|RAISING THE STANDARD||233||DAWN SONG||241|
|SCHOOL NOTES||234||THE OWLS IN LONDINIUM||242|
|THE SCHOOL CONCERT||235||SCHOOL NEWSPAPERS||243|
|THE WATCH||235||LOCAL RULES||243|
|STUDENT CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT||236|
|FACT AND FAITH||236||INTERNATIONAL DISCUSSION GROUP||243|
|THE REV. GEORGE BARNES ATKINSON||237||SCOUTING||244|
|CHOICE AND THOUGHT||239||CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING||249|
|A. K.E.S. DIARY||240||SWIMMING||250|
|THE BIG DAY||241||HOUSE NOTES||250|
IN all the departments of school life the expert is well catered for; academically and athletically " he has his reward," and can point with pride to the cups, certificates, and medals that bear testimony to his prowess. But what of the average performer, the unskilled enthusiast, the solid supporter of everything in general, and winner of nothing in particular? All that he can hope for, in recognition of his scholastic achievements, is the non-committal " satisfactory," a comment which features so prominently in the end-of-term report.
In open competition with his more athletic fellows on the sports field he has little chance of distinction. The one activity that is really designed for him is the Standard Sports. For those of moderate ability, and that includes most of us, there is something soothing about the word " standard." The thought that the attainment of a fixed time, height, or distance, will bring due acknowledgment, regardless of the superior performances of others, is marvellously comforting when " to the victor the spoils " is the general tale.
However, there is a qualification which for a considerable minority spells disaster. Only two-thirds of the entrants can hope for success in their encounter with the stop-watch and tape-measure. Admittedly this is a greater proportion than the two or three who win places in the Athletic Sports events, but, in a " standard " competition, it can bring little consolation to the hardy few who are always a second too late, or six inches short of the distance. They say that virtue brings its own reward, but the virtue of attempting a standard that continually evades you can lose its appeal. Not that the " average performer " comes into the class of failure; if he is not successful the whole purpose of the sports is defeated. But the struggle that some individuals in this category have to put up first is long and arduous. Think of the heavy boy, slow of movement, but resolute of spirit, thundering down the incline of the two hundred and twenty yards with a persistence that is commendable if slightly monotonous. At the sixth attempt he beats the count to sink exhausted on the scene of his triumph. Or again picture the little fellow with a turn of speed that brings him three track results easily enough, trying to obtain his fourth and final field-event, battling at the high jump, hurling himself heroically into the air only to crash headlong, clutching his tormentor, the bar, into the pit of sodden sand. It is a wet day.
What is the object of all this expenditure of effort, other than the self-satisfaction of enthusiastic but unskilled House members, the restoration of a confidence, shaken by failures at football and table-tennis, in their capabilities If it is the creation of House spirit, there can be no doubt of its success. The sight of eight Athletics Captains, on the last day of the competition, rallying their lesser lights to a supreme effort, and anxiously consulting their logarithm tables to see what decimal divides the leaders, is reminiscent of the closing scenes of a General Election. Fortunately the similarity does not extend to lost deposits!
There is one sobering thought. If the fondest hopes of every captain are exceeded, and a seventy-five per cent. level of efficiency is obtained, be sure that a revision of standards will not only render a repetition more difficult, but will also increase the distance by which the consistent minority fails to qualify. However, until recognition is offered for the mere act of finishing, those gentlemen will not consider any change harmful or beneficial.
It is interesting to speculate on what will happen if the system is extended to the classroom, and each scholar can gain four standards for his House, of which one must be Latin or Greek. A healthy incentive for the Classical side! Perhaps some Old Boy, mindful of his strivings in the Standard Sports, will present a cup for the " Standard Subjects," and raise the standard-of revolt.
G. C. GARLICK
THE following appointments have been made; Captain of Swimming, R. B. Bradshaw; Prefects: R. B. Bradshaw, J. Hallows, D. W. Keighley, M. Millward, J. R. Nutter. To succeed G. C. Garlic, who has recently left, W. N. Adsetts has been appointed Head Prefect.
B. F. Taylor has been awarded a Scholarship for Natural Science at Lincoln College, Oxford; B. Buckroyd, an Exhibition in Natural Science at Clare College, Cambridge; J. E. Sussams, an Exhibition in Modern Languages at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; and G. C. Garlick, the Arthur Sells Exhibition in Classics at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
The School Chapel Service on February 5th brought us a visit from our former Headmaster, Mr. R. B. Graham. His address on " Courage," designed with remarkable skill and understanding to appeal to the interest of both older and younger boys, found an attentive hearing.
At a General Meeting of the Old Edwardians Association on February 9th it was announced that the Organ, which is one of the major objects of the War Memorial fund, has been ordered and will shortly be in course of construction in the Assembly Hall.
LAST term again closed with two public concerts and the Carol Service. In all three, soloists, choir and orchestra performed extremely well, and the choir again added a recording of carols to the archives. An account of the School Concert, by \Ir. Roger Bullivant, appears elsewhere.
This term we have mainly been occupied with preparing once again for a performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion at Ecclesall Parish Church. We are looking forward to hearing Mr. Atkins once again in the part of Jesus, and our Evangelist this year is Mr. Arthur Wilkes, a member of Manchester Cathedral choir, and, according to all reports, a fine Bach singer. In the other solo roles, P. Swain, J. C. Tebbett, M. A. Sharpe, J. S. Taylor, A. B. Drake, H. F. Oxer, P. D. Robinson, I. Fells and D. H. Thorpe provide an excellent cast, while the instrumental obbligati are played by D. H. B. Andrews and P. T. Holgate (flutes), B. P. Fisher and P. M. Harvey (clarinets), and Mr. Moore (violin). We are indebted to Mr. F. W. Turner (organ) and T. W. Turner (piano) for the continuo, with I. H. Jones supporting ably on the 'cello.
The Choir, which in its first practice showed that it had forgotten little of last year's work, is very strong in altos and basses, while our few tenors continue to do valiantly. The treble department has suffered somewhat for the first time from a number who do not realise that membership of the choir carries with it, besides a great deal of enjoyable and valuable activity, an obligation to attend all practices. We shall need reinforcement by reliable singers here next term.
The Orchestra is now almost complete, except in the string department. However there are now three violin classes and one viola class well under way, and these should soon begin to provide a steady flow of string players into the orchestra. There is much chamber music activity this term, and before long there should be heard in public a Septet for Trumpet, strings (including Double-Bass) and piano by Saint-Saens, a Haydn Quartet, and a Boyce String Trio. Up to the time of going to press there has been only one Lunch-hour Concert, to which a large number came to hear Mr. Graham (clarinet), Mr. Moore (violin) and Mr. Barnes (piano).
Composers, singers and instrumentalists are reminded to make early preparation for the Music Prizes, competition for which will begin early next term.
N. J. B.
|1 . TRUMPET VOLUNTARY||
T. REANEY AND ORCHESTRA
| Jeremiah Clarke (?)
|2. THE MASQUE IN DIOCLESIAN||
Soloists: P. SWAIN. G. E. NUTTER, P. D. ROBINSON, H. F. OXER.
Trio: D. H. THORPE, P. D. ROBINSON, H. F. OXER.
THE CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA.
| Henry Purcell
|I. Two TRUMPET TUNES AND AIR||T. REANEY AND ORCHESTRA||Henry Purcell|
|2. SONGS:||" Sea Fever "||Ireland (b. 1879)|
|" Trade Wind, "||Keel (b. 1871)|
|" Captain Stratton's Fancy||Warlock (1894-1930)|
|H. F. OXER.|
|3. SONATA OF THREE PARTS IN A MINOR||B. D. MILLS. violin. B. P. FISHER, clarinet.
I. H. JONES. 'cello.
|4. DUETS||" Cuckoo " and - Come pretty wag "||Pearson (1580-1650)|
|" Welcome thou "||Handel (1685-1759)|
|" It was a!over "||Moeran (b. 1894)|
|G. E. NUTTER. P. SWAIN.|
|5. SONATA IN A MINOR FOR Two FLUTES||Allegro: Largo: Allegro.
D. H. B. ANDREWS, P. T. HOLGATE.
|6. CAROLS:||" On this day "||H. C. Stewart "|
|. The Holly and the Ivy.||(English)|
|" Myn Lyking "||Terry|
|with the Orchestra:|
|“It came upon the midnight clear "||arr. Dunhill|
|7. CAROL:||" HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING."|
GOD SAVE THE KING
THIS concert was conspicuous for its wide variety of music of a period which, perhaps, does not normally figure very largely in school concert programmes. In addition to the " Masque in Dioclesian," the programme included two chamber works of the Purcell period -a sonata by Purcell himself and another by Loeillet. These might well be said to have been the most important of all the items, since they signified a most encouraging enthusiasm for chamber music; contrapuntal music of this type is often far from easy and great credit is due to all who took part. Only once was there an inaccurate entry, and this was soon rectified. Mr. Barnes' continuo-playing held the ensembles together without ever obtruding itself.
