January 30, 2013
Grammar Schools were set up in the sixteenth century during the rule of Queen Elizabeth 1. They were basically meant to teach Latin only. Later on, classical languages and literature were taught in such schools.
When was the structure of the building of Brookfield rebuilt and extended?
Brookfield was a Grammar School, famous for the teaching of Greek and Latin. It was established in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Its main building was rebuilt and new additions were made during the rule of George I.
The school was surrounded by tall elm trees which became bare in winter and looked like tall, straight and graceful columns. In spring and summer they presented the view of a big wall surrounding a fortress. In autumn, their reddish brown colour cast a special impact on the viewer.
The school campus was a group of eighteenth century buildings centred upon a quadrangle. Beyond it were acres of playing fields. Matches were regularly played in these grounds.
The village Brookfield was very beautiful and lush green. The mountains in the distance provided the village with a beautiful background. Most of the time these mountains remained covered with mist. But in the clear atmosphere mountains behind other mountains looked very attractive.
Mr. Chips and BrookfieldGrammar School were perhaps made for each other. They had so many things in common. Both were old-fashioned and deeply rooted in the past. Both were not very brilliant apparently but at heart both were gracious and full of love.
As the senior-most member of the staff, he himself was Brookfield. He was the guest of honour at Old Brookfieldian dinners and the court of appeal in all matters. At the age of sixty- five, he retired in the most honourable way.
Briefly give the contribution of Brookfield.
What kind of people Brookfield supply?
Brookfield was not a very good school. However it was a good school of second rank and it produced a large number of judges, professional men, colonial administrators, members of parliament, peers and bishops. Moreover, it also turned out merchants, manufacturers, country squires and parsons.
What was the attitude of students towards Mr. Chips?
Mr. Chips taught at Brookfield for 43 years. He was loved and honoured by the students. He became a part and parcel of the school. He was a humble, hardworking and humorous teacher.
For his long dedicated career, he became a part and parcel of Brookfield. Nobody could imagine Brookfield without Mr. Chips. Mr. Chips was recognized as the institution in himself. He was court of appeal in all matters. The headmasters sought to Chips in important matters. Sir John Rivers gave him more importance than Ralston.
What was ambition of Mr. Chips in his twenties?
In his twenties, Mr. Chips had a dream to get headship or he desired to become a senior teacher in a first-rank school. Later, he became quite contented upon remaining at Brookfield.
Describe Chips’ retirement ceremony.
In 1913, when Chips turned sixty five, he decided to retire. There was a handsome retirement ceremony. He delivered a farewell speech. He was presented with a cheque, a clock and a writing desk.