KING EDWARD VII SCHOOL MAGAZINE

VOL. XIII
DECEMBER, 1952
No. 7

CONTENTS

SCHOOL NOTES 113
10-20-30-40 YEARS AGO 114
OBITUARY 114
TRAVELLERS' TALES 115
MEN IN DARKNESS 118
OLD EDWARDIANS 118
SPEECH DAY 119
NOTICES 120
SCHOOL SOCIETIES 121
SHIP'S CAT 122
MUSIC 123
LIBRARY 123
SWIMMING 123
BADMINTON 123
SCOUTING 124
FOOTBALL 125
HOUSE NOTES 127

School Notes

THE School has made two notable public appearances this term. The experiment of holding Speech Day in the Victoria Hall, on October 23rd, was fully justified by the support of a large audience ; and on December 15th a congregation of over a thousand attended the Carol Festival which we were privileged to hold in the Cathedral. The presence of so many parents and friends on the latter occasion was a gratifying tribute to the quality and reputation of our Choir.

Our best behaviour was also called for during the week of -November 24th to 28th, when we were visited by Her Majesty's Inspectors. Their preliminary report is understood to have been Highly Satisfactory. Their second thoughts are vet to come.

At the Armistice Day Service on November 11th there were some departures from previous custom. Instead of the open-air ceremony at the Memorial Cross, wreaths were laid below the Tablets in the vestibule on behalf of the School and Old Edwardians' Association, while the congregation in the Assembly Hall sang " 0 God our help in ages past ". The names of the fallen of 1914-18 were read by Dr. J. H. Burdekin, and of 1939-45 by R. Butler, Vice Head-Prefect. The two lessons were read by I. A. Mottershaw and P. Fells, and the address was given by the Rev. J. H. Pain, Vicar of St. John's. Ranmoor, who summed up the message of the Service in the motto : respice-prospice-aspice : remembrance of the past, aspiration for the future, and dedication to the purpose of God.

The Hastings Scholarship examinations at Queen's College, Oxford, resulted in awards to J. P. M. Clinton in Mathematics and Physics, J. M. F. Drake and A. Richmond in Physics and Chemistry ; I. H. Jones in Classics, and N. H. Taylor in Physics and Chemistry, received prizes of £5 for highly commended work. In the December groups, I. H. Jones was awarded the Heberden Organ Scholarship at Brasenose College, Oxford, and R. Butler an Open Scholarship for Classics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

Work is now proceeding on the conversion of the old Workshop into the new Library ; to be followed in due course by the construction of a new annexe to contain workshops, art-room and laboratories. In the meantime, the old Library is given over to Woodwork. The temporary inconvenience and shortage of space will thus eventually lead to a considerable enlargement of our facilities.

The following are the School officers for the year:— Head Prefect, I. H. Jones ; Deputy, R. Butler. Prefects : M. A. R. Johnson, J. M. F. Drake, D. M. Turner, P. S. Hollingworth, A. V. Vincent, J. Weston, K. M. Whittaker, D. G. Bullard, D. J. Rippon, I. A. Mottershaw, P. Fells. Sub-Prefects : B. Round, D. D. Howarth, J. R. Shaw, A. Richmond, A. Copley, S. C. Tiddy, D. Williamson, J. M. Henderson.

Association Football : Captain, R. Butler ; Vice, D. G. Bullard ; Secretary, J. Weston.

Rugby Football : Captain, D. P. Machen.

Cricket : Captain, I. H. Jones : Vice, J. W. Speet ; Secretary, D. M. Turner.

Cross Country and Athletics : Captain and Secretary, M. A. R. Johnson.

Swimming : Captain and Secretary, B. Round.

Tennis : Captain, E. Stefanuti ; Secretary, N. H. Cunnington.

The School Concert will take place in the Victoria Hall, on January 21st, at 7.30 p.m.

Ten -Twenty-Thirty- Forty Years Ago

1913-The Dramatic Society presented The Rivals. Arundel beat Haddon by 17 to 1, which must be almost a record for a House match. An Aero Club appeared on the scene ; and the Debating Society prophetically carried a motion “That by disarming Britain would commit a fatal error ". J. P. Mathews was the first Old Edwardian to take M.B., Ch.B. degree at Sheffield. A proposal that the School should play Rugger was turned down.

1923-A Conjuring Entertainment was a novelty this year. The Tuck Shop was running on coupons after the First War, just as it still is after the Second War. Mr. C. S. Wright (now in happy retirement as the Squire of Eyam) joined the Staff. Many names, such as those of G. A. Bolsover, K. J. G. Milne and R. E. Burgon–all well known in Sheffield today–appear in various capacities. The School had an Inspection by the Board of Education which lasted a week and produced " a splendid report " (sit omen felix). " The list of honours won by Old Boys was the best the School had ever had." THE MAGAZINE attributed the " first fine Sports Day we have ever had " to " Mr. Carter's management " ! Some interesting excavations at Beauchief Abbey were carried out by boys from the School.

1933-Coming events were forecast by four anonymous writers who gave their reasons for being respectively a Fascist, a Communist, a Socialist, and a Liberal. A School party had a trip to Wimereux during which they were sea-sick, got stuck in a lift, and had their first experience of one-way streets. The two Scout Troops had a visit from the International Commissioner, and went to camp at New Galloway. The School Football XI scored ten successive victories. An Explorers' Club, under Mr. Green. is active and an Old Edwardian writes from a sheep station in New Zealand. The School Shout at Christmas comes in for some adverse criticism. And the Inspectors were here again.

1943-In this wartime year THE MAGAZINE consists of twelve or sixteen pages without any cover. J. J. H. Clay, a much loved master for twenty-five years, retired. The Staff at this stage consisted of equal numbers of women and men. For the first time. the now well-established Post Office delivery jobs began at Christmas. The Cross Country Senior and Junior Cups were both won by Arundel. The School raised over £1.600 for the " Wings for Victory " Savings Campaign, and was helping to run a Boys' Club in the Newhall district. An Air Training Corps was in full action. A growing list of service and -alas casualties fills most of a page in each MAGAZINE.

C. J. M.

Obituary

W. A. L. MEASE, Master at the Royal Grammar School 1903-05 and at K.E.S. 1905-32, died on August 16th, 1952, aged 79.

The death of W. A. L. Mease brings to one's mind the early days of K.E.S. under its first Headmaster, Dr. Hichens. '- Wally " will be remembered by hundreds of Old Edwardians for his keenness on sport of all kinds, his cheerful philosophy of life, his rollicking tenor songs, and his understanding of small boys. During the First War he commanded the O.T.C. of the School. I never remember seeing him bad-tempered ; his cheerful Irish temperament skated happily over snags and difficulties, and he never said an unkind word about anyone. Peace to his ashes !

C. J. M.

MRS. NANCY P. HICKOX (nee Jones) died suddenly after a very few days illness, on November 13th, at Ellesmere, Shropshire.

As a member of the Junior School Staff from 1925 to 1937, Miss Jones was the inspirer of much of the artistic and dramatic work that flourished in that happy community, and the Senior School also enjoyed the benefits of her skill and ready help in School and Staff Plays. Her marriage in 1938 to Mr. E. H. C. Hickox, the Senior Science Master, kept her still closely associated with the School until her husband's move to Ellesmere College in 1942. Colleagues and old pupils remember her with affection and will deeply sympathise with Mr. Hickox in his untimely loss.

MICHAEL F. WHEATLEY (K.E.S. 1932-42), Flying Officer, R.A.F., was killed in a jet plane accident in August 1952. Aged 28.

The younger of two K.E. brothers, Michael Wheatley was one of the fine athletes who helped to establish the School's position in inter-school sports in the war years, a member of the team which took third place out of 19 schools at -Manchester in 1942. He left school for Southampton University, and joined the R.A.F. in the following year, to take his navigational training in Canada. We offer our sincere sympathy to his family.

Travellers' Tales

SWITZERLAND

A PARTY of thirty-two boys, accompanied by two members of the Staff and their wives, spent ten days of August at Champéry, in Canton Valais. The weather, except for one day, was very good all the time, and the holiday was spent in a most charming village, flanked on the east by the towering Dents du Midi and on the south by the Dents Blanches. We in no way tried to make the visit obviously " educational ". The educational value lies in what boys see and -do and find out for themselves : but the first essential is that they enjoy themselves. It was a great pleasure to us to take this party abroad. The journey is long and w-e must confess that such a holiday is not cheap. But we think that it is good for young people to see foreign parts and to learn to want to travel. It is valuable, too, for them to leave home for a short period and mix a little with people of other lands. Indeed, we felt they might have mixed more with the local folk. It was well worthwhile going and if sufficient boys wish it, we hope to take another party next year.

E. L. K., E. L. V.

Some impressions from a member of the party

A short tour of London ... the crossing to Ostend . . . a night journey through Belgium . . . . the Swiss frontier at mid-day . . . electric railway through Switzerland . . . and a final hair-raising ride up the mountains to our destination, Champéry. Sleeping in a foreign bed is like sleeping under a mattress, but we were all very tired and slept soundly.

August 1st : a walk along the Galeries Defago, a natural ledge in an almost sheer cliff-face. A magnificent view of the village and valley. The villagers had spent the day putting up flags and decorations to celebrate the Swiss National Day. During the evening a torch-light procession, music. dancing and a bonfire.