The Purcell " Masque " was a big undertaking: an enormous amount of work had obviously been put into it, and this was amply justified. The Purcell style must have been unfamiliar-even difficult-to many who took part, but such difficulties as the syncopations in " Wisdom and counsel . " seemed to present no problem to the chorus. Of the soloists, Oxer and Robinson deserve special mention. The orchestra were perhaps not quite up to the standard of the chorus here, but this did not really mar a performance in which the interest was sustained throughout.
The orchestra excelled in the two trumpet pieces, which Mr. Barnes had arranged. Massed clarinets played the solo part in place of Reaney, who was most unfortunately prevented by illness from taking part. The full brass passages were really stirring.
Of the song soloists, Oxer fully deserved the encore he was given. Nutter and Swain also showed great promise which more experience should bring to fruition. In the carols which ended the concert the chorus again showed their good qualities " On this day," with the rhythmic changes, which did not seem to worry the singers at all, was particularly effective.
Finally, congratulations are due to Mr. Barnes, and to all who took part, not only upon the high standard attained, but also upon the enthusiasm and hard work which must have gone to the rehearsing of so wide a range of music.
This moves the hours, this miniature
Machine, clamped by a leather strap
Against the wrist. Observe its pure
Polished simplicity, then snap
Open the case and in the steel
Shell mark the complication. Each
Precise, like seconds, spring and wheel
And pinion scintillate; they reach,
Beneath the perspex lid, their black
Slim calipers to catch and keep
Circling the sixty minute track,
The centuries. And though you sleep,
The watch, still busy, still correct,
Not like a heart, although it beat
As such, but like an intellect,
Will work to make the weeks complete.
G. M. MACBETH
THE S.C.M. group was started towards the end of last term and the support promised and shown at the subsequent meetings augurs well for the future, although it has been found that our Tuesday meetings have an unfortunate habit of clashing with those of other school societies.
We commenced this term with a series of talks and discussions on the " Denominations," the first talk being given by Mr. Etherington on their history. This instructive and interesting lecture furnished us with a sound background for the coming programme and we would like to record our appreciation of his contribution.
The second lecture was delivered by the Rev. E. A. C. Gundry of St. Columba's Church, Crosspool, his subject being Anglicanism. This proved extremely interesting, especially to the Non-Conformists in our ranks and served to clear several of us of misapprehensions we had formerly entertained.
The Rev. Dr. Bebb gave the third talk of the series, on Methodism, and his well-informed and matter-of-fact approach gave us a much clearer idea of the unity of the denominations within the Christian faith. We are very grateful for his excellent talk delivered in his usual brisk and humorous manner.
The other meetings of the term have been occupied with a detailed discussion on the pamphlet " Belief in God " and our lack of progress does not show a lack of interest.
We are now looking forward to a talk by Mr. Fraser on the Quaker faith to bring our term's activities to a close.
I. M. W.
T WO " Fact and Faith " films were shown to about 100 members of the Sixth and Transitus on the afternoon of February 16th. In God of Creation we were reminded, with the aid of the Mount Wilson telescope, of the vast distances of known space. There followed some excellent " lapsed time " photography dealing with the growth of plants and flowers, with photosynthesis, and with the life- history of a caterpillar. Finally, through the microscope, we saw the growth of paramaecia. God of the Atom was notable not only for its illustrations of the nature of nuclear energy and for photographs of the cyclotron, but also for views of the atomic explosions over Nagasaki and in Bikini Atoll.
Technically these films were impressive. Far less impressive or satisfying was the attempt to use this material for religious ends. Christianity is essentially a belief in what God has done in history to redeem human beings from sin and frustration; it is a force at work in the hearts of men and in human society. This same God Christians also believe to have created the Universe; but from this latter belief to deduce the Christian faith is a jump so big that it betrays naive thinking and carries little conviction. Furthermore, we do not need to be told that if everyone lived a Christian life even such scientific discoveries as the use of nuclear energy would be perfectly safe in our hands. But since no such Utopia exists, it is necessary that everyone, including Christians, should seek an immediate and realistic solution in the sphere of international politics. Christians have, in fact, spoken on these larger issues, and to omit mention of them and to suggest that there is any simple solution to the threat of atomic warfare is unrealistic and misleading. Or was this the modern equivalent of hell-fire preaching?
Let it be said, however, that these films powerfully illustrated the wonder of the natural order. All who saw them were given instruction and food for thought, and we were grateful to Mr. Osborne for coming at short notice to show them to us.
W. D. H. M.
Alone the brown tarn lies in sombre sleep
Between the darkened earth and darkening sky,
O'erhung by granite crags whose shadows die
Among its shadowy waters cool and deep.
Here is Creation's silence, where no leap
Of fish or flight of bird can magnify
The great Creator, no man's voice defy
The everlasting silence that they keep.
Slowly the light fades. To this lonely place
I think God comes for comfort and release
From all the prayers and sorrows of the day.
In majesty upon the water's face
His spirit moves, and in its healing peace
His grief and weariness are washed away.
WE are very grateful to Miss Beatrix Atkinson and her sisters for their very gracious gift to the school of the testimonial which was presented to their father, then Principal of the Collegiate School, in December, 1870. When an inscription has been completed the testimonial will be hung in the library where all will be able to see this most interesting link with one of the fore-runners of our present school. The wording reads:
“We, your old and present Pupils, have great pleasure in presenting you with this Testimonial accompanied by a Purse containing Two Hundred Sovereigns as a Mark of our high appreciation of your efforts to promote the interests of these under your care as Principal of the Sheffield Collegiate School; and also in token of our sincere affection and esteem."
There are 130 names of old boys on the address, which was prepared by Mr. J. C. Shaw of Norfolk Row and presented to Mr. Atkinson at a Dinner on December 21st, 1870.
The Collegiate School was opened in 1836 to " supply a course of instruction with classical learning, mathematics, science, and general literature with moral and religious learning in conformity with the principles of the Church of England." About this time there were many such schools founded to cater for those who had become wealthy through the Industrial Revolution and were not satisfied with the ordinary local grammar school. In Sheffield, £3,000 was raised in £25 shares, but no dividend was paid. The School was most successful under the Rev. G. A. Jacob (1843-52) who brought the numbers over the hundred at one stage, was presented with £110 to take his D. D. at Oxford, and then left to become High Master at St. Paul's. A list of distinctions won at this period is on an Honours Board outside the geography room. In 1852, when Dr. Jacob resigned, Mr. Henry Wilson took financial charge of the School and secured Mr. Atkinson as Principal in 1861.
|REV. GEORGE BARNES ATKINSON. M.A. (1835-1917)
Principal of the Collegiate School 1861-1871
Mr. Atkinson was born in 1831, third son of the Rev. Thomas Dinham Atkinson, who was the first incumbent at St. Philip's church from 1828 to 1831. He was educated at home before going to King's College, London and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he was a scholar, 12th Wrangler in 1856, a Fellow and Assistant Tutor 1856-61 and ordained in 1857. His Fellowship had to be vacated when he " married in January 1861, Maria Tyndale, daughter of the Rev. W. H. Wilkinson. Her mother was one of the family of William Tyndale, translator of the Bible and Martyr." Their six children were born at Sheffield and Miss Atkinson " can remember the games we played in a long passage upstairs and a railway we thought we were making through some shrubs in the garden." The photograph of Mr. Atkinson was taken at this period; an earlier view of the School and Principal's house was printed in the December 1948 Magazine.
The first signatory to the Testimonial was Sidney Oldall Addy, who came to the school as a boarder in 1863 from the Milk St. Academy. He later went to Lincoln College, Oxford, and returned to teach at the School in 1872 before becoming a solicitor, but he is best known for his books and articles on local history. In a letter of 1863 he wrote: " I am getting on very well with my studies and I like the school very well. We learn far more Latin and Greek than anything else, I am learning French also. I do not learn chemistry but we have a lecture (by Dr. J. H. Allan) on that subject every week." Some years later Addy wrote: " Under Mr. Atkinson the school was conducted on the model of a high class public school. There was a great deal of Latin verse writing, and, assisted by able men from Oxford and Cambridge, the school ... sent many able men to the universities as well as into the ranks of professional life . . . Mr. Atkinson and his masters enjoyed the friendship of many eminent men, and in particular of Professor Fawcett ... He and many other men of social and literary eminence used to visit at the school." After inspecting the School on behalf of the Royal Commission Sir Joshua Fitch said that his visit interested him greatly, " the more so because so few of the proprietary schools in my district are flourishing and successful, and scarcely any of them aim so high, or achieve so much as the Collegiate."
