|VOL. XIII||DECEMBER, 1950||No. 1|
|STUDENT CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT||3|
|INTERNATIONAL DISCUSSION GROUP||7|
|THE SOCIAL EVENT OF THE TERM||7|
|MOST DEFINITELY ROGER!||8|
|A TECHNICAL HITCH||9|
|HIGHLIGHTS WITH THE U.N.A.||10|
THE first half of this term was spent under the direction of Mr. Carter, as Acting Headmaster, and on November 1st we had the pleasure of welcoming our new Head, Mr. N. L. Clapton, M.A., formerly Headmaster of Boteler Grammar School, Warrington, Mr. Clapton is a mathematician, of Hertford College, Oxford, and has been senior mathematics master of Watford Grammar School and Glasgow Academy.
We also welcome to the Staff: Mr. J. Kiely, B.Sc., Bristol, to teach Mathematics; Mr. G. Layer, B.A., Leeds, Modern Languages; Mr. R. W. Moore, B.A., Cambridge, who will take over Mr. Graham's department of Biology; and Mr. J. Wright, B.Sc., Sheffield.
Leavers this term will include Dr. Hargreaves, who has been appointed Area Training Officer for the South Yorks and North Derbyshire Area of the British Iron and Steel Federation; Mr. Graham, who goes to the Latymer Upper School, London; and Mr. Hood, to be Senior Classical Master at Ashby-de-la-Zouche Grammar School. To all of these we extend our good wishes and grateful thanks for their valued services here.
On the last Friday of November, Mrs. Helstrip served her last school dinner, and so ended her twenty-seven years connection with the School. Unofficially she has been connected with it for considerably longer than that, for she came from Wolverhampton as a member of Dr. Hichens's household in 1905, and was appointed school caterer by him in 1923. In this capacity she has devoted herself unsparingly not only to the routine of daily meals but to countless extra calls such as House Socials, " refreshments " and special functions. Throughout the incalculable days of war, blitz and black-out, and the expansion of the meals service to three or four times its pre-war scale, her standards never wavered. Whatever happened, her first care was to see that her " family " was well and truly fed, and she has never allowed any personal inconvenience or trouble to interfere for one single day with the performance of her duties. She leaves with our gratitude and respect and good wishes for a happy retirement. To her successor, Mrs. Miller, we offer our welcome.
The School Chapel Service on October 1st was conducted by the Rev. C. J. F. Gilmore, an Old Edwardian; and another Old Edwardian, the Rev. E. M. Turner, Vicar of Eyam, preached the Armistice Day sermon on November 9th, when the usual ceremonies were carried out at the War Memorial.
Congratulations to the following on their awards of Hastings Scholarships at the Queen's College, Oxford: B. H. Jessop, Classics; M. Millward, Modern History; P. G. Dickens and K. R. Jennings, Natural Sciences. Also to A. M. Dow on winning an Air Ministry Flying Scholarship; and to P: M. Harvey on being selected for the National Youth Orchestra.
Prefects this term are: P. K. Fletcher (Head Prefect), J. S. Bingham, R. B. Bradshaw, J. B. Brown, D. A. Charles, P. G. Dickens, G. M. J. Fenton, J. Hallows, K. R. Heeley, D. W. Keighley, G. M. MacBeth, M. Millward.
Two junior credits call for mention. D. M. Kaye, of Remove A, has become, at the age of 14, Britain's youngest glider pilot to qualify for "A" and " B " certificates. And W. H. Wasteney (4A), one of 120 subscribers in the School to the Latin newspaper Acta Diurna (et Minora) was cited as maxime laudandus in last term's competition for " Tela celata." Sic, neo way or another, itur ad astra.
Rivals to this journal, in the shape of Form Magazines, seem rather less in evidence than in some earlier terms, but one at least, The Meteor (" now four pages ") continues to flourish and shows that there is little that 3A does not know about the possibilities of space-ships and rocket-planes, jumping snails or talking fishes.
In view of such keen competition, we are glad to pass on to our readers a testimonial from an impartial source. The School Magazine Review, a journal which exists to compare and comment on School .Magazines, noticed our March issue in these words: "Attractively simple in its format and arrangement, this magazine, without being overloaded with trite detail, gives a thorough picture of school activities and interests . An absorbing article on the history of the school . . . Five items of verse are all technically competent, and two at least are likely to go into one's private anthology." We congratulate " one " on his or her discernment.
By the death of Mr. FRED M. OSBORN, the School has lost a friend and benefactor, whose name will be especially remembered in connection with the gift which he and his family made of their property, Clarke House, to form new premises for the Junior School in May, 1936. Mr. Fred Osborn was, as is well known, prominent in numerous departments of public service and welfare, and in the management of the Royal Hospital and Royal Infirmary of which he was Chairman for many years.
AS a permanent record of the antecedents of the School, a bronze tablet has been placed in the vestibule by the Governors of the Grammar School Exhibition Trust. The following is a copy of its wording.
|1606-1608||HENRY SAXTON, M.A.|
|1608-1615||JOHN HANCOCK, M.A.|
|1615-1619||GEORGE YOUNG, B.A.|
|1619-1622||ANDREW WADE, M.A.|
|1622 (acting)||GEORGE WADE|
|1625-1644||THOMAS RAWSON, B.A.|
|1645-1648||WILLIAM YOUNG, B.A.|
|1608||ROGER STEARE. B.A.|
|1648-1651||PETER LANFITT, B.A.|
|1651-1658||WILLIAM WHITAKER, M.A.|
|1658-1663||FRANCIS POTTS, M.A.|
|1664-1696||THOMAS BALGUY, M.A.|
|1696-1698||CHARLES DAUBUZ, IMA.|
|1698-1703||MARMADUKE DRAKE, IMA.|
|1703-1709||GEORGE LEE, B.A.|
|1709-1720||WILLIAM HUMPTON, M.A.|
|1720-1734||CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON, M.A.|
|1734-1748||JOHN CLIFF, B.A.|
|174$-1759||THOMAS MARSHALL, B.A.|
|1759-1776||JOHN SMITH, M.A.|
|1776 (acting)||EDWARD GOODWIN.|
|1776-1808||CHARLES CHADWICK, B.A.|
|1809||JOSEPH RICHARDSON, M.A.|
|1810-1818||JOSEPH WILSON, B.A.|
|1818-1830||WILLIAM WHITE, M.A.|
|1830-1863||PERCIVAL BOWEN, M.A.|
|1863-1884||JOSEPH E. JACKSON, M.A., PH.D., D.C.L.|
|1884-1899||EDWARD SENIOR, M.A.|
|1899-1905||ARTHUR B. HASLAM, M.A.|
|1836-1842||THOMAS W. MELLOR, MA.|
|1843-1853||GEORGE A. JACOB, M.A., D.D.|
|1853-1855||WILLIAM S. GRIGNON, M.A.|
|1856-1860||EDWARD D. WARD, M.A.|
|1861-1871||GEORGE B. ATKINSON, M.A.|
|1872-1879||JAMES CARDWELL, M.A.|
|1880-1884||JOHN J. DYSON, M.A.|
|1837-1853||JOHN MANNERS, M.A.|
|1853-1888||HENRY McE. SHERA, M.A., LL.D.|
|1888-1891||JOSEPH J. FINDLAY, M.A., PH.D.|
|1891-1905||VALENTINE W. PEARSON, B.A.|
The Sheffield Grammar School was founded under the Will (proved at Lincoln on 4th September 1603) of Thomas Smith of Crowland, Lincolnshire, a Sheffield-born Attorney, and received its Charter, dated 4th May 1604, from James I, with the title of " The Free Grammar School of James King of England within the Town of Sheffield in the County of York."
