|THE HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL||121||THE LIBRARY||133|
|S.R.G.S., 1868-1874||122||OLD EDWARDIANS||134|
|PROSE POEM||124||WAR MEMORIAL FUND||134|
|REMEMBRANCE||125||SOLUTION TO LAST CHESS PROBLEM||134|
|THE NESTLING LIFE OF THE CUCKOO||126||ATHLETICS||135|
|HONOURS LIST||131||HOUSE NOTES||139|
|SCHOOL SOCIETIES||132||HOUSE CRICKET LEAGUES||140|
|VISIT TO CHATSWORTH||133|
IN the Sheffield Telegraph in April, "Current Topics" was kind enough to refer to the article in the last issue of the MAGAZINE sketching the history of the Royal Grammar School, 1885-1905. A few days later he referred to a letter from Mr. James Figorski about his schooldays at the Grammar School in St. George's Square, when Dr. Jackson was Headmaster. Mr. Figorski's father was one of a number of Polish refugees who settled in Sheffield about a hundred years ago after participating in the democratic revolutions on the continent in 1848. From his "Memoirs," partly printed in this MAGAZINE, it will be seen how clearly Mr. Figorski remembers the events of about eighty years ago. In addition he has written several letters to the writer and lent a few mementos he still keeps from his schooldays. One is a letter from the Headmaster offering him a scholarship which his father was unfortunately unable to accept. Two School Prizes contain a School plate stuck inside, together with a report on conduct and work signed by the Head and Second Masters. A press cutting of 1876 describes the great excitement and interest shown in the School Sports in those days; despite bad weather 4,000 watched the ninth annual sports held at Bramall Lane.
Mr. J. D. G. Williams, Grammar School, 1892-99, has also very kindly supplemented the writer's account and it is hoped to include his "Memories" in a subsequent issue of the MAGAZINE. He has been kind enough to present to the School two photographs of groups taken outside the main door in the old Collegiate Crescent premises. Miss Haslam has sent some interesting details of the period while her father was at the Grammar School and promised some further cuttings about the School. Mr. B. A. Swinden, who came to the Grammar School in 1902 and is now Mathematics Master at Northampton Grammar School, has sent several letters, a copy of an old MAGAZINE, and his "Reminiscences" of both the old Royal Grammar School and the early days of the present School, which we also hope to be able to publish later. Mr. Heeley has very kindly shown us that the old Sheffield Directories contain a number of interesting facts about the School's history.
Mr. John Austen has lent the writer several very interesting records of Wesley College. Dr. F. C. Pritchard, of Chesterfield Grammar School, has just written a book on the History of Methodist Secondary Education which contains a discussion of Wesley College. As this book is to be published shortly it is hoped to give an account later.
The interest of these and other kind gentlemen has inspired the writer to attempt a longer and more complete history of the whole School. As planned at the moment it will consist of six parts dealing with: The Grammar School up to 1825; The Grammar School, 1825-1884; The Collegiate School, 1836-1884; Wesley College, 1838-1905 The Grammar School, 1884-1905; King Edward VII School from 1905. It is hoped that any Old Boys and other friends of the School who have any records, reminiscences or other information will kindly forward it to or get in touch with the writer at the School.
P. J. W.
K.E.S., 1941-1948. Welbeck House. Aged 16 yrs.
The news that Michael Hoskins had passed away cane as a great shock to us all. He was such a happy, likeable boy, ready and anxious to take his place in any school function. He was a member of the Student Christian Movement and of his Church and School choirs. He was taken into hospital for observation and died from appendicitis and peritonitis. We admired his cheerful outlook on life and the powers of leadership which he was developing. Our sincere sympathy is offered to his parents and brother in the irreparable loss they have sustained.
T HE annual Commemoration Service was held at the School on Sunday, May 2nd, and the sermon was preached by the Rev. E. Benson Perkins, President-Designate of the Methodist Conference. A large number of boys, parents and friends of the School were present and we were honoured by the presence of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress and the Master and Mistress Cutler The headmaster read the names of the benefactors of the School and of the foundations from which it was descended. The lesson was taken from Ecclesiasticus 43, "Let us now praise famous men " and Mr. Perkins took as his text the words " I saw the new Jerusalem coming down from Heaven " from the Book of the Revelation.
John Wesley, he said, was not only a great preacher but a great educationalist: under his inspiration Wesley College had been founded. He was a builder of the City of God. This city had twelve gates, three on each side, which always stood open to men of every country and in it all men were equal. It had the same length, breadth and height; for its inhabitants lived on a spiritual as well as on a material plane. It had no temple; for God was present in every-thing that took place there. God was the architect of the City, but men were the builders and must not, like the citizens of London after the Great Fire, allow their own selfish interests to interfere with the general plan.
The sermon was delivered in a style both vigorous and lucid, and an enjoyable service was rendered still more so by the excellent singing of the choir with the congregation and in their anthem, which was due to no small extent to the careful training of Mr. Barnes.
By JAMES A. FIGORSKI
I AM pleased to have lived and to be able in my 89th year to put pen to paper to give you some true memoirs of what I heard and saw as a pupil in the old Royal Grammar School in my six years there, from 1868 to 1874, under the Headmaster, J. E. Jackson. I hope they may be of interest to boys at King Edward VII School in this age of better education and advancement and equipment which we so lacked in those long ago school-days. If I may say so, I owe to my Polish father and English mother my gratitude for their great zeal, hard work and loving kindness which gave me the rare chance in those days to be launched into the business world, with a hope to achieve a living and to become a good citizen of Sheffield, my native home.
It was in the summer of 1868 my father took me to interview Dr. J. E. Jackson. At the school we were ushered into his sanctum and I was faced with the " All Highest," a dour, well-built man, with gown flowing around his person. At first, he hesitated about taking me into the fold (as I was rather under the age) but, after consideration, he did. Being the youngest lad in the school, I was put under the protection of an elder boy named Wilson, who I soon found out was nicknamed " Mary Wilson," which was lengthened to " Mary has a little Lamb " (I was the lamb). However, after about six months, " Mary " forsook me and the " Lamb " joined in the frolics of the school.
It was a stone building which I think was in keeping with St. George's Church. From St. George's Square you entered through a stone archway and there to the left was the small caretaker's house, and then the pathway went round to the porch, into which the main door opened to the large main room of the school. The floor was stone flagged and was very cold in winter. A stove stood in the centre of the room, cracked and worn. We had no gas, and water was turned on into an old stone trough at play-hours outside the school.
At one end of the large room raised on a two-step wooden platform was the Head's seat and desk with a canopy over, which to us boys looked in those days imposing. At the other end was a very much less imposing seat for the Second Master, and the third was a sort of makeshift. Round these rostrums in a circle the 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes stood learning and answering questions either correctly or not, which altered our positions up and down the class. The desks went round the school, carved and cut with initials and designs and, what I remember of them, looked like a testing place for the cutting quality of Sheffield steel. In fact, every door and box was well cut into. Against the desks, our school-boxes went round the school, a motley array of all sorts of woods, battered and cracked. In these boxes we kept our books and a lot of schoolboys' junk consisting of potties, marbles, foreign stamps, horse-chestnuts, catapults, shot, elastic, etc., and some livestock in the shape of newly born white mice and brown mice. in all of which we did a good bartering trade. The head merchants in the livestock line were " Mousy Norton " and Jellybelly Wilson " who brought these smelly animals in the feet of their mothers' stockings. In fact, the smell got so bad that we moved our boxes away from theirs and gave them an isolated trade space.
There was one thing we knew was in the First and Second Masters' desks, lying snug at the front, " The Spanker," our corrective for all our faults and advance to civilisation. Samuel. or as we called him, Samuel Chorlton, was an adept at spanking. " The Spanker " was a strip of hide leather, much like a barber's hanging razor strop, and Sammy, a tall, red-haired personality who, when he saw some boy misbehaving, used to shout out " Come this way, it will soon be over."" I think "soon be over punishment was to us better than the other one. which was being kept in after school hours and made to write " irregularity " fifty times.
The Head's " sanctum," the only other room, was at times used as a class room and also used for keeping books, inks, candles (we called them halfpenny dips). These things were kept in a sort of bookcase which had two large cupboards at each side and in which very often when we had a class there we secreted a boy or two who did not know their lessons. But often they had to come out half suffocated and pay the penalty of " it will soon be over."
I remember so well the morning when two or three boys got down to the School at about 8 a.m. armed with bundles of cotton wool and a plentiful supply of cayenne pepper. This was sprinkled on the wool and then set fire to on the stone floor of the school. The fumes were so dense that it was impossible to enter for some hours, and when we did the Doctor could not read Prayers for coughing, so they were abandoned. There was a big enquiry into that escapade!
On very dark winter afternoons, we had to have recourse to our `'halfpenny dips " and plant them at each end of the desks in a pool of their own grease. After a while, there was a given signal and all were blown out. Presently, you could see groping figures with slates in their hands creeping towards the old stove to collect on the slates some red hot cokes to warm their hands.
The red-letter days of the school were the Annual Sports, trips into Derbyshire and Prize Giving Day. The first sports I- took part in, in 1869, were in a field just round the corner of Red Lane. I think it was used by the Engineer Volunteers. After that, in 1870, the sports were held in Bramall Lane. Once before the sports we wanted something to practice with for putting the weight when a bright idea struck us that we could sneak a couple of cannon balls from Wyming Brook where the Artillery Volunteers' gun target was. The gun was on the high ground just above Bell Hagg Inn, and fired those old, round cannon balls. So a few of us trekked to the place on the first half-holiday. It was a long way from St. George's Square. However, we arrived there (it was private ground), eluded the keepers, and got the balls safely on to the main road. Then came the hard work of getting them to Crosspool. All down hill from there to St. George's Square we set them rolling down the gutters of Manchester Road and Glossop Road and so arrived safely in St. George's Square with our weights. We had collecting cards and went round to our friends and relations for money and prizes for the sports and usually got a good sum of money. The Grammar School Sports was one of the big events in Sheffield in those days. We had one of the Volunteer Bands, and parents, sisters, cousins and aunts, dressed in their best, made a gay scene. We played cricket matches with Munro's at Ecclesall, Bowlings, near St. Mary's Church, and Rotherham Grammar School.
The annual trip into Derbyshire was always a red-letter day. On the appointed day at 8 a.m. we assembled at the school with our satchels over our shoulders which were this day filled with rations for the day instead of the usual books. By dinner time these rations were, after the journey and the crushing in the bus and horse-play, often a very mixed grill and took a lot of sorting out. We always had pea-blowers and plenty of peas which we blew broadside at bedroom windows on the way, disclosing to us what sort of attire people wore. The firing, of course, came from the open bus tops.