Present day members of the school choir and orchestra will be interested to know that their predecessors formed a choir for Sunday Services, with Mr. William Smith, the lawyer, as organist. Miss Atkinson writes that " there were in Sheffield at that time two 'Musical Societies which amalgamated and held their rehearsals and concerts in the school hall. One of my happiest recollections is envying and admiring a boy playing the kettle drums." The Public Library contains various records of these amateur musical societies but it is interesting to know that the boys also participated.
While it is clear that the education given at the Collegiate was mainly classical, Mr. Atkinson's wider interests are shown by his active promotion of a School of Practical Science, with which Sir John Brown was also closely connected. This was itself a sequel to an earlier effort after the 1831 Exhibition and, though unsuccessful, helped to lead in 1886 to the Technical School which is now part of the University and on the site of the old Grammar School. Though it had influential backing and day and night classes were held at the Collegiate School, the need for technical instruction was not yet sufficiently appreciated.
Writing in 1866 Addy comments on butter rationing and hints at other economies. The school had been let to Mr. Atkinson at a rent sufficient to cover repairs and the interest on the debt. As the chief mortgagee had not received his usual interest in 1871 he had the school put up for auction, when Mr. Wilson bought it. It was these negotiations which caused Mr. Atkinson to consider leaving, and led to the presentation of the testimonial and purse. Actually he only staved until the end of 1871 and then, after a period at Shrewsbury, returned to Trinity Hall as Lecturer and Mathe-matical Coach from 1878-91. In 1892 he accepted a college living at Swannington, Norfolk, where he died in 1917. Meanwhile the difficulties of the Collegiate School had been increased b y the competition of the Central School opened in 1880 and, after various negotiations, the School amalgamated with the Grammar School which moved from St. George's Square in 188 to the Collegiate Crescent premises. The combined school joined with Wesley College twenty years later and occupied the present premises as King Edward VII School.
One of the signatories to the testimonial ,,vas Thomas P. Lockwood, who has compiled a list of Old Collegians from 1862-70 which supplements a list by Alfred S. Davy for 1866-74. These two lists and the names on the testimonial give a fairly complete register of the boys of that time. Only a few names can be mentioned here: John Charles Aldred, son of the Vicar of Dore, who went to Cambridge, became Medical Officer for Ecclesall and emigrated to New Zealand; Caryl James Battersby, son of the Vicar of St. James's, was a scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and became second master at Bradford Grammar School and a noted philologist; James Cardwell, who was head of the School in 1864, won a mathematical scholarship at Sidney Sussex, Cambridge, and succeeded Atkinson as Principal, and his brother Rowland who assisted him at the Collegiate; Sir Charles Edward Ellis, son of the famous founder of the Atlas Works and himself managing director of John Brown & Co., Ltd., in 1890; Richard Favell, son of the Sheffield surgeon and himself Professor at Sheffield; Henry George Tudor and William Burgoyne Fernell, sons of a Sheffield solicitor and themselves solicitors; James Henry Flather, a scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Principal of Cavendish Hostel and Secretary for Examinations at Cambridge; Herbert Favell Gibson, one of several sons of the Minister of St. Peter's, who returned from Oxford as a Master and became a Canon of Winchester Cathedral; Sir Robert Abbott Hadfield, Bart., F.R.S., son of and successor to the famous founder of the Tinsley Works; George Howson, cutlery manufacturer and Master Cutler in 1893; Bernard Jackson, younger brother of the Cambridge professor, a scholar at Cambridge, who returned to Sheffield as usher at the Grammar School; George William Jervis, of Christ Church, Oxford, Vice-Principal of the Collegiate School and Second Master at the Grammar School; George Francis Lockwood, a Councillor and Master Cutler; William Smith Porter, a Sheffield physician, University lecturer and author; Canon John G. Richardson, scholar and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and Archdeacon of Nottingham and his brother Samuel Gray Richardson, J.P.; cutlery manufacturer and Master Cutler in 1889, member of the School Board and Church Burgess; Sydney Jessop Robinson, managing director of William Jessop & Sons and Master Cutler in 1905; Frederick Charles Wild, Master Cutler in 1898. These brief notes are sufficient to show how important the education received under the Rev. George Barnes Atkinson at the Collegiate School was for the life of Sheffield.
P. J. W.
The death is announced of Sir FREDERIC ALFRED AYKROYD, Bt., formerly President of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce and High Sheriff of Yorkshire, at the age of 76. He was educated at Harrogate College and Wesley College, and had been a member of the appointments board of Cambridge University and of textile trade committees of the Imperial Institute and the Board of Trade. He was created a baronet in 1929.
Taste will impel the shopper at the green
grocer's, where what is bought and how
it is bought are a measure of discrimination.
For not for artistic merit only
is taste the advisor but even for the favourite
hobby, or colour or pattern, or fruit.
Most, on the average, prefer the immediate
easy pleasure of an apple, and appreciate
a pink Canadian more than a Cox.
Others will have the banana which they call
" Nice and clean, a straight eat
for a snatched lunch or an idle evening."
And some, unless with cream in July,
will not receive a strawberry, or, unless
in Autumn, the firm but obese plum.
And some will follow the fancy that offers
a peach, or a fig or a date or a cherry,
apricot, orange, or pomegranate . . .
The popular fruit for the whole world,
whatever may be in season, or the odd
enticement-a glimpse through an open window.
And the common method of the mob is still
the random grab and the herd instinct
used by the primitive age. Admitted,
except the professional clique, the retailers
of what is not apparent to all but a taste
acquired which only the few initiate
can attain. " The pithy beauty of a walnut
the clicking lips and gnarled kernel
a chef d'oeuvre-neat as a watch."
Applause for a classic precision? Or a mere
scientific delight in a mechanism
of which the workings are known in detail?
Whichever it is, the choice is a pre-
determined and automatic process
a standing order with the family shop.
And is it sufficient or satisfactory
always to go to another's, or would you
not prefer your personal tradesman?
Is it enough to go for the bargain
always, or would you not rather wait
a little And get the better quality?
Try, for a change, what is not familiar
and superficial, but something more subtle,
not for the quick gulp of Acquaintance,
but the careful chew of Intimacy;
and not for the sharp, analytical knife
but the sensitive finger of the connoisseur.
For me, for example, the tangerine,
with the sweet scent, and the piquant flavour,
the delicate form of lith and skin.
Go shopping therefore. But do not purchase
what pleases at once. Look around the stall,
and price the others, and form the habit
of first a considered selection, and second,
but only after the palate is practised,
a daring but assured predilection.
G. M. MACBETH
THE diary that follows is written without shame and without pride; it is meant for interest alone-and as tribute due to a school that has been able to keep so individual a youth as myself relatively tame for nearly eight years.
In spite of the war, life is pleasant. I set off to school every morning with gas-mask over one shoulder and schoolbag over the other. There are " nature-walks " in the Botanical Gardens with Mrs. Michell. Miss Copley teaches me my first Algebra, Mr. Baylis my first French. I exchange foreign stamps, I climb trees and, as ten-year-olds do, I fight. I push a sworn enemy off his bicycle and am severely reprimanded. I fight a boy larger than myself and am likely to be beaten, but I contrive to wedge his head between the railings and we have been good friends ever since.
Team-spirit, rivalry, competition. Form-spirit (not House-spirit, for I am insignificant in that wider community and I do not like insignificance). 2A versus 2s, battles on the Close, and 2R to be avoided like the plague. More intimate friends, exploits in fields and woods; tunnels and dens and hide-outs constructed. Monthly mark-sheets, mark-grabbing, marks as the be-all and end-all of school life. Good marks-pride (swot!): bad marks-humiliation (good fellow!) Conflict! Science with Mr. Lee. The Art prize.
Riot. Practical jokes. Woodwork. How I enjoy woodwork (I take the wood home and in the seclusion of a shed construct ships, aeroplanes, stools, lamp-stands). In the school workshop, chaos. Two rival bands throw missiles at one another. I am captured; the enemy put my hands in a vice and glue them together; when the glue is set I am released. I lock an enemy up in the Punch-and-Judy box. I am apprehended and punished by T-square. Meanwhile the " good " boys are huddled together in a corner doing their French. Mr. T- cannot stand guard over glue-pot and lathe at one and the same time; consequently both are wrecked. Third-formers are sadists with no sympathy and no respect . . . Conkers at ten a penny, a useful source of income, though I am not interested in the game; tattered comics a halfpenny each. Wednesday or United? my fellows ask me (and if I answer wrongly I shall be beaten over the head). Neither, I retort, being cosmopolitan, and hating football as an institution though as a game I can see no reason for hating it.
No more woodwork, no more art. A new interest, which has been developing since I learned to swim in 2A, now blossoms. A new subject, German, and the gentle Mr. Read as form master. Work more serious, I more sober.