The Free Grammar School began in a building in School Croft at the junction of Campo Lane and Townhead Street, previously occupied by an earlier Grammar School which was in existence in 1564 and which was certainly considerably older.
In 1825 the School moved to new buildings in St. George's Square, Sheffield, built on land provided by the Church Burgesses Trust which is now occupied by the Department of Applied Science of the University of Sheffield.
Mr. N. L. CLAPTON, M.A., Headmaster
In 1885 the Governors sold the School premises in St. George's Square and purchased the Collegiate School premises in Collegiate Crescent, Sheffield, to which they moved in the same year, the School being commonly known as "The Sheffield Royal Grammar School." By Order of the Board of Education, sealed on 13th March 1905, a scheme was established for the sale of the buildings, equipment and playing fields of the Sheffield Royal Grammar School to the Corporation of Sheffield for £12,000. The Corporation at the same time acquired the buildings and equipment of Wesley College, Glossop Road, Sheffield, and established a new School on these premises which became known as King Edward VII School, Sheffield.
THIS term, compared with the last, has been one of vigorous activity. Two talks, one by Dr. West, a surgeon, and the other by a solicitor, Mr. David Brayshaw, finished the series of lectures and discussions on "Doing a Job and Being a Christian." Both talks were much enjoyed by the group, and we are very grateful to the two speakers.
Our next programme of study was determined after hearing the report of the three members who attended the week-end Conference at Hollowford, at the beginning of the term. It was decided by the Conference, which represented all the schools in the City, that the Annual Christmas Conference of the S.C.M. in Sheffield should be based on the book "Christian Faith and Life," by Archbishop Temple. In order that our contribution may be the more effective, we have embarked upon an analytical study of the book each chapter in turn being introduced for discussion by a member of the group.
Although attendances throughout the term have gone up, we are still in need of more members from the Vth Form and Transitus. The Half-Term Conference especially suffered from lack of support, although numbers were made up by inviting students from other schools. The subject of the Conference, a contrast between the methods of the theologian and natural scientist in reaching a belief in God aroused great interest among those who took part. We would particularly like to thank the two speakers, Dr. Leighton Yates and the Rev. A. Hooper and the three Chairmen, the Headmaster, Dr. E. D. Bebb and the Rev. E. A. C. Gundry.
No account of our term's activities of course would be complete without mentioning Mr. Fraser, who has been our President and Chairman since Mr. Moore left last term. We would all like to express our gratitude to him for the time and care he has spent in helping the group.
I. M. W.
Photo by P. J. Unwin
THE Choir's fare this term has been Dr. Wood's " Master Mariners," a set of five settings of sea poems for baritone soloist, choir and orchestra, and carols for the Carol Service. In the former work, H. F. Oxer handles a difficult role well and the choir perform with true nautical spirit. At the time of going to press, nothing has been heard of the B.B.C. 's visit to record the choir for a broadcast programme of Christmas music. Next term it is proposed to perform Handel's " Samson." There is room for more singers in all parts, and intending members should give in their names before the end of this term.
Besides the accompaniments, the Orchestra has prepared Handel's "Occasional Overture" and the 5th Organ Concerto for the concerts, the Overture giving the oboists, Clinton and Mottershaw, their first prominence. Most of last year's players are happily still with us, and we welcome in addition: J. M. M. Drake (flute), A. M. Guenault, B. Parker, D. Nuttall (violins), B. Heald and J. P. Catchpole (violas) and E. C. Brown ('cello). Individual players have continued to form chamber groups around themselves, notably N. H. Cunnington with the Septet for trumpet, strings and piano, and the wood-wind trio: B. P. Fisher, P. M. Harvey (clarinets) and R. F. H. Morton (bassoon). Fisher, Harvey, Andrews (flute) and Mills (violin) have also this term had auditions for the National Youth Orchestra. We have missed P. Fells during his illness and wish him a speedy return to health and to his place among the clarinets.
We congratulate P. Boswell (oboe), an Old Boy who last summer finished his studies at the R.C.M., on being included in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for their current American tour under Sir Thomas Beecham.
Two violin classes are at work under Mr. Pawson's expert direction, and a third is planned to commence soon.
The long-awaited organ has been installed and has already proved its worth, both as an adequate accompaniment for Assembly and, in spite of the limitations of its resources, as a vehicle for solo performance. Two organists, I. H. Jones and F. D. Kirkham, are already making good progress, and we hope the day is not far distant when a K.E.S. boy will win an Organ Scholarship to Oxford or Cambridge.
N. J. B.
THE ESSENTIAL NEVILLE CARDUS.
Selected by Rupert Hart-Davis. Jonathan Cape. 12s. 6d.
IT is not my intention to dispute whether this book contains the essential marks of the quiddity of Neville Cardus, but my aim is to draw your attention to a book whose contents fire the imagination of the young cricketer and of the young musician. The reconciliation of two such seemingly irreconcilable subjects is the mark of Cardus' genius, and though Music and Cricket are in carefully divided portions, you are never allowed to forget that Cardus the Sports reporter is Cardus the Music critic. Cardus' images, metaphors, similes and musical analogies paint the scenes and colour the portraits of one of the liveliest reconstructions of the lives and characters of the great cricketers past and present in an unusual and convincing manner. You are never far from humour in this book. One instance which jumps immediately to mind is W. G. Grace's recollections of Ernest Jones, the Australian bowler. " Jones, oh yes! I remember him. His first bowl pitched half-way down the pitch and went through my whiskers for four byes. Yes, I dare say he was fast."
To dispute Cardus' ability to discuss music and musicians is something no man could fairly attempt. He switches continually from facts to analogies, from the ridiculous to the sublime, in a way which brings to life every character, every composition. His words on Wagner appeal to me. He remarks, " Wagner saw with his ears and heard with his eyes," and gives a most convincing proof.
So my advice to any cricketer or musician is to read this book, not only the part that you think interests you, but the other part as well, and long before the end you will find yourself enchanted by Cardus, by the unusual powers he displays in telling his stories, amusing and serious alike. I might add a further piece of advice, that a large and up-to-date dictionary will be of great use while endeavouring to construe the sublime mythology and the mundane orthography of this follower of the two enchanted ways.
I. H. JONES.
A strip of water ripples round a bridge,
So long and low, yet proud and delicate;
Its dreamy arches lean across the lake,
Which, effortless, its long spans subjugate.
