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WE welcome to the Staff this term Mr. C. S. Auger, B.Sc., Bristol, Mr. D. Collins, B.A. Cantab., Mr. J. Sinclair, M.A. Oxon., and Mr. A. W. Surguy, D.L.C.
We regret that Mr. J. Kiely will be leaving us at the end of this term, but congratulate him on his appointment as Second Mathematics Master at Wintringham Grammar School, Grimsby.
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Mr. Harvey was a member of a team of classical teachers who formed the English delegation to an Anglo-German Conference of Teachers of Classics at Gottingen in the first week of October.
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The Final Assembly at the end of last term was made a more formal occasion than heretofore. Parents of boys leaving were invited to be present, and the Cups and Medals were presented by the Chairman of the Governors.
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The annual Armistice Day Service was held on Friday, November 9th, when the address was given by the Rev. Brian S. O'Gorman. The Roll of Honour was read before the two-minutes' silence, and the proceedings ended with the usual observances at the War Memorial.
Prefects and Officers for this year: D. A. Charles (Head Prefect), I. H. Jones (Second Prefect), F. A. J. Dunn, R. Butler (Captain of Football), J. A. Bennett (Captain of Swimming), E. Bailey, D. B. Sanders, M. H. Thornton (Captain of Cricket), R. B. Gregory (Captain of Athletics), J. A. Glenn, D. W. S. Beynon (Football Secretary), J. M. Hiles. A. S. Leeson is Captain of Tennis.
Sub-prefects are: J. M. F. Drake (Cricket Secretary), P. S. Hollingworth, K. W. Patchett, M. A. R. Johnson, D. M. Turner, J. Weston, A. V. Vincent.
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State Scholarships have been awarded on last summer's General Certificate Examinations to T. Wilson, P. L. Scowcroft, J. M. Hiles, F. Ogden, P. D. Robinson, D. N. Samuels.
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M. A. R. Johnson and D. B. Sanders were awarded Outward Bound Scholarships by the Sheffield Education Committee. Johnson attended the Mountain School in Eskdale, and Sanders the Sea School at Aberdovey, during the summer holidays. P. M. Turner won the Sheffield Senior French section Prize in the Yorkshire Modern Language Association's Spoken Word " competition.
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Owing to the date of the General Election, it was found impossible to hold Speech Day, as intended, on October 23rd, and the date was advanced to November 27th. A full report of the function will appear in next term's Magazine.
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Other forthcoming events for this term are The School Concert, December 6th, at 7.30 p.m.; and the Carol Service, December 13th, at 7.30 p.m. at St. John's Church, Ranmoor. The Dramatic Society will present J. B. Priestley's Desert Highway on February 14th, 15th, 16th, 1952.
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The Prefects' Dance will be on December 20th. The Old Edwardians Association Annual Ball takes place at the Cutlers' Hall on January 2nd, 1952.
Two new Cups have been presented for competition in swimming. One, the gift of Lady Brown, who presented the trophies at the Swimming Sports last term, will be awarded for the Quarter Mile Championship; the other, given by R. B. Bradshaw, Swimming Captain of 1950-51, for the Junior Champion Swimmer. We are much indebted to the donors for these presentations.
A party of boys under the direction of Mr. Kopcke visited the South Bank Exhibition on September 22nd, and found time also for a brief visit to the Science Museum at South Kensington -a strenuous but instructive journey of nearly twenty-four hours.
THE School German department now has a connection with the Kreuzgasse Gymnasium, a Grammar School in Cologne. At first, exchanges of magazines and newspapers took place and pen friends were arranged. Later, through the co-operation of Mr. Oppenheimer and the English teacher in Cologne, it was made possible for anyone from our school to visit a family in Germany. Our holiday in Cologne lasted one month, and then we invited our hosts back to England for a similar period.
Cologne, best known to most people through the famous " Eau de Cologne," is a little larger than Sheffield. With a population of 770,000 before the war, and reduced to 18,000 at the height of the bombing, it now has 550,000 inhabitants. We found that the city itself is very badly damaged, and, apart from the 525 ft. high landmark of Cologne Cathedral, most of the beautiful architecture of pre-war days has disappeared.
In 1950 Cologne held its 1900 years celebration, haying been founded by the Romans. We were shown evidence of a Roman wall, and a marvellous mosaic discovered intact when digging for underground shelters in 1941.
The swift-flowing Rhine, up which coal barges from the Ruhr are continually passing, is crossed by five bridges, and traffic passes through to Bonn, the new capital of Western Germany, twenty kilometres away. Here too is the birth-place of Beethoven. Further up the Rhine is the Siebengebirge, a range of mountains including the vine-clad Drachenfels, said to be the most frequented mountain in the world, and famous for its legend of Siegfried and the dragon.
We noticed that almost everything is dear. Most things cost about twice as much as in England, but coffee costs £1 per lb. and tea £2 per lb. Rationing has now been completely abolished, but the buying of all commodities is restricted by their price. The car situation is, however, better than in England. Immediate delivery awaits the would-be car purchaser, except in the case of the state-sponsored Volkswagen-by far the most popular car-for which one year's wait is necessary. The cheapest Volkswagen costs £300, which is considerably cheaper than any English car of the same quality. Near Cologne are to be seen the beginnings of Hitler's famous Autobahns. Driving along these seemed to us like entering a future age in motoring.
We visited the Kreuzgasse Gymnasium and realized that a German Grammar School is considerably different from an English one. School is attended for only half the day-from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.-with three to four hours homework. Books are not free, but grants are made in special cases. No examinations are thrust upon the candidate till on the point of leaving for a university. Then his knowledge of any four subjects out of a possible sixteen is tested, without his knowing beforehand which four may be sprung upon him. Specialisation as in our schools is not to be found in Germany. Subjects of preference are allotted a little more time than the rest. A system called Arbeitsgemeinschaften has been instituted, by which some of the time in school hours is devoted to any chosen subjects of topical interest off the ordinary syllabus.
The German people are as industrious as ever. We saw them working long hours, and rebuilding is progressing much faster than it is here. It stands need to, for 30,000 people in Cologne still live in cellars, shelters, allotment huts, or houses minus a wall or two.
In our conversation we discovered that before all else the Germans fear another war, and, being in their position, many feel that their country has no future. If it were possible to reach agreement on some constructive plan for the unification of Germany, and the Germans continued to reconstruct at the present rate without mishap or war, prosperity and a confident future would lie before them. This, however, remains to be seen.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and it is hoped that such exchanges will benefit more scholars from King Edward VII School studying German in the years that lie ahead.
M. J. OTTER.
A TWENTY-MINUTE bus ride through barren, coal-spattered mountain and valley scenery, brought us to the outskirts of Aberavon and within sight of the Margam Abbey steel works, the largest in Great Britain.
At first this presents a rather puzzling picture and is something of an enigma. To approach the works, as we did, from the north-east, leaves no doubt in one's mind as to what it really is. To view it from a more southerly position though, is to give place to the doubts which at once spring to mind, for this mass of red brick and grey asbestos sheeting then allows much scope for individual thought and conjecture. Perhaps it is not a steelworks at all. Perhaps a giant cinema or the back of an outsize football stand. Possibly even, as I at once thought, a twentieth-century Roman Coliseum.
However, we now transferred ourselves to a friend's car and continued our journey in a rather more luxurious and comfortable manner than w e had hitherto enjoyed.
To sight the Abbey, as it is locally called, is one thing; to reach it another. One would have thought the simplest thing to do would have been to set a rough course and then weave our way to our objective through any favourable thoroughfare which presented itself. But no, it took a dreary ten minute cruise through grimy urban streets, round mysterious corners, out into pleasant residential areas, round more corners and into still grimier streets than before, to bring us to the gateway of the works.
A rather official-looking card, flourished for a second beneath the nose of a little dark man doing his best to appear important as he emerged from the interior of a wooden hut, was sufficient to secure for us an entry into the Abbey.
At first one is overwhelmed by the modern appearance of everything. A straight tarred road runs parallel to the sea and between two seemingly endless rows of mills, foundries and offices. This road has the effect of visually transforming the entire place into some carefully planned town of the future. Bus-stops have been placed along this main thoroughfare for the use of the many workers who travel every day from the surrounding hills and vales to this comparatively new hub of the British steel industry.
All the time we are aware of the busy atmosphere about us. Gaily painted jeeps seem to run wild about the place. Lorries are continually bringing in loads of bricks for the construction of certain offices which are yet incomplete. Gigantic diesel engines with a rather transatlantic appearance heave fifty or sixty truckloads of iron ore at a time up from the Port Talbot docks. Above all, we are conscious of the roar of the works itself. Deafening hissing, banging and lashing sounds follow us continually around wherever we go.
It is then something of a pleasure to wander down to the far end of that long black road, and to hear this din fading away behind you.