Real work instead of mark-grabbing. Extra energies diverted into swimming (by now I am in the School team) and scouting. I owe a lot to the Scouts, whom I Joined in 2A; learning how to fend for oneself, team activities and friendly rivalries (it doesn't matter who wins) as opposed to the keen and bitter competition of inter-house contests, first opportunities for leadership. Camps, Dolgelly, Walesby Forest, Ross-on-Wye, Boufflemont . . . Mr. Nicholas: 1944fear, 1944awe, 1945respect, 1946affability. First girl-friend.
Revolt! a mood which begins now and reaches its peak in mid-1948, after which it subsides gradually. School Certificates over, good result, I rest on my oars. Independence (my parents leave Sheffield); anarchy; I hate authority, I naturally (but without logical argument) hate the way the school is run, compulsory games, the House system, morning assembly, corporal punishment; I despise the " good " boys; I write an epigram:
A curious thing about the Prefects
Are known by us all, but, it is said,
Not by the Head.
Needless to say, all these views have since been changed, or modified. I leave the Scouts; no more time (I meet girls). I begin to read widely and renew my interest in art. Responsibility. I am made House swimming captain. I put away childish things, I sell my stamp collection. I begin to have serious thoughts about politics and religion. I go to France with two other boys and sleep in a cave and subsequently a stable, on the outskirts of Paris. I hitch-hike to the Scilly Isles with three other boys. I buy my own clothes; typical, I suppose is the following:
Johnny bought a red and green checked shirt;
The aesthetes were offended
Because it hurt them where it hurt
just what he intended!
I mellow. Hard work. "Higher." The more disruptive elements of Sixth Form society leave in ones and twos. I sober. I have my first love-affair (as opposed to mere flirtations). I have by now a genuine love for literature. I am glad that, by a series of negative choices (not choosing the subjects I did not care for Greek, not so useful as German; the sciences, too impersonal; history, too factual) I find myself a modern linguist. Prizes.
I am made School swimming captain. Hard work. Higher, State Scholarship. I am made a Prefect. Self-confidence increases. Hard work. Exhibition to Cambridge. Satisfaction. I shake the dust of Sheffield from my feet, having found the place, as Mr. Eliot's Magi said, (you may say) satisfactory; and wearing, I choose to say, proudly, an Old Edwardian tie.
J. E. SUSSAMS
HE was only a very small boy, with an almost perfectly round face.- very rosy cheeks, a pleasant smile, and a little lock of hair which had the habit of falling over his right eyebrow, when it would be flicked back into position with a twitch of slight annoyance . . .
At first, the magnitude and complexity of it all bewildered him. There were so many new things to learn in this world of desks and time-tables. By now he was settling down quite well, however.
He had found out where to go on Wednesday mornings for prayers, he had been taught how to stand and knock before entering the sacred precincts of the office, and that the private staircase was out of bounds; he had learnt the significance of the large door opposite its foot: that a certain most honourable and respectable master had put him into second sitting on the first, third, and fifth days of the week, but had specially reserved a place for him in first sitting on the second and fourth days, to enable his angelic voice to charm the music-master from one-twenty-five until two-ten on those two days. He had learnt further that swimming and woodwork were the best periods of the week; that if he gave in his homework to the right master at the right time on the right day everyone would be friendly; that certain sharp sounds which occasionally reverberated along the corridors to his ears meant that he would know about it if he forgot; that labels were needed for books however little saliva he had; and that the nice boy with curly hair at the end of the table was called a prefect and would make him stand on the form if he played with his knife and fork, and in addition, if he spilt some milk (which one is occasionally allowed to bring into school) or some water, would make him pay one penny to the Master-In-Charge.
But today, that nice boy somehow wasn't so nice after all, for he had informed him that it would be his turn this week.
When he woke up on the fateful day, wishing the world would close in on him and swallow him up, he felt unusually dismal, for he knew that in a little over an hour, his time was up.
On arriving at school, the atmosphere made even his best school-mates seem a little unfriendly towards him. Later, when he had descended the last flight of prison-like stone stairs on his way to house-prayers, that nice curly-haired boy met him again, and told him his cue was the next to the last line . . .
A few minutes later, he managed to pluck up his courage; he climbed the steps shakily, and stood at the end of the long table. When at last Sherwood was silent, he carefully opened the book
Here beginneth the sixteenth chapter of the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans . "
I. J. STANFIELD
I have seen men walk faster than I,
I have seen them running against the sky,
And I try
To do as they do, but I find
Myself wondering if the road rises behind
The next corner, and I see
Dead footprints lying where the trees are dark.
The vultures are happy where the trees are dark,
Listening to the silence,
“. . Who do we appreciate? Shef—field—Wednes—day."
FARGATE resounded with the sounds of a gaudy band of youths, gaily decked, cheerful and noisy. Their tackle, to wit, eight blue and white berets, eight blue and white scarves, two blue and white flags, one blue and white umbrella, and dozens of blue and white rosettes, attracted considerable attention. Add eight lusty voices and eight blue and white rattles, and their presence became well-nigh unavoidable. Via High Street and Pond Street the triumphal procession eventually reached its goal, the Midland Railway Station, where strong reinforcements were found waiting. Lasting fame was secured when we posed for the press photographer; platform one was certainly shaken out of any listlessness. At 11.51 p.m., the Cup-Tie Special moved slowly out. We were on our way. Look out, London, here we come!
The journey, apart from a slight mishap to the carriage lighting system on the far side of Luton, was comparatively uneventful; four and a half hours later found us lining up outside St. Pancras Station, ready for a tour of the capital; 4.1; in the morning is not an ideal time to go sight-seeing, but who were we to be fussy And so the procession, now twenty strong, blared its way along with the moon still shining and the streets practically deserted. A lighted sigh " Police Station " conjured up visions of the wonderful London copper. So in we trooped. The only fresh information we received about London was something to the effect that that particular building was not a convalescent home. We tendered our thanks, a few remarks of astonishment, a burst on the rattles, and stalked out into the street. We had hot gone far when . . . we were being followed! Either through interest or suspicion, a tall policeman was loping along in our wake. Panic swept the ranks. Visions of a Pentonville cell instead of the green Highbury turf were none too pleasant. Pictures of injured innocence, we sped on in silence, until he was lost in the gloom.
As London stirred, so we enlarged our repertoire. The Wednesday roar was interspersed with " Roll along, Sheffield Wednesday, roll along ", a song surely destined to reach Hit Parade-and " On Ilkla Moor Baht At." London was amused. Were we from Ipswich Oh, from Sheffield. Well, we had " had it " that afternoon. At that time we thought otherwise and said so in no uncertain terms. By now time was beginning to drag a little. Shops, shops, and still more shops, they were endless. Why not have a sit down ' Such was the way in which we discovered the Underground.
Here indeed was a new world. Escalators, winding passages, ticket machines, were things undreamt of. With true Yorkshire economy we purchased O d. tickets, shot on to the first train to come our way, and started our travels in a new medium. It was a good ride for 1 1/2d. At one time we must have been within walking distance of Southend. At last we emerged back onto ground level one stop away from our starting point, refreshed and restored to life and ready for another bout of sight-seeing.
Saint Paul's, the Embankment and Westminster received attention, but thoughts were not on our immediate surroundings. They were, to be truthful, centred on the lovely little coloured maps of the Underground system specially provided for the benefit of such strangers as we, and, more particularly- on the squiggly black line in the top right-hand corner, leading to . . . Arsenal! By eleven o'clock then we were queuing outside the Arsenal Stadium, encouraging each other with such cheerful reflections as that there were only three hours, fourteen minutes, fifty-six seconds left before the kick-off. Our contingent gave a demonstration of body swerves and sliding tackles (the more subtle touches) to an awed London crowd. Lunches were eaten while perched very precariously on rattles. The clock moved slowly round . . .
A flash of blue and white from the players' tunnel, a great roar, and they were here! The Police Band scattered, balloons were cleared off the pitch, the Cup-Tie had begun. It was a great game. Ten gallant men held out for 88 minutes; when Arsenal scored the winner it was pure misrepresentation of justice, sheer robbery. Still, glory lay in defeat. Hundreds of Londoners must have offered commiserationsthey were assured that we should be meeting them in the First Division next season. The gang tramped away from Highbury disappointed, but not disheartened. The go minutes were over; we were not disgraced.
Old Father Time was beginning to take his toll by now. Arms were tired, legs creaked, and the evening became a little blurred . . . more of the Underground, Ice Hockey, St. Pancras at midnight. Tired and happy youths staggered aboard the north-bound train, and fell into a fitful doze over the evening papers. By the time Sheffield was reached everyone was in a mental stupor. We caught one of the early morning trams, and each, to a man, instinctively sought the object that was going to occupy him for the greater part of Sunday-a soft, clean bed.
