern era. Little is known about the early years of the school’s history as the historical records, along with those of Warwick Parish Vestry, were lost at sea in 1929. Mr James Firth, who had possession of the records, was the purser of the vessel Fort Victoria that was rammed and sunk off New York Harbour when the


INSTITUTION OF LEARNING: Warwick Academy in 2012. ship was making a regular run to Bermuda. There seems to be little doubt, however, that the first buildings were on land donated by the Rich Family (Earls of Warwick). Richard Norwood, an outstanding mathemati-

cian and navigator, was the first headmaster but only for a very short time as there seem to have been difficulties in agreement over salary, and about 1659 the Reverend Jonathan Burr took over. Burr undertook to “teach

writing, ciphering (arithmetic) and Latin for nothing, and navigation for a fee” but did not succeed, and once again Norwood returned. However, there were still financial problems owing to lack of support and Norwood could not agree with his ushers or assistants. The Company made an inquiry at this time and informed the governors that a learned schoolmaster was one of the greatest needs of the colony, as at least one-third of the men could not even write their own names and those who had had some instruction were educated only to the most elementary level. It was originally suggested that ‘an inoffensive man’ should be found for tutoring in each parish but the Company, realizing that See HISTORY, page 2

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HISTORY Continued from page 1 funds for schools would not run to one in each parish, decided to have one in the Chapel in the ‘over plus’ (the land left over as common land after Norwood’s division of the islands into shares) and another at the Warwick school lands. The Company sent a letter in November 1663, requiring that the person taking over the Warwick School should build two rooms of stone measuring 14 ft by 16 ft.

Privateering principles This was undoubtedly the beginning of Warwick Academy proper. It is more than coincidence that the outline of a building visible in the present school building corresponds to the dimensions of the original building. Education in the colony in the late seventeenth century and eighteenth century was at a very low ebb, being reduced to the levels of reading, writing and arithmetic. When the clergy were urged to help they added a little Latin — to people who were barely literate. At the beginning of Governor Bennett’s term in 1701, members of the House of Assembly were scathing-


SCHOOLDAYS: Students at the front of the school, in 1930. ly described as having “privateering principles and a Bermuda education”. The low standard is hardly surprising when the payment of the schoolmaster, who was also the Attorney General, was a meagre £4 a year. It was not until the nineteenth century that the situation began to improve and this was somewhat spasmodic, depending on the calibre of the headmasters and the length of time they stayed. One of the most outstanding was Hugh Houston, who was headmaster from 18531883, and was renowned as a fine scholar and a good teacher. His school was attended


TEAMWORK: The 1962-3 football team. Pictured with teacher Ted Pearson are Alan Williams, Pell Price, Steven Martin, Jeremy Lodge, Chris Nash, Randy Morris, Robert Vallis and Paul Doughty.

by boys from all over the colony, amongst them several who are well remembered: The Reverend Dr Francis Landy Patton, later to become President of Princeton University; Mr Walter Thorburn, who became a judge in the Supreme Court in Calcutta; and Sir James Hodson, who became a surgeon of repute in Edinburgh. It was not until the twentieth century, however, that the school embarked on the programme of expansion of physical facilities, which still seems to be in process. One of the earliest benefactors was Mr James Morgan of Montreal, who owned property in Warwick Parish. His generosity (1918-1928) made possible the extension of buildings round a quadrangle area, which still remains the heart of the school. In addition, there was an assembly hall (now the gymnasium) and a wellequipped science laboratory. Morgan, Dr Francis Landy Patton and the Hon. A.B. Smith were also responsible for another action of far-reaching importance for Warwick Academy. They presented a petition to the House of Assembly which brought about the passing of an Act of Parliament — The Warwick Academy Trust Act (1922) from which the school has functioned with its own Board of Governors which first met in January, 1923, and from which date school records are


still retained intact. The 1922 Act was rescinded in 1982 and replaced by the Warwick Academy Act 1982. The headmaster at that time, Mr R.C. Robertson (1895-1928, with a six-year break in Canada) had the pleasure of seeing six of his students awarded the Rhodes Scholarship. During the years 19121918, while Mr. Robertson was in Canada, the school was blessed with another good headmaster, Mr W. G. Waddington, MA. His advertisement in the Royal Gazette contained the usual curriculum offered and “special terms for those coming from Hamilton — hot dinners during the winter months”. Major W. B. Welch (1929-1940) was the first headmaster to enjoy the Headmaster’s House at the northern end of the school lands overlooking Hamilton Harbour.

