|VOL. XIII||MARCH, 1952||No. 5|
|SCHOOL NOTES||73||OLD EDWARDIANS' ASSOCIATION||84|
|LATIN READING||73||OXFORD LETTER||85|
|SPEECH DAY||74||CAMBRIDGE LETTER||86|
|S.S. HECTOR||76||SHEFFIELD LETTER||86|
|CHRISTMAS CONCERT||77||SCHOOL SOCIETIES||87|
|DESERT HIGHWAY||78||CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING||89|
|POEM||79||THE BRITISH POLICE||89|
|GLIDING AND SOARING FLIGHTS||80||CRICKET||93|
|UNE PROMENADE A PARIS||81||SCOUTING||93|
|SCHOOL MUSIC||82||HOUSE NOTES||94|
|THE CHARCOAL-BURNER||82||HOUSE FOOTBALL LEAGUES||95|
The following University awards have been gained:
F. Ogden. Minor Scholarship in Mathematics at Jesus College, Cambridge:
P. M. Turner. Exhibition in Modern Languages at Downing College. Cambridge:
S. D. Binks, Open Exhibition in Mathematics at Hatfield College. Durham:
R. Lamb, Open Exhibition in German at Hatfield College. Durham:
G. Heathcote, Open Exhibition in Classics at the Queen's College, Oxford.
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Mr. K. P. Barnett leaves at the end of this term to take up an appointment as Classics Master at the Worcester Cathedral King's School, where we wish him all success.
Mr. Wrigley has just returned from a short visit to Germany, where he has been giving talks to senior classes of schools and to German teachers, at the invitation of the German Section of the Foreign Office.
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J. A. Bennett. T. G. Cook, and J. R. Timms were awarded prizes for Spanish in the Herbert Hughes Memorial Prize competition. J. A. Bennett was also the winner in the Senior Section for Spanish Reading of the Spoken Word competition organized by the Yorkshire Modern Language Association.
R. Lamb was awarded First Prize for an English poem at the Youth Arts Festival of 1951. organised by the Ecclesall Methodist Circuit Youth Council. His prizewinning poem, The Charcoal-burner is printed elsewhere in this issue.
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In order to complete a new set of bound volumes of the MAGAZINE. we need one copy of the issues for July 1936 and July 1941. If any reader can spare a copy of either of these numbers, it will be gratefully accepted.
ON the evening of February 5th the Finals took place of the Latin Reading Competition organised by the local branch of the Classical Association for the boys and girls schools in Sheffield and the surrounding district. In the first competition seven years ago this School provided the winner of the first prize in the Senior group; three years ago in the next competition we provided the winners of the First and Second Senior prizes. This year R. Butler won the First Senior prize and I. H. Jones the Second, and E. C. Wragg brought a new distinction to the School by winning the First Junior prize. Their successes are in no small measure due to the standard of Latin declamation which has been fostered by our own annual competition for Parents Prizes.
Jones and Butler have also given lively readings to illustrate lectures on the Roman poet Horace, which Miss Knight gave to the City Grammar School and to a Classical Association meeting for schools.
|Movements from the Water Music||Handel|
|A Trumpet Tune.||John Stanley|
THE SCHOOL SONG
THE HEADMASTER'S REPORT
THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNORS
(Alderman J. H. Bingham, J.P.)
"The Shipman "
(D. J. H. Senior)
|Chaucer (Coghill's Modernization)|
" Meersstille "
(I. A. Mottershaw)
"March of the Ten Thousand"
(A. M. Suggate)
(J. H. Nowill)
" L'Homme et La Mer "
(P. M. Turner)
Extracts from "Youth"
(C. M. Wragg)
"Romance del Conde Arnaldos "
(J. A. Bennett)
LATIN ADDRESS OF WELCOME
Spoken by I. H. JONES
Distribution of Prizes and Address by
Admiral Sir DENIS BOYD, K.C.B., C.B.E., D.S.C.,
Principal of Ashridge
(B. P. Fisher, P. M. Harvey)
" 0 Waly, waly "
|trad. arr. Benjamin Britten|
"The Water Mill"
(G. E. Nutter)
Waltz in C Sharp Minor
"In Praise of Neptune"
Vote of Thanks to Admiral Sir Denis Boyd and the Chairman,
proposed by Alderman H. W. Jackson, LL.B., seconded by D. A. Charles, Head Prefect.
GOD SAVE THE KING
SPEECH Day this year was held on November 27th, at 7.30 p.m. The Chairman of the Governors, Alderman J. H. Bingham, J.P., presided. He explained that it had been intended to hold Speech Day in October, but that, in view of the General Election, it had been thought advisable to postpone it.
The prizes were distributed by Admiral Sir Denis Boyd, K.C.B., C.B.E., D.S.C., Principal of Ashridge College. We are extremely grateful to him for altering his arrangements to suit the change of date, in spite of his many engagements, and for the very great interest which he showed in all the activities of the School.
The tone of the whole evening was appropriately nautical, from the Introductory Music to "Rule Britannia" at the end. In the first part of the programme declamations in English, German, French, Spanish and Greek, dealt with various aspects of the sea. J. A. Bennett gave an outstanding performance of the traditional "Romance del Conde Arnaldos." After the distribution of the prizes, soloists and Choir in their various ways paid tribute to Neptune.
The Headmaster reviewed the activities of the School in the past year, and said that the standard had been reasonably satisfactory, as far as could be seen. The changes in organization, made necessary by the new General Certificate of Education, meant that any judgment must be provisional. It remained to be seen what the final effects would be. The Headmaster gave a particular warning about the increased competition for scientific posts. This, together with the grave shortage of science teachers, should be borne in mind when boys were deciding on specialist subjects.
Alderman Bingham thanked the Headmaster for his report, and said that the record of successes spoke for itself. He paid tribute to the Headmaster's administration. Though he might differ in some ways from his predecessor, Dr. Barton, he was at one with him in maintaining, and improving, the very high standard of the School.
Admiral Boyd was formally welcomed in a Latin address, eloquently spoken by I. H. Jones. After referring to the Admiral's distinguished record in the Mediterranean, where he commanded H.M.S. Illustrious (illustris illa navis), as 5th Sea Lord, and as C. in C. British Pacific Fleet, it turned to his present position at Ashridge (haul minus Minervae quam Neptuno gratus). It concluded with the traditional "Come aboard! " (" navem conscende ").
The Admiral, in an address which few of the audience are likely to forget, began by displaying a disconcerting knowledge of the finer points of Latin. He went on to emphasise the need to make the most of education, in its widest sense. From his own experience, he said, he was convinced that in the greatest crisis it was not the "tough egg," but the ordinary educated man, on whom he could most rely. It was not only book learning that counted. The finest description he knew of any man was that of a rating, about one of his officers: "He was a real gentleman." The Admiral ended a truly memorable address by quoting the famous prayer of
Sir Francis Drake "0 Lord, when thou givest to thy servants to endeavour any great matter, grant us also to know that it is not the beginning but the continuing of the same until it be thoroughly completed that yieldeth the true glory."
Alderman H. W. Jackson expressed the feelings of all present in a graceful vote of thanks to Admiral Sir Denis Boyd, and to Alderman Bingham. He was seconded, briefly and wittily, by the Head Prefect, D. A. Charles. The Admiral then asked that the School be granted a whole holiday, and, amid much applause, the request was granted.
Surveying his impressions of his first year of office the HEADMASTER said
"There has been and still is a very strong loyalty to the School among its members, and a keen sense of the School's importance and record. I hope we can maintain that loyalty to the full. The number of boys who passed through the old Junior School is rapidly diminishing, and though I may be wrong, I feel that much of this strong sense of loyalty was due to them. I noticed that some who left at the end of last year had been at the School eleven or twelve years in all. That period does most definitely give a boy a strong attachment to his school and this regard does make itself felt.
This was the first year of the new examination system, superseding the old School Certificate and Higher School Certificate, and our feelings are very mixed as to the benefits conferred on us by it. One factor emerges, the difficulty of attempting to make comparisons, in fact the impossibility of it. Out of what would have been the normal School Certificate entry, 60 boys were unable to enter owing to the age restriction. All others who had reached the S.C. level were presented at 0 (Ordinary) level, and in addition a number of boys who were too young in the preceding year, and had begun specialising, took a few subjects, while odd boys in the Sixth entered for subjects in order to improve their standing for University entrance. The entry was therefore entirely miscellaneous, and I imagine this will continue. Since the old system of all boys of the required standard presenting themselves for examination in a wide field of subjects did not obtain, one cannot compare results. There is no formula for passing now; this in itself is a good thing, but one can scarcely call it a subject examination, since a boy who is eventually taking a subject at Advanced level is not likely to take that at Ordinary level. Entries therefore on the whole at 0 level cut out the best performers and leave those who are leaving school and therefore taking as much as possible, with others who are taking subjects for University entrance which they are not going to specialise in, and weaker boys who may possibly have to be held back before specialising. Percentages of passes are therefore meaningless, since the whole range of boys has not been presented for the examination.
Reviewing the results at 0 level, one can say they were generally satisfactory. The exam. at A level has not changed so much from the old H.S.C. examination. Here the results in most cases were quite good, with the exception of the Science subjects. Changes in staff no doubt contributed here There is no doubt that the number of lucrative openings for Science graduates exerts a strong pull towards the Science side; but this is so throughout the country and consequently standards of entry to the Universities are rising. Parents would do well to review their sons' performance in science carefully before opting for the Science side. The shortage of science masters to-day is a most worrying fact; if it continues, we shall be forced to apply a rigorous standard for those who wish to specialise in science; otherwise it will be impossible to cater for all who wish to do so. It would be well for boys of only average attainment who desire to proceed to a University to investigate courses not quite so orthodox as they tend to choose.
One feature of the new examination which is everywhere deplored and to which I add our own protest is the abolition of the standards `Very good' and `Distinction.' Now there is just 'Pass' and `Fail.' It is difficult to find a reason for this, but no doubt the pundits have one. This is the first year of the new scheme. It has its good points, and I think if the age limit were made 15 instead of 16, and the standards of passing restored, there would not be so much fault to find."
Reviewing the successes of the last year, the Headmaster said that 55 boys had proceeded direct to Universities or had places offered after National Service. Of these, 18 went to Oxford, 12 to Cambridge, 15 to Sheffield, 6 to London, 2 to Nottingham, 1 to Leeds, and 1 to St. Andrew's. Six State Scholarships and 26 Education Committee Scholarships had been awarded. With four Hastings Scholarships (out of the seven awarded) and seven other Open Awards at Oxford or Cambridge, the year's record had been an excellent one.
The usual School activities had flourished during the year, and a tribute was due to the Captains and Secretaries of games for the efficient way in which they had carried out their duties. Our sincere and appreciative thanks were also due to those masters who gave so freely of their personal time to coaching, refereeing and umpiring; with the number of teams and activities involved, the burden was a heavy one. Similar thanks were due to the masters who devoted so much time and interest to the various Societies and other activities.
We had formed a link with a German school, an approximate counterpart of ours, in Cologne. Correspondence and exchange of literature was proceeding, but we should like to see more exchanges of visits. Of eight offers from Cologne only two were finally accepted. The Headmaster hoped that parents would find it possible to support these exchanges of pupils in future.
Considerable developments in the Library were expected in the near future, thanks to a most generous grant from the Sheffield Royal Grammar School Exhibition Fund.
In conclusion, the Headmaster expressed his thanks for their services to four Masters who had recently left-Mr. A. P. Graham, Dr. Hargreaves, Mr. G. Hood and Mr. Woodage-and to the Chairman of the Governors for his personal interest and attention to the welfare of the Staff and the School.