Aloft, majestic haughty monument,
The Tower, cut with clean and perfect line
Breaths warmth of dusky brick; She, crowned with gold,
The city's queen, worshipped by it; divine.
And like some radiant saint, haloed with light,
She hides the setting sun, assumes his rays,
And in his gilt her body is bedight.
Westwards, 'twixt town and silent breathless air,
Are wisps of cloud, as if a long-gone ship
Had painted them with smoke still lingering there.
Photo by P. J. Unwin
Mr. N. J. BARNES, M.A., Mus. Bac., F.R.C.O.
Mr. S. V. CARTER, Second Master
Photo by P. J. Unwin
DURING the last term the Society has held several well-attended meetings. At the Annual General Meeting, held early in the term, the committee for the year was elected and discussion on the term's programme followed. It was decided that " The Steel Industry " should form the basis of the term's programmes.
Almost immediately, a large number of posters appeared on the top corridor, showing various processes of steel production. Dr. Hargreaves opened the series of lectures with a talk on " The Integrated Steelworks," in which he gave a clear picture of the processes involved in making a semi-finished article from the crude ore. With the help of rapid sketches and some posters stripped from the top corridor publicity department, we all gained a great amount of useful knowledge.
The following week, Mr. Towers gave us an interesting talk on " The Location of Steelworks in America and Britain." After a little difficulty with the optical lantern in the L. L. R., the meeting eventually settled down in the Geography Room. Mr. Towers explained how such factors as cost of ore, cost of coal, cost of transport, demand for steel, and other things, affected the location of steelworks. He dealt particularly with the Great Lakes Steelworks in the U.S.A. and the new Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire works in England. He supplemented his talk with numerous lantern slides, and we are grateful to him for presenting to us the less known side of this important industry.
These two introductory talks were followed by a film-show occupying a whole afternoon, which everyone in the Fourths and upwards was able to attend. Three films were shown, dealing with different aspects of steel-making. The film in technicolour gave us a vivid impression (perhaps too vivid!) of the enormously high temperatures reached in the steel industry, and of the technical processes used today.
Before the end of the term w e are to have two further talks, on " Research in the Steel Industry " by Dr. J. H. Chesters, and " The Economics of the Steel Industry," by Mr. G. J. Cumming, both of which we are keenly awaiting.
We are hoping to wind up the term's activities with a number of visits to the larger local works, by which time we should have a fairly complete picture of the industry.
Finally, we should like to thank Dr. Hargreaves, who is, to our loss, leaving us at the end of this term, for his enthusiasm and keen interest in the Scientific Society's affairs. We shall find him hard to replace, and wish him every success in his new appointment.
K. R. J.
I speak in stone. With hands my tongue
I chisel words which teach the world
My life's truths. My living voice
Flowers through my age. And when I die
My deepest thoughts shall speak through statues.
G. M. MACBETH
THE annual election of the Committee took place at our first meeting on September 18th, when Hazel was voted Chairman, Marshall Secretary-Treasurer, and Jennings VIth Form representative. It was also agreed that, for the time being at any rate, Mr. G. J. Cumming should continue his good work as President, and that Walker should be Vice-Chairman. The Transitus representative, R. F. Fox, was elected some weeks later.
After the first meeting Walker, Jennings, and Hazel described in perfunctory manner their Continental and Scandinavian peregrinations during the summer. The following Monday Herr Bachmann gave us an interesting talk on his native Austria. This was followed by a talk, given by Finley, praiseworthy in its lucidity and information value, on the Schumann Plan. On October 9th, Mr. Rans introduced a discussion of topical interest on " The 38th Parallel and After," of which one notable aspect was the heated altercation between two of our members of Scots descent, in which the phrase " mess of potage " recurred consistently. A more placid note was struck the following week when Keighley introduced a discussion on France, with a talk based on personal experience. During this, a gleam of reminiscence was seen to appear in the eyes of several members. There followed a clear account of the work of the United Nations by Jennings on the last Monday before half-term.
Our activities restarted with a most vigorous presentation of views on Nationalisation in which the old antagonists MacBeth and Finley came to grips once more. Following this, Mr. Michaelis, of Sheffield University, in a talk entitled " A Problem of the Near East," showed us something of the grim reality of the obstacles which confront the state of Israel. The week after, at the kind invitation of our High Storrs counterpart, we paid them a visit to discuss together " Britain and her Colonies." An extensive subject was tackled adequately, but more time and objectivity were really needed.
There remains to mention that a dozen or so of us are looking forward with expectation to the New Year Conference at Westminster, and to add that Jennings and Marshall have been elected to the committee of the Sheffield branch of the C.E.W.C.
I. J. G. M.
PROMISED this term, by the A.C.L., an even better dance than their previous success, we were not disappointed. St. Oswald's Hall was gaily decorated, the band in evening dress, and the dancers in festive mood. Early proceedings were enlivened by the arrival of Mr. Hague, artistically attired in tails and drainpipes of a somewhat ancient cut, and of Mr. Bingham fiercely clutching a cardboard box containing a pair of non-political family mice, later to become prizes.
As the evening wore on Baron Brown was spied in a corner, embracing a hairy coconut and a passion fruit, which he alleged he had won for crooning " What's Lawton got that I ain't got? " The variety and nature of the prizes is worthy of note, one couple becoming the proud possessors of a corkscrew-cum-tin-opener and a small booklet on " The Language of Flowers." The interval came and went accompanied by the clamour of thirsty males for something stronger than Mr. Macbeth's 2d. cups of orange squash.
On went the dancing, only disturbed by the wild excitement of the company on finding that Mr. Marshall, when he rolled up his trousers in a statue waltz, had " I love Nellie " tattooed on his thigh. However, to conclude without remarking on the glory of Mr. Leeson's and Mr. Parkinson's hair-styles, or the violent interest of Mr. Keighley in Maison Eugene, would be but rank injustice.
To say whether the dance, as a propaganda meeting, with its posters of " Outlaw the Reds " and " The Peace Congress is a Fake," was a success, is difficult, but as a dance pure and simple it was riotously successful. Indeed this will, we hope, become a permanent feature in the future.
C. de G.
Praise the urbane grocer. He turns by the counter,
Polite, brisk, and efficient, his smile outweighing
Diminishing rations and rising prices.
Smart in his white apron, his bedside manner
Smooths the banal grumble, dispensing
Helpful attention, apologetic refusal.
Quick with his Yes Madam, he offers,
Neatly wrapped, the required article, aiming
Merely at the mind's profit, your satisfaction.
G. M. MACBETH
AT the heathenish hour of 6.30 a.m. I was dragged from a comfortable bed, fed, bundled into a coach, bundled out, briefed, bothered and definitely bewildered, and in next to no time through the Customs and on the way to Malta. Not having been in the air for six hours on end with four Hercules engines and twenty W.R.A.F.'s howling in my ears before, I can hardly say I was displeased to see Luqa airfield below. However, I did manage to keep myself to myself, as you might say-more than I can say for one or two of the other passengers. This part of the journey was uneventful. We did not see much of interest in France; Sardinia was merely hilly, and Sicily even more insignificant when seen from a distance, but the Mediterranean provided an excellent contrast by its incredible blueness.