Standards Many of today’s prominent professional and business people received their education at the Academy at this time. Academic standards in general, however, were not high and Mr W. S. Blake, who was headmaster for four years (1943-47), complained at the first Board meeting that standards were low, facilities seriously lacking, syllabuses nonexistent and records incomplete. He introduced student records cards although they were often very sketchily completed. Mr George Perkins, headmaster (1947-53), began the academic development of the school, its students numbering 225 in December 1947. Owing to the generosity of Mr W. S. Purvis, additional classrooms and cloakrooms were added in 1949. By 1950 enrolment had reached 275 and parental interest was marked by a revitalization of the Warwick Academy Association of parents, old pupils and teachers. The school curriculum catered for an ‘A’ stream, which took the Cambridge See HISTORY, page 7



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A year packed full of exciting events BY AMANDA DALE adale@bermudasun.bm

Warwick Academy is the oldest school in Bermuda and is thought to be the oldest school in the western hemisphere to operate on the same site. To mark the school’s 350th anniversary year, commemorative events are being held throughout 2012. Commemorative merchandise is also for sale — to find out more go to www.warwickacad.bm Here are the highlights of Warwick Academy’s calendar year: ■ Opening Ceremony — 350th Anniversary Assembly and tree planting — January 18 ■ Jazz Gala Evening — February 4 This fundraising dinner featured the popular

Warwick Academy Jazz Band, joined by worldrenowned trombonist from Jazz at the Lincoln Centre Orchestra, Vince Gardner. ■ Drama production — The Key Master — February 8-9 This play was about a supply teacher who takes students on a journey through English history and the history of Warwick Academy. ■ Special 350th anniversary lecture — March 23 In ‘From Oceania to Suburbia: 400 years of dramatic change for Bermuda’s bird community’, Dr David Wingate, conservationist and world-renowned ornithologist, talked about the island’s changing environment during 400 years of human settlement. ■ Good Friday Alumni and Warwick Academy Kite Flying — April 6 ■ Bermuda Day Parade —

May 24 Volunteers are needed to help with a 350th anniversary float for this year’s holiday parade. Old school uniforms are also needed, for students to dress in uniforms through the decades. Contact the school’s Development Office on 2399465 if you can help. ■ Alumni Cocktail Party — Luau theme — June 8 Organized by the Warwick Academy Alumni Association, this annual event encourages past students to revisit the school and to reconnect with classmates and past teachers. This year’s party has a luau theme and will be held at the school pool. Expect leis, a pig roast, special Bacardi cocktails and limbo dancing. The Island Restaurant Group will provide a Hawaiianthemed dinner.

Jane Vickers, director of development, said: “For the school’s special year the Alumni Association would love for 350 students to come back to the school for the cocktail party.” Further details are available at www.warwickacad. bm. Click on alumni and follow the cocktail party link. ■ Wear Blue for Warwick Day — June 27 “Our hope is that all alumni, past staff and friends of the school will wear blue for the day to show support for the 350th anniversary,” said Mrs Vickers. “Mark your calendars now so you can dig out your old school tie, house shirt or just any item of clothing that is blue. We want to paint Bermuda blue.” ■ Annual Golf Tournament See EVENTS, page 4

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EVENTS Continued from page 3 — September 21 The 14th year of the fundraiser, to be held at Riddells Bay Golf and Country Club. This year’s proceeds will go towards bursaries, teacher training and facility upgrades. Mrs Vickers said: “This special year we have changed it up a bit. There will be a car for a hole-inone prize, a Swizzle Innsponsored hole, and many other great prizes and fun hole competitions. “We welcome all interested players to join us for our 350th Anniversary Golf Tournament. Please make up a foursome and fill out the form on the website or e-mail jvickers@warwickacad.bm.” ■ Opening of Art Auction — September 28. The auction takes place October 12 ■ Walk and Run for Warwick — October 7 All age groups and abili-

WARWICK ACADEMY 350TH: A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT ties are invited to take part in this fun day, which takes place in the parish of Warwick. It concludes with a barbecue and prize giving at the school. Mrs Vickers said: “The Bear will also take part as his aim is to run 350 km this year. That is quite an achievement when you are all in fur.” ■ 350th Anniversary Gala Weekend — November 9-11 “The highlight of the year,” according to Mrs Vickers. “Overseas visiting alumni will be invited to take part in the morning assembly, followed by a coffee morning and tours of the school.” All alumni are then invited to take part in activities such as softball, basketball and football games at the school. A friendly golf tournament will also be held at the Fairmont Southampton Resort. On the Saturday a Gala Dinner is being held at the Mid Ocean Ampitheatre. “We would love the various year groups to grab as

many of their old classmates as possible, and come out to celebrate with us,” said Mrs Vickers. “Join us for a wonderful evening reliving old memories and creating new ones.” For more information contact jvickers@warwickacad.bm or chunter@ warwickacad.bm. Special room rates are available for alumni. Go to https:// resweb.passkey.com/go/ warwickacademy before October 8. ■ Drama production — Cabaret — November 21-24 “Warwick has a wonderful reputation for its performing arts and for putting on first-class plays. Make sure you buy your tickets early. We sell out fast.” ■ Warwick Academy PTA Christmas Fair — December 1 The 32nd school fair, featuring Santa Claus, games, a bake sale, cotton candy, food and refreshments. Mrs Vickers said: “The prizes are amazing and you


can always see children leaving with stuffed animals bigger than they are.” Alumni The school is appealing for alumni through the decades to get in touch during its 350th year. “There are so many wonderful Warwick Academy alumni out there in Bermuda and spread across the world that unfortunately we don’t have current contact details for them. “We would love to be able to be in touch with everyone and let them know what we are doing this year to celebrate and to keep them informed of what their old school is up to these days,” said Mrs Vickers. “Please visit the Warwick Academy website at www. warwickacad.bm, go to the Alumni tab and complete the update sheet, or e-mail jvickers@warwickacad.bm and chunter@warwickacad. bm. We would love to hear from you.” Alternatively, fill out the form opposite, cut out and post to the school. ■