The Latin Address of welcome, delivered by I. H. JONES, was as follows:
Vos me, quaeso, fingite animis non praeconem in tribunals sed in puppi stare tanquam fistulatorem ut hospitem nostrum libenter excipiam. Undecim abhinc annis ex ILLUSTRI nave alitum portatoria copias volaticas emisit quae hostium classe Tarenti afflicta victoriam patriae laboranti reportaverunt. Haud multo post, ad oram Siciliae, ubi olim in Ulixen Polyphemus saxa coniecit, tela Germanorum alitum tanta constantia sustinuit ut ILLUSTREM suam gubernaculi expertem, flagrantem atque perforatam, sex deinceps incursionibus obnoxiam centum milia praetervectus tutam tandem Melitam reduxerit. Mox vexillo navali donates, muftis proeliis re bene gesta, cum quinquevirum navalium quintus ipse copies classium volaticis ornandis Londinii curam dedisset, post belk finem in Oceano Pacifico imperator est praefectus. Hic autem Minervae non minus quam Neptuno gratissimus, deposita " torpedine " togaque sumpta Collegii Ashridgiensis princeps creates est, ubi civibus undique congresses opum publicarum atque civilis societatis rationes identidem ita explicantur ut populi Britanni patrimonium a maioribus traditum excultumque cognoscant. Fama percrebuit hunt Admirallum, sicut Josephum Porterum equitem in Gilbertiana fabula, in Collegio comitari sorores consobrinasque duodenas inter se communes et materteras: utinam has puellas, quae revera in vicino civilis scientiae domicilio optimis moribus erudiuntur, secum hodie adduceret? At hospitem velut in imo foro nimis die detinui; navem conscende, Denis Gulielme Boyd, Admiralle, Honoratissimi ordinis de Balneo eques commendator.
The principal prizewinners were:-
Royal Grammar School Classical Prizes, G. M. MacBeth, B. H. Jessop and J. Hazel;
Wesley College Prize for English, P. L. Scowcroft;
Wesley College Prize for History, M. Millward;
Wesley College Prizes for Science, P. G. Dickens and K. R. Jennings;
W. P. Taylor Prizes for Mathematics, J. C. F. Fair, P. D. Robinson, N. R. Frith and F. 0gden;
F. T. Saville Prize for History, P. L. Scowcroft;
English Poem, G. M. MacBeth;
English Essay, D. H. B. Andrews;
Modern Language Essay, G. Riches;
French and German, G. Riches;
French and Spanish, G. B. Crowder;
Geography, T. P. Arnold;
Economics, I. I. Walker.
The Parents' Prizes:
Spoken English, G. M. MacBeth;
Latin Reading, I. H. Jones;
Greek Reading, G. M. MacBeth;
French Reading, G. Riches;
Singing, P. D. Robinson;
Instrumental Music, P. M. Harvey;
Music Composition, I. H. Jones;
Art, D. A. Heeley;
Handicraft, P. R. Medley;
Woodcarving, D. Cattell.
P. G. DICKENS:-Hastings Scholarship of £115 a year for Natural Sciences, the
Queen's College, Oxford.
K. R. JENNINGS:-Hastings Scholarship of £115 a year for Natural Sciences, the Queen's College, Oxford.
B. H. JESSOP:-Hastings Scholarship of £115 a year for Classics, the Queen's College. Oxford.
M. MILLWARD:-Hastings Scholarship of £115 a year for History, the Queen's College, Oxford.
G. M. MACBETH -Open Scholarship of £100 a year for Classics, New College, Oxford.
P. D. ROBINSON:Open Scholarship of £100 a year for Mathematics, the Queen's College, Oxford; Town Trust Scholarship of £100 a year; Prize for meritorious work in the Hastings Scholarship Examination.
G. RICHES:Open Minor Scholarship of £60 a year for Modern Languages, King's College, Cambridge
N. R. FRITH:-Open Exhibition of £40 a year for Mathematics, Clare College, Cambridge.
J. C. F. FAIR:-Open Exhibition of £40 a year for Mathematics, Magdalene College, Cambridge; Earnshaw Scholarship of £50 a year; Prize for meritorious work in the Hastings Scholarship Examination.
J. HAZEL:-Open Exhibition of £40 a year for Classics, the Queen's College, Oxford; Prize for meritorious work in the Hastings Scholarship Examination.
G. B. CROWDER:-Open Exhibition of £40 a year for Modern Languages, Magdalene College, Cambridge.
W. RUSSELL:-Taylour Thomson Bursary in Medicine, St. Andrew's University.
State Scholarships awarded on the Higher Certificate Examination, 1950:-I. FELLS, N. R. FRITH, G. M. MACBETH, M. MILLWARD, G. RICHES.
State Scholarships awarded on the General Certificate Examination, 1951: J. M. HILES, F. OGDEN, P. D. ROBINSON, D. N. SAMUEL, P. L. SCOWCROFT, T. WILSON.
Sheffield Education Committee Scholarships awarded 1950:-D. A. CHARLES, G. B. CROWDER, P. G. DICKENS, B. J. HAGUE, J. HAZEL, K. R. HEELEY, K. R. JENNINGS, D. W. KEIGHLEY, B. KITSON, H. S. MARR, M. MILLWARD, J. MORTON, K. W. PATCHETT, D. T. REEVES, G. RICHES, P. D. ROBINSON, D. N. SAMUEL, P. L. SCOWCROFT. M. J. STANFIELD, G. J. TAYLOR, M. H. THORNTON, C. J. TURNER, T. W. TURNER, I. M. WALKER, B. WALLACE. D. J. WILLIAMs, T. WILSON.
Sheffield Education Committee Scholarships awarded 1951:-T. P. ARNOLD. D. W. S. BEYNON, S. D. BINKS, J. S. BIRD, D. R. DICKINSON, F. A. J. DUNN, G. M. EMSLEY, B. P. FISHER. G. HEATHCOTE, J. M. HILES, A. B. HOLROYD, R. LAMB, D. B. NAYLOR, H. F. OXER, G. S. PETERKEN, R. W. PORTER, A. RICHMOND, J. N. ROBINSON, A. M. RUDKIN, W. RUSSELL. M. M. H. SEWELL, H. SMITH. B. A. SPARKES, D. W. SWALLOW, K. J. VAUGHAN, J. WILSON.
Admitted to Commonerships at Oxford or Cambridge Colleges:-D. H. B. ANDREWS, J. S. BINGHAM, J. B. BROWN, I. FELLS, P. K. FLETCHER, B. J. HAGUE, K. R. HEELEY, D. W. KEIGHLEY, I. J. G. MARSHALL, H. F. OXER, D. P. C. PEARCE, P. L. SCOWCROFT, M. M. H. SEWELL, I. M. WALKER.
Herbert Hughes Memorial Prizes for Spanish:D. A. CHARLES, G. B. CROWDER, T. WILSON.
N. J. HEPPELL:-Architects' Registration Council Scholarship to Sheffield University.
R. D. CLARKE:Royal Navy Artificer Apprenticeship.
G. M. MACBETH:-Selected to represent British Youth Clubs in America.
J. WILSON:-Selected as a member of A.T.C. party to tour Canada.
A. M. Dow:-Selected for flight to Baghdad; Air Ministry Flying Scholarship; Short Service Commission R.A.F.
P, M. HARVEY:-Selected for National Youth Orchestra.
D. M. KAYE: Qualified for A, B, C Gliding Certificates.
Selected to attend Scout Jamboree in Austria:A. COPLEY, D. T. CRISP, L. R. CLIFFE.
King's Scout Badge:-A. COPLEY, D. T. CRISP, D. D. HowARTH, D. WILLIAMSON.
OUR friends in the Hector have just completed another voyage to Australia, and so at the time of going to press we are looking forward eagerly to a first exchange of visits. The delays nowadays experienced in Australia will be familiar to all who read her Master's interesting letters, and, as this necessitates a rapid turn-round in Britain, we much appreciate her kindness in sacrificing all too precious leisure for us in this way. We hope that Captain Cheetham's visit will be but the first of many, and that he finds the schoolboy in his natural habitat as interesting as all the other phenomena in which he takes such evident delight. But of this and of our own expedition we hope to tell you in our next.
|1.||UNISON SONG|| "Admiral Benbow "
(THE CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA)
|(a)|| "Linden Lea"
(G. E. NUTTER)
|(b)|| "Say, ye who borrow"
(A. L. MCKEE)
|(c)|| "Ave verum "
|3.||MINUET AND TRIO|| (Symphony No. 97 in C)
|(a)||" April is in my mistress' face "||Morley
|(b)||"Of all the birds that I do know"||Bartlet
|(c)|| "Adieu, sweet Amarillis "
(THE MADRIGAL GROUP)
|5.||THREE SONGS OF PRAISE|| Sir George Dyson
|(1) Praise||Let all the world in ev'ry corner sing||George Herbert|
|(2) Lauds||Ye that have spent the silent night||George Gascoine|
|(3) A Poet's Hymn||Lord, Thou has given me a cell||Robed Herrick|
|(THE CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA)|
|1.||ORGAN CONCERTO No. 2 IN Bb||(Maestoso: Allegro: Adagio: Allegro)||Handel
| Organ: Mr. N. J. BARNES Conductor: Mr. R. BULLIVANT
With the Orchestra
|(a)||" O lovely Peace" (Judas Maccabaeus)||Handel|
|(J. R. WILLIAMS, G. E. NUTTER)|
|(b)||"Sweet Kate"||Robert Jones
|3.||SUITE for two unaccompanied Clarinets||(Prelude: March: Rondo: Finale)
(B. P. FISHER, P. M. HARVEY)
|1.||TRIOS for Male Voices.||arr N. J. Barnes|
|(a)||"Sing we and chaunt it"||Pearsall|
|(b)||"Swing low sweet chariot"||Trad.|
|(c)||"Down among the dead men"||18th Century|
|(A section of THE MADRIGAL GROUP)|
|5.||THREE "NEW LOVE-SONG WALTZES"||Brahms|
|(1)||All hope, 0 heart, abandon||(1833-1897)|
|(2)||Lowering shadows of night|
|(3)||From the mountain, gust on gust|
|(THE CHOIR, WITH PIANO DUET: F. D. KIRKHAM, P. W00DHEAD)|
|(a)||"On Xmas night"||Sussex
arr. Vaughan Williams
|(b)||"The Birds"||Harold Spicer|
|(e)||"Sing Lullaby"||Old Basque, arr. N. J. B.|
|To be sung by all:|
|(d)||"It came upon the midnight clear"|
GOD SAVE THE KING
IT is doubtful whether more enjoyment on this occasion was experienced by the audience or by the performers themselves. The audience had every cause to be impressed by the skill with which an ambitious programme was accomplished, and the performers had equal cause for their improved acquaintance with many charming pieces of music. In the end the two factors became complementary, and the pleasure of listening was enhanced by the very evident pleasure of performing.
These are days when the practice of music-making in school is at least approached with intelligence, and the results surely prove the value of the time and effort which it is necessary to expend. It is not so very long since music in School was centred round, say, a tonic sol-fa modulator, with possibly the added luxury of treble or two-part settings of the less imaginative folk-songs. At this concert we heard voices well used in madrigals (Morley, Wilbye and Bartlet probably heard their music sung with similar freshness); we heard the orchestra both accompanying and on its own account in Haydn and in the organ concerto; and we enjoyed the fun contained in the beautifully played Suite for two Clarinets by Alan Frank. Indeed, times have changed.
The whole programme was selected from a similar wide range. Whilst we enjoyed the solo singing, it is evident that the accent fell on fully developed four-part music. Both in the Dyson "Songs of Praise" and in the Brahms " Liebeslieder " the choir demonstrated the wisdom of putting young voices to work, and hard work at that. It was no surprise therefore, that when some of the Madrigal Group were exposed to the rigours of trios they secured a very enthusiastic hearing. "Swing low " -always a favourite-was indeed well sung on this occasion.
There was no outstanding performer, or performance, unless one can say that the whole was outstanding; and it is surely to be preferred that all should have contributed in equal share to a very happy evening both for performer and listener.