A casual glance showed Malta as a patch of sun-baked mud against the sea, and at a closer inspection it failed to look much different. After the coolness of home, the heat was quite staggering as we opened the aircraft doors, and even in the evening when I went into Valetta, the heat seemed to press down like a blanket. For the most part, the town was illuminated by soft lights and for the rest not illuminated at all, giving everything a more interesting character than by day.
We (I was not alone) had been told that the local beverage was almost indistinguishable from heavily chlorinated water. So we tried it out of sheer disbelief. Have you ever tried " a half " of heavily chlorinated water, dear reader?
At each and every turn, small boys would pester us with chewing gum, and in the squares which are to be found at very odd intervals, the taxi-drivers would compete for our fares. It was interesting to see that the shops do not confine themselves to one trade only. For instance, the haberdasher sells groceries and the tobacconist sells hardware, and so on. By the way, for those who may be interested in such things, at is. 6d. for twenty-and you can bring back two hundred duty free-a trip to Malta can be quite profitable, always assuming you do not have to pay to go.
Engine trouble delayed our start next day, but not for long, and soon the Lybian desert was slipping below. Past Tobruk and El Alamein-small groups of huts, hardly seeming worthy of all the blood shed for them-andthen abruptly the fertile plains of the Nile Delta with its green fields and small villages, took the place of the desolate wastes.
Our stop at Fayid, on the shore of the Great Bitter Lake (in anticipation of a dreadful pun I will say now that I did not have a drink) was unregrettably brief while we refuelled. It was dark before we reached Habbaniya, which made it pretty boring especially as we had lost our passengers. Here, the heat was again stifling although it was midnight-local time- when we arrived, but sleep came surprisingly easily.
With a heavy heart and even heavier eyelids I was awakened at four o'clock, after only four-and-a-half hours sleep. We were back in Fayid almost as soon as we had left it, or so it seemed. Since nothing had been wrong with the aircraft at Habbaniya-a record for a Hastings, I believe -naturally something had to go wrong at Fayid. Five hours later we left for Malta.
During this " leg," I handled the controls for a short time, but the aircraft almost flies itself, and once you are used to the great force needed to move the control-surfaces, normal flight becomes too easy. Over the sea, thick cloud forced us up to 16,000 feet where it became necessary to use oxygen, of course. Even at our normal altitude of 10,000 feet, any undue exertion was enough to cause breathlessness, or so it seemed. As we landed, a very strong cross-wind nearly blew us off the runway, but thanks to the first-class handling of our Captain, we made it safely though bumpily.
Early next morning, we took off for home on the final stage of our journey. I was rather disappointed by the lack of time which prevented me from seeing much of anything of real interest. I was unable to take any really worthwhile photographs since most of the time I was on the ground was spent on airfields. One of my intentions was to sample the yachting, swimming and other amenities which abound at Habbaniya, and I must confess I was rather annoyed when I discovered that this was impossible.
Regretfully and with considerable surprise, I must say that the most enjoyable meal I had during the whole four days, was on my return to England. Eggs would seem to be a staple R.A.F. food overseas; almost every meal included an egg somewhere. The egg-starved reader might feel a trifle jealous, but I consider ten in four days rather too much of a good thing. There is on record the claim of an R.A.F. officer who put away seventy-six on a twenty-one day flight to Singapore!
Despite its brevity, the trip was very interesting from the point of view of studying conditions in the R.A.F., and there cannot be a much easier way of taking a geography lesson. To put everything in a nut-shell, it was most definitely Roger!
A. M. Dow
FOR the last week of the summer holidays, Dave, Ken and Pete were scheduled to attend a " Football Instructional Course for Schoolboys " in London. The slippery descent of Sheffield Wednesday to the uttermost depths of the First Division had left Ken visibly shattered. Moreover, he had existed in a poky little wigwam for some three weeks, perched on a mountain peak in the wilderness of South Wales. During this time a trough of low pressure had been permanently centred over his tent-our party had an enforced reduction in numbers of one third.
At an hour usually connected with roosters and milkmen, Dave and Pete reached the Great North Road and started an optimistic search for empty vehicles southward bound. They were not disappointed: the Hudson Super Six, eating up the rainswept tarmac of A1 at a phenomenal rate, disgorged them-dry-at the very door of their hostel in the West End. " Proud of their numbers and secure in pocket " they had arrived.
Horizontally and vertically, London is a large place. Consequently, maps of the road network and transport system become an absolute necessity. These were procured with deadly efficiency. Unfortunately, the course was being held on the Dulwich Hamlet ground, some considerable distance south-east of our base.
" We could go by tube to there --jab with pencil-" catch a tram to there "-another jab -" and walk that little bit." It was then discovered that the scale of the map was five miles to the inch, and another route was rejected as technically impracticable.
Improvisation is the schoolboy's characteristic asset: we arrived at Dulwich on the Monday morning more or less on time. Morning and afternoon were each divided into two sessions; by the end of the week we had been through an intensive grounding in soccer arts, both in theory and in practice. On Monday night we or rather our muscles-were in a state of utter subjection; by Wednesday we had found our second wind; on Friday-too late alas-we felt comparatively fit.
The other sixty-odd boys on the course came from London and district; we were the only " foreigners." The rumour quickly went round that we came down from Sheffield each morning; we did nothing to dispel such illusions, and looked with connoisseur's interest on the many aircraft passing overhead. By surreptitiously trailing several of the brethren, we discovered Lyons Corner Cafe at Camberwell, our haven at lunchtime during the next week. Here did separate personalities come into full view. Pete ate his food with an air of anger and indifference, Dave . . . well, one cannot really say with any accuracy that he actually ate his food. Rather did he idly ruminate over it, doubtlessly testing for hidden tastes and subtleties of blend. On Monday afternoon we arrived back at Dulwich a quarter of an hour late.
Our " grand tour " of the Capital was restricted to the evenings and to the following Saturday; we fell asleep at night full of plans for building large stone lions in Barker's Pool and instituting "tub-thumpers " in Endcliffe Park. The London Passenger Transport System was as a child in our grasp, though the water-bus was left in bitter isolation (we are not experienced sailors). We devised complicated jauntings on the Underground and would, I dare say, have employed some complex mathematical formula, had any log-books been available. We even found the City of London School, nestling on the furthest point of the Embankment, when we had almost given up hope of its existence. Pimlico stubbornly resisted all our efforts to find the location of the film made there-even to the extent of producing rain for the first time that week. A continued search for the headquarters of the Yorkshire Penny Bank drew a complete blank-the Yorkshire Copper Manufacturing Company was the nearest we got to solving that mystery. Shops, the theatre, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur; our week came to an all too abrupt end.
