|THE HEADMASTER||253||DEMON BOWLER||267|
|ROLL OF HONOUR||253||I WAS AMAZED||268|
|THIRTY YEARS AGO||255||CHESS PROBLEM||268|
|OLD EDWARDIANS||255||INTERNATIONAL DISCUSSION GROUP||269|
|SPEECH DAY||256||NO MOWER WORK||269|
|SCHOOL MUSIC||262||STANDARD SPORTS||270|
|THE SUBURBAN SCENE||263||ATHLETICS||271|
|STUDENT CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT||264||SWIMMING||272|
|A TRIP TO YORK||265||HOUSE NOTES||276|
THE announcement, at the end of last term, of the appointment of Dr. Barton to the Headmastership of the City of London School has turned our thoughts much to the past and to the future. With our congratulations to Dr. Barton on his well-deserved success we tender also our thanks for the unsparing labours which he has devoted to the school which he is leaving. To have maintained, and advanced, its high reputation and standards through the exceptional crises, uncertainties and transitions of the last eleven years, is an achievement of which he may justly be proud.
For the healthy condition of the school which he is handing over to his successor, Dr. Barton would be the first to give credit to the loyal efforts, in their respective capacities, of governors, staff, parents and boys; and he leaves us, we feel sure, in the confidence that the same corporate spirit which he has so unfailingly inspired will be the mainspring, under new direction, of continued energetic activity.
We look forward to making the acquaintance of Mr. N. L. Clapton, M.A., Headmaster of Boteler Grammar School, Warrington, who has been appointed to succeed Dr. Barton.
Along with our Headmaster, we are losing, also to the City of London School, Mr. W. D. H. Moore; his departure will leave gaps to be filled, in the Classical staff, the Orchestra, and the Student Christian branch, and we wish him success and good luck in his new post.
WE have only recently heard particulars of the death on active service of HAROLD STEVENSON (K.E.S. 1934-39), who was killed during an operational flight over Belgium on December 24th, 1944. He was a Flying Officer piloting Typhoon aircraft and attached to the 247th (China-British) Squadron stationed in Eindhoven.
Also of ARTHUR E. TROOPS (1917-20), Lieut-Commander R.D., R.N.R. (retired), who lost his life on June 13th, 1944, in the English Channel, while serving as Captain of H.M. Cableship Monarch. He had left school at the age of fifteen to join the Nautical Training Ship Worcester, and so had completed nearly thirty years of naval service.
DR. J. A. CROWTHER, Emeritus Professor of Physics in the University of Reading and Vice-President of the Institute of Physics, who died on March 25th, 1950, was educated at the Sheffield Royal Grammar School, having been born in Sheffield in 1883. He worked under Sir J. J. Thomson in research into the properties of X-rays and radioactivity and was appointed the first Lecturer in Physics applied to medical radiology after the First World War, and became Professor of Physics at Reading in 1924, which post he held until his retirement in 1946.
THE departure of a Headmaster normally marks the end of an epoch in a school's history and is an appropriate moment at which to take stock of changes and developments. Dr. Barton's headmastership has covered the period of the Second World War, and of the passing of the 1944 Education Act, both of which have had important effects on the School. In addition to this, during Dr. Barton's time, several masters have retired after many years' service to the School. It has, therefore, been thought worth while to construct a brief chronicle of outstanding events of the years 1939-50 so that the development of the School and its life can be assessed. It is not yet possible to put the changes of these years into perspective, but the chronicle illustrates well two sides of Dr. Barton's administration-a great development of School games, especially within the House system, and a very high level of academic success. For the steady progress of all the established features such as music, drama and "societies", the volumes of the MAGAZINE give ample and interesting evidence in greater detail than can be attempted in this outline. Though the fortunes of some of the societies have fluctuated considerably during the period, several have been vigorous.
1939 (S.T.) Dr. Barton took over the Headmastership. Two awards at Oxford and Cambridge.
(A.T.) " Home Service " (classes in private houses, while air-raid shelters were being constructed); followed by double-shift working at K.E.S. with Nether Edge G.S. Shelters constructed in the Close.
(L.T.) School Team first took part in 1940 Northern Public Schools Athletic Sports.
(S.T.) Mr. F. T. Saville (Master of Junior School and founder of Lynwood as a boarding house) retired after 39 years' service to Wesley College and K.E.S. " Vacation Term " held at School in August. Commemoration Service instituted. Four awards at Oxford and Cambridge. Farming Camps started. House Water Polo competition started.
(A.T.) The Blitz. School hit by incendiary bombs. Term ended early and the School was used as a Rest Centre.
1941 House Prayers and meetings on Wednesdays instituted. Fire-watching. Two languages substituted for three in the curriculum of B, C and D Forms. Air Training Corps formed. Three awards at Oxford and Cambridge. School meals service extended.
1942 School Captain of Athletics and Athletics Team, officially recognised. One language only (German) required in D Forms. Four awards at Oxford and Cambridge. Prefects' Dance re-instituted.
1943 Adoption by the School of Newhall Boys Club. Mr. L. E. B. Warner retired after 31 years' service in the Office. Six awards at Oxford and Cambridge. Mr. J. J. H. Clay, Senior English and History Master retired after 25 years' service.
1944 Remove Forms instituted. 16 awards at Oxford and Cambridge (a record for
the School and thought to be the best performance
for any school in proportion to size that year).
1945 Run-down of the Junior School began (effect of 1944 Education Act). Promotion examination to Senior School instituted for Junior School boys. The School first competed in Northern Public Schools Cross Country race (second place). Six awards at Oxford and Cambridge.
1946 Field events introduced in Athletic Sports.
(S.T.) Mr. C. S. Wright retired after 24 years' service in the Junior School. Mr. A. W. Gaskin, Geography Master and Scoutmaster, retired after 29 years' service. Seven awards at Oxford and Cambridge.
(A.T.) Wednesday afternoon, though still a games afternoon when fine, became a school session. Saturday morning school abolished; five-day week and eight-period day adopted. Holidays now conform to those of the other L.E.A. schools. Regular inter-school athletic fixtures started.
The Staff goes back almost to a " permanent " basis. (67 appointments to the temporary or permanent staffincluding 21 womenhad been made between May, 1940 and June, 1946).
1947 (L.T.) The great " freeze-up ". Athletics Team go to London for Public Schools Championships for the first time. " Parents' Prizes " started. New branch of the Sixth Form started for specialists in Economics, Geography and History. War Memorial Fund opened.
Mr. J. S. Nicholas, Senior Mathematics Master and Second Master, retired after 36 years' service. Mr. H. A. Scutt, Senior Modern Language Master, retired after 30 years' service. Mr. S. V. Carter appointed Second Master. Junior School closed. 101 School Certificates (a record).
(A.T.) An entry of 120 boys, making an average of 30 per form (in place of the smaller C and D Forms). Six awards at Oxford and Cambridge.
First School film produced. " St. John 1948 Passion " given by the Choir and Orchestra at St. John's Church, Ranmoor. Standard Sports started.
Miss J. W. M. Copley retired after 30 years' service in the Junior School. Northern Schools Cross-Country Trophy won. Seating at dinner arranged by Houses with table prefects in charge.
56 Higher Certificates gained by 6o entrants; 98 School Certificates gained by 107 -entrants. Ten awards at Oxford and Cambridge. Carol Service started.
1949 The War Memorial Tablets were unveiled by the Bishop of Oxford. Dr. C. J. Magrath retired after 42 years' service. The School won the Northern Schools Cross-Country Cup. Rugby Fives was revived. Parents' meetings (for Second and Fifth Forms) were started. Nine awards at Oxford and Cambridge. The Akroyd Scholarship was won for the tenth time in 14 years.
The Second Forms started games on Thursdays and work on Wednesday afternoons.
(A.T.) 112 boys in the Sixth Form, 69 in the Transitus; a total of 703 in the School.
1950 Lawn Tennis was recognised as a School game, but not played in school
House Fives competition was revived. The awarding of House Colours for games authorised. Seven awards at Oxford and Cambridge.
(N.B.-Some of the entries which refer to a " school year " are placed in the calendar year of the Lent and Summer terms).
V. J. W.
THE first Magazine of 1920 was apparently the first for a year or two after a hiatus caused by the first World War. " The ravages of the War have reduced the number of boys over 16 in the School to 81; in normal times the number would be 120."
A Memorial Service was held in the Cathedral for the 9o Old Boys who had lost their lives in the War, and many of their portraits appear in the Magazine.
Articles on " Mine-Sweeping " and " Life in the R.A.F." still keep the War in mind, as does a statement about Mr. Saville's Camp at Winchelsea that " the food difficulty was less acute, but prices were very high."
The School Football XI played Fulwood, Bootham School, the University 2nd XI, the Falcons and Worksop College.
The Debating Society had a series of light-hearted debates, deciding that " the Games Committee is in need of improvement," that "the Irish are the curse of Ireland," and that " Bachelors should be taxed."
The present President of the O.E. Association, Dr. J. T. Burdekin, was a Prefect, andodd coincidence-the O.E.A. was started.
Furness Field was used for the first time. Lynwood (then a boarding-house) won the Cross Country and the Sports. In Cricket the School played Nottingham High School, the University 2nd XI, Worksop College and Hallam Cricket Club.
It is interesting to note that at Speech Day, 1920, it was stated that " the School had outgrown its playing field at Whiteley Woods and was hoping for a considerable extension soon! " Thirty years have now passed.
C. J. M.
Dr. E. L. M. MILLAR, Deputy Medical Officer of Health for Sheffield, has been appointed Deputy Medical Officer of Health for Birmingham.
Mr. JOHN C. STERNDALE BENNETT, C.M.G., M.C., Deputy Commissioner-General in South East Asia, has been made a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George.
The following examination results have been announced at Cambridge:
Natural Science Tripos, Part I, Class III: T. B. C. Kendrick. Part II, Class
[blank]: G. A. Horridge.
Law Tripos, Part II, Class II, Div. 2: F. D. N. Campailla.
Historical Tripos, Part I, Class II, Div. 1: K. S. Ellis. Part II, Class II, Div. 1: P. S. Granville.
Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos, Part II, Class II, Div. 1: D. A. Crowder.
Archeological and Anthropological Tripos, Part II, Class 3: A. L. Chappell.
Subscriptions have been received from Messrs. H. H. Leah, H. L. Leah, and J. H. Leah.
JUNE 15TH, 1950
Andante ('Italian' Symphony) Mendelssohn
(The School Orchestra)
THE LATIN SCHOOL SONG
THE HEADMASTER'S REPORT
THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNORS
(Alderman J. H. Bingham, J.P.)