We had Bromhill buses drawn by four horses, for the roads were very rough and the white dust that blew up often blotted out the view. However, all was very enjoyable-with the exception of one trip. This one was to Snake Inn. We arrived in very fine and hot weather and the Doctor picked three elder boys out for a climb to the top of Kinderscout. When nearing the top, a terrific thunder storm broke out, and there being no shelter, they got wet to the skin. The stream in the valley below the Snake became a torrent and they had to ford this with their boots and stockings off. All of us more or less wet crammed into our bus for a wet journey home and all inside we were a steamy mess. So, indeed, an imperfect trip.
The Franco-German War of 1870 is still engraved on my memory. for all the boys seemed to be imbued with a war-like spirit and we fixed up two small armies. one German and the other French. We armed ourselves with catapults and small shot ammunition. It was a dangerous game as some of us got some nasty wounds in our famous attacks and retreats. But all this " war " was suddenly brought to an end for one afternoon before the lessons opened, the Doctor was just entering the school when a stray shot hit him on the cheek. That afternoon, we had to surrender our arms, empty our pockets of all our equipment of catapults, shot and elastics into a heap-and a big one it was. Then into the old stove went the implements of our 1870 war." The " All Highest " was the victor.
It was about this time, I think, that Samuel Chorlton left the school and J.(?) W. Jervis took the Second Master's place, and " the spanker" was replaced by a. cane. We soon had a nickname for him, " Parrot Jervis." This was carved on his cupboard door, and the cross beams in the class we called his perches.
At " Election " times we found time to get down to Pot Square, as it was called then (now Paradise Square), to hear the " big guns " speak, Mundella, J. A. Roebuck, Chamberlain, and others, and get lost in the crowds of excited voters. Jervis was a kind man to us boys for he gave us at his lodgings some bumper teas. He had us up in relays. After his short stay as Second Master we had Winhill as Second, whose nickname duly became "Windmill ' and which we carved, I remember, in big letters right across his desk. I did not see much of him as I left school shortly after he became Second Master.
The Prize Giving Day was a great event and we had prominent Sheffield citizens to give us the prize books. To all of us these citizens gave an extra half-holiday. I remember a few of those goodly men-Samuel Earnshaw, Rowley Hill, Sir John Brown.
Dr. Jackson mostly went abroad for his holidays and always gave all the school an account of his travels which were very interesting, always ending with:-"I advise all you boys to explore your own country and its beauties before going abroad." He often told us that we could get a lot of education by reading the newspapers, which I found out by the grand articles written by William Leng in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph on his holiday trips.
After all the escapades I have enumerated, the masters must have forgiven us, for to our parents came:-" Report of your son's progress from his daily places in class, his examination and the general observation of his master: conduct all that can be desired, work as good as his conduct."
"Oppressed with two weak evils, age and hunger ..." As you like it, II. 7.
DULL, muffled and slowly the church clock struck midnight. The wind stirred slightly; and, disturbed, the thin covering of snow eddied in white whirlpools on the dark pathway which led up to the church. Somewhere in the village far below, a dog howled, a door slammed, and then once again all was quiet.
He stood, silent, shivering, his hand. blue with cold resting on the gate; the entrance to the dark churchyard. He was staring at the dim shapes of tombs, rearing like wreckage out of the darkness, and behind these, the dark pile which he knew must be the church.
Then, his mind made up, he pushed open the creaking gate, and slowly and painfully climbed the long path up to the church, glancing fearfully to right and left at the weird ghostly shapes which loomed all about him.
At length, panting from the long climb, he reached the porch, and the great oak door, knarled and stained from many centuries of service. Urged on by cold and fatigue, he lifted the heavy iron latch of the door. It gave with a sharp metallic clack, which echoed in emptiness on the other side, and was followed by the harsh whining of the door being opened.
Inside it was dark, but what was much more important to him: warm. For a few moments he looked around the dark interior-at the painted beams of moonlight, falling in shafts upon the empty pews; at the dark pillars and the mysteriously illuminated altar in the distance. When he saw that he was alone, he allowed the door to creak closed, and stumbled forward to the nearest pew, sitting heavily, numb with cold, his blistered feet weary with walking.
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And then, suddenly, he became aware that all was not silent, for very faintly he could hear the joyful peal of bells. Startled, he rose, thinking that it was someone coming towards the church, but then he realised that the noise was not coming from outside, but from the walls of the church themselves, from the pillars and the altar. It was growing louder and louder and now he could also hear the sound of voices, laughing, shouting voices, singing, chanting voices, cheering, triumphant voices.
He had never heard quite so much noise before, he thought, except perhaps on Armistice Day. Yes, it was just like Armistice Day, with the bells ringing and people cheering.
And now the church was filled with bustling people. and above them all, sitting in a throne of shining gold, sat the Lord Almighty. And, in a sudden silence. the Lord beckoned him to his throne. Smiling, happy, he stumbled upwards.
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They found him next morning, lying in the aisle, smiling like a child at peace with the world . . .
J. M. DAWSON
|A sombre sight I saw; of graves
Far-flung in undulating waves
Of heaving earth. Cross after cross
With helmet crowned, and green with moss,
Recall'd, with silent drooping head,
A nation's tribute to a nation's dead.
I cried: how else could I revere
Their memory, save thus with a tear,
I asked myself? The heavens cracked
And the plund'ring fingers of a whirl-wind wracked
The whimpering earth: one frenzied roar
Of thunder came; one swift flash tore
The stricken ether; then as fast
As first this all-consuming blast
Had swallowed up the sleeping plain,
The din died down. But ere my brain
All feverish could this portent own
A sweet soft voice in gentle tone
Resumed. " Why dost thou vainly weep,
In tears and lamentation deep
We died not that the world might mourn
Forever, but that every dawn
Man might rejoice from age to age
In an undefiled heritage.
Weep not, but rather happy be
And in remembrance sing with me
Gentle spirits of the trees
Who murmur softly in the breeze,
And you whose fairy-footed hours
Fly swiftly by in fragrant bowers
Of eglantine and leafy yew,
And sip the saffron-scented dew;
On you I call; and on the sprites
Who spend the mild midsummer nights
Chasing the moonlight's playful rays
Or dancing fairy roundelays.
You elves and goblins too attend,
Who 'neath the shady toadstool tend
| Your household cares, and through the glades
Present your mystic masquerades.
Singing a song in heavenly choir
As sweet as came from Orpheus' lyre
Nymphs of the crystal stream. I call,
Guardians of the sparkling fall,
Whose feet are lily-petal-shod.
Who serve the river-water god.
The zephyrs too in order come,
With fragrant breath and gentle hum,
And all you showers who softly weep
To rouse the flowers from their sleep
When coward Winter slinks away
Before propitious Phoebus' ray.
Be your home in grass or tree,
Sky or water, sing with me
Sing a song of dewy morn,
The blush of incense-breathing dawn!
Sing of butterflies and bees
And birds high fluttering in the trees!
Sing how decked in blue and green
You the woods and glades have seen,
Or, when summer days are fled,
A snowy robe of ermine spread
O'er all the earth! Raise this refrain,
That they have died, but live again,
Partakers, blessed by pure perfection,
In a glorious Resurrection!"
Gone was the voice: the echo, high,
Majestically floated by
For one brief moment. Then again,
As silence hovered o'er the plain,
The sullen clouds were rent in two
And a ray of sunlight filtered through,
To bathe the scene, and bathe my heart,
In golden light; a gleaming dart
Now firmly in my spirit set.
Remember! Could I e'er forget!
H. R. WINDLE
By P. G. MOTT
(The following article, with the accompanying photographs taken by the author. is an extract from the winning entry for the " Parents' Prize " for Natural History, which was awarded this year for the first time.)
As most people are aware, the female cuckoo does not rear her own young, but lays her eggs in the nest of another bird, usually that of the hedge sparrow or meadow pipit.
The nest at which I made the observations that follow was that of a hedge sparrow. The nest was built in a barberry hedge in our garden, ten yards from the back door of our house, and was constructed of dried grass. lined with moss and fine roots. The nest was started on June 3rd; the first brood had been fledged and the second nest started within a week. This nest I had under observation at least once a day, so that I was able to observe most of the subsequent history.
The first egg was laid on June 6th and three more were laid on the next three days. After tea on the 10th I was crossing the lawn to see if she had laid a fifth egg, when a large bird, which I did not recognise at first, flew out of the hedge. There was a fifth egg, different from the others. The hedge sparrow's eggs are turquoise blue, but this was brown, mottled with grey markings, of almost the same size, though heavier: and I had little difficulty in realising that it was a cuckoo's.
The hedge sparrow began incubating on the next day. Normally she would have sat for 13-14 days, but nature made the incubation period of the cuckoo's egg shorter than that of the foster-parents so that the young cuckoo has a start on the rest of the brood. On the twelfth day (June 23rd), the young cuckoo hatched and when I looked at the nest at 5 p.m. the young cuckoo was the sole occupant. I never saw any signs of the hedge sparrow's eggs, but as the bottom of the hedge was a dense, prickly thicket it was impossible to find the eggs which presumably were there.
The young cuckoo, unlike most other birds, is naked when hatched; there is no down like that on other birds. The eyes were closed and the neck did not seem strong enough to hold the head up. I was sorry to miss the observation of the ejection from the nest of the other eggs by this feeble mite, but apparently this is the first instinctive act.
When the cuckoo was seven days old I spent my first period in the hide which I had erected just after the hatch. The hide is a square tent five feet tall and three feet square which is put near a nest so that the watcher can remain near the nest without the birds knowing. From previous experience of hedge sparrows I had found them far from timid so I erected the hide only three feet from the nest. Subsequently I spent two hours in the hide approximately every four days.
During the first week the cuckoo was fed on regurgitated food, (that is, food which has been partly digested and brought up again by convulsive movements of the throat and tongue). Later, caterpillars (mottled umber) and small moths were added to the diet, and, during the last week, the hedge sparrows were bringing winged insects.
THE FIRST MOVE FROM THE NEST
The nest sanitation was carried out very thoroughly. After feeding, the foster-parent. would wait on the edge of the nest and if the youngster did not eject the excreta they would fl- off. Occasionally they would stimulate the youngster near the vent; this usually had the desired effect; the foster-parent would fly away with the excreta in its beak and drop it some distance from the nest.
During the first week one of the foster-parents would occasionally start probing in the nest lining. usually after feeding. I am not certain what the reason for this is, but as the nest was infested with small caterpillars. they might have been digging these out. for the birds seemed to swallow the substance, whatever it was. The foster-parents were probably afraid to stay in the nest to do this later because the cuckoo would peck them if they were near and not feeding it.
