Anniversary Event 2008
Priceans Centenary Summer Luncheon at Ferneham Hall, Osborne Road,
Fareham took place on Sunday 8th June. This was preceded by a walk
from the site of the original school in West Street, Fareham
followed by a service at SS Peter & Paul Church, Fareham led by old
boys, Very Revd. Peter Hancock, Archdeacon of the Meon with an
address from Revd. Canon Martin Seeley.
A professionally produced souvenir photographic album of the event is available here.
Former English master, Tony Johnson was moved to pen this poem:
CLASSROOM EXAMINATION - 2a Price’s School 1966
These ageing men were boys I used to teach.
Now, rôle reversed, I listen and I learn,
For one boy’s now the canon come to preach
To attentive silence more than I could earn.
They were the cunning masters of mayhem,
Of artful doodle and of daring daydream.
Such fine bubbling brains! No one could stop them
From acting like a loose anarchic team.
Memory draws a classroom castle in the air,
Where appear thirty brilliant pairs of eyes,
Which stalk the ether and begin to stare.
To scrutinise, assess, and analyse.
Are you weak? Are you strong? You cannot bluff.
We can shave off a beard or rip off a mask.
Who are you? Do you care? D’ya know your stuff?
Answer! Before you set us any task!
Tony wrote: Canon Martin Seeley looked at me and said,”2a.” He gave the address at St Peter and St Paul on 8th June 2008, in a ceremony to mark one hundred years after the move of Price’s School from West Street to Park Lane. He was in 2a and was one of several in that class who eventually went to Cambridge, the best class I ever taught.