At the far eastern end of this lengthy drive, the sound-effects of British industry gradually give way to the more pleasing ones of breaking waves and rolling surf. Here you can turn your back on the Abbey, and gaze southward upon golden sand-dunes beyond which lies the great expanse of water which is the Bristol Channel. Here too one can look westward at the long stretch of coastline which gradually curves round to Mumbles Point with its stately light-house acting as a landmark by both day and night. Looking east, though, our view is abruptly blocked by a projecting headland which hides from us the grim industrial scene of Cardiff and Barry.
Soon I turned and strolled back up that long stretch of tar to the car park. We slowly worked our way back through the narrow streets to the centre of the town where our view of the Abbey was temporarily obscured. After again changing from our friend's car to a bus, that magnificent feat of modern planning and construction was again revealed to us as we climbed the hillside out of Aberavon. Just as we reached the summit I glanced back and breathed deeply; so that was Margam.
M. E. M. DAVIES.
THE intention was to reach Newport (Salop.) and there undergo an exhaustive five-day course in the diverse arts of Britain's national sport. Having discussed various wildly impossible means of transport, including the use of an equine quadruped which, to judge by its nomenclature was the property of a certain Mr. Shank, we decided that Tom's father should have the honour of conveying us to our destination by means of the family bus.
In spite of having arrived home at midnight the night before, after driving for over 150 miles, our benefactor nobly resisted the temptation to snooze at the wheel on this occasion and avoided the odd accident with consummate, though unconscious skill. Thus safely arrived we discovered our place of abode to be a stately mansion, set in extensive grounds and possessed, so far as we could see, of " n " rooms. We were relieved of our ration books and maintenance fees and presented with a label, which we were instructed to pin to our lapel, which announced to all and sundry our names and origin, and gave the whole place the sophisticatedly convivial atmosphere of a Sunday-school outing.
The football part did not start until next day, when, after a breakfast at which everyone was singularly polite and friendly, we were given a talk on the nature of the things which we were going to do during the week, introduced to the coaching staff and given a general picture of the whole establishment. Then the training really got under way, and we soon realised that we were to work extremely hard during our short stay.
The training consisted of about four hours practical, i.e., on the football field, each day, in three spells, with two talks or discussions at the beginning and end of each afternoon. The boys attending the course numbered about sixty, and were drawn from all parts of the country. Schools represented included Charterhouse, Repton, Lincoln, Peter Symond's School, Winchester, King's School, Ely, Malvern College and Wellingborough. Throughout the whole of the course the atmosphere was extremely pleasant and everybody joined in the activities with a will-that is until Wednesday. By that time we had undergone two full days of hard training, after having done none since the previous season. Small wonder, then, that great reluctance, indeed, great difficulty, was experienced in getting out of bed that morning. The dining-hall was full of creaks and groans as people got up and sat down, and on the field, anybody who displayed any energy was regarded with amazement.
However, the crisis was survived by everybody, and Thursday morning presented a brighter picture. By now we were beginning to feel really fit, and the lethargy of the previous day had disappeared. A few aches and pains still existed, but we were in a condition to dismiss them.
That night we held a final "get-together" in one of the sumptuous lounges which the place possessed. Everyone attended, including seven or eight adults who had been at the same place taking a tennis course, and, naturally, the F.A. staff. George Hinsley, the well-known professional footballer, proved to be a highly gifted impersonator and comedian and it was he who kept the party going. Then there was the irresistible Mr. Witty, with his inexhaustible fund of stories from the inside of Soccer, which he never tired of telling and which never failed to get a good reception. Mr. Saver, a Cambridge Soccer " blue " was the pianist, and Bill Park and Jimmy Frew, who used to play for Scotland, were ever ready to give a hand with the entertainment. However, the highlight of the evening was the turn by George and Alf. I have not mentioned this irrepressible duo before, and vet they were always to be seen and heard as the centre of attraction throughout the whole week. They came from Blackburn, and spoke with a delightful Lancashire accent. It was George and Alf who were always first for seconds: it was George who put Alf's pyjamas on the tallest chimney on the most inaccessible part of the roof; they who led the expedition round the grounds at midnight to visit such places a s the " Czar's tomb " and " Ghost Walk ": it was they who led the raid from the outbuildings, where they slept, against their friends and rivals from Bury in the main building and it was George and Alf who on Thursday night set the party alight with their superb demonstration of the Charleston, followed by an exquisite rendering from Alf, amid gales of laughter, of " Tootsy-tootsy, Good-Bye
The evening ended up with " Auld Lang Syne " and our stay was almost over. However, on the Friday morning we finished off a week of football with a game between two selected elevens from the North and the South. I regret to chronicle that North lost by a score which I have found it convenient to forget, but we went away satisfied with having seen a good, hard game in which football was played of a standard we would have thought impossible when we arrived.
Thus ended a most enjoyable week, and we returned to school a few days later improved in body and spirit and with a standard of football to live up to which we hope will do ourselves and the teams a great deal of good.
An important event this term has been the founding of two Music Clubs, Senior and Junior, with the aim of promoting musical activities such as live concerts, gramophone recitals, discussions and talks, during lunch hours. Under their respective Presidents, I. H. Jones and I. Eaglesfield, the two committees of activity organisers have made a very good start. It is hoped that all who can do anything musical will come forward and assist in keeping a varied programme going. Audiences have been good, both in numbers and behaviour, though the Junior events have attracted rather larger audiences than the Senior, so far.
The autumn term is always the formative one where the choir is concerned, and there are signs that this year's choir will in no way lag behind its predecessors. The trebles, with last year's veterans in the lead and with a promising new intake, are good, and the altos perhaps the best we have had. The tenor and bass lines will need some reinforcement for next term's oratorio. For the Concert, work has been on Sir George Dyson's Three Songs of Praise, and Brahms' " Kew Love-Song " Waltzes (for which the piano duet accompaniment will be supplied by Kirkham and P. Woodhead). A Madrigal Group has also been formed and will provide items in the programme, while its tenors and basses will also sing some " male-voice " trios. Carols are also under rehearsal for the Service which will this year be held at St. John's, Ranmoor.
The Orchestra, unfortunately precluded from Speech Day for considerations of space, has been preparing part of Haydn's Symphony -No. 97 in C and Handel's Bb Organ Concerto, with the accompaniments of Dyson's Songs of Praise and other items for the Concert. We welcome to the violins J. L. Madden, J. B. Bridgman, R. Booth, R. Peck, B. Snelson; and P. Woodhead to the violas, bringing their total up to four, and D. A. Elliott on the drums in place of F. D. Kirkham who takes over the difficult task of Continuo. We look forward to further additions from the String Classes and those who have school wind instruments on loan. Two bassoons remain to be allotted, and await two volunteers with large lungs and long fingers.
This term, with the assistance of D. G. Bullard, J. M. Proctor and J. Weston, we have very nearly completed re-cataloguing the books according to the Dewey Decimal System, with which many- boys are familiar in the Public Libraries. Borrowers should remember to replace the books and magazines in their correct positions when they have finished perusing them.
Additions have been made to the collected edition of G. B. Shaw's plays, and new acquisitions include the Oxford Atlas, W. S. Churchill's The Hinge of Fate, The Oxford Junior Encyclopaedia, Volume IV. (Communications) and Keesing's Contemporary Archives.
Among those who presented books to the library are G. M. MacBeth, J. Hazel, P. D. Robinson. J. C. F. Fair, N. R. Frith, P. L. Scowcroft, P. K. Everitt, J. R. Allen, J. Palentine, I. J. G. Marshall, P. M. Turner, G. Riches and D. H. B. Andrews. To these we are grateful. It cannot be too strongly emphasized that boys who wish, on leaving, to show their appreciation of the School can do so in no better way than by presenting books to the library.
Thanks are due to the following for their services as librarians:-R. B. Gregory (deputy-librarian), J. A. Bower, D. G. Bullard, J. P. M. Clinton, J. M. Davis, D. R. Dickinson, P. B. Duckworth, T. Gillatt, C. Gillott, G. Heathcote, F. Ogden, J. M. Proctor, A. Richmond, J. E. Smith, B. A. Sparkes, N. H. Taylor, A. V. Vincent, J. Weston, R. E. Whittaker.
The present state of world tension has been the theme for this term, and the subject has been viewed from many angles by a series of well informed speakers, for whose presence we must largely thank our President, Mr. G. J. Cumming. Mr. Fraser opened the term with an account of the Quaker Delegation's visit to the Soviet Union, based on official reports and Press articles. His plea was for a more positively Christian attitude in this matter of East-West relationships.
The group was very glad to see MacBeth next, with an excellent account of his visit to U.S.A., delivered in his inimitable style. He found the Americas suspicious of their politicians, open in their condemnation of Mr. Truman, and most disturbed by the lavish way that the British were spending American money.
Duckworth showed a keen grasp of the situation in his " Persian Oil Crisis," and after a brief historical outline he pointed out that if the British did not exploit Persian oil, the Russians would; for the Persians, still feudally governed, were quite incapable of the task.