Up early next day. Packed lunch and journey by cable car to Planachaux. Walk to a ridge above Lac Vert, which took us all the morning. After lunch, most of us went to the French frontier and climbed a mountain 9.000 feet above sea-level. Snowball fight.

Sunday : village church. Afternoon, walking or shopping. Comprenez-vous Anglais ? "

Not much." Grapes could be bought cheaply, a great comfort in the hot weather. In the evening, heavy rain.

Monday : swimming, exploring village. By coach to Montreux via the valley. Visit to Chateau de Chillon, on an island in Lake Geneva.

Tuesday : eleven bold fellows set out for the Cabane de Susanfe, a small solidly built hut halfway up a mountain for the assistance of climbers attempting the Haute Cime. Climbed all morning through thickly wooded hillsides, with halt for refreshment at a chalet, an ancient building with floor of beaten earth and deep fireplace with seats inside it. Reached the cabin at two o'clock - bought souvenirs and drank large quantities of refreshing water.

Wednesday : rose early and went to Great St. Bernard Pass. arriving at the Hospice at noon. Saw the kennels, and walked into Italy, returning at three. The next day, our last, it rained all day. Still raining when we left at five. Ostend at noon on the following day calm crossing. Left London late on Friday night -, reached Sheffield early on a damp Saturday morning.

C. R. JENNINGS.

IMPRESSIONS OF COLOGNE

WE had been told that the changeable English climate was unique. When we left the Rheingold Express in Cologne, one cool, wet Sunday in August, we realised this was not quite fair to England. In fact, throughout our four weeks stay, although in general warmer than here, the weather proved changeable.

The city of Cologne suffered much from war-time destruction and much of it still remains flattened and devastated. However, in the main streets the reconstruction, mentioned by last year's visitors from this School, still goes on, and many fine shops, both temporary and permanent, have been erected. Two fine new road-bridges have been constructed over the Rhine. Unfortunately, the Cathedral suffered too, and the West end of the Nave has had to be sealed off, a temporary wall separating it from the main body of the Cathedral. So much does this vast and beautiful edifice overshadow the city, that we experienced great difficulty in obtaining a picture postcard in which it did not figure prominently. You are rewarded for climbing the 501 steps up to the platform of the South Tower (343 feet above street-level) by a magnificent panorama, through which " ruhig fliesst der Rhein ", as Heine wrote.

The Rhine is second only to the Cathedral in its predominance on picture postcards. Its economic importance is undoubtedly very great, as it provides a cheap and efficient transport system from Basle to the sea. On it can be seen ships from many nations (including Switzerland!). Strings of as many as nine huge barges behind one powerful tug carry all sorts of products between the differing towns of the industrial Ruhr and the more agricultural South.

We saw two of the famous autobahnen which run near Cologne. One (first to be built) links Cologne with Bonn, the federal capital, while another skirts the town in a North-South direction. Most long-distance lorry and bus traffic use these roads. which are wide and well built, all crossings being on the clover-leaf " pattern. Incidentally most of the lorries and buses have trailers. The best ordinary roads are, however, only mediocre in quality and you often meet with cobbled surfaces. Cycle tracks are universally provided, often at the expense of pavements. German traffic drives fast. After some time we did notice one sign limiting speed to 20 m.p.h. through the city. There are a few zebra crossings in Cologne, but any resemblance to British ones is purely superficial. Any audacious pedestrian who dares to put so much as a foot on the crossing is immediately hooted at from all sides by accelerating vehicles.

Waiting for the bus or tram is quite an adventure too. Queuing is unheard of. The usual procedure at a bus-stop is to pick what you consider to be the best position for boarding the bus (no first-come first-served) and, when it arrives, to strive for the nearest of several entrances, muttering " Entschuldigung " to the weaker brethren.

A September evening saw us in the train in Cologne Central Station. The rest of the party were to follow a day later. When the train drew out, as we waved to our hosts on the platform, we were thinking of the many new experiences we had had, the new country we had seen and the different customs of those who live there an unforgettable experience for all of us.

P. T. HOLGATE and D. J. H. SENIOR.

OPERATION CAMBRAI

AT the beginning of the summer holidays, thanks to some hard work by Mr. Bramhall, I exchanged letters and photographs with Jean, a boy studying at the Lycee de Garcons, Cambrai.

Cambrai is a town some seventy miles south-east of Lille and a hundred and seventy North of Paris. It has a population of 28,000 and is the centre of an agricultural district, although it is quite close to the mining district of France. It is famous for lace, linen, and mint sweets (Bētises de Cambrai), and was also the home of Fēnelon, the famous French archbishop and author, and the birthplace of Blēriot.

The result of my letters was that Jean arrived in England for a stay of three weeks as my guest. I was able to show him a large part of Sheffield and the surrounding countryside, but in his opinion the highlight of his visit was a tour of Steel Peech & Tozers on the day before we left for France, where I was to stay as his guest. We crossed from Dover to Calais, where the customs officers immediately pounced on Jean's box of Sheffield-made knives, and here I was introduced to French such as I had never heard in the classroom, and which, strangely enough, does not appear in my dictionary. At Lille we changed trains and found ourselves in the local to Cambrai. The French third class, I discovered, is a long way below our own in standards of comfort. The S.N.C.F. immediately created a good impression by putting the train on the wrong line, and half-an-hour later the driver realised that he had never seen that part of the countryside before and we arrived back in Lille. Although it was early evening, it was still hot, and the train was crowded with business men and peasants, the majority smelling sweetly of garlic and " Gauloises ", the local brand of potent cigarettes.

But do not get a wrong impression. After our long journey the customs of the people at first seemed strange ; visitors to our shores probably feel the same about us ; and I am sure it is not customary to put trains on the wrong line in France.

Arriving at last in Cambrai, we found the family car waiting ready to convey us to a much-needed wash and my first taste of French cooking and wines. I hardly remember getting into bed that night, and I am sure that it was not entirely due to tiredness.

The following day, Friday, August 15th, was one of gaiety. Cambrai's Festival and Fair coincided with the French national holiday. I saw the Carnival Parade, which included men on huge stilts, groups of various types of (lancers in local costume, and decorated carts symbolising the two patron saints of Cambrai, Martin and Martine. Three days of merriment followed, with concerts in the Park, le Spectacle de Music-Hall " in the stadium, a football match and a water-polo tournament. The holiday ended with a firework display and a Ball in the public gardens.

I was now able to begin my exploration of the town and its surroundings. Two things had already become apparent : the love of the Frenchman for shaking hands at the slightest opportunity. and the custom of visiting friends at mid-day for "'-'aperitif ". The countryside is very flat, ideal for cycling. and we took full advantage of it. despite complaints from parts of my anatomy unused to this exercise. Amongst places we visited were Aubigny Plage, an inland holiday resort centred around a large lake : the twelfth-century Abbey at Vaucelles : an underground canal built by Napoleon I, using slave labour. in 1410 : the source of the River Scheldt which reaches the sea at Antwerp : and an open-air swimming pool at Caudry which rivals any I have seen in England. The climax of my stay was when Jeans uncle took us to Paris for two days. Having a car at our disposal we toured the entire city and still had time to indulge in gastronomic feats of unbelievable magnitude. The sight of so many famous buildings was a great experience and amply compensated for any disappointment I felt when I was unable to obtain a ticket for Paris's most famous revue.

Before I returned to England we visited a spinning and weaving factory where I saw handkerchiefs and table cloths being made, and artisans working at their hand looms in large damp cellars making handkerchiefs for Britain and America. On the whole I found the cost of clothes and other articles about the same as in England, although some foods, especially butter. were much clearer. Sweets, too. seemed scarce, and nowhere could I find a box of chocolates.

D. M. TURNER.

BY AIR TO SOUTHERN RHODESIA

(A/C G. A. Shepherdson, Rhodesian Air Training Group, R.A.F., describes his journey from England to Buluwayo to join his training unit).

WE left Lyneham in Wiltshire at 9.30 a.m. on a wet and misty morning in June. The plane in which we were travelling was a '' York ", manned by a crew from Eagle Aviation, Ltd., London. The journey was to last approximately four days, via France, Sardinia, Malta, Libya, Sudan, Uganda and Northern Rhodesia.

Across the Channel the weather brightened considerably and a clear view was obtained of the French countryside from the height of 7,500 feet. Marseilles was passed at 12 o'clock, the speed then being 235 m.p.h. Passing Sardinia on the left, we reached Malta at 4.0 p.m., and this was our first port of call. Lunch was served at the Airport restaurant and we had time to observe a few of the still remaining scars from the air battle of -Malta of 1942. We took off again at 5.0 p.m. on a two-hour hop to Benina Airport, six miles outside Benghazi on the Libyan coast. Benina Airport was built, so I'm told, by the Germans and changed hands many times during the war, being the scene of many battles. Here we had dinner at a hotel and settled down for the night, though not much sleep was possible owing to the intense heat.