Piano Duet " Spanish Dance " Moszkowsky
(F. D. Kirkham, P. Woodhead)
GermanDeclamation: " The Panther at the Zoo, Paris " Rainer
Song: "Where-e er you walk " Handel
(P. D. Robinson)
LATIN ADDRESS OF WELCOME SPOKEN BY W. N. ADSETTS, HEAD PREFECT
Distribution of Prizes and Address by
DR. H. W. THOMPSON, F.R.S., Vice-President of St. John's College,
Oxford and University Lecturer in Chemistry (Old Edwardian)
" Oh! the sweet delights of love " (Dioclesian)
(M. A. Sharpe, P. Swain)
" Just as the tide was flowing "
(T. W. Turner)
Milkmaids " ..
(H. F. Oxer)
Vote of Thanks to Dr. H. W. Thompson, F.R.S.,
proposed by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield (Alderman H. Keeble Rawson) and
seconded by Dr. H. R. Vickers, M.Sc., M.B., F.R.C.P.
Unison Song: " England " Parry
(The School, the Choir and the Orchestra)
Vote of Thanks to the Chairman,
proposed by Alderman H. W. Jackson, LL.B., and
seconded by Councillor A. Ballard.
GOD SAVE THE KING
THE presence on the platform of three distinguished Old Edwardians was a happy coincidence for Dr. Barton's twelfth and last Speech Day. When the Lord Mayor and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians rose to propose and second the vote of thanks to a Fellow of the Royal Society, it was evidently only the lateness of the hour, and the sympathy of the speakers for those sitting on the hard benches whereon they themselves had so often sat, that curtailed the interesting reminiscences which might otherwise have been forthcoming. The musical programme was well chosen and agreeably performed by our well-established team of soloists, and the Latin Speech presented no difficulties to the versatile Head Prefect-nor, it seemed, to the appreciative audience.
The HEADMASTER devoted the major part of his report to a survey of the past eleven years." I concluded my first Report," he said, " at Speech Day in 1939 with these words: ' Such qualities as I have I will give freely to the School, and I know that, whatever difficulties may lie ahead, whatever burdens may be laid upon me, I shall not fail if I remember that these qualities are not of my own making, but have been given to me by that Unseen Power which is the source of all true strength to be devoted to the service of others. I dedicate them to this School and to your sons.' To-night I must render an account of my stewardship.
When I came here I found a School which the first Headmaster, Dr. Hichens, had organised to produce first-class Scholars; how well he organised it and how well he succeeded! His two successors, very properly I think, laid a little less emphasis on examination results, brought even the ablest boys on rather more slowly, and, following the trend of their time, widened the range of activities outside the classroom in order to give the average boy something at which he, too, could excel. I felt that more attention needed to be given to the work of the average boy, who was trying to study too many subjects of a too abstract character in too short a time. So, in due course, we reduced the number of foreign languages studied by the average boy from three to two, and by the weaker boy from two to one, and we tried to make the approach to all the work done by these boys rather more practical. Later we decided to give these boys who come up the School in C Forms five years instead of four in which to complete their general education and so created the new Form, Remove A. The work of the Modern Studies Sixth Form also needed knitting more closely together, as the four main subjects, English, History, French and German, were being studied almost independently and a boy did not know whether he aimed to be a Modern Languages or a History Specialist. Now there are in that Form two distinct courses, one for the Modern Languages Specialist and one for the English and History Specialist. The Governors of the School then accepted my recommendation that we should create the post of Senior English Master separate from that of the Senior History Master, so as to prepare boys for the increasing number of English Scholarships being offered by the Universities and also to devote more attention to the writing and particularly the speaking of good English throughout the School.
Dr. H. W. Thompson delivering his address
Photo: Sheffield Telegraph
All these changes had to be made against the background of the Second World War, which brought problems to every School. For us, it has meant on the average ten new members of the Staff every year, instead of the normal two or three, and the closing of our excellent Junior School, which rendered such good service to the City. The raising of the School Leaving Age to 15 clearly meant that all our boys should in future stay at school until they had taken Higher Certificate at about 18 years of age, and so we provided an Economics Sixth Form with Economics, Geography and History as the main subjects for those boys who were not attracted by our other Advanced Courses. This Form prepares boys for Chartered Accountancy, Insurance, Law or administrative work in Industry, as well as leading to Honours Degree Courses at the Universities. The result of all this is that while in 1939 there were 700 boys in the Senior and Junior Schools, with 90 boys in the Sixth and Transitus Forms, there are now 680 boys in the Senior School alone, with over 180 boys in the Sixth and Transitus Forms.
What have been the fruits of these developments? In the last 11 years the School has won 79 Scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge, including the record number of 14 in 1943-44, the previous high spots in this respect being eight awards in 1937-38 and seven in 1915-16 and 1931-32. - Ten awards were also obtained in both 1947-48 and 1948-49. The Akroyd Scholarship, the Blue Ribbon of Yorkshire Scholarships, has been won seven times in the last 12 years. As far as the average boy is concerned, the School Certificate Results were above the average for the Country as a whole for the first time in 1939, and have since been above the average again in 1942, 1947, 1948 and 1949, which is the last year in which the whole of the Fifth Form were able to sit for the examination. The Economics Side, just completing its third year, has already justified itself; it contains 18 boys, all its candidates have passed Higher Certificate in the two main subjects, and boys have left it to go to the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester and the London School of Economics.
My predecessor, Mr. R. B. Graham, now Head Master of Bradford Grammar School, appointed Mr. P. L. Baylis Director of Music in 1929. When I came, Mr. Baylis had built up a four-part Choir of 6o boys and Masters, and an Orchestra of 40 performers including wood-wind and wind. He kept both the Choir and Orchestra going during the war in the face of serious handicaps, and handed over a Choir of 6o and an Orchestra of 30 to Mr. Barnes. He has worked wonders with his enthusiasm and fine musicianship, helped by a grant of £400 by the Governors for the purchase of orchestral instruments. We have now a four-part Choir of 1111 o boys and Masters, with respectable altos and tenors, and an Orchestra of 40 performers; there are in addition 24 boys learning to play the violin and five learning the viola, so that the Orchestra should be 6o strong in a year's time. The Choir had an audition by the B.B.C. last March, the first to be given to a School four-part Choir, and we hope they will be taking part in a broadcast of Carols to be given by School Choirs next Christmas. The Choir and Orchestra gave a competent and devotional rendering of Bach's St. Matthew Passion to a large congregation at Ecclesall Parish Church on the Monday before Easter and I am sure we are all deeply grateful to Mr. Barnes for giving us the opportunity of hearing this work, one of the finest ever written for chorus and orchestra. As I listened to it, I felt what a profound spiritual influence the rendering of this work must have both on those who produced it and on those who heard it. It has, therefore, been a source of deep satisfaction to me to see so many of you at the Chapel Service, which we hold in the two Winter Terms and the Commemoration Service in the Summer Term and I hope you feel that your sons have derived some benefit from the Services and the sermons they have heard at them.
Finally, when I came here II years ago I found an active House system in being, an important part of any school life in that it gives reality to the games played by the average boy who is not good enough to get into one of the School Teams. We have tried to make the House a more real social unit by instituting House Prayers each week, at which all the arrangements for House Games are made, by arranging for boys to sit by Houses for dinner and by increasing the number of House Competitions. A new development in this respect will be the division next September of the House Football and Cricket Leagues into two sections a Senior League for the Fourth Forms upwards, to be played on Wednesday afternoons and consisting of three Divisions for First, Second and Third Elevens, and a Junior League for the Third and Second Forms to be played on Thursday afternoons and consisting of two Divisions for First and Second Elevens. There will thus be an appropriate division of the House League for a boy to play in from the year he enters the School until he leaves. As far as School games are concerned, I will say only three things: our guest of honour played in the first Football Match between this School and the Repton Second Eleven in 1924, when we won; we won again in 1933, 1934, 1937, and for three years running in 1944, 1945, 1946; now we play the Repton First Eleven and have won two out of the three matches with them. Athletics and Swimming are now official School games; in Athletics we were beaten by Shrewsbury by half a point in a triangular Athletics Match at Repton in 1949, Repton being 13 points behind us, and our Athletics Captain on that occasion now has his Half Blue both for Cross-Country Running and Athletics. Our Swimming Team have won all their matches in the last five years, and I hope they will shortly be invited to compete for the Bath Club Cup open to the leading Swimming Schools of the Country. A recent member of the team, J. E. Cooper, reading Medicine at Lincoln College, has also been awarded a Half Blue for Water Polo.
Headmasters come and Headmasters go, but Schools go on; the boys here are a good lot, the Masters are keen and able and I am sure that this School will continue to prosper and that, as it did with me, so it will take hold of my successor, whoever he may be, call forth the very best, and more, that is in him and raise him to the stature that the School needs and deserves.
May I conclude by thanking all those who have done so much for the School and have made my work here such a pleasure? The Governors and their officers, and especially you, Mr. Chairman, for your advice to me and for your very real personal interest in all our activities despite the many other claims on your time, and Alderman Jackson for his unfailing interest and encouragement; the parents, both for your forbearance when you have had to wait to see me and when you haven't liked what I was doing and for your sound judgment of your sons abilities, and above all for your encouragement and appreciation of our work; the Masters, who have borne it patiently when I have taken so long to say so little, and who by their real sympathy for and understanding of your sons have made this School such a happy and inspiring place in which to work; the boys-this is not the occasion to say much to them, nor could I do so as my feelings for them are too deep, but this much in fairness I must say: I have the deepest admiration both for their integrity (although there are times when I have found the dividing line between integrity and obstinacy rather obscure!) and for their generosity; whenever I have asked anything of them, they have always given of their best; Miss Hutson, almost as well known to you as to me, for her competence, her devotion to the School, her loyalty, her tact, and her integrity too.
In the 11 years we have been at the School my wife and I have made many friends and we thank you all for your kindness, your encouragement and your loyalty, which have made our time in Sheffield rich in experience, deep in satisfaction, and full of happiness, a time which is soon to become a memory which we shall cherish to the end of our lives."
Reviewing events of the current year, the Headmaster mentioned the examination results of July, 1949 (87 School Certificates gained by 106 and 68 Higher Certificates by 77 candidates, with 11 Distinctions and three State Scholarships. Of the other School activities, official and unofficial, he commended the work of the School branch of the Student Christian Movement, who, in addition to their regular meetings, had organised a Week-end Conference and a Dance in aid of the funds of the Movement. In this connection he paid a grateful tribute to Mr. W. D. H. Moore, who has been in charge of this activity and who is leaving this term to join the staff of the City of London School. On the cricket field, last year's match against Bradford Grammar School, in which the School fought doggedly to make 95 runs after a disastrous start of three wickets for one run, was a good example of the spirit of our teams. In Athletics, under Mr. Woodage's enthusiastic leadership, we had won the Northern Cross-Country Championship, which was held on our own course. Troop C Senior Scouts had been complimented by a District Commissioner on the turn-out and conduct at their three-weeks' camp in Switzerland, and six King's Scout badges had been gained, one of the winners, J. B. Wenninger, having been chosen to represent Great Britain at the Scout Jamboree in America this summer.