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The School Song Warwick Academy requests the help of former students in bringing their alumni list up to date. Could former pupils, or anyone possessing information pertinent to a former pupil complete the form below and fax it to 236-9995 or mail it to: The Development Office, Warwick Academy, 117 Middle Road, Warwick, PG01. Or visit www.warwickacad.bm and click the Alumni tab to complete the form online. Name_____________________________________________ Maiden name_______________________________________ Date of leaving WA__________________________________ Present address_____________________________________ _________________________________________________ E-mail address_______________________________________ Phone number______________________________________

Gaudeamus igitur Let us rejoice, therefore, Juvenes dum sumus While we are young, Gaudeamus igitur Let us rejoice, therefore, Juvenes dum sumus While we are young. Per jucundam juventutem, During happy youth, Per beatam senectutem During happy old age Quo non ascendam, To what heights may I not ascend Quo non ascendam. To what heights may I not ascend. Concinamus o sodales Let us sing together, school companions, Vivat academia; Long live the school; Concinamus o sodales Let us sing together, school companions, Vivat academia; Long live the school. Ecce ursus iam resurgens, Behold the bear now rising up, Ecce navis porro urgens. Behold the ship forward pressing. Semper sint in flore, May they always flourish, Semper sint in flore, May they always flourish.

Education is the movement from darkness to light. ~Allan Bloom

To the trustees, staff, students & parents of Warwick Academy

Congratulations on your 350th Anniversary

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Saluting Generations of Excellence On January 18, 2012, Warwick Academy commemorated the start of its 350th Anniversary year with an Opening Ceremony in morning assembly and the planting of a Bermuda cedar tree on the school grounds. The celebrations continued in the evening with a reception in the Old Quadrangle for alumni, parents and invited guests. The theme of Warwick Academy’s anniversary year is ‘Generations of Excellence’, and this was touched upon in the Anniversary Address given by principal Maggie McCorkell, Dr Jack Patton, former chairman of the Board of Governors, and Angela Berry, current chair. Here are some of the highlights of the speeches of that day. Maggie McCorkell, Principal “Honoured guests, Warwick alumni, ladies and gentlemen, it is my very great pleasure to welcome you to this momentous celebration in the life of our historic school. “Today we officially launch a year of activities and festivities and look forward to many more years of success and happiness for all members of our Warwick Academy family.” Mrs McCorkell said: “Our theme for this, our birthday year, is ‘Generations of Excellence’, and I am delighted to see that we have more than adequate examples of this right here in this hall this evening. “You will be interested to hear that our oldest alumni, that we know of, is Mr Rusty Hutchings. He was born in 1917 and came to Warwick when he was seven, in 1924.” She said: “This evening we are also honoured to recognize by name, all our alumni present this evening who are 80 years old this year and older.” Those present were Jack Osborne, Sydney Corbett, John Faries, Allan Kuhn, Ronald Lightbourn, Sarah Pitman, Colin Plant, Charles Rosa, William Thomson, Carolyn Boatman, Leo and Katherine Custodio, Kames Kempe, Walter Sharpe. Also present at the assembly was the school’s youngest student Luke Foster, five-year-old son of artist Graham Foster. After the assembly Luke and Jack Osborne, 91, planted a Bermuda cedar tree in

the school grounds. They also helped Mrs McCorkell and Angela Berry, chair of the Board of Governors, to cut the first slice of the birthday cake. Later this year there are also plans to bury a time capsule on the school grounds. “You will also be interested to hear that the Warwick Academy Alumni Association has decided as part of their 350th year project to redo the front of the school,” Mrs McCorkell told those present at the Opening Ceremony. “To assist with this they will be selling commemorative bricks, which can be engraved in memory or in honour with any name you wish.” 350th Anniversary memorabilia will also be on sale throughout the year. ■ Dr Jack Patton, former chairman of Board of Governors “Today we sit in a place of learning where over 350 years some remarkable people, whose collective character, foresight and energy, have made Warwick Academy a grand old school of good repute. “I am grateful for the privilege of being asked to address some aspect of the theme, ‘Generations of Excellence’. “I have chosen to say something about a selected few of those Men of Excellence who have guided this school until the early part of the last century. “These are men whose names are remembered over the generations and whose deeds live on.”