10.o a.m. Sunday morning on the Barnet Bye-pass, A1 seen in reverse, tea in Sheffield, with London and soccer the sole topics of conversation.
But was it nemesis? For we lost our first match by three goals to one!
P. K. F.
D. W. K.
WE had arrived in Geneva at 7.30 a.m. about forty bleary-eyed specimens, who were at once whisked off to the International School. The energetic members ate, and then looked round Geneva; the less energetic ate, then slept!
In the evening, most of the party went for a three-hour sail round the lake, trying to dance and sail simultaneously. Sunday morning was leisurely spent " exploring," and in the afternoon we " climbed " Mt. Salēve in a funicular railway. I unfortunately lost myself on the mountain with two girls of the party, and thus I just had to try out my French. We reached the International School just in time for dinner!
The following four days were spent in having about seven lectures on U.N.O.'s work. In between these, of course, we had numerous opportunities for swimming in and rowing on the lake, which was a popular pastime. A day was spent at the impressive Palais des Nations, and a tour of old Geneva proved most interesting.
Our last night in Geneva, on Thursday, was taken up with the social, including a fancy dress parade, with accent on national or international affairs. After careful deliberation, the six boys of the party evolved " St. George and the Dragon" as their effort, and plans were made accordingly. A colourful poster was " accumulated " as armour; a small Union Jack and a toy pistol were bought, and the remaining " dress " consisted of blankets, curtains, etc.
Having completely ransacked one room, " St. George " entered the room on his " horse " followed by a three-part "dragon," with a handbrush tail! The battle commenced, and quickly ended in the collapse of the horse, and the disintegration of the dragon, much to everyone's amusement.
The journey to Les Plans followed on the Friday morning, and the Union Jack was constantly in use, waving to people on the side of the track as our train shot past them. A stop was made to visit the Chateau Chillon, and Les Plans was reached about 3 p.m. A brief hike followed, then all had an unusual evening, witnessing a display of hypnotism by one of the boys.
Saturday morning saw everyone up at 5 a.m., and climbing before 7 a.m. The top of the Lion d'Argentine was reached by II a.m., and a picnic lunch 7,500 ft. above sea level was eaten. Our chalet was reached by 3.30 p.m., and all rested for the rest of the day, and in most cases, all the next day. Reports of the lectures were feverishly put together, and everyone was thoroughly enjoying the holiday when the end came all too soon on Tuesday evening. Back we went to Paris, Dieppe, Newhaven, and London, carrying lots of luggage and many happy memories of a most enjoyable holiday.
K. R. J.
AFTER the publication of last term's notes, the season's matches were completed with an excellent victory over the Bolehills Park "A" team, by 6 rubbers to nil, with three unfinished owing to bad light. The first, pair Donnelly (captain) and Leeson, played extremely well, and it is unfortunate that Donnelly left us at the end of the summer term. The third pair, Thornton and Charles, will be intact for next season, when we expect them to continue to do well.
Owing to the wet weather and public examinations, none of our tournaments were completed this season. Leeson and Thornton were the Open Singles finalists; the Open Doubles finalists were Marshall and Wallace, and Thornton and J. B. Brown. The Junior section produced a number of interesting results, and Downend was again outstanding in this section.
Despite several attempts, no courts have yet been secured, and the Club cannot hope to progress until it has courts on which to practise. It is hoped that the coming season will produce more successful efforts in this direction and thus allow tennis to take its rightful position in the School's sports.
K. R. J.
VERY little enthusiasm has been shown for Chess this term. Friday meetings have again been poorly attended. In order to play a match against Sheffield University the School could only offer to field a team of six, of which two had to be masters. The result of the match was a draw. Mr. Effron, P. D. Robinson and K. R. Jennings are to be congratulated on winning well-fought games.
THIS term has seen a heavier fixture list than before, with the Third Eleven having a complete programme; most Saturdays find five representative sides playing. With the exception of the Third Eleven, where Mr. Kiely has replaced Mr. Duffin, the same Masters are in charge of the teams. Fletcher and Heeley have continued as Captain and Secretary. With many members of last year's teams remaining, the results have been more than usually satisfactory, the first two elevens being unbeaten against other schools. As many of the present players will have left by next year, the continuation of this standard will devolve on the younger players. We have again been pleased to welcome some parents to our home matches, but would like to see many more boys come to support their school teams.
The most important position to fill was that at centre-half; Butler was promoted direct from the Under-15 XI and has been playing well. When Needham left, Everitt took his place at right back, and Charles came in at right wing. Although it has rarely played at full strength, the team would be:-Hadfield; Everitt, Hallows, J.; Fletcher, P. K., Butler, Heeley, K. R.; Charles, Mayor, P., Brown, Dickens, Keighley, D. W. In addition, Bradshaw, Williams, Stanfield, Peterken, Goddard, Sinclair and Darwin have played on one or more occasions.
Slippery conditions made accurate kicking difficult in the usual opening game. Right from the start the Old Boys showed they were determined to avenge their defeats last year, and it is unfortunate there will not be a return game this year. Early hesitations in the School defence enabled the Old Boys to get two quick goals, but the School team fought back; they were decidedly unlucky when Hadfield was partly unsighted and did not get down to a low ball. The School team nearly scored direct from the kick-off in the second half, but generally the forwards were rather ragged although Mayor was always scheming. Butler played a good first game and Fletcher was outstanding in the defence.
In the second match also the School team began slowly and soon found themselves two goals down. Fighting back, however, they gradually obtained the ascendancy and were one goal ahead at half-time. Afterwards they added three more goals while their opponents were unable to score again, despite some near efforts.
The School were soon in the customary position of being a goal down within five minutes. For the rest of this half and, indeed, for most of the second half, they showed more fighting spirit than in either of their previous games. There were still few signs of cohesion among the forwards and although Mayor was in good form, the rest of the forwards responded weakly. Sound positional sense by Hadfield prevented the opponents from adding any more goals before half-time, but soon afterwards the ball was unfortunately deflected past him. Crowe added another with a hard drive from the edge of the penalty area but Brown replied for the School team, but this was almost immediately nullified by a grand drive from Baker. Including three ex-School football captains, the Headmaster's XI was probably the strongest team the school has met.
(D. W. K.)
A heavy wind swept across the pitch and made accurate passing more difficult. The defence were not up to their usual form and often caused dangerous situations by not clearing first time. The forwards rarely got moving together although they tried individually. After being one down, Fletcher equalised with a good long shot into the comer of the net, and Brown added another for the School team to lead at half-time. Afterwards the standard of football degenerated, and the School team were unable to press home their advantage. Hadfield mis judged a high shot and then shortly afterwards a wide shot was put in our own goal. There was little time left to equalise, but Brown's perseverance was rewarded.
At first there was little to choose between the two sides, but it was an improvement to see the School forward: shooting first time, even though many of the shots finished up in the ditch. Despite a few dangerous raids by the visitors, the School team gradually took control of the game and were three goals ahead at half-time. Early in the second half the visitors replied, but after this the School forwards added five more, and missed quite a number in addition. In the defence Everitt played well, and Butler's heading was conspicuously good. Brown was always trying, and Charles often looked threatening on the wing.