At 10.0 a.m. the following morning we left Benina and started to fly in a south-easterly direction over many miles of desert to Khartoum in the Sudan. The temperature here was 117'. Royal Air Force transport took us to the Grand Hotel, Khartoum, where we had a six-course dinner of the kind not seen in Great Britain today. My night was spent in a bath trying to keep cool. The York took off again at 5.0 a.m. for Entebbe on the edge of Lake Victoria, which was sighted at approximately 12.0, and we landed ten minutes after the " Comet Jet Airliner on its trip from Britain to Johannesburg. An hour was allowed here before leaving on the final stage of the journey to Livingstone, N. Rhodesia. She touched down at 6.0 p.m. after passing over Lake Victoria, Broken Hill and the Victoria Falls. Here we said goodbye to the crew, and were told that the continuation of our journey was held up by a Central African Airways Viking which was grounded at Salisbury, S. Rhodesia, owing to engine trouble: so we had the following day free to visit Livingstone and the Victoria Falls. Our journey there took us tie ugh the game reserve and afforded some glimpses of the mighty Zambesi, and finally brought us inn sight of the main Falls-a scene very hard to describe. Seventy-five million gallons pour over a sheer edge and drop 355 feet below. The total width of the Falls is 1.860 yards and they are one-and-half times as wide as the Niagara Fails. After seeing all that was to be seen, we made our way back to the hotel, and the following morning left for Buluwayo, an hour's run bringing us to Kumalo Airport and R.A.F. Station at one o'clock.

Men in Darkness

THERE were, I believe, twelve in the room, and all males ; three were sitting by the window, five were grouped round the table, two more were meditating gently by the doorway. and one was frantically trying to scale the walls, clad only in shorts. I, who made the twelfth, went from group to group, listening to the conversations, and occasionally joining in.

I joined first the window trio, which consisted of a Greek centre-half, a red-haired full-back, and a podgy, corpulent Alvis-owner, and heard the Greek say to the others : " I feel like an old man driven by the Trades to a sleepy corner." Whereupon Corpulence, not to be outdone, remarked, " His mighty mouth is like a furnace door," and the loquacious Ginger, feeling a little lost, reflected

I grow old . . . I grow old , . .
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled."

This was becoming too philosophic for my meagre mentality, and so I moved on, coming next to the group of five, which was a very mixed bag, containing a young hoboist, a tall shuttlecock, Simple Simon, a mournful gentleman in brown, and a blind, though psychic, table-tennis player. As I approached I heard them chanting

“We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men—”

At this point there was a slithering sound, followed by a sickening thud, as the climber fell off the wall and flattened against the floor. Wearily he picked himself up and started again:

“Leaning together
Headpiece stuffed with straw."

Simple Simon was boasting to the others about his experience of ales, claiming that " he could distinguish London ale by flavour," and added, looking at the psychic,

“Vous paraitrez a tous un objet effroyable ;
Et vous irez un jour . . .
Bouillir dans les enfers a toute ēternitē."

(He often became poetic when under the influence). The psychic, looking somewhat puzzled, replied, Is there nothing in your head ? " Unfortunately he was interrupted by the Unhappy One who was pleading with the mountaineer to come down from off the light flex, from which he was swinging, and nothing further was said. At this juncture, the blonde shuttlecock leaped to his feet, gesticulating wildly at the two meditators who were walking towards the group, and said, " Look, look . . . here come two religious caterpillars ! "

The two worms thus named came over, and the smaller, fatter of the two said to me, :: You are very similar to the hippopotamus ". I reflected momentarily. and an immediate comparison came to mind, but he continued

“The hippopotamus's day
Is passed in sleep ; at night he hunts."

Another fearful crash was heard, and we saw our prize performer sailing somewhat saucily through the window. Then the other organism, who has, I believe, been seen to catch a ball, strode to the door, flung it open, and in a voice loud and clear, fearless and resolute, declaimed poetically

“And the trees about me
Let them be dry and leafless : let the rocks
Groan with continual surges, and behind me
Make all a desolation. Look, look, wenches ! "

And we went out to dance.

J. WESTON.

Old Edwardians

The following examination results have been announced since our last issue

Oxford :

Final Honours School of Chemistry, Class 2, J. E. DICKENS, Keble ; P. LEWIS, Lincoln ; L. J. HUNT, Balliol.
Final Honours, School of Medicine, Class 2 : P. M. HIGGINS. Balliol. Modern Languages, Class 3 : P. BARTHORPE. Oriel.
Jurisprudence. Class 2 P. M. BAKER, Exeter ; D. C. Law, Brasenose ; L. H. SCOTT, Balliol. Class 3: P. B. BUCKROYD, Keble.
Literae Humaniores, Class 1 : E. H. WEBBER, Pembroke ; Class 4. J. M. M. HUGHES. Queen's.
Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Class 1 : J. F. WRIGHT. Queens. J. F. WRIGHT was awarded the George Webb Medley Senior Scholarship.

Cambridge :

Natural Science Tripos Part I, Class 2 D. H. PAGE. Caius.

D. C. Law, holder of Great Britain and British Empire Colours, ran first in a dead heat with his two Oxford colleagues, Chataway and Weekes-Pearson, in the University Cross-Country race on December 6th.

M. J. FARRELL was married on August 30th to Miss Margaret F. Bacon at Woods Hole, Mass., U.S.A.

Speech Day

23rd OCTOBER, 1952

PROGRAMME

THE SCHOOL SONG

THE HEADMASTER'S REPORT

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNORS
(Alderman J. H. Bingham, J.P.)

LATIN ADDRESS OF WELCOME
Spoken by I. H. JONES, Head Prefect

Distribution of Prizes and Address by
Sir STANLEY ROUS, C.B.E.. J.P.,
Secretary of the Football Association

Vote of Thanks to Sir Stanley Rous and the Chairman,
proposed by Alderman Sir Harold Jackson, LL.B.,
seconded by I. H. Jones, Head Prefect.

Rondo and Minuet (from the Dramatic Music) Purcell
  (The School Orchestra)  
Greek Declamation " Odysseus at the Phaeacian Games " Homer
  (R. Butler)  
Narrative From " Rough Justice'" C. E. Montague
  (E. P. Lodge)  
Choric Verse The Strange Visitor " Traditional
  (Form 2A)  
Song " Linden Lea " Vaughan Williams
  (The School Choir)  
Song " Invitation au Voyage " Baudelaire - du Parc
  (M. A. Sharpe)  
Spanish Declamation " Romance del Rey Moro que Perdio Alhama " Anon
  (J. A. Bennett)  
German Declamation " Belsazer " H. Heine
  (I. A. Mottershaw)  
Piano Solo " Gigue " (from the fifth French Suite) Bach
  (F. D. Kirkham)  
Unison Song " The -New Commonwealth '' Vaughan Williams
  (The School Choir and Orchestra)  

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

It was not the first time that the School had shown off its paces in the Victoria Hall, for in 1927 and 1928, on each occasion under a new Headmaster, this had been the place chosen for Speech Day. For what reason the custom was again changed, history does not now reveal, but until the School is provided with a larger Assembly Hall, or its numbers decline, the convenience of accommodating a larger audience in greater comfort will probably outweigh other considerations. Even so, the arrangements for seating the School, and providing for the deployment of Choir, Orchestra, Prizewinners, and Orators, fully taxed the ingenuity of the organisers and the capacity of the platform.

The programme was divided into two parts, the first accounting for all the formal procedure, after which the platform was vacated and a smoothly effected scene-change brought the Orchestra into position for the opening of the light programme ". Recitations in English, Greek, Spanish and German, and a French song, demonstrated once again the versatility and sang-froid of our Sixth Form. The Head Prefect carried out his numerous tasks with grace and accomplishment ; Latin address, English vote of thanks, the cello, the organ, and the important private supplication to the Distinguished Visitor, kept him busy for most of the evening.

Sir Stanley Rous had no difficulty in interesting his audience in his views and reminiscences of scholastic and national sport, and his advice on deeper issues was given with a modest charm and sincerity. " I may not have been always convincing as a schoolmaster," he said ; but there is no one by whom we would have been more willingly convinced that games were important, but not all-important, and the most important thing about them was the will to win and the spirit of loyal self-subordination to the interests of the team.

THE HEADMASTER'S REPORT

“Another break with the established custom of King Edward VII School is occurring this evening. We are holding our Speech Day outside the School on strange ground. I must say that for my part it is with a tinge of regret, since I feel strongly that this most important function of all in the School year ought to be within the School walls. Unfortunately the Assembly Hall at School now barely houses the Staff and boys. Last year, when I enjoyed, or rather endured, my first Speech Day at King Edward VII School, I was shocked at the number of boys and parents who had to be excluded for lack of room. That, and that alone, is the reason for the change of plan.

A number of changes in organisation have had to be effected to meet the demands of the new Examination set-up. We have still to see-what the real effect will be when we take the ' A ' level examination in 1953. I think last year was a very heavy one for boys in our Specialist Fifths, corresponding to the old Transitus. They were still carrying for examination purposes subjects which would normally have been reduced in content and at the same time trying to lay the foundations of their advanced work. On the whole, however, they did quite well in their ' 0 ' Level work, in fact, rather better than I had expected. Our planners have now, of course, allowed a chink in their armour ; there is to be a concession, with safeguards, in the age limit clause. It is only a chink, but perhaps with constant hammering it may become a hole. I hope so."

Though the great variation in the number of subjects offered by particular boys made comparative statistics meaningless, it could be said that the results at ' 0 ' Level were quite satisfactory. There were some definitely good performances from boys in the Fifth General Classes and in subjects which were taken by large numbers English Language. French, Elementary Mathematics. At the 'A' Level results were in most cases very sound and some subjects showed definite improvements over last year. Eight State Scholarships were obtained-three in Mathematics, two in Science, one in French and German, one in History, one in Classics ; and twenty-one Education Committee Scholarships were gained on the Advanced Examination.