TREE PLANTING: From left, Maggie McCorkell, Angela Berry, Jack Osborne and Luke Foster. Dr Patton told the stories of the five men: Robert Rich, the 2nd Earl of Warwick (1587-1658); Dr Robert Hunter; Hugh Houston; R.C. Robertson; and James Morgan. “So here we have five Men of Excellence. Two great benefactors: Robert Rich and James Morgan; and three outstanding headmasters: Hunter, Houston and Robertson. “Their contributions to Warwick Academy, though scattered over many generations, are noble and enduring. We salute in absentia these splendid men. Were it not for their actions, we might not be here. “Auditor si monumentum requiris circumspice. Audience, if you require a monument, look around you. This school is their monument.” ■ Angela Berry, chair of Board of Governors “As one of the oldest

schools in the western hemisphere, Warwick Academy’s heritage is almost conterminous (within the same scope) with that of Bermuda itself. “The school has, for 350 years, provided generations of students with a quality educational experience.” She said: “The Warwick Academy family has been blessed to have had, and continues to have, outstanding leadership in our teachers, management teams, heads of school and our Boards of Governors... “We would not be here celebrating today were it not for efforts of our devoted faculty, exceptional management team, generous donors and committed alumni, parents, family and friends. “We are all a part of the fabric of Warwick Academy’s history, and have the phenomenal opportunity to continue to build upon and pass on its great legacy.” ■



HISTORY Continued from page 2 School Certificate, while other students took commercial and business training.

Integration In September 1953, Mr G. G. Lamacraft became headmaster and was in office for 19 years. It was during this time that the school’s reputation for high academic standards was firmly established and school enrolment steadily increased. There were many major changes and a great increase in school facilities, especially for the Science Department. In 1962, the 300th anniversary of the founding of the school, the Phoebe Purvis Memorial Hall was built in tribute to the continuing generosity of Mr Purvis. Also, 1962 was a celebration year in another direction as the governors decided on an important change


FACILITIES: Warwick Academy was the first school on the island to build a swimming pool, in 1981. of policy. Warwick Academy, traditionally a school for white children, opened its Secondary Department to all children, the first of the traditionally white schools to do so. Two black children qualified in the entrance examinations but unfortunately neither took up the offer and it was not until 1963 that the first black child attended. The school is now completely integrated.

In 1967, the school regretfully parted with its ‘A’ level Sixth Form when the Government decided it would be more economical to concentrate all ‘A’ level teaching at a Sixth Form centre. In 1971, there was a further blow to tradition when Government amalgamated several small primary schools and the Primary Department at Warwick Academy was one of the first to go.

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Needless to say, with the Secondary Department expanding first to a threestream and then to a fourstream entry, the space was rapidly taken up and soon the school was once more filled to overflowing. An ‘infant’ music department, begun at this time, is now flourishing. When Dr Joseph M. Marshall was appointed headmaster in 1972, Warwick Academy operated as a typical British grammar school. However, his long experience as an educator in North America led him to believe that a more liberal programme could be introduced without sacrificing academic excellence, and changes in this sphere have gradually been taking place. Expansion, both in the academic and recreational spheres, has been achieved at a steady rate. Two hard surface tennis courts were built in 1974. The building housing the See HISTORY, page 8

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HISTORY Continued from page 7 Science laboratories, Food, Nutrition and Needlework rooms was completed in 1975. In 1981, following extensive fundraising, a very real need was met when a 25-metre swimming pool was completed. The earth excavated in the pool was utilized to level off an area, which is now an outdoor basketball court. There have also been valuable additions to the staffroom. The cosmopolitan make-up of members of staff, from Bermuda, Canada, the US, UK and Ireland, helps to provide students with a well-rounded education. The nature of the school changed dramatically in the 1960s and early 1970s. Warwick Academy became a racially-integrated school. Changes in the system of public education involved the loss to the school of both its Sixth Form and its


HERITAGE: The share of 25 acres for Warwick Academy is indicated by the coloured strip on the far right, on the 1663 Norwood Survey (by Richard Norwood). Primary Department. From then until 1992, Warwick Academy developed as a four-form entry, 11-16 selective, co-educational secondary school. Student enrolment climbed to nearly 500. In 1989 the Ministry of Education announced it was to abolish the Secondary School entrance examination and establish a compre-

hensive educational system of primary, middle and senior secondary schools. The Board of Governors announced in June 1990, that Warwick Academy would become a private 5-16 school from September 1992. Later, the Board agreed to Government’s demand to delay the privatisation of the Secondary School until September 1995. Meanwhile, a fee-paying Primary School was started in 1992, with one class in Primary One and one in Primary Two. Since becoming private again the school has had three headteachers, Mr Bernard Beacroft, who retired in 1997, Mr Robert


Lennox, who retired in 2008, and Mrs Margaret McCorkell. The school is now solidly established as a successful, happy, integrated establishment maintaining high academic standards in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, the General Certificate of Secondary Education, and the International Baccalaureate. Additionally it offers a full range of sporting, musical and other extracurricular opportunities. The school opened a new facility in May of 2005, which boasts a fine fullsize Sports Hall, new bathrooms, changing rooms and revamped swimming pool (now heated), in addition to three new classrooms and an expanded Design and Technology workshop, as well as storage for the Main Hall. It has ambitious plans to upgrade its existing facilities and to add further ones. ■

FOR MORE on Warwick Academy visit the school’s website at www.warwickacad.bm. This article on the history of the school was written by G. G. Lamacraft and revised by Berl Eldridge and Dr Joseph M. Marshall.