P. K. FLETCHER
I'd like to be a poet
And write in lucid lines
About the joys of springtime,
Of love or sparkling wines.
I've bought a poet's licence
And let my hair grow long;
I wear an orange necktie,
Yet everything goes wrong.
My style is sometimes terrible,
My scansion causes pain.
But though my poems are laughed at,
I always try again.
I know I'm not a genius,
Yet one great poem I'll write,
And you can use my failures
To set the world alight.
( .. . For chips on Saturday night!)
(the choice is yours)
A. J. BROWN
Now and then, up and down the School, someone starts a Form Newspaper. Last term two rival papers were started in the Third Form. They were The Nutshell in 3B and The Crater in 3C. These two newspapers both cost a half-penny a copy, but 3C's was much the better.
Unluckily The Crater expired. The Nutshell, however, carried on under the editorship of, first, Lomas, then Powell, and thirdly, Wills.
This term Wills thought it would be a good idea for The Nutshell (in its fifth issue) to join up with The Crater. They did join, under the title, " The Nutshell incorporating The Crater."
Then a new rival presented itself under the name D.D.D. (3d.) Fortnightly. The Nutshell still keeps on the top, selling seventy copies per issue, but enjoys being rivalled. The Nutshell has made a good start and is now not only a Form newspaper but a School newspaper.
D. E. W.
I AM perfectly sure that this game which four or more of us play each dinner-hour is unique. By unique I mean that we are the only teams to play it in any school in England.
We play between the Gym and the War Memorial. The point about this game is that there is only one goal-and that both teams score through it.
It sounds crackers. It is crackers, but we don't care. We enjoy ourselves regardless of any out-of-date rules made by a little-known body called the Football Association. Perhaps a few of you will have heard of this body-it organises games between teams, two of which play in Sheffield. Their standard of football is not very high. They have two goals, which of course is too simple to attract many spectators. Their average gates are about thirty.
Goalie? That's simplicity itself we don't have one. Both teams dribble, pass and shoot, until one scores, then we have a centre, and off we go again.
Out of this peculiar game, a special style of dribbling and kicking has evolved. Newcomers who play are confounded, and leave at the end with puzzled eves and mouth agape, now and then giving out a hopeless sigh.
P.S.-Someone tells me that I have omitted a " thousand " somewhere in the above. I don't know where. Perhaps you can find it.
THANKS to the President's efforts in securing speakers, there has been a more than interesting programme this term of talks and discussions: the usual " report back " from the New Year C.E.W.C. Conference at Westminster, Mr. Sharp's excellent exposēe of the Russian economic pattern for her satellites, Brooks' valuable introduction on " Portugal," a talk on " Spain " by Mr. May, who lectures at Sheffield University, and Mr. Harvey's authoritative post-election talk on the work of the Government.
The Group momentarily abandoned discussion for debate. Radical members were disappointed when our Parliament refused to grant Yorkshire autonomy; but, faced with the mass of economic, strategic and racial evidence produced by the experts, the House was compelled to vote that a Confederation of Northern Counties was the better solution. After a tumultuous election meeting on 23rd February, presided over by the Speaker and a cricket stump, the Conservative candidate was elected. In view of the results of another Election more general it was surprising to find that the Liberals had, by brilliant oratory, secured the next largest vote, with Labour lagging far behind.
Our future programme includes a " joint " discussion and a talk by a business man on Africa; and the many suggestions made by members are being borne in mind by a hard worked Committee. In conclusion it must be noted with regret that the Group were prevented from winning prominence in yet another sphere; eleven good men and true were highly disappointed at being prevented by inclement weather from demonstrating their prowess on the football field. Next year . . .
IT was too late last term to supply details of our last meeting. The programme finished with a particularly interesting lecture on " Science and Safety in Mines " by Mr. C. S. W. Grice, of the Safety of Mines Research Board. We hope to follow this up by a visit to the Research Department in Sheffield before Easter.
This term we have had a lecture on " The Age of Steel " by Mr. Gibson Martin, in which he gave a general survey of the English Steel Industry. It is hoped to have at least two more lectures before the end of the term, and a talk on Astronomy by Mr. R. R. S. Cox, M.A., should prove interesting.
During the first half of this term the Upper School has shown rather desultory interest in the Tuesday meetings, but we anticipate that the gatherings during the second half will be well attended by members of the Maths. and Science Sixth and Transitus. We also look forward to several end-of-term works visits.
No general account of this section has been submitted since it was formed over two years ago, and this report will be a summary of events since January, 1949.
We started 1949 off with a visit to London by a party of five. All the usual " sites " were visited and also a B.B.C. show. This visit may well be remembered by the good food and —who made the Idris squash ' " The remainder of the term was spent helping Mr. Gaskin with his Montgomery Troop as well as our usual Saturday meetings. Besides some more hikes, the term's activities were finished by the building of a magnificent fireplace in the den. This has received commendation from far and wide, even from the 180th Millhouses!
During the Summer Term nothing of exceptional importance happened and several seniors helped at the " C " scout meetings and at their Whitsuntide camp. However, in the latter half of the term, Goddard gained his King's Scout badge, another honour for " C " Troop. This part of the term will also be remembered for the frantic rush for passports, tickets, money, etc., needed for the Swiss trip, an account of which appeared in the last issue of the MAGAZINE. Before setting off on that exciting trip, Andrew, Frith and Law had helped in the running of the Scout camp at Ross and along with Davis, a P.L. at the time, only returned home on the night before departure. Our experiences abroad are too numerous to mention here, but it can be well imagined we shall all look forward to a return visit as soon as possible.
The week following our return, we faced a new school year and the winter term. During this term several important activities took place, the more notable being the winning of the Holmstrom Trophy, beating Firth Park seniors by a small margin of points. The patrol was represented by Morte, Law, Fielding and Perrett, who must be congratulated on this feat. We hope those who represent the patrol next time will again win, as the trophy, we now feel, has become part of the new fireplace. Another event was the visit to the Star Building on the last meeting of the term. This was enjoyed by all and we trust various visits of this kind will take place at intervals during this year. The remainder of the term was occupied by various events. There was the feverish preparation for the Parents' Open Day, followed by a Night Hike; the building of a hen-run at Bamford for money for further improvements in the den; the annual County Meeting at the Victoria Hotel, where we spent a jolly afternoon, being shown, among other things, the uses of a scout staff in recreation by Colonel Campbell; several Rover meetings and then preparations for the annual Christmas Party. The latter went with a swing and the climax came when a variation of musical chairs was introduced; and were they musical' (One is now missing).
The remainder of the Christmas holidays were made up by a Senior Party on the day following the Scout Party, in order to finish the food; also a hike over Kinder Scout was organised and enjoyed by those taking part, although we returned soaked. One of the party dared any of us to go swimming in the reservoir with him-in January! Also at this time, Fielding and Perrett were at Gilwell; besides enjoying themselves they passed various sections of different badges.
This brings us to the Easter Term. It was decided by the active members of the patrol that an all-out drive on the King's Scout badge should be made this term. So far, in the few weeks that have passed, several badges have been obtained, and in a few months time there will be quite a considerable number of King's Scouts in " C " Troop. For the rest of the term we have ahead of us badge-work, hikes, visits, a social and the annual Troop Dance. One can see from this that we have a full programme and by the time the next MAGAZINE is printed the majority of us will be King's Scouts and will be preparing for the activities of the coming summer holidays.
G. M. L.
CONGRATULATIONS to K. G. Jackson, our Troop Leader, and H. Smith, our Q. M., on being awarded the King's Scout badge; also to the Hawk Patrol on being joint winners of the Outdoor Trophy.
This term has seen the appearance of Mr. D. J. Wilson as S.M., which means that the Troop has two scouters again. The high standard attained in the Patrol competition last term has been maintained, although certain people could improve. In spite of " school ping-pong matches " (in which, to quote the July 1943 issue of the MAGAZINE, " the School Ping-Pong XI continued to prosper ") and also an election somewhere or other, attendance at Troop meetings has not been affected. The programme has included pioneering, estimation, and observation; and the Court of Honour is beginning to understand its responsibilities and act accordingly. Several members of the Troop passed the Messenger badge on what must have been one of the wettest and windiest days of the year, which is all to their credit.
Shortly before half-term, cautious mention was made at a Troop meeting of some foul plot against the Troop, known as " Plan X." The efforts and imagination of people in trying to discover the nature of " Plan X " were rather amusing to those who knew what the Plan actually was. The eventual outcome of the Plan was so mild compared with the lurid happenings imagined, that nobody spotted it. Perhaps Plan Z will be discovered.
During half-term, the den received the energetic attentions of several members of the Troop, with the result that it looks very much cleaner than it has done for some time.
This year, our Whitsuntide camp will probably be at Kelham, near Newark, and Summer camp on the Island of Arran in Scotland. The Troop last camped here in 1939, when the weather was superb. We hope that the Clerk of the Weather will again look favourably upon us. Roll on, the summer!
