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WE deeply regret to announce the death, on May 1st, of EDWIN CHARLES CUMMING, M.A., History and English Master, 1947-53.
Mr. B. C. Harvey has been appointed Headmaster of Dame Allan's School, Newcastle-on-Tyne, and leaves us at the end of the Summer Term with our best wishes. He came to K.E.S. in 1939, to leave almost immediately for war service in the Royal Navy, where he was very soon selected for high-level administrative duties. Shortly after returning here, he became in 1948, Senior Classics Master in succession to Mr. George Smith. In this capacity and as Housemaster of Wentworth and Librarian he has worked with untiring energy and devotion to the best interests of the School, and will leave a gap which it will be hard to fill.
We congratulate the following on their University Awards:-
R. A. Winn, Open Exhibition in French at Durham;
M. Otter, Nottingham Co-operative Society Scholarship in German and French at Nottingham;
D. M. Turner, Rayner Scholarship in Mathematics at Nottingham;
K. Booth, Andrew Entrance Scholarship in Classics at University College, London.
D. D. Howarth has been appointed a Prefect, and A. R. Jinkinson a Sub-prefect. [+ K Booth & D H Thorpe; hand-written note presumably by DHT]
D. G. Bullard was selected for training at the Football Association Week at
Trinity College, Cambridge, during the Easter holidays.
N. H. Cunnington has been selected by the British Schools Exploring Society for an expedition to British Columbia next July.
In place of the usual School Play, a programme of one-act plays was given on the afternoon and evening of March 30. Senior members of the Dramatic Society chose and produced The Monkey's Paw and The Man in the Bowler Hat, and a Middle School group under Mr. Reeves's direction presented Thread of Scarlet. The usual film show on the last afternoon of term consisted of Will Hay's Boys Will Be Boys, an inspired choice which gave hilarious entertainment not only to the younger members of the audience.
Events for the Summer Term include:
May 16. Athletic Sports. Distribution of trophies by the Lady Mayoress.
May 19. Coronation Concert in the Victoria Hall.
June 11. Annual Commemoration Service, at School (evening). Address by Professor E. Laughton (O.E.), Firth Professor of Latin in the University of Sheffield.
June 19. Swimming Sports.
A School Collection for the Flood Relief Fund amounted to £88 2s. 0d. This sum was paid into the Lord Mayor of Sheffield's Fund.
Speech Day will be held on Thursday, October 22nd, when the guest of honour will be an Old Edwardian, E. T. Williams, M.A., D.S.O., C.B.E., Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford.
The adoption of Councillor Oliver S. Holmes (K.E.S. 1909-16) as Lord Mayor Elect for 1953-54 brings this honour for the second time in four years to an Old Edwardian. We look forward to an opportunity of congratulating him personally in due course.
We have just time, but too little space, in which to congratulate Mr. P. J. Wallis on his appointment, announced on April 28th, as Headmaster of Dronfield Grammar School. During his six years here his work for Mathematics, and for Football, has put the School very much in his debt; and we also look forward to seeing the full results of his researches into our past history, some of which has already been contributed to the pages of this Magazine.
THE Council for Education in World Citizenship presented its Christmas Holiday lectures at the Central Hall, Westminster, over the New Year. The audience consisted of about two thousand five hundred boys and girls, of whom this School supplied a modest eight.
Four days were spent listening to lectures, asking experts questions, and discussing various aspects of Europe, chiefly from three angles European Unity: the status of Spain, Germany and Yugoslavia within Europe; and American, East European and Asiatic views of Europe. Highlights among the lectures were those of M. Andre Philip, His Excellency Jerzy Michalowski, the Polish Ambassador, Mr. Hebert Agar (American journalist and historian) and Mr. Sudjic, a Yugoslav. M. Philip was notable for a dynamic presentation combined with an excellent command of English and something important and interesting to say. The Polish Ambassador was provocative: while Mr. Agar was intellectual without being boring, Mr. Sudjic's sincerity was obvious and his argument reasonable.
The discussion between Signor Adista Eroca and Mr. Halliday Sutherland was easily the most controversial and noisy event in the whole series. Cheers and counter-cheers, interruptions and booing punctuated the rather more doubtful of the facts which were put forward. The Chairman, a schoolmistress, did not distinguish herself during question-time; she refused to give her reasons for disallowing a question, and showed bias in the opinion of some of the audience. The result was that she was slow-clapped at the end.
The general view seemed to be that the Brains Trust on the last day was the least interesting event of the programme. The questions answered and discussed were an anticlimax to the general tone of the lectures.
The discussion groups, which might have been a very important part of the conference, were rarely attended by more than half of the members. The reasons for this, in my view, are: that the groups are too large, that the scope allowed for discussion is too small, and that it is easier to discuss the lectures with one's friends on the way home. As a result, most people drift off to have a look round London.
Work "for the day usually finished between four and five o'clock, leaving time for a meal before beginning to enjoy oneself in the evening. The lectures on New Year's Day were notable for their bad attendance! The night of the dance, always a gay feature of the meeting, was this year outstanding for the solos sung by Tebbet, and for Round's " If you were the only girl in the world."
The Conference is very well worth attending, and it certainly succeeds in provoking discussion and in making known new information and points of view.
P. D. RYDER.
THE School Concert in the Victoria Hall in January was well received by a large and most appreciative audience. The full programme is given below. There is space here to mention only a few among the items, all of which reached that high standard now expected of the School's singers and players.
It was fitting that I. H. Jones, Heberden Organ Scholar at Brasenose College, Oxford, should momentarily forsake his leadership of the 'celli to play the solo part in the Organ Concerto. This he did with assurance and skill on an instrument far from easy to handle. Swain and Sharpe distinguished themselves in the Songs of the Sea as did three of our woodwind specialists on their respective instruments. The Madrigal Group is particularly good this year, and their lower half sang the Spirituals with fine style. These latter have since been recorded on a twelve-inch disc, copies of which will be available shortly. The Choir adapted themselves well to the differing styles of Handel, Stanford, and Parry, in which they were ably supported by the orchestra. The idiom of Purcell is a difficult one for even experts to cope with, and the Orchestra played their suite with a commendable sense of style.