At this juncture it was decided to elect the committee, which consists of Gregory as Chairman, Drake as Secretary, and Butler, while Mr. G. J. Cumming was unanimously returned to the Presidency. This was followed by our old friends, Walker and Andrews, who recounted their recent most interesting " Continental Peregrinations" to Switzerland and Spain, respectively.
We were indeed fortunate in having Miss Edith Freeman give her " Alternative to the Cold War," which she outlined as a campaign against poverty on a grand scale, to be started by the Western Powers; and which Russia would join when she saw that we earnestly wished for peace. Most members pointed out practical difficulties, not least of which are the unpredictability of the Russian Government and the flourishing of Communism on " empty bellies." We must thank Miss Freeman for sparing so much of her valuable time.
Close on eighty electors attended the Mock Election, and the large lecture room rocked with lusty cheers when Butler spoke first for the Labour Party. He dwelt largely on the party's achievements in nationalisation, ignoring all cries of " Policy? " It was obvious that the Communist, Vaughan, had not the support of the house, but he bore bravely the derision of his many opponents, pointing out that the real issue at stake was the peace of the world. Canham represented the Conservative Party, and had a large following, although his speech consisted largely of anecdotes and pauses for applause. He did, however, assure a questioner that the Brewing Industry would not be nationalised. Round spoke last and trumpet-voiced declared his own version of Liberalism-irrespective of both applause and counter-applause. This was twentieth-century Liberalism indeed -no mention of laissez-faire or peace on earth, but an outright banishment of the Communist Party, which was not well received. In the poll, the group, to some extent, anticipated the counting with Canham (Conservative) receiving 40 votes, Butler (Labour), 19; Round (Liberal), 16, and Vaughan (Communist), 4.
" The Background to the Egyptian Crisis " was the title of Commander Long's talk. He worked intelligently into the subject with a historical outline of events and an insight into Egyptian character-he has no moral aversion to dishonesty or corruption, and the more extravagant his King, the more he is respectedwhich makes the situation easier to understand.
Mr. Peter Freeman gave us a first hand account of his impressions of Russia. In three weeks he said he could see little, but what he did see and hear was most amazing. Russia boasts a larger percentage per head of the population of:-University places, hospital beds, youths at technical colleges, general practitioners, and so on. Progress is being made in other fields too; vast rivers are to be turned across deserts and price cuts are enforced each year and yet two thirds of the country are peasants. Could it be that Mr. Freeman did not see and hear everything?
Finally we must thank our able Chairman, who has so eloquently introduced our speakers and added interest to the discussions with his own unique and mature opinion. Some members of the group will again attend the New Year C.E.W.C. Conference at Westminster, which was so very much enjoyed last year.
On 12th October, following the first meeting at which the term's programme was discussed and the new officers elected, J. M. Hiles introduced the " Epistles to the Philippians," explaining what Paul's motives were in writing the Epistle, and telling us something about the people to whom he wrote it.
The 13th and 14th October saw five of our company in residence at the Hollowford Hostel, Castleton, attending a conference for representatives from the Sheffield Grammar Schools. The outcome of this week-end was that all the branches of the S.C.M. in Sheffield Schools agreed to adopt one course of study, in preparation for the Sheffield Easter Conference, under the general title of: " The Interpretation of the Bible in the Twentieth Century," taking as sub-titles various out-dated or misunderstood terms of the Christian Religion, such as “Heaven," " Kingdom of God," " the Christ."
In accordance with this suggestion, our next two meetings dealt with the wide subject of " Miracles." On 23rd October, M. J. Ecclestone spoke on the miracles of the Old Testament, and the following Tuesday, D. H. Thorpe spoke on those of the New Testament. Lively discussion followed both these meetings, at which many problems were raised, and various definitions of the term " miracle " were suggested, none, however, being found concrete enough for general acceptance.
At our next meeting (at Abbeydale) the combined Sheffield Schools Groups heard the Rev. J. H. Paine, Vicar of Ranmoor, speak on " Sin "-an interesting and thorough analysis of a most difficult subject.
The remaining meetings this term include a showing of the film " God of the Atom " at Nether Edge, and a combined meeting at this school to discuss the terms " Heaven and Hell."
Finally, a word to all Fifth and Sixth Formers. The S.C.M. at this school is not a pious huddle, but is a vigorous group-perhaps with a little too much vigour at times-which desires to have a better understanding of the Christian Faith.
The programme this term is lighter than usual; the approaching Scholarship examinations have a prior claim on the attention of our senior members. This has not however affected the quality of the three meetings held so far.
Lamb and Otter gave a thorough introduction to a discussion on " Germany To-day." It was apparent that they had not wasted their time abroad. Kitson gave a well pointed lecture on the German Novelle, tracing its development from its origins in Boccaccio's Decameron to its peak in Keller, and its subsequent decline. Charles introduced very ably a discussion on Moliere. We agreed that Moliere's plays are still relevant today, and are very good reading.
Weston is to give a talk entitled " Stendhal. portrait of an egotist." towards the end of the term. P.M.T.
The programme for this term has consisted of four lectures so far with another one to come. The first was by Mr. H. S. Peiser of Hadfield's Research Laboratories and was entitled " Hot Atoms." The lecture was about the properties and uses of radioactive, especially in industry. Mr. Peiser was assisted in the experimental demonstrations by B. Newboult, who is an ex-member of the Society.
At the second meeting, we had two short lectures by members of the Sixth. The first was on the " Cyclotron " by J. M. Hiles, and the second by M. C. M. Roedel on " Magnetic Tape Recording "; the latter was illustrated by having the lecture pre-recorded and played back over the lecturer's own machine. Both these lectures were very interesting and we hope to have some more by members of the Sixth.
Dr. I. Maclntyre gave the fourth lecture on " Bio-chemistry and its applications in medicine." Dr. Maclntyre is a research worker at Sheffield Royal Infirmary and so was able to provide numerous examples and to give informed opinions on the relative values of new drugs. The questions following were particularly interesting.
The final lecture will be on the " History of Coke-Making," and is to be given by Dr. R. A. Mott. of the Midland Coke Research Association.
During this last term, the Society has been fully recognised as a school body. We are extremely fortunate in having such an enthusiastic president as Mr. E. L. Vernon, and fully realise our debt of gratitude to Mr. Bramall for his kind co-operation in allowing us the use of one of the scientific storerooms. In the course of the term, the Society has increased considerably in numbers, but it still needs more support, especially from the upper school. This term, up to the time of writing, we have had three main meetings. Two have taken the form of demonstrations by the president, and on November 9th a visit to the Sheffield Photographic Society's Annual Exhibition was arranged.
Prospective members may like to know that facilities for developing, printing and enlarging are available during the lunch hour and also after school. Membership of the society is open to any boy above the third form. Any person wishing to become a member should see either the president, Mr. Vernon, or the secretary, J. A. Hunt.
The season opened with an interesting and quite successful experiment in the form of a gramophone recital. Two lunch-hour concerts have been given by members of the school, including Rutter, Drake, Tiddy (singers), Fisher and Harvey (clarinets), Mills (violin), Kirkham, Woodhead (piano), Jones (organ). A talk on " Music-popular and not so popular," broke new ground and provoked an interesting discussion which was enlivened by the participation of a considerable part of the audience. As yet, however, most of the events have lacked support, but it is hoped that this will be remedied in the future.
The Junior Music Club met on September 4th to elect officers to form a committee for the purpose of arranging lunch-hour concerts for the Junior School. This has proved to be rather awkward because there is only one dinner hour (Wednesday) when the whole of the Junior School is together. Nevertheless we have managed with concerts on Wednesdays and committee meetings on Thursdays. In these concerts, Beckett, McKee and Bomber have sung, Madden and Snelson have played violins, Catchpole the viola, Skelton the flute, and Egglesfield the piano. Also we have been given two gramophone concerts by Pritchard, one on the Enigma Variations, and the other of recordings made by the school choir and orchestra.
The attendance at our weekly meetings has been more encouraging this term. We have about 25 members to date-all too small for a school like this. Less than half of these are from the Fifth and Sixth Forms, and we hope to increase this number so as to have a good choice for teams to play other Clubs. We have had a match against the University in which the score 1-7 was heavily against us and we have a return match to be played later this term.
The club began the season with the record-breaking total of thirty members, and would like to increase this number to thirty-two if possible, to facilitate the running of a tournament next term.
After half term, a " Badminton Ladder " based on a challenge system was introduced. This has proved a great success, and in time it should considerably raise the general standard of play. It is yet too early to give the leading positions, although we expect Bailey to keep himself ad summum.
The School team, led by Bailey, has played two matches, but has not yet met with any notable success. The first match, against Woodthorpe Youth Club was lost 6-0. The team found themselves on a full size court and against superior opposition, only Rippon and Bailey came near to victory. However, some benefit was gained from the encounter and we hope to do better when we next meet.
