News & Events


   08 August 2022

We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of former Schoolie Cdr Robert (Bob) W. Hutchings OBE RN, who sadly passed away recently.

   15 July 2022

We are extremely pleased and honoured to publish the story, in two parts, of Ivor D. Lawrence, a Schoolmaster/IO from 1923 to 1947. It comprises excerpts from his 1988 autobiography "A Naval Schoolmaster Looks Back", and is produced by kind permission from his surviving family. His WWII tales are both fascinating and moving, and we highly recommend them to you. Please visit our stories page. Many images from his story are also included in our gallery.

   20 May 2022

We have received some new images from Noel Goldthorp - visit our image gallery ("RN Schools & Departments").

   16 May 2022

Bob Eadie is organizing a 50th anniversary reunion for all BRNC September 1974 entrants, which include Schoolie entry 1023. BRNC has been booked for a dinner on Saturday 14th September, 2024. For more information please contact Bob at

   23 April 2022

We have added a new page to our website, in order to present some positive feedback that we have received regarding our site and our book. The page is accessible from the home page.

   10 April 2022

We are thrilled to report the addition of one more service story to our website. Cdr Keith Hart (RNIO 1959-87) has allowed us to publish his fascinating story. Visit our stories page.

   25 March 2022

Our third newsletter is now available for you to read on our newsletter page.

   01 January 2022

We are pleased to inform you that we have added an image search facility on our image gallery.

   02 December 2021

We are delighted to announce the addition of another schoolie service story to our stories page. Lt Cdr John Wheatley (RNIO 1966-83) has kindly provided a fascinating and amusing synopsis of his time as a schoolie.

   18 October 2021

Just for fun, John Nixon (on 12-string acoustic guitar) and Mike Rose (on piano) have together recorded their own version of "The Mallow Fling" (a Traditional Irish Song), in typical pandemic fashion - Mike in Brazil, and John in the UK. Technology has no limits! Click here to hear the result of our work (sound mixing by John).

   25 September 2021

We have just published our second bi-annual newsletter. It can be accessed on our newsletter page.

   24 September 2021

The schoolies' lunch this year is at the Portsmouth Naval Club on the 3rd of November. If interested, please contact Brian Davies at

   05 September 2021

We are extremely honoured to add another service story to our library. Peter Rees was a schoolie for three years in the 1950s and then went on to work for the RNR as an instructor officer. His story is fascinating. Please see our Stories page.

   04 August 2021

We are delighted to add a new article to our site. Cdr Jim French shares some personal experiences that he had with schoolies during his RN career. A most interesting and amusing article. Please visit our articles page.

   25 March 2021

We are pleased to add another story to our site. Cdr Kenneth Sumnall joined the Schoolmaster Branch in 1939 and during WWII he spent some time with the Canadian Navy. He was awarded an OBE in 1964 for services to Naval education.

   25 March 2021

We have just published our first bi-annual newsletter. It can be accessed on our newsletter page.

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