Since the concert preparations have gone ahead for the Coronation Concert on May 19th, in which the highlights promise to be two anthems written by Handel for the coronation of George II, and Walton's Crown Imperial March, which was commissioned for George VI's coronation. The Madrigal Group and F. D. Kirkham will contribute a group of pieces from the time of Elizabeth I, while the brass group will be heard in Matthew Locke's Music for His Majesty's Sackbuts and Cornetts, which was played in Charles II's coronation procession. There will be other vocal and instrumental items of English music.
We welcome Swift (viola) and Saxton (flute) to the orchestra this term, and hope that a number of other instrumentalists are preparing to fill the gaps which will inevitably occur at the close of the school year. Here it may be timely to remark on a tendency becoming apparent among members of the orchestra to regard themselves as having arrived and therefore in no further need of lessons (or, dare we say, even practice) on their instruments. The standard of playing must fall, and the type of work we can attempt become more restricted, unless each individual is striving to acquire a real technique.
The Music Club has been inactive this term, which is a pity-although the time available is small and organisation difficult. It is hoped that musicians with the requisite initiative will come forward to organise activities.
N. J. B.
UNISON SONG " The Agincourt Song "
(THE CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA)
| 15th Century
SUITE " The Gordian Knot Untied " (No. 1)
| Purcell, arr. Holst
Overture (Adagio-Allegro-Adagio): Air:
Rondeau Minuet: Air: Jig
(a) " Matona, lovely maiden "
(b) " Fine knacks for ladies "
(c) " if my complaints "
(d) " Fair Phyllis " ...
Farmer (c. 1565-1605)
(THE MADRIGAL GROUP)
(a) Sonata for Flute and Piano
Larghetto: Allegro: Sicilians: Giga
(P. T. HOLGATE)
(b) Adagio (Oboe Concerto)
(I. A. MOTTERSHAW)
(c) " Moods " for Clarinet ..
THREE SONGS OF THE SEA
(1) " Drake's Drum "
(2) " Devon, 0 Devon"
(3) " The ` Old Superb ' "
(Soloists-1 and 3, P. SWAIN; 2, M. A. SHARPE,
THE CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA)
CHORUS "In Praise of Laughter"
(THE CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA)
ORGAN CONCERTO -No. 4 in F
Allegro: Adagio: Allegro
(I. H. JONES WITH THE ORCHESTRA)
(a) "Deep River"
(b) " By an' By "
(c) " O Peter, go ring-a dem bells "
(d) " Steal away "
|arr. N. J. Barnes|
(P. SWAIN AND R. J. J. ORTON WITH
TENORS AND BASSES OF THE MADRIGAL GROUP)
PIANO DUET " Capriol " Suite
Basse-danse: Pavane: Tordion: Bransles:
Pieds-en-l'air: Mattachins (Sword Dance)
(F. D. KIRKHAM, Mr. N. J. BARNES)
" BLEST PAIR OF SIRENS "
(THE CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA)
| Parry (1848-1918)
arr. C. S. Lang
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
The party that went to Cambridge on February 20th (ten days after the blizzard) contained twenty boys from the 4th, 5th and 6th Classical, many of whom had the advantage of having seen Arnold Freeman's sincere production of this play in English at the Little Theatre last autumn. With the party were four members of the Girls' High School and a larger number from High Storrs Girls' School in charge of the Classical Mistress, Mrs. P. M. Jones, who had made most efficient arrangements for the journey by coach. By starting at 7.15 a.m., and with a halt for " elevens" at Stamford, we reached Cambridge in time to spend over an hour on the "Backs," visiting St. John's, Trinity, King's and other colleges.
This is no place to review the play's production in detail, but it can be stated that the enunciation was so clear that the drama could be followed by those only slightly acquainted with the text.
Tea was taken in the Hall of Sidney Sussex College before we set out on the five-hour return journey, the tedium of which was beguiled by an enthusiastic "' choir " with a trilingual repertoire.
B. C. H.
It is not very often that a translation of a Greek play is chosen for production in a London theatre. In February, Mr. E. F. Watling's translation from Sophocles, published in 1947, in the Penguin Classics series, was used by Donald Wolfit for his production of the two plays, Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus, presented together in one performance.
This was a very real tribute to the excellence of Mr. Watling's translation, which was intended primarily as an acting version. If this translation is easy to read and understand, it is even more attractive when presented on the stage. Donald Wolfit brought to his part all the power and resource of his acting ability. If at times his voice was a little strained, or his own personality too evident, the production as a whole was worthy of the author and his translator. It seems a great pity that more of these plays could not be presented more often to London audiences. It was clear that the performance which I attended was received with admiration and gratitude. We are proud to be able to congratulate Mr. Watling, as a member of our Staff, on achieving this distinction.
C. E. S.
MARCH 30th, 1953
THE experiment of presenting a programme of one-acters as a change from the usual full-length and full-dress School Play is one that has perhaps not been tried often enough in recent years. It has the advantage of giving wider opportunities (both for success and failure), but it also involves greater difficulties of organisation and co-ordination. It is not the critic's business, however, to enquire too closely into the backstage mysteries and histories, but to report what he saw from the front. He is not supposed to know that the plays have been produced on a shoe-string for a one-day (afternoon and evening) stand; that one play has been directed by a master, one by a Prefect, and one by a fluid combination of last-minute improvisations; or that a leading lady has sprained her ankle playing rugger. He is not, in short, to make allowances for any accident or obstacle whatever; and it is pleasant to record that in this case he felt very little need to do so.
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Thread of Scarlet gave the show an excellent start. It could hardly have been bettered as an object-lesson in the value of teamwork as a much more potent factor than any individual talent. No miracles of impersonation -were achieved by the youthful middle-school cast, but the total effect was clean and clear; every word audible; properties well assembled and surely handled, to give sufficient backing of realism and atmosphere to the situation; grouping, movement, and that all-important absence of movement, under firm control. You could have heard a pin drop; but not one did.