The Head Prefect's Latin Address was as follows:
Omnium eorum qui nobis hoc tempore adesse so lent hunt eo libentius excipimus quod intra hos parietes puer instructus et educatus est. Triginta fere sunt anni cum hunc ludum intravit; postea sodalitati Chatsworthiensium praepositus, tantum chemiae studiis ac doctrina profecerat ut Scholaris Collegi Sanctissimae Trinitatis sit delectus. Apud Oxonienses radiis qui infra ruborem sunt positi frangendis opera collata, palma ab inquisitoribus donatus, Collegi Divi Ioannis Baptistae socius est ascriptus.
Quot labores inde suscepturus, quot erat percepturus fructus! Idem domi forisque rerum in cognitione versabatur, idem adulescentes studiosos et in officinis et in auditoriis erudiebat, idem Collegi rebus domesticis curandis intererat primo Decanus Minor, deinde Vice- Praeses, idem propria et excellenti chemiae scientia physicos adiuvabat materiae particularum compagem perscrutantes. Ut caetera omittam, quattuor abhinc annos in Societatem Regiam est ascriptus.
Neque autem corporis exercitationem neglegebat hic verissimus Edwardensis. Immo vero inter ululas et cultres natus, bis contra Cantabrigienses in certamine pilae pede propulsae dimicavit, Caeruleum decus meruit, Centaurorum Oxoniensium in numero habetur. Ubi post recens bellum e consiliis publicis Oxoniam rediit, ecce illud miraculum fabulis antiquitatis idoneum! Novam enim condidit lusorum familiam, protulit hic Centaurus Pegasorum progeniem, radiorum infra ruborem scrutator spectrum illud percucurrit ut caeruleum colorem subcaeruleo felicissima coniunctione permisceret.
Traditur ab antiquis Pegasus ictibus ungulae fontem Musarum rupisse. Precamur igitur ut tuam nobis, Harolde Warris Thompson, gratae Pierides orationem compendent.
Dr. H. W. THOMPSON's advice to the boys included a warning against the decline in responsibility, which he saw as a possible danger arising out of greatly extended educational facilities, and the decline of personal initiative which might result from too much reliance on direction and control. From his extensive travels abroad he had realised the great value of international contacts, and he urged his hearers to take every opportunity of seeing other countries and of " thinking internationally ". In the sphere of science especially the reality of international fellowship was already apparent and was of incalculable value. He deprecated the tendency in some quarters to belittle scholastic success; school days were the time to train one's mental powers to the highest degree in order to derive the greatest benefit and enjoyment from further self-education in later life.
To parents he suggested that a University education was not necessarily the only, or the best possible, kind of training for every type of boy. He did not want to see the quality of the universities diluted by indiscriminate expansion. First-class men would always be scarce, and their number could not be increased by the granting of more first-class degrees. In the educational field generally, the most urgent immediate problem was the maintenance of the supply of first-class teachers.
His grateful recollections of the School as he knew it 25 years ago, said Dr. Thompson, did not tempt him to say that things were better in his day, and he paid a tribute to the work of Dr. Barton and other Headmasters in the broadening of the activities and the maintenance of the standards of the School.
W. N. ADSETTS:---Hastings Scholarship of £115 a year for Natural Sciences
at the Queen's College, Oxford.
J. E. PRIDEAUX:-(a) Hastings Scholarship of £115 a year for History at the Queen's College, Oxford; (b) State Scholarship.
C. G. SMITH:-Hastings Scholarship of £115 a year for Natural Sciences at the Queen's College, Oxford.
B. F. TAYLOR -Open Scholarship of £ 100 a year for Natural Sciences at Lincoln College, Oxford.
B. BUCKROYD:-Open Exhibition of £40 a year for Natural Sciences at Clare College, Cambridge.
G. C. GARLICK:Arthur Sells Exhibition of £50 a year for Classics at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
J. E. SUSSAMS:(a) Open Exhibition of £40 a year for Modern Languages at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; (b) State Scholarship.
B. WHITAKER:-Ezra Hounsfield Linley Scholarship of £50 a year at Sheffield University.
F. W. ADAMS:-Robert Styring Undergraduate Scholarship of £50 a year at Sheffield University.
P. M. HIGGINS:-State Scholarship.
Passed the Organic Chemistry of the First Medical Examination of Cambridge University:-T. BUCHAN, J. B. CROWE.
Admitted to Commonerships at Oxford or Cambridge Colleges:W. FERGUSON, J. HALLOWS, J. S. HILL, G. M. MACBETH, A. MARCHINTON, R. W. NEEDHAM, G. D. SMITH, M. J. STANFIELD, T. W. TURNER.
Sheffield Education Committee Scholarships tenable at Oxford, Cambridge and Sheffield Universities: F. W. ADAMS, W. N. ADSETTS, P. B. ANDREW, J. S. BINGHAM, A. J. BROWN, T. BUCHAN, B. BUCKROYD, M. C. DONNELLY, J. C. F. FAIR, I. FELLS, W. FERGUSON, P. K. FLETCHER, N. R. FRITH, G. C. GARLICK, H. S. GILL, I. A. GRAHAM, J. HALLOWS, P. M. HIGGINS, J. S. HILL, B. H. JESSOP, G. M. MACBETH, A. MARCHINTON, R. W. NEEDHAM, G. S. PALMER, R. J. PORTER, J. E. PRIDEAUX, A. B. SMITH, C. G. SMITH, G. D. SMITH, E. STREETER, B. F. TAYLOR, D. WELLS, B. WHITAKER, D. H. WILBY.
Herbert Hughes Memorial Prizes for Spanish:-G. B. CROWDER, P. L. SCOWCROFT.
D. B. NAYLOR:-Lancasterian Scholarship tenable at the School.
P. B. DUTTON:-Awarded the Spanish Reading Prize, Intermediate Division, of the Yorkshire Branch of the Modern Languages Association.
P. I. KNIGHT:Barclays Bank Scholarship tenable at St. Edward's School, Oxford.
J. WILSON:-A.T.C. Flying Scholarship.
J. B. WENNINGER:-Invited to attend the Scout Jamboree in America..
King's Scout Badge:-B. FIELDING, N. R. FRITH, K. G. JACKSON, G. M. LAW, H. SMITH, J. B. WENNINGER.
The Senior Scouts of Troop C won the Holmstrom Trophy for Camping offered for competition among the Senior Scouts of Sheffield.
P. J. WHEATLEY, Hastings Scholar of the Queen's College:-Awarded a Commonwealth
Fund Fellowship for Research in Chemistry, to be held in the United States of
F. MANDL, Scholar of Lincoln College:Awarded the Degree of D.Phil. for Research in Atomic Physics.
G. S. HORNER, Scholar of Pembroke College:(a) Appointed Administrative Assistant in the Department of Education of the University of Sheffield; (b) Third Class Honours in Literae Humaniores.
R. BEELEY, St. John's College:-Second Class in the Final Honours School of History.
R. V. CLEMENTS, Major Scholar of the Queen's College:-Second Class in the Final Honours School of History.
R. DRONFIELD, Scholar of Oriel College:-(a) Appointed to the Administrative Class of the Civil Service; (b) Second Class in the Final Honours School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
D. EAGERS, Brasenose College:-(a) Appointed to the Administrative Class of the Civil Service; (b) Second Class in the Final Honours School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
M. J. FARRELL, Scholar of New College:-First Class in the Final Honours School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
P. G. HUDSON, Hastings Scholar of the Queen's College:-(a) Appointed to the Administrative Class of the Civil Service; (b) Second Class in the Final Honours School of Literae Humaniores.
D. KEETON, Hastings Scholar of the Queen's College:-Second Class in the Final Honours School of Mathematics.
G. R. KILNER, Wadham College:-Second Class in the Final Honours School of History.
G. H. LANGRIDGE, Exhibitioner of Magdalen College:-First Class in the Final Honours School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
J. H. SIMON, Exhibitioner of Magdalen College:-First Class in the Final Honours School of Literae Humaniores.
P. B. TURNER, Scholar of Lincoln College:-Second Class in the Final Honours School of Chemistry.
J. M. M. HUGHES, Hastings Scholar of the Queen's College:Third Class Honours in Classical Moderations.
T. PARFITT, Exhibitioner of Jesus College:-Third Class Honours in Classical Moderations.
P. R. PERRY, Scholar of Pembroke College:-Third Class Honours in Classical Moderations.
L. H. SCOTT, Domus Scholar of Balliol College:-Second Class Honours in Classical Moderations.
E. H. WEBBER, Scholar of Pembroke College:-Second Class Honours in Classical Moderations.
D. C. LAW, Scholar of Brasenose College:-(a) Passed Law Moderations; (b) Awarded Half Blue for Cross Country Running and Colours for running in the Relay Race against Cambridge; (c) Awarded half Blue for Athletics.
Passed Law Moderations:-P. M. BAKER, P. B. BUCKROYD.
C. B. DAWSON, Lincoln College:-Played in the Freshmen's Trial and elected a member of the Oxford University Authentics Cricket Club.
J. A. SIDDELL, Hastings Scholar of the Queen's College:-Elected a member of the Oxford University Centaurs Football Club.
P. M. HIGGINS, Balliol College:-Elected a member of the Iroquois Club (Lacrosse).
D. M. JONES, Major Scholar of Trinity College:Elected to a Fellowship in
Classics at Trinity College.
P. S. GRANVILLE, Exhibitioner of Sidney Sussex College:Second Class, First Division, in Part I of the Historical Tripos.
R. A. STATON, Scholar of St. John's College:Second Class, First Division, in Part II of the English Tripos.
D. A. CROWDER, Major Scholar of Trinity College:-First Class in the Preliminary Examination of the Modern Languages Tripos, Part II.
D. M. E. ALLAN, Clare College:-Second Class, First Division, in Part I of the Natural Sciences Tripos.
P. LAMB, Styring Scholar of Trinity College:-(a) First Class in Part I of the Natural Sciences Tripos; (b) Played for Cambridge against Oxford in the University Bridge Match.
K. S. ELLIS, Exhibitioner of St. John's College:-Editor of the 'Varsity, a weekly periodical.
E. BURKINSHAW, Clare College:-Awarded College Colours for Football, Swimming and Athletics.
J. B. CROWE, Clare College:-Played in the Freshmen's Match at Association Football.
A. C. JOHANSSON, Clare College:-Elected Secretary of the Clare College Lawn Tennis Club.
G. G. BARNES:-Hughes Travelling Fellowship.
G. K. STANFIELD:-Robert Styring Postgraduate Scholarship.
J. D. BIRD:-The Holroyd Prize for Anaesthetics.
J. D. S. HAMMOND:-(a) The Walter S. Kay Prize in Mental Diseases; (b) Bronze Medal in the Faculty of Medicine; (c) Final Examination for the Degrees of M.B., Ch.B. (Part I), with Distinction in Forensic Medicine.
Final Examination for the Special Degree of B.A. (Honours Schools):-B. GRANT:--Classics, Class II, Division I.