Fast wingers in Fenton and Stanfield, and thoughtful play by the insides, Mayor and Dickens, helped to make the School team the more dangerous side practically throughout. It was refreshing to see the forwards shooting so readily; indeed, with a little luck, the School team might have won by a comfortable margin, as many shots were within a foot of the goal. A misunderstanding cost the first goal after only five minutes play, but Dickens scored to equalise. A little later Fenton dropped the ball over the goalkeeper into the net, but although the School team attacked for the rest of the half, no further goals were obtained. Soon after the interval, the Repton goalkeeper only partially saved a low drive from Fenton, and the ball trickled over the line. The School team tired towards the end, and a late Repton rally enabled them to draw level. The large pitch suited the forwards, and Repton's speed revealed a lack of understanding between the goalkeeper and his defenders.
(D. W. K.)
The School team's customary slowness in settling down cost them this match, as the home team scored twice early in the game. The first goal was scrambled in after a free-kick, and the second followed slack marking at a throw-in. For the rest of the first half the School were the better side but, despite persistent attacks, only one goal was scored. The second half was quite different, the game being almost entirely in the School half. The School forwards seldom looked dangerous, and it was left to full-back, Everitt, to score their only other goal after dribbling fifty yards down the wing.
(D. W. K.)
As Fletcher was injured Hallows took over the captaincy. After the first few minutes of even play the School team assumed firm control of the game and little more was seen of the visitors' attack. Exploiting obvious weaknesses of the High Storrs- defence in the air, high centres from the wings were utilised to establish a four goal lead at half-time. Afterwards the School forwards showed a refreshing willingness to shoot and took the score to 11-0, five from Brown and a hat-trick of headers from Dickens. The School defence was not under severe pressure and gave much solid support to the forwards.
For this return match Peterken deputised for the captain and played a good game. In the first half the School team again played better football, but could not turn their mid-field superiority into goals. Both the defence and the attack tended to overdo close passing. After the interval the School team continued the pressure and the visitors gradually gave way, the forwards scoring five goals and the defence being little troubled.
The ground was sticky, but this could not excuse the poor standard of football. The defence were very slack to start with and the visitors scored first. For some time the School forwards could not score, despite repeated efforts, the ball being two or three times on the goal line with no forward to put it in or else open goals were missed. In the second half the School team were more definitely on top, but even then the forwards found it difficult to score. There was an unfortunate gap in the middle of the field, between the forwards and defence, partly because Fletcher was still feeling the effects of his injury.
The School forward line was weakened with three members away at Oxford, and for both sides the defence was much stronger than the attack. The conditions made ball control difficult. Playing down-hill in the first half, the School forwards had several shots which nearly scored, but neither side was successful before half-time. In the second half the home team attacked more, but it was unfortunate when they scored from a penalty. Shortly afterwards the School team failed to equalise with a penalty, and the result seemed settled when Fletcher was injured and had to retire. This reverse seemed to spur the side on and they fought back very well, Goddard's perseverance leading to an equalising goal.
The visitors were unfortunate to arrive with only ten fit players and then to meet Brown on his best form. Gradually the School team took charge of the game. Brown scored eight goals, the other forwards actually having few shots. While the other members of the team made some of the goals, Brown's own determination and good shooting deserved his success. There was again a tendency to overdo the close passing, and in one case this led to the visitors scoring, their other goal being due to bad marking at a comer.
Heeley was captain as both Fletcher and Hallows were unfit. The pitch was in a very bad state and everybody had to work very hard to move the ball, particularly in the centre of the field. After a fairly even period there were three goals in rapid succession, giving the School team a lead of one goal. One of them was scored by Brown with a good strong shot from a through pass by Mayor. In the second half the School team did not press home their two-goal advantage, and each side scored one goal. There were some anxious moments when Hadfield saved a penalty and Everitt cleared from behind the goal-keeper when a high shot had gone over his head. Once again bad marking at a comer led direct to a goal.
The Second XI has again made a good start to the season. To date their record is:
There are several members of last year's XI still in the side, with the result that at times a certain amount of complacency has crept in. At present 15 boys are competing for 11 places, so no one should consider himself irreplaceable.
The most anxious moments Jones has are those when his own defenders pass back. Bradshaw is a good captain, and can now volley the ball fully 15 yards with his left foot. Others of last year's team doing well are Thornton, Williams, Sinclair and Thomas, whilst Fenton has descended on us from above. Newcomers are Goddard and Tiddy (who have been responsible for most of the goals), Darwin, Crowder, Needham, Glenn and Peterken.
I see no reason why once more we should not remain undefeated by school teams.
|Sept. 16.||v. Staff.||Won 5-1.|
|Sept. 23.||v. O.E.'s 2nd XI.||Lost 3-1.|
|Oct. 7.||v. Trojans 1st XI.||Won 3-1.|
|Oct. 21.||v. High Storrs G.S. 2nd XI.||Drawn 1-1.|
|Nov. 4.||v. Ecclesfield G.S. 2nd XI.||Won 4-0.|
|Nov. 11.||v. Huddersfield Amateurs 2nd XI.||Won 7-3.|
|Nov. 18.||v. R.A.F. College, Cranwell, 2nd XI||Won 9-1.|
Goal Scorers:-Goddard 15, Tiddy 9, Crowder 2, Charles 2, Thomas 1, Thornton 1.
C. H. H.
Although the Third XI has been moderately successful, its play can be criticised in the following main points. The defence has not shown itself to be too steady under pressure and conceded seven goals on one occasion; a tendency to dribble and use short passing on the edge of its own penalty area is also to be deprecated. The attack is lacking in punch and mobility and does not use the open spaces to advantage; there is also a tendency to keep the ball too close instead of opening the game out.
Wilson has proved a capable captain and has been ably supported by Marshall. In the defence, Bullard and Rudkin have been prominent. A welcome feature has been the regular attendance at training sessions and the keen enthusiasm shown by the whole team.
|v. Old Edwardians 3rd XI (H).||Lost 2-5.|
|v. Owler Lane Secondary School (H)||Won 3-o.|
|v. City Training College 3rd XI (A).||Won 4-2.|
|v. Mexborough G. S. ist XI (H).||Lost 0-7.|
|v. Old Edwardians 3rd XI (H).||Won 5-2.|
So far this season the team has met with moderate success. Injuries and illness early in the term prevented it from settling down, but there have been signs of great improvement in recent matches.
The defence has been steady in its kicking and tackling, but weak anticipation and slowness off the mark has cost too many goals. The wing halves have kept their forwards well supplied with passes and midfield play has been generally good, but the forward line has wasted many of its opportunities through inaccurate shooting and a tendency to hold the ball too long.
Rowbotham, this season's captain, is to be commended on the encouragement he has given the team by word and example, and the whole team has amply compensated in enthusiasm for what it lacks in technical skill.