" In the Open Scholarship field last year we came down from our previous year's fine performance and almost set an all time low record for King Edward VII School. Indeed, the old men who left the year before have already wagged their heads at the decline which set in ! We were saved from complete extinction by Ogden's Minor Scholarship in Mathematics, and Turner's Exhibition in French and Spanish at Cambridge, Heathcote's Exhibition in Classics at Oxford. Lamb and Binks obtained Exhibitions at Durham in German and French and Mathematics, while Hallas secured a Scholarship for Engineering at Loughborough College. Several boys obtained Commonerships on the Scholarship Examinations. I think competition for Scholarships and places has been steadily increasing over the past years until it has now reached a level where it will remain. It is hard going, and the flowery path of dalliance will not lead to success. Many various reasons haves been put forward for our dearth of major awards, but I think the chief contributory factor is the two years of National Service. Several boys last year would have been quite certain of awards had they continued their efforts, but they were satisfied with a place and an Education Committee University Scholarship. This saved an extra year for them, and, with two years of life at an important stage being lost anyhow, they have a definite argument on their side."

School games and Athletics were well to the fore. Rugby Football had been introduced for the Fifth and Sixth Forms with the acquisition of new ground at Castle Dyke ; it had some keen followers, though there was still a little quiet opposition " in some quarters. The usual School Societies had maintained their full activity, and some new ones had come into being. The foreign links with schools in France and Germany were working well, and it was to be hoped that parents would be able to arrange a number of exchanges this year.

There remains," the Headmaster said. " the more difficult aspect of School to deal with-that of character development, a difficult one in a large school where ordinary routine more than fills the day. We have, as most large communities, our misfits, the people who give nothing and get little for being with us. Few, but present. It is essential that we should all try to maintain our standards ; the School has a fine record ; it must be kept. Politeness, pride of appearance, a high standard of conduct in public, good manners, good taste, must be kept. There is still a slipshod attitude in many things left as a bad legacy from the war the `couldn't care less ' attitude. We are told so often that we live now in the age of the common man, a rather dreary note. I should like to feel that more of our community were striving to be uncommon men ; it is worth it. To be an individual and not a mere member of a herd is highly desirable. It is only by trying to give the best in everything that we shall develop these and by constant correction and example on the part of masters and parents. There is much to combat to-day."

Grateful acknowledgments were made to members of the Staff who had left Mr. Kiely, Mr. Barnett, Mr. Adey, Mr. Moore and Miss Knight and in general to Staff and boys who keep the various sides of school life going, and to the Chairman of the Governors for his interest in the School. " I reserve special thanks." The Headmaster said, " for D. A. Charles, last year's Head Prefect, who was the most helpful Head Boy I have met in twelve years of headmastering."

THE LATIN ADDRESS

Auspiciis, precor, secundis initio saeculi Elizabethani mihi contingat pro scholae Edwardi Septimi discipulis Victoria na in Aula hospitem nostrum adloqui. Moris enim nostri est ut oratione Latina quotannis eos salutemus qui hoc festo die suo quisque ex loco advecti rerum curatione vacuos se praebent gratoque in nos beneficio eollato faustos felicesque palmis onerant, ex inferioribus alios solacio sublevant. alias ' ignavum fucorum pecus ' stimulis ad meliora incitant, totum conventum verborum auctoritate commovent, suavitate deleniunt. Quotusquisque eorum qui adsunt inter quos te negotia ludi popularis iam diu administrare satis eonstat, olim ludi magistrum te fuisse forte cognovit ? Nam hand procul a Sulloniaci.s, Summi .lagistri nostri id temporis collega, pueros teneros flectere genua, bracchia tendere, deprimere mentum, caput retorquere docuisti. Seal ut om.i.ttam ' res iam praeteritas et proelia gesta priorum ' mentio facienda est ut de libello quern hospes nester edidit quo tirones ad optimam consuetudinem erudirentur, sic de concilio publico quod in corporum exercitatione curanda gubernat. 1 os quoque strenui labore mentis, certe plerique, eorporumm non neglegentes cum in hoc inopia commodorum sentiarn as quantum intersit robur, nervos, sanitatem alere atque augere quo salubrius quicquid ingenii nobis erit concessum hominum generi prosit, praecepta tua, Stanley Ford Rous, eques, ordini Imperii Britannici adscripte, non ->'ne exspectatione salis et facetiarum diligenter attendimus.

The principal Prizewinners were :
Royal Grammar School Classical Prizes. G. Heathcote, R. Butler, and K. Booth ;
Classical Composition, B. A. Sparkes ;
Wesley College Prize for English, M. H. Thornton ;
Wesley College Prize for History, F. A. J. Dunn ;
Wesley College Prizes for Science. A. Richmond and D. R. Dickinson ;
W. P. Taylor Prizes for Mathematics, F. Ogden, A. V. Vincent, M. J. Ecclestone and K. J. Vaughan ;
F. T. Saville Prize for History, J. S. Bird ;
English Essay, J. S. Bird ;
English Poem, B. A. Sparkes ;
English Composition, M. E. M. Davies ;
French and Spanish, P. M. Turner ;
Head Prefect's Prize, D. A. Charles ;
Geography, M. H. Tomlinson ;
Economics, F. A. J. Dunn ;
French, R. W. Porter ;
German, R. Lamb ;
Spanish, J. Weston ;
Chemistry and Physics, N. H. Taylor.

The Parents' Prizes :
Spoken English, I. H. Jones ;
Latin Reading, I. H. Jones ;
French Reading, E. P. Lodge ;
Spanish Reading, J. A. Bennett ;
Singing, P. Swain ;
Instrumental Music, F. D: Kirkham ;
Music Composition, I. H. Jones ;
Art, C. J. R. Twyford ;
Handicraft, J. P. Catchpole.

Notices

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School Societies

International Discussion Group

Having surrendered its monopoly of Monday evenings, the Group has only met four times this term. Meetings are being held in the less congenial surroundings of the Dining Hall until the completion of the new Library. A gratifying feature has been the large attendances, although we would like to see more scientists.

At the Annual General Meeting the election of Officials resulted as follows : President, Mr. G. J. Cumming ; Chairman, C. Gillott ; Secretary, B. Round ; Committee. A. Coddington, G. S. Ecclestone.

The term opened with an interesting account by Mr. W. R. Fraser of his work as representative of the Society of Friends at the present United Nations Assembly in New York. The Society of Friends has official consultative status with U.N.O.

This was followed by a mammoth meeting, sixty strong, at which the speaker was Mr. Graham Cawthorne, the Parliamentary Correspondent of the Sheffield Telegraph. In his talk he stressed the importance of the Parliamentary Question as the chief weapon in the hands of back-benchers. and the subsequent check which it enables them to exert on the bureaucratic machine.

In his description of the " Background to the present Egyptian crisis ", Mr. Aglan, an Egyptian research student at Sheffield University, gave a clear account of the causes and events leading up to the overthrow by General Neguib of the Farouk regime. The account was heard by an unusually keen and responsive audience.

The last meeting of term was addressed by Councillor P. J. Kirkham, who related his impressions of Africa, based on a recent three months business trip there. He condemned the S.A. government's policy of racial discrimination and suggested that the extent of the Mau Mau disturbances in Kenya are being greatly exaggerated in the British press.

The Group extends its thanks to Mr. G. J. Cumming, who has once again proved to be an able President and efficient organiser.

B. R.

Student Christian Movement

S.C.M. has had a particularly good term. In September we welcomed Mr. R. A. Summers, who has continued Mr. Fraser's good work as Chairman of our group. He has been a constant guide and ready help in all our activities and discussions. Attendances have been better than in previous terms ; this has been mainly due to a healthy influx of first-year Sixth Formers.

Five members attended the Third Annual Autumn Residential Conference at Castleton. It was here that the joint work for the year was discussed and formulated by representatives from all schools in this area.

In the first joint meeting, at Hurlfield G.S., Mr. Jack Keiser spoke on " Christian Social Action ". Of his experiences in mining and industrial communities, he said that Christianity and the application of its principles makes a great difference when tackling the problems which confront such communities.

Our School meetings have varied widely in subject matter. K. J. Vaughan introduced the subject " Christianity and Communism "-always a controversial one.

He traced the principles behind a Communist economy and attempt to reconcile the methods employed in its struggle for survival with Christianity. The Rev. Alan Knowles, Vicar of Sharrow. addressed the group a fortnight later on the work of the British and Foreign Bible Society. He amazed us by stating that ten tons of scripture in 1.128 languages left London each week for all parts of the world. The remaining two meetings dealt with " Christianity and Physical Science ". A short introduction by J. Middleton provided ample material for a thorough discussion. The scientists really let themselves go on the origin and nature of man and matter. The continuation of the discussion, beginning at " Divine intervention and Freewill ' . provided more scope for the non-scientist. And so ended a very successful term.

May I offer a cordial invitation to any Fifth or Sixth Former to attend our meetings, which are held on alternate Tuesdays?

D. H. T.

Scientific Society

The Society has had a full programme this term. At the Annual General Meeting a list of members was compiled and contained forty-six names.