R. V. TOWNSEND:-English Language and Literature, Class II, Division 1.
S. G. CLIXBY:-French, Class II, Division I.
G. G. BARNES:-Spanish, Class II, Division I .
P. L. BURKINSHAW:-Spanish, Class II, Division ,.
B. THRIPPLETON:-History, Class II, Division 1.
G. H. HOLROYD:-Architecture, Class II, Division 1.
M. B. WILSON:-Final Examination (Part I) for the Degree of B.D.S.
J. LEESON:-Second Examination (Part I) for the Degree of B.D.S.
C. M. CARTER:-First Examination (Part II) for the Diploma of L.D.S.
J. A. M. COOPER:First Examination (Part I) for the Diploma of L.D.S.
G. B. DITCHER:-Examination for the Degree of LL.M.
N. T. HAWSON:-Final Examination for the Ordinary Degree of LL.B.
M. R. SLACK:-Final Examination for the Ordinary Degree of B.Eng., Division 1.
W. E. HARRISON Diploma in Architecture.
Certificate in Architecture:-D. B. GREEN, D. R. PLATT.
Diploma in Education:-J. G. DENMAN, E. H. SEARLE-BARNES.
Diploma in Public Administration Part II:S. BOLTON, H. E. FAWCETT, C. WALL.
Diploma in Public Administration Part I:-S. I. REDFERN.
P. K. S. CLINTON:-(a) Final Examination for the Special Degree of B.Sc. (Honours Schools), Botany Class II, Division z; (b) Appointed Plant Pathologist to the British Overseas Food Corporation.
J. S. HEMINGWAY:-(a) Final Examination for the General Degree of B.Sc., Pass, Division z; (b) Appointed Plant Pathologist to the British Overseas Food Corporation.
R. F. SWALLOW:-Final Examination for the General Degree of B.Sc., Pass, Division z.
E. L. M. MILLAR:-Degree of M.D.
J. D. CRABTREE:-Final Examination for the Degrees of M.B., Ch.B. (Parts II and III).
Second Examination for the Degrees of M.B., Ch.B.:-D. P. ADAMS, D. W. WOOD.
D. R. BUTLER:Final Examination (Part II) for the Degree of B.D.S.
A. DITCHFIELD:--Second Examination (Parts II and III) for the Degree of B.D.S.
W. H. COLLINS:-Second Examination (Part IV) for the Diploma of L.D.S.
C. M. CARTER:-Second Examination (Part I) for the Diploma of L.D.S.
J. JEPSON:-Final Examination for the Ordinary Degree o£ B.Sc. Tech. (Glass Technology).
C. BURNET:Final Examination for the Associateship in Engineering.
J. D. S. HAMMOND:-First Class Honours in the Final Examination for the Degrees
of M.B., Ch.B. (Parts II and III).
Second Examination for the Degrees of M.B., Ch.B.:-N. W. SHEPHARD, B. WINCHURCH.
R. R. NALLIAH:-Final Examination (Part II) for the Diploma of L.D.S.
W. H. COLLINS:-Second Examination (Part III) for the Diploma of L.D.S.
C. M. CARTER:Second Examination (Part II) for the Diploma of L.D.S.
H. R. VICKERS:-Elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.
I. R. SCUTT, formerly Squire Scholar of Trinity Hall, Cambridge:-Appointed Town Clerk of Jarrow.
J. H. P. UPTON:-Second Class Honours in the Final Examination of the Law Society.
P. L. BURKINSHAW:-Appointed Administrative Officer to the Colonial Service in Sierra Leone.
J. A. CARTER:-Elected Associate Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers, and Associate Member of the Institute of Municipal Engineers.
G. T. HUKIN:-Final Examination of the Chartered Auctioneers' Institute.
W. B. HUTCHINSON:-Final Examination of the Institute of Municipal Treasurers and Accountants.
G. HEYS:-(a) The Degree of B.Sc. of the University of Leeds; (b) awarded a Colonial Service Scholarship in Agriculture, to be held at Cambridge University and Trinidad.
Final Professional Examination of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons:J. P. E. BALBIRNIE (Midwifery, Medicine, Surgery), J. E. LEE (Pathology), J. W. SARJANT (Medicine).
W. A. BROOKS:-Newman Exhibition in English and History at Balliol College, Oxford.
M. B. THORNELOE:-Solicitors' Intermediate Examination of the Law Society (Trust Accounts and Book-keeping).
GEOFFREY CONWILL:Appointed to the Executive Class of the Civil Service.
A. V. SWINDALE:-Granted Short Service Commission in the Royal Signals.
G. R. MILNER:-Did 5 ft. I I.5 in. in the High Jump in the Army Championships, and was one of the team that broke the record in the High Jump Team Event of the British Army.
The dimness o'er the sea
The light is on the isle
Blue, gold and green,
Blue, green and gold,
And through and through
The scarlet, yellow, purple,
The yellow, purple, scarlet
And the snow-white
Flowers, white and pure,
Pure as wax, yet
Not so coldly pure
The far, aloof, sharp-lined
Inhabitants of blue noon.
J. D. BOWER
THE School's performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion at the end of last term was a fine one in all respects, and a fitting commemoration of the bi-centenary of the composer's death, using as it did student resources similar to but almost certainly more efficient than those which the composer had in Leipzig. A full account appears below.
The Choir's contribution to Speech Day was Vaughan William's "Just as the tide was flowing ", which they sang with exhilarating effect. The Choir is strong in all departments at the moment, but a few more tenors and trebles would be welcome in view of the approaching broadcast.
The Orchestra's main work has been on the slow movement of Mendelssohn's " Italian" Symphony, which provided the curtain-raiser for Speech Day. We welcome the following new players this term: P. Braithwait (euphonium), and F. R. Drake, F. P. Harrison, M. B. Rowbotham, M. A. Sharpe (violins). The last two are the first products of the violin classes started last September, and they are to be congratulated on their speedy progress. We hope to have more players graduating as quickly from the classes.
Mr. Moore's departure will be a great blow. He has led the Orchestra with unflagging zeal, and delighted us with his solo-playing, while all string-players have at all times found him ready to help them with advice and example. He will be most missed by the conductor, who has relied upon his expert knowledge in purchasing stringed instruments and in the arrangement of orchestral parts. A large part in the inception and teaching in the violin class scheme has fallen to him also-work which is already showing good results. Our sincerest good wishes go with him to his new school, where we are sure his musicianship will soon make itself felt.
Among others we shall find it hard to replace is T. W. Turner, who has shown considerable accomplishment as a singer, as a solo pianist and in the more exacting and self-effacing role of continuo-player in the Orchestra.
The entries for the Singing and Instrumental prizes were more numerous and of a higher standard than ever. The adjudicators were Professor Deas and Mr. Roger Bullivant. H. F. Oxer (Senior Singing), G. E. Nutter (Junior Singing), B. P. Fisher (Senior Instrumental), F. D. Kirkham and P. Woodhead (Junior Instrumental) were the prize-winners. The Senior Composition Prize went to I. H. Jones for two movements of a String Quartet, and the new Junior Prize to J. Hutchinson for a piano Minuet and Trio. Composers are urged not to leave their work until near the date of entry, but to seek advice and criticism earlier.
Lunch-hour concerts have been fitted in wherever possible, and the various chamber-music groups have continued and expanded their excellent activities.N.J.B.
MONDAY, 3RD APRIL, 1950
IT is appropriate that in this bicentenary year we should be given evidence of the lively interest in the music of Bach, interest which is, perhaps, now at a higher level than ever before in this country. In 1750 the "St. Matthew" was probably quite unknown in England; in 1850 the great revival of Bach's choral works had only recently taken place; and even 20 years ago a boy at school, although he might be lucky enough to hear a performance of one of these works, would have been unlikely to have had the privilege of taking part in it and of getting to know it from the inside. The standard of this year's performance by the School Choir and Orchestra, and the obvious enthusiasm of the boys who took part is clear proof of the truly universal appeal that Bach's music might have if only more of us were given the chance thus to know and love it at an early age. Surely none of those who sang or played this year will ever be deceived by the still prevalent idea of Bach as a purely intellectual composer.
To one who did not hear last year's "St. Matthew" it was nevertheless evident that there was more of consolidation than experiment in this performance. The standard throughout was remarkably high: only in the last chorus was there some vagueness in intonation which was not easy to place. The soprano arias-especially "Jesus, Saviour" sung by M. A. Sharpe-seemed to gain some new quality from the pure and slightly strained tone of a boy's voice. For the outside soloists, Mr. James Atkins is the ideal singer for the part of Jesus; his beautifully full tone and the deep feeling with which he sang contributed much to the total effect of the whole work. Mr. Charles Robertson deputising at short notice for Mr. Arthur Wilkes, who was unfortunately prevented by an accident from taking part, was competent as the Evangelist, although his tone was at times a little harsh. A word of special praise is due to T. W. Turner at the pianoforte continuo: despite some last-minute alterations of the part, due to the change of soloists, he carried out his duties thoroughly competently and with some genuine idea of the harpsichord idiom, which did much to compensate for the absence of the real instrument.
Mr. Barnes' re-orchestrations, designed to give as many instrumentalists as possible something to do, were always tasteful and effective; even the restrained use of drums in some of the chorales did not offend.
The performance was a worthy reward for much hard and enthusiastic work on the part of chorus and orchestra. Gratitude is due to Mr. Barnes, not only for all his work both in arranging and rehearsing, but perhaps even more for having started a Bach tradition which it is to be hoped will not die.
R. F. T. BULLIVANT
Extracts from a poem with summaries of excluded portions.Maida Vale: on a grey
day, in a settled
Persisting drizzle like lead weights on the houses
The leaden, lethargic clouds are leaning, and leaning
Lethargic on railings, the men with lapels and the ladies
Umbrellas up, Suburbans are waiting for buses.
Low in the sky the clouds lie: and the leaden
Dead weight of the clouds on the houses oppresses
The houses . . . the hopeless reiteration of rain,
The same monotonous noise and the same monotonous
Repetition of grey-and this is April,
The first burst of Spring-a broken spring.
But look over there. A shaft of light, a bright
Spot in a dull world: the sudden song
Of a thrush in the elm across the road-and a rush
Of atmosphere transforming the steady drumming
Beat of the rain to the clashing music of cymbals.
Spring in the air, the spice of life, and I spy
Look! in the dark garden-a spray of green,
A salad for eyes, on a black, embroidered salver
Of twig and branch-the shock and surprise of beauty,
Catching the sleeve, unlatching the magic casements
Opening out on the perilous ocean of fancy.
* * * *
The poet describes the suburb after the storm: he implies
that its organisation is efficient but dwells on its complete
spiritual and material dependence on the two anchors of
the doctor and the vicar.
* * * *
Two in the parish-the priest and the medicine man,
The poles, the North and the South, of a stable sphere.
And around this satisfactory axis, the others
Spin their established lives: the maker of candles,
The driver of engines, the cleaner-out of latrines,
The broker, the banker, the clerk, the cleric, the climber
The component parts of a perfect civilisation,
No two alike in the lot but all fitting together
Side by side through the inter-related whole.