Won 3, Lost 2, Drawn o.
|Sept. 30||v. Carfield Sec. S. 2nd XI.||Won 4-2.|
|Oct. 7.||v. Rotherham G.S.||Won 3-1.|
|Oct. 14.||v. Owler Lane Sec. S.||Lost 0-5.|
|Oct. 21.||v. High Storrs G.S.||Lost 2-3.|
v. Southey Green Sec. S.
(Joint U. 14 and U. 15 Team).
D. J. W.
This team has made a promising start and should develop into a good team if the left wing can be strengthened. The half-back line is very good. Quick tackling and long cross-field passes have given the forwards many opportunities to score goals.
A tendency by the forwards to bunch and make too many short passes in front of goal has wasted a number of good chances.
Oliver has been appointed captain and has set a high standard by his work at centre-half.
J. C. H.
The supply of really good young footballers shows no sign of failing, and competition is keen for almost every position in the team.
One match, against Hunter's Bar, has been lost; but it is only fair to say that on that occasion, we had six reserves playing. The full team took ample revenge with a 9-1 victory in the return match. The only two other matches played so far have been against Birkdale; and both have been won, by 8-I at Whiteley Woods and by 6-0 away.
J. Hewitt, captain, is playing very well indeed; B. P. Frost has been outstanding at inside-left; and B. A. Watkinson at left-back and J. B. Crapper in goal have rarely made any mistakes in defence. One or two second-formers, given a run with the team to get experience, show great promise for next year.
H. T. R. T.
CONGRATULATIONS to Allen, Fairest and Hollingworth on being awarded their full School Swimming Colours.
The School team did very well at the end of the summer term to beat the City of London School in a most stimulating match.
The School Water Polo Team have had one fixture this term with the University, which they lost by 3 goals to 2. It was unfortunate that the match was played after a hard afternoon of football. It is hoped to arrange a return match in the near future to avenge this defeat.
The racing team for next season should be, with the exception of the breast stroke, swimmers identical with that of last season. We ought, therefore, to be quite successful.
The Water-Polo pitch in the baths has been lengthened, which fact has handicapped House 2nd Team players. Thus several modifications as regards the 2nd Team league are being contemplated.
R. B. B..
THE summer camp was held by the Lake of Menteith, near Stirling. We had real Scottish rain for a large part of the fortnight, but in spite of this, many overnight hikes were completed and canoeing was popular, especially as there was a ruined priory on an island a mile from the camp.
The troop has been complimented by the A.D.C. on the fine patrol system that has been built up over many years; and this proved itself when the Beaver Patrol won the " Sheffield Telegraph " Trophy earlier this term. The patrol logs also stand a good chance of winning the Group Outdoor Trophy, which is awarded at the end of this term.
The troop filled all its vacant places at the beginning of the term with new boys, except for one third former. All the recruits are invested and many are on their way to the Second Class badge. Old and new members of " C " troop are looking forward to the traditional Christmas Party with plenty of " eats "; and also to more and more outdoor scouting in 1951.
M. H. T.
We were sorry to lose our former House Captain, R. W. Needham, during the term. We wish him every success in the future. R. B. Bradshaw is now House Captain. Congratulations to K. R. Jennings and P. G. Dickens on their Hastings Scholarships. The Football leagues are now in full swing. Our 3rd XI have most convincingly remained undefeated and are consequently at the top of the league. The 2nd XI, led by Scowcroft, are also doing very well. The 1st XI have not been too successful due mainly to defensive lapses late in the game. They must put more vigour into their tackling. We were unfortunate to be drawn against Lynwood in the first round of the Knockout. Nevertheless, the team put up a fine performance. It was a most stimulating match. Congratulations to McKee on being appointed junior House Football Captain. In the Junior Leagues our two teams have been somewhat spasmodic, but we expect them to settle down and improve next term. The House has the basis of a good cross-country team led by M. A. R. Johnson, which with hard training should do quite well.
P. G. Dickens, M. H. Thornton and I. Jones have been awarded their House football colours.
Finally we regretfully say goodbye to Dr. Hargreaves and Mr. Hood, and thank them for all they have done for the House.
The House welcomes all new members, and expects them to do their best for the House, so that they leave it with a greater tradition than when they joined it. We finished last term on a high note, with a good display in the Swimming Sports. We congratulate B. Round on becoming School Champion Swimmer and leading his team to 3rd position in the House Championship, only thirteen points behind the winners, Clumber. He was admirably supported by A. Weston, L. R. Cliffe and J. D. Bridges, who all gained individual placings, and by the Junior Relay Team who were placed 2nd, beating the existing record. House Football has improved from last season, and the 1st XI, although bottom of the League, are playing quite well and reached the semi-final of the Knockout only to be beaten 3-1 by Haddon. House Football Colours have been awarded to E. Bailey and D. A. Cousins. We hope all our teams will have improved their League position by the end of the season. Congratulations to E. Bailey and D. A. J. Dunn on being elected House Prefects, they are keen members of the House and have set a high standard of conduct which other members of the House should follow. We learnt recently that B. H. Jessop has been awarded a Hastings Scholarship in Classics and congratulate him on this achievement. The House looks forward with eagerness to the Christmas Social which has been so much enjoyed in previous years. To all who may be leaving the House wishes the best of luck.
For the first time for seven years we have failed to get past the first round of the Knock-out Competition, but, unfortunate as this is, the League team, ably captained by J. Wilson, have maintained their tradition. In their last twenty-three games in the past season or so, they have only dropped three points, and, at the time of writing, they top the League Table by four clear points. The strength of this side lies not in individual brilliance, but in all-round ability, and a fine team spirit. The 2nd and 3rd XI's, though not so successful as the 1st XI, have steadily improved. House Football Colours have been awarded to J. Wilson, G. B. Crowder, A. Thomas and G. Goddard. The Junior House, led by Hewitt, shows signs of future talent, and up to press, both its elevens have good records. A House Social for the fourth forms and under was held this term when there was a very good attendance, and everyone appeared to hale an enjoyable evening. In the Swimming Sports last term Clumber won, the House Trophy by a narrow margin from Arundel. Special congratulations are due to the junior Relay Team, who broke the record by 51 seconds.
Since our last House notes, Haddon has enjoyed considerable success in many fields of activity. Congratulations are due firstly to the Cricket 1st XI, which, by winning its last two fixtures and through a series of fortunate results between other Houses, headed the league by one point; next to Vague and Edwards, who won the U.,4 Fives doubles competition, and to Vague again for winning the singles. This term the Football 1st XI started badly as usual, but, with the return of Williams from the School 1st XI, they showed considerable improvement and now occupy second position with Sherwood. In the Knock-out competition, we have reached the final for the first time, and we are confident of winning the trophy. House Colours have been awarded to D. J. Williams, D. W. S. Beynon, D. G. Bullard and G. M. Law. The 2nd and 3rd XI's are both near the foot of their respective divisions; the former has missed the inspiring leadership of Ferguson, who has left us to do his National Service, while the latter, though captained enthusiastically by Hollingworth, has not shown sufficient keenness. Consolation can be found in the displays of the 1st XI of the newly-formed junior House, who have carried on where they left off last year. They have won their first four games, scoring 17 goals against 1, and appear almost certain to be the first winners of the Barton Shield. In the swimming sports we finished sixth, but we were only 21 points behind the winners, while we had 78 points more than the House immediately below us. Finally we wish luck to H. G. Beeley, who has left us this term to take up a career in the Royal Navy.