Against the Staff, in -November, the team lost 6-3, but this was not as heavy a defeat as the result suggests, the match being undecided until the next to the last game. Vincent and Turner were the team's most successful pair, winning two out of their three games, whilst the stumbling block for the team proved to be Messrs. Harrison and Hemming, who did not concede a game.
Next term we look forward to three more matches, the continuation of the " ladder," and a tournament.
" Good Harbour " is to be found nine thousand miles from Great Britain-it is a Chinese synonym for the Colony of Hong Kong, 279 square miles of British-administered soil. It was here, one warm morning, several months ago, that I found myself, upon disembarking from a troopship, stepping into a most picturesque and interesting corner of the British Empire; composed of an island, Victoria, lying one mile off a large Peninsula, Kowloon, whilst a stretch of rugged country, the New Territories, borders Communist China.
Victoria Island was occupied by the British in 1841, their nearest European neighbours being on the small Portuguese colony of Macao, established in 1681, 40 miles to the west, in the Pearl River estuary. A treaty signed at Peking with China in 1898, leased the mainland strip of Kowloon and the New Territories to Great Britain for 99 years. When the first Britons landed on the barren Victoria Island, little did they imagine that its humble population of two hundred would swell into a mighty population of two millions in the space of a century.
As in 1841, fishing and agriculture are the principle native industries; the centre of the fishing industry being aptly named Aberdeen-home from home! In vivid contrast to the smell and bustle of the fishing industry is the solitude of the New Territories, where the peasant guides his buffalo through terraced paddy fields on the hillsides truly a Brother to the Ox. But, being the hub of industry and commerce in the Far East, Hong Kong boasts many tall, fine buildings to house her banks and businesses, giving the city of Victoria an air of security and prosperity. On the slopes of Victoria Island, above the bustle of the city, and overlooking the fine Anglican Cathedral of St. John's, stands Government House, the red-roofed residence of H.E. Sir Alexander Grantham, K.C.M.G., 32nd Governor of Hong Kong.
The Colony partly owes its importance to the fine natural harbour, where the ancient still vies with the modern; the Chinese junk with its quadrangular rateen sails, out of place against the modern merchant ship of today. Not to be outdone in other modes of transportation, the Colony boasts the busiest commercial airport in the Far East; whilst the Kowloon and Canton Railway winds its 32 miles to the border, where the international situation prevents it pursuing the further 60 miles to Canton.
For those intent on relaxation, a cable tramway lurches up from the city to Victoria Peak (,1,825 feet), the highest point on the Island, from where the whole panorama of the Colony can be seen-Victoria City, the busy anchorage, Kowloon Peninsula, and the airport, with the New Territories forming a rugged background . . . For excitement, a fine racecourse, appropriately named Happy Valley, provides all the thrills of the turf-the opening of the racing season being as important and colourful an occasion as Derby Day at Epsom . . . For the homesick there is the Society of Yorkshiremen! .
I have endeavoured to present a sketch of my temporary home, and when my time comes to bid adieu next autumn, I shall possess many colourful memories of my service days in " Good Harbour."
P. A. MARRIOTT, (K.E.S. 1941-49).
On Monday, 30th July, we left Doncaster by train en route for the Jamboree. We arrived in Newhaven at about 10 o'clock and almost at once started our Channel crossing on the French steamer, Arromanches. After a rough three hour crossing we disembarked in Dieppe and boarded the French 3rd class train which took us across France, Switzerland and Austria to Bad Ischl, a small town near the Jamboree site. From Bad Ischl we proceeded to the Jamboree on a narrow gauge railway, which was promptly christened the " Emmett Railway." On this final stage of our journey we amused ourselves by teaching small Austrian boys to say " Fish and Chips."
The next two days, which were extremely hot, were spent in pitching camp and consuming large quantities of " Coca-Cola " and " Apfelsaft."
On Friday, 3rd August, the Jamboree was officially opened. All the 13,000 scouts were lined up in eights, facing a small hillock where seven towers were built, six of them representing the past Jamborees and the seventh, the present Jamboree. On this seventh tower stood Adolf Klarer who welcomed us to Austria and declared the Jamboree open. Massed choirs now sang the Jamboree song. This was followed by a march past.
Most of the time during the next ten days was spent in wandering round speaking to foreign scouts, drinking apfelsaft," and visiting nearby beauty spots.
We visited Bad Ischl, the Nussensee and Hallstatt to go swimming and to buy presents and souvenirs. Among other visits were those to Salzburg, St. Wolfgang and the famous " White Horse Inn," from which the operetta gets its name, and also to the Wolfgangsee and the Ebensee. On our visit to the Ebensee we went up the Feuerkogel (1623 metres), some of us walking, and some riding in the cable railway.
For the last few days before the end of the Jamboree we attended organised activities and also had a visit from the Chief Scout, Lord Rowallan. Among the shows attended were camp fires, a bridge-building competition, a French pageant, an American rodeo, a Red-Indian display, a tea-party for patrol leaders, and a concert given by the Mozart Orchestra of Salzburg. We also attended church services on the two Sundays.
All good things come to an end, however, and on Monday, 13th August, the closing ceremony took place. Unlike the opening ceremony it was very informal. We all gathered round the seventh tower, mingling with foreign scouts. After a closing speech by Klarer, a lot of pigeons were released and we all sang Auld Lang Syne in our own language. Then we got into groups of eight regardless of nationality and returned to camp with linked arms, thus symbolising the friendships made at the Jamboree.
After a day spent in clearing up in pouring rain, we began our long journey home, taking with us jumbled memories of our hectic fortnight's stay at the Jamboree.
At the end of the Summer Term we were sorry to hear that Mr. Layer would not be able to join us for the first few days of Summer Camp, but Brian Winchurch and Panda Andrews kindly stepped into the breach and took the Troop to camp. The site was in the Lake District on the edge of Blea Tarn in the Langdales. Although the ground was boggy in places and the weather rather wet at times, all the Troop enjoyed the camp. Hikes were frequent; we visited Grasmere, Coniston. and Ambleside, and climbed the Langdale Pikes and Scafell Pike. During the camp we had several chances of pioneering; we constructed a monkey-bridge, a foot-bridge, a stile and two rafts, and erected a 35 foot flag-pole. Camp sports were held on one day and the bathing facilities of the Tarn fully utilised whenever possible.
From being a rather small troop last year, " A " Troop is now rather large, and we hope that this year will see a corresponding number of badges obtained. By the time this in print all 18 recruits should have passed the Tenderfoot Tests and been invested. Three First Class Badges have been obtained, and we hope to see others following soon.
On the Group Open Day " A " Troop constructed a bridge on the Close and erected the three flagpoles. Each patrol had a badge to illustrate in the Exhibition in the Scout Hut.
The Troop is still in great need of funds for buying further camp equipment, and consequently much of our present activity is concerned with money-raising. The Parents' Committee have already run a Whist Drive this term which was very successful, and we hope to hold an equally successful Jumble Sale very shortly, as we have been gathering Jumble for several weeks already. We are very grateful to the Parents' Committee for all the help they have given us.
The Troop continues to flourish, and has once again had no difficulty in finding replacements for those of its members who have joined the Seniors since last term.
A large proportion of the Troop spent a very enjoyable fortnight in camp at Honiton, South Devon. The nature of the site, the kindness of the weather and the comparative proximity of the sea, offered opportunities for a wide range of activities. Adventures began early when the advance party was taken on an entirely unsolicited tour of South Wales, and though such lengthy alarms and excursions were avoided from then on, the logs of those members of the troop who went on First Class Journeys reveal many curious incidentsand beverages. Camp events took place more or less according to plan, but for once the Patrol Leaders' disappearance proved rather a damp squib.
The camp was organised by A.S.M. Nutter (the S.M. being otherwise engaged) with the able assistance of Messrs. Jackson, Williamson and Howarth. Prizes were won by Curlews (Patrol Competition) and W. E. Lee (Best Tenderfoot).
This term, as usual, most of our time has been devoted to badge-work. An outstanding event in the troop's life has been the Group Open Day on 30th September, when the Signalling Tower, which received such unfortunate publicity on a similar occasion in the past, was successfully completed. Its appearance hardly lent confidence to those members of the troop who were chosen to operate therefrom, but at one stage no less than two hefty P/L's were seen working from it simultaneously.
The Troop seems to be benefiting from an intensive course in Treasure Hunting, instituted through the Court of Honour. The Staff is looking forward to a fine selection of plaster casts in the near future.
With an eye to combining business with pleasure, one aspect of the term's Patrol Competition is a Salvage Drive, the proceeds of which will be put aside to help purchase camping equipment. With the same end in view the Parents' Committee ran a very successful Whist Drive just before Half-Term, and plans are already in hand for a similar function early in the New Year.
Since the last Magazine report, " C " Troop has held its summer camp. This year it was at two different places in the Lake District. The reason for this was more than just a desire for a change in scenery; the first week was at Great Tower, near the southern end of Lake Windermere, where the patrols were camping quite far apart in a thickly wooded plantation. Besides tracking, stalking, and climbing rock faces the main activity was boating on the lake. The troop hired a motor launch and a sailing dinghy, the latter proved more reliable even though it depended on a wind blowing.