A neat solution of a nasty puzzle. But the puzzle
Is what to do with the people who will not fit in,
Who fill up no vacant space, because they are either
Too unusual or too unhappy, endowed
With exceptional gifts, or unable to forget a grudge,
Because they are too individual to interlock?
* * *
An imaginary advocate of the suburb is introduced: he
bursts into an impassioned denunciation of exceptional
persons: they must pay the penalty of non-conformity.
* * * *
Quite so. They will not conform to the specification,
Fit in with the party list, or enlist with the union
Which all the others belong to. The poet, perhaps.
A pitiful case. Poor fellow, he lives like a pauper
Though "sovereign lord of language." The only trouble
Being the fact that the man who affords the bouquet
Cannot afford the book. So the poet must starve,
Or must serve another master than the Muse. He must write
A thriller instead of a lyric, or try to enthrall,
With sex or with scandal, the palates of those who peruse
The News of the World. Doing this he flies with the high-ups
But failing he rots in a hovel. His voice, the voice
Of the high city, grows hoarse in a city slum,
Haggling for lower rent with a ragged landlord.
* * * *
The poet suggests another exception-the restless man of ambition who is
a potential dictator. The advocate of the suburb replies.
* * * *
We spoke too roughly just now. We apologise.
But really you have not a sound foundation to build on.
What are these people you mention? Cranks, or crack-shots.
Quick on the draw, or quick on the uptake. But when
Are they quick to assist, or quick in sympathy, quick
To proper a hand to support the common load?
Versifiers and virile types are both
Cut-throat and egocentric. But we are Christian
Submerging self in unselfish citizenship.
* * * *
The advocate of the suburb dwells on the virtues of moderation displayed
by the suburban classes.
* * * *
Between the loud and loutish slum and the lewd
Superior city, quite satisfied and secure,
We pursue the proper and planned route which for us
Hard work has carved through the wood. We deplore
The grime and the grease, the cigarettes and the betting,
The spitting slouches lounging around the pubs.
Hateful to us are the barefoot children, more hateful
The swearing men with their sluttish submissive wives
Passing their lives in proletarian places.
Coarseness and crossing sweepers and colliery chimneys
Rank with us no higher than rotting riches.
* * * *
And even supposing that we are accused of being
Callous and wealthy, well off and complacent, we tell you
That comfort is not our concern. It is not us
Who sympathise with communist parties and pray for
God to ruin the rich. Our first possession
We rank the fact of freedom, that we are free
To sit at the wheel of our own private lives.
* * * *
The poet points out the danger to freedom contained in communism.
* * * *
But nevertheless . . . supposing we wipe the slate,
Supposing we grant your sine qua noes intact.
Suppose your peace and your freedom from interference,
Suppose your selective system efficient. Why therefore,
Must you be lucky, be free, be typically English?
Look at this life of yours-the same monotonous
Repetition of grey. Consider your dull
Dwelling places: the steady series of houses
Marching straight as the bricks in their level courses.
Smug and secure: with a square of lawn, with a green
Garden gate, with a trim hedge, with a posh
Porch and a portal--O nothing so low as a door
Bright with a brass knocker-the normal appointments
Common to all, a marvel of mass production,
A democratic, a sturdy, a spruce, a bourgeois
Beautiful British housing estate. Come hither,
Respectable man. You may pass your respectable life
Withdrawn in a private box like a pet mouse.
* * * *
You may keep, little man, your poky, pretentious villa,
Your bit in the bank, your Morris Minor, and your minor
Position in a minor office. Give me the jemmy
The cracksman carries, give me the sniper's rifle,
Give me the painter's brush and the poet's pen.
Give me a friend who has still the sense of adventure,
The sense of wonder, and the simple instinctive sense
Which sees that Making Money and Making Sure
Are the slogans of common men. But if nothing better
Recompenses the poor painter or poet
Than death or dearth or worse in a garrett, then I would
Break a safe or a law before I'd consign
Headpiece and hand to inaction, more out of place than
A pair of tools in a child's box of toys
Where men are a mere flock of sheep in shoes.
Better to die firing a gun in a gang-war
Than drift through an elegant life with a club on the links.
Copy the bold, the wicked, the man who will twist
Twice and again for the off-chance of a fortune,
Life and liberty gone if he loses. What would you
Make him do, nonplussed on the razor's edge,
But take the risk and trust to the run of his luck,
Facing impossible odds for an ace of hearts?
Anything else? The tame surrender? The rake-off
Taken by the bank on the strength of a pair of twos?
Then please yourself, and play your tennis, and punt
Your light skiff on your level sixpenny pond.
Fancy yourself if you like as Sir Francis Drake.
Think if you like that Nelson was nothing to you,
Think if you like-for you won't have long for thinking.
Soon the cannon will rumble, and soon your ivory
Towers will tumble down, and your castles-in-air
Crumble like so many cards; and soon you will wish
That Drake and Nelson were not so long in their graves.
Soon you will wish that you could pilot your skiff
Safe and sound to a place in another planet.
Censure of such a kind is surely deserved.
But give them a final chance. They may yet catch
The playful imp who tickles their placid rump.
They chew their impervious cud. But some day, perhaps,
They will still fathom the wild flower at their feet.
So we give you one last chance, while the sinking sun
Offers a warning, an image of slow decay,
Greatness in ruin. The wind sighs in the laurel,
The shadows lengthen. Go up to your beds, my people,
Lie on the cool pillow and ponder these problems
Or, if you prefer it, forget. But do not forget
Be clean, be tidy-to wash your face and your hands,
And to clean your teeth. But when you look in the basin,
When you look into your smiling face in the basin,
Pause for a space, and think what you may have missed.
Else when you pull the plug you may let your country,
All the ideals of England, more value in pounds
Than you and your paltry suburb could be in pence,
Gurgle down the drain with the dirty water.
G. M. MACBETH
WE have had two meetings this term under the general title of "Doing a Job and being a Christian." At the first of these Mr. Keiser, an Engineer in a City steel works spoke of the duty and privilege of Christian witness in his work. On 6th June, Miss Pamela Keily, of the Christian Community Players gave an interesting and informative talk on Religious Drama. She spoke with great experience and conviction, and we are very grateful to her.
The highlight of this term has been the S.C.M. Dance, which was held in the School on 25th May. There was a good attendance, and we again thank all who worked so hard to make it a success. A substantial profit was made, to be sent to the Central Committee.
We are sorry to have to bid farewell at the end of this term to Mr. Moore. He has been our Chairman this year, and was responsible for re-forming our School Group. We extend to him our deepest gratitude for all he has done for the group, and we wish him every success in his new post.
Finally, we must look to the future. The S.C.M. is open to all who are over 16, and a cordial invitation is given to all who desire to know more about the Christian faith; we would especially like to see a number of new members from the Fifth and Transitus. We invite all who are interested to join us next term when the present series of talks and discussions will be continued under the Chairmanship of Mr. Fraser.D. M. E.
RECENTLY I paid an enjoyable visit to Fountains Abbey, near Ripon. I was staying at Harrogate and the ten-mile cycle ride through delightful countryside was an excellent start to my visit.
Having left my cycle at the gate and paid my shilling, I was at liberty to spend as long as I liked wandering amongst the fascinating ruins.
Upon entering the gate, my first impression was one of amazement at the vastness of the natural arena in which the actual building is situated. It is all the more wonderful when one realises, as I subsequently did, that this spot was a desolate waste, more like a jungle, when the 13 courageous founder-monks started their work, over 800 years ago.
As I started to walk round, at a distance, it was possible, indeed easy, to imagine the scene before the dissolution of the monastery by Henry VIII. The outline of the building has undergone no radical change through the centuries, and inside it is probably even more beautiful than it ever was to the Cistercian monks who inhabited it. It was a glorious day when I went, and the sky-blue roof was perhaps only bettered by the floor of lawn-smooth, close-cropped turf. The tinkle of the River Skell, which flows through the glade, and under parts of the Abbey, heightened the effect of the sun and the greenery.
The view down the Nave, with its massive pillars and Norman-style arches, through the East window (Perpendicular) must be seen to be believed. Passing through the Nave, the Transept and the Choir, I arrived at the Chapel of Nine Altars (Early English), where the priests held their daily mass. Originally, this must have been one of the finest parts of the whole building, but it has now lost much of its splendour.
The remainder of the buildings are the monks' living quarters. These include the Refectory (Dining Hall), Kitchen, Dorter (Sleeping quarters) and Cloisters.
The history of the Abbey is not at all complicated. The whole scheme started early in the 12th Century when some monks at St. Mary's Abbey at York were dissatisfied with the laxity of, and the irregularities in, the discipline there. They wanted to move somewhere where they would be able to live their lives according to their own strict rules. The Abbot at York would not listen to them, so they took their complaint to Archbishop Thurstan of York. He, too, was refused a hearing by theAbbot, so he took the discontented monks under his protection. The Archbishop gave them the site by the River Skell, which they immediately started to improve.
Successive abbots have enlarged the building, which, at the time of its suppression, was amongst the most magnificent and important monasteries in the British Isles.I. M. BULLOCK
There I lay,
Upon my back to rest
My weary limbs, so they
With new life might be blest,
And I go on my way.
Came the breeze
Across the fields, to pass
By me into the trees,
Swaying the leaves and grass
And whispering to the bees.
Far I strolled,
To seek a place to lie
And rest, and to behold
The fields of wheat and rye
And beauties all untold.
There I slept,
The sun upon my face,
And, whilst the shadows crept
And passed me in the race
For night, 'twas there I slept.
ON Saturday, 17th June, a party of 25 K.E.S. boys (chiefly drawn from 4A) and Mr. Wrigley were to be seen straggling along Platform I of the Midland Station, waiting for the 10.6 train to York. After a hilarious journey, we arrived only a quarter of an hour late in York.
We made our way first to the Railway Museum and acquainted ourselves thoroughly (though unofficially) with the intricacies of the locomotives, rolling-stock, points, signals, and other mysteries, much to the annoyance of the vigilant attendant. Among the many locomotives was a 4-2-2 wheel-type engine, the driving wheel being nearly eight feet high. There was a first/second class composite coach of about 1840, the second-class compartment having a wooden bench and the first-class an upholstered one. A third-class coach was exactly like a modern coal-truck, painted and with a bench inside.
After a very interesting half-hour we went to the Minster, a magnificent building. It has the highest and broadest nave in England and many exquisite carvings on the outside. Leaving the interior until the afternoon, we went to a restaurant for dinner . . .
Our next call was at the Castle Museum. This contained numerous interesting exhibits, among which there were three life-size reconstructions: a Georgian dining-room, a Jacobean dining-room, and an early Victorian countryman's cottage. An old cobbled street had been reconstructed, complete with shops, hansom cabs, a fire-station, a prison and a candle-maker's workshop, with row upon row of tallow candles hanging from the ceiling. There was a lunatic cell with padded walls.
