Friday, December 21, 2012
FOND MEMORIES OF BRIGG GRAMMAR MATHS MASTERS
People seemed to appreciate the 1960s/1970s fond memories of Harold Stinson - long-serving maths master of Brigg Grammar School - penned for our little Brigg People column that appears each week in the Scunthorpe Telegraph. Many thanks to those who took the trouble to comment - in person or by email. If you haven't seen the piece we penned, follow this link
We can't remember if it was Harold, or another maths master, who once took us on to the school field to measure the height of the boarding house through the use of "Tan Trig" - opposite over adjacent, or was it COS or SIN? If you paced out the distance to the boarding house (fording The Moat) and knew the angle from ground level to the top of the roof, you could measure the height.
In today's gadget-ridden world, it's hard to believe that we used to consult a book of written tables to formulate the answer.
I remember "thinking out of the box" and using my book of Log tables to work out cricket batting and bowling averages, rather than relying on long division.
A recent issue of educational debate has been whether young pupils should be permitted to use calculators in tests/exams, which just goes to show how things have progressed over the past 30-40 years.
Headmaster H. B. (Brian) Williams (pictured above) taught our set of strugglers for maths one year (1970?). We are sure this very busy man had much better things to do, but he clearly relished a challenge. The Head must have found it very hard going! We took the pic a couple of years ago at St John's Church when the wise one returned to Brigg from his home in the Louth area to attend a funeral service.