J. R. N.
THE emphasis laid on the patrol as the element of scouting since last summer has met with considerable success. This is especially so with the new patrol, the Beavers, which contains six of the sixteen recruits, all of whom have made good progress since they joined and some of whom have already gained their Second Class.
Congratulations are due to the Squirrel patrol for being joint winners of the Outdoor Trophy with the Hawk patrol of " B " Troop, whose P.L. himself began his scouting days in the Squirrels. The Otter patrol is leading the patrol competition at the end of the first half of this term.
Finally we would like to express our best wishes to "A" Troop who are emerging from a predicament similar to our own five or six years ago.
N. R. F.
THE improved performances shown in the first half of the season have been continued. Chief honours go to the Second Eleven which, under Buchan's captaincy and with Mr. Harper's warm encouragement, has not been defeated (in school matches) through the season. This is particularly pleasing as injuries have led to various team changes and the reserves played have kept up the previous standard.SEASON'S RECORD.
|Ist XI -||26||16||5||5||115||58|
|2nd XI -||9||8||0||1||38||6|
|3rd X1 -||5||2||2||1||14||14|
|Under 15 XI -||10||5||1||4||30||25|
|Under 14 XI -||7||2||2||3||11||1 4|
The main strength of the team has been in defence, but on a number of occasions the forwards have combined well and given a beautiful exhibition of football. The team has not changed very much, although Dickens has been a very reliable reserve when wanted.
FLETCHER (Captain and right-half). Not a little of the team's success this year has been due to the very fine example set by the captain. His own football has improved considerably since last year and he has usually been the outstanding player on the field. His tackling has been most effective and his persistence a model to all. On many occasions his long pass has opened up the game and set the forwards off in a threatening move and on other occasions he has been close enough to shoot or head in himself.
P. J. W.
HADFIELD (Goalkeeper) He has settled down well in goal and has played many good games. His handling is usually clean and his groundwork is extremely good. He must strengthen his kicking, however, and his judgment of long shots could be improved.
NEEDHAM (Right-Back). His speed in covering has pulled the defence out of some awkward situations. His tackling is good and his first time kicking adequate. His main weakness at the moment is his kicking of a dead ball, which needs to be much stronger. He was awarded his colours at the end of the season.
HALLOWS (Left-Back). Hard tackling and accurate clearances with both feet have marked his play during the season. He makes up for his lack of speed with sound positional play, packing the goal well, and deservedly won his colours.
MARRIOTT (Centre-Half). His heading has always been efficient and reliable. His clearing is thoughtful and well carried out, especially his placing to the wings, and he has been awarded his colours. He must learn to cover his colleagues more effectively and to check a tendency to wander from the middle of the field.
HEELEY (Left-Half). After a slow start to the season he steadily improved and is now playing very consistently. He is a stern tackler and has a good understanding with Hallows. Stronger kicking would certainly help him in ball distribution. He has been an efficient secretary.
FENTON (Outside-Right). A speedy winger who never really lived up to his early season's promise. He has the ability to beat a man and centre, but is never happy when the ball is put straight at him. His first-time shooting needs to he much more accurate.
MAYOR (Inside-Right). His ball control and distribution have been on a consistently high level, though he tends at times to overdo his dribbling. A mid-season injury took some of the bite out of his play, but his swerving runs still continue to cut defences open. He might shoot more often. He gained his colours at the end of the season.
BROWN (Centre-Forward). He had a difficult task in replacing Mousley after Christmas. He has now settled down and is finding the net regularly, although he has his share of misses. His shooting needs to be more accurate, especially with his left foot, and he must avoid " bunching " on his inside men.
KEIGHLEY (Inside-Left). He has been the general of the forward line. His game is always well thought out and effective, his through pass being extremely noticeable, and he has an accurate shot in either foot. He tends at times to neglect his defensive duties, and i11-health seems to have weakened his stamina. He was awarded his colours earlier in the season.
STANFIELD (Outside-Left). A fast and bustling winger who improved through the course of the season but who is still inconsistent. He possesses a good left foot, but he must learn to centre more accurately with it. His ball control, especially with his right foot, leaves much to be desired.
P. K. F.
Chesterfield G.S. At Chesterfield, November 23rd. Won 4-0.
The first part of this game was very even and the forwards, not showing much of their form, were lucky to get the first goal, but the second goal was more constructive. The conditions were such that the weak kickers were shown up. After Hadfield had made several good saves it took three corners before the last goal was added.
v. Ackworth School. At Ackworth, November 26th. Won 7-2.
After a lucky first goal, Mousley added two more, but then the game became more even, the School team being slow at getting to the ball. In the second half, Ackworth's scoring seemed to wake the team up and they replied immediately with a shot in the far corner from Brown, and later Mayor was able to make one of his rare scores when the goal-keeper was still dazed from the previous shot.
v. Barnsley G. S. At Barnsley, November 30th. Won 3-1.
After about twenty minutes without any goals, although there were several near efforts, Barnsley opened the score from a long through pass, but the School team soon replied with a goal from the left wing. In the second half the pace was faster. Stanfield seized an opportunity to put across a good centre which was scrambled in and later Mousley gave Fenton a through pass from which he put in a hard shot.
v. City Training College. At Whiteley Woods. December 7th. Lost 4- 6.
For the first few minutes the visitors attacked continuously and the School 2nd XI backs were given plenty to do; gradually the game became more equal and half-time was reached with one goal each. Then three goals were scored one after the other and being a goal down seemed to spur the team on to play better football, but the forwards were not challenging enough and found it difficult to score goals. The bad conditions made it difficult for some players to move the ball any appreciable distance. The defence did not mark quite close enough and consequently lost the lead, although the result was in doubt until the last whistle.
v. R.A.F. Cadet College, Cranwell. At Whiteley Woods, January 14th. Won 3-1.
After the unfortunate mistake of the previous term the School team were pleased to welcome the full Cranwell team to open the new term. A good shot from Mayor seemed to encourage the visitors but there was no further score before half-time. Stanfield's good goal was followed by some scrappy play and then the visitors scored from a faulty clearance, but Brown replied with a shot which was deflected by a defender.
v. Chesterfield G.S. At Whiteley Woods, January 18th. Lost 1-2.
The School's display was very disappointing after their previous form and the forwards particularly did not seem able to combine and really test the visiting goalkeeper. The only goal in the first half was when a corner came straight across the goal-mouth to an unmarked forward. By way of contrast a corner from Stanfield was allowed to go across the goal-line without one of our forwards being able to reach it. In this match there was far too much slack kicking and quite often a clearance from a half-back went direct to an opponent who was able to return it immediately. Keighley scored our only goal but the visitors regained the lead when Hadfield only partly cleared a shot. The School team had most of the attacking in the last part of the game but were unable to score, although at one stage several successive shots were more or less accidentally stopped.
v. Huddersfield Amateurs. At Whiteley Woods, January 21st. Won 9-2.
After a visiting winger had hit the upright with two successive shots, the School team attacked strongly, but the finishing was very weak and the visitors scored two goals due to defensive mistakes. Losing one man through injury the visitors were unable to prevent the School team scoring goal after goal in the second half.
v. 6th Royal Tank Regiment. At Whiteley Woods, January 25th. Won 4-1.
The ground was very hard for this match and the ball had to be watched very closely. In the first half the School team did not open out the game enough, although there were several threatening movements, particularly on the left. It was only in the last part of the match that the team really attacked vigorously. Several corners taken by Keighley down the slope looked dangerous and Marriott scored from one of them. By contrast with the away match the previous term, when School gave two goals away to draw the match, this time two more were added to make victory certain.
v. Woodhouse G.S. At Woodhouse, January 28th. Draw 1-1.
Again the team was attacking for long periods but unable to get the ball in the net. The first goal came after the third attempt to put it in. The defence seemed impregnable when a chance shot went through the goalkeeper's legs as he was unsighted. Keeping up the attack the School team nearly scored from a corner in the last minute.
v. University A. At Norton, February 8th. Draw 4-4.
In the first half the University were quicker on the ball and gained a one goal lead although the best shot was one from Fenton which hit the bar and went across the goal without any forwards able to reach it. The result seemed certain when the University obtained two more goals, but the School team fought back strongly and drew level just before the end. The last few minutes were very vigorous with each side putting every effort into the attack.
v. University A. At Whiteley Woods, February 15th. Won 5--3
For this return match the School team played better, although without Needham and with Williams on the left wing, and despite the soft ground. The start was rather scrappy with the game all on the bottom side, but afterwards it was opened up and three goals were quickly added. One goal illustrated the value of the cross pass as the visitors' defence were expecting an attack down the right wing when the ball was switched across to Keighley who was hardly challenged as the defence were caught " on the wrong foot." After their first goal in the second half the visitors rallied and some half-hearted play by the defence led to the score becoming 4-3. The School team then fought back and obtained another goal to make victory certain.