That exceedingly slender trifle, The Man in the Bowler Hat, achieved a success that must have surprised its much-harassed performers and producers. It certainly created unstinted laughter, if not always in the way intended by the author. Orton's exuberant performance, addressed unashamedly to the audience, cheerfully hit the wrong note, but at least hit it definitely. His charming wife, Westlake, whether by accident or design, gave a much better idea of the unruffled ordinariness which was needed as a foil to the startling events enacted in her ordinary sitting-room. The sketch succeeded largely by the apt and effective dressing of all the characters (in primis Parfitt's inspired cap and bow-tie); it nearly failed through weak timing and uncertain movement; the joke only just lasted out the brief duration of the episode. But a tribute should be paid to the longest and most realistic embrace ever seen on these venerable boards.
From The Monkey's Paw we expected, and to a great extent received, a more serious and convincing dramatic presentation than could have been possible from either of the other items. But the play is obviously fraught with perils and pitfalls, and it was not surprising that its mechanism sometimes creaked as disconcertingly as that treacherous section of the floor where some of its important action took place. The first of its three scenes (separated unfortunately by much too long intervals) was in good shape, with opportunities well taken by Lodge, and very nice work by Senior as the old soldier. The early removal of these two left the heavy burden of the rest of the play on Butler and Thompson, aided, but not much, by Cousin's noble endeavour in what must be the worst-conceived small part on the British stage. A tendency to express grief by lapsing into inaudibility, and a rather uncertain grip of that terribly difficult last scene, left the final impression a bit blurred. The setting and lighting, again a difficult problem, in aiming at an atmosphere of poverty or tragedy, achieved only a bleak absence of atmosphere.
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The whole affair gave evident enjoyment to both the afternoon and evening audiences,
as well as useful experience to those involved, whom, for the record, we enumerate
Thread of Scarlet-C. J. Belk, D. Bailey, B. D. Hutchinson, J. How, H. R. Hunter, R. Longden. Produced by Mr. C. A. Reeves.
The Man in the Bowler Hat-G. C. Westlake, R. J. J. Orton, M. J. Shires, J. M. Jackson, J. A. Hodgson, D. M. Parfitt, J. C. Tebbet. Produced by J. H. Nowill and Mr. J. C. Hemming.
The Monkey's Paw-R. Butler, E. P. Lodge, R. Thompson, D. J. H. Senior, W. D. Cousin. Produced by I. A. Mottershaw. Stage Manager, N. H. Cunnington.
E. F. W.
THIS year's Standard Sports (Infants) saw a happy mixture of old and new. The " old " was represented by Mr. H. T. R. Twyford, who in his mellow wisdom, never allowed the proceedings to begin before 2.45, or to finish before 3.15. A further notable feature of Mr. Twyford's smooth discipline of all concerned, was his dexterity in the distribution of all the House Registers for marking by other members of the Staff every week. As usual, Waghorn, with his speechless (but probably sympathetic) colleague, was in evidence, though only once did we see him actually on the field. This was to call some keen Wentworth juniors off the damp running track, where they were practising. It is a pity that such youthful ardour must thus be curbed.
On the first day of standards at Whiteley Woods, boys were run in batches of 3, 8, or (roughly) 19, according to how many were hanging about the starting point when it was decided that something ought to be run. On the second day, however, Mr. V. J. Wrigley helped with the starting. This meant that boys were arranged in Houses, subdivided into Forms and classed according to Height. They were then graded according to Father's Profession and grouped according to Colour of Eyes. Boys were then finally chosen to run in a particular heat in accordance with some historical criterion, the exact nature of which it was difficult to ascertain. This process did mean that everything was Well Arranged, and although the overall effect was one of comparative slowness (and delay), it was probably Deeply Satisfying.
Some interesting results may be noted here. No boy failed to pass the 100 Yards standard; this, it was subsequently discovered, was due to the race having been run over the 80 yards course. The handicap was thus the same for every entrant, so no further action was deemed necessary. The fact that Mr. O. R. Johnston's handkerchief could not be seen in the top corner of the field (partly due to the fog and partly to the colour of the handkerchief) made for an interesting series of starts, and the breaking of the 220 Yards record on several occasions. Competitors in one heat even succeeded in breasting the tape before the timekeeper had started the race. It was not known how to record this result, so each boy was given a sandwich and told to keep his mouth shut.
Extreme seriousness characterised the High Jump. This was directed by Mr. R. A. Summers and Mr. C. E. Silver, who noticed that on the first day an unusually large number of boys complained of sprained knees, twisted ankles, and possible fractures. Careful observation revealed this to be due to the fact that the sand pit had actually been dug at the wrong side of the jumping stands. Mr. Kopcke immediately informed Waghorn that the pit should be moved to its correct position on the other side of the stands, and it is understood that seven men have been working on this during the Easter holidays. As a temporary measure, the stands were moved to the other side of the pit, though this, Mr. Kopcke explained, was only a makeshift.
During the Cross Country practices, Mr. Johnston went round the course several times with the Juniors. Having longer legs, he could afford to walk over a larger proportion of the course than the other runners. Other members of the Staff were served with weak unsugared tea in the pavilion.
In conclusion, it must be said that the School will never realise the debt it owes to men such as these same masters, who unselfishly give up so much of their free time to this thankless task, away from the books and the school building which they love. Their kindness and unfailing good humour has been an example and an inspiration to every boy.
THE following presentations, from boys who have recently left school, are gratefully acknowledged:
F. A. J. Dunn: Ashley's Economic Organisation of England, G. M. Young's Baldwin, Morley's Life of Gladstone. D. C. Canham: A. L. Rowse's Greville of The Revenge, Fulford's The Royal Dukes. R. W. Porter: Konrad Lorenz's King Solomon's Ring, Hosking and Newberry's Birds of the Day. C. Gillott: Sir Edward Marsh's translation of The Odes of Horace, Penguin Book of Greek Coins. D. P. Machen: Poulter's The Backbone of England, F. S. Chapman's The Jungle is Neutral. G. N. Hitchcock: Peter Fleming's A Forgotten Journey. J. M. Hiles: V. Gollancz's My Dear Timothy, M. Davidson's Astronomy for Everyman.