Next we returned to the Minster, this time examining the interior. The West Window was very striking in its colour and size. While some of us looked at the Crypt and Chapter House, the rest went up to the top of the Minster, which required a great deal of energy. It was worth it, however, for the view alone, which extends for miles. Only one of us was affected by the height (216 feet), the rest enjoying themselves immensely. The Chapter House had a curious octagonal wooden spire and contained some beautifully written mediaeval Bibles.
Our last call was made at the gardens of the York Archaeological Society, where we had tea. For those who were interested, there were two museums, one Roman and the other chiefly for porcelain. The rest enjoyed various lively ball games, broken at intervals by a rush for ice-creams. At about 5.30 we walked back regretfully to the station via the Old Wall.
R. F. H. M.
E. P. L.
When Winter's cold gives way to Spring,
And April yields to May,
The countryside will surely sing
To greet the golden day.
An earthly Paradise for man,
As in the Golden Age,
Before almighty Zeus began
His Titan war to wage;
Before the all-gifted maiden came,
A casket in her arms,
To Epimetheus, rendered lame
By her bewitching charms;
Before that deed of wrath was done,
When all but two were drowned,
For Pyrrha and Prometheus' son
Parnassus' summit found.
The Golden Age with Cronos king,
And Rhea his fair queen,
When all was everlasting Spring,
And life was fresh and green.
While we enjoy the summer day,
Returns the Golden Age,
And once again Cronos holds sway,
As Zeus departs in rage.
When Summer fades Cronos concedes
His throne, and turns to fly,
Not now Hyperion drives his steeds
Across the cloudless sky.
Not now the sons of Earth rejoice,
Nor Tethys rules the sea ,
Nor Iapetus with coaxing voice
Courts his fair Clymene.
If inspiration from above
Within some mortal burns,
A man of righteousness and love,
The Golden Age returns.
In Beethoven that man I see,
Whom music loved to court,
And filled his soul with melody
Which others vainly sought.
One Summer eve when dusk was near
To end the shining day,
In pensive mood I chanced to hear
His Symphony in A.
I heard the symphony display
With majesty its host
Of joyful chords: I could not say
Which movement pleased me most.
The pastoral beauty of the first,
The second's calm delight,
The third's enchanting, swift outburst,
The fourth's wild Bacchic rite.
Such music Ludwig could create
Thus stars in splendour shine!
Extol him, Brahms, for you are great,
In his eyes, and in mine.
We long for everlasting peace;
My friends, be not afraid.
The Golden Age shall never cease
Where Ludwig's airs are played.
B. H. JESSOP
IT wasn't my fault. He suggested it. In fact he insisted. So you can't blame me.
I was happily feeding Lulu, my pet vampire bat, when Og appeared. He was trundling his head along the ground with his feet. He said it was always falling off and he got so tired of sticking it back again.
Putting his toe under the chin he deftly flipped the head onto his shoulders. " Hi," he squeaked, " What's cooking? " I told him it was only fried bishop for Lulu, Saints were so scarce nowadays. Og admitted that he'd always liked my cooking: he'd never tasted anything better than my bacon and egg, even though philosophers usually disagreed with him. So we helped ourselves, much to Lulu's disgust.
" What I really came to see you about," said Og, patting his stomach contentedly, " was a cricket match. The Surrealist club are playing our team this afternoon and they need something to make up their eleven. Some of our types objected, but I said you'd play with one pair of arms behind your back."
I told him that was all right by me, cunningly thinking I could always field with two right hands. So I packed my bag while Og refuelled my broomstick and we were away.
Arrived at the pavilion at Brighton I found we were batting and I was expected to open. I hurriedly padded up and walked out to the wicket with Izard Sminklegrud. I took guard in front of Buckingham Palace and Iz went to the York Minster end.
Og put himself on to bowl first. He boosted his run with a supersonic power dive and let fly a meteorite. It bounced half way down the wicket at Grantham, and with supercilious ease I pulled it straight into the Heaviside layer.
That started it. "Six and out! ", screeched Og. " Not out," said the umpire. Og lost his temper and the umpire disappeared in a cloud of dust. " Really Og," I remonstrated.
That made Og madder and sent down a spinner. Of course I didn't know he was using a radio-controller and before I had time to use my radar it clean bowled me on the seventeenth bounce.
"Out! " screeched Og, dancing up and down with glee, when Izard, who up till now hadn't so much as flickered an eyelid, swatted him over the ear with his bat. His head fell off. He put it back and swore volubly. He was just about to retaliate on Iz when something appeared to occur to him, for a wily grin distorted his face. I warned our next man in, Slime Thomson, about Og's radio-controlled spinners and walked glumly back to the pavilion.
I'd just got my pads off when Slime came back to say he had been bowled by Og's head. " The damn thing came trundling down, I was just going to play it when it opened one eye and laughed at me. It so put me off I skied it and was caught," he explained. " Hard luck Slime," I consoled him, but I had a sinking feeling that the mainstay of our batting had gone. Of course Iz was still in, but I didn't have much hope there.
A ragged cheer announced that our number four had snicked one into the Bay of Biscay and they had taken a quick single while Miranda was diving for it.
That meant Izard was facing Og. We crossed our fingers. Og trundled down another. Iz took four steps down the wicket to mow it out of sight then stood there laughing till his ears flapped. " Lost ball," shouted the umpire.
Then we saw why he was laughing. Og had bowled his head again and Iz had clogged it well and truly into the rough. Og was dancing up and down, his shoulders quivering with rage, unable to say a word, but trying to make someone go and look for it. But the rest of the field lay about in prostrate positions holding their sides.
Iz and I linked arms and strolled off undisputed victors. " Won't be the first time he's lost his head," was Iz's only comment.
Up above the sky
chirp and tweet
sweep their feet
Lions flap their wings
Oblong eggs among
Sold by ants as
Grist abounds in
treacly streams -
Now the Muse has
But don't forget
it's clever stuff!
J. B. Brown
(A series of remarks collected over a period of eight weeks or so)
Suppose this molecule has a pair of red trousers on.
Then there are the rare gases, neon, argon, krypton, and so on.
Boiling this down to brass tacks . . .
For most curves, the rho's vary from place to place.
A colloidal may be likened to a spotted-dog pudding.
If you are going to isolate copper, you first take a bath.
I have to pick three readers from U.2.
Sword hilts serve a dual purpose.
It would be dangerous to humanity to carry a 600 feet long potentiometer about.
For all you know, this text-book might be a translation from the Chinese.
It is as if the current were passing in driblets.
When a hammer hits a nail, after a while they become uncrushed and lose their squash.
PRESENTATIONS include:-H. A. L. Fisher's History of Europe, from J. E. Prideaux; A. L. Rowse's The Use of History, from J. S. Bingham; Works of Samuel Butler, Fitzgerald and Maupassant, from J. E. Sussams; C. H. Waddington's Introduction to Modern Genetics, from T. N. Pearson.
M. Millward and J. B. Brown presented books to the History Library during the year.
Among books acquired during the past year are:
The Dictionary of National Biography.
The abridgement of Sir James Frazer's The Golden Bough.
Brig. Fitzroy Maclean's Eastern Approaches.
R. Hart-Davies' The Essential Neville Cardus.
Gilbert Highet's The Classical Tradition.
T. S. Eliot's The Cocktail Party.
W. H. Auden's Collected Poems.
C. S. Forester's Mr. Midshipman Hornblower.
F. Hoyle's The Nature of the Universe.
W. P. Pearsall's Mountains and Moorland (Collins' Naturalist Series).
Herbert Butterfield's Christianity and History and Origins of Modern Science.
Thanks are due to the assistant librarians who, under the direction of Adsetts and MacBeth, have contributed in their spare time to the working of the Library.
B. C. H.
THE year has drawn to a close with much convivial mud-slinging, occasioned by the series of political speeches by party members. Partisanship was most apparent when one wing invariably cohered into a bloc down the left-hand side of the table.
Naturally with so many views represented in the audience, the speakers could not even hope to satisfy everyone, but judging by the withering fusillade of questions to which each in his turn was subjected, the present party programmes hardly seem to satisfy anyone.
Generally speaking, however, the impression received was that the experiment was well worth making. Apart from the benefit of the " pukka gen " on several thorny problems, many members opined that political argument and discussion is a good thing, and that there ought to be more of it.
Last of the term's meetings was the debate with Abbeydale which proved highly entertaining. After the Secretary had unsuccessfully lost himself in the labyrinth of corridors between the Dining Hall and the " Geography Terrace " he introduced the debate with some satirical comments on the fair sex from the biological viewpoint. Mr. Jennings replied with scornful criticism of the Secretary and the ball was well and truly rolled.
Excepting the remarks of a young lady who based her argument on the premise that a large family is " just one of those things," the views expressed were well informed and to the point. Mr. Finley's suggestion of increased tax rebates according to the size of the family is worthy of mention and we can only hope to hear more from him on this topic in the future.
It was rather surprising that the motion " That Sex equality is undesirable," should be carried in the face of strong male opposition. We can only hope that those disappointed will take heart from the fact that so many modern young ladies have no ambition other than to get married, and rest assured by those gentlemen forming a " hard core " of experienced opinion, that it is for the best.
The ensuing episode shall be passed over quickly. Let it suffice to say that Mr. Jennings gave a superlative exhibition of fielding in proving that flying saucers are a reality; and that Mr. Adsetts, our Chairman, has now been dissuaded from his juvenile ambition of becoming a tram driver.
The garden gate swings to and fro
And I should try to mend it, though
I'm brother to the sloth.
The broken mower stands idly by,
Watching as the grass grows high,
Wondering, maybe, wondering why
I never stir myself and try
To stop this rapid growth.
Where once a terrace raised its head
Long leafy bindweed lives instead,
That overwhelming weed.
Our privet hedge is growing too,
It almost hides the sky of blue,
And yet I pay no heed.
In vain my better nature pleads
That I should go and pull the weeds;
The orders are explicit,
But still I cry, I haven't time
And indolence is not a crime
... Or is it?
A. J. Brown
ON a dull cold morning a score or so of fairly clean-looking Scouts together with one A.S.M. (whose fellow sixth-formers were more or less resigned to a week of swotting whilst he, be it admitted, looked forward to a week of so-called leisure, though not without some qualms of conscience) and one S.M., assembled under the covered playground together with a great mass of equipment. The lorry was due to arrive at 9.15 a.m. but, since Rapid Transport owned the lorry, there was time for a strenuous game of football before we set off. The Headmaster, who saw us off, must have been rather surprised at the precarious positions of some of us, especially that of the Troop Leader, in his usual somnolent state on top of the boxes.