The second week began with an enjoyable lorry ride round the lake to Wray Castle on the north-west side with a splendid view down the lake. Here the greater time was spent canoeing, swimming and hiking in the beautiful scenery behind the camp site; and it was a great pity when the camp drew to a close and we had to return to industrial Sheffield after such an enjoyable fortnight, and even the weather was good considering it was the Lake District.
This camp was the last that our scoutmaster, known to all as " Jam," spent with us after five valuable years with the troop, and at the Annual Parents' Meeting he was presented with an electric-cell exposure meter for his hobby of photography in the presence of parents, friends and scouts of " C " Troop.
This term has continued in the usual pattern of fortnightly troop meetings and patrol meetings. A football match with the Totley troop was unfortunately lost, but everyone is looking forward to the annual Christmas Party.
THE arrival of the first letters from our ship last term brought a number of inquisitive strangers to Room 29. Since then her master and officers have written us many more, and for those of you who have not seen them, a short visit to the ship's notice board is well worth the little time and trouble involved.
Ship adoption is something new to us, and so a little explanation is perhaps not out of place. It is run by a committee drawn from the shipowners and all types of seafaring and teaching organisations, with the purpose of " Bringing a live interest into school studies, while making the normal peacetime work of our Merchant Service more fully known and appreciated."
Hector has certainly done her part, and it is now up to us to write regularly in return. On these long and somewhat tedious voyages the mail is awaited eagerly at each port of call, and all your letters are sure of a hearty welcome. Write them on light paper, in case they go by air, and on one side only. If you hand them into me I will see they are forwarded. Some have already gone, and with them plans of the school, and of forms, and many back numbers of the Magazine to put them in the picture.
Our ship is one of the newest Blue Funnel liners. Built by Harland & Wolff, she is of 10,125 tons gross, with an overall length of 522 feet 6 inches, a beam of 69 feet, and a speed of 18:} knots. She carries a few passengers, and some 13,000 tons of cargo. Her run is a regular one to Brisbane and back. The lower forms possess much further statistical detail, which is also on the board, and we all had fun discovering what the items meant.
The ship's last batch of letters covered such interesting matters as the cures for heat exhaustion and the ways of catching an albatross. The morbid can visit a Brisbane abattoir and follow the gruesome tale of a bullock's ten minute journey into the freezer, while all can enjoy the visit to Hartley, which, if I remember correctly, consists of three public houses, a church, a court house, and a jail.
The School cross country running team is very pleased to welcome Mr. D. Collins, who has taken over Mr. Woodage's position. The energy which he has already put into the task has convinced us that he will be a great source of inspiration. We also welcome several new and keen runners, especially amongst the juniors.
The first match of the season will be held on the 28th November against High Storrs, to be run on our course. The number of fixtures has been somewhat enlarged this year, and among those to which we particularly look forward, are the City Training College, and Manchester Grammar School. It was to the latter team that we lost the Northern Schools Cross Country cup last year. Needless to say, we are resolved to bring it back to Sheffield again, this year.
Lastly, the juniors have been invited to take part in a cross country league organised by the Sheffield Schools Athletics Association. These races will be run on alternate Saturday mornings, and a trophy presented by Mr. P. Croxford, will be awarded at the end of the season.
The Swimming Team once again records an entirely successful season, and we have upheld our tradition of being unbeaten. The team for next season should be capable of maintaining this tradition, but swimmers should make better use of the excellent facilities available for training.
We are extremely sorry to lose Bradshaw, who has been our enthusiastic captain throughout two outstanding seasons. Also leaving us are B. I. Fairest, who, with Round, Bennett and Weston, obtained his Yorkshire Colours, and went on to swim in the National Schools Championships-and M. J. Tummon, who has given long and consistent service in the diving events, and who had an excellent last season.
In the Sheffield Schools Swimming team, the senior section was composed entirely of K.E.S. swimmersAllen, Bennett, Cook, Fairest, Hollingworth, Round and Williamson. Weston swam in the Under-15 section.
The Water Polo league is being played this term, with many keenly contested matches. A close finish at the top of the league is probable.
The Annual Swimming Sports were held on Friday, 13th July, 1951. The programme of events was the same as in 1950. Lady Brown presented the trophies. Seven records were broken, and in general the performances were very good. It is sad to note, therefore. that the attendance of boys at the Sports was not as good as in previous years. An innovation this year was the competition for Junior Champion Swimmer, won by A. Weston (Chatsworth) with 42 points. B. Round (Chatsworth) was Champion Swimmer (open) for the second time with 64 points. Chatsworth won the House Championship with 388 points, a lead of 42 over Clumber.
The rules governing the award of points for swimming given distances were changed this year. Age. limit and standard times were abolished and the present arrangement is:
For swimming half-mile 4 points. For swimming quarter-mile ... 2 points. For swimming 100 yards ` 1 point.
The rule granting 2 points to boys who swim one length for the first time remains as before.
It is especially pleasing to record that last School Year we had 647 boys who could swim.
OPEN. Free style, 2 lengths: C. R. Allen, 39 sec. (Record). Free Style, 6 lengths: J. A. Bennett, 2 min. 26.4 sec. (Record). Free Style, 3 lengths: J. A. Bennett, 63.8 sec. Long Plunge: B. Round, 54 ft. 2 in. (Record). Neat Dive: M. J. Tummon. Breast Stroke, 3 lengths: B. I. Fairest, 79.8 sec. Back Stroke, 3 lengths: B. Round, 71.6 sec. (Record).
14-16. Neat Dive: D. R. Robinson. Breast Stroke, 2 lengths: A. Weston, 53.4 sec. (Record). Back Stroke, 2 lengths: A. Weston, 46.9 sec. (Record). Free Style, 2 lengths: J. Hilton, 42 sec.
UNDER 14. Free Style, 1 length: P. Tibber, 23.6 sec. Back Stroke, 1 length: J. H. Speight, 27 sec. Neat Dive: P. F. Knowles. Breast Stroke, 1 length S. R. K. Cox, 26.6 sec.
RELAY RACES. Open: 1, Arundel; 2, Clumber and Haddon. 72-9 sec. (Record). Under 14: 1, Clumber; 2, Chatsworth. 101.9 sec.
WATER POLO KNOCK-OUT FINAL. Haddon beat Chatsworth 3-2, after extra time.
CHAMPION SWIMMER, Open: B. Round, 64 pts. (Runner-up:
J. A. Bennett).
14-16: A. Weston, 42 pts. (Runner-up: W. A. F. Wright).
HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP:- (1) Chatsworth 388; (2) Clumber 346; (3) Haddon 327; (4) Arundel 320; (5) Lynwood 285; (6) Wentworth 268; (7) Sherwood 264;(8) Welbeck 239.
The Editor, with an Olympian disregard of chill, rainy nights and colds in the head, bids us produce -'Tennis Notes" and so launches us on a nostalgic review of summer days since his last rude incursion, and an eager anticipation of the magic of Spring.
Our First Team, recruited largely from cricketers. showed the obvious disadvantages of constant changes in composition, due to the prior demands of cricket.
Being still without courts of our own (the only Home match revealed the disadvantages of leased courts), we gratefully acknowledge the kind hospitality of our hosts.
To return home, we have once more to record our indebtedness to the vigorous efforts on our behalf of the Headmaster, who has produced the free hire of our courts for weekly play, two cups for award to the winner of the Senior Tournaments, increased facilities for play and a general atmosphere of hopeful expectancy. (What is the summer equivalent of Santa Claus?).
To whom it may concern, our more sanguine members are already enquiring about the advent of tasteful tennis blazers, and the award of tennis Colours " or perhaps half-Colours." To Mr. and Mrs. Towers, for their ready response to our " cri de coeur," we are deeply grateful. To our willing Secretary, D. A. Charles, for his quiet efficiency, our thanks. What of the future? We have now a Captain of Tennis, A. S. Leeson, whose skill and enthusiasm need no comment. Characteristically, he invites a visit from all those who wish to play tennis during the winter, in readiness for the challenges of summer. The Tournament cups await their victors. Work is already afoot on a Fixture List. Finally, for those budding players who would learn the mysteries of " Grip," "Body-balance," " Groove of the Swing " in any or all of the recognised tennis strokes, we whisper encouragement.
Messrs. G. J. Cumming, Hemming and Bramhall have behaved oddly for many a Tuesday past; gulping their tea, bearing rackets through the murk of a winter evening, to be borne swiftly off by a waiting car in Newbould Lane. All is now clear. They emerge from a course of training as lawn tennis coaches, given by the Yorkshire L.T.A. professional coach. Have we any talent worth recommending for development by the L.T.A.? These three knowledgeable gentlemen will tell you! Meanwhile we suck mournfully at a cough lozenge and long for summer.