On the nineteenth day I first saw the cuckoo leave the nest. The first move I saw was only on to a side branch slightly above and to the left of the nest. As soon as one of the foster-parents returned with a small moth the cuckoo fluttered back onto the nest. The cock hedge sparrow started calling from the barberry bush, a monotonous tweep-tweep-tweep. He flew down to the nest, fed the cuckoo with a green caterpillar, and returned to the same bush and resumed his calling. I think he was enticing the cuckoo to leave the nest, for a few minutes later it did so, and made its way into the hedge where it stayed; shortly afterwards the hen arrived and looked down at the nest from the barberry bush; she was probably surprised that the cuckoo had left the nest. The cuckoo called from inside the hedge, and the hen seemed to get very excited and flew down into the hedge. She did not fly away after feeding it but stayed in the hedge-bottom searching for food. I caught the cuckoo and replaced it on the nest and left it. An hour later (8 p.m.) I returned to find the cuckoo perched on the top of the hedge, so I returned it to the nest and left it for the night.
The cuckoo remained in the nest all night and until 9.30 a.m. on the next day, the 12th July. It then fluttered to a patch of brambles behind the hide. I caught it and perched it on a post I had put near the hide to see how the foster-parents would feed it when in this position. When the hen arrived, the cuckoo was so excited that it nearly fell off the post. The hen attempted to perch on the cuckoo's back, but the cuckoo fell off the post. I replaced it on the post, and returned to the hide. The hen came a second time, this time she perched on the stump in front of the cuckoo. and fed it. She again tried unsuccessfully to perch on the cuckoo's back, though she later managed it. The cock successfully perched on the cuckoo's back and fed it with a green caterpillar.
From then till about 4 p.m. the cuckoo remained in the barberry, and the hedge sparrow fed it there, then it moved further up the garden and perched in a pollard oak. I tried to catch it, without success. I managed to get my hands within six inches of it, but it then took flight, and flew steadily to some more oak trees.
The cuckoo remained in the neighbourhood of the garden, usually in the tall oak trees, for at least four weeks. During this time the hedge sparrows, and probably other birds, fed the cuckoo, which used to call very plaintively during this period. The blackbirds mistook it for a hawk, which it resembled, and always chased it away.
THE SCHOOL CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA AT ST. JOHN'S CHURCH,
APRIL 22nd, 1948
A RAPIDLY deteriorating memory has compelled me to enter in a diary brief reminders of the things I have to do from day to day; under the date Sunday, June 13th. there is a single entry which reads " Islip 2-30." but that short entry records one of the more successful ventures of the Seventh Club in Oxford this year. When it was first suggested that instead of the pre-war traditional River Breakfast. the Club should play a cricket match against a local village side. I foresaw difficulties and when in a fit of enthusiasm it was further resolved to make it a 13-a-side game. I began to wonder whether a trip on the river, with or without breakfast, might not have been safer.
However, the thing had been passed and something must be done about it; when on my scouting explorations I came to Islip, I realised that here was just the place we wanted; it was only about six miles from Oxford, a delightful village away from the main road and completely somnolent when I saw it on a hot Monday afternoon in May. It had an inn, the Red Lion, which could provide us with all the amenities one expects of village inns; and it had a cricket team which had just been re-formed after a lapse of nine years.
At the next meeting of the Seventh Club, Islip won unanimous approval; with remarkable smoothness a date was agreed, a match fixed, and a meal arranged.
Sunday, June 13th, was a sultry day; after the six-mile cycle ride we looked even less like a cricket team than before. Mr. Dronfield was made captain, as being one of the few cricketers in the side; we lost the toss and hatted first. At least half the side had played no cricket at all for varying periods of from two to five years, as became increasingly obvious as the match went on. When at the end of the first over the score stood at 0 runs for 2 wickets. the rest of us decided, a little belatedly, that it was time to get in some practice, but even this attempt was foiled when we lost the hall in the river. After that first disastrous over we managed to plod along quite successfully for a few overs, not scoring many runs, it is true, but neither losing many wickets. Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Hudson proved adept at this kind of cricket, the one scoring three and the other, I think, two runs. Then came Mr. Tyler who revived our hopes by the confident, expert way he patted the pitch and surveyed the field, as well as by his obvious ability to score runs; when he and Mr. Dronfield came together, we expected a big stand; we were disappointed.
Mr. Dronfield was soon back in the pavilion and the innings resolved itself into a nobly self-sacrificing effort on the part of the rest of the team to let Mr. Tyler have all the bowling. Conveniently. our innings closed just at tea-time; we had made 62; there were six extras; and Mr. Tyler had made 47 not out.
It had been an enjoyable afternoon-after all a game of cricket is a thing to be enjoyed; but the evening's play was distinctly more lively, when Islip went in to bat. After driving away the cows which had retaken possession of their field during the tea-interval, we followed the same practice as our opponents and took turns at howling an over or two. When, however, after a few overs, the Islip score stood at 35 for 2, our two cricketers, Mr. Dronfield and Mr. Tyler, took over the bowling, and the rate of scoring dropped and the wickets began to fall; but it only required a couple of odd overs by Mr. Langridge and Mr. Rhodes for Islip to regain their mastery. When they had passed our total with something like seven or eight wickets down, the fun really started then was bowling seen such as was surely never learned on the playing-fields of K.E.S.; Messrs. Kilner. Perry, Clements and Eagers were the exponents of this unorthodox but at times extremely effective type of bowling; Mr. Kilner in particular flighted the ball to such cunning effect that it soared high in the air to land . . . well, one was never quite sure where it was going to land and in that lay all his art. And so after a spate of no-balls and w-ides. the Islip innings ended at a quarter to seven with their score at 83 (approximately).
Feeling very tired and unused to all this physical exertion (I speak, I think, for the majority), we retired to the Red Lion for a convivial evening. For us it had been an extremely enjoyable day, even for those who had been most doubtful at the outset; what was more surprising was the fact that Islip too had apparently enjoyed it, for their secretary after paying a gracious compliment to our powers of oratory, proposed on the spot to arrange a fixture for next year. Perhaps the best comment on the day was made by the landlord who at ten o'clock, just as we were preparing to cycle the weary six miles back to Oxford, came up to me and said confidentially, " You know when I first heard you were coming I was a bit doubtful about what was going to happen, but now, well, we shall be glad to see you again next year." And we, I think, will enjoy going to Islip again next year.
June 15th, 1948
Overture to Dioclesian Purcell
Gavotte and Bourree (Suite in D) Bach
(The School Orchestra)
THE LATIN SCHOOL SONG
THE HEADMASTER'S REPORT
THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNORS
(Alderman J. H. Bingham, J.P.)
Song ... " In Praise of Neptune " ... Ireland
LATIN ADDRESS OF WELCOME SPOKEN BY C. B. DAWSON,
Distribution of Prizes and Address by
SIR CHARLES ELLIS, F.R.S., Scientific Director of the
National Coal Board
Clarinet Solo Adagio from the Clarinet Concerto
(B. P. Fisher)
"Incident of the French Camp"
(P. L. Scowcroft)
"Art Thou Troubled"
(G. E. Nutter)
Two French Poems
(J. E. Sussams)
"O Waly, Waly "
(The School Choir)
On Writing English
(D. G. Armytage)
|Sir Ernest Gowers|
Vote of Thanks to Sir Charles Ellis,
proposed by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield (Alderman W. E. Yorke, J.P.)
and seconded by Professor Denis Browne, Public Orator of the University of Sheffield.
Song ... "Admiral Benbow " ... Somerset Folksong
Vote of Thanks to the Chairman of the Governors,
proposed by the Master Cutler (Mr. E. W. Senior, J.P.),
and seconded by Alderman Harold W. Jackson, LL.B.
GOD SAVE THE KING
AS will be seen from the programme, the essentials of the event were on traditional lines, and full justice was done to all the features of school life that can be exhibited or described on this occasion. Mr. Barnes brought a fresh mind to bear on the heart-breaking problem of the location of the Choir: he put them on the ground floor, where, whether audible or not in the far distances of the gallery and vestibule, they at any rate sang their items with admirable artistry. The soloists and reciters fully justified their selection, and the Head Prefect performed the unprecedented feat of getting a laugh at one of his Latin quips.
The HEADMASTER, in his report, had an impressive account to give of the academic successes of the year, ranging from a record " bag " of 101 School Certificates (46 with six or more Credits) and 46 Higher Certificates (With 16 Distinctions) to ten Oxford and Cambridge awards, and the Akroyd Scholarship won by T. E. Kinsey. " Here I would commend to you the Scholarships which the Education Committee now offer to boys who wish to go to Oxford or Cambridge and who fail to gain a College Scholarship. If a boy can pass the College Entrance Examination, for which the qualifications are good, but not outstanding, intellectual ability and good personal qualities, and can get a good pass in two Principal Subjects in the Higher Certificate, the Education Committee will award him a grant covering the full cost of his fees and maintenance, deducting what the parent can afford in view of his income and responsibilities. I hope to see an increasing number of boys taking advantage of this splendid scheme, which will enable them to reap the benefit of the opportunities which the College life at Oxford and Cambridge has to offer; and if a boy has been born, bred and been to School in one city, it is both to his benefit and to the good of the University of that city that he should go elsewhere for his University education."
C.B. Dawson and I. M. Flowers (and their director) were highly complimented for their performances in the Dramatic Society's latest production, as well as for their valuable and varied contributions to many other sides of school life. Other activities receiving special mention included the Choir and Orchestra-particularly for their performance of Handel's St. John Passionthe Scout Troop, now celebrating its twenty-first year; and the House Competitions in Water Polo and Standard Sports.
The War Memorial Fund had now reached a total of £1,900, including a generous gift of £500 from the Sheffield Royal Grammar School Governors, and plans were in hand for the erection of a Memorial Tablet and the installation of a pipe organ in the Assembly Hall. A further £600 was hoped for to complete the desired sum of £2,500.
The report concluded with farewells and good wishes to "leavers" on the Staff-Miss Copley, Mr. Tappe, Mr. Davies, and Mr. Atkins-and the announcement of the appointment of Mr. Harvey to succeed Mr. Tappe as Senior Classical Master. The difficulty of filling posts, especially in Mathematics and Science, was, the Headmaster revealed, still acute-a situation which he attributed to the failure of the national authorities to recognise the value of the work done by Grammar School masters by paying them salaries comparable with what they could command in other types of work open to them.