An hour and a half later, more or less frozen stiff, we stumbled off the lorry in a large field near the House of the Sacred Mission at Kelham, Newark. After a false start, the result of the farmer changing his mind about where he wanted us to pitch, the first day in camp proceeded as it should, except that two hours of heavy rain did not help in any way. Lionel Cliffe, who had arrived in the evening after playing cricket, required some assistance in pushing his father's car out of the mud.The camp proceeded normally with the usual humorous episodes, including the Baking Powder Incident. One remembers the brothers rushing back to the House after a successful camp-fire, with the seniors of the 180th Millhouses, not to mention the camp-fire itself. The weather improved so much that we were able to bathe in the Trent which had previously looked very forbidding.
The half-dozen people to whom camping was something new soon found their feet and the standard of camping was good, the Foxes winning the patrol competition. They also won the camp sports, of which the obstacle race formed an interesting part. The expressions on various faces, as competitors drank a pint of Tizer in the shortest possible time, were rather amusing, to say the least.
All too soon, the week drew to a close and on a day hotter than ever we welcomed the lorry before the appointed time, for a change, loaded up and moved off to Sheffield. There were two stops, one to acquire some lemonade in Kelham and the other to retrieve somebody's hat. Someone else, who shall be nameless, also lost his hat, but decided that it was not worth retrieving. Nobody fell off, however, and looking very brown we arrived back at School in time for a late lunch. In the majority of cases, the brown did not wash off, much to the pleasure-of the owners.
J. R. N.
THIS year's camping was opened by the Otter Patrol, who, despite the very wet weather, held a patrol camp at Easter, the high standard of which was praised by all who visited it, including the District Commissioner. At the same time, several seniors were defying the elements on a hike-camping tour of the Yorkshire Dales.
The Beaver Patrol held a camp over the week-end before Whitsuntide, to give its many new members some experience before the troop Whit camp.
The latter was in the extensive grounds of Osmaston Hall, about ten miles outside Derby. The site was one of those rare ones which, owing to their woody nature, permit the patrol camps to be well out of sight of each other. This more than made up for the site's only fault, its scarcity of grass.
After a wet first day, the weather remained hot and sunny for the rest of the camp with the result that the bathing and canoeing in a nearby lake was greatly enjoyed. The Troop took part in several functions of the Derbyshire Scout Rally which was held close by and which was attended by the Chief Scout, who later visited the Troop camp.
The Bear Patrol won the competition, after being beaten by the Squirrels for the first half of the camp and by the Bulls for part of the second. And so the Troop enjoyed yet another camp and now looks forward to its next dose of " concentrated scouting ".
N. R. F.
THE Standard Sports were again held in the second half of the Lent Term and the weather was satisfactory. This year some adjustments were made in the standards, the jumps being made easier and some of the other events harder. The results were considerably better than in the two previous years. Even though some of the improvement is to be attributed to the changes in the standards set, Clumber deserve warm congratulations on their performance of an average of 2.54 standards per boy out of a possible 4. Considerable keenness was shown by several Houses.
It has been decided by the Games Committee that next year the maximum number of standards obtainable by each boy will be raised to five, of which two must be either track or field events.
The organisation was much simpler this year as the School has now become used to the idea. The Under 14's held some of their sessions 0n the School Close and this relieved the pressure at Whiteley Woods. Thanks are due to those who helped with the recording and other duties, and especially to G. C. Garlick and W. N. Adsetts.
V. J. W.
|Average per boy|
THE SCHOOL SPORTS were held on Saturday, 1st April, the heats having been decided earlier in the week, when G. J. Taylor, running in the Half Mile Open, had set up a new record. Despite a strong wind, performances were good, and the general standard of Athletics continues to improve. Taylor ran well to win the 220 yards, and was second in the 440 yards to Sewell, whose length of stride proved the deciding factor in an exciting finish. Rothnie won the Mile easily in a time that would have been much better but for a very slow first lap. The winning performances in the field events were below standard, but the average performance shows pleasing progress. Prominent among the junior athletics was J. R. Shaw, a strong and stylish runner.
Two boys, G. J. Taylor and N. U. Rothnie, took part in the PUBLIC SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIP at the White City, on 21st and 22nd April, running in the Half Mile and Three-quarter Mile Steeplechase respectively. Both qualified for the finals. In the heats, Taylor ran an intelligent race, going into an early lead and running strongly to finish second in the excellent time of 2 mins. 3 secs., while Rothnie ran well to win his heat in 3 mins. 51 secs. Neither ran so well on the final day, though both did well enough to justify their entries.
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On 13th May, at Whiteley Woods, the NORTHERN SCHOOLS' CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP, organized by the School on behalf of the Manchester Athletic Club, was run in brilliant sunshine. 13 schools competed, and over 100 runners set off from the start on the School field.
W. I. Williams of Stand G.S., the Northern Junior Champion, soon went into a lead, which he held throughout the race. He was, however, hard pressed at the finish by Millward, who, running very strongly and fast over the latter half of the course, was only beaten by 2 secs. in a thrilling finish. Graham of Thornleigh College finished third. Needham, the School captain, ran very gamely to finish sixth. The other two scoring members of the team were Perrett, 19th, and Oxer 26th. An unfortunate accident put Rothnie, one of the School's main hopes, out of the race when he was lying very well-placed. Of the others Beynon, who came into the team on the day of the race as a result of an accident to Taylor, is to be congratulated on running very well to finish 32nd. The School managed by one point to retain for a second year the Daily Dispatch Cup, and there is no reason, in view of the keenness and ability shown by the younger runners, why this trophy should not -remain in our possession for some years.
|(1)||K.E.S. (M. Millward 2, R. Needham 6, J. Perrett 19, H. Oxer 26)||53|
|(2)||Thornleigh College, Bolton ..||54|
|(3 )||Manchester Grammar School ..||56|
|(4 )||Barrow Grammar School ..||76|
Cross Country Colours have been awarded to N. U. Rothnie, M. Millward, J. Perrett, H. F. Oxer.
W. L. E. W.
80 YARDS (Under 12): 1st-McKay, G,; 2nd-Howarth, A. F.; 3rd-Robinson, J. B.
Time: 11-2/5 sec.
100 YARDS (Open): 1st-Fletcher, P. K.; 2nd-Marriott, J. G.; 3rd-Swallow, D. W. Time: 11 sec.
(14-16): 1st-Shaw, J. R.; 2nd-Maddock, J. M.; 3rd-Vincent, A. V. Time: 11-4/5 sec.
(12-14): 1st-Dobson, J. B.; 2nd-Wright, J. M.; 3rd-Rooks, J. V. Time: 12-2/5 sec.
150 YARDS (Under 12): 1st-McKay, G.; 2nd-Hamilton, N.; 3rd-Barron, D. Time: 20 sec.
220 YARDS (Open): 1st-Taylor, J. G.; 2nd-Needham, R. W.; 3rd-Marriott, J. G. Time: 22-3/5 sec.
(14-16): 1st-Mills: B. D.; 2nd-Clarke. R. D.; 3rd-Shaw, J. R. Time: 23-4/5 sec.
(12-14): 1st-Adamson, W. R.; 2nd-Dobson, J. B.; 3rd-Rooks, J. V. Time: 25-2/5 sec.
QUARTER MILE (Open): 1st-Sewell, M. M. H.; 2nd-Taylor, G. J.; 3rd-Needham, R. W. Time: 57 sec.
(14-16): 1st-Shaw, J. R.; 2nd-Mills, B. D.; 3rd-Armytage, R. G. Time: 64-1/5 sec.
HALF-MILE (Open): 1st-Taylor, G. J.; 2nd-Needham, R. \V.; 3rd-Sewell, M. M. H. Time: (Record) 2 min. 14-1/5 sec.
ONE MILE (Open): 1st-Rothnie, N. U.; 2nd-Millward, M.; 3rd-Needham; R. W. Time: 5 min. 8-4,/5 sec.
HALF-MILE (Handicap): 1st-Williamson, D.; 2nd-Higginbotham, A.
HURDLES (Open): 1st-Fenton, G. M. J.; 2nd-Fletcher, P. K. Time: 18-2/5 sec.
HIGH ' JUMP (Open): 1st Stanfield, M. J.; 2nd-Sewell, M. M. H.; 3rd-Dickens, P. G. Height: 5 ft. 11 in.
(14-16): 1stArmytage, R. G.; 2nd-Goddard, G.; 3rd-Butler, R. Height 4 ft. 9 in.
(12-14): 1st-Swain, P.; 2nd-Rooks, J. V.; 3 rdNuttall, D. Height: 4 ft. o in.
(Under 12): 1st-Barron, D.; 2ndCrapper, J. B.; 3rd-McKay, G. Height: 3 ft. q' in.
LONG JUMP (Open): 1st-Adams, J. A.; 2nd-Stanfield, M. J. and Swallow, D. W. Length: 17 ft. I I in.
(14-16): 1st-Shaw, J. R.; 2nd-Goddard, G.; 3rd-Mills, B. D. Length: 18 ft. .5 in.
(12-14): 1st-Robinson, D. R.; 2nd-Smith, G. N.; 3rd-Dobson, J. B. Length: 15 ft. 2 in.
(Under 12): 1st--Howarth, A. F.; 2ndCrapper, J. B.; 3rd-Robinson, J. B. Length: 13 ft. 3 in.
PUTTING THE WEIGHT: 1st-Adsetts, W. N.; 2nd-Barber, J. D.; 3rd-Armytage. K. G. Distance: 35 ft. 2+ in.
THROWING THE JAVELIN: Ist-Oxer, H. F.; 2nd-Williams, D. J.; 3rd-Lee, T. G. Distance: 109 ft. 6 in.
THROWING THE DISCUS: 1st-Lee, T. G.; 2nd-Sartin, J. E.; 3rd-Armytage, K. G. Distance: 89 ft. 7'+ in.
SACK RACE (Over 12): 1st-Clarke, R. D.; 2nd-Powell, E. D.; 3rd-COllins, J. R.
(Under 12): 1st-McKay, G.; 2nd-Elliot, T. A.; 3rd-Speight, J. H.
OBSTACLE RACE (Over 12): 1st-Long, B. S.; 2nd-Powell, E. D.
(Under 12): 1st-McKay, G.; 2nd-Mills, J. C. B.
RELAY RACE (Over 14): 1st-Welbeck;. 2nd-Clumber; 3rdSherwood.
(Under 14): 1st-Sherwood; 2nd-Lynwood; 3rdArundel.
CROSS COUNTRY RACE (Over 14): Welbeck. (Under 14): Welbeck.
CHAMPION ATHLETE: Taylor, G. J. Runner-up: Rothnie, N. U.
|1 Welbeck||431 points||5 Arundel||294 points|
|2 Sherwood||383||6 Chatsworth||273|
|3 Lynwood||357||7 Wentworth||268|
|4 Clumber||328||8 Haddon||227|
AFTER last season's encouraging start, the Tennis Club resumed its activities this term. During the winter, the Club Committee finally came to terms with the Games Committee as regards the status of Tennis which is now officially recognised as a School game, taking third place to Cricket and Swimming.
The season began with more enthusiasm than assets, but the Club is trying to overcome the difficulties which naturally accompany the starting of a new club. Although our hopes have occasionally been raised, we still have no courts, which, needless to say, is a great handicap. This is our basic need for next season, and if we do not succeed in hiring them, the Club may have to be dissolved.