This year we have to report an unusually interesting intake of Edwardian freshmen. Mr. Jessop, for instance (Hamilton to his friends) has reintroduced the cult of Aphrodite. Some of his fellow Queensmen were surprised to find that they had long been unwitting devotees, though perhaps in a more practical and less exalted manner. Mr. Jessop, we believe, is prone to poetic utterance. Mr. Bingham frankly admits he writes prose. He is, however, an important member of the editorial triumvirate of Trio, Oxford's terminal selection of undergraduate poetry. Gossips say he has been seen sipping Cointreau from a hipflask at lectures, but we do not believe this. More orthodox renown has been gained by Mr. Keighley, who has played and scored for Pegasus.
Among our older members, we congratulate Mr. Hunt on joining Mr. Higgins in the Lacrosse Blue team, Mr. Wright on his scholastic achievements, and Mr. Law for running with consistent brilliance. Mr. MacBeth passed another mile-stone in his career with his appointment as President of the University Poetry Society. He has asked us to deny the rumour that his spats are part of the presidential insignia. Mr. Green-Armytage is still to be seen clearing obstacles at the University Track; his friends are requested to distinguish between high-jumping and hurdling.
The Seventh Club Annual Dinner was held during the Michaelmas term. Among those present we were pleased to see Miss G. M. Knight, the Club's first Honorary Member. The Head Prefect was the only guest from the School. Our other guest was no less a figure than the future Warden of Connaught Hall, a title which will not conceal from the well informed the presence of the ubiquitous Mr. Tappe. Speeches were made by Mr. MacBeth, The Head Prefect, Mr. Adsetts, and Mr. Tappe. Mr. Tappe defended Sheffield against its calumniators; the Head Prefect defended the School against the Club pessimists. Mr. Adsetts defended his desertion of former studies, apparently against Mr. Tappe, whilst Mr. MacBeth, being himself in a completely indefensible position, made scurrilous attacks upon the President, the Treasurer, and Mr. Bingham.
One welcome innovation this year was a football match between the Club and Worcester College. An innovation still more welcome, for those acquainted with the Club's dismal record on the cricket field, was the 1-0 victory gained by this talented team, marshalled and captained by Mr. Fletcher. The two spectators applauded wildly.
An effort was made to attract more members to Club meetings by holding one at which liquid refreshment was not merely varied but subsidised, and biscuits were free. Mr. Searle Barnes (who seems recently to have transferred his interests from the Balkans to Scandinavia) showed a capacity for these comestibles which would have surprised anyone who had failed to observe Mr. Hazel. Some formal business was performed, despite the quibbles of Mr. Kinsey, the soi-distant Senior Undergraduate Member, who has appointed himself the guardian of the Club's Constitution, and who seems to regard the transaction of any business whatever as an inexcusable breach of the charter.
Lastly, we learn with anxiety that matrimony, which has for some years past raged amongst our contingent at Oriel, is now threatening to spread to members of other colleges. Convention forbids us to express the hope that those concerned will recover, and so we take this opportunity of congratulating them, and trust they will bear their affliction like men.
HAVING pursued the study of both Latin and Greek, I feel it behoves me to explain to those who have not had such good fortune why I consider myself to have benefited from it. Apart from the obvious and often cited advantages of a classical education, viz., that it encourages the student to think pellucidly and objectively, and exercises his faculties of concentration, I am firmly convinced that the principal and most invaluable advantage to be gained from it is the acquisition of a fluent and eloquent literary style, free from superfluity of words, vagueness of content or obscurity of sense, yet with that plenitude of import which can only be evolved from a comprehensive initiation into the scriptures of such illustrious and erudite scribes as Homer, Ovid and Cicero, who, with their variety and opulence of vocabulary and their compactness and precision of syntax are an example to all those who indulge in verbosity, prolixity, circumlocution and unnecessarily elaborate sentence construction. It is, then, particularly with respect to the improvement and amelioration of my literary style that I am most conscious of my indebtedness to my classical education.
Throughout the term, the meetings of the S.C.M. group have been varied and, as always, of much interest to us as students of Christianity and as citizens of this modern and changing world. The general trend of the group's activity has been directed towards these ends.
The first two meetings, in January, dealt with “Gambling." I. H. Jones, by his excellent introduction to the subject, set our minds thinking in preparation for the meeting of the combined Sheffield Schools' Groups at the City Grammar School. Here, the Rev. Brian O'Gorman, with much lucidity, painted a memorable picture of this social problem.
We were very fortunate, halfway through the term, to have Rabbi Isaac Chait to speak to us on " The Jewish Faith and Outlook." This was a most enlightening talk and helped us to a better understanding of Judaism. This meeting AN-as sandwiched between a discussion on Pacifism," introduced by T. Trickett, and the last of the combined meetings this year. The latter was held at Firth Park Grammar School the Rev. Alfred Jowett, Vicar of St. George's, spoke on " Personal Relations," which again proved to be of great value.
The two remaining meetings of the term were devoted to a discussion and a talk. The discussion on " Sin and Suffering " was introduced by L. R. Cliffe. The talk on " Chinese Religions and the Influence of Christianity on China was given by the Rev. C. Whitfield, assistant curate at Ecclesfield, who was born in Hong Kong. Held on a warm March evening in the open air, this meeting dealt with an important aspect of Christianity, and outlined the difficulties confronting Christian Missionary work in China.
Once again the Group thanks its speakers both internal and external, and also Mr. Summers for his keen interest in the Group's affairs. The programme for next term includes one new feature. We are to hold weekly lunch-hour meetings on Fridays, for general discussion, to which we invite, as indeed we do to all our meetings, any interested member of the 5th or 6th forms.