The Head Prefect, C. B. DAWSON, delivered the following address of welcome:
Num quis ignorat Archimeden illum, qui aped Livium nostrum fuisse traditur " unicus spectator caeli siderumque, mirabilior tamer inventor ac machinator bellicorum tormentorum "
Itaque hospitis nostri, viri insignissimi, occasionem hodie salutandi mihi esse oblatam vehementer laetor. Venit enim ad hunc conventum alter Archimedes, qui baud scio an in balneo impleto rem perobscuram et perdifficilem contemplates numquam EUREKA exclamaverit, sed tamer scholae Harroviensis ohm alumnus (iam, nisi fallor, paene quadraginta annos progresses) gymnasii Ballistariorum discipulus, deinde studiis in universitate Cantabrigiensi tarn diligenter se dedidit at non solum praeclara eruditione atque doctrines ornaretur sed etiam muneribus ref publicae amplissimis sit perfunctus. Qui cum collegii Trinitatis socius de rerun nature aped Cantabrigienses disseruit, Societatis Britannicae socius ascriptus est, Londinium ad collegium Regium physicorum professor migravit, tum bello exardescente iuventutis in penetralibus, ut ita, dicam, laborantis princeps, idem legatorum suasor et adiutor, tot scientiarum peritissimus, denique eques creates et inter novemviros carbonibus effodiendis numerates est.
Sive igitur ex artibus et discipline sine ex use rerum sine aliunde nobis praecipiet Carolus Drummond Ellis, digna est eius oratio quae summa observantia summaque exspectatione audiatur.
Sir CHARLES ELLIS paid his audience the sincerest of compliments by addressing himself in a serious and businesslike manner to a subject of interest and concern at least to the adults and older boys, and left it to his supporters to supply the trimmings, rhetorical, whimsical, satirical-political, and so forth. He drew a firm and comprehensive outline of the coming shape of nationalized industry, its opportunities for trained and directed ability, and its human factors of incentive and public spirit. If the younger members of the audience found this discourse a little above them, some at least of their more thoughtful seniors must have perceived its importance and its relevance to the occasion, and appreciated Sir Charles's point that the service of the state under its new industrial corporations is likely to demand just those qualities, intellectual and moral, that a school such as ours seeks to promote.
T. E. KINSEY:-(a) Akroyd Scholarship of £50 a year open to all Yorkshire Schools
and tenable at Oxford or Cambridge; (b) Open Scholarship of £100 a year for
Classics at New College, Oxford; (c) State Scholarship; (d) Town Trust Scholarship
of £100 a year awarded on the Higher Certificate Examination.
L. H. SCOTT:-Domes Scholarship of £100 a year for Classics at Balliol College, Oxford.
P. N. J. CLARK:Hastings Scholarship of £115 a year for Natural Sciences at the Queen's College, Oxford.
B. A. GEESON:-(a) Hastings Scholarship of £115 a .year for Mathematics at the Queen's College, Oxford; (b) State Scholarship.
J. M. M. HUGHES:-(a) Hastings Scholarship of £115 a year for Classics at the Queen's College, Oxford; (b) State Scholarship.
J. F. WRIGHT:-Hastings Scholarship of £115 a year for Mathematics with Physics at the Queen's College, Oxford.
J. E. DICKENS:-Open Exhibition of £50 a year for Natural Sciences at Keble College, Oxford.
P. M. BAKER:- The Richards Prize Exhibition of £50 a year for History at Exeter College, Oxford. (Declined.)
P. J. LANDIN:-(a) Minor Scholarship of £60 a year for Mathematics with Physics at Clare College, Cambridge; (b) Earnshaw Scholarship of £50 a year awarded by Sheffield University and tenable at Cambridge University; (c) State Scholarship.
P. S. GREEN:-Open Exhibition of £40 a year for Modern Languages at Jesus College, Cambridge.
State Scholarships:-J. E. COOPER, K. J. H. CREESE, J. REYNOLDS.
P. D. NOTON:-Town Trust Scholarship of £50 a year for History at Sheffield University.
Sheffield Education Committee Scholarships tenable at Oxford, Cambridge and Sheffield Universities:B. W. N. COOPER, J. E. COOPER (Hon.), T. B. C. KENDRICK, M. I. MACLAURIN (Hon.), J. REYNOLDS (Hon.), N. W. SHEPHARD, B. WINCHURCH.
Appointed to the Executive Class of the Civil Service:-A. J. PARKIN, E. TEBBET.
C. G. SMITH:Herbert Hughes Memorial Prize for Spanish.
P. HUTCHINSON:-Lancasterian Scholarship tenable at the School.
R. A. CHARLESWORTH -Appointed to the Clerical Class of the Civil Service.
R. S. HELLIWELL:Open Scholarship to the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.
A. H. THOMPSON:-Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company's Scholarship of £50 a year to H.M.S. "Conway."
J. S. BETHELL:-(a) Played in the Boys' International Golf Match for England against Scotland, August 1947; (b) Appointed Captain of the England Boys' Golf Team in the Match against Scotland in August 1948.
King's Scout Badge:-W. N. ADSETTS, J. P. ALLEN, M. COLE, J. B. DOWLING, H. S. GILL, H. HOLMES, J. M. JACOBS.
E. T. WILLIAMS, formerly Scholar of Merton College:-Appointed to a Fellowship
in History at Balliol College.
A. E. WRIGHT, formerly Scholar of the Queen's College:-Awarded the O.B.E. for distinguished services in India during the Second World War.
H. W. THOMPSON, Fellow of St. John's College:Recently delivered lectures on Infra-red Spectroscopy at the Universities of Harvard and Princeton in America, and at the Universities of Basle, Paris and Zurich.
B. MAYO, Demy of Magdalen College:-First Class in the Final Honours School of Literae Humaniores.
J. H. WILLIAMS, Demy of Magdalen College:-First Class in the Final Honours School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
T. G. CROOKES, Scholar of Oriel College:-Second Class in the Final Honours School of Literae Humaniores.
J. E. MIDDLETON, Hastings Scholar of the Queen's College:-(a) Degree of Bachelor of Medicine; (b) Captain of Football at St. Thomas's Hospital, London.
D. KEETON, Hastings Scholar of the Queen's College:-Second Class in Mathematical Moderations.
J. A. SIDDELL, Hastings Scholar of the Queen's College:-Third Class in Classical Moderations.
J. E. COOPER, Lincoln College:-(a) Passed the First Public Examination in Biology; (b) Awarded a Half-Blue for Water Polo.
D. G. CRAIG, Brackenbury Scholar of Balliol College:-Passed the First Public Examination in Biology.
J. B. HARRISON, formerly Scholar of Sidney Sussex College:-Appointed Lecturer
in Indian History at the School of Oriental Studies at the University of London.
D. M. JONES, Major Scholar of Trinity College:-(a) Awarded the Chancellor's Medal for Classical Learning; (b) Awarded the Sandys Studentship of £200 a year for Research in Classics; (c) First Class with Distinction in Part II of the Classical Tripos.
B. D. ARMATYS, Scholar of Sidney Sussex College:First Class in Part II of the Law Tripos.
M. P. FANTHOM, Major Scholar of Trinity College:-Wrangler in Part II of the Mathematical Tripos.
B. H. WRAGG, Clare College:-Third Class in Part I of the Natural Sciences Tripos.
D. M. E. ALLAN, Clare College:-Played in the Seniors' Trial at Association Football.
T. K. JONES:-Final Examination for the Special Degree of B.Sc. with First
Class Honours in Physics.
A. A. BELTON:-The John Hall Gold Medal in Pathology.
R. B. WRAGG:-Final Examination for the Degree of M.A.
J. E. ANDREW:-(a) First Class Honours in the Final Examination for the Degree of B.Eng.; (b) The Mappin Medal and Premium in Engineering.
M. S. WANG:-(a) Examination for the Degree of Ph.D.; (b) The Brunton Medal and Premium in Metallurgy.
D. A. J. TYRRELL:-(a) Final Examination (Part I) for the Degree of M.B., Ch.B.; (b) The Thomas Woodcock Prize in Physiology (c) Bronze Medal in the Faculty of Medicine.
G. R. B. WHITAKER:-(a) The West Riding Panel Practitioners' Prize in Clinical Medicine; (b) The Walter S. Kay Prize in Mental Diseases.
R. T. GAUNT:-Final Examination for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine.
J. C. STERNDALE-BENNETT:-Appointed British Minister to Bulgaria.
A. G. DAWTRY:-Appointed Deputy Town Clerk of Bolton.
R. H. SEDDON:Appointed Director of the Sheffield Art Galleries.
G. D. REDSTON:-Awarded the M.Sc. (Tech.) for a Thesis on Glass to Metal Seals.
After the MAGAZINE went to press last term, two notable events occurred, namely Wood's film and O. K. for Sound. D. J. D. Wood's waterworks film was rather unlucky. An Education Committee projector was used, which inevitably broke down, with the result that the film was running at only two-thirds of its normal speed, so making the sound-track practically unintelligible. Even without sound, the film was very attractive. O. K. for Sound seemed to be a considerable success, and the Club made sufficient profit to pay for a fair amount of the material for its own production.
We are looking forward to some more sound shows, at which the refreshments will not be quite such a battlefield. The light evenings this term are rather inconvenient; we find that the Assembly Hall black-out is hardly efficient enough for movie shows, and so it seems that we must be content with silent shows in the L.L.R. until next term. Lectures have been well-composed and instructive. They have ranged from "Pictures or Snapshots" to "Things to watch for at the Cinema." Audiences were small but keen; maybe they will be larger next time-we keep on hoping. It has been suggested that the Still Group circulate the Print Criticising Portfolio again; anyone interested should apply to P. G. Mott.
G. S. F.
On March 5th, the Chess Team enjoyed a keenly contested match with High Storrs, which we won narrowly by 4-3. We are looking forward to a return match. (Scores: Mr. Effron 0, Robinson 1, Tranter 1, Guite 1, Fair 1, Donelly 0, Bower 0).
On April 27th, Sheffield Transport Club were kind enough to entertain us at Tenter Street Tram Depot. They beat us 5.5-3.5. (Scores: Mr. Effron 0.5, Tranter 1, Robinson 1, Guite 0, Taylor 0, Jennings 0, Hague 0, Donnelly 1, Whitaker 0).
The weaker players should try to improve their game by learning the first few moves with all the possible variations of one opening, to play when they are White. This will give a good foundation on which to build an attack.
P.S.-On June 18th, K.E.S. won the return match with High Storrs by 6.5 points to 0.5. (Scores: Mr. Effron 1, Robinson 0.5, Tranter 1, Guite 1, Taylor l, Fair 1, Millward 1).
Since our last report in the MAGAZINE we have had a full and varied programme, despite the shadow of impending Midsummer Examinations.
We continued the Lent Term with a discussion on the " European Recovery Programme," introduced by J. S. Bingham (pointing out the advantages of E.R.P.) and L. May (emphasising the drawbacks). The meeting was found to be unanimously in favour of the principle of E.R.P., but several amendments were suggested and discussed, the most rousing being the possible inclusion of Franco Spain. Our next meeting heard an enlightening (and enlightened) talk on "Life under the Shadow of the Atom Bomb" from our President, Mr. G. J. Cumming, but the subsequent discussion disappointingly failed to produce any new ideas. We concluded this term with a visit from the Girls' High School to discuss ``The Clash of Ideas West and East."
