As Chairman of the School Governors I should like to thank H.R.H. the Duke of Kent for coming to the school and planting the tree to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the present buildings. Apart from the official ceremony, his Royal Highness made a point of talking to the staff and the boys and took a genuine interest in what they were doing.
I have been a governor for more than 25 years and worked with three out of the four headmasters that the school has had during these 50 years.
Following the great work of the first headmaster, Mr. Fred Whitehouse how lucky the school was to have a headmaster like Mr. J. C. Booth to see it through the war and re-establish the school at Dover. This continuous service must have helped to maintain the traditions of the school.
After this, Dr. M. G. Hinton came and I remember him for the educational changes that he made to keep the school abreast of the trends that were taking place in education. A school must change but still keep its traditions.
And now we have Mr. R. C. Colman. I think he will be remembered for the way he has encouraged the parents and the Old Pharosians to become involved so that everyone is working for the good of the school. This has proved very helpful in these times of strict financial limits.
All these headmasters have, of course, contributed much more than the points that I have mentioned and all the staff have supported them with great dedication. I am proud to have been associated with them and the school for all these years.