Our football has been quite successful this term. At the completion of the 1st round of the Leagues, the 2nd XI are placed second, one point behind the leaders. They are strong in all departments, and the whole team shows a healthy desire to score goals, as their 46-5 goal average well illustrates. The 3rd XI are also placed second in their League and have shown much commendable team spirit in reaching this position. Canham, the captain, and a few elder boys provide a successful foil to the younger members of the team, and several most encouraging wins have been recorded. We hope to see both teams maintain the challenge for leadership after Christmas. We are not used to seeing our 1st XI as low as 5th, but their position is not so discouraging as may at first seem. Charles, Butler, and on occasions, Peterken, regulars for many seasons now, have joined Fletcher and Mayor in the School 1st XI; in addition, illness has unfortunately robbed us of the services of Finley. Consequently, youth has been given its chance, and the encouraging displays of Oliver and Smith in the Knock-out competition, show that such a policy cannot but reap good dividends. Peterken, Gomm, Lewis, and Finley are to be congratulated on being awarded their House Colours. Our Knock-out XI, again a very powerful side, is in the Final for the second year running. En route we beat Arundel 5-3 and Wentworth 4-a, and our hopes of retaining the trophy are obviously high. The combining of 2nd and 3rd forms has led to more balance in our junior teams, though more penetration in attack is still needed. At the end of this term we are forced to say goodbye to our House Master, Mr. Graham. He has been with Lynwood since December 1945, and, his encouragement, guidance and unceasing interest in all our activities will be greatly missed. We wish him every success in his new post in London and feel sure he will take with him happy memories of his connection with the House; we shall not forget him. We offer a hearty welcome to Mr. Twyford. He has already given ample evidence of his keenness and activity, and we hope he will have every success as our new House Master. Finally, we congratulate Fletcher on being appointed Head Prefect, Charles on being made a Prefect, and Rippon on being elected House Swimming Captain.
Our football this season has shown a distinct improvement on last year, but we still have a long way to go to regain the heights of the 1948-49 season. Of our Knock-out defeat, we need only comment that the better team won an exceptionally good game. In the League, the 1st XI, under the able captaincy of Stanfield, are unlucky not to be even closer to the leaders at the end of the first round, but while the defence has always been sound, the forwards need more dash and punch in front of goal. Glenn has been a dominating pivot, Adamson a safe and often brilliant goal-keeper, and special mention must be made of Marshall, whose fine example, keenness, and enthusiasm should provide an inspiration to younger members of the House. The 2nd XI have also played well and includes promising young players in Wells, the captain, Middleton, J. Round, Baker and Phillips. Lack of weight rather than of ability has so far kept it from the top of the table. The 3rd XI have been rather erratic, and although enforced team changes are partly responsible, more determination is necessary. We congratulate Watkinson on his election as our first junior House Captain; he has set a fine example to his team, but in spite of a notable improvement on last season, they have yet to strike a winning vein. However, a little more confidence and a fair share of luck may bring success later in the season. The Junior 2nd XI have made a promising start which augurs well for the future. Finally we say goodbye to Frith, who has rendered valuable services to the House in the Cross-Country and Athletic Sports, and wish him the best of luck in the R.A.F. and at Cambridge.
The 1st XI has made a rather disappointing start to the football season. The main trouble is the lack of two or three good forwards who are willing to shoot hard on all possible occasions. The defence is very sound, only 8 goals having been conceded in the first round of the League. Their position in the League Table is fourth. Parfitt, coming from last years Under 14 XI, is playing very well and has a strong kick with either foot, although his heading could improve. Hobson in goal is very reliable, but he has been at fault once or twice this season. In the Knock-out Competition this year we were drawn against Wentworth, which resulted as was to be expected in the lack of forward play by either side. We lost by the only goal of the match, which was the result of bad marking at a comer. The 2nd XI has settled down well under the captaincy of Robinson, and are keeping in a good position for a strong challenge for the championship at the end of the season. Kaye has been a good goal-keeper. In the 2nd XI, again though method in the forward line is definitely lacking, their position in the table is third. The 3rd XI, after two enormous wins at the beginning of the season, more by good luck than judgment, were beaten and are now playing a more average game. The junior part of the House, ably led by Youle, has not been quite as successful as was expected since the team is the same as last year, with the exception of two or three of the best from the new second formers. The main trouble is the failure to keep to their positions which results in half-a-dozen players all going for the ball together. The House teams have on the whole given a good average display, and I think we can look forward to more success in the second round of the League competition. House Football colours have been awarded to Darwin, Dow, Everitt and Sinclair. The House congratulates Sinclair and Darwin on keeping a regular place in the School 2nd XI, and they have both played for the School ist XI.
The winter term is a term of football. For Wentworth it has brought little success but much encouragement. The 1st XI is a young team, which augurs well for the future. Wentworth came near to beating the League Champions, Clumber, with a team containing only one member over sixteen. We have missed Wilkinson, who, together with Wingfield, has formed the backbone of the team, and hope he will be back soon. Weston has improved immensely in goal. The XI as a whole, has no claim to great technical ability, but it has consistently given of its best. Wentworth football has always had a reputation for bustling vigour, and the 1st XI has kept up the tradition well. There has been no lack of enthusiasm or of the will to win. Gregory, to take but one example, has proved this. We would like to see more of this spirit in the 2nd and 3rd XIs. We would like to see them play more as a team and less as a mere collection of individuals. Keenness is apparent in the Junior teams, vigorously led by Bradshaw, from whom we expect much in the future. Wentworth survived the ist Round of the Knock-out, after a hard and well-fought struggle against Welbeck. The scales were tipped in our favour by the rock-like defence of Hallows. In the semi-final, we met and were beaten by the strong favourites, Lynwood, but not without putting up a gallant fight. Outclassed in footballing ability, Wentworth prevented their opponents from scoring until twenty minutes from the end. For this, the Wentworth defence deserves to be heartily congratulated. The House extends a cordial welcome to Mr. Kiely, who succeeds Mr. Moore as House Tutor.
T. H. WALKER: appointed Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at University College, London.
D. C. LAW: member of Oxford University 4-mile team and cross-country team v. Cambridge.
Jan. 2. Old Edwardians' Association, Annual Ball at the Cutler's Hall.
Jan. 9. Lent Term begins.
Feb. 19. Half-term holiday.
Feb. 22, 23, 24. School Play, The Playboy of the Western World (J. M. Synge).
Mar. 19. (provisional) Handel's Samson by School Choir and Orchestra, at Ecclesall Parish Church.
Mar. 21. Term ends.