SPORTS DAY: Clockwise from top, Samantha Knight, Erin Smith, Alicia Simmons and Lavina Darrell.

PARADE: The float for the 1962 Bermuda Day Parade, marking the school’s centenaries in flowers. Pictured are Josephine Greig, Jay Kempe, Andrew Doughty, Maureen Panchard and Tina Hutchings.



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Drama from The Crucible to Cabaret BY CHRIS JONES Head of Drama & Theatre Arts

Drama at Warwick Academy has gained a growing reputation for excellence in recent years. Productions have ranged from Blood Brothers to Little Shop of Horrors, to Hairspray and The Crucible. This fall the school will be presenting Kander and Ebb’s groundbreaking musical Cabaret, which is generating great excitement among the students. Since I started at the school in September 2010, I have aimed to stage one musical one year and a scripted drama the next. As a result, students that may not necessarily excel as singers or dancers have the opportunity to gain a leading role if they audition. The audition process itself is structured so students are not intimidated. They often


POWER: A scene from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. audition in pairs and present a series of improvised scenes, rather than standing alone and reciting a monologue learnt in advance. As a result, many students in the upper school that may not have chosen to follow Drama academically

are comfortable auditioning and, indeed, are often cast in leading roles. In recent years, Warwick Academy has also gained a reputation for risk-taking in terms of imaginative choices of staging. Whilst the original con-


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cept and ideas are initiated by the director of each production, the cast are encouraged to suggest their own thoughts and they often contribute the best ideas. For example, The Crucible was set in an indefinite time. The school has also been involved in the Bermuda Shakespeare Festival since its introduction. Past performances include Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice and The Comedy of Errors. The school has gained a growing reputation for originality in the staging of Shakespeare’s work. For example, The Comedy of Errors was set in a touristclogged 1970’s Costa del Sol. Many of the school’s students also take part in productions staged by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society. ■

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Why our music is noted as the best BY KENT HAYWARD Head of Music

The aim of the Warwick Academy Music Department is to give every student the opportunity to make music a meaningful part of their lives. The Music Department strives to educate its students so that they are informed and equipped to make a lifetime of musicmaking and enjoyment a possibility. Primary school music focuses on singing, focused listening, speech chorus, drama, playing percussion and recorders. Upper primary students learn violin, cello and Orff instrumentation (glockenspiels, xylophones and metallophones). Our senior curriculum has six main areas of focus: String class for Year Five and select Year Six students; music theory funda-


TALENT: Kent Hayward, left, and the WA Jazz Band. mentals for Year Six; general music for Years Seven to Nine; practical and theory studies for ABRSM music students, Years Seven to 11; instrumental music ensembles for ABRSM music students; and more in-depth study for Music GCSE students (Years 10-11) and IB students (Years 12-13).

Warwick Academy has an actual music stream. Each year 25 students apply and audition for the Music class. They are split into two groups, Wind/Percussion and Strings, and are then committed to the programme for five years. This enables us to reach high performance levels.

Each student follows the ABRSM music theory syllabus up to Grade Five, preparing them for university. They also take an annual ABRSM theory exam through Year 11, and each plays in an ensemble. In Strings and Wind, we have flagship groups which perform in the community. For the Strings, it is the Electric String ensemble. The flagship for the Wind side is the Warwick Academy Jazz Band. The Music Department is run by myself and Brian Swan, and we are both former Warwick Academy students. We are proud of the musical heritage the school has afforded us and have endeavoured to take music to the next level here. We are excited to be a part of the 350th celebrations and realize that we are in a special time at a special place. ■



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Happy memories, 80 years on BY AMANDA DALE adale@bermudasun.bm

More than eighty years have passed since Jack Osborn attended Warwick Academy, but he says students are still being educated the right way. Manners and discipline were among the qualities the former student noted on his return to the school in January. Mr Osborn, the second oldest living alumni at the age of 91, visited Warwick Academy to take part in its 350th Anniversary Opening Ceremony. On his first visit back to Bermuda in 40 years, he enjoyed chatting to students and assisted the youngest, five-year-old Luke Foster, in planting a commemorative Bermuda cedar tree. “Coming back to the school, it brings back many memories, and all happy