Despite our difficulties, the Club has expanded this year, in that a tournament for the under 16 age group has been organised. It is hoped that this will help to develop the younger players who will be the backbone of the School team within three years. All three tournaments are well under way, and should be completed within a month.
Although seven matches were originally arranged, all three home matches have had to be cancelled. On Saturday, 3rd June, the School team were decisively beaten by Nottingham High School by eight rubbers to one. Until we have courts in which to practice, we cannot expect to win matches. Lack of coaching was also noticeable. On Friday, 9th June, a strengthened team won a hard-fought match against Rustlings juniors by six rubbers to three. This was encouraging, and we are hoping to play almost the same team against Chesterfield Grammar School and Bolehills Park Juniors.
Our membership at present is over 50, but this represents only the keener members who are willing to help build a club. Given some courts, our members would be far greater, and this is our hope for next season.
K. R. J.
THIS summer we have devoted almost as much time to studying the weather as to the 1st XI, and the impression that remains is one of uncertainty in both cases.
As it seems likely that next year's team will be virtually the same as the one under review, let it be said at once that these notes are an honest attempt at constructive criticism, for if this year's XI benefits from its experience the prospects for next season are very good indeed.
The main general criticism of the team (and this applies to bowling, batting and fielding) is that there has been a lack of concentration on the job in hand. Wickets have been taken, runs made, and catches held, it has seemed at times, almost by accident and not as the direct result of that attitude of stark hostility which used to be such a feature of Yorkshire cricket.
Of the batsmen it can be said that only three, Keighley, Fletcher and Dickens, have been consistent and that even in these cases the concentration necessary to string together their undoubtedly attractive strokes into a long innings has been missing at times. However, we have enjoyed watching them. The rest of the batsmen have shown a general lack of judgment of the merits of a ball. Too often we have seen attempts made to drive or pull a good length ball and even more frequently have boys been paralysed by slow half-volleys which in the nets would have been hit hard and often. If they can build up their confidence, however, they should do well next year.
It is scarcely possible to praise the bowling of Dickens too much. After some early experiments with high trajectory and unnecessary spin, he settled down to variations of pace and flight with a good faster ball which leaves the batsmen. There has been no excessive leg-theory and he has consistently bowled to hit the stumps. Thornton and Patchett have bowled well at times, but neither can yet be used with confidence when runs have to be saved and a good batsman is more anxious to run two than one from their bowling. Keighley has varied his length and direction with effect and has taken some good wickets.
The ground fielding has been efficient, but we should like to see more intimidatory swooping on the ball. The opposing batsmen have taken more short singles than they should have been allowed. The catching has not been reliable and it has been a season in which the ball seems to have followed the less reliable boys. The solution of this problem rests, of course, in the hands of each member of the team.
W. D. H.
THE 2nd XI has had a disappointing season so far. Because of wet weather, only three matches have been played-one won, one lost and one drawn. Against Nottingham G.S. 2nd XI the team failed badly, but put up a better show against the Old Edwardians. In this game Speet took 6 for 27, including an all-bowled hat-trick. The side gained a comfortable victory over Doncaster G.S. 2nd XI, some fine bowling by Staniforth and a good opening stand by Thomas and Jones being mainly responsible. The fielding was weak at the start of the season, but now the side is beginning to look workman-like. Now that he has gained confidence, Everitt is captaining the side quite well. He must remember that once the team has taken the field, he is in sole charge. I expect the team to win the majority of the remaining fixtures.
C. H. H.
OWING to the inclemency of the weather the players have had insufficient practice to settle down into the good team which they promise to become. The only two matches which have been completed were both drawn. The first, against Nottingham High School, we would probably have won had there been time for another over or two; while in the second, against High Storrs Grammar School, the last pair did well to play out time and avert defeat.
The team have been very ably led by the captain I. A. Mottershaw who has also been a good example in batting, bowling and fielding. Of the batsmen D. G. Milne, D. D. Howarth, B. Smith and P. R. Wassell have been outstanding, while among the bowlers B. Smith, D. G. Milne and G. E. Nutter, all left arm bowlers, and D. G. Bullard, R. C. Woolhouse and R. Thompson have shown great promise. P. Fells has kept wicket with calm efficiency. D. M. Parfitt, N. Birks, J. C. Tebbett, P. J. Keeling and R. F. Fox have also done well and fully justified their claims for selection.
v. Mount St. Mary's School K.E.S. 69 for 8 .. rain stopped play.
v. Nottingham H.S. Nottingham 70; K.E.S. 66 for 7 .. match drawn.
v. High Storrs G.S. High Storrs 80; K.E.S. 54 for 9 .. match drawn.
W. O. C.
AFTER the delays of the early part of the season, the team is still only beginning to settle down. The fielding is not yet up to last year's standard, though now and then it has given the impression that it very soon should be; and the bowling lacks variety. Much greater attention is needed -to bowling a length, and less to pace and spin.
The batting shows much promise, and, with greater experience and self-confidence, may yet be proved to be very good. Ten of the present team are capable of making good scores.
The one member of the team who can be singled out for whole-hearted praise is the wicket-keeper, J. S. G. Smith. His 'keeping has been very good, and his stout-hearted batting has more than once contrasted with the nervous efforts of the supposedly more accomplished members of the team.
Lost by 8 wickets.
AT Whiteley Woods today, at 11.37, two battles began; one between Lynwood and Arundel for the Knock-out Cup and the other between an umpire's Conscience and Inclination.
Lynwood won the toss and Thornton and Dickens bowled to Charles and Fletcher with a new ball and some liveliness. Fletcher responded with some smooth shots which were good to watch and although Charles and Mayor were soon out, Heeley hit the ball hard and runs came quickly. Fletcher, however, was then bowled and a dark plot between Dickens and Thornton culminated in the production of a shooter on the leg stump and that was the end of Heeley. At this point the ball became cubical and after a conference, was replaced. During this interval the more knowledgeable noticed that the wicket was rapidly disintegrating and prophesied some fun later on.
The later Lynwood batsmen experimented with some scythe-like movements of the bat, but succeeded only in inducing l.b.w. decisions, Conscience and Inclination being in agreement. The final score was 82.
It was now generally conceded that only if Arundel lost their first four wickets cheaply would Lynwood win and this Arundel did, owing primarily to some enthusiastic bowling by Fletcher who must have been practising secretly. No one could recollect having seen him bowl before. Conscience dictated several decisions adverse to Arundel, who could only score 36. At 32 for 8 it was clearly possible that Dickens would craftily declare and so cause Fletcher to decide whether or not to ask Arundel to follow on, but the question did not ultimately arise.
At 3.30, when Arundel were all out, both Lynwood and Conscience were winning easily and the wicket had become a quotable case of soil erosion.
Fletcher now made one significant decision and his team, apparently, another. The first was to use the heavy roller on the pitch and this inspired idea miraculously caused dust to disappear. The second was to cash in on the first innings lead and play steadily for a draw. This was not a good decision, for Dickens now dealt in spin instead of swing, Speet persuaded Fletcher to remove his own off bail and both were allowed to bowl as they liked to purely defensive batsmen. Fells brought off an interesting and ingenious catch and a slow, stately stumping, Jennings performed prodigious deeds at long-stop, thinly disguised as fine-leg, the Lynwood total was suddenly increased by 40 per cent. by overthrows and byes, Conscience only just managed to keep Inclination in check and the batsmen finally prodded a total of merely 36, leaving Arundel to score 83 to win. It was clearly anybody's game.
With Jones l.b.w. and faintly temperamental for 0, only Dickens' wicket had to be taken quickly for Lynwood to win, for the moral effect of this had been noted in the first innings. Dickens, however, had other ideas and being fed with suitable bowling, proceeded to demonstrate the effectiveness of the hook played downhill. One mistimed shot barely failed to go to hand, but in spite of some thoughtful, good length bowling by Charles, Arundel were quickly 84 for 2. It was then decided to complete the over in order to eliminate experimental error on the part of the scorers, but Charles began to take wickets with unorthodox deliveries, the game was conceded to Arundel and we all went home.
W. D. H.
|I. P-K Kt 8: Kt.||Anything*|
|2. R-KB 8: mate.|
* Black cannot castle, for, as is seen from the following analysis, he must have moved his king:
Since White's queen's bishop could not have moved from QB 1, the bishop on KR 6 must be a promoted pawn. This pawn could not have taken a black piece in moving on to the eighth row, for all Black's pieces, excepting the queen's bishop (which could not have been on a black square), are on the board. It could not have moved on to Q Kt 8, for Black's pawns would prevent the bishop from escaping. The move must, therefore, have been P (on KB 7)-KB 8: B, and the position of a white pawn on KB 7 at any time in the game means that Black's king must have moved from its own square.
(Q. E. D.)
Will space permit the inclusion in your columns of a view which I know to be shared by many Old Edwardians, especially those who can remember pre-war School entertainments?
These lines are prompted by attendance at a succession of carol services, concerts, and choral performances. The undesirability, from the listener's point of view, of embodying the carol service in the School Concert, is obvious. More serious is the concentration purely on music, and the persistent neglect of the possibilities of combining musical and theatrical resources. It is entirely admirable that in due season Bach should be given priority; but School performances are given by boys at an age which should be full of fun. As one with an early fondness for Handel and Mozart but little appreciation of Bach during school days, I can sympathise with the third-former who feels a lack of zest in the School's musical programme. There are other fields worth cultivating, and none more so than the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. The purist may look askance at Sullivan, but should remember that the emphasis is really on Gilbert. It is sad to think that there is a whole generation that has not had the opportunity to " trip it hither, trip it thither ", or that a Headmaster should leave before he has heard the more vocal sections of the Sixth Form bid him " Bow " among the " lower middle classes ". And how many now at School have delighted in Quid Pro Quo or Two Gentlemen of Soho as presented by an energetic and ingenious staff?
In spite of a recent musical record to be proud of, one thing seems lacking: the School has forgotten how to laugh, and that is a very serious matter, deserving of immediate attention.
Jesus College, Oxford.
HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP: 1. Clumber 353; 2. Arundel 348; 3. Chatsworth 340; 3. Lynwood 340; 5. Welbeck 335; 6. Haddon 332; 7. Sherwood 254; 8. Wentworth 221
TROPHIES: Saville Cup, Water Polo 2nd League: Arundel. Wesley College Cup, Water Polo 1st League: Arundel. Osborn Cup, Water Polo 1st Knock-out: Arundel. Graham Cup, Water Polo 2nd Knock-out: Sherwood. Jackson Cup, Junior Relay: Clumber. Melling Cup, Senior Relay: Arundel.
Telegraph Shield, Champion Swimmer: B. Round (Ch). House Championship Shield: Clumber.
|Play-off: Welbeck beat Lynwood.|
|Play-off: Lynwood beat Sherwood.|
|JUNIOR LEAGUE (unfinished).|