Newbridge Grammar School 1st Year Under 12's Rugby XV 1967-8; Headmaster John Herbert on the left and PE Teacher Chris Padfield on the right.





Newbridge Grammar School 2nd Year Under 13's Rugby XV 1968-9; Headmaster John Herbert in the centre and Biology Teacher Alan Bullock on the right.





Tynewydd Junior School Standard IVa, 1966. Headmaster Mr Williams on the left and Form Teacher
Mrs Edwards on the right.
Second boy in from the left, back row, is Philip Duddridge; third in from the right, back row, is Dory Buck, and on the extreme right is Leslie Price. On the extreme right, row three, is Michael Breeze, and next to him, in a blue jumper, is Graham Morgan, who was the dentist in Crosskeys for many years. On the extreme right in row two (seated) is John Zani, the son of the owner of Ron's Cafe and the fourth boy in from the right (in a blazer) is Dai Fox, who became a vicar in Penarth and tragically went missing on a walking holiday in the mountains of Slovenia in June 2008. Next to Dai, in a blue cardigan, is Coral Jones and next to her is Janet Harman. Front row, far left, is Jane Francis, whose late father Eddie was the well-liked chemistry teacher at Newbridge Grammar School.





Newbridge Grammar School Cricket XI 1974; Headmaster Arthur Bowman and Biology Teacher Tom Leader in the centre, with scorer Andrew Simmonds at the front. The missing player is Philip Duddridge.




Newbridge Grammar School Rugby First XV; 1948-49. The headmaster, sat behind the ball, is
Archibald Theodore Sinclair Cooke, and seated, far left, is deputy-head Mr Talbot Thomas.





Newbridge Grammar School Rugby First XV, 1949-50; headmaster Mr ATS Cooke.





Newbridge Grammar School Rugby First XV, 1950-51; headmaster Mr ATS Cooke. Deputy-head Mr Talbot Thomas is sat next to Dai Hayward in his Welsh Schools' rugby shirt.





Newbridge Grammar School Rugby First XV, 1959-60; the headmaster is still Mr ATS Cooke.





Newbridge Grammar School Cricket First XI, 1959-60; the headmaster is ATS Cooke, and far right is the new deputy-head, Mr EM Jones, known to everyone as 'Latin' Jones. Sometimes he kept a small boy on his right shoulder for good luck.





A Newbridge Grammar School trip to Holland in 1961. The responsible adult at the front is History teacher Reg Edwards, sporting a natty line in sandals and grey socks, which was the style of the times.




Newbridge Grammar School Rugby Under 13's XV, 1965-66. The headmaster is Mr John Herbert.





Newbridge Grammar School Rugby Under 15's XV, 1965-66. The headmaster is Mr John Herbert. Sat either side of John Herbert are Brian Tiley and Mel Davies. PE Teacher Chris Padfield is in the back row, as is future Welsh and Lions' international Jeff 'Squinto' Squire, second from the right.





Newbridge Grammar School Rugby Under 15's XV, 1968-69. The headmaster is Mr John Herbert. Second from the left in the back row is Billy Harding, and fourth from the right in the back row is Martin Tamlyn, who tragically died in an accident at work several years ago. Far right in the back row is Geography teacher Ron Davies, who went on to become a well-known MP. Seated on the far right is Billy Friend, who captained the School Cricket team in 1972.





A section of the School photograph from 1947.






Another section of the School photograph from 1947.






A larger section of the same School photograph from 1947.





Newbridge Grammar School, 5th Form - 1963.







Newbridge Grammar School, 5 Main - 1963.





Newbridge Grammar School, Upper-Sixth Form Prefects, 1963-64. The teachers in the front row are
Mr EM 'Latin' Jones (deputy-head) and Miss Cecil ('Ma Cess'), senior mistress and Maths' teacher.






A Newbridge Grammar School school trip to Goodrich Castle and Tintern Abbey, possibly Summer 1967/68. Mike Williams with lollipop in mouth, Glyn Tucker rear left, Raymond James in front of Glyn Tucker, Brian Tiley kneeling, Tim Williams in the dark shirt, Philip Kidman just seen, Mel Davies is front right, Dave Boulton behind Mel and John Thomas at the very rear.