VISIT: From left, principal Maggie McCorkell, alumni Jack Osborn and Jane Vickers, director of development. ones,” said Mr Osborn. “I’m really impressed by what the school has become now. And I’m impressed by the discipline here — there

is no fighting. Everyone seems well behaved and speaks well of the staff.” Back in the 1920s and 1930s, Warwick Academy

had about 150 students — 200 less than its present population. Mr Osborn said: “The discipline was as good as any of the day. The teachers were strict, and any violations were punished by a stripe across the rear end with an oleander switch (stick), but that didn’t happen very often.” Mr Osborn moved to Bermuda from England with his family in 1920. His mother Margaret became a teacher at the school and his father Harry worked in shipping for the Furness Bermuda Line, and later the Bermuda Government. He had a brother, Geoffrey, and sister, Mary, (both deceased). Mr Osborn’s nephew Mike Osborn is a manager at LF Wade International Airport. All three siblings attended See MEMORIES, page 12

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After leaving school Mr Osborn studied for a BSc degree in plant pathology at Cornell University but spent his summers in Bermuda, travelling back and forth to school on the Queen of Bermuda and the Monarch of Bermuda. He also attained an MSc in plant breeding at the University of Toronto. Ms Osborn also served as a patrol bomber and pilot of Coastal Command for the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. After the war he worked for the Campbell Soup Company, with specialist agricultural appointments in New Jersey, Italy, France, Spain and England, as well as the Pacific Northwest, where he developed feeding programmes for salmon and trout. Mr Osborn now lives in Lumberton, New Jersey, where he keeps busy in his retirement making small items of wooden furniture. His wife Elaine died two years ago. He has two sons, John and James, in the US, and five great-grandchildren. During his visit to Bermuda, Mr Osborn also visited 94-year-old Rusty Hutchings, the school’s oldest alumni. Jane Vickers, director of development, said: “They had a wonderful time reliving their days at Warwick Academy. It was just amazing, the stories they came out with.” ■

MEMORIES Continued from page 11 Warwick Academy and Mr Osborn was there from age eight (in 1929) to 16 (1937). Mr Osborn said: “Children in those days either rode bikes or walked to school, there was no motorized transport.” During some of his schooldays the family lived in the teaching quarters at the school, where principal Margaret McCorkell’s offices are now. Mr Osborn’s favourite subjects were English, French, Latin and mathematics. He also enjoyed playing sports against other schools, such as Saltus Grammar School, Whitney Institute and Sandys Grammar. Saltus was “the biggest rival”.

Games He also remembers swimming in the Great Sound and one day swimming across the bay to the Hamilton Princess, being tooted at by the captain of the ferry Laconia. There were also big celebrations for the 1935 Silver Jubilee of King George V. “The school was asked to build a bonfire on the top of a hill by the chapel,” he said. “There were also bonfires in Somerset and Southampton, and St George’s. When the signal came we lit it up and let it

REUNION: Jack Osborn, 91, with Rusty Hutchings, 94. blaze all night. Those were happy days. We had fun, it was a happy school. “We didn’t have any music (teachers) per se in those days but we had a teacher who played the piano in the morning, when we sang the School Song and morning hymn. We also put on school plays.” Among the games the children played were the ‘slow bicycle race’. Mr Osborn explained: “We would mark out 50 yards on the playing field. Then you rode to the other end on your bicycle, and the last person who got there without falling off won. You needed considerable skill to

do this.” Another game was to sit on a horizontal cedar log with a burlap sack full of shavings and try to knock the other youngster off. Mr Osborn said: “My closest friends were the Darrells who used to have a boat slip on Harbour Road, the Williams family of Southampton, and Jack Thomas of Paget. “Teddy Tucker was also one of my earliest friends and we spent a lot of our summers in the water.” Back in those days the students sat their exams at the Masonic Hall in Hamilton. The papers came from England and were sent back to be examined.

■ ALUMNI / Robin Spencer-Arscott Robin Spencer-Arscott attended Warwick Academy from 1947 to 1960. He is married to Ann Spencer-Arscott, director of the Bermuda Red Cross, and has three sons, Steven, 40, Andrew, 20, and Ryan, 16, and two granddaughters, Madison, six, and Emily, three. Mr Spencer-Arscott, 70, of Paget, is the deputy chairman for AAA Risk Solutions Ltd. He said: “I was enrolled in Warwick Academy in 1947 at the tender age of six. In the class photo, I think I

was nine. I was there until I Certainly sufficient to graduated from high school gain me acceptance into in 1960. Dalhousie University in “It was a great school, not Nova Scotia. that I had anything “However, the to compare it with, lure of International but I remember I was Business won me very happy there. over. I thought I “I was a house would try it for a captain and a prefect; year to see if I liked I did well enough it, as I was told I academically to could still apply to achieve a distinction university in a year in English Language, ARSCOTT if that became my credits in English choice, and to this Literature and Religion day I am still involved in and comfortable passes International Business. in Mathematics, Spanish, “Despite this class photo History and Geography. showing only males, there

was an equal number of young ladies at Warwick which helped to make it a wonderful environment in which to grow up. “I have nothing but happy memories of my time at Warwick Academy. I treasure the friendships that I made there and, to a certain extent, still have to this day. “I am also happy that I was in school at a time when learning was welcomed by the students and when respect was given to those who were teaching us.” ■



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Clothing Mart continues fundraising BY AMANDA DALE adale@bermudasun.bm

Even half a century ago, Warwick Academy was finding creative, innovative ways of raising money for school funds. In 1956 Lady Eileen Sharpe (wife of former Premier Jack Sharpe), Pamela Kempe and their friends started the ‘Warwick Academy Clothing Mart’.