P. J. W.
v. Ackworth. At Whiteley Woods, February 18th. Won 6-0.
The match started in heavy rain and a strong wind, but conditions soon improved and both sides settled down to some interesting, although not exciting, football, with kicking and heading of the heavy greasy ball generally sound. A weakened School defence was able to hold the slow moving Ackworth front line and gave solid support to its own forwards, who spoilt good approach work by weak finishing. In the second half the School team obtained a more pronounced mid-field supremacy and the ball rarely left the visitors' half of the field. The number of goals scored compared very unfavourably with the number of opportunities missed.
The team has completed a successful season. Since the last report three matches have been played. The side suffered its only defeat against J. B. Crowe's XI, and then by the odd goal in three, the winning goal being rather a remarkable one. It only went to show that a defence should endeavour never to leave an opponent unmarked.
Convincing wins were gained over the Second XIs of Woodhouse and Chesterfield Grammar Schools. Second XI Colours were awarded as follows:
Re-Awards: Stanfield, Dickens, Buchan, Charles, and Bradshaw.
New Awards: Brown, Jones, Beeley, Thornton, Everitt, Williams, Thomas and Adams.
Adams came into the side when May left, and has justified his selection.
Jan. 14. v. J. B. Crowe's XI. Lost 2-1.
Jan. 21. v. Chesterfield G.S. Won 2-0.
Jan. 28. v. Woodhouse G.S. Won 4-2.
Scorers for the season:-Brown 13, May 12, Thornton 3, Williams 3, Buchan 2, Prideaux 2, Dickens 1, Charles 1, Thomas 1.
C. H. H.
Last term's lack of stamina, no doubt due to the sparse fixture list, has been much less evident in the last three matches, and we have had some fine finishes. A. Lewis has been transplanted from goal to centre forward and has proved surprisingly versatile. Gomm has taken his place in goal, and has shown excellent anticipation and speed on some most difficult surfaces. Adsetts and Dow have shared the captaincy efficiently and without fuss. It is hoped that the keenness always shown by the Third XI, both in training and on the field, will be rewarded next season by more fixtures.
|v.||Owler Lane, at home.||Won 3-1.|
|v.||High Storrs, away.||Lost 2-5.|
|v.||High Storrs, at home.||Won 3-2.|
|v.||Owler Lane, away.||Drawn 1-1.|
|v.||A.T.C., at home.||Drawn 5-5.|
W. J. D.
In the second half of the season the team has not been quite so successful. The advent of heavier ground conditions revealed the physical limitations of the attack which found the muddy ball very difficult to move. It was thus forced to adopt a much closer game than before and this was too easily countered by close marking by the opposing team.
The defence found itself extremely over-worked and, though the half-back line continued to play steadily, the backs and goal-keeper were at fault when many goals were scored. Marking at corners was not good and there was a strong tendency to hack the ball away blindly -as often as not, straight to an opponent's feet.
The half-back line and Goddard, at centre-forward, deserve special praise, the latter for his persistence when only weakly supportedas happened all too often. Perhaps the most improved player is Cousins, who patiently acted as twelfth man for most of the season, but struck form this term and has revealed a powerful kick and a very capable head. His size and energy have been a great asset to the side.
|v. Cent. Tech. Schl.||(away)||Lost.||0-4.|
|v. Rotherham G.S.||(home).||Won.||6-3.|
|v. High Storrs G.S.||(home).||Won.||7-3.|
|v. Barnsley G.S.||(away).||Lost.||1-5.|
|v. Ackworth Schl. 2nd XI.||(away).||Won.||2-0.|
|v. Chesterfield G.S.||(home).||Lost.||1-3.|
|v. Ackworth Schl. 2nd XI.||(home).||Won.||7-0.|
|Combined with U-14 XI.|
|v. Southey Green Sec. Schl.||(home).||Drew.||2-2.|
|v. Southey Green Sec. Schl.||(home).||Lost.||2-5.|
D. J. W.
As a result of the bad weather it has been possible to play only two matches since mid-November. One was at Lincoln on one of the wettest afternoons of the season, and the other on an ice-bound pitch at Chesterfield; but the team played well on both occasions.
The defence has been quite reliable throughout the season, but owing to illness and injuries, many changes have been necessary amongst the forwards, and the line has never developed enough striking power.
Results of Games Played.
1949. 26 Nov. v. Lincoln School (away) Drawn 1-1.
1950. 21 Jan. v. Chesterfield G.S. (away) Won 2-1.
J. C. H.
The only matches played this term were the two-for the Under 13 and Under 12 teams -against High Storrs, which had had to be abandoned in November owing to a snowstorm. The replays were in weather almost as bad, but both teams struggled valiantly against the wind and won; the Under 13 XI, rather luckily, by 1-0, so gaining revenge for a narrow defeat at Whiteley Woods, and the Under 12 XI, very convincingly, by 2-0. This is a good team and should do well next year.
This season, for the first time, an experiment with a junior House League has been made, the Second Forms going to Whiteley Woods on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays. There are many obvious advantages-more changing room and a better hot-water supply as well as greater opportunities for youngsters to show their ability in their own age-group, and for coaching. All the games, too, are played on the best pitches available; a very important aid to small boys.
The only apparent disadvantage has been that every house has not been able to select a full team of capable footballers within the limits of its Under 12's. But on the whole the experiment has been successful, though the last match of the competition could not be played. Haddon provided a well-balanced XI and were worthy winners; Chatsworth did well to be second, with a team which was more uneven in quality; Wentworth started the season very well and then weakened; while Welbeck, after a poor first round, did not lose a match in the second half.
H. T. R. T.
OWING to the shortness of the season and bad weather, the term has only had two fixtures, one against D. C. Law's team and the other against our rivals, High Storrs; both matches were won by K.E.S.
The general standard of running has been good, the younger members of the team having come on well to fill the places left open by members of last year's team leaving. The main event of the year, the Northern Public Schools Cross Country, is still before us, but coupling the convincing margins with which the two matches have been won and the promising form of the team, our prospects should be good.
|Seniors||v.||D. C. Law's team||Won 29--51.|
|v.||High Storrs.||Won 27-55.|
|Juniors||v.||High Storrs.||Won 32-46.|
THE annual inter-House championship was held on March 11th at Whiteley Woods. The going was firm and the weather fine, although a Strong wind, blowing down the Porter valley, handicapped the runners on the outward half of the course. The field in the Junior race was slightly below the average of the last few years, but there was a big turn-out of over a hundred in the Senior event.
In the Junior race, Adamson and G. N. Smith went into the lead at the start, and running together pulled away from the rest of the field. With 200 yards to go, they were still level, but here Adamson, finishing strongly, drew away slightly to win an exciting race by two yards. Eleven seconds behind Smith came Higginbotham and Oliver, who dead-heated for third place. The winner's time was 20 mins. 13 2/5 sec.
The big field of seniors got away to a good start, Rothnie, Perrett and Millward being prominent in the early stages. At Porter Clough. Rothnie and Millward were running together in the lead, with Perrett third 20 yards behind. On the homeward half of the course, Rothnie, running very strongly, gradually drew away from Millward to win easily by 70 yards. Two hundred yards from the finish, Needham passed Perrett and gained third place 60 yards behind Millward, beating Perrett by a few yards. Rothnie's time of 26 mins. 21 sec. was an excellent one, in view of the strong wind.
SENIORS. I. N. U. Rothnie (Sh). 2. M. Millward (Sh). 3. R. W. Needham (Ar). 4. J. Perrett (Wel). 5. H. F. Oxer (Wel). 6. G. J. Taylor (Sh).
House Points: I. Welbeck 70. 2. Clumber 101. 3. Arundel 118. 4. Sherwood 157. 5. Lynwood 159. 6. Haddon 184. 7. Wentworth 311. 8. Chatsworth 314.
Juniors. I. W. R. Adamson (Sh). 2. G. N. Smith (Wel). 3. A. Higginbotham (At) and T. Oliver (Lyn). 5. E. D. Powell (H). 6. P. W. Lomas (Wel).
House Points: Welbeck 78. 2. Lynwood I08.5. 3. Sherwood 129. 4. Clumber 138. 5. Arundel 150.5 6. Haddon 213. 7. Wentworth 290. 8. Chatsworth 308.
W. L. E. W.
THE school team suffered considerable loss at the end of last season when Parnham, the Champion Swimmer, and Sussams, our Swimming Captain, left. We now have several promising young swimmers who with hard training should soon take their places in the team and remedy this deficiency. To retain the team's unbroken record in the coming season, hard training is essential and so the swimmers of the School have revived the somewhat flagging " Speed Club " which meets every Thursday evening and Saturday morning. We look forward to next season's fixtures with confidence.