D. H. T.
Two meetings have been held. On January 26th I. G. Bronks moved: " That in view of recent scientific development, our religious attitude needs reform." He was seconded by J. Maddock and opposed by I. H. Jones and R. Butler. After eleven contributions from the House, and the summing up, the motion was lost by 11 to 12. Speeches were serious and to the point, but there was a regrettable trend towards reading.
On February 16th, the literary side was inaugurated with " Quintet "-five short reviews of recent books, each followed by ten minutes' discussion. A. Coddington talked on Annapurna, by Maurice Herzog; M. J. Ecclestone on The Culture of Cities, by Lewis Mumford:, R. Butler on Ring Round the Moon, by Jean Anouilh, translated by Christopher Fry; Mr. Claypole on An Italian Visit, by C. Day Lewis; and D. J. H. Senior on The American Standard Version of the Bible. Reviewers kept pretty well to their allotted time, and each book provoked discussion, especially the last.
G. H. C.
The Society was formed on January 14th, for boys in the 3rd and 4th forms. A committee was elected, including A. J. Pinion as Hon. Secretary, X. S. Waite as his assistant, and representatives of the 3rd and 4th forms. Three meetings have been held this term: February 4th, Debate: " That Socialism and Communism have a derogatory effect on British economy and prestige." Proposed by K. S. Waite and R. Longden, and opposed by J. M. Ogglesby and A. R. Wood, the motion was carried by 19 votes to 8.
February 25th, Debate: "That the Old Testament (with special reference to the opening chapters of Genesis) can be be believed literally." Proposed by G. Wordsworth and J. Garb, and opposed by C. C. Peat and S. R. K. Cox, the motion was defeated by 11 votes to 8.
March 11th, Debate That this house deprecates the commercialism of sport." Proposed by R. Longden, and opposed by M. A. Richardson, the motion was carried by 5 votes to 4, with 7 abstentions. Some of the early speeches were rather halting, but the standard improved rapidly, and we hope to embark upon a more extensive and more varied programme next winter.
C. A. R.
This term the group's activities have been restricted to a meagre three meetings. On January 12th, N. H. Cunnington. J. H. Nowill and B. Round each dealt with one aspect of the C.E.W.C. Christmas Conference, which they attended at Central Hall, Westminster. The Conference discussed the position of Europe in 1953.
On February 2nd, Mr. N. G. McNaught, an Old Edwardian, gave an interesting account of his 1952 hitch-hiking holiday in Scandinavia. At the third and final meeting on March 2nd, Mr. Hooley, Assistant Registrar at Sheffield University, showed how in its non-political work the United Nations Association is succeeding in its efforts.
Owing to the intrusion of examinations, the inter-school debate with High Storrs Girls had unfortunately to be postponed. It will be held next term.
(Autumn and Lent Terms).
The return from the summer holidays was marked by two editions of 'Travellers' Tales," when we listened to J. A. Bennett on Spain, P. T. Holgate on Germany, and a welcome contribution from a fifth-former, I. D. Harrison, on his visit to Portugal with the Scouts. Bennett spoke again later in the term on his impressions of a bullfight, and I. A. Mottershaw gave an interesting survey of some French composers, ranging from Couperin to Berlioz, well illustrated by gramophone records.
Members of the Staff were most helpful. M. Fremont enchanted us with his projected pictures, and an amusing map representing life in Normandy, in his talk " Mon coin de France." Mr. D. W. Collins spoke feelingly on the character of Napoleon, closely relating his ambitions and achievements to his physical states, and giving a little-known picture of his childhood. All joined in putting questions to the speakers on each occasion, and were active in the playreading of the term, the social comedy La Scintillante by Jules Romains.
The Lent Term programme was less in quantity but high in standard. A most welcome visitor was Senor Don Fernando Alonso de Simon, who gave us a good deal of non-academic information about life in Spain, dealing especially with the position of women in Spanish society, so different from that of English women. Mr. E. V. Bramhall gave his second talk on " The Face of Sanctity," showing the importance of the Spanish mystics and intriguing us further with his descriptions of physical phenomena. Finally, all linguists were stimulated by Mr. Summerfield's talk on " Artificial Languages " when he recounted eloquently the history and trials of languages which never left the printed page and of others better known, such as Esperanto and Ido, and showed that the intention was to create an auxiliary language only, from which scientists would probably benefit most.
We must again record that attendances have been well maintained; this, together with the applause, shows that all have found something to please them.
Three meetings have been held during the Lent Term. On February 2nd, Mr. B. N. Brookes, an Old Edwardian, brought along a large quantity of apparatus and gave a demonstration of electronic experiments to a large audience. He was assisted by another O. E., Mr. Roedel. On February 16th, Mr. R. Short, of the Sheffield Repertory Company, came and spoke to a small audience on his recent visit to television and film studios. Finally, on March 9th, Mr. W. C. Heselwood, of the United Steel Co., spoke to a large audience on " Some applications of Physics in the Steel Industry." He brought a film and projector with him and also some apparatus which he explained and demonstrated. We should like to thank all these again for coming and giving talks to the Society.
N. H. T.
Three meetings were held this term. At the first, A. J. Pinion (4.1) gave a competent and interesting illustrated lecture on the Pyramids of Egypt. He spoke with the aid of only the briefest notes and kept a rather small audience keenly interested while he commented on a great variety of pictures which he had chosen to illustrate the development of the regal tombs and the measures taken to prevent tomb-robbing.
The second meeting occurred two days before the visit by a number of boys from the Sixth, Fifth and Fourth forms to Cambridge for the production of the Agamemnon of Aeschylus. Mr. B. C. Harvey took an eager and expectant audience through a brief synopsis of the play, designed to emphasise the main points of the action. He had insufficient time to deal with the place of the Agamemnon in the famous trilogy of which it is one play, but we were all grateful to him for giving such a useful introduction to a play which bristles with difficulties that have long perplexed scholars as well as schoolboys.
Later in the term B. P. Frost (4.1) gave a well illustrated talk on Greek Sport. He had procured some excellent illustrations and, basing his material on these, provided a clear graphic picture of the types of athletic contest common at the principal festivals in Greece. It was easy to see from what he told us how much the modern world has derived from the Greeks in that field.