On October 13th, J. M. Henderson gave a talk on Evolution, and this was followed by a talk on the Measurement of Astronomical Distances, illustrated by epidiascope, by N. H. Taylor. Other meetings were :
October 27th -Dr. Hall, of the Physics Department of Sheffield University, on " Fracture ".
November 10th—Mr. Bamber, of the University Mining Department, on Applications of Physics to the Mining Industry.
December 1st-Mr. Dawes, of the Safety in Mines Research Establishment, on " Safety in Mines ".

The meetings this term have been rather better attended than some last year, and it is hoped that this improvement will be maintained.

N. H. T.

Literary and Debating Society

OCTOBER 6TH.-A well-attended Sixth Form meeting decided to revive and combine the late Literary and Debating Societies. A committee was elected, consisting of R. Butler, J. Weston, W. F. Bland and M. J. Ecclestone, with W. B. Preen as Hon. Sec. and Mr. Claypole as Chairman.

NOVEMBER 10TH.-"That this House deplores the education of coloured people." Proposed by Bland, seconded by Preen ; opposed by Eccleston and Weston. There were five speeches from the floor of the House, and the motion was rejected by 15 to 8.

NOVEMBER 23RD.-" That the spread of American influence and culture is undesirable." Proposed by Cliffe, seconded by Gregory ; opposed by Bronks and Thorpe. After twelve speeches from the floor, this motion was also defeated, by 16 to 9. five abstaining.

Most of the speeches have been fluent and not without force : a few tied themselves too closely to their notes and consequently lost touch with their audience ; others, avoiding this, were too easy-going in style or trivial in substance. The ability to tackle and upset your opponents' arguments needs cultivation, as does the knack of stating your own points seriously without sounding bookish.

Three meetings will be held in the Lent Term, including a " quintette " of short reviews of recent books.

G. H. C.

Chess Club

With a greatly improved attendance the Club has had a very successful term. Three home matches were played, against De la Salle, Firth Park. and Ecclesfield, none of which were lost ; a match at Nether Edge G.S. was lost by 4 boards to 2.

Under Mr. Collins and Mr. Redston younger boys are being taught the elements of the game. As will be seen from the above results, the School has quite a strong team, but it could be further strengthened if the older members had a more advanced knowledge of the more popular openings. A line of play may be learnt in a few minutes, and this is time well spent, with a view to keeping the player out of the pitfalls commonly met with. A league competition will be run during the Lent Term, in Senior. Middle and Junior divisions. Details are to be found on the notice boards. There will also be return matches with the above schools and matches against the University.

A. V. V.

Junior History Society

Our activities during the winter term were as follows. On 4th October Mr. Collins led an expedition to Bradfield, where the Vicar, the Rev. A. King (O.E.) received the party very hospitably and conducted them round the Church. Afterwards the group inspected the near-by earthwork.

Three lectures were given during the term. On 15th October Mr. J. G. Chambers, an Old Boy of S.R.G.S., gave a talk on " Sheffield Royal Grammar School in the late 19th century On 29th October N. G. Wellings and C. M. Vere of 4(1) gave two illustrated talks on " The growth of Sheffield's Railway System " ; and on 26th November, J. Hutchinson of the Science 5th gave an illustrated talk on " The early history of Bradfield and district ". All these lectures were very interesting and we are grateful to the speakers.

D. A. Hardy, 3(1), was elected to the Committee and N. S. Waite. 4(1), to the position of Treasurer.

V. J. W.

Junior Classical Society

Membership of this new Society is limited to boys in the Fourth Forms or below, and its object is to make possible the discussion of aspects of Greek and Roman civilisation which are not normally part of the ordinary course in either language. The first meeting was held on 10th December, when a joint lecture was given by D. Barron and N. G. Wellings on Roman Roads, illustrated by diagrams showing the composition of the foundations of the main kinds of road made by the Romans in Britain. It was clear that both speakers had done a great deal of private research into the subject. Next term there will be three meetings. one of which will be devoted to preparation for the visit to the Greek Play, the Agamemnon of Aeschylus, at the Arts Theatre, Cambridge. The following officers of the Society have been elected : Dictator. A. J. Pinion ; Magister Equitum. K. Jackson ; Scriba, J. K. Ferguson ; Quaestor. J. M. F. Gagan.

C. E. S.

Craft and Construction Society

After a rather late start, the Society is now working to full capacity ; on Tuesday_ evenings the workshop is a veritable hive of activity. At the beginning of the term, the membership was only half that of the previous year. It has risen slightly now, but there is still room for a few more members from the 5th and 6th Forms. The Society has made various workshop fittings. a set of bottle stands for the Biology department and several pieces of scientific apparatus.

R. J. J. O.

Ship's Cat

(Most of us will have read some, if not all, of the very interesting letters which are pasted regularly on our "S.S. Hector” notice-board. Here is one of them which readers may like to see again).

S.S. “HECTOR” VOYAGE 6,
4th September, 1952.

All is fairly peaceful and quiet on the " Hector „ once again following last night's call to '- panic station when. in a matter of minutes, cups. saucers, teapots, chairs, drawers, radio sets, passengers, and a host of other ship paraphernalia became strewn " all over the place ". Some of us blamed the helmsman, others thought that '- Black Joe ,- was having his own back on Captain Cheetham for giving him his marching orders in Capetown. Joe. and a pal of his, stowed away in Liverpool. not knowing. I suppose. that the " Hector '' was Australia bound.

Ships cats can cause untold trouble in Australia, where quarantine regulations absolutely forbid a foreign cat to even have a little jaunt ashore, let alone disappear on sailing day. Failure to produce a ships cat to the Custom's Officer on departure from the last Australian Port is a punishable offence. On arriving at the first Australian Port, called the Port of Entry, the Master of every ship has to declare and enter into a bond of £50, for every animal on board his vessel (Surgeons and Chief Stewards excepted). When the time comes for the ship to finally leave Australia, the Customs Officer again makes a thorough check of all animals on board, as entered on the declaration form when the ship first entered Australia. As pussies have an unfailing habit of going visiting the very last night in port untold trouble can be caused to all and sundry. The Quarter Master on the ship's gangway will have been given stern orders to take drastic action should pussy so much as look in the direction of the gangway, but somehow pussy invariably wins. Search parties are then briefed to go along the quay and to visit neighbouring ships, with orders to borrow or steal any cat resembling the lost culprit. I don't know what kind of cat-calls you use in Sheffield. Captain Cheetham might be able to enlighten me on the subject, for I believe he did pay you a courtesy visit a few months ago ; or do you reserve these for visitors to Hillsborough and Bramall Lane ? It's amazing the different type of cat-calls that originate from different parts of Britain. To appreciate this you should be on the quay in Australia when the search parties are out. - Puss, Puss, Puss," or Chi, Chi, Chi," (sort of hissing noise through the teeth if you have any) or " Click. Click, Click " (with the tongue placed on the roof of the mouth) seem to be the most common. More often than not the search proves fruitless Puss probably having overheard the Quarter Master telling all and sundry what is going to happen if he -Ever sets hands on the old so and so again Sometimes unexpected results follow this chorus of mixed cat-calls--A Wharfie breaks away from a card game. only to be pushed aside with a blunt " Not You ". Occasionally a search party returns triumphantly to the ship. only to be told by the Customs Officer that cats, in Australia, do not change their sex. The captive is then set free and the E50 handed over without more ado. What more infuriating to a ship's Master, having just forfeited his £50, than to see the cause of all his trouble trotting up the quay. mewing dismally at the sight of his old home drifting away from him

That's the reason, John-or was it William who was asking in one of the school letters " Why the Hector never seems to have a ship's cat ? "

D. M. HUGHES,
1st Radio Officer.

Music

THE Choir has reached a record strength of 120 and all departments are working enthusiastically. The basses are strong and have added to their strength Mr. Johnston. The tenors are probably the best we have had, ably led by boys like Orton and Tebbet who have continued in the Choir since their treble days. The altos have done valiantly, though as always this part presents the chief problem in balance. The tone of the trebles is good and we hope to see some soloists emerge from their ranks.

The Orchestra has suffered from the loss of a number of violinists, including the leader. Bennett. but is shaping well with Parfitt in the lead. Among the violins we welcome Mr. Smith, and to the 'cellists Cousin, while D. S. Taylor makes a welcome second bass player. The brass group is particularly effective now. It is hoped that a few boys will take up the clarinet, because we shall otherwise find ourselves without players at the end of this year. The Orchestra has acquired, by the generous gift of Mr. Cyril Cantrell, a fine peal of tubular bells, which only await the tuning efforts of the Physics department to be put into use.

At Speech Day the Choir's contribution was Vaughan Williams's Linden Lea and The New Commonwealth. the Orchestra accompanying the latter and opening the proceedings with two movements by Purcell. F. D. Kirkham's piano solo was outstanding, and Sharpe's singing of a song in French an innovation.

The annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols was given before a packed congregation at the Cathedral, and the Choir were at their best. Meanwhile preparations have been going forward for the Concert on January 21st in the Victoria Hall. with Stanford's Songs of the Sea (soloists : Swain and Sharpe) and Parry's Blest Pair of Sirens as the chief choral works. I. H. Jones with the Orchestra will perform a Handel Organ Concerto, and orchestral and solo items, with madrigals and Negro Spirituals, complete what should prove a most varied and attractive programme. Immediately after that date work will begin for a Coronation Concert in the summer, which will this year take the place of the usual Oratorio.