At last, when humming bees and drowsy cows
Lazing in the lukewarm pond have settled, the sun
Begins to sink, painting the distant hills
With gold and purple, outlining the still trees
With a touch of silver round the silhouette
Of black; and as the sky is shot with a luminous
Yellow, a soft pink, the sun lowers himself
Beneath the purple of the distant hills.
E. D. POWELL.
|Trooper Iltydd Hughes||N. H. CUNNINGTON.|
|Trooper George Wick||R. J. J. ORTON.|
|Trooper "Knocker" Elvin||I. A. MOTTERSHAW.|
|Corporal Philip Donnington||K. W. PATCHETT|
|Trooper Herbert Shaw||E. P. LODGE.|
|Sergeant Ben Joseph||R. BUTLER.|
MR. PRIESTLEY'S dramatic expositions of the oddities of Time and the enormities of capitalism are familiar enough, but it seems faintly indecent for one who has so often imagined Utopia in England's green and pleasant land to hold forth on the subject of Original Sin. Mr. Priestley's Utopia, after all, depended on the assumption that the Common Man either was, or could quickly become, perfect.
Surprisingly, however, Desert Highway fails not through any deficiency in the author's new-found theology, but through lack of dramatic conflict. There can be no conflict in action, for the soldiers with the broken-down tank are wholly at the mercy of the enemy, nor is there any Shavian clash of ideas, for no-one makes out any consistent argument against Sergeant Joseph's Judaism. The play's attractions therefore consist of humour, of which there is plenty, the characterisation, and the colourful Interlude. Mr. Watling's production made the most of these attractions and almost succeeded in hiding the play's lack of dramatic conflict.
Patchett, as the highly educated but cynical and unstable Donnington, had the most difficult part to play, and emerged with considerable credit. Despite a tendency to rant in the early speeches, he managed by word, expression and gesture, to convey the fevered introspection of one who hates life because he is at odds with himself. In the Interlude he carried complete conviction in the much easier part of the Egyptian scribe. As the Sergeant, Butler found it difficult to convey the impression of potential but as yet undemonstrated power and authority in the first Act, but successfully took command of the stage as . the second Act wore on. His diction was invariably clear, and he had the right combination of benevolence and a slight aloofness.
Wick, the West-country lad who is killed, is the author's chief failure in characterisation. The only impression of him which emerges from reading the play is that this sacrificial lamb is not very frisky. No-one could have done more to bring this colourless character alive than did Orton, whose diction was beautifully clear and precise. The part of Shaw, the Yorkshireman and "wet blanket" of the party, is the answer to a comedy-actor's prayer; Lodge played it with complete assurance, speaking clearly and timing his jokes perfectly. He has a tendency, however, to be rather "wooden" in his movements. Cunnington, as Hughes, was not always audible, and his Welsh accent needed to be more pronounced. He was at his best in the Interlude, where the fervour and superstition of this dramatic descendant of Shakespeare's Glendower are more evident.
DESERT HIGHWAY, Act I: (left to right) E. P. Lodge, R. Butler,
K. W. Patchett, I. A. Mottershaw,
R. J. J. Orton, N, H. Cunnington.
Undoubtedly the most consistently successful performance came from Mottershaw. His accent never faltered, and throughout he was the complete Cockney; quick-witted, materialistic, yet warm-hearted. Particularly noticeable was his control of facial expression; he conveyed the whole contrast between Elvin's brittle exterior and impulsive soul in one anxious look when Wick was lying unconscious in the tent.
The cast, on the whole, made the best of a bad job, and their performance was given invaluable support by an efficient back-stage team of stage-managers, electricians, dressers, and the rest; but it is a great pity that the producer should be -so restricted in his choice of plays by this impossible stage. There must be plenty of acting talent in so large a school, but no play needing a cast of more than half-a-dozen can be chosen, lest the stage become overcrowded. For the same reason the selected play must demand only the barest minimum of scenery. Surely the raison d'etre of a school dramatic society is to give as many boys as possible a chance to enjoy the unique thrill of acting. Although Mr. Watling performs something like a miracle each year, the school needs a stage on which his wide experience could be more fully utilised.
One wonders, strangely, dumbly, why the sight
Of springtime woodlands, or a starry night,
The sea in summer, storms in winter skies,
A gently rippling stream, should realise
In us the heights of joy, the ecstasies
Of solitude, of love's first blissful kiss.
What moves us thus? What fierce exultant pain
Attacks us, when with gusts of wind and rain
The storm from deep across the valley howls
Into our bodies, whilst the black cloud scowls
Its ugliest, so that we are possessed,
Drugged by the heady wine of Nature's best?
I wonder-is it awe at seeing there
All that with which we mortals can't compare?
A sense of insignificance, produced
By Nature's myriad moods, in which, when loosed,
We recognise, before enclosed by sod,
That perfect, supreme beauty-which is God.
IN 1922 the brass Lectern which had been used in Wesley College was given to the School. The first Cross Country Cup was also presented.
Walter de la Mare, the famous poet, gave a reading of his poems to the School.
A poem (not by Mr. de la Mare) on Chemistry contained the following stanzas:
He cheers himself with malachite
If he delights in green,
Scheele's green cupric arsenite
Or dyes from napthalene.
A sun from Turner's brush ne'er set
Whose hues could brighter be
Than colorations all may get
But a finer theme for poetry
There's never never been
Than the enthralling qualities
Some dozen Scouts held a memorable fortnight's hike in Devon, visiting Plymouth, Tavistock, Dartmouth, Newton Abbott and Widdecombe (with memories of Uncle Tom Cobleigh). A complete Scout Supplement appeared in the MAGAZINE to commemorate the Scout Troop's fifth birthday.
"CROSS COUNTRY IN LITERATURE"
Advice to any runner: " Be bloody, bold and resolute " (Shakespeare).
Enquiry by depressed competitor: " Does the road wind uphill all the way? " (Rosetti).
On the way: " A stitch in time saves nine " (Old Proverb).
The Starter: "They also serve who only stand and wait " (Milton).
1942 found us in the middle of the war, and the MAGAZINE, whose covers had progressed through dull grey and brown to blue, found itself without a cover at all. The Roll of Service grew long, and the Casualty List heavy. In this year died Mr. Saville, who had taught at the School for forty years, had founded Lynwood as a boarding house, and was Head of the Junior School; a fine schoolmaster and a great influence on many generations of boys. The Air Training Corps (366 Squadron) was going strong under the direction of Mr. Carter.
Mr. Claypole became House Master of Lynwood.
The summer holidays were largely devoted to Farming Camps.
C. J. M.
AS long as man has existed in our world he has had one great longing-to imitate the flight of a bird. Many have died in their efforts, but thanks to them, we now have a machine which can partially satisfy our need. The glider, as it is called, is really a powered aircraft without the engine. Made to carry one or two people, they wing their silent way through the air, flitting from cloud to cloud.
But how does the pilot manage to get airborne in the first place? The only way is to give some extra speed to his machine, thus allowing the pilot to ease back his control column and soar upwards. This extra speed can be obtained by winding in a long steel cable attached to the nose of the machine, at high speed, by releasing a stretched elastic rope, or by towing the sail plane behind a powered aircraft.
Once clear of the ground, the next thing is to try and find some lift. One method is to fly up and down in the rising air formed by a wind rushing up a hill or slope. Circling in rising columns of air called thermals also gives us more height but wave soaring gives the glider pilot the greatest height of all. The wave is caused by air being set into a rippling motion on passing down the lee side of a hill or mountain. Fantastic heights have been reached, and the World Flight Record of 42,300 feet was attained under such conditions.
An Olympia Sailplane over Kinder Scout.
To help steer his aircraft, a pilot has four movable planes, ailerons, elevator, and rudder. By co-ordinating them he holds complete control over his machine.
Well, now that you know a little about this fascinating sport, let's have a try. The winch wire is attached, and away we go. Climbing at 20 ft. a second, it doesn't take long to reach 600 ft., and we find ourselves over the soaring edge. On releasing the cable, we fly at a steady 40 m.p.h. (there is an airspeed indicator on the instrument panel in front of us). Watching the variometer which shows whether the machine is rising or falling, we drift crab-like along the slope. Ah! The great bird starts to rise, a circle to the right and we centre our thermal.
Soon we are at 3,000 ft. and rising at a steady 5 ft. a second. Suddenly all sight of ground and sky disappears. In their place is a grey-white fog. Two minutes drag by, and then at last we dash out into the brilliant sunshine, and look down on a shimmering bed of cotton-wool clouds. Still it's time for home, so we speed our descent by pulling out the air brakes. Down at 300 ft. again, we turn off the edge, fly down the boundary fence, bank round into wind at 150 ft., and then gently rumble to a standstill, not 100 yards from the start. Of course, if we'd wanted to, we could have flown cross-country and covered maybe 50 miles. In America an amazing performance was set up in this fashion, and a sailplane was flown 570 miles in 7 hours. This just goes to show that gliders and sail-planes are not compelled to fly up and down a hill, and that gliding certainly gets people and keeps them moving.
D. M. KAYE.
SO this is the land in which we are to defend freedom and 'our way of life.' Thus we thought as our troopship, the Empire Pride, steamed slowly into Pusan harbour, where the Korean mountains appeared to roll down, range after range, right to the water's edge. It was early, one Sunday morning in October, the sea had a cold, slaty look and I became aware of an uncanny silence-the ship's engines had stopped and even the troops were silent. Suddenly, a shattering rattle shook the ship as the anchor was dropped and we had arrived after a five weeks voyage half round the world. Then an American negro band tuned up, playing the " St. Louis Blues " - perhaps not the ideal tune for a Sunday morning, but good enough to march to the station a few hundred yards away. Here, we were herded into a "Pullman" type of train, fitted with three-tier bunks but without any lights. I was fortunate in getting a centre bunk from which I was able to view the countryside. After killing time all day, feeding on American Combat Rations (which are very good) and watching the arrival of hospital trains, our train slowly pulled out about 4 p.m., and after a twenty-seven hour journey, we detrained some little distance behind the battle line.
As the train wound its way through the hills, which towered up on either side of the track, we could see peasants gathering the harvest in the valleys and carrying it up on their backs to the villages for storage. Outside the mud and straw huts, which constitute the villages, the womenfolk were threshing the corn with sticks, the wind whisking away the chaff, whilst oxen were tethered to trees alongside the dwellings. There was little evidence of the ravages of war; occasionally a burnt-out vehicle or house by the roadside-that is, if you can call them roads. None of these have a proper surface, and many are just formed by running a bulldozer through the paddy fields.
My particular unit is a mobile workshop, capable of being moved at a few hours notice, dependent upon front line requirements, and is mainly engaged in the repair and maintenance of vehicles, but it is also called upon to carry out any mechanical repairs that may be necessary to any equipment. During the winter months, a normal day starts off with reveille at the reasonable time' (for the army) of 7.30. This is greatly appreciated, because it needs a certain amount of will power to turn out when the inside of the tent is white over with frost, and your washing water, contained in an old soot-blackened biscuit tin, is solid ice and even the ink in your fountain pen is frozen. After a hasty breakfast, which invariably consists of porridge, bacon and egg, toast and marmalade (one does the toast by the fire, which is an oil-burning stove of a rather " Heath Robinson " design, but nevertheless quite effective) work commences at 8.30 and finishes at 5 p.m., with a half-hour break for lunch. Unless there is some urgent repair work necessary or a guard duty, the evenings are our own and are usually spent writing letters or reading the papers which we get each day from Japan or Pusan. The warmest place for this is in bed but even bed can become a bit chilly at 6 a.m. when the thermometer registers thirty degrees of frost.
The tents in which we sleep have only been issued since my arrival here, but we have now got ours fairly ship-shape with duck-boards made from old packing cases and a bath, made from half an oildrum, painted inside and mounted in a wooden frame on tope of which we can place more boards to form a table. As the war goes on seven days a week, so do we but with an occasional afternoon off, and we hope to have five days leave in Tokio, where it appears to be the habit to spend all the money one has been unable to spend here. However, the main thing to look forward to is the return journey which will bring us back to England and " Home."