During the Easter holiday many of our members attended the C.E.W.C. Conference on "The Impact of America on Europe," and I was glad to hear so many high praises of our standards of discussion, which I hope is one of the fruits of I.D.G. Also gratifying in one sense is the fact that we were the only male school group represented at the evening school on Palestine held by C.E.W.C. in May.
We started the Summer Term with a visit to "Films of Other Lands" at the Library Theatre, followed later by short talks on Iran and New Zealand by G. M. Macbeth and P. M. Higgins respectively. J. E. Sussams gave us the non-political outlook of the disinterested visitor in his introduction " A New Aspect of France," which made a pleasant change from our too frequent East v. West arguments. Then followed an event unique in the history of the Group. Mr. E. L. Moore, an Old Edwardian, talking on "Freedom and South-east Europe," gave us such an interesting and provoking collection of ideas, theories and arguments that he was asked by common consent to return not once but twice. We are all very grateful to Mr. Moore for the gift of so much of his time and experience (not least of which was gained while occupying the seat in front of Mr. Cumming in "Nick's "), which helped us all to a clearer and broader conception of freedom. I regret that he met with more hostility than cordiality over his politics, but not, I am glad to say, over his personality.
Finally we were entertained by the Girls' High School to a very fine tea, and a quasi-debate on "Woman's Sole Place is in the Home." Proposing the motion in a somewhat more frivolous vein than the rest of the proceedings, L. May continued in his policy of (I quote the MAGAZINE of July 1947) "the reduction of women to their feudal state," giving as their primary duty the education of the child. Miss A. Debeson replying sobered the tone greatly with a heartfelt and convincing appeal for the greater recognition of women outside the home-their seclusion was anti-democratic and out of date. The motion, slightly amended, was carried by 15 votes to 11.
We take this opportunity of offering our sincere thanks to P. S. Green, our former secretary, whom we would wish the best of luck in the Army and at Cambridge; to the Girls' High School, especially Miss Mackenzie and Miss Needham, for their co-operation and hospitality; to several members of the Staff for their welcome and very gratifying interest; and of course to Mr. Cumming for his never-failing ability to feed new speakers to the lions, and for keeping the Group at such a high level by his Chairmanship. We hope to see all the remaining members and many new ones at our meetings next year; all who are sensible of and interested in international affairs will be very welcome.
Last term was conspicuous for its lack of talks, although after the MAGAZINE had gone to press, P. J. Landin gave a half-improvised but enjoyable introduction to Elgar's Second Symphony. The reverse has been the case this term. B. A. Geeson spoke about the life and works of Sheffield's own composer, William Sterndale Bennett, with piano and vocal illustrations. A fortnight later the Club was plunged into chaos by an arresting talk on " The Music of Spain " by Mr. Bramhall, illustrated with numerous rare and exotic records. On June 1st Mr. Barnes delivered his long awaited paper on " Church Music " which again took us into remote but more congenial territory. A week afterwards Mr. Graham gave a slightly pessimistic account of musical activities in America; he was followed by Mr. Atkins who tried to make out a serious case for modern American music, with the aid of Earl Robinson's " Ballad for Americans and other less extraordinary items. It is confidently predicted that Mr. David's forthcoming talk on Schubert's great C major quintet will restore normality to our meetings. Interspersing these have been a series of four more ordinary record programmes which included Mozart's Fourth Violin Concerto, Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, Bartok's Second Quartet, a Porpora Violin Sonata and a quartet by Schubert.
Two lunch-hour concerts have been organised. At the first, on 22nd April, Mr. Moore and P. G. Dickens played some fine sonatas by Corelli and Purcell, B. A. Geeson a group of piano pieces by Pouleric, Bennett and himself, and Armytage a sonata by Locillet. On May 13th B. P. Fisher gave a brilliant performance of Weber's Concertino for clarinet and other pieces by Handel and Vaughan Williams. Another concert is projected later, of music by members of the School.
B. A. G.
On account of the numerous other summer activities in athletics, the Club has held no meetings this term, but we hope to begin again after the summer holidays with regular weekly sparring and training in he gymnasium. We should like to develop the standard of boxing, so that we can arrange matches with other schools. This means that many more members are needed, and all interested should consult the Sports notice-board early next term.
On June 26th, eleven members of the Modern Sixth accompanied Mr. Wrigley to Chatsworth, one of the few stately homes of England not yet occupied by the N.C.B. We had a very pleasant and interesting guide in Mr. Thompson, the librarian, and his knowledge succeeded in dispelling a little of our profound ignorance of the art of painting. In addition to some lovely painted ceilings, there is a magnificent collection of pictures, including some by Van Dyck and one (of a skull) by Leonardo da Vinci. In the Library, which contains some 12,000 books, we were shown a beautifully illuminated Anglo-Saxon Benedictional, which was apparently once almost given away as valueless. Among other art treasures in the same room were a cast of the Chatsworth Apollo, said to be the finest example of a Greek bronze in existence, and a priceless triptych by Memlinc which is still in perfect condition in spite of its age. Altogether a very enjoyable visit, which we hope to repeat next year.
A portrait of the late Henry Jackson, O.M., Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge 1906-1921, has been hung in the Library this term. Born in Sheffield in 1839, he received his early education at the Collegiate School, and a prize won by him there, a card recording the award of a Scholarship in June 1851, and a copy of his biography by R. St. John Parry, have been presented to us along with the portrait, by his son General Sir Henry C. Jackson, to whom we are deeply obliged.
We have also received a Bible presented to F. J. Thackeray, pupil of Wesley College, on the occasion of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
S. Weston and A. Macallum (O.E.'s) have presented a large number of classical textbooks which will help to fill some of the gaps in the library in Room 47. The shelves here have been woefully depleted (to use a euphemism) since 1943, and O.E.'s would be doing no small service by searching their shelves, cupboards and mantelpieces, and repatriating such displaced books.
Other gifts include: W. D. Ross's Aristotle (T. E. Kinsey), Edith Sitwell's Victoria of England and F. Brett Young's Dr. Bradley Remembers (J. Weston), A. W. Ward's Great Britain and Hanover (Mr. C. P. Read).
It is some time since the last report from " B Troop appeared in this MAGAZINE, but that does not mean that nothing has been happening. Following our very happy camp at Ross, we started off last term by being the hosts to a party of German Youth Leaders, who were visiting Youth organisations in Sheffield, and wished to see a Scout Troop in action. Work went on through the remainder of that term for First Class Badges, and we congratulate Bottomley, Dilly, Fox, K. Jackson, Kennaird, Nutter, Richardson, H. Smith, D. A. C. Smith, and Williams, on reaching that exalted state. Since then Dilly, Kennaird, and Williams have joined the Senior section, and Nutter has become a Rover Squire. We received many new members at the start of the year, most of whom went to their first camp at Hesley Wood last Whitsuntide. The new Patrol Leaders did very well, particular congratulations going to P. L. Richardson of the Curlews. The " Best Tenderfoot " prize was won by Blagden, of the Foxes. We were very fortunate in the weather, and found the site very good, apart from the dirt blowing from Newton Chambers' Works. We were very pleased to welcome as A.S.M. David Reeve, who has recently been demobbed.
Preparations are now well in hand for the Summer Camp, which is to be held at Bicknoller, in Somerset. We were recommended the site by the D.C. at Goodrich, where we camped last year. It is not too far from the sea, and we are all looking forward to it very much. Mr. Gaskin will accompany us, with a few of the 29th Montgomery Scouts. Our Parents' Committee has already raised a substantial sum for new equipment, and did sterling service in organising the teas at the recent Birthday. Our thanks to them. We have lost a number of Scouts to the Seniors, and are now in a position to receive recruits. Will anyone who wishes to join the Troop please come along to the Hut on a Tuesday afternoon and see the Scouter in charge.
Of the performance of Handel's St. John passion last term all that -need be said here is that all the performers acquitted themselves admirably, and enjoyed a memorable experience well worth all the effort entailed.
The polished singing of the two part-songs at Speech Day shewed the Choir equal to the greatest test of any choir-unaccompanied singing. We hope for an increase in the number of Basses, Tenors and Altos next term, to secure a better balance. At the Commemoration Service the final chorus of the Passion suffered from the peculiar acoustics of the Hall-a disadvantage which the subsequent placing of the choir downstairs has to some extent overcome.
The Orchestra has worked mainly at Purcell's Overture to Dioclesian, and has grappled well with its rather unfamiliar idiom. B. P. Fisher and B. D. Mills are to attend the Orchestral Summer School at Sherborne this year. The basis of any orchestra is its string department. and if our orchestra is to develop as it should, we need, as regular members, all available string players and a steady supply of recruits.
The competitions for the Music Prizes shewed a standard of which any school could be proud. There was not a poor performance throughout. The difficulty was, where all were so excellent, to decide the winners. Dr. G. F. Linstead judged G. E. Nutter. R. P. Gregory. and D. H. Thorpe the best singers. and B. A. Geeson (piano), B. P. Fisher (clarinet), and A. B. Smith (organ), the best performers. Next year there will be two prizes (Senior and Junior) for both singers and instrumentalists. G. E. Nutter is also to be congratulated on securing a B.B.C. audition.
The new Composition Prize drew entries from B. A. Geeson, L. H. Scott, A. B. Smith. and D. H. Thorpe-again of a very high standard; and the prize, on the assessment of Dr. Thomas Armstrong, went to Geeson for his Fourth Piano Sonata.
Several musicians to whom the School owes a great deal will be leaving this term. Mr. Atkins, particularly, will be greatly missed, since his enthusiasm and versatility as singer, pianist and 'cellist, have made so many activities possible which would otherwise not have been. Of the other singers and players who will be leaving places to be filled, space only allows mention of one, B. A. Geeson, whose special care has been the Music Club, goes to Oxford next term, where we hope he will gain a Mus. Bac. and develop his talent for composition.
P.S.-The programme of the last Lunch-hour concert of this term consisted entirely of " home-grown " music. A. B. Smith's anthem, and hymn tunes by D. H. Thorpe and Mr. Atkins, were sung by a small choir. B. A. Geeson played the brilliant Toccata from his prize-winning Piano Sonata. L. H. Scott contributed a violin piece (played by Mr. Moore) and the Minuet from his Piano Sonata. D. H. Thorpe played his Theme and Variations and the concert ended with Mr. Atkins' expressive singing of three songs by Mr. Barnes. The words of the last of these were translated by Mr. Tappe from the Roumanian of Mihai Beniuc. We hope to have such a concert of original compositions at the end of every term. and so keep in being a flourishing school of composition of our own.
N. J. B.
KENNETH CAPLAN, LL.B., died on April 25th, 1948. aged 25 years, after much suffering.
BARRY HITCHCOCK, died suddenly at Karachi, on June 20th, 1948, aged 22 years.