This note cannot be concluded without an expression of gratitude to the many singers and players who give so much of their time and enthusiasm to the music of the School.

N. J. B.

The Library

IT has been impracticable to issue books to borrowers this term, while the technicians have been doing the preliminary work on the new Library, although a small number of books has been available for form reading periods in the Lower School.

The following presentations, mostly by or on behalf of boys leaving School, are gratefully acknowledged

J. S. Bird, Masterman's To Teach the Senators Wisdom ; P. B. Duckworth. Chester Wilmot's Struggle for Europe ; G. M. Percival. H. Nicholson's Biography of George V ; J. A. Bennett, F. Steegmuller's Maupassant ; G. M. Macbeth. C. Day Lewis's Aeneid of Vergil ; D. A. Charles, Journal of Eugene Delacroix ; J. D. Hallas, Crowther's British Scientists of the 20th Century and Howard's Dictionary of Scientists ; K. G. Jackson, L. Van der Post's Venture to the Interior ; the father of D. W. Welsh, Winston Churchill's Closing the Ring, Hankinson's Rugby Football for Schools and Styles's The Mountaineer's Week-end Book : the parents of J. A. Robinson, The Beauty of Britain (Batsford) ; the father of D. C. Hull, Berensons Italian Painters. Kay’s Pioneers of British Industry, C. A. Johnss British Birds and their Haunts, Guides to Skye and The Western Highlands; "a parent," Dispersal of Plants; Sir Stanley Rous. F.A. Book for Boys ; G. Nornable (O.E.) Specially Employed.

Mr. J. G. Chambers, an Old Boy of S.R.G.S. and a member of the R.G.S. Trust, has generously presented a number of books from his library, including Edward Whymper's Scrambles among the Alps, Andrews's Bygone Derbyshire, Guedalla's The Duke. Jervoix's Ancient Bridges of the North of England. Pontefract and Hartley's Yorkshire Tour, and The Romance of Wednesday (1867-1926).

Mrs. Constance Sumner. daughter of Dr. Robert Styring, who was Chairman of the Governors for a number of years, has presented The White House Papers of Harry L. Hopkins (2 vols.).

B. C. H.

Swimming

THE Water Polo team has played home and away matches against Sheffield University. Considering that the University included an Indian Olympic player and two county players, the School put up -a very creditable performance in losing by only 5 goals to 3 and 4 goals to 3.

A. Weston and B. Round competed in the English Championships at Brighton in September. Weston swam in the Boys' 100 yards Backstroke and Round in the equivalent Men's event, but unfortunately neither reached the finals.

The only other activity has been the House Water Polo League competition. With two rounds still to play. Haddon are at the moment holding the first position one point ahead of Chatsworth. We extend our thanks to J. A. Bennett, last season's Captain and a member of the team since 1948, for his excellent services during the past five seasons. As most of the other senior members of the team have left, competition for places is wide open and there is every incentive for all swimmers to train hard and secure a place. The fixture list has been extended and a number of matches are to be played late next term ; serious training should therefore start early -in January.

B. R.

Badminton

THE club welcomes this season Mr. Sinclair, who brings a breath of official recognition from higher places, and also, we are sure, many useful hints to aid the School team. There has been keen competition for the head of the ladder, and enthusiasm has been shown amongst the top twelve or so, but players in the lower half of the list would do better if they played more often and more seriously. The School team has unfortunately only played two matches so far. The first, against Greystones B.C., was lost 1-8, and we can offer no real excuses, being outplayed in many of the games. However, against the University -A- team we won 5-4, and would have won even more easily if several of the players had not relaxed after winning the first rubber.

The following boys have played for the team this season : F. G. Newsum. R. Preston, D. J. Rippon. D. D. Howarth, A. V. Vincent. D. M. Turner, D. Williamson.

D. M. T.

Scouting

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS

ON the 4th October. 1952, the 167th Sheffield (King Edward VII School) Scout Group celebrated its Silver Jubilee. That rather bald statement covers a tradition which was begun on 26th July, 1927, when the first members of the School Troop were invested, in front of the School, and in the presence of all the members of the School.

The man who started it all was Mr. Gaskin, who retired from the School Staff when the present members of the School were very young. He was Senior Geography Master, but somehow he will always be remembered as the man behind the School Scouts. He certainly knew what he was doing, because within two or three months of its formation the Troop's membership -was approaching the hundred mark, a number which has been more or less maintained ever since.

Consequently, on 4th October, 1952, nearly one hundred scouts from the School Group assembled, again in front of the School, to welcome the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, who had honoured us consenting to open our celebrations. This he did most ably, and soon the celebrations were in progress. They included displays on the Close and in the Hut, a film, and finally a Pageant depicting scenes in the history of the Group.

The relation between Scout Group and School is often misunderstood. The two are complementary : the Scout Group is not " just another school society ", as is sometimes thought. An organisation which is part of a world-wide brotherhood of over five million members is hardly ' " just another school society ". Neither should it be said by the Scouts that -- it always was a nuisance haying the School in the grounds of the Scout Hut " ! All the activities, including camping, are designed to fulfil the aim of the Boy Scout Association, which is to develop good citizenship among boys by forming their character. No boy joins the Scouts because he v%-ants to be a good citizen, but it is perhaps as well to remember that of the one hundred and eight Old Edwardians who gave their lives in the Second World War, nearly one-half were members of the School Scout Group. Scouting in its broadest sense is a force in the world to-day and its potentialities are considerable.

Last July, after the Indaba, which is an international gathering of Scouters, the following words appeared in one of the leading newspapers " Here they were, the Scouts of fifty nations, round one camp fire. It was not, as the commentator said in a momentary lapse, that ' all political and racial differences are set aside ' : it was a greater achievement : for these men and women such differences do not exist." What greater tribute could there be to Scouting?

JOHN NUTTER (K.E.S. 1940-50).

" B " TROOP

SUMMER CAMP, 25th July to 12th August. After a journey lasting seventeen hours the advance party arrived in a jungle of thistles, near Lynton. Demoralised by visions of terrific inroads on the First Aid kit they felt unable to do more than establish troop headquarters, leaving the spade (or more accurately scythe) work to the main body. The latter arrived on Tuesday, having made six hours better time than their predecessors, and so well did they work that by Thursday two bathing parades and a Patrol Hike had already been held. There was a wide game on Friday night during which a certain cake disappeared.

A London troop was camping near us and joined us in Camp Sports, which we won convincingly, and a Camp Fire sing-song on Monday night.

It had been hoped that the absence of the S.M. on a course in Oxford would divert rain-clouds (the main feature of earlier summer camps) in that direction. The presence of the G.S.I. might also have a deterrent effect. However, liaison with the Weather Clerk broke down and on Tuesday it rained and blew all day. -Nothing daunted, ten scouts left camp next day on 1st Class hikes. The inclement weather continued, and ruined our attempts to entertain our London pals on Friday, but worse came on Saturday when, while most of the Troop was out of camp, no less than seven tents fell down.

Fortunately our last day in camp was fine, and we were clear of the site by ten o-clock. The journey home was anything but uneventful -a little matter of some Guides ; but order was restored by the time we reached Heeley and 9.30 saw most of us safely returned to the bosoms of our families.

For the record, the Patrol Competition was won comfortably by the Peewits.

AUTUMN TERM. For us the term has been notable for the masses of new recruits we have received-one could almost call them new blood, especially at the end of a game of British Bulldog. They have settled down well after a slow start of which more anon, and all have been invested and are working for 2nd Class. Owing to failure to enlist any recruits in 1949 the P.L.s this year are, with one exception, 3rd Formers. Their exalted rank seems to sit well upon the chosen few and we hope to gain in enthusiasm what we have lost on experience.

Our heartiest congratulations go to Seniors Oliver and Harris on gaining the Queen's Scout Badge at almost the earliest possible date. Their example should be an inspiration to the Troop.

Open Day this year, celebrating as it did the 25th Birthday of the Group, was much more ambitious than usual. This ambition found expression chiefly in the presentation of a Pageant depicting the history of the Group. For this the Troop provided several characters and the Peewit Patrol, whose efforts in erecting the stage, under the able direction of Mr. Watling, merit commendation. Despite lack of rehearsals everything went well on the night. It is even rumoured that the Dramatic Society are offering us a retainer as stage-dismantlers!

During the earlier part of the proceedings the Peewit Patrol, thanks to “being prepared” won the tent-pitching competition. Our champion logger proved much too efficient and was disqualified for demolishing his log in one fell swoop.

We are now looking forward to Christmas and a round of Patrol parties. Our friends, the 5th Eckington G.S. Troop, have already shown us the way. A party of nine attended their Christmas celebrations and enjoyed themselves immensely.

On the whole it has been for most of us a hectic term but a happy one and, we hope, the forerunner of many more such.

D. W., D. J. W.

Football

FIVE teams have been representing the School this season, including the 3rd XI which is now in its second season. The formation of this team has been a success and already several members have played for the 2nd XI and on occasion for the 1st XI. It is hoped that next season the 3rd XI will have a fuller fixture list.

FIRST XI

Played 19, Won 14, Lost 5. Drawn 0. For 77, Against 37.