K. G. ARMYTAGE.
This is a reminiscence of a famous district of Paris. Neuilly-sur-Seine, where I stayed, is a very pleasant, western suburb of the capital, which was my starting point.
Leaving the Boulevard a Inkermann and the Place Winston Churchill, my route takes me down a narrow street and into the Avenue de Neuilly, a broad thoroughfare, lined on both sides by tall, stately trees. I turn left in the direction of the Arc de Triomphe just visible through the tapering lines of trees. The shops are small, and even in the city centre there are few large stores. The windows of the boulang-geries are filled with luscious gateaux, but as my objective is the Avenue des Champs Elysees, I must tear myself away.
The cars dash past at speeds far above the official limit. Why should the drivers worry? The French police do not employ motor-cars. A gendarme may blow his whistle till he is blue in the face, but the chances are that the offenders will take not the slightest notice if there is a clear road.
The traffic becomes more congested as the Avenue de Neuilly gives way to the Avenue de la Grande Armee. This avenue is named after Napoleons famous army. On reaching its end the Arc de Triomphe towers above me, dominating a scene of intense, and indeed hectic activity. How I crossed the intervening space between the pavement and the monument is more than I can say. I had never dreamt one could be narrowly missed by so many cars in so short a time. I passed under the arch and before me lay the beautiful Avenue des Champs Elysees lined with elegant shops. and buzzing with life. Seated under gay parasols were the patrons of the numerous cafes.
The Avenue des Champs Elysees was to me perhaps the supreme example of the beauty and gaiety of this fashionable metropolis.
I. A. MOTTERSHAW.
THE autumn term ended with Speech Day, Concert, and Carol Service in quick succession, and Choir and Orchestra are to be congratulated on the way in which they carried through so large a programme. The Concert. undoubtedly the best of recent years, is discussed elsewhere. The Carol Service was this year held at St. John's, Ranmoor; an innovation which fully justified itself both in the enhanced dignity of the setting and in the purely musical benefits which such a building bestows.
Choir and Orchestra have now turned their attention to Handel's " Judas Maccabaeus " which they will perform in the Victoria Hall on Thursday, 29th May. We hope to hear Mr. Atkins once again (this time in the role of Simon), and the part of Judas will be taken by Mr. Angus Thomas, a member of the Bach Choir. The remaining solo parts will be distributed among seven of our own corps of veteran soloists, with some arias and duets sung by all the trebles and altos. The Orchestra, now numbering forty-three, has its considerable part in the proceedings well in hand, and we shall have this year our own Trumpet in D (N. Cunnington) -which is so essential a point of colour in Handel.
The two music clubs continue their lunch-hour activities, and, in order to be able to plan ahead, they have asked for lists of pieces from which programmes can be compiled. -Musicians who have not vet filled in and returned the form are asked to do so with all speed.
The school euphonium has become available through the much-regretted departure of Braithwait, and it is hoped that someone will take over this instrument soon. There is an opening, too, for a learner on the double bass.
N. J. B.
His life was lonely as that of a lumberman
Or a light-house keeper.
Alone in the wood
And laboured daily on.
His task was thankless as that of a rat-catcher
Or an arctic trapper.
Alone in the wood
And laboured daily on.
What had he to show for his toils?
Year in, year out he slaved away,
Rising at the break of day.
From then, until the pale moon light
Tinted the brush-wood under foot,
He supervised the forest fires
For hosts of leafed giants.
Into a forest close at hand
I often wander.
Under a vault of trees I stand
"Let us remember the deeds of famous men,"
But surely spare a thought for others too.
For like the butcher, baker and candle-stick-maker
Our charcoal burner
Fitted into the plan
OF the many boys who have used the Library this term, the majority have turned their attention to fiction. They are advised to be more adventurous and discover for themselves the varied literature which resides on the non-fiction shelves. Scientists could profitably find diversion in books foreign to their specialist subjects; conversely every non-specialist needs to be acquainted with the developments of science today, and the scientific section of the main library has been strengthened.
Library users are asked, in the interests of every one, to replace books and magazines in their correct positions. There are plans for more spacious premises and for a large accession of new books-but they belong temporarily to the region of hope deferred.
We are grateful to Admiral Sir Denis Boyd for a most generous presentation to the School Library after his visit on Speech Day, comprising Arthur Bryant's The Years of Endurance (1793-1802), The Years of Victory (1802-1812), and Samuel Pepys, The Saviour of the Navy; and Rachel L. Carson's The Sea Around Us.
Thanks are due to the teams of librarians for their efficient administration.
D. B. S.
THE AUTHOR has set himself the task of writing the history of a momentous but seldom studied age (1793-1802) when Britain opposed a revolutionary France which sought to dominate the world. Too often the final glorious era of Trafalgar and Waterloo has obscured the preceding years of danger, defeat and disaster, when the gloom of frequent reversals was only too rarely lightened by widely separated victories.
The story of this period is strangely reminiscent of the first years of the Second World War. In 1800 as in 1940 when Britain was threatened from the continent, the British people showed the same endurance which was the foundation for victory. " It is to enshrine the lessons of that earlier war that I have written this book ", the author admits.
It is eminently fitting that this work was presented by Admiral Sir Denis Boyd-for the most stirring passages, the most gripping descriptions are of the seas and the men who sailed them.
To the student of history or to the casual reader this book is equally commendable for its overall survey of English and French social life, for its understanding of the issues involved and the principles at stake, for the insight into Government problems and short-comings, for the brilliant tracing of the events in every theatre of war, for its explicit and lucid style of description, narrative and explanation. This striking volume is a welcome addition to the library.
K. W. P.
THIS book tells the story of the years 1802-12, of how the people of this island, triumphing in turn over appeasement, attempted invasion, Napoleon's grand design to cripple their sea-power, the long enslavement of Europe and their own commercial isolation, encircled the tyrant's dominion with their battle-fleets and then sent in their armies to assail his inner fortress-a story which the events of the recent war have made strangely familiar. This parallel between the Napoleonic War and that of 1939-45 is of more than passing interest, for in both cases a dictator exhausted his nation's strength in a vain attempt to achieve the impossible and then, maddened by Britain's resistance, committed the most appalling blunders, whilst then as now a campaign in a Mediterranean peninsula afforded us an initial foothold in Europe, and was transformed into a major factor in the foe's collapse by the resistance of Russia. It is fitting that this book should be one of those presented to the library by Admiral Sir Dent's Boyd, for it emphasises over and over again the enormous advantages of mobility and ubiquity in attack which naval superiority gives to a power such as our own, which has to operate from exterior lines against a foe whose arms supremacy invariably enables him to take the initiative.
Mr. Bryant ably combines the merits of scholarship and readability in this book, and neither the historian thirsting after knowledge nor the layman seeking recreation need have any cause to fear that his wants will not be abundantly satisfied within these pages. Unlike so many nineteenth century historians, the author has the knack of breathing life into the dry bones of diplomacy and strategy, and his insight into the minds and reaction of the actors who cross his stage, enables the reader to feel that he too is with Nelson at Trafalgar, or with Collingwood in his relentless blockade of the French ports, or with Wellington in the great Peninsula campaign. And when all the vivid details of war have been recounted, there still remains the fund of amusing anecdotes with which Mr. Bryant regales us-of Napoleon indignantly splashing in his bath whilst an interpreter reads the latest libels from England, or of nurses threatening their charges with his advent down the chimney.
To sum up, .I can do no more than quote a famous historian in saying that this book is "fascinating in the extreme."
F. A. J. D.
BEGINNING with a description of how the earth acquired its oceans, the book covers such topics as how life began in the primeval sea; the hidden lands; the life recently discovered in the abyss by highly delicate sounding apparatus; currents and tides; mineral sources. It answers many questions that have puzzled everyone and is filled with a great deal of entertaining lore. While the author was working on the book she consulted leading oceanographers both in the United States and in other countries and literally made the sea her laboratory, taking part in an oceanographic expedition in North Atlantic waters and engaging in diving among the Florida coral reefs. The information is the most up-to-date available, some of it based on oceanographic studies as recent as 1950. The book should appeal to the general reader as much as it does to the scientist.
THE Twenty-seventh Annual General Meeting of the Association was held at 7.30 p.m. on 20th February, 1952, in the School Library. The President, Dr. J. T. Burdekin, was in the Chair.
In his report for the year the Honorary Secretary said that a further 55 Old Boys had joined the Association during the period 1st January, 1951 to 31st December, 1951.
The Annual Dinner had been held on 29th March, 1951, at the George Hotel, Hathersage. The whole of the accommodation available had been taken and the total number of members who had attended was 70. Transport to Hathersage and back to Sheffield had been provided free of cost, which had contributed, to a great extent, to the success of this event.
The Dedication of the Organ had been combined with the School Commemoration Service on 29th April, 1951. The Ceremony, performed by Professor Victor Murray, President of Cheshunt College, Cambridge, had been attended by a large number of parents and relatives of Old Boys who had given their lives during the War. On 9th November, Dr. C. J. Magrath, O.B.E., had placed a wreath on the School War Memorial on behalf of Members of the Association.
The Annual Ball, held on 2nd January, 1952, had been a great success, and the whole of the tickets, limited to 550, had been sold.
The Honorary Treasurer showed that the finances of the Association were in a very healthy condition.
The following officers were elected for the ensuing year .
|President||Dr. J. T. Burdekin.|
|Vice-President||Dr. C. J. Magrath, O.B.E.|
|Secretary||E. W. Sivil.|
|Assist. Secretary||N. G. Sargent.|
|Treasurer||R. G. Beard.|
|Auditors||Messrs. W. B. Gowers & Co.|
|C. E. Shooter.||C. Walker.|
|D. M. Mond.||F. J. Pattinson.|
|G. G. Powell.||J. R. Schofield.|
|D. Pashley.||P. F. Lloyd.|
|P. K. Everitt.||G. J. Cumming.|
|R B Bradshaw|
Several amendments to the Rules of the Association were presented to the Meeting and all were unanimously agreed upon.
Reports from the Cricket and Soccer Sections were received and approved by the Meeting. There being no further business, the Meeting was declared closed.
When the weather allowed us to play last season, we enjoyed ourselves hugely. More often than not, however, our match secretaries spent their Saturday mornings on the telephone frantically undoing all the painstaking work they had performed during the previous four days. When we did get a game they spent the following Monday evening wearing a woe-begone expression at the Selection Committee meeting, explaining our shortcomings and fervently wishing they could magically produce a Keith Miller from the Wicker to alleviate the situation. 'Twas not a good season for match secretaries-definitely not. Even His Majesty's War Office had to put its oar in and pinch various of our key chaps for a fortnight's siesta on Salisbury Plain when we required them most.
The trouble is we can't bat. We trundle the opposition out with reasonable despatch only to find that our timbers are unaccountably weakened by the inclusion of poor quality willow, and they crash with horrible and sickening regularity.
Although 1951 was not so brilliant a season as the previous two, both XI's won more games than they lost, and the playing strength. of the club increased from 29 to 35. For enjoyment, however, we claim that 1951 was as good as any other season. I suggest that if you, gentle reader, have not yet played cricket at Darley Dale on a sunny afternoon, then you have never really played cricket! We went by car and arrived at a miniature Lords, encircled by low evergreens. The scoreboard opposite the pavillion recorded all performances with that impartial clicking that sounds to the players either like music or machine gun fire. The turf is such that stumps may be erected almost anywhere at the requisite distance to produce a perfect pitch. We batted first and made 150 for 6 by tea-time. Stumps were to be drawn at 7.30. By 7.27 the last over began with the opposition at 78 for 8. They had suffered severely from a brilliant spell of fast bowling which resulted in a fall of wickets 1 for 2, 2 for 4, 3 for 6, 4 for 8, 5 for 20, 6 for 57, and 7 for 70. And now it was obviously going to be a draw. With the third ball No. 10 was clean bowled and No. 11 strode in. He carefully played the next two and missed the last ball which hit his pads. Every player, and most of the spectators, screamed as one. The umpire shook his head, gathered the stumps in one quick movement and strode off, looking neither right nor left as the church clock chimed 7.30.