BARRY HITCHCOCK was at K.E.S. from 1937 to 1943, in Haddon House. He took an enthusiastic part in the life of his House and School, and appeared in several of the Dramatic Society's productions. Leaving as a Prefect in July, 1943, he went to Clare College, Cambridge, and two years later he obtained an appointment with Anglo-Saxon Oil Co. and did an extensive tour of training in America. In October, 1947, he went as Assistant Seismologist to the Burmah Oil Co. at Karachi. He was stricken with paralysis in June of this year, and some days of dangerous illness were followed by a hope of improvement, but a severe attack of malaria led to his sudden and unexpected death on June 20th. His loss leaves one more gap in the ranks of a generation whom the School remembers with pride and affection.
The parents of J. A. SMITH, Sergt. R.A.F., who died on active service, have been informed that investigations made by R.A.F. Missing Research and Enquiry Service show that he is buried in Naples Military Cemetery, his remains having been concentrated from the spot at which his aircraft crashed near the village of Mancuso.
J. H. SIMON, Magdalen College, Oxford, has been appointed lecturer in Latin
in the University of Wales at Cardiff.
P. ALLEN is among the Home Civil Service candidates awarded a Commonwealth Fund Fellowship to an American University.
H. A. W. HILL, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, has been awarded the Wiltshire Prize for Geology and Mineralogy.
ALEC BAKEWELL has been elected President of the Sheffield Rugby Union Football Club.
D. A. CROWDER has been elected to a Senior Scholarship in Modern Languages at Trinity College, Cambridge.
R. A. STATON has been elected to a Travel Exhibition at St. John's College, Cambridge.
Further contributions have been received from:R. V. Clements, Mr. and Mrs. W. Ogden, Mrs. MacLaurin, T. H. Beardsell, Mrs. E. Hoskins, R. B. Davies, Mrs. Beeley, Lady Peter Brown, H. N. Duncan, Miss K. Milner, M. Sheers, Mrs. W. M. Wright.
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THE senior Cross Country team has had quite a successful season. The weather was favourable and made possible a considerably greater amount of training than last year. The season opened with a match against High Storrs (away) on March 6th, which K.E.S. won by 27 points to 63; members of the School team gained six out of the first eight places, and Law broke the course record. This whetted their appetite for more, and in the Northern Schools C.C. at Manchester on March 20th they were placed fifth with 104 points. Unfortunately a new discovery. Millward, was forbidden to run, after making the journey, as we had not discovered him until after the closing date for the entries. Individual positions were: 1st, Law: 15th, Richardson: 33rd. Wreghitt; .55th. Flowers, and as a result full Cross Country Colours were awarded to Richardson, Wreghitt and Flowers. This year, largely as an experiment, we also ran an Under 14 team. The experiment proved fairly successful and we hope to repeat it next year. The first Under 14 match was against Nether Edge (away) on February 28th, and the School were beaten by the small margin of ten points. This was a good performance against a more experienced team, and the following week they did better, decisively beating High Storrs (away) by 43 points to 100. The School team filled 8 out of the first I I places, and Rothnie broke the course record-an excellent performance. C. J. Wills, J. A. Gregory, H. Smith and A. Thomas filled the next four places. The team has clone very well for a first season, and it is to be hoped that a considerably larger number of boys will put their names down for a trial next year.
The Inter-House Cross Country races were held at Whiteley Woods on March 13th. in good running weather. Law was first man home in the senior event, and a hard sprint down the field gave Wreghitt second place. In the Junior event, Thomas found his form again, to come in first, with C. J. Wills second. This is the second year in succession that Thomas has won the event, and it is many years since anyone achieved this. He, with Gregory and Wills, show sings of becoming good runners in a year or two-if they will only train.
SENIOR: 1. D. C. Law; 2. P. H. Wreghitt 3. M. Millward.
HOUSE POINTS: 1. Sherwood, 89 2. Arundel, 98; 3. Chatsworth, 126; 4. Welbeck, 138 5. Clumber, 178; 6. Wentworth, 180, 7. Haddon, 211; 8. Lynwood, 239.
JUNIOR: 1. A. Thomas; 2. C. J. Wills: 3. J. A. Gregory.
HOUSE POINTS: 1. Arundel, 86, 2. Chatsworth, 130; 3. Haddon, 131: 4. Wentworth, 158; 5. Sherwood, 1.59. 6. Clumber, 188; 7. Welbeck, 214; 8. Lynwood, 304.
Cross Country Half Colours were awarded to Millward, Crowe, Hunt, Robinson, Kinsey, Silk.
L.A.C. SCHOOLS CHALLENGE CUP MEETING: The School did not send a team to this meeting: Law went alone, to be placed second in the Mile. Two years ago we were placed 7th at this meeting, and we ought to repeat this if " possibles " would all get down to really serious training during the Easter term and holidays.
D. C. LAW AND W. S. FURNISS Champion-Athletes
A team of 17 competed at Manchester on May 8th and put up a very creditable performance, gaining 5th place out of 32 schools. Furniss reached the final of the 100 yards, and would certainly have been placed 3rd or 4th if his ankle had not been troubling him; as it was, his time was about 10.4 sec. and would have been sufficient for him to win the race last year. He was also placed fifth in the Discus. Richardson came 3rd in the three-quarter Mile Steeplechase, finishing only 15 yards behind the winner, with plenty of energy left. This was a very good performance, especially as it was the first time he has run this particular race; it was only an error of judgment in running the first lap too slowly that lost it for him, as he is certainly capable of a better time than the winner's 4 min. 3 sec. Hydes was 3rd in the 440 yards in a good time; he has improved considerably this year and shows promise. Parkin was unfortunate enough to run second in his heat in the 440 yards. which knocked him out. He then decided to try the 880 yards, and ran very well to win his heat; by the time the final came round he was obviously tired; he would probably have gained a place if he had not run in the 440 first. Law won the Mile, and the team finished with 21 points.
These were held on April 24th at Whiteley Woods, and the prizes were presented by the Mistress Cutler. Mrs. E. W. Senior. Once again the weather favoured its, and a warm sun added to everyone's enjoyment, with the exception, perhaps, of the Milers. The Champion House was Arundel, with an unusually large total of points, Chatsworth being runners-up. Champion Athletes were Furniss and Law. Furniss put up a very good all-round performance, winning the Discus. 100 Yards, 220 Yards, and gaining 2nd place in the Javelin.
Law won the Cross Country, Half-Mile, and Mile, and was 2nd in the 440 Yards. He broke his own record in the Mile (4 min. 55 3/5 sec.) and equalled the record for the Half-Mile (2 min. 15 4/5 sec.). Wreghitt was unfortunate in the Javelin, where his last throw caught in a tree and dropped a bare few inches in front of Furniss's mark for a win; immediately after the event he showed his capabilities by throwing 152 ft. Richardson and Millward ran very well to come 2nd and 3rd in the Mile their times were very good and should be even better next year. Full Athletics Colours were re-awarded to Wreghitt, and awarded to Richardson, Hydes and Parkin. Half Colours were re-awarded to Hunt and Ogley, and awarded to Burkinshaw, Mason, Carlisle, Marsh and Millward.
D. C. L.
80 YARDS (Under 12)-1st Woodhead, A. J. M. (11 sec.); 2nd Rowbotham, M. B.; 3rd Adamson, W. R.
100 YARDS (Open)-1st Furniss, V. S. (11 sec.) , 2nd Ogley, T. A.: 3rd Hydes,
J. D. D.
(14-16)1st de Belin, M. J. (11 2 5 sec.): 2nd Swallow, D. W.; 3rd Bower, J. M.
(12-14)-1st Shaw, J. R. (12 1,'5 sec.); 2nd Clarke, R. D.; 3rd Mills, B. D.
150 YARDS (Under 12)-1st Rowbotham, M. B. (19 4 5 sec.); 2nd Kaye, D. M.; 3rd Chapman, R.
220 YARDS (Open)-1st Furniss, W. S. (22 2'5 sec.); 2nd Ogley, T. A.: 3rd Carlisle,
(14-16)-1st Bower, J. M. (24 2,5 sec); 2nd de Belin, M. J.: 3rd Swallow, D. W.
(12-14)-1st Shaw, J. R. (25 4 5 sec.); 2nd Mills, B. D.; 3rd Vincent, A. V.
QUARTER MILE (Open)-1st Parkin, R. D. (57 3 5 sec.); 2nd Law, D. C.; 3rd Hydes,
J. D. D.
(14-16)1st Sewell, M. M. H. (60 sec.); 2nd Stanfield, M. J.; 3rd de Belin, M. J.
HALF MILE (Open)-1st Law, D. C. (2m. 15 4,5 sec.); 2nd Parkin, R. D.; 3rd Hunt, L. J.
MILE (Open)-1st Law, D. C. (4m. 55 3 5 sec. School Record) . 2nd Richardson, C. J.; 3rd Millward, M.
HALF MILE HANDICAP-1st Beeley, H. G.; 2nd Heeley, K. R.
HIGH JUMP (Open)-1st Mason, 31. R. (5 ft. 1 in.) 2nd Hobson, R. W.; 3rd Page,
(14-16)-1st Stanfield, 31. J. (4 ft. 9 in.). 2nd Barber, D. G.: 3rd de Belin, M. J. -
(12-14)-1st Armytage, R. G. (4 ft. 3.5 in.); 2nd Maddock, K. J.: 3rd Booth, K.
(Under 12)-1st Nuttall, D. (4 ft. 1 in.): 2nd Slack, N. S.; 3rd Rowbotham, 31. B.
LONG JUMP (Open)-1st Marsh, G. B. (16 ft. 5 in.); 2nd Page, D. H.; 3rd Hobson,
(14-16)-1st allow. D. W. (14 ft. 104 in); 2nd de Belin, 31. J.; 3rd Brooks, J.
(12-14)-1st Shaw, J. R. (14 ft. 4 in.) 2nd Goddard, G.: 3rd Spir, G.
(Under 12)-1st Adamson, W. R. (lift. 81m); 2nd Nuttall, D.: 3rd Rowbottom. M. B.
|M. R. MASON AT MANCHESTER|
PUTTING THE WEIGHT-1st Burkinshaw-, E. (34 ft 34 in): 2nd Barber, J- D.; 3rd Allen, J. P.
THROWING THE JAVELIN-1st Wreghitt, P. H. (134 ft. 34 in): 2nd Furniss, R. S.; 3rd Jackson, I. S. R.
THROWING THE Dlscus-1st Furniss, W. S. (97 ft. 71 in.): 2nd Wreghitt, P. H.: 3rd Carlisle, J. M.
RELAY RACE (Over 14)-1st Arundel; 2nd Wentworth. (Under 14)-1st Wentworth; 2nd Welbeck.