C. E. S.
Three lectures have been given this term by Mr. Arnold Brittain, an Old Boy of Wesley College, on " Life at Wesley College, 1898-1904 "; by A. F. Howarth of 4.1 on " The History of the Silver Plate Industry, especially in Sheffield." We are very grateful to these lecturers for their interesting talks.
On Saturday, March 14th, twenty-three boys, with Mr. Burridge and Mr. Wrigley, had the special privilege of visiting a neighbouring historic private mansion. The visit was much appreciated, and in the afternoon, some members joined another party at an exhibition of maps and documents in the Sheffield Local History collection.
V. J. W.
Easter brings a most successful Chess season to an end. Of the eight matches played, only two have been lost, both to Nether Edge G. S. The two matches against a University team were both drawn, a notable improvement from last season when the scores were heavily against us. Our success can be partly attributed to a strong Sixth Form section from which the team has been chosen. The number of members has continued to rise, and is now larger than at any time during the last few years; our present difficulty is to provide enough sets to occupy all the boys. As the Library is unfinished, meetings are still being held in the Dining Hall, but this has not proved altogether convenient.
A league competition was started during the Lent Term, but was unfinished, owing to the number of home matches which engaged up to half the available boards. "The matches played, however, do give a fair indication of the relative merits of our younger players.
|v. De la Salle||(home)||Won||4-2|
|v. De la Salle||(away)||Won||4-2|
|v. Nether Edge G.S.||(home)||Lost||2-4|
|v. Nether Edge G.S.||(away)||Lost||2 4|
|v. Ecclesfield G.S.||(home)||Drawn||3-3|
|v. Firth Park G.S.||(home)||Won||5-4|
A. V. V.
This term the members of the Society have been very busy with various repairs and constructions. The Ripple Tank (made last year) has been modified and installed in the L.E.L. Amongst other things, a flicker photometer and some permanent apparatus for analysing various
types of spectra have been constructed, and also several wall diagrams drawn. Some of our number have begun to work during the lunch hour, indeed one most useful member is unable to attend any evening meetings. To sum up, this term has been most enjoyable and, what is more important, highly successful.
THE Troop had a reasonable intake of recruits last September, and after the usual losses to the Senior Troop, the roll stands at thirty-three scouts.
At last the general rate of training seems to be speeding up. In the previous two years there have been recruits who have still not reached Tenderfoot by Christmas. This year all seven recruits had become Tenderfeet well before that time, in spite of the fact that most of the first month of the scout year was taken up with Open Day preparations and rehearsals. By now most of them are well on their way to Second Class, and should easily complete the badge next term. Last year's recruits are also responding well to a Court of Honour campaign to speed up training, and Second Class badges are being awarded much more frequently. The crop of First Classes, which has been expected for a long time, has not so far materialised, but we still live in hopes and are encouraged by the occasional one which appears.
This Easter we shall lose to the forces one of our staunchest and keenest members, Martin Clinton. He has been with us for several years, and during the last three years has rendered the Troop excellent service as Patrol Leader, Troop Leader and Acting A.S.M. We wish him the best of luck in his army career. During the year we have also welcomed John Henderson to the staff of the Troop. He was a member of the Troop a few years ago, and we are glad to see him back for the rest of this year.
The Whit Camp this year is to be held at Winster, near Matlock, and in summer we hope to go to Devonshire again, although so far no definite site has been found. The camps are always the high spots of the Scouting year, and the reward for all the hard work of the preceding months, and we hope that as many scouts as possible, especially among the new recruits, will come and taste of the joys of camping.
DURING the second half of the season, the 1st XI has not been as successful as during the first. Of the ten matches played, six were won, but for several weeks a tendency to shirk a tackle crept in. Allied with this was a reluctance to go and meet the ball. This was especially noticeable at Rotherham where we were deservedly beaten 4-2.
One pleasing point was the fine promise shown by several young players who came into the side temporarily. When Butler had to miss several matches through illness, his place was taken by «'ray. He showed a fine football ability, his only weakness being lack of physical strength, which of course will be remedied by time. Cook has shown himself to be a good full-back in the making. Heritage, Thomas, Staniforth and J. S. G. Smith all established themselves in the side. At present, Heritage is prone to follow his forwards too closely, with the result that his powers of recovery are not yet as good as they might be. Thomas and Smith are snappers-up of half chances. It is a pity that one, and possibly both, of them will be leaving this year. Staniforth has functioned at both half-back and forward.
Butler can leave school knowing full well that he has done a good job as Captain for two years. With a little more speed it is certain that representative honours would have come his way. The captaincy now passes to Rowbotham. He will have to captain a side that will not be big physically, but which will have plenty of ability. Bullard, now playing for Sheffield Club, is to play for Yorkshire G.S. side again during the Easter holidays. Colours have been awarded to K. Booth and I. H. Jones.
Full Season Record: Played 28. Won 20. Lost 8. Drawn 0. For 114. Against 61.
|Jan||10.||v. Old Edwardians.||Home.||Lost 4-2.|
|Jan.||14.||v. Chesterfield G.S.||Home.||Won 3-2.|
|Jan.||17.||v. City G.S.||Away.||Lost 2-1.|
|Jan.||24.||v. STansfield G.S.||Away.||Won 4-3.|
|Jan.||28.||v. Rotherham G.S.||Away.||Lost 4-2.|
|Jan.||31.||v. Huddersfield Amateurs.||Home.||Won 7-2.|
|Feb.||4.||v. University 3rd XI.||Home.||Won 5-1.|
|Feb.||17.||v. Cranwell.||Home.||Won 3-1.|
|Feb.||28.||v. Woodhouse G.S.||Away.||Won 8-2.|
|Mar.||7.||v. Ecclesfield G.S.||Away.||Lost 3-2.|
Scorers (whole season): Booth 30, Rowbotham 21, Hobson 15, Thomas 12, Heritage 8, J. S. G. Smith. Staniforth, Buckle, Tiddy 6, Needham 1. Own goals, 3.