Well anyway we beat 'em morally, and without doubt it was the finest game in which I've ever taken part. And we certainly beat 'em at yarning afterwards! We're all looking forward to the next encounter, and we're rather proud of a very nice crowd who for years have restricted their friendly fixture list to one Sheffield team only-ourselves. If you want to play cricket as it should be played, the inference is obvious.
We all send our best wishes to everyone at School and to all the cricket teams, whether House or School. May your games be as enjoyable as ours this coming season.
This report deals firstly with the activities of the Club for the 1950-51 Season ending last April and secondly with the position now, rather more than half way through the present season.
Last Season our 1st and 2nd Teams had very full programmes in the South Yorkshire Amateur League Divisions I and II, added to which Friendly games were played against the School, the Staff and Kelham College, making a total of some 34 games for each team. The 3rd team played rather less frequently as dictated by the playing strength available, and assisted in maintaining the 100 per cent. successes for the Old Edwardians in games against the School elevens. The double victory at Kelham was yet another encouraging performance with a feast of goals which helped to offset some of the reverses previously experienced.
This Season it was our pleasure to invite Dr. Magrath to serve as our President, and an even greater pleasure to receive his acceptance of this Office.
The Club has been encouraged by the addition of several new members who on leaving school decided to join it. It can be said that this is the first occasion since the war that players have joined us straight from school-an arrangement often sought after but rarely achieved. The blend of youth with older experience seems to have met with success and developed a determination to turn matches which seemed lost into wins rather than to allow them to fade away in defeat.
The Club appreciates the assistance of certain members of the School who have ably assisted us from time to time this season.
The Annual General Meeting and Dinner was held at the Old Coffee House, Fulwood, on April 26th last. This was an occasion well attended, at which the business of the evening was combined with the sociability of the Dinner.
Most of the members are now also members of the Association, and it is the intention of the Club to make membership of the Association a condition of membership of the Soccer Section.
It is also the endeavour of the Club to encourage all boys, who on leaving school wish to continue playing football, to join the Old Edwardians A.F.C., thus ensuring the progress of this section and the maintenance if not the increase of its membership.
The results so far this season are as follows, up to and including Saturday, 1st March, 1952:
E. LAUGHTON has been appointed Firth Professor of Latin at the University of
Sheffield, on the retirement of Professor J. D. Craig.
H. H. BURTON was awarded C.B.E. in the New Year Honours List.
J. F. WRIGHT has been awarded the Junior Webb Medley Scholarship for Economics at Oxford University.
A. G. DAWTRY has been appointed Deputy Town Clerk of Leicester.
J. HUTCHINSON is Assistant Manager of the Sheffield Market Place branch of the Midland Bank.
A. GILPIN is Modern Languages Master at Rotherham Grammar School.
D. C. LAW, running in the Oxford University Athletic Sports, March 1st, won the 3-mile race in 14 min. 19.4 sec., a record for the 92-year-old sports. This also beat the Oxford-Cambridge record established last year. In the University Sports on March 15th he ran third to the dead-heat winners, also of Oxford, in 14 min. 51.4 sec.
Shortly after the return to power of the Conservative Government, nineteen members of the Seventh Club contrived to overcome their personal economic crises sufficiently to attend the annual dinner. The organisation was in the hands of Mr. Jack Reynolds, whom we have to thank for the quality of the meal. We much regretted that the Headmaster could not attend, since few of us had met him, but we were pleased to welcome Mr. D. A. Charles, who came as Head Prefect. Mr. Barthorpe proposed the toast to our guest, and after telling the "joke " which he would have told if Mr. Harvey had been present, dwelt at length upon the School's achievements in the past; Mr. Charles in his brief reply, informed us of many recent changes.
From food to fashion is but a step, and we are pleased to report that the Club still has its arbitors of sartorial elegance. Mr. Hazel's French bow-tie and, on a lower plane, Mr. Green-Armytage's Renaissance trousers cry out for comment, but Mr. "Joshua" Reynolds has the largest claim to distinction in his well-fitting ancestral fur coat.
More serious activities have wasted the time of some of our members. Mr. Baker has swung his way into the Presidential Chair of the Jazz Club, Mr. MacBeth has made understandable contributions to The Cherwell, and Mr. Windle is said to have been identified in the Opera Club's production of Incognita.
Recent visitors to Oxford have included Miss E. M. Knight, and Mr. E. D. Tappe, whose terms at K.E.S. a few of our readers may perhaps remember with pleasure. Finally, we offer our wholehearted congratulations to Mr. Higgins on his half-blue for Lacrosse, to Mr. Hazel on the firm root he has taken in the Junior Philological Society, and to Mr. Mervyn Jones on his important appointment at Exeter, where he will tutor Mr. Ward.
As we write, Mr. Searle-Barnes is still at the Russian Embassy.
TOWARDS the end of the Lent Term, many of our older brethren are horrified by the discovery that the Tripos exams are only ten Weeks away, and that some account must be rendered for all the miss-spent years. Perhaps that is why habitues of the more fashionable coffee shops are less frequently seen sipping the fragrant beverage; consciences which have been long stifled sound again the call to work.
With the lesser evil-not without its dangers -of Preliminaries of some sort before them, the first-year men can pay more attention to the sporting and social life. The younger Buckroyd has been observed plying a trusty oar for Clare V boat in the Lent bumps. Stanfield has brought the O.E.'s representation in the Clare Football XI to three; Jimmy Crowe and Terry Buchan being the other stalwarts. Clare continues to be an Edwardian stronghold, having no less than eight in residence, with a strong medical nucleus. At 77, the number of Old Edwardians in Cambridge has reached its highest level to date.
The Annual Dinner at the Lion Hotel in December was well attended, though by the last week of any term the financial position of many is delicately balanced, and the merits of all (expensive) social gatherings have to be examined carefully. Roy Kelly is extending hospitality to our members in the last Week of the Lent Term, with his Trinity Hall room-mate Mr. Creese.
Those whose memories go back to The Apple Cart and other Dramatic Society shows will not be surprised to hear that our senior resident, T. C. B. Kendrick, was recently concerned in a production of The Wild Duck. Owing to the varied interferences of 'National Service, several years are spanned in the persons of our oldest and youngest inhabitants. The maturer element is well represented by Messrs. Peacock, who assisted in the promotion of Pembroke to the 1st Division Soccer, Green, shortly to do battle with the Foreign Office guardians, and Landin, one of the Clare veterans. Kenyon, up on a post-graduate course after obtaining his degree at Sheffield, can go back a long way in tracing his School connection.
A first year of thirteen is composed roughly half and half of returning soldiers and airmen and those coming up straight from School. One wonders to what extent the latter are at a disadvantage now that the average age is two years higher than pre-war. At the present moment there is much silent speculation on the prospect of obtaining a good " 2-1," and dare one mention it? - in the hearts of a tiny minority, a " first." Will that be possible before the examiners realise that May and June, with their rival attractions, are the worst conceivable months for the heroic effort?
GEOFFREY C. GARLICK.
The University, Western Bank.
It is no doubt establishing a precedent to ask those who are perhaps the youngest Old Edwardians at Sheffield to compose the University letter.
We are well aware that the older generation find their time far too valuable to indulge in such a pastime for they are only to be seen each morning of term taking morning coffee in Refec. and bestowing condescendingly some sign of acknowledgment upon is younger and no doubt lesser brethren.
Firstly, let is remark on our military friend Godfrey Fenton who it has been said is to be seen on Saturday evenings scouring Lodge Moor for the " enemy " while enthusiastically partaking in U.T.C. manoeuvres and who has on one memorable occasion delivered a lecture to the S.C.M. on " St. John ".
Alan Mousley has an inexhaustible supply of memoirs concerning his sojourn in the mysterious East.
Roger Bradshaw has yet not forsaken his tattered grey waistcoat, and Billy Dobbs continues to sport his inimitable hair style. But enough of these tales out of Western Bank.
The University is still as stark as ever, and it is difficult to overlook the prowess of K.E.S. " Mike " Burton is president of Athletics, Frank Bailey captain of Squash and George Horn captain of the 2nd Soccer XI. Brian Winchurch and Peter Everitt are among the several Old Edwardians at the University who play regularly for the O.E. XI's on Saturday afternoons, and John Nutter keeps goal for our 2nd Water Polo team.
We can say little concerning the economists and modern linguists, so inconspicuous is their presence.
To conclude, we do hope that more of you will join is next October, when our own attitude and interpretations of life here may be judged aright. To all at School we send our best wishes for the future.
We remain Sir,
"THE YOUNGER CONTINGENT "
The Michaelmas Term was rounded off with four lively meetings. The first was in defence of " The Liberal Education; the representatives of their respective cults were our erudite Chairman, R. B. Gregory for the scientists. Heathcote for the classics, and Dunn, a historian. The meeting closed with honours evenly distributed. Mr. H. Campbell Howson, a local solicitor and Old Edwardian, followed this with an interesting and well-delivered talk, '` This is the Law,' in which he impressed on us the state of nervous strain in which a lawyer lives. `` To be a solicitor." he said, one must have a boot: of Common Law (in numerous volumes) and a tin of stomach powder." Next came our old friend Round who harangued us on " Spain and the Defence of Western Europe: His main point was the strategic importance of Spain as a last line of defence in the event of a Russian drive through Europe. The group disagreed on two accounts, firstly that the Russians were unlikely to sweep through Europe, and secondly that if thee- did, we should benefit little from being behind the Pyrenees. Most of our members were helping with the Christmas post during the last discussion of the term, which was introduced by Preen and covered the trusteeship of certain African States under the United Nations.
As in previous years, several members, including our Chairman, went to Westminster for the C.E.W.C. New Year Conference, this year on Human Rights, of which they gave a report at the first meeting of the Lent Term. The report, a fragment given by each boy who had been to Westminster, with the Chairman acting as Master of Ceremonies, was keenly enjoyed by the participants, but, as time allowed only the briefest outline it was rather baffling to the outsider, who was left out of most of the humorous stories. Mr. G. J. Cumming is an able president and has been a tower of strength in arranging speakers and keeping the group running smoothly. On this particular occasion he jumped into the breach with an excellent analysis of `` Nationalisation ,. at very short notice. He supported State nationalisation with a measure of decentralisation, and pointed out that the profit made by a monopoly was little measure of its efficiency.
The " White Man's Grave " was vigorously advertised by Mr. P. L. Burkinshaw, an old boy of this school, in '` Life as a Colonial Officer." It was exhilarating to see a man so enthusiastic about his job: spitting cobras and driver ants, yellow fever and dysentery could not discourage this Assistant District Commissioner. His tasks range from trekking across vast expanses of Africa to discouraging tribal warfare, and the qualifications are high; but when described so vividly it appealed to the Livingstone in each one of us.
This was followed by another old boy, Mr. C. M. Goddard, now of the Mercantile Marine, who gave us his impressions of the South Americas. A striking point was the casualty list of a Rio Carnival, namely:thirty-three accidentally and nine intentionally killed and six thousand injured. The Argentinians are about equally divided pro- and anti- British, but are largely (and secretly) anti-Peron as the regime is corrupt, and the currency almost valueless.
Mr. Kanjananavit from the University introduced a discussion on Siam for the second time, but after a short introduction in which he pointed out the contented nature of his countrymen, who are Buddhist, and the long established, limited Monarchy of Siam, we could find little to discuss and the meeting was only kept alive by the flippancy of Canham. In " Youth and the Tew Elizabethan Age," Mr. Collins, a new member of the staff, painted a picture of the wretched prospects of present youth. He maintained that social security and modern knowledge had extinguished the divine spark " of the individual, but this was only a drop in the ocean of abuse. It is doubtful whether he was convinced of this himself, but the house most certainly was not; although strongly attacked from all sides, he was so agile and evasive in debate that we could not really say that youth emerged triumphant.