TUG-OF-WAR (Over 14)-1st Arundel; 2nd Sherwood. (Under 14)-1st Haddon; 2nd Clumber.
CHAMPION ATHLETES-Furniss, W. S. and Law, D. C.
HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP -1. Arundel (539): 2' Chatsworth (396); 3. Clumber (342) . 4. Sherwood (329): 5. Welbeck (280); 6. Wentworth (271): 7. Haddon (234): S. Lynwood (153).
This year for the first time we held Standard Sports; they took place in the second half of the Lent Term at Whiteley Woods, where Long Jump and High Jump pits were constructed. The House Competition was worked on the basis of 1 point for each standard gained up to a maximum of 4 per boy. The total gained was divided by the number of eligible competitors and the resulting figure was the Houses score. The Standards were of three grades as shown on the following table:
|Under 14||14-16||Over 16|
|100 yards||15 sec.||13-14 sec.||12.5-13 sec.|
|(depending on conditions)|
|Half Mile||3 m. 10 s.||2 m. 50 s.|
|High Jump||3ft. 6in.||3ft. 10in.||4ft. 2tin.|
|Long Jump ...||11ft. 6in.||13ft. 10m.||15ft. 0in.|
On most afternoons five Houses did Standard Sports and three practised for the Cross Country Run. There is little doubt that we can look forward to a general improvement in the standard of performance in Athletics after a few years of Standard Sports, which give to everyone plenty of opportunity to attempt and to practise for the events. Some new talent was also brought to light possibly to the surprise of its owners!
|The results were as follows:|
V. J. W.
It is pleasant to record the progress made by the XI during the past two months. Largely inexperienced and diffident in May. the team has now developed hostility in bowling and fielding and aggression in batting. Credit must be given to Dawson for having brought about this improvement by sheer keenness and determination and also for his wicket-keeping, which, if not quite first class, has been more than adequate.
The batting has in no sense been a one-man show, although it has always appeared so when Wreghitt has become set, for no other batsman has his ability to make the bat move fast at the right moment. Keighley has shown his usual patience and P. G. Dickens has the strokes and only needs more strength. while the current form of Bingham, Crowe and Mousley augurs well for next year.
The bowling has been steady and varied although occasionally lacking in direction. J. E. Dickens and Armytage have kept the batsmen playing while P. G. Dickens will be more dangerous when he has developed the ball which looks like an off-break but isn't.
v. Headmaster's XI, at home, on April 28th.
Headmaster's XI, 113; School, 91 for 8.
Against a team of Old Boys and Masters the School fielding created a good impression when five batsmen were caught, two stumped and one run out. Set to make 114 to win the School scored 91 for 8, thanks to Wreghitt 43 and Bingham 14.*
v. Nottingham High School, away, on May 8th.
N.H.S., 151 for 6 (dec.); School, 22 for 7.
Our opponents batted extremely well against steady bowling and in the hour and a half in which they batted School were fortunate in escaping defeat against some very accurate pace bowling.
v. Manchester Grammar School, at home, on May 12th.
M.G.S., 54 for 1; School, 53.
Against some of the best fast bowling we have seen this year School were dismissed for 53, only Wreghitt (22) and Keighley (12) playing with any confidence. In spite of accurate bowling by the School, Manchester knocked-off the runs for the loss of one wicket.
v. Doncaster G.S., away, on May 15th.
School started well by taking six Doncaster wickets for 49 runs, but our opponents profited from several dropped catches and were all out for 116. The school batsmen found little difficulty in scoring but could not quite force the pace and scored 82 for 5 wickets.
v. H. G. Pearson's XI, at home, on May 18th.
H. G. Pearson's XI, 102 for 9; School 156 for 2 (dec.).
This game provided the best exhibition of batting we have seen this year with Wreghitt (102*) making the first century to be scored for the School for eight years. His timing and placing were delightful and his 19 boundary shots give some indication of the power of his driving. He was ably assisted by Keighley who stayed nearly 2 hours for a very good innings of 27. Against the accurate howling of J. Dickens and Armytage (who took 6 for 49) our opponents scored 102 for 9 wickets.
v. Wakefield G.S., at home, on May 22nd.
Wakefield G.S., 88; School, 91 for 7.
On a wet wicket Dawson handled his bowling well and P. G. Dickens, with good support in the field, took 8 wickets for 15 runs with well-flighted spinners.
The School lost 5 wickets for 32 but Dawson (13) and Bingham (13*) played very patiently to wear down the bowling and Brown (in a very breezy innings) (20) made certain of a win.
v. Repton 2nd XI, away, on June 5th.
Repton 2nd XI, 70 for 8; School, 90.
School batted first on a wicket which gave only little help to the bowlers, but failed to attack and lost wickets quickly, but P. G. Dickens played a very good innings for 41. His cutting was particularly good for a boy of his age and he never missed a chance to drive a bad-length ball. School took three hours to score 90 runs, but Repton, with an hour left to bat, gave a demonstration of how to force the runs and against some good bowling from J. Dickens (5 for 35) scored 70 for 8 wickets.
v. High Storrs Grammar School, away, on June 9th.
H.S.G.S., 55; School, 158 for 7 (dec.).
The School atoned for the slowness of scoring in the previous match by getting 158 for 7 at a very good rate. (P. Dickens 40, Keighley 33, Dawson 27). With good bowling by J. Dickens, Wreghitt and P. Dickens and very good fielding by the rest of the team High Storrs were all out for 55.
This was our best all-round performance to date.
v. Old Edwardians let XI, at home, on June 19th.
O.E., 1st XI, 69; School, 63.
On a wicket which helped the bowlers the Old Edwardians were out for 69. (J. Dickens 5 for 29). Against excellent bowling the School lost 6 wickets for 10 runs, when Dawson wisely altered his batting order to send in Armytage to try to hit the bowlers off a length. His two boundaries gave heart to the following batsman Crowe (24*) and Prideaux (15) who gradually got on top until the bowling was changed after 46 excellent overs by the opening pair, but the guile of a very experienced bowler in the last half-hour robbed the School of what looked like a possible victory.
v. Mount St. Mary's College, at home, on June 19th.
M. St. M. Coll., 119 for 8 (dec.); School 100 for 1.
On a batsman's wicket our opponents scored steadily and declared leaving us little more than an hour to score 120. The School made a gallant attempt to score them, and with Bingham (22*) promoted to open the innings, and Wreghitt again at his best with 74*, made 100 for 1 wicket. Wreghitt again showed all-round ability and was even more brilliant than in his Whit-Tuesday innings. 11 fours and 2 sixes indicate the power of his effort.
|Innings||Times not out||Runs||Average|
|P. H. Wreghitt||...||9||2||286||40.1|
|J. S. Bingham||...||7||4||6 7||22.3|
|P. G. Dickens||8||0||127||15.9|
|D. W. Keighley||...||10||0||101||10.1|
|J. E. Prideaux||...||4||2||18||9.0|
|C. B. Dawson||...||9||1||69||8.6|
|P. G. Dickens||32.4||14||134||19||7.0|
|J. E. Dickens||142-5||50||314||30||10.5|
|P. H. Wreghitt||28.0||7||51||4||12.7|
|D. G. Armytage||115.3||33||311||24||12.9|
Catches-Mousley, 9, and Keighley, 7.
After a promising start, the 2nd XI have been rather disappointing of late. The main reason for this is the failure of batsmen to profit from their previous mistakes- Players are out in the same manner week after week.
Clarke has been an enthusiastic captain although on occasion his handling of the bowling has been open to question.
C. H. H.
The team have played only two matches so far and have had little chance to find their form as a team. But there is no reason why the two remaining matches should not be won. D. A. Charles is a good captain who has so far had more success with the ball than with the bat. B. H. Foster (31 not out v. Derby 2nd XI) has made the highest score, while Charles, J. E. Smith, I. H. Jones and E. Wilkinson have all taken wickets. The following have also played: D. W. S. Beynon, R. D. Clarke. D. A. Heeley. L. J. Hobson. P. Moore, L. Proctor, J. W. Thorpe.
May 1 v. Chesterfield G.S. Scratched.
In consequence of the unfavourable weather, the team is only just now beginning to show its capabilities. There is no doubt about its batting strength: and in the field it is displaying a very proper hostility and not a little intelligence. Only the bowling lags behind; as indeed it generally does at this age. We begin to weary of such dull things as bowling a good-length ball, and start experimenting wildly with swing and spin, to the huge delight of our opponents. Not that that explained our defeat in the first match at Doncaster. Downend bowled well: the trouble was that, like the England XI, we had no answer to fast bowling. After that there were some team changes, and at Mount St. Mary's, Thomas gave a very sound display for 55 not out. In both matches, Needham handled his team well and with growing confidence.
At the end of their fifth season the Senior Team is still unbeaten and the Junior Team has won both this season's matches. We were given a good start to the season by a victory against Bootham who very sportingly brought both seniors and colts, in spite of an epidemic of 'flu at their school, added to the fact that their bath had only been in use for a month. They gave our colts a real shock with their fine swimming. At Leeds, in spite of unfamiliar conditions, both teams won and the Water Polo match was drawn. The "A" team was narrowly beaten by Rugby, whose victory was largely due to some very fine swimming by one boy, J. C. Arthur. The second team hopes to wind up the season by a victory against King Edward's.Birmingham, on July 8th.
|May 27th.||Bootham School Seniors 20 points, K.E.S. Seniors 32 points; Bootham School Colts 19 points, K.E.S. Colts 20 points.|
|June 12th.||Leeds G.S. Seniors 23 points, K.E.S. Seniors. 32 Points; Leeds Colts G.S. 15 points, K.E.S. Colts 25 points. Polo: Leeds G.S. 5 goals, K.E.S. 5 goals.|
|June 26th.||Rugby School 32 points, K.E.S. "A" 31 points.|
|July 8th.||King Edward's Birmingham A" 17 points; K.E.S. "A" 39 points.|
With the introduction of competitions for House second teams the standard of play in the senior games has improved, and many good games have been seen. Sherwood won both the League and Knock-out competitions against spirited opposition from Arundel. League Competitions: 1 Sherwood. 2 Arundel. 3 Wentworth. 4 Haddon. 5 Clumber. 6 Chatsworth. 70 Welbeck. 8 Lynwood.
As usual, there was keen competition and a high standard of swimming on July 1st, when Lady Arthur Matthews distributed the prizes. Sherwood almost monopolised the trophies, failing only to carry off the Jackson Cup, which was won by Welbeck. Emulating the example of last year, three records were broken during the heats. G. B. Marsh lowered his own record for the Open Breast Stroke by 3.5 sec., H. R. Oldfield broke the record of ten years' standing for the Under 14 Breast Stroke in 251 secs., and Lynwood beat the Junior Relay record by 2 secs. To Mr. Harrison and Mr. Watson, who have so ably supervised and encouraged all swimming activities, and to Mr. Wilson and his many helpers at the Sports, we express our sincere thanks and appreciation.