13 July v. Bolehill
Park Juniors. (Away). Cancelled owing to rain.
17 July v. Nottingham High School. (Away). Lost by 2 rubbers to 7.
18 July v. Mount St. Mary's College. (Away). Unfinished when losing by 1 rubber to 6.
20 July v. High Storrs G.S. (Away). Cancelled by High Storrs.
The Second Team, much more stable in composition and including the " veterans " M. J. Finley, M. J. A. Wolstenholme, M. B. Bottomley, M. J. Stanfield and R. Hadfield, had a most successful season.
30 June v. Nottingham High School (Away). Won by 6 rubbers to 3.
14 July v. Chesterfield G. S. (Away). Won by 9 rubbers to 0.
18 July v. Mount St. Mary's. (Home). Unfinished when winning 4 rubbers to 1.
21 July c. Ackworth School. (Away). Lost by 8 sets to 10.
Before the season started it was expected that the teams would not maintain the high standard of recent years. Actually, taking all the teams into account, the results so far have been even more successful. The members of the different teams are to be congratulated on the way they have settled down together, while those who have not yet won a place should continue to try, as there may well be some changes in the future. The attendance and keenness shown at practices has generally been good. A return visit of the F.A. Coach, Mr. J. H. Frew, was very welcome, and all teams appreciated his advice-he was very pleased with the skill shown by the younger boys. We have been pleased to welcome a few parents at our matches and would like to see a much bigger attendance of boys to encourage their school teams.
The Captain, Butler, was the only one of last year's colours and only a few others had ever played for the First XI before. Considering this the team's performance, particularly against other schools, has been very good indeed. It has been helped by being able to play the same team week after week. Although there are still two or three weak links and changes may yet be made the team fielded has usually been: Jones; Bullard, Patchett; Thornton, Butler, Wingfield; Bailey, Charles, Goddard, Thomas, Beynon.
v. Combined XI. home, September 15th. Won 2-1.
v. J. B. Brown's XI, home, September 19th Lost 3-5.
v. Old Edwardians, at home, September 22nd. Lost 3-5.
In the first half the School team had rather more of the game and were unlucky to be a goal down at half-time. As was to happen many times later, the School defence gave their opponents the first goal when they refused to take opportunities of clearing. Goddard nearly scored with two powerful drives, but the School's first goal came when Beynon came in from the wing to convert a good cross pass by the right back, Bullard. Goddard went through on his own, and the forwards were pressing continually, but the Old Boys' outside-left gathered a clearance and raced down the middle to score just before the interval. In the second half the team seemed tired and were much slower. They were three down until Bailey sent a corner right across the goal-mouth for Charles to put it in the net.
v. Lincoln School, away, September 29th. Won 11-1.
The result of the first inter-school match was very promising, and particularly for Goddard, who scored eight goals. Besides helping in several of these, Beynon also scored one for himself. Charles scored with a good shot and also when a shot by Thomas had been only partially stopped.
v. Chesterfield, away, October 3rd. Lost 3-5.
The School defence lost this game early when they gave two goals away by not tackling quickly enough. It was unfortunate when a back took the ball into the net for the home team's third goal, but Goddard replied with one in the corner of the net before half time. In the second half, the School team attacked more strongly and equalised, the first goal came from a goal mouth scramble after a centre from the left and the next when
Goddard feinted and went through to score. For some time neither side could gain any advantage, but later the home team scored while the School defence stood off, and they added another just before the whistle from a long shot for which the goalkeeper was unsighted.
v. Queen Elizabeth's, Mansfield, away, October 6th. Won 9-2.
The School team started this match by conceding a goal because of slow tackling and clearing but after this they took command of the game. Three goals were scored in the first half by Goddard and Beynon. In the second half Charles scored twice, the first time when the home goalkeeper was still stunned after stopping Goddard. Though he did not recover fully he gamely carried on, but would probably have saved some of the goals if he had been really fit.
v. Y.M.C.A. home, October 13th. Won 7-4.
v. Repton away, October 16th. Drawn 4-4.
It took the team a few minutes to get used to the pitch, but then Bailey was put through on the wing and Goddard hit his centre hard on the turn into the back of the net. Repton replied when their left-winger took the ball right through. Beynon scored the only other goal in the first half, when a centre from the right wing landed at his feet in the goal mouth. The School team went further ahead when Goddard's powerful shot swerved past the goalkeeper's outstretched arms. As usual, the home team rallied well, equalising with a goal which bounded off one post on to the other before crossing the line. They took the lead with a movement which spreadeagled the School defence, but Beynon came in to equalise just before time.
v. High Storrs, away, October 24th. Won 4-3.
The home team were two goals ahead quite early in the game, mainly because the defence was too slow. The School forwards attacked strongly, and Goddard's best shot hit the cross-bar, but he scored one from a centre by Bailey, and another straight from one of Thornton's long throws. The team played much better in the second half, with the defence getting to the ball more quickly and the forwards passing the ball better. Most of the play was in the home half, and the School team took the lead for the first time when Wingfield landed a corner straight on Charles' head.
v. Ecclesfield, home, November 3rd. Won 6-2.
In the first half the School team were very much the better team and should have scored many goals. Actually, Goddard obtained three, two typical individual efforts and one from a headed pass by Charles, and Thomas scored the fourth. In the second half the standard of football fell considerably and the School team seemed anxious to show they knew all the elementary mistakes of the game, like slowness in the tackle, over-dribbling and failure to pass the ball quickly, dilatory and half-hearted clearances, the backs kicking into the centre, feeble long range shots instead of short and effective passes, standing in off-side positions, and failure to mark at throw-ins. Each side scored two goals.
v. Manchester, home, November 10th. Won 6-2.
After the match against Woodhouse had been cancelled, the pitch was still water-logged for this match, and was a sea of mud after only a few minutes' play. In the first half the School team were much better than their opponents. Bailey scored the first goal when a weak shot was not cleared and Goddard obtained the next when he brought the ball down the line and put a powerful shot into the back of the net. The visitors' only goal was again due to the defence trying to imitate the forwards and dribble, but Goddard put the team four goals in front after a nice movement from Thornton to Charles. The visitors fought back strongly after half-time and would have obtained more than their one goal if Butler had not broken up several dangerous moves. Towards the end the home team were gradually obtaining control again, but only scored once when Bailey went through unchallenged.
v. University, home, November 14th. Won 4-2.
After the Training College had cancelled their match, thanks are due to the University for providing a team, under Everitt's leadership, which gave a very spirited display.
v. Bootham, home. November 17th. Won. 9-1.
Conditions were again very bad, but the home team seemed to revel in the mud much more than the visitors. While their captain set them a very fine example, the rest of the Bootham team were slower than the School team, and seemed to rely too much on an offside trap which was often successful, but which also gave the home forwards opportunities. After two earlier goals, the result was settled when Thomas scored a hat-trick in a few minutes, the first after an inter-passing movement on the left, the next when he was on the ground and the other on the goal-line. It was a welcome change in the second-half to see Goddard score with a left-foot shot into the corner of the net. The visitors obtained their goal when a defender failed to connect with the ball, and the home team obtained their last goal after the visitors' goalkeeper had left the pitch because of a slight injury.
So far the 2nd XI has played eight matches, winning them all and scoring 31 goals against 7. Such a record does not invite criticism, yet this report is not to be solely a chronicle of congratulation. The team has played well; there is no doubt about that. In Weston we have a first-rate goalkeeper, and on his one absence, Adamson proved a capable deputy. J. E. Smith has improved out of all recognition and is now a fine two-footed full-back. His partner, Grantham, is one of the three young members of the team and is coming along well. The half-back line of Lewis, Glenn, and Needham, are in their second season with the side. Glenn's left foot shows no improvement, and Lewis is better on dry grounds, which is surprising, since one of his build should be able to last out a game on the heaviest grounds. In Buckle and Rowbotham we have two fine young footballers. At centre forward, Wildsmith has scored some good goals, but is often caught with his back to the opponents' goal. On the left wing, Leeson has shown a steady improvement and has had bad luck with his scoring.
Tiddy has captained the side with enthusiasm-in fact he has taken the job seriously. His casual approach to his play is, however, annoying. Parfitt, Hobson, Williamson, Speet, and Howarth, have also played for the XI. If any criticism is to be levelled, it is that of over-complacency. The match at Bootham was nearly thrown away because of this. No member is more important than the side.
|Sept.||22||School 3, Staff 0.|
|Sept.||29||School 5, Trojans 2.|
|Oct.||6||School 6. Training College 1.|
|Oct.||13||School 5, O.E.'s 2nd XI 0.|
|Oct.||20||School 2. -Nether Edge G.S. 1st XI 0.|
|Nov.||3||Ecclesfield G.S. 2nd XI 0, School 4.|
|Nov.||10||School 2, Huddersfield Amateurs 1.|
|Nov.||17||Bootham 2nd XI 3, School 4.|
Scorers: Wildsmith 8, Tiddy 7, Buckle 6, Rowbotham 6, Leeson 1, Smith 1, Own goal 1.