On the last Monday before going to press, Mr. Moore, the biologist, gave an amusing account of his war-time experiences in `Vest Africa and Burma which included a first-hand account of the outlook of the black man on the "Juju " of world war. Three of the group are looking forward to a holiday conference (we hope mostly holiday) at Cannes this Easter, organised by the C.E.W.C., and in concluding I would like to thank again the President and Chairman for their untiring work.
Last terms meetings which were not recorded in the December issue of this magazine, were both of inter-school character. The first at Nether Edge was a performance of the technicolour film " God of the Atom." The second was held at this School. Canon R. R. Roseveare delivered a talk entitled " Heaven and Hell." This was inevitably followed by vigorous discussion which continued unofficially until an hour or so after the speaker left.
In the first meeting of this term, H. B. Gregory presented his views on `'Heaven and Hell." After plunging into psychological depths and mounting into eschatological heights, our speaker began a vigorous and lively discussion which was enjoyed by all.
At the next meeting, the high standard of discussion was maintained, resulting from a talk on " The Title ` Christ'" given by I. G. Bronks. `` Why should God want to send a Messiah " was one of many important questions raised.
Our next was again an inter-school meeting held at the Girls' High School. The Archdeacon of Sheffield delivered a very interesting and learned talk on: " The Second Coming," which set many minds thinking.
With eagerness and hope, we look forward to the remaining meetings and activities this term, and also to the Conference: " The Unknown Faith "-to be held in the Easter Holidays. This year it is our turn to be hosts to all the Sheffield Schools; we ought, therefore, to make it a point that as many from the Fifth and Sixth Forms as possible should attend what ought to be a very interesting conference.
At the end of last term Mr. Mace gave a lecture on `' The Optics of the Camera." The demonstrations were very interesting, and a Smoke Box, which was used to show the passage of rays of light through lenses and prisms, aroused particular interest among members.
This term opened with a demonstration of "The Tank Development of Films," by Messrs. Layer and Vernon.
During the half-term holiday we paid a visit to Hodgson's Camera Shop, where we were greeted by having our photograph taken. There was some surprise when we were presented with the finished and mounted enlargement only half an hour after our arrival. We started with a film show, and were then conducted round the dark rooms. We would like to express our thanks to the staff of Hodgsons, especially Mr. Harrison, for a most interesting afternoon.
We would point out that our dark room is available for printing and enlarging in the dinner hour, and after school. We hope to have facilities for the development of films before the end of term. There is still room for more members in the society, particularly from the middle school. Details of activities can be seen on the Society's notice board.
Once again the club can look back on a successful term. The Badminton Ladder has proved a great success, judging by the keenness to book games and now, after a term's use, provides a good indication of the respective merits of members. However, a noticeable loss of enthusiasm is evident amongst the members who find themselves falling towards the bottom of the ladder. More effort chaps; don't give up hope!
At the beginning of February, a meeting was held to arrange a tournament. The more experienced players suggested that they should be "seeded," but were hotly opposed and finally defeated by the players of less outstanding merit and the draw resulted in four members of the School team being drawn against each other, which no amount of "cooking" by the secretary could rectify, and which caused smug smiles of satisfaction amongst the more fortunate.
Two matches have been played so far this term, both against St. Augustine's. The first one, won 9-0, gave us a feeling of satisfaction, even though we played a weak team. This was soon banished by the return match, for St. Augustine's played a much stronger team against us, and the result was 3-6, Bailey and Rippon gaining our three points.
The other members of the team, perhaps feeling they were in danger of losing their places in the side, could be seen practising conscientiously every Monday evening and so, practice making perfect, we are hoping to announce victories over our two future opponents, the University and Greystones Badminton clubs, in the next issue of the Magazine.
Finally, may I remind members that a poor shuttle-cock spoils the game and that if you buy new ones from the Club, you not only enjoy the game more, but (and this is important) swell the Club's sinking funds.
During the first half of the term two lunch-hour concerts have been held, giving to some of those who have not previously been heard the opportunity to perform; and gramophone programmes have been presented by Vaughan, Davies, and Nutter. The programme for the rest of the term includes a gramophone recital by:Miss Knight, a concert by the Madrigal Group, and, in the week before Easter, a complete recording of Bach's St. Matthew Passion introduced by Mr. Barnes. Two further secretaries have been co-opted by the Committee: P. M. Harvey and M. E. M. Davies, representing jazz "Traditional" and "Modern." I.H.J.
Two lunch-hour concerts, a gramophone programme, and an organ recital have been held, up to the time of going to press, and an attempt has been made to plan ahead by asking singers and instrumentalists to list items which they are prepared to perform at future concerts. A varied programme is being arranged for the remainder of the term, and we hope to hear eventually all who can sing or play.
The term opened most successfully on February 12th with a talk by B. A. Sparkes on Greek Tragedy. This very interesting talk was very well attended. Next the Society met on February 28th and March 11th to read Moliere's play Le Malade Imaginaire. In between these two meetings, on March 4th, the Society heard an extremely thorough talk by Mr. Dowson on Symbolist Poetry, profusely illustrated with quotations; this also was well attended. The future programme includes a talk by Mrs. Porteous on T. S. Eliot's sources in modern European literature, and one by Mr. Fraser entitled "Is there a unified concept of tragedy in Racine? "
More matches have been played this term. After losing to Ecclesfield G.S. 4.5-2.5 at school, in a return match we won easily, only losing one game. In further games with the University we still lost heavily. A ladder tournament has been formed amongst the junior members and it is expected that this will promote greater interest and raise the standard of play. Point scorers this term have been:-Vincent 2.5, Barnes 2, Taylor, Gillatt, Sanderson, Heathcote, 1. Morton and M. J. Smith have played, but without success. Three masters, Mr. Effron, Mr. Collins and Mr. Redston have played with the School team. Although match results are not glowing, there is certainly an improved standard and interest is quite keen.
The Society has been in a mathematical frame of mind this term, two of the three lectures being on aspects of this subject. The first, by Mr. Backhouse on "Choice and Chance ", dealt with the elementary Theory of Probability from a practical standpoint. Mr. Backhouse illustrated his talk with simple examples on the tossing of coins and throwing of dice. Further examples were provided by the inevitable questions on Racing, Cards and Football Pools.
This was followed by a lecture by the Secretary, F. 0gden, entitled "Sunflowers and Twisted Paper ". The first half of the lecture was devoted to Fibonacci's Series and the Golden Mean, with their applications in nature and art. The second half was concerned with unilateral and bilateral surfaces and was illustrated with twisted paper strips with which the audience quite enjoyed experimenting (or playing).
Finally, Dr. Protheroe of Sheffield University gave a very interesting talk on "Metallurgy in Everyday Life ". He illustrated his lecture with lantern slides of various metals seen under a microscope, and explained the properties of the alloys in terms of their structure as seen on the slides.
The attendance at meetings has been good, on the whole, but support from the Sixth Form has been disappointing.
Mr. T. Parfitt's letter of July 1950-any action yet? Or are cachinnations considered a corollary of cacophony?
The season has had more ups and downs than that of the Senior Course. The fixture list has had its usual cancellations and postponements due to illness or inclement weather.
Nevertheless the season seemed to be "set fair " for our performance in the Northern Schools Cross-Country Run at Manchester, for our results were as follows:
November 28th v. High Storrs (Home). Win:K.E.S. 28 points, H.S. 59.
December 1st v. Nether Edge (Away). Win:-K.E.S. 41 points, N.E. 45.
January 16th v. High Storrs (Away). Win:-K.E.S. 24 points, H.S. 54.
January 19th v. Manchester G.S., Bolton, Urmston (Away). (1) M.G.S. 42 points, (2) K.E.S. 46 points, (3) Bolton 64 points, (4) Urmston 75 points.
January 30th v. Sheffield Training College (Away). Win:-K.E.S. 26 points, S.T.C. 70 points.
February 9th v. Firth Park, Staveley G.S. (Away):(1) K.E.S. 26 points, (2) Firth Park 71 points, (3) Staveley 74 points.
February 16th v. Woodhouse G. S. (Away). Win:K.E.S. 28 points, W. 73 points.
February 20th v. Rotherham (Away). Win:- K.E.S. 26 points, R. 72 pts.
The team ran well, achieving excellent packing. Johnson emerged as our star runner, and Beynon, Keeling and Jinkinson (who has also run for Hallamshire) also deserve mention.
The team has been from:-R. B. Gregory (Captain), Johnson, Beynon, Jinkinson, Keeling, Oxer, Round, Tebbet, Smith, G. N., Adamson, Crisp, Piggott.
The Northern Schools Championship was run at Withenshaw Park, Manchester, on Saturday March 1st Training runs on a new course, exercises in the gym., and a run of successes in local fixtures combined to make the team hopeful. But as will happen to the best runners, Johnson was unlucky enough to have an off-day and was unplaced, and the pace, as determined by Brown, the winner, was hot. We were eighth, having the consolation of beating Manchester Grammar School, last year's winners (16th) and our local rival, Nether Edge (14th).
Our team was:-Keeling (33), Gregory (35), Beynon (46), Jinkinson (65), Tebbet, Johnson. = 179 points.
Better luck next year!
The season's fixtures v. Grammar Schools have been meagre.
Nov. 28th v. High Storrs (Home). Win:K.E.S. 36, H.S. 45.
Dec. 1st v. Nether Edge (Away). Win:-K.E.S. 24, N.E. 63.
Jan. 16th v. High Storrs (Away). Lose:-K.E.S. 46, H.S. 32.
Feb. 9th v. Firth Park (Away). Win:-K.E.S., 34, S. 53, F.P. 85.
Fortunately the team has been running every Saturday (with the exception of the 9th February, when we were at Firth Park) in the Sheffield Schools League against some Sheffield Modern Schools.
The position to date (1st 5) is:-(1) Meynell Road, 100 points; (2) Prince Edward School, 98 points; (3) K.E.S., 93 points and Southey Green School, 93 points; (5) Hartley Brook, 88 points.
K.E.S. lost points for being absent on 9th, when we ran at Firth Park.
The team has been from:-Lomas (Captain), Peck, Allen, Edwards, Nicholls, Taylor, Elliott, Biggins, Pether, Houghton, Beckett, Powell, E. D., Oxer, Crowden, May.
Allen, Taylor, Edwards and Elliott make a formidable quartet: Lomas has been unfit because of knee trouble. The team promises well for next year.
Events to come this term include the House Cross Country Competitions, this time in three groups:1st and 2nd year, 3rd and 4th, 5th and 6th; the Senior Atkin Cup, and of course, the Standard Sports. Best of luck to all!
Old Joseph was the fish-man,
He'd a faulty pair of scales,
He served up little fishes
As though they weighed like whales.
He had a smashin' racket,
No wonder he could grin,
He'd built up quite a fortune
When the coppers ran him in.
And Bill the village barman
Sold beer till twelve o'clock,
And then he shut his pub's front door
And fastened up the lock.
He always made some extra cash
At selling ale and gin;
Things were going all his way,
When the coppers ran him in.
And then old Dan the poacher
Would steal a bird or two,
A peacock or a pheasant,
Or anything that flew.
He popped them off with his rifle,
He thought he'd always win,
And his pockets were not empty
When the coppers ran him in.
And Jack-a naughty man indeed,
Would forge some ten-bob notes;
No wonder his old missus
Was never short of coats!
He set up in a cellar
With his little press of tin -
He'd also made a fortune
When the coppers ran him in.
A boy was fined for smoking,
A man for stealing a gun
They'll fine a chap for any charge
That's underneath the sun.
Though the crime-wave is atrocious,
These coppers make me vexed.
They fine so many people
That I'm sure I'll be the next!