The side has played good football all the season, the ball moving smoothly from man to man in a way that is not usually associated with school teams. As often happens under such circumstances, though, the forwards have occasionally become obsessed by their pattern weaving to the neglect of their shooting. Witness the match against the University III when the School had threequarters of the play, yet lost 5-1.

The defence has been tight all season-this is to be expected, since three of them have played in representative sides. Butler, Jones and Bullard have played for Sheffield and District G.S. XI; and Bullard is to play for the Yorkshire G.S. team against Middlesex G.S. team at Finchley on January 1st, with Jones originally selected as a reserve.

Butler is in his second season as Captain. As a centre-half he is thoroughly competent, his heading of the ball being much improved. He is not loud in his encouragement to the rest of the team-indeed it is not often needed-but he has readily sustained new men in the defence. Of late he has defied convention by kicking the wrong way when winning the toss at Whiteley Woods, with surprisingly good results.

Bullard is now a good player. He kicks well with either foot, can head a ball an alarming distance, and uses his speed to retrieve any dangerous situations that may develop outside his territory. Cook has deputised for Bullard in a few matches.

Jones has kept goal confidently, although his judgment in coming out has lapsed on occasion, and it was unfortunate that he was badly injured at Barnsley when playing for the Sheffield team against Leeds, when his selection for the Yorkshire side looked certain. We were fortunate to have Weston to take his place. He improves with every match and is expected to grow a moustache in the near future. Kaye and Bruce have also played in goal. At left-back Grantham has found the heavy going rather truing, but his keen sense of positional play has helped him on many occasions.

When J. E. Smith dropped out of the side—he is more suited to the full-back position—Heritage took the right-half position. He is a strong player who should keep his place for several seasons. Needham has played left-half. His tackling and recovery were suspect at the start of the season, but he is now much improved and “played a blinder” against City G.S.

Of the forwards, Booth has led the attack with vigour and not a little skill, but he has missed a few open goals. Rowbotham has been one of the successes of the side. Having curbed his tendency to use his hands, he is working the ball well and as a result has been awarded his Colours. Hobson, outside left, is always on the spot to finish off an attack, but is still prone to get off-side. Since Buckle left, Thomas has been playing outside right. He is hard to knock off the ball, but is inclined to wander too far into the middle. Tiddy has scored a few goals with long range shots, but is still at sea against a quick tackling half-back. Staniforth has come into the side since half-term, and is showing himself to be one of the best ball players we possess.

J. S. G. Smith has also had a few games in the forward line and the showing of the reserves in general indicates that we shall be able to field a strong side, not only during the rest of this season, but also in the 1953-54 year.

C. H. H.

Results
v. Sinclair's XI (H) Won 8-2
v. Old Edwardians (H) Won 5-1
v. P. H. Wreghitt’s XI (H) Won 3-2
v. Training College (H) Lost 0-5
v. Maltby (H) Won 2-0
v. Chesterfield ... (A) Won 5-1
v. Bootham (A) Won 9-2
v. High Storrs (A) Won 4-2
v. Mansfield (H) Won 1-0
v. Barnsley (A) Lost 2-4
v. Woodhouse (H) Won 4-1
v. Maltby (A) Won 3-1
v. Manchester (A) Won 4-1
v. High Storrs (H) Won 6-2
v. Firth Park (A) Lost 2-3
v. University III (A) Lost 1-5
v. Training College (A) Lost 2-3
v. City G.S. (H) Won 8-1
v, Ecclesfield    (H) Won 8-1

Scorers : Booth 20, Hobson 15, Rowbotham 15, Tiddy 6, Buckle 6, Thomas 5, Staniforth 4, Heritage 3, Needham 1, J. S. G. Smith 1, Own Goals 1.

SECOND XI

Played 10, Won 6, Lost 4. For 38, Against 25.

This record is not so good as in previous years, but the standard of football has been quite high. Probably more boys have played for the 2nd XI this season than ever before, in all 29. This large number can be partly accounted for by a spate of injuries ; for example, no less than four boys have played in goal. In spite of so many changes, the team has played together as a team, and with a little more luck at least two of the games lost could have been won.

In goal, Weston, when he has played, has performed well, whilst Cook at full-back has improved out of all recognition. Wray at centre-half has done very well, but is prone to wander up the field leaving the opposing centre-forward free. At the beginning of the season Thomas, Staniforth and J. S. G. Smith formed a good inside trio; now room has been found for them in the 1st XI and we wish them every success. Parfitt at full-back has been very steady, his positional play being very good. At half-back Wells, Poulter, J. Smith and Middleton have worked hard ; the first two prefer the dry grounds found at the beginning or end of the season. The wingers have been a little disappointing, as often they have failed to square the ball. Shaw has led the forwards intelligently, but must develop his left foot. Haddock, in the two games he has played, has livened up the forwards and, although at the moment he is lacking in ball control, he should prove a useful acquisition to the team. There is not space to mention everyone, but no one has let the team down, and often reserves called in at the last moment have been the best players on the field.

C. S. A.

Results
     
v. Old Edwardians (H) Won 9-4
v. Maltby G.S. (A) Lost 2-3
v. Trojans (H) Lost 1-5
v. Mansfield G.S. (H) Won 4-1
v. Training College (A) Won 5-1
v. Huddersfield Am. (H) Lost 2-3
v. Bootham (H) Won 5-1
v. Firth Park G.S. (H) Won 5-2
v. Training College (H) lion 2-0
v. Ecclesfield (A) Lost 3-5

Scorers : Thomas 8, Shaw 7, Staniforth, J. S. G. Smith 4, Tebbet 3, Taylor, Haddock, Speet, Heritage 2, Poulter, Wells, Howarth, Tomlinson 1.

THIRD XI

There is a saying in football circles that "every famous club has its nursery team The 3rd XI has indeed, this term, supplied the other School XIs' many and varied wants ; for goalkeepers, for players in defence and for players in attack. In spite of this, the team has had hard fought games, only ill-luck preventing their being victorious on more than one occasion. Under the steady captaincy of Howarth, the following have represented the School : Shaw, Williams, Perrett, G. N. Smith, Bruce, Spir, Gregory, Middleton, K. Taylor, Andrews, Laycock, Haddock, Turner, Swain, Vincent, Cliffe, Whittaker, Kaye.

G. I.

Results
v. Crosspool Park (H) Won 7-4
v. Owler Lane ... (A) Draw 3-3
r. University IV (H) Lost 1-2
v. Eckington (H) Lost 4-6

UNDER 15 XI

The first half of any season in Under 13 Football must be a tale of trial and usually of error. It is rare indeed for a full XI to come up from the previous year and this term has been no exception. Reputations have been made, and in some cases lost, by half-term, and though on paper our results since then have shown little improvement, the spirit of the team has been very encouraging.

Generally speaking, the defence has been sound. It has had the misfortune, however, of paying for all its errors in full. The chief fault has been lack of understanding with the goalkeeper, who must bear a large portion of the blame for our rather heavy defeats. The attack, which has played unchanged for most of the season, has worked well. Service from Youle and Hewitt at inside forward has been good, and Frost has overcome the disadvantage of his height to good effect, The wingers, especially Beynon. do not cross the ball far enough back. There is no point in centring into the goal-area : the ideal centre should drop near the penalty spot.

The team as a whole still tends to kick before it looks. Flicks and deflections are very pretty but useless if they go straight to an opponent. I shall expect more direct and purposeful football next term.

D. J. W.

Results
v. Maltby G.S. ... (H) Won 8-1
r. Southey Green (H) Won 2-0
v. Barnsley G.S. (A) Lost 3-8
v. Maltby G.S. ... (A) Lost 3-6
v. Carfield (H) Lost 4-5
v. Firth Park (H) Lost 3-4
v. Southey Green (H) Won 2-0

Scorers : Frost 9, Scholey 5, Beynon 4, Hewitt 3, Youle, Wright, Kent 1, O.G. 1.

Played 7. Won 3. Lost 4. For 25. Against 24.

UNDER 14 XI

The team has had quite a successful season after a rather shaky start. In the earlier games there was too much ineffective short passing, but once the forwards realised that the sweeping pass is the best way to open up a defence, the football improved. The full-backs and half-backs have played very well, and their covering and marking have been above the standard one expects from boys of their age. Longden's captaincy has been very good. Credit must also be given to a number of Second Form boys who have found a place in the team.

J.C.H.

Results
v. Maltby G.S. .. (A) Lost 1-3
v. Hunter's Bar School... (H) Won 3-2
v. Hunter's Bar School... (A) Won 4-0
v. Owler Lane S.S. (A) Won 9-2
v. Maltby G.S. ... (H) Won 4-1
v. Carfield G.S. (A) Won 2-1
v. Firth Park G.S. (A) Lost 1-3
v. Eckington G.S. (A) Won 3-1
v. Eccclesfield G.S. (H) Won 3-2

Played 9. Won 7. Lost 2. For 29, Against 15.

Scorers : Winfield S, Richardson 5, Tomlinson 5, Booth 3, Walton 1, Rutledge 1, Sallis 1, Saunders 1, Evison 1, Hodgson 3.