The second half of the season has seen an all-round improvement by the team; of the six matches played, four were won and two lost. Both the matches lost were against other schools' 1st XIs. The improvement can be partly accounted for by the fact that the team has seldom had to be changed because of injuries.
Cook continues to improve, whilst Wray is developing into a sound centre-half; he is a little slow on the turn, but very good " in the air." Tiddy, with his experience, has been the mainstay of the forwards, and has been ably backed up by Shaw. Woodthorpe, when he puts on some weight, will be a good winger, but this season he has found it heavy going.
The team has been indebted to several masters who have taken matches, in particular Mr. Ingham, who, in addition to taking the 3rd XI, has refereed several 2nd XI games.
Season's Record: Played 16, Won 10, Lost 6. Goals for 68, against 36.
|v. Nether Edge G.S. 1st XI.||Away.||Lost 0-5|
|v. Chesterfield G.S. 2nd XI.||Home.||Won 6-2|
|v. Mansfield G.S. 2nd XI.||Away.||Won 10-1|
|v. Mexborough G.S. 1st XI.||Home.||Lost 2-3|
|v. R.A.F. Cranwell 2nd XI.||Home.||Won 4-0|
|v. Woodhouse G.S. 2nd XI.||Home.||Won 8-0|
Scorers (whole season): Shaw 18, Tiddy 11, Thomas 8, Staniforth, J. S. Smith, Williamson 4, Tebbet, Haddock 3. Speet, Heritage 2, Poulter, Wells, Howarth, Tomlinson, Hobson, Woodthorpe, Cook 1.
C. S. A.
The team has had a disappointing term, and even though it began successfully with a 3-2 victory over City G.S., from then onwards the team lost its "bite " and a row of three defeats followed.
The score sheet reads: Owler Lane 2-3, Old Edwardians 2-3, University 2-5. The first game was indeed a tense struggle; the second proved a losing battle against the commendable handling in the O.E. goal by Mr. Wilson; whilst in the third, the score is no reflection of the play.
Finally came a very friendly, but also very keen game, with Crosspool Park, when with firm ground once again beneath their feet, our players gained a 6-2 victory.
Thanks are due to all those who represented the team regularly, those who stepped in on frequent occasions when our resources were tapped, and to Howarth, the team's captain, for his loyal services. G. I.
From the point of view of results, the Easter term has been disastrous. Five matches were lost, some of them heavily, and our sole success was an odd goal victory over Nether Edge. The greatest deficiency of the team was a sharp-shooting forward. Much of the midfield play was sound, but innumerable chances were frittered away by hesitancy in front of the goal. The failure of the forwards threw extra work on a rather slow defence, which generally played much better than the scores against it suggest. Our most enjoyable and instructive games were those against the City Boys whose ball control and positional play were an object lesson in good football.
Hewitt throughout the season has led the team with great dash and energy which, unfortunately, his fellows found it physically impossible to emulate.
|v.||Nether Edge G.S.||Home.||Won||1-0|
This season has shown a distinct improvement in the play of both the 1st XV and the Colts. The 1st XV have played 13 matches, winning 5 and losing 8. The Colts have played 5, winning 2 and losing 3.
The 1st XV has managed to remain unchanged throughout most of the season, and has greatly benefited thereby, and when the three-quarters were at full strength the team was a force to be reckoned with, as we saw in the match against the City Grammar School when we won by 16 pts. to 8.
The opposition has varied considerably from the strong, well-balanced teams such as Chesterfield and Doncaster, who beat us soundly, to the smaller, less experienced Central Technical School XV whom we beat by 44 pts. to 3, and who were later beaten by the Colts by 6 pts. to 5.
Since many of the 1st XV are stopping on next year, the School's third Rugby season should be a successful one. The Colts have learnt much this year and should do well with a larger fixture list next season. On the last day of term we are holding an inter-house seven-a-side knock-out competition which should be most enjoyable.
D. J. R.
As anticipated, Haddon won the League Championship for 1st teams and Clumber for the 2nd teams.
1ST XI's LEAGUE
2ND XI's LEAGUE
After the end of the League programme we played a Form competition. In this 2A, after a play-off with 2a, won the 2nd Form Championship; and 1.4 proved the best of the first year. The general standard of junior football has been good.
H. T. R. T.
THIS term a Knock-out competition has been introduced once more, and is now nearing completion. This has led to fewer matches being played in the ladder tournament, which, however, is still the main attraction. Top position in this is at present held by Preston. In general, the standard of play has improved, although the remarks expressed in last term's notes still hold, namely, practice makes perfect.
Three matches have been played this term, and all have been won. The Staff, although soundly beaten once, challenged us again, and recruited the aid of Mrs. Wilson, but once again were not successful in winning, although they gained one more set than in the first match. The final match against St. Matthias B.C., was very keenly fought, although the result suggests an easier victory than it really was.
Newsum and Preston have played together very well in these matches, and have been the most successful pair. Rippon and Howarth have also played well, and Howarth is a greatly improved player. Vincent has retrieved many difficult shots and combines well with Turner.
|v.||St. Matthias B.C.||(away)||Won||7-2|
D. M. T.
This term has seen the completion of the House Water Polo League. With 12 points out of a possible 14, Chatsworth are to be congratulated on winning the championship` for the second successive year.
Three inter-school matches have been swum, all of which were won by the School. Comfortable wins were recorded against Leeds G.S. (away) and Queen Elizabeth's G.S., Mansfield (home). A much more difficult but exciting fixture was the one against Doncaster G.S. (away). With the result in doubt up to the last race we eventually won by 32 points to 28. Fixtures so far arranged for next term are:
July 1st. R.A.F. College, Cranwell (away). July 17th. Bootham School, York (away).
July 22nd. Nottingham High Pavement, Doncaster, and Retford, at Retford.
March 14th v. Leeds G.S. (away). Seniors: K.E.S. 391 points, Leeds 171. Colts: K.E.S. 241, Leeds 191. Water Polo: K.E.S. 6, Leeds 0.