A. D. BRIGGS.
The 1st XI
D. G. Bullard J. R. Wingfield L. Buckle I. H. Jones G. Goddard K. W. Patchett R. A. Hobson
D. A. Charles The Headmaster R. Butler (Capt.) Mr. P. J. Wallis M. H. Thornton
The good start to the season last term has been maintained. The Second XI is still unbeaten by other school teams and the First XI has only lost one match against other schools this term. The play of the junior teams promises well for future years. The keenness and enthusiasm shown at practices has been good but it is a pity there have been so few boys present to encourage the teams in their home matches. We have missed Mr. Kiely's help since Christmas but have enjoyed that of Mr. Auger (despite his engagements with Sheffield Club); Mr. Wilson and Mr. Harper have been helping out the Old Boys' teams but the latter was very unlucky to be injured. The Secretarial arrangements for all teams have been in the efficient care of D. W. S. Beynon, to whom all players extend their warm thanks.
|Under 15 XI||11||4||3||4||32||32|
|Under 14 XI||13||6||6||1||49||50|
|Under 13 XI||5||2||2||1||22||10|
The results indicate a very successful year, particularly if it is remembered that so few remained from last year's team. In some games the team's display has been first-rate, but one or two others are best forgotten. While fewer matches have been played than last year the number of goals scored has been greater, but the defence have also given away more.
The strength of the team has lain in its good all-round standard, and we were pleased to see six members were picked to play in the trial game for a Sheffield Grammar Schools team. The team's thanks go to A. Richmond who has run the line in all kinds of weather.
BUTLER, R. (Captain and Centre-Half).-As the only old colour, occupying a key position, a large part of the success of this year's team is due to him. In his own quiet and methodical way he has blocked the way to goal for many a centre-forward. While essentially a defensive player he has been known to make his way towards the opponents' goal occasionally. His coolness when pressed has been an example to the rest of the team although occasionally an opponent has nipped in and taken the ball before he had cleared it. It has been noticeable that several teams have realised how difficult it is to get past Butler and have only scored by long passes right out of his reach.
P. J. W.
JONES, I. H. (Goalkeeper).-He is generally sound and possesses a strong kick. His main fault is that he relies too much on the punch to save shots. He must break this habit; and his handling and positional play could be improved.
BULLARD, D. G. (Right-Back).-His speed and positional play make him very sound and enable him to recover well. His clearances are often well-placed cross-field passes. He must resist a tendency to dribble and try to improve his covering of the rest of the defence. He was awarded his colours at the end of the season.
PATCHETT, K. W. (Left-Back).-His kicking, particularly in the early part of the season, has been particularly weak and clearances, therefore, have often been delayed. However his tackling ability and speed have been good. Like Bullard, his covering is often faulty.
THORNTON, M. H. (Right-Half ).-He was awarded his colours early in the season and has been consistent throughout. He has started many attacks by bringing the ball away from the penalty area and is not averse to shooting. But his ball control needs improvement and he often carries the ball when a pass would be more effective, and less tiring.
WINGFIELD, J. R. (Left-Half). A sturdy, mainly defensive player, he has a strong
kick in both feet, and was awarded his colours at
Christmas. He has been particularly valuable on muddy grounds, when his long cross-field passes have often found an unmarked winger.
BUCKLE, L. (Outside-Right).-He is very speedy and uses to good advantage his ability to beat his man. His shots, on cutting in, are hard and accurate, and the goals he has scored have helped to earn him his colours.
CHARLES, D. A. (Inside-Right).-He was awarded his colours this season. His distribution of the ball has always been accurate and constructive and his heading, especially from corners, has been good and reaped its reward of goals. His main fault is holding the ball too long when dribbling, but increased speed at the end of the season has diminished this.
GODDARD, G. (Centre-Forward).-Awarded his colours at Christmas, he has since broken the School record for the number of goals scored. He has a terrific right-foot shot and his left has shown a steady improvement. He would be even more effective if he made a pass from a difficult position instead of trying to bustle his way through.
THOMAS, A. (Inside-Left). Although several times absent from the team through illness (when Rowbotham has been an efficient substitute), his play has been of a consistently high standard. His ball-control and constructive ability are excellent. However he often neglects his defensive duties, particularly marking at throw-ins and corners.
HOBSON, R. A. (Outside-Left).-He has been a very useful addition to the side and combined well with the rest of the forward line. His centering has been always accurate, with either foot, and his passes when cutting-in have been used to good effect.
v. Barnsley G.S., home, November 24th. Drawn 2-2.
This match was played under very bad conditions, the pitch being waterlogged and the rain teeming down most of the time. At first the School team seemed to take command and, after some misses, Goddard was put through by Thornton and then scored another goal from a long pass by Bullard. The defence was responsible for both Barnsley's goals as the man in possession was not tackled and was allowed to shoot. In the second half neither side could move the ball far and there was no further score.
v. University XI, home, December 5th. Won 6-3.
v. Old Edwardians II, home, December 8th. Won 2-1.
A School "A" team had more of the game than the score indicates. The forwards were only on form for about ten minutes in the second half when they scored both goals. The School defence, with Butler playing his usual obstructionist game, had command of the opposing forwards.
v. Ackworth, home, December 15th. Won 13-0.
It is unnecessary to chronicle the individual goals as the score indicates sufficiently that the School team was much the better side although the visitors battled gamely as the score mounted.
v. R.A.F. Cadet College, Cranwell.
Away, January 9th. Lost 3-4.
Home, January 12th. Lost 1-3.
The new term was opened with two fixtures with a much heavier and older side. The School team played well in the first game to lead 3-1 at half-time but found the wind and opponents too much in the second half, although the decision was in doubt until the end. In the return match Cranwell were again just a little too fast for the School team.
v. Chesterfield G.S., home. January 16th. Won 7-2.
The School team was at full strength and anxious to avenge its previous defeat; while they had most of the game in the first half they failed to score many goals. In the second half the lead was consolidated by goals from Thornton (who raced up after Goddard's shot had been blocked), and from a hard drive by Goddard. In the latter part of the game the forwards attacked continuously as the visitors tired (by this time they were playing one short), and three further goals were added.
v. University XI, home, January 23rd. Won 8-l.
v. Huddersfield Amateurs, hone, January 26th. Won 6-3.
v. Woodhouse G.S.
Home, January 30th. Won 12-5.
Away, February 9th. Won 3-1.
This game was played on a very hard ground covered by a thick blanket of snow. The School team played rather scrappily but had sufficient in hand to win fairly easily, partly because the visiting goalkeeper was slightly injured. The defence was not too safe and should not have given away most of the goals while the forwards only combined on rare occasions. In the return game four reserves were fielded and the game was much closer. The School team managed to win although Buckle had to retire and Jones was playing while injured.
v. High Storrs G.S., home, February 13th. Won 5-3.
Good football was difficult on the hard ground and the School team had command of the game until towards the end when High Storrs accepted three opportunities they were unnecessarily given. Several goals (including a penalty) were missed although Wingfield had a shot deflected into the goal. The other two in the first half were from passes by Charles to Thomas and Goddard.
v. Firth Park G.S., away, February 16th. Lost 0-3.
Although the team were playing six reserves they deserved to lose this game because they gave such a poor display. The only goal in the first half was after three of our defence miskicked in turn. In the second half the forwards never really got together, although they missed some easy efforts from breakaways, but it was only near the end that the home team scored their other goals.
v. Training College, away, February 20th. Lost 2-4.
P. J. W.
The Second XI continued along its own merry way, and has now completed three seasons without defeat by another school. However, this season we have had some really good games, notably against Bootham, Firth Park, Chesterfield and Mexborough. In each we had our fair share of luck.
The only defeat was by the R.A.F. from Cranwell, but without trying to excuse it, it is only fair to say that we played several reserves. Our games against the Old Edwardians were keenly anticipated and much enjoyed-as they always are. In the first game Weston was splendid in goal.
As mentioned last term, Tiddy has been a conscientious captain of a team whose team spirit has contributed greatly towards its success.
The line-up has usually been:
Smith, J. E. Grantham
Lewis Glenn Needham
Buckle or Bailey Tiddy Wildsmith Rowbotham or Beynon Leeson
Others who have done well when called upon are Speet, Williamson, Adamson, Parfitt, Howarth, Hobson, Staniforth, Nuttall, Kaye, Shaw and Dickinson.
Results since the last report are:
Nov. 24 Barnsley G.S. 2nd XI 1, School 7.
Dec. 15 Firth Park G.S. 2nd XI 2, School 3.
Jan 12 School 1, R.A.F. (Cranwell) 4.
Jan 19 Chesterfield G.S. 2nd XI 1, School 2.
Jan. 26 Mexborough G.S. 2nd XI 2, School 2.
Feb. 16 School 3 O.E's 2nd XI 1.
Scorers for the whole season: Wildsmith 13, Tiddy 13, Buckle 9, Rowbotham 6, Hobson 3, Leeson 1, Smith 1, Staniforth 1, Shaw 1, own goal 1.
C. H. H.
The Third XI have had only a moderate season as their record shows. The chief fault has been too much individualism and not enough team work. This is partially explained by the fact that the composition of the team has been continually changing. The forwards have wanted "to walk" the ball into the net instead of shooting, whilst the covering of the defence has been practically non-existent.
In goal Kaye has played well, whilst Nuttall has been the best defender. Allen has proved a good captain and has worked hard at centre-forward but he has lacked good inside forwards. Congratulations to Hobson on moving from the Third XI to the First XI. Several other members of the team have played for the Second XI during the course of the season; one of the chief functions of a Third XI is to provide good reserves for the other XIs.
C. S. A.
The promise of last term has not been maintained. Though injuries and adverse weather conditions have been important factors in the failure of the team the chief reason for its lack of success has been its own slowness. The ball can be made to do most of the work only if the players are constantly on the alert and on the move. Many promising movements, especially through passes, have been spoilt by the failure of the forwards to get off the mark.
Generally the defence has been sound but has panicked and kicked wildly under continued pressure.
There is good football in the team and if reasonable speed and fitness can be achieved and maintained several of its members should gain places in senior teams next season.
|v. Barnsley G.S.||Away||1-1|
|v. Firth Park G.S.||Home||1-2|
|v. Southey Green||Home||2-2|
|v. Rotherham G.S.||Home||0 4|
|v. Carfield||Away||0 9|
Results during the second term have been rather disappointing after the good start made last term, but it should be pointed out that it was not often that the strongest eleven was available. The team was hard-hit by injuries and the absence of regular members and rarely achieved the understanding which was a feature of the early games this season.
In spite of a number of defeats the players never lost their enthusiasm and for this much of the credit must go to the captain, Hewitt, who always sets a good example in skill and determination. Youle, Frost, Hewitt and Scholey were the leading goal scorers.
|Dec. 8 v. Hunter's Bar School||Lost 6-7|
|Dec. 15 v. Carfield 2nd XI||Lost 1-4|
|Jan. 19 v. Chesterfield G.S.||Lost 4-8|
|Jan. 26 v. Owler Lane School||Won 6-1|
|Feb. 16 v. Rotherham G.S.||Lost 1-8|
|Mar. 1 v. Carfield 2nd XI||Lost 1-5|
Judged by their results, the team this year has not been up to the usual standard; but there is much good football in it, and with greater experience, many of these youngsters will give a good account of themselves. Sallis has always set them a good example of tireless energy. Of the others, the best are, unfortunately, the smallest.
|Hunter's Bar||Home||Won 5-1|
|High Storrs||Home||Lost 2-3|
|High Storrs||Away||Draw 2-2|
H. T. R. T.
Brighter cricket must be the key-note this year. Last year's team record is not particularly inspiring. Matches played, 22; Won, 4; Lost, 9; Drawn, 9. Individual averages were good and the new players did especially well. The existing School batting aggregate of 427 was broken by Thornton and Keighley.
Also batted: Charles, Turner, Marshall, Everitt, Howarth, Milne, Patchett, Fenton, Leeson, Nuttall, Staniforth, Dunn.
Also bowled: Charles, Leeson, Beynon.