Rummage The popular bric-a-brac and clothing market began as a school uniform sale, where parents could sell on old uniforms with a percentage of each sale going to school funds. These days it sells everything from clothing to household appliances. “We take clothing for men, women and children, shoes, household appliances

and linens, glassware, toys, books, everything except for large furniture,” said Lynne Fisher, of the Clothing Mart committee. Ms Fisher, of Southampton, first got involved with the market 44 years ago in the late 1960s when her eldest child Michael was six years old. All five of her children attended Warwick Academy. “It has been a labour of love doing the Clothing Mart,” she said. The Clothing Mart used to take place twice a year, in October and March, for three weeks at a time. From 2012 it has become an annual market due to the school’s many extracurricular activities at the Phoebe Purvis Memorial Hall, making the venue no longer available for lengthy periods. This year’s event took

‘It is quite popular, as people get something back.’ LYNNE FISHER

Clothing Mart committee

place from February 15-19, staffed by volunteers. It concluded with a half-price sale on the Saturday and a $3-abag sale on the Sunday. People across the island rummage through their attics, drawers and closets to find unwanted items in good condition to take to the Clothing Mart. They each make up a

‘consignment’, whereby everything is numbered and labelled ready for the sale. It is then dropped off at the school and anything which isn’t sold is then returned to the owner. The school takes 40 per cent of the proceeds of sales and the owner gets 60 per cent. “It is quite popular, as people get something back,” said Ms Fisher. The money raised runs into thousands every year. The proceeds are then spent on whatever items the school needs at the time. “As a committee we decide how to allocate money to specific items,” she said. “We have allocated money for all sorts of things through the years, such as the swimming pool, picnic benches, curtains for the stage and furnishings for Reception.” ■

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Warwick’s sporting success BY MARK THORNE Head of Physical Education

Warwick Academy aims to provide all students with the opportunity to develop their physical abilities, through a variety of fun activities. Students are taught not only how to get fit, but also why it is important. Our hope is that the activities followed in class and during Activity Afternoons will help to build each student’s self-esteem, and also lead to a healthier lifestyle. The syllabus at Warwick Academy is based on the National Curriculum and students cover a wide variety of topics. Warwick Academy has a 25 metre swimming pool which can be used yearround for swimming, water polo, lifeguard training and aqua aerobics. We also have a gymna-


ACHIEVEMENTS: Long jumper Chas Smith won the title of Champion Boy at this year’s Inter-House sports day. He also represented Bermuda at this year’s CARIFTA Games. sium for gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, football, badminton, netball, cricket, tennis, table tennis, fitness

training, tumbling and ‘ultimate Frisbee’. The pool and gym can also be rented out by clubs

and organizations, outside of school hours. We also have two main playing fields, used for cross-country, cricket, football, flag football, lacrosse, netball, rugby, softball, track and field, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball. There is also a dock at the northern end of the school which is used for swimming and lifesaving activities. Our Activity Afternoons take place every term and break only for exams, sports days and other special events. Students in Years Seven to Nine meet on Tuesdays, and Years 10-13 on Thursdays. We mix up our activities according to the seasons, and also offer equestrian training, golf, mountain biking, rowing, sailing, salsa, squash, walking, weights, See SPORTS, page 15


SPORTS Continued from page 14 yoga and now, Zumba. Due to the commitment of our staff, student body and trained professionals at many of our locations, we have had great success in sports. We hold several championship trophies. In badminton last year we won many age categories and have this year dominated a local tournament.

Coaching We won the middle school boys’ cricket league last year. Our boys’ and girls’ teams also won the softball at Bernard Park. In the fall we won the primary, middle and high school swimming championships. We also dominated the middle and senior boys’ volleyball. In football the senior boys and girls came second in the league. In basketball the middle school boys maintained their winning record for

WARWICK ACADEMY 350TH: A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT the sixth year running. The senior girls also won this year’s basketball league. Warwick Academy always does well in cross-country and this year once again had several runners on the podium. We also did well in the Front Street Mile. Even our school mascot, The Bear, supports our sports, when he is not taking part in road races to meet his goal of running 350 kilometres this year. Our sporting success is due to the commitment of players and coaches. We also have volunteer coaches. They are: Mark Hamilton, Bill Bucci and Andrew Soares (senior boys’ volleyball); Shari Scott and Shanay Scott (senior girls’ basketball); Steven Simons, Jason Simons and Dean Jones (senior boys’ basketball); and Mike Corday and Chris Wright (senior girls’ football). To the Warwick Academy staff, activity leaders and coaches, thank you for giving your time to help make someone else’s life better. ■

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Academic excellence BY MAGGIE MCCORKELL Principal

Warwick Academy today is a lively and vibrant environment in which students feel safe and happy. While, like everyone else, we have been affected by the current economic climate, our numbers MCCORKELL remain healthy — in fact our student enrolment is up from last year. We are continually expanding and upgrading our resources, and next academic year will see the addition of three extra staff members. The curriculum at Warwick Academy follows the UK National Curriculum.