House Trophy: 1 Sherwood 389.5. 2. Arundel 311.5. 3 Lynwood 253. 4 Welbeck 249. 5 Clumber 236. 6 Chatsworth 228. 7 Haddon 225. 8 Wentworth 213.
Water Polo K.O. Final: Sherwood 2 goals, Arundel 1 goal.
Champion Swimmer: D. Parnham 60 pts. Runner-up: G. B. Marsh, 35 pts.
We have again had a very good term. We had a resounding success in the Athletic Sports, due to great team-work, winning the Trophy by a clear 140 points. Credit must go to those who gained individual successes -Wreghitt, Bower, G. Armytage, Rowbotham, together with the Senior Relay and Tug-of-War teams, not forgetting all those who competed and gained points, which amounted to nearly half the total. In the Standard Sports we were a very close 2nd to Sherwood. Our outstanding success in Cricket has been the retaining of the Knock-out Casket by decisively beating Wentworth by an innings and 11 runs. The "Tigers" too have won the 3rd XI league, ably captained by Jennings. The 1st XI, though slightly more successful than last season, finished well down the table. The 2nd XI have struggled valiantly and have come a very close 5th. Prospects for Water Polo this year were quite bright and we did very well to be runners-up to our bogey team, Sherwood. The Swimming Sports, like the Athletics, provided another chance of team-work and we finished 2nd. In the Knock-out Water Polo we were again runners-up to Sherwood, losing 2-1 in a very exciting game. Slay, ably backed up by Bradshaw, kept the swimmers together throughout, especially in Water Polo. Congratulations to J. E. Dickens and Windle, on being appointed Prefects, and to P. G. Dickens on gaining his School Cricket Colours, and to Wreghitt on being re-awarded his Athletic Colours. To all those who are leaving we offer our thanks and wish good luck, and we hope the Juniors who have joined us have enjoyed their first year in the House.
The unbroken monotony of our defeats was relieved at the end of last term by our being placed 2nd in the Senior Cross Country. Law ran a superb race, and Kinsey, Silk and Gill were in the first 15. The Juniors were less successful and, in spite of good running by Spir, Keeling and Dingleton, were placed 6th. In the Standard Sports a little more exertion by the senior members would have given us 1st place instead of 2nd. Law again excelled himself in the Athletic Sports, and de Belin, Sewell and Woodhead must also be mentioned. The cricket teams are unfortunately all at the bottom of their respective Leagues; while the 10 wickets defeat by Lynwood in the first round of the Knock-out was a painful twinge in an already sore spot. Nevertheless the 1st XI has played well under the captaincy of Gill, whose excellent bowling, together with that of Nunn, has many a time narrowed the margin of defeat; and Dunn has been bowling well for the 2nd XI. Our Water Polo team has played well but still needs a more powerful and accurate forward line, they were 6th in the League and reached the Semi-final of the K.O. The House showed some promise in the Swimming Sports, in spite of the low position of 6th. Round and Brooke were the only entrants to reach the finals, but each won his event. Finally, we are sorry to have lost our two House Prefects during the term-Green, and Kinsey, who both took an active and useful interest in the life of the House. Forsyth, another invaluable member whom we may be losing, will long be remembered as an inspiring Football Captain and an excellent Water Polo goalkeeper. Congratulations to Kinsey on his Akroyd Scholarship and to Buckroyd on his appointment as a Prefect and House Captain.
This term the House has done quite well in all its activities. The Knock-out XI reached the semi-final after a " comfortable " win over Haddon, but there we were unfortunate in being beaten by Arundel, the eventual winners. The 1st XI has done quite well on the whole, the younger members of the team showing particular promise. The 2nd XI have had a very successful season under the captaincy of Wilson and have finished top. The 3rd XI have also done well to finish near the top in their League. In this XI too we have more promising young players, of whom Hobson and Booth have played consistently well. In the Water Polo League we have not done too badly considering that the best men of last year's team had gone, and despite absences and injuries have finished 5th. We were unfortunate in being drawn against Sherwood, who proved themselves the team of the year, in the Water Polo Knock-out first round, and did not proceed any further. We had only three finalists in the Swimming Sports but these helped us to gain 5th place and we have a number of boys who in future years should enable the House to do better. Congratulations to J. B. Crowe and J. B. Brown on their selection for the School Cricket 1st XI, and also to J. E. Bennett, S. R. Brown and K. B. T. Taylor on being chosen for the School Swimming Team.
In the Cross Country last term, the Seniors were placed 6th equal, and the Juniors 3rd. This was quite a good performance on the part of the Juniors and we look forward to even better things next season. In the Standard Sports we did not do very well, partly owing to lack of keenness on the part of some people, but mainly because of the lack of training. We hope there will be a big improvement next year. In the Athletic Sports we were 7th, but the Junior Tug-of-War must be congratulated on the way they pulled themselves to victory; also congratulations to Beeley on winning the Half-mile Handicap. After a shaky start to the cricket season, the 1st XI straightened themselves out. At the time of writing we have one more game to play and are equal 1st in the League. In the Knock-out we were narrowly beaten by Clumber after a thrilling game. Mousley must be congratulated on a stalwart fighting innings. Bailey must be mentioned, if only for his batting average, but his bowling has been one of the main reasons for our success; we shall be sorry to lose him at the end of this term. Other members who have played well are: Brooke, Williams, Dobbs and Hobson. The 2nd and 3rd XIs have been ably captained by Corbett and Higgins, finishing 5th and 6th in their respective Leagues. In the Water Polo League we finished 4th, and in the Swimming Sports both Relay teams reached the final and were placed 4th and 3rd respectively. In the House Championship we were placed 7th. Finally we must congratulate Landin and Scott on obtaining scholarships, and wish good luck to all who are leaving.
Despite the loss of several senior boys last term, making the House the smallest by a considerable margin, we have had a successful term. In the Standard Sports we finished 4th; the juniors must pull their weight more next year. The seniors have set a good example at Cricket too, and we congratulate the 1st XI on finishing joint leaders of their League. Fletcher has batted very consistently and has been ably supported by Charles and Heeley. The bowlers have responded very keenly, Charles and Adams opening the attack and Mayor and Hulley supporting them well. Page has proved an able captain of the 2nd XI and several members of this team show considerable promise for next year. For the first time for at least five years the House has done well at Swimming, finishing 3rd in the Sports, and here it is the juniors who have paved the way to success. Kalman, Foster, Clarke and Lyle must be congratulated, as well as the junior Relay team who set up a new record. We wish the best of luck to those leaving, and success in every sphere to all those remaining, especially Fletcher, who takes over the unenviable position of House Captain from P. Lewis.
The House has done exceptionally well in every sphere of activity. In the Standard Sports we were 1st with an average of 2.15 standards per boy. This shows great promise for future Athletic Sports. In the latter, the four jumpers, Mason, Marsh, Stanfield and Adamson, all won their events. Richardson ran exceptionally well in the Mile to gain 2nd place, and Millward -was only a few yards behind him. Millward, incidentally, has also gained a place in the School Chess team. The Cricket 1st League XI at the moment is top equal with Lynwood, and it is to be hoped that they are successful in their final match. This success is largely due to the able captaincy of Parnham, and to the outstanding bowling of Marshall; perhaps his most remarkable feat was his 8 wickets for 2 runs against Arundel. Meanwhile, there are many promising cricketers coining up the School, especially bowlers. Glenn, Lee, Goodman and Howarth have all proved their worth in their various XIs. But it is in the Baths that the House has achieved its greatest triumph. The Water Polo team, under the inspiring captaincy of Marsh, has won the League and Knock-out. In the Swimming Sports, all the open events, except the Long Plunge, were won by Sherwood swimmers. The work of Marsh, Parnham and Tummon, and the rest of the Water Polo team, brought Sherwood five of the six cups presented at the Sports, including the Melling Cup for the Senior Relay Race. Parnham was Champion Swimmer and Marsh was runner-up. The House is indeed lucky to possess the two finest swimmers in the School, and it offers them its heartiest congratulations.
We were pleased to welcome this term Messrs. Mahon and Harper as House Tutors, and look forward to reaping the benefit of their respective experience and exuberance. Though placed 5th in the Athletic Sports, the results showed that we have a future Champion Athlete in J. R. Shaw. He ran very well to win the Under 14 100 yards, 220 yards and Long Jump. Congratulations to Hydes on his fine performance in the Quarter Mile at Manchester, which gained him his full Athletics Colours. All the Cricket teams did well, though gaining no first places. The 1st XI, after a promising start, finished the season disappointingly, while the 2nd and 3rd XIs have gained 2nd and 5th places in their Leagues respectively. The less said about Water Polo the better, but the Swimming Sports provide some consolation. We finished 4th in the House Competition, thanks to good swimming by our younger members. Oldfield is to be congratulated on breaking the School record for the Under 14 Breast Stroke, and Shaw. Thorpe and Morte swam well to win points. After a year's absence the Jackson Cup returns to our cupboard, thanks to a good performance by our Junior Relay Team. In this connection, we are proud of J. E. Cooper, now at Oxford, who has been awarded a Half-Blue for Water Polo. Congratulations to Noton on his Town Trust Scholarship, to Geeson on carrying off two Parents' Prizes, and to Wood on winning the English Essay Prize. To those who are leaving, we wish every success, and look to those remaining to keep the Welbeck flag flying and the cupboard replenished.
In the Athletic Sports, Ogley (open) and Mills and Vincent (junior) were our main individual point-scorers. Apart from them we had to rely on our Relay teams to raise our prestige, and they ran very well, the Seniors to come 2nd, and the Juniors to win the Cup. Our debut into 2nd League Water Polo was a distinct success. The team, under Fairest's capable leadership, did well in the League, and won the Knock-out after a. hard struggle. The senior Water Polo too was good, and Sussams' young team came out of the fray with honour, if without trophies. We hope to be able to contest the Swimming Sports more successfully when our young talent develops further. The Cricket season has been very promising, especially in the Junior section, where the standard is high. The 2nd XI are to be congratulated on being runners-up in the League; but we are sorry that the 1st XI collapsed after demands on their strength by the School team. We reached the Knock-out final for the first time for years, but because of a shortage of bowling strength we were well beaten by a very good team. Congratulations to Bingham and Prideaux on earning places in the School 1st XI, and to the many other boys who have represented us in School teams. We were pleased to see that Mott, Fisher, Sussams and Dawson all won Parents' Prizes, for we feel that it is indicative of the part boys in this House are playing in all spheres of school life. Congratulations to Garlick and Hunt on being appointed Prefects, and very best wishes to all those who are leaving this term.
Play-off: Lynwood beat Sherwood; Lynwood beat Haddon.
Arundel beat Wentworth.