Initially, three successive defeats did not seem to augur well for the future. The main fault lay with the defence, whose marking was slack and covering almost non-existent. Changes in the defence have still not remedied these defects completely, but an improvement has been noticeable. The attack has settled down into a useful combination and is proving more effective now that the ball is being moved more quickly and the open spaces are being used to better advantage. Thus three of the last four matches have been won.
Allen (Captain), is a hard working centre forward, and Hobson (vice-Captain) and Middleton, are constructive inside forwards, whilst Williamson provides dash and enthusiasm on the wing. Kaye has been consistently outstanding in goal. The team is to be congratulated on two fighting displays against a comparatively strong University XI, and Nether Edge 1st XI. If the present improvement continues, a successful season should be experienced.
|Home v. Old Edwardians' 3rd XI||Lost||0-6|
|Home v. High Storrs "A"||Lost||2-3|
|Away v. Owler Lane||Lost||3-4|
|Home v. Crosspool Park ...||Won||5-0|
|Away v. High Storrs "A"||Won||7-2|
|Away v. University 4th XI...||Lost||1-5|
|Away v. Nether Edge 1st XI...||Won||5-4|
The season is proving a very successful one. The field of selection has been much wider than usual, and competition for places has kept the team on its toes. The standard of football has been generally high, and the early tendency to warm up slowly has been overcome. The importance of early goals cannot be too strongly emphasised.
The forwards have produced some excellent approach work, but have not always taken advantage of the openings they have made. In fact, the excellent impression created by some of their scoring moves has been more than counterbalanced by the number of opportunities that have been wasted through wild shooting or over-elaborate passing. The defence has shown great energy and has covered up well, but its tactics at defensive throws require revision. Oliver is proving an inspiring captain, and has not hesitated to drive his team when they need it. His own energy sets them a worthy example.
|Away v. Chesterfield G.S.||W on||4-2|
|Home v. Southey Green ..||Won||4-3|
|Home v. -Nether Edge U. 15||Won||6-0|
|Away v. Eckington G.S. .....||Won||8--2'|
|Away v. A Nether Edge XI||Drew||3-3|
Scorers: Thomas 9, Smith 6, Coleman and Woodthorpe 3, Laycock 2, Andrews and Heritage.
The Under 14 XI has made quite a promising start to the season, and should continue to do well, as they are beginning to play constructive football. The main faults have been lack of speed at full-back and some hesitancy in tackling on the part of the wing-halves. The first is being overcome by more intelligent positioning and anticipation, and the second is perhaps understandable, as both the boys concerned are lightweights. They compensate for this by the efficiency of their distribution of the ball. The forward line is very strong, and each member of the line has a powerful shot and a very good understanding with his partners. Hewitt, at centre half, has been a good captain, with much energy and enthusiasm, which he has imparted to the other members of the team.
|Sept. 29||v. Lincoln||Away||Drawn||3-3|
|Oct. 6||v. Owler Lane||Away||Won||6-2|
|Oct. 13||v. Firth Park G.S.||Away||Lost||2-3|
|Oct. 20||v. Nether Edge G.S.||Away||Won||5-3|
|Nov. 3||v. Ecclesfield G.S.||Home||Won||6-2|
|Nov. 17||v. Nether Edge G.S.||Home||Won||5-2|
Two matches have been played, the first at home against Hunter's Bar, which resulted in a 5-1 win. The scorers were: Ratcliffe 2, Wingfield, Hodgson and Sallis. Although Hunter's Bar began well, we were the stronger team, as shown by the result. The second match, against Carfield, resulted in a defeat by 4 goals to 2. On a heavy ground we were deservedly beaten. The scorers were: Birtwistle and Farnell.
In order to relieve the congestion at Whiteley Woods, and to prevent over-use of pitches, the games system has been changed. The School is now divided into three sections of two years each; playing their games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Three leagues, Senior, Intermediate, and Junior, afford nearly every boy the opportunity of playing for House 1st or 2nd XI, in the appropriate division. The new system has been made possible by the use of land at Castle Dyke. Seven pitches are already in existence, and a hut offers limited changing facilities and shelter in very bad weather.
Arundel's cabinet now reads: M. H. Thornton, House Captain; I. H. Jones, Football Captain; C. R. Allen, Swimming Captain; and M. A. R. Johnson, Athletics Captain. With the new games' system two new posts have been created: Poulter, Intermediate Football Captain, and Winfield, Junior Football Captain. Our scribe for the football season is K. M. Whittaker, whose pen is kept constantly flowing, recording our many successes! Joking apart, football, especially in the senior section, is certainly on the upgrade. This is largely due to the number of players we have in School teams. Once again we have reached the semi-final of the K.O., and we hope to improve still further. The intermediate and junior sections are not doing as well, partly because they haven't such a strong side as other houses, partly because they haven't yet realised that football is a team game. A new type of football has lured several seniors to its side. It is played under the most barbaric rules with an elongated football. Anything short of killing a man seems to be allowed, but under the able guidance of Mr. Harrison, there do not seem to be too many injuries. With the loss of Bradshaw, our Water Polo team suffered a grave blow, but this is not an adequate excuse for our league performances; we must wipe out this stain on our escutcheon by annihilating all opposition in the Knock-out competition. Finally we extend our heartiest congratulations to P. L. Scowcroft on his being awarded a State Scholarship; may he have the best of luck in the future.
At the end of last term we bade farewell to Fenton, under whose leadership the House has of late regained its rightful pre-eminence; we thank him for all that he has done for us, and wish him well in the future. The Swimming Sports last term were an unqualified success for Chatsworth; B. Round, who set a fine example by breaking the Long Plunge and Open 100 yards Back Stroke records to become Champion Swimmer for the second year in succession, led the House team to victory, ably supported by A. Weston, who broke the 14-16 two-lengths Breast and Back Stroke records and who we congratulate on becoming the first holder of the Junior Champion Swimmer trophy, and by several younger members of the House, whilst the Water Polo team reached the final of the Knock-out competition, only to lose in extra time. In passing, we should like to congratulate Round and Weston on their fine performances in the Sheffield and Yorkshire Championships. We began the Football season this term knowing that the senior team could hardly do worse than in recent years, and so far, thanks largely to our School 2nd XI trio of Leeson, Wildsmith and Buckle, the team has dropped only one point; in the first round of the Knock-out, strengthened by the return of Bailey from 1st XI duty, we were perhaps a little unfortunate to lose a hard game by the only goal of the match; the Intermediate teams, led by P. Wray, have shown promise, and a little extra effort will see them well placed at the end of the season, whilst the Junior teams, led by R. V. Sallis, are maintaining the high standards set by last year's teams. The House Water Polo team, playing well under the captaincy of Round, has won the League cup, which eluded us last year. Finally we congratulate E. Bailey and J. M. Hiles on their appointment as Prefects, the latter on winning a State Scholarship, and A. S. Leeson on being appointed School Tennis Captain.
Though our 1st XI has lost all but two of last year's all-conquering team, we have dropped only two points so far this season. The standard is still high, under the energetic guidance of Booth and Hobson. Pleasing features of the side are Bennett's conversion into a sound goalkeeper, and good if unostentatious defensive play by Oldale and K. B. T. Taylor. With the creation of a middle-school League, several players of House 1st XI standard are playing on Tuesday afternoons. Although this has been detrimental to the-senior section, the other house teams are showing marked improvement. Under the captaincy of Heritage, the Intermediate A and B teams hold respectable positions in their leagues, and are fortunate in having so good a footballer as Mr. Auger to look after them. Led by Hutchinson, and inspired by Mr. Barnet, the juniors too are upholding the traditions of Clumber. Though not outstanding, there is great promise here for the future. Such players as Hutchinson, Ratcliffe and Marvin, are developing on the right lines. Patchett, Goddard and Thomas have played regularly for the School 1st XI. Strengthened by these three the K.O. team has already convincingly reached the semi-final, and we have high hopes of victory in this direction. At the Swimming Sports we lost the trophy to Chatsworth, but were close runners-up. All our swimmers put up excellent performances, the Junior Relay team winning their event, and the Senior team coming second. Water Polo this term has not come up to our expectations, but we should finish high in the league. The team is well balanced and capable of rapid improvement. Clumber figured strongly in last term's Fives competitions, Goddard winning the Open Singles, and Booth and Goddard winning the Open Doubles. We look to younger members to achieve excellence in this field. On October 25th we held a very successful Social for the junior members. An excellent job was done by the committee under T. Gillatt, and all who took part are looking forward to the next one. Congratulations are due to Bennett and Gregory on becoming Prefects, and School Captains of Swimming and Athletics respectively, and to Patchett on becoming a Sub-prefect and on being elected as House Football Captain. We offer best wishes to all those who left last term. J. B. Brown was our able leader throughout last year, and we shall miss his all-round contribution to the success of the House. We shall endeavour to continue the tradition of success which has become Clumber's in the last few years.