This builds on students’ strengths, interests and experiences and develops confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively. Central to this is the development of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology skills, and developing students’ ability to think critically and rationally. Warwick Academy also recognizes the importance of nurturing a student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, in particular, develops principles for distinguishing between right and wrong. We are committed to providing a demanding and challenging curriculum that develops an appreciation of different beliefs and cultures. Each year we hold an See RESULTS, page 16

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RESULTS Continued from page 15 International Day, with lessons and workshops featuring different cultures. This year, this includes salsa and Scottish dancing. The curriculum aims to equip students for the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of the global employment market. Warwick Academy ensures that students maintain a balanced choice of subjects to keep opportunities open and to ensure flexibility in college and career choices. We follow the UK National Curriculum from Key Stage One to Four. Students aged 14-16 study for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), which is equivalent to the British GCSE. The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is also tested at the end of Year 11 (the external assessment for Key Stage Four of the National


LEAP FORWARD: Students get additional support through the FROG VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) platform. The online programme enables staff, parents and students to share school information and lesson content. Curriculum). Warwick Academy’s IGCSE/GCSE results for the class of 2011 were: A* — C grade pass: 90 per cent of students (the UK average is 69 per cent). Sixth Form students study for the International Baccalaureate (IB), a twoyear pre-university diploma programme. This combines six subject groups with three additional features: theory of knowl-

edge; creativity, action and service; and an extended essay. The six subject groups cover: English; a second language; individuals and society; experimental sciences; mathematics and computer science; and the arts. Students may select one subject from each group, three of which will be studied at the higher level and three at the standard level.


We also offer certificate courses for those not following the diploma. Our Learning Enrichment [LE] programme also helps all pupils to achieve their learning potential, helping them to overcome a particular area of need. LE helps students with different learning profiles, whether dyslexic, dyspraxic, ADHD or merely unconventional. It aims to improve selfesteem and self-confidence, and teachers respond to individual needs, differentiating their teaching for different learning styles. LE also aims to meet the needs of outstandingly gifted and talented pupils, with Individualized Learning Profiles (ILPs) to direct teaching and learning. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank our Warwick Academy family of students, staff, parents, alumni and friends for their support and loyalty to our school, its historic traditions and all it stands for in the changing world of the 21st century. ■

Future vision for Warwick Academy BY ANGELA BERRY Chair of Board of Governors

The vision of the Board of Governors and management team of Warwick Academy is to continue to grow our school into a worldclass educational institution of learning excellence, with globalBERRY ly-minded, responsible students. We share a great sense of pride about the special place Warwick Academy has carved out in shaping Bermuda’s history, and we have a deep sense of anticipation of the promising future that lies ahead as we look to take our school to the next level. A school is only as strong as its students and therefore, simply put, our high-

est priority is — and must always continue to be — to put students first. Warwick Academy seeks to be a haven for learning, which equips each student with the knowledge and skills necessary to reach his or her individual potential. We believe that this goal is underpinned by a curriculum framework that provides a strong foundation, together with quality instruction and a culture which is best served by a broad-based, holistic learning environment, where — by employing innovative and modern teaching methods — students are taught creatively, and learning becomes as instinctive as breathing. A globally-focused interdisciplinary approach to education is also one of the foundational principles we have established at Warwick Academy. In this modern age, stu-

dents need to be aware of global events and trends, and to understand the underlying issues and potential outcomes, so that they are prepared for and can confidently take their place in both the local and wider international communities. Warwick Academy is already an IB World School and embraces the ethos of the IB programme, but aims to become an International IB School.

Pledge It is also our belief that students learn what is truly valued by observing what we, their teachers and mentors, give our attention to. Therefore, in addition to the usual ‘3 Rs’ of academic success, we encourage and expect faculty to seek to incorporate and pattern into the learning process an additional set of 3 Rs —

Responsibility, Respect and Relationships; responsibility for their education and actions, and mutual respect for one another which will lead to good interpersonal relationships. This should result in the development of our students as ethical, responsible citizens and will undoubtedly assist them in achieving ultimate educational success. The success of our school has always been, and will continue to be, the result of the commitment of the entire Warwick Academy family — including its Board, management, teachers, parents, alumni and friends in the community. We pledge to continue to build upon the legacy developed over the last 350 years as we strive to shape the future and bring our vision to fruition. ■

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Warwick Academy 350th April 2012  

Warwick Academy, Bermuda's oldest school, celebrates its 350th anniversary in the Bermuda Sun's special supplement.

Warwick Academy 350th April 2012  

Warwick Academy, Bermuda's oldest school, celebrates its 350th anniversary in the Bermuda Sun's special supplement.