Manic Street Preachers' frontman, James Dean Bradfield, who used to work as a barman in the Memo, stands in front of the plaque in the 'Stute commemorating Newbridge Grammar School English teacher 'Bonnie' James, who died, aged 80, in 2009. Mrs James was also a published author and will be remembered by all her pupils as not only a good and empathetic teacher but also as a gentle and thoroughly decent person. Ex-pupils will notice that the plaque bears the motto of
Newbridge Grammar School; 'Ex Terra Lucem'. © South Wales Argus







Some may wonder what this slightly distressed-looking building has to do with 'School', but Tynewydd Infants and Junior School pupils over a certain age will remember St Paul's Church Hall as being the venue of 'PT' lessons when the weather was wet (which occasionally happens in Wales...). We'd turn up with our elasticated daps in our homemade drawstring dap-bags and run around like screaming idiots for 30 minutes. The church hall was situated just the other side of the Junior School's boys' playground wall - just behind the bomb shelter and the apparatus that no-one was allowed to play on... occasionally the annual nativity play was held there too.  © Dory Buck







Greenfield Secondary School Football XI, 1958-59. The goalkeeper in red is Ollie Davies, who went on the keep goal for Fields Park AFC for many, many years. Photograph courtesy of Brian 'Rocket' Hunt.
















Newbridge Grammar School Under 13's (1969-70); the teacher to the left of headmaster John Herbert is John Bullock, now sadly no longer with us. Holding the ball is captain Keith Kinsey, and a few others worth a mention are boys in the back row, starting with the player between Mr Bullock and Dr Herbert... Murray 'Muzzy' Jenkins, then moving right, Dai Arnold (who supplied the photo), Vaughan 'Beep' Palmer, Mike Breeze, Lyndon 'Scruff' Morris and a cold and under-nourished looking David 'Dukey' Wellington, who was also a good opening bat for the school cricket team. Thanks to Dai Arnold for the photo.





Newbridge Grammar School 2nd XV Rugby team, 1972-73. Notice David 'Dukey' Wellington has been stood in exactly the same position as on the previous photograph for three full years, so he didn't miss the team photo. In the interim he has shot up, filled out and put on a thermal vest and presents a much healthier physique, due in no small part to Chris Padfield's intense regime of circuits and medicine ball throwing. To our knowledge he stands there still...... Again, thanks to Dai Arnold for the photo.





Young people having a jolly old time - all good clean fun, obviously. This was taken during Newbridge Grammar School's rugby tour to L'Aquila in Italy, around 1973. Many among them seem to be indicating a victory of some sort.... photograph supplied by Dai Arnold.





Tynewydd School Nativity Play, around 1963. This was always held in St Paul's Church Hall, which was on the land that backed onto the Junior School's playground. The school is gone, but the Church Hall still stands. The photograph is courtesy of Heather Willis (née Freeman) who is standing, far left, and who lived in Fields Park; another person on the photograph is David Fox (front row in a blazer) who was a lovely guy and later became a well-loved vicar in Penarth before his premature death in June 2008.



















Newbridge Grammar School 2nd XV, 1971-72: not all names are known, but some of them are.... back row, second left - Gareth Edmunds, third left - Steve Lane, fifth left - Dai 'Daisy' Ware, and then Philip Evans, Dai Handy, Mike Rees and John 'Polly' Peregrine (far right). Front row, from left: the late and much missed Keith Kinsey - a superb scrum-half, Alan Britt, Gareth 'Franky' Rees (Skipper and sometime Choirmaster), Dr John Herbert (Headmaster), Chris Padfield (PE Teacher and Rugby Coach), Martin Lambert, Murray 'Muzzy' Jenkins and finally Martin Davies. The caption is a collaboration between John Peregrine, Dory Buck and Alan Britt, who supplied the photograph.... between them they almost possess a memory.... though Dory vividly recalls the curtains on the stage being an abstract and haphazard pattern of blue, white and black. Funny the things you remember.








































































Newbridge Grammar School Boys' Topless Display Team, circa 1969. The boy to the left of headmaster John Herbert misread the memo and thought it was the Boys' Sleeveless Vests photo..... seriously this is the Newbridge GS Gymnastics team (or possibly the Cross-Country team), around 1969-70. Amongst the boys representing the school are Vaughan Palmer (2nd left, back row), Michael Darke (2nd right, back row) and far left, front row is the late Keith Kinsey, an excellent scrum-half. Far right in the front row is Mark Herbert, a lovely guy who lost his life in an accident while on duty as a policeman. Both Keith and Mark are still much-missed by their families and friends. With thanks to Mike Darke for the photograph.