SENIOR HOUSE LEAGUE

    P. W. L. D. Pts.
1. Sherwood 7 6 0 1 13
2. Wentworth 7 4 0 3 11
3. Haddon 7 4 2 1 9
4. Welbeck 7 3 3 1 7
5. Arundel 7 3 4 0 6
6. Clumber 7 2 4 1 5
7. Lynwood 7 1 5 1 3
8. Chatsworth 7 1 6 0 2

INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE

The results in two very exciting last-round ties have meant that there is a triple tie for first place, and the final is still to be played. Rugby has been introduced this term as an alternative game and some 35 boys have taken advantage of this. Good progress is reported.

    P. W. L. D. Pts.
1. Chatsworth ... 7 5 2 0 10
  Welbeck 7   2 0 10
  Wentworth 7 0 2 0 10
4. Haddon 7 4 3 0 8
  Clumber 7 4 3 0 8
6. Arundel 7 3 3 1 7
7. Lynwood 7 1 6 0 2
S. Sherwood 7 0 6 1 1

JUNIOR LEAGUE

Our recent ill-luck with Thursdays continues ; bad weather has prevented our playing on all but eight occasions. Results, with one round remaining to be played, are as follows :—

  1st XIs.             2nd XIs.          
    P W D L P     P W D L P
1. Haddon 6 6 0 0 12 1. Chatsworth 6 5 1 0 11
2. Lynwood 6 4 1 1 9 2. Clumber 6 5 0 1 10
3. Welbeck 6 4 0 2 8 3. Lynwood 6 4 0 2 8
4. Chatsworth 6 3 1 2 7 3. Welbeck 6 3 2 1 8
5. Clumber 6 3 0 3 6 5. Sherwood 6 3 1 2 7
6. Wentworth 6 2 0 4 4 6 Haddon 6 1 0 5 2
7. Arundel 6 1 0 5 2 6. Wentworth 6 1 0 5 2
8. Sherwood 6 0 0 6 0 8. Arundel 6 0 0 6 0

House Notes

ARUNDEL

From the House point of view football has occupied a major part of this term. The Senior team led by Cook have played well and have shown that enthusiasm more than makes up for lack of outstanding ability. The K.O. team under Rowbotham, recently awarded his School Colours, have placed their way to the Final in fine style. The Intermediate defence has been rather weak and the forwards have not made the best of their opportunities. Whilst the Juniors have been a little disappointing, mainly because they have not yet grasped the principles of marking and passing, their support of House functions, in particular Water Polo, has been very encouraging. Unfortunately the Water Polo team has had a very moderate season, but Helliwell, succeeding Allen who left soon after the beginning of the term, has shown considerable energy as their Captain. We congratulate Machen on his election as School Rugby Captain. On the scholastic side, Vaughan and Dickinson have been awarded State Scholarships and Fells and Vaughan have been awarded places at Queens and Trinity respectively. The secretarial duties have been performed very ably by Fells. We congratulate Fells and Whittaker on being made full Prefects and Copley on his Sub-Prefectship. We were sorry to say goodbye to Mr. Harrison, but Mr. Summers and Mr. Smith have already proved their worth in the House.

CHATSWORTH

The loss of so many seniors at the end of last term has been responsible for the fact that our Senior team languishes at the bottom of the Football league. However, with the help of four middle-school boys, a spirited effort against Lynwood took us into the Knock-Out semi-final. We can be considered unlucky on losing the semi-final match with Arundel by 1 goal to 0 after having taken them to extra time. A. W. Scholey, G. H. Foster, A. F. Howarth, R. V. Sallis and knock-out reserve T. J. Saunders, all middle-school boys, should form the nucleus of a fine House team in two years' time. It is therefore not surprising to find that under the captaincy of Scholey the middle-school teats has finished equal first. We offer our congratulations and best wishes for the play-off. Under the captaincy of I. W. Newsom the Junior team has played soundly and finished fourth. House Football Colours have been awarded to B. Thomas and P. Wray. In the Water Polo league, the team, again under the captaincy of B. Round, is, at the time of writing, lying second, one point behind Haddon. A House Social, attended by over 50 boys, was held on December 16th and proved an outstanding success. Besides welcoming Mr. C. A. Reeves as House Tutor in place of Mr. Fraser, we also congratulate W. D. Cousin on being appointed a House Prefect and B. Round as a Sub-Prefect and House Captain.

CLUMBER

With a cupboard full of trophies we have been this term on the defensive. Our Soccer teams have always given value for money, to the spectators, especially the Junior and, in the last few weeks, the Middle School sides ; but we now lose the occasional match. We have enjoyed as usual our Socials, both admirably organised, which served to cloak our sad parting with Bennett and Gillott. Booth has taken over the duties of Head of the House and is busy consolidating our position, with a view to another series of vintage years later in the 50s. We are loath to part with the Swimming Shield.

HADDON

This year Haddon seems to have begun to find its place again in school activities in spite of the early loss of Hollingworth, who was to have been House Captain ; we wish him all the best for the future. In the Football leagues the Senior team, under Wilkinson, has improved a lot since last year and at the end of the term is quite well placed- 4th. The diddle School XI has not done as well as was expected but we hope for an improvement next year. The Junior 1st XI has maintained its excellent record and has yet to lose a match. The 2nd XI has not done quite as well but it also is well placed. In the Knock-out competition we have reached the final by beating Wentworth 4-1, and Welbeck 7-1. Unfortunately we have not vet played Arundel in the Final owing to bad weather, but we are still very confident. The Water Polo team has not lost yet and have been playing well together ; we shall be sorry to lose Smith at the end of term. With an eye to the future, it is hoped that a House Social can be arranged for early next term. Finally we congratulate Williamson on being made a Sub-Prefect, and we wish those who are leaving us all the best in the years to come.

LYNWOOD

We were sorry to lose our House Captain, Charles, at the end of last term. The energy and humour which proved such an asset to Lynwood should serve him well in the future, where we wish him all success. This term in Football the Seniors have met with little success, with only one win and one draw to their credit, whilst the Knock-out team got the worst of a scrappy first-round encounter with Chatsworth. The Middle School teams, under Wright's captaincy, have had a little more luck ; the Juniors also have improved on the Seniors' performance and their enthusiasm, under Connerton's leadership, has brought them to a creditable position. In Water Polo we have fielded a stronger team than for some time and are now within striking distance of the League championship, which we hope to secure after Christmas, although it is possible that the team may be weakened by the loss of Rippon, to whom, as Swimming Captain, is due in no small measure the team's success. In Cross Country running next term it should be possible to improve on last year's results, with Jinkinson, Athletics Captain, backed up by Hitchcock, who is to be congratulated on gaining his place in the School C.C. team. Keenness probably counts more in this than in any other sport, since results depend so much on training, and so if we are to restore the House to the limelight here, after a long and unworthy retirement, a display of keenness is the key, particularly from those who are not star performers. The overall outlook then is that relative obscurity—but by no means gloom—temporarily dims our radiance, but the forecast for the future is undoubtedly " prolonged bright periods " !

SHERWOOD

The 1st XI, captained by Howarth, has had a very successful term, winning the League and dropping only one point. Teamwork has been the keystone to success and it would be wrong to single out any individual for praise. House Colours have been re-awarded to Shires, Middleton and Howarth, and awarded to Coleman, _Newsum and Baker. In the Knock-out we were beaten 6-4 by a strong Welbeck side in the first round, and our thanks are due to Tiddy, of the School 1st XI, who played a fine game at inside forward. We also thank him for being a very efficient Football Captain during the season. The Middle School section has had a poor season and the captain, Watkinson, has not received the support he deserves. In the Lower School we were unfortunate to have our captain, Buchan, unable to play for most of the term, having broken an arm during the first match, but since his return results have improved. It is hoped that more enthusiasm for the House will be shown by the younger boys in the future. In Water Polo our performances have not been outstanding, but we are indebted to Robinson for his fine displays. Cross Country next term will afford an opportunity to every member of the House ; constant training is essential for success. We congratulate Clinton on his Hastings Scholarship, and Newsum on winning a Herbert Hughes Spanish Prize. A new departure during this term has been the appointment of a House Secretary.

WELBECK

The House has had moderate success in the Football competitions. The Senior team, apparently strong in having six School 2nd XI players, has not made the most of its opportunities and stands midway in the League. In the Knock-out competition we won the first round but were heavily defeated in the semi-final. The Middle School team is equal top of the League and hopes to win the play-off next term. The Junior team plays with enthusiasm, if not always the winning side. We congratulate our House Captain, J. M. F. Drake, on winning a Hastings Scholarship and wish him every success while with the Forces and later at Oxford.

WENTWORTH

We congratulate Weston and Vincent on being appointed Prefects, and Henderson and Richmond as Sub-Prefects. Three members of the House were awarded State Scholarships and Richmond has since gained a Hastings Scholarship at Queen's College. The 1st XI has not lost a match this term but three draws held the team in second place. The Knock-out XI was not as successful as was hoped, losing to Haddon in the first round. Needham has played left-half for the School 1st XI and J. E. Smith at right-half for the 1st and 2nd XIs. Weston captained the School 2nd XI for the first few weeks of term and recently has competently deputised for Jones. Wells and Woodthorpe have played for the 2nd XI. The Middle School team's results are also encouraging ; they are bracketed first with Chatsworth and Welbeck. In Water Polo our team, without any of the School's outstanding swimmers, has shown itself capable of meeting any other. So far only one match has been lost and we should finish high up in the table. Injuries to some of our regular players have given chances to younger boys and this valuable experience should bear fruit in the future.