Monty Reed Exhibition

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Monty Reed

This June's exhibition featured the popular teacher Monty Reed who taught for 20 years at what was initially Emsworth County Primary School before he moved to Bosmere School in Havant. The exhibition was put on by Bernie Gudge who was taught by Monty at the School in Washington Road.
It featured photos many taken by Monty Reed as well as memorabilia from his pupils and log books from the school. Monty had also kept many albums of his works over the years recording the activities of the children he taught.

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The exhibition was opened by Stan Pike MBE, as shown above.

Stan was a long serving member of the teaching staff at Bosmere School including many years as Deputy Head Teacher and acting Head Teacher. He was delighted to have been invited to open the exhibition and congratulated Bernie Gudge on a 'phenomenal' exhibition and what he had achieved with his photos.

Stan had very fond memories of Monty Reed whom he described as charismatic and passionate about getting the best out of every child. He wanted to get as many children through the 11+ but was not just focused on the academic side but on the whole child.

Among the many after school activities he was involved with were scouting, football and sailing and Bernie recalls his boat “Flame” on which many a pupil at Washington Road got a chance to sail.

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Bernie Gudge, Stan Pike, Tony Stimson and Julia Stimson at the opening of the exhibition.

He organised many school trips including a visit to the Festival of Britain in 1951 and encouraged the boys to get on their bikes to cycle to Kingley Vale for exercise and natural history study. He was a strict disciplinarian but injected fun into class life. He was held in great affection by his pupils and among the exhibits were letters written to him by pupils when he was on war service from 1940 to 1946.
A mini school reunion materialised at the museum when many of his pupils from Emsworth came along to visit the exhibition.

Those of you who missed this fascinating exhibition by Bernie Gudge will be able to see a sample of this at the Museum's stand at the Emsworth show on 31st August.

This article and pictures have been taken from the Newsletter Issue 3 2015.