The House 2nd Team Water Polo league was won by Arundel and a Knock-out competition is now in progress. An effort should be made to improve the standard of 2nd team polo; this is the duty of House swimming captains.
The Games Committee has approved several alterations in the Swimming Sports, designed to test the proficient swimmer in every type of swimming and to make the Sports more interesting on the day.
R. B. B.
|Pld. Won Dm. Lst.||GoatsFor Agst||Pts.|
|Under 14 XIs.|
Up to the time of writing, the House has had quite a successful term. The Football 2nd XI is to be congratulated on winning their League in a close finish against Clumber. The Under 14 XI has also done well to finish in second place to Welbeck. The 1st XI played very well to get through the first round of the Knock-out, and were very unfortunate to lose 3-2 to Lynwood, the eventual winners, in the second round. In the 1st XI League, however, the scores have not always been justified by the performances, with the result that the XI finished in 6th place. However, strengthened next year by members from the 2nd and Under 14, we look to the 1st to regain their rightful place in the League. The Second Form team has not done too well but recent encouraging results against the top teams in the League suggest that next year's Under 14 XI will be successful once more. In the Swimming world the 2nd team has also finished top of the League, remaining undefeated. Looking to the future we have the Standard Sports, Cross Country and Athletic Sports before us and if every member of the House plays his part, our run of success will continue. At the end of last term, L. May left us, and we take this opportunity to wish him a rather belated farewell and to wish him success in his W.O.S.B. interview.
A House Social was held at the end of last term, and it was a great success. It was organized by B. Buckroyd and some of the senior members of the House. The football season has been completed and the results are rather disappointing, both 1st and 2nd XI's having had a poor season. The Knock-out XI fought against heavy odds and it seemed that with some luck the league position might have improved. The football of the Under 14 XI and the Second Form XI has been quite good, with Keeling, Thomas and Wray deserving mention for some fine games. Swimming has not yet begun and Cross-Country practices are only just starting. The House has not yet had a chance to compete in the Standard Sports, but if every member of the House pulls his weight and aims at obtaining three standards, then we shall put up a good performance. The House wishes M. J. de Belin every success as Athletics Captain in the coming season. Finally, the House congratulates B. Buckroyd on being awarded an Exhibition at Clare College, Cambridge, and it is with regret that we lose a most enthusiastic House Captain. G. M. J. Fenton has been appointed House Captain and C. G. Smith Vice-Captain.
The end of the football season sees the House with quite a good record. The 1st XI remained unbeaten until the last game of the season, when, weakened by injuries, the team lost to Haddon in a thrilling game. It was unfortunate that a 100 per cent. record could not be maintained, but all members are to be congratulated on a fine run. We failed to achieve the " double," being beaten in the Knock-out final by Lynwood. The 2nd XI also did well, being second to Arundel in the closest finish in any of the leagues. The Under 14 XI unfortunately has not been successful, but this disappointment has been offset by the promise of the Second Form team who finished third in their League. The House activities have included a House Social for senior boys, in which ice cream, a treasure hunt and pirates played a prominent part. An innovation has been the introduction of a harmonium into the House meetings. Now that Athletics and Cross Country running are with us again, we must see to it that Clumber retain the House Trophy and gain the Standard Sports Trophy. The House has the talent; it only remains for enthusiasm on the part of all members to make the result certain. Finally, Marriott, the House football captain, is to be congratulated on being awarded School 1st XI Colours.
The outstanding event of the term for the younger boys has been the innovation of a House Social. We thank all those elder members who contributed towards its success, especially H. G. Beeley and G. M. Law. The Football XI's have all had some measure of success. The 1st XI, who won only one match last term, have been the most successful, winning five of their matches, including a victory by 10-6 over the League champions, Clumber, thus avenging their League and Knock-out defeats at Clumber's hands last term. The Second Form team dropped its first two points this term, but in twelve matches has not been beaten. We congratulate them on a very fine performance. Under the enthusiastic leadership of W. Ferguson, the 2nd XI has done moderately well, and both they and the Under 14 XI have finished in the modest position of fifth. The trouble in the Under 14 XI is a weakness in front of goal; the defence is very sound and there is material here for a good 1st XI in a few years. In Water Polo the House 2nd team has finished at the foot of the League, but two members of the House, Ferguson and Law, have played for the School. Congratulations are due also to Williams and Beeley on the award of their School 2nd XI Colours, and to Beeley again on his appointment as House Athletics Captain. Finally, we congratulate Keighley, who succeeds Mousley as House Captain and School Prefect, and wish him luck in his new post.
Last term, rounded off by the House Social, ended on a note of enthusiasm with the resounding success of our Knock-out team in the final by 6-2. Strong defensive play, combined with successful onslaughts on the Clumber goal to bring us a worthy victory. The XI rose to the occasion splendidly; team-work combined with individual play in a most notable fashion. Everybody played his part, but none will begrudge special plaudits to our goalkeeper, Gomm, to left-half Peterken, and to all five members of our hard-shooting forward line. Returning to the comparatively placid level of the League championships, our teams have not had any marked success. The 1st XI consolidated its position as runner-up-a blend of a few younger players with the " old hands " resulted in a most effective combination, well led by Charles. J. R. Nutter's 2nd XI, has no right to be 4th; there is the ability present to be much higher. Certain members showed a distinct lack of determination and this must be remedied. In the same way the Under 14 XI which finished 4th has sufficient talent to be in a much better position; defensive slips have cost many valuable points. The Second Form team, in which Wright and Downes are dominant members, has still not struck winning form. We were pleased to see Adams, Allen, Laycock, and Oliver in the School Cross Country team; if everyone pulls his weight the junior section of the House at least should have considerable success in the Cross Country and the Athletic Sports. Finally we congratulate Mayor on being awarded his School 1st XI Football Colours, and Charles and Adams on receiving their 2nd XI Colours.
Despite the strenuous efforts of veteran players, Marshall, Millward, Lewis and Glenn, the 1st XI has not shown its best form. Several matches have been lost by the odd goal, as the forwards, mainly due to lack of weight, were not able to get the goal that mattered. Improved play by the 2nd XI has placed them higher in the League than was anticipated at the beginning of the season. Their series of comfortable wins at the end of the season shows that for next season there should be players of worth to replace those in the 1st XI who are leaving. General apathy still persists in the Under 14 XI. They have still to realise that matches cannot be won by the individual brilliance of two or three, but by a real application to the game by everybody. A concerted effort will be needed to win the Standard Sports, although we are favourably placed at the moment. Those who are not good athletes should not give up hope, but make a determined effort. Our hopes for the Athletic and Swimming Sports are perhaps not as bright as last year. Nevertheless, with athletes of the ability of Millward and G. J. Taylor, supported by the rest of the House, we should put up a good performance. Tummon is our white hope for the swimming events, but full encouragement will be given to promising youngsters.
Pride of place must go to our Under 14 XI. Undoubtedly they are a good all-round side, and through not losing a match have brought a much welcomed Cup into Welbeck's almost bare cupboard. Congratulations. The 1st XI kept up its good standard of football and at the end of the season finished third. The 2nd XI improved towards the end of the competition, but could only manage to finish sixth. At the end of the Second Form League competition, Welbeck took fourth place after a rather disappointing start and have promising players in Nott and Youle. The 2nd VII Water Polo team, ending second in the table, were not quite good enough to displace the winners, Arundel. Congratulations to Rothnie, Oxer, Perrett and Hydes on being among the first 16 home in the School Cross Country match with High Storrs; also to Smith, Tebbet and Nuttall, who were among the first 10 home in the junior match. With this in mind we can look forward to a very successful Athletics season, and the addition of another cup or two. We were very sorry to hear of the recurrence of Haxton's illness, and wish him a speedy recovery.
At the end of last term we said goodbye to Prideaux, Skinner and Sussams, three members who played a very energetic part in House activities. Sussams, whose services in swimming will be hard to replace,_ won an Exhibition at Caius College, Cambridge, in December. This award, together with the Exhibition at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, won by Garlick, fulfilled the hopes we had expressed of further scholastic success for the House. We were pleased to welcome Bingham back to school; he was much missed in the House 1st XI. On the football field none of the elevens has distinguished itself. Our main hope is that the experience gained by the young players will be put to good effect next season, particularly by the Second Form team, which contains some promising players. The House Social, for all in the Vth form and below, was well supported and " a good time was had by all." In the Standard Sports the average performer has his chance, and we feel sure that everyone will back up the Athletics captain, Heeley, by giving his maximum efforts. The 2nd League Water Polo Knock-out Competition has started, and Fairest, the Swimming captain, has set the team an excellent example; his enthusiastic attendance at practices merits their full support. We approach the 1st XI League Water Polo season with confidence. Hallows is to be congratulated on his appointment as a School Prefect.
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