We were very sorry to lose the services of Mr. Watling at the end of last term, and we take this opportunity of thanking him for all he has done for the House in the past. We welcome Mr. Towers as Housemaster, and Mr. Layer and Mr. Mace as House Tutors. In the Swimming Sports, Haddon did well to finish 3rd. They also won the Water Polo Knock-out, defeating Arundel, who had been unbeaten for two seasons, in the Semi-final and Chatsworth in the Final. D. Williamson and P. S. Hollingworth swam for Sheffield Schools last term; and 5 Intermediate Certificates, 5 Bronze Medallions, 2 Awards of Merit and 2 Instructor's Certificates were gained by members of the House. At the present moment in the Water Polo League our team, captained by Hollingworth, is lying 3rd equal, with two matches to play. The Senior Football XI under Williamson has met with little success so far, but the other XI's are playing well. The Middle "A" XI, ably captained by Bruce, is now 2nd in its league, and the Middle " B " XI and Junior "A" XI are at the top of their respective divisions; so we are hoping for three cup-winning teams this year. The keenness and skill shown by the younger members of the House promises great things for the future. In the Knock-out competition we were beaten by Arundel 6-0. but the score was probably a little unjust to us. House Football Colours for this season have been awarded to D. K. Grantham, B. Smith and D. Williamson. R. Vague won the Under 14 Fives Singles competition last term, and Vague and Nicholls won the Under 14 Doubles. Finally, P. S. Hollingworth is to be congratulated on his appointment as Sub-Prefect, and D. W. S. Beynon as Prefect.
This is a transitional period for Lynwood. We might well take time to sum up our position and see how we stand for the future. Our cupboard at the moment boasts only four cups-the Football K.O., the Cricket 1st XI League, the Football 2nd XI League, and the Half-Mile Handicap. We must later this term temporarily relinquish that K.O. cup of ours to some strangers, who will snatch it away from its home with the dust of years (four in the last six) still clinging in reverence. Our Middle Section 1st XI will retain the old 2nd XI Football Cup, and our 2nd XI here have a chance for their cup. In the Athletic and Swimming Sports later this year, we must win cups for the sake of appearances as well as for our satisfaction; in the past a cup that has taken fully a term to earn has looked no better than one that took somebody else about ten seconds to win. Teamwork has brought honour, but no glittering array of individual, ephemeral trophies. And so while the Middle Section thrives, and the Seniors hold the fort (who is this 4-goal centre-forward?), the Juniors must learn the true House spirit. We had hoped that Finley and Peterken would remain at school this year. It was not to be-though Finley, as a full Prefect, was here for the first month of the term before employing his pen on more worldly topics. May the Juniors take their example from such stalwarts. Now to business matters, where we congratulate Butler, a Prefect and School Football Captain, Turner as a Sub-prefect-and welcome Mr. Adey as our House Tutor. We proffer more than formal congratulations to Welbeck on their K.O. victory, but to partly set the balance we managed to push them into the deep end of the Water Polo League.
This season sees the beginning of the new system in House football, namely, the dividing up of the Houses into three sections. Wood, Baker, and Glenn are to be congratulated on being appointed Captains of the Junior, Middle, and Senior sections respectively. Owing to the unusually large exodus of middle school boys at the end of last term, Phillips, Marriott, Round and Wells among them, this year's teams are not as strong as could be hoped for. So far the 1st XI has played three matches, won two, and drawn one. In the Knock-out we lost the first round to Clumber in a hard-fought game by 5-1, three of our opponents' goals being scored in the last seven minutes. It is hoped that better results from the middle and junior sections will be forthcoming next term. Although we haven't a representative in the School 1st XI, Tiddy and Glenn play regularly for the 2nd XI. The House congratulates Tiddy on being appointed Captain of the 2nd XI. Howarth, who has also played for the 2nd XI, and Middleton, are regular players for the 3rd XI. Adamson has also played for the 2nd XI. Finally, for football, Shires is to be congratulated on being awarded his House Colours. In the Water Polo sphere, the team is placed second in the league, two points behind the leaders, with one match to play. Veteran players Bird and Binks still offer valuable services, while newcomers Kirkman in goal, Adamson in the defence, and Marshall, who has played in the 1st team before, and Robinson in the forward line, have shown up quite well. However, more speed through the water and quicker thinking would be valuable assets to a few players. The team is to be congratulated on beating the strong Haddon side, when owing to a misunderstanding, only six players turned up to play. Finally, the House congratulates Glenn on being made a Prefect, and extends a cordial welcome to Mr. Collins, who it is hoped will help to forward the progress of Athletics in the House next term.
We welcome all new members of the House, and trust they will enter into its activities with enthusiasm. P. K. Everitt left us at the end of the Summer Term; we wish him every success at the University. J. B. Staniforth has been elected House Football Captain. The Middle section is under the leadership of B. J. Perrett, while the Junior section is captained by K. Tomlinson. The 1st XI has had a poor season except in the first round of the Knock-out, when they played a vigorous game to defeat Lynwood 6-5. The other sections have played moderately. Players of promise are Staniforth, Parfitt, Shaw, Kay, Nuttall, Perrett, Anderson, Youle, Nott, Tomlinson, Tait, and Longden. The Water Polo team, captained by J. R. Shaw, has lost every game. Most of the members are young and lack experience; we hope for an improvement next year. We offer a hearty welcome to Mr. J. Sinclair, who has been appointed a House Tutor. Congratulations to F. Ogden on gaining a State Scholarship; to D. B. Sanders on being appointed a Prefect; and to J. M. F. Drake on his appointment as a Sub-prefect and Cricket Secretary.
This term has started with average success. Our -teams are promising and most will finish high in the league tables. The House 1st XI, with a little more powerful shooting from the forwards, will finish well up and they have started by winning two of the three matches played. The House has reached the Final of the Knock-out competition after hard games against Chatsworth and Arundel in the earlier rounds. Wingfield has played outstandingly in these matches and he thoroughly deserves his place in the School 1st XI, whilst Weston, Needham, and Smith have constituted half of the School defence. Last term, although the House gained most points from the Swimming Standards, we fell to 6th place at the Sports. B. Fairest is to be congratulated on winning the three lengths Breast Stroke, and we are sorry to see him go. Davies has taken over the swimming captaincy efficiently, and so far the Water Polo team has won half its matches. At the end of this term we must say goodbye to Mr. Kiely who has been House Tutor for the past year and an enthusiastic follower of the House.
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E. T. WILLIAMS, C.B.E., D.S.O., has been appointed to a Professorial Fellowship at Balliol College, Oxford.
R. V. CLEMENTS, B.A., Queen's College, Oxford, has been awarded a Smith-Mundt post-graduate scholarship tenable at the University of Wisconsin.
M. J. FARRELL, B.A., New College, Oxford, has been awarded a Commonwealth Research Fellowship at the University of Chicago.
The following examination results have been announced:
Honour School of -Natural Science, Animal Physiology: Class II, D. G. CRAIG.
Chemistry Part I; Class II, C. K. HAYWOOD; Unclassified, P. N. J. CLARK, J. E. DICKENS.
Final Honour School of Literae Humaniores Class I, F. FENTON, E. J. LEMMON; Class II, G. P. RENTON, G. RHODES; Class III, T. PARFITT, P. R. PERRY.
Final Honour School of Jurisprudence, Shortened Exam. Class II, G. T. EDWARDS.
A. C. JOHANSSON, Clare College, Cambridge, Lawn Tennis Colours.
F. KELLY, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, Association Football colours and Captain 1951-52. Played in Freshers' Trial, October, 1950.
E. D. PEACOCK, Pembroke College, Cambridge, Table Tennis colours.
P. LAMB, Trinity College, Cambridge, Hon. Sec. C.U. Bridge Club.
P. T. KITCHIN. On March 29th, to Jean Margaret Morrison, of Grindleford.
P. B. CHAMBERLAIN. On June 16th, to Jean Orme, of Sheffield.
K. C. MANTERFIELD. On June 16th, to Brenda H. Lusby, of Sheffield.
A. R. POWELL. On July 7th, to Brenda R. Gill, of Sheffield.
L. KIRKHAM. On August 11th, to Joan H. Broadhurst, of Manchester.
J. AITCHISON. On August 11th, to Doreen Pursehouse, of Sheffield.
A. STEPHENSON. On August 20th, to Beryl J. Saberton, of Leigh-on-Sea.
D. MERVYN JONES. On August 23rd, to Marion A. Webster, of Sheffield.
G. WISE. On August 25th, to Barbara Bull, of Sheffield.
P. D. HALL. On September 1st, to Muriel A. Hallett.
T. HEYWOOD. On November 10th, to Muriel Millray, of Shap.
To Mr. and Mrs. D. BOOKER,
on April 13th, a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. D. KITCHIN, on May 7th, a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. D. SWYCHER, on May 25th, a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. K. NEARY, on July 9th, a son, Ian James.