Cricket, however, is primarily a team game and not a striving for personal success. Fielding is the most important feature of the game and it was through lack of this ability that such poor results were obtained last season. This deficiency must be rectified, and if all pull their weight and co-operate, the team should have a very good season.
M. H. T.
The enthusiasm of the Rugby players shows that its introduction has not been in vain. On Wednesdays the matches are as keenly fought as local Derbies, and due to constant coaching the standard of play is gradually rising.
At the beginning of the season the choice between Rugby and Soccer was restricted to the Fifth and Sixth Forms, but it is now open to the Middle School. This should provide a sound nucleus for the first XV during future years. The School XV have played two matches this term, the first against Carfield, which was won, and the second against The City Grammar School, which was lost. The main point learnt from both these matches is that more practice at tackling is needed. There are two more matches to be played this season. The Central Technical School on March 22nd, and The City Grammar School on March 29th, both matches being at Castle Dyke.
The Troop has made good progress during the last term. To facilitate organisation, a new patrol-the " Merlins "-has been formed, making five patrols in all. We recently welcomed John Nutter to " A " Troop as A.S.M. With his assistance a new training has been started, which has so far included signalling, first-aid and pioneering. Awards gained have included 10 Tenderfoot badges, 6 Firelighter and 2 Cook proficiency badges and also the troop's first Scout Cord. Several Cameraman, First Class and Second Class badges are expected soon.
A Jumble Sale and Whist Drive followed close on last term's successes in the field of finance. Thanks are due to all parents, especially the Committee members for their help and interest.
A Christmas Party was held during the holidaysarranged by our Troop Leader with Mr. A. W. Gaskin as guest of honour. Prizes were awarded to the most successful individuals and patrols, and the gathering ended with a film show which included films of recent camps. The normal competitions have continued this term with laurels fairly evenly distributed.
We hope that many cf the troop, especially the new boys will be able to attend the Whitsuntide and Summer camps, arrangements for which are proceeding quite well, both sites having been applied for. It is probable that individual patrols will have many hikes and wide-games planned for the future months, a start having been made this last half term. Some first class hikes are expected this Easter from the older boys.
Attendance at Troop meetings has been satisfactory, but more support is needed for meetings and plans arranged by the Patrol Leaders. Owing to the unfortunate illness of John Nutter, the full responsibility for the troop rests on Mr. Layer, to whom we owe much for building up the Troop to its present level of scouting.
Arundel's football has not lived up to expectation. The Senior team finished 5th in the League and lost to Wentworth in the K.O. semi-final. Both the Intermediates and the Juniors lost K.O. matches, the former to Wentworth in the semi-final and the latter 3-2 to Clumber in the first round, after a gruelling struggle. Although these results don't seem very inspiring on paper, yet in actual fact there was a lot of good football and many close games. Brighter prospects gleam on the horizon. The athletics season is upon us and our Seniors should do very well in both track and field events. It will be up to the Intermediates and Juniors to back them up and see that Arundel sweeps the board. Just as important, however, as the actual Athletic Sports are the Standard Sports. These are designed primarily for the non-expert runner or jumper to show his mettle and win some points for his House. I want to see everyone getting at least three standards if not more and so ensure that Arundel wins the Trophy. Still further in the future are the Water Polo K.O. and the Cricket competitions, all of which we hope to win. While on the subject, our Water Polo team finished 3rd equal in the League, which was quite good. Finally we congratulate Thornton on being awarded his School 1st XI Football Colours; Cook, Rowbotham, Allen and Dickinson on gaining their House Colours; Cook is also to be congratulated on his performance in the academic sphere, namely being awarded the Herbert Hughes Spanish Prize.
The football season has been the most successful that Chatsworth has had for some time. On completing the League fixtures the House 1st XI tied for top place with two other Houses, and after resisting a desperate challenge by Clumber, the team went on to win the League Cup by defeating Sherwood in the final play-off; it would be wrong to single out any individual players for praise, for this has been a triumph of teamwork, and though some of the 'veterans" are leaving, the basis should be left for a good side next year. The performance of the Intermediate teams has been rather disappointing, but several of the players should find places in the House 1st XI next year. The promise shown before Christmas by the Junior teams has been amply fulfilled; both XI's reached the final of their K.O. competitions and finished second in their Leagues, and their play augurs well for the future. With the approach of the running season we are hoping that the captaincy of B. Round will prove as successful on the track as it is in the water; though it would be optimistic indeed to suggest that we shall retain all our athletic cups, we are hopeful of individual successes, and if our Cross Country team has trained conscientiously it should be well placed, whilst the revival of the Standard Sports is an opportunity for every member of the House to pull his weight and perhaps to develop hidden talents. It only remains to congratulate the following people:Buckle on his selection for the School 1st XI, Keeling on his fine race for the School in the "Northern" at Manchester; P. M. Turner and R. Lamb on winning awards at Cambridge and Durham respectively; and finally an Old Boy, D. C. Law, of whose record-breaking 3 miles, the School, and Chatsworth in particular, are particularly proud.
We are now proud possessors of the K.O. Cup after a 5-1 victory over Wentworth in the Final. Thus, after appearing in the Final eight times in the last nine
years, we have at last gained the Trophy which has so long evaded us. Strengthened by the four school players, we were more than a match for any House. In the play-off for the League championship, the team was defeated 5-4 by Chatsworth after a hard fought match. The latter half of the season saw a great improvement; inspired by the brilliant play of captain Booth, the team overcame many opponents with praiseworthy ease. Had they shown this standard throughout the competition, we should not have been mere runners-up. The Middle School football has attained an average and consistent standard. The 1st XI finished 3rd in their League, only 2 points behind the leaders. Hard and vigorous play from the defence, ably led by Heritage and Schofield, was responsible for this success. Certain players, however, must remember that the lack of natural ability can be for the most part counterbalanced by team-work and the will to win. The 2nd XI held their own under the captaincy of Richards. The Juniors have not been startling, but they are keen and usually steady. Some already have begun to show the spirit which has been behind Clumber's successes. Clumber's policy has always been to take the offensive. May it always be so! Congratulations to Goddard on his School 1st XI Colours; to Hobson on his selection for the School 1st XI; to Booth, Hobson and K. B. T. Taylor on being awarded their House Colours. The House owes a large measure of its success to the inspiring leadership of its Captain of Football, K. W. Patchett. In the athletic field, the Senior section has been unfortunate in losing many of its more notable athletes, who enabled us last year to win with a record number of points both to the Athletic Sports and the Cross Country race. Although we cannot expect to shine so brightly this year, the recent visit of the A.A.A. coaches has unearthed a fair degree of talent among future competitors for the field events.
Since the last notes were written a Social has been held for the younger members of the House, and thanks are due to the senior members who contributed towards its success, especially to Hollingworth, Bullard and Williamson. The House has met with varying success in the football season. The 1st XI unwillingly accepted the wooden spoon, failing to score a point, but the Intermediate and Junior teams maintained their high standard of play up to the end of the season. In the Intermediate section the A XI, ably captained by Bruce, finished second, and the B XI top in their divisions. The Junior A XI, under Hague, finished top of their League and also won the Junior K.O. competition, while the B XI were second in their League. Hollingworth's Water Polo team held third place in the League, and it is to be hoped that they can repeat last year's performance in winning the K.O, competition. The end of the Cross Country season approaches rapidly, and the House has high hopes of success in the final races. The Intermediate team is particularly strong, and since both the Senior and Junior teams contain some good runners, a great effort must be made to beat last year's excellent performances. Williamson is to be congratulated on his appointment as House Athletics captain, and he can be relied upon to set a good example in both the Athletic and Standard Sports. The Cricket season is awaited with enthusiasm, and although the loss of Keighley creates a large gap in the team, it will still contain a nucleus of experienced players. If the cricketing ability of the Junior House matches its proficiency on the winter game, then the season can be faced with great confidence.
The Football competitions have presented us with four titles, and one Cup. As intended, the Middle section A team and the Junior B team each won their League and Knock-out convincingly. Jinkinson has been running well for the School Cross Country team, and in fact there is a lot of running around in the near future for all of us; muscles should be oiled and crutches discarded. Besides all the swotting, the Easter holidays could be well employed in cricket practice to ensure hitting the ball or stumps, as required, next term. Regretfully, Oliver's injury will deprive him of sporting distinctions, and us of his valuable services. Nevertheless, happy and profitable activities for the whole House, as always!
This term sees the close of the Football season with the Senior XI being placed second in the League, following a play-off against Chatsworth which resulted in a win for the latter by 3-1. We were unlucky enough to be without three of our best players, Howarth, Middleton and Madden. However, the rest of the team played well together as they have done throughout the season. This term we have not had the services of our bustling centre-forward Binks, except in the final match, which no doubt upset our chances of the championship. However, Round moved to centre-forward and Madden came into the defence and both played quite well. Most of the goals this season have been scored by Tiddy, who has been the mainstay of the forward line. House Colours have been reawarded to Tiddy, Howarth and Adamson, and awarded to Shires, Bird, Round, and Middleton, and to these players we give our congratulations. Now the Standard Sports are on the way. It should be within the capabilities of most of the members of the House, both senior and junior, the latter especially, to make up for the unfortunate lapse during the football season, to gain the five standards possible. The House expects everyone to try hard to keep possession of the Cup which has had its place in our cupboard since it was introduced. Finally we look forward to next term when the Cricket League and Knock-out Cups and the Water Polo Knock-out Cup will be at stake.
The 1st XI, led by Staniforth, have had moderate success this season; they finished 5th in the League, and in the Knock-out semi-final were beaten by Clumber. House Football Colours have been awarded to J. G. Kaye, D. Nuttall, D. M. Parfitt and J. R. Shaw. The Middle School section have had a bad season, the A team and B team finishing bottom and fourth in their respective leagues. The Junior section shows a brighter picture, the A team finishing fourth and the B team third. J. R. S. Shaw was elected House Captain of Athletics and G. N. Smith vice-captain. The Third and Fourth Forms' Captain and vice-captain of Athletics are D. H. Oxer and P. W. Lomas. We have several promising athletes and hope to do well in the Cross Country race and Athletic Sports.
This term has largely been a case of "nearly but not quite." Although both the Knock-out XI and the Middle School team reached the final of their competitions, neither was victorious, the former succumbing gallantly to a hard-hitting Clumber. The near-success of the Junior team bodes well for the future and next year's House 1st team should be a major force in the League. This year it finished only two points behind the leaders. They were always in the running, but unfortunately lost the last match in a hard game against Sherwood, 0-1. House Football Colours have been awarded to J. E. Smith, who has played well for the House and the School 2nd XI. We welcome Mr. Sykes as temporary House Tutor, and hope that his experience on the Rugby field will help us to raise the standard in the School. The term ends with the Cross Country race and the Standard Sports. In these, and in the Athletic Sports next term, the House should be reminded that practice is essential to achieve success. Many boys in the House have a good chance of winning an event, but as yet few have been seen on the practice ground. Let "Practice makes perfect" be your motto and a few cups should be added to the very low number at present occupying the Wentworth cupboard.
There was a draw for the play-off of the top three teams. Chatsworth, drawn against Clumber, beat the favourites by 5 goals to 4. In the final tie, Chatsworth beat Sherwood by 3 goals to 1 to become the League champions.
D. B. H.
The standard of play in the "A" League has been high and has been improving steadily. Lynwood proved to be fairly easy winners in both League and Cup Competitions but competition for the remaining places was keen.
The "B" League has been rather disappointing. Haddon were outstanding winners here, but could have been more closely challenged if some of their opponents had shown more exertion and determination. Too many players in this League are casual and seem to have no ambitions for their Houses.
J. C. H.
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The Thursday games have proved very successful this year and some good football has been played. In addition to the League results a Knock-out competition was held; in the finals Haddon " A " beat Chatsworth " A " 4-2, and Lynwood " B " beat Chatsworth B " 6-3.
H. T. R. T.
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