March 17th v. Doncaster G.S. (away). Seniors K.E.S. 17, Doncaster 13. Colts: K.E.S. 15, Doncaster 15. Water Polo: K.E.S. 3, Doncaster 1.
March 19th v. Q.E.G.S. Mansfield (home). Seniors K.E.S. 45, Q.E. 13. Colts: K.E.S. 37, Q.E. 11.
THERE was keen competition among the Houses, Lynwood just managing to keep in front. The standard of performance was fair in the field events. It is obvious that some practice is necessary before the actual day, and boys who know they are entering for a particular event should try to train as much as possible beforehand. Some of the standards in the track events had to be raised, which is a good sign, although in the 100 Yards the standard proved to be too difficult. If House Captains would encourage their members to train more, we should see a steady increase in the numbers gaining standards and a consequent increase in proficiency.
D. B. H.
With the good weather and underfoot conditions this year, there was a marked improvement in results in the track events. The entries for field events were good, but the standard in events like the Discus and Javelin is still poor. The successes at present are the result of strength rather than of technique, but it is hoped that coaching during the summer term will bring about an improvement. The average for the whole section was 3.1 standards per boy out of a possible five- a satisfactory figure.
J. C. H.
These Sports are very welcome to small boys, as they afford an opportunity to the average boy to win points for his House, and so to feel that he is a part of its organisation. And when the weather is fine, as it was this year, the whole of the events can be very pleasurable. Nearly the whole of the new entry competed; events were well up to previous standards; and the only slight disappointment to be noted is in throwing a cricket ball, in which there is a surprising number who fail.
H. T. R. T.
The major happening of this term was the K.O. final, in which, despite a hard struggle, we were beaten 3-0 by Haddon. The enthusiasm shown in the rounds of the K.O. was in striking contrast to the attitude prevalent in the Senior section during the Standard Sports. Johnson ran an excellent race to win the Cross Country, but he received little support from the rest of the House. The Middle section, however, under Catchpole's leadership, succeeded in winning the Middle School Standard Sports, while the Juniors have shown considerably more enthusiasm and ability than they did during last term. In the Water Polo league, Helliwell's team deserved a better place than 5th, though the team's prestige undoubtedly suffered from Chatsworth's long-range weapon. The House Social, held on March 20th, provided a good deal of entertainment, and also gave the different sections of the House a chance to get to know each other. We were well served by Anhoury, Drewery, Pinion, Poulter, and Bagnall, on the Social committee. We are glad to say that Fells is once more on his feet after his serious illness, and the whole House joins in wishing him all the best. The leavers this term are Speet, Jowle, and Machen. We have been without the services of our House Captain during Football and Athletics, but we look forward to having a good Cricket season under his leadership. The House would like to congratulate him very heartily on his Organ Scholarship at Brasenose College, Oxford.
The term opened on a cheerful note, with the Water Polo team winning the House championship, for the second successive year. In the Standard Sports we finished a disappointing 5th, with an average of 3.11 standards. This continued tendency to fail in competitions demanding the efforts of all members of the House, shows that too much reliance is being placed upon a few individuals. In the Cross Country, the Senior team again finished 2nd, 20 points behind Lynwood. Round and Elliott both ran well to finish 2nd and 6th respectively. The Middle School team disappointed in being placed only 7th. However, with no outstanding runners, the Juniors did well by solid packing, to finish 4th. Next term is going to be a busy one, with the House determined to retain the Middle and Senior Cricket league championships and the Water Polo K.O. Cup. In addition, every effort is to be made to regain the House Swimming championship. The following Cricket Captains have been elected: House Cricket Captain, L. R. Cliffe; Middle School team, A. S. Scholey; Junior team, I. R. Newsum. We offer them our best wishes for the coming season. Finally our congratulations go to P. Wray on being awarded his 2nd XI Football Colours, D. A. Elliott on gaining School Cross Country Colours; and to B. Round who was awarded Cross Country half-colours.
This year's record so far has been dismal in contrast with the illustrious performances of recent years; we must look forward to better things next term. The Senior Football team finished in an unusually low position, which can be ascribed more to deficiency on weight than to lack of enthusiasm. However, Schofield, Patchett, Heritage and K. A. Taylor are to be congratulated on being awarded their colours. The Middle School and Juniors, under the leadership of Hewitt and Marvin respectively, have played quite soundly, finishing in the centre of their leagues, and the Junior 2nd XI did very well to win their division. The efforts of the Seniors and 1st-2nd forms in the Standard Sports and Cross Country were not very noteworthy, but Ling, who has been awarded his School C.C. half-colours, ran magnificently to finish 5th. The Middle School, however, in the Standard Sports, finished a very close second to Arundel, and achieved a great triumph in the Cross Country, in which Jackson and Wright excelled in finishing 2nd and 3rd. The prominence of the Middle School is auspicious for the future. As for next term, we have the talent, and if we combine this with honest endeavour, there is no reason why Heritage and Miller should not keep us at the top in the Athletic and Swimming Sports.
Although during this term we have not had all the success for which we had hoped, there have been one or two highlights. The Football competition ended with a flourish when we won two Cups. The first of these was in the Junior League, which we won for the third year running. We also won the Senior K.O. final, beating Arundel 3-0. We were helped to this victory by good teamwork on our part and lack of co-ordination in the Arundel side. The goals were scored by Beynon, Tummons and Kenning. House Football colours for this season have been awarded to Bruce, Tummons, Kenning and Dickinson. In the Water Polo league we dropped to second place, having lost one important match. In the Standard Sports we gave a very poor show, with only 2.65 standards per boy, whereas the winners. Lynwood, had an average of 3.32. In the Cross Country we did not do as well as was expected. The Senior team was placed 5th, Williamson and Edwards running well to finish 8th and 11th. In the Middle School race we did well to finish 6th, Frost and Biggins running equal 5th. The Junior team finished 8th, only Crowson achieving a reasonable position. The term ends with a seven-a-side Rugby K.O. tournament for the Seniors, but we shall have to look to next term for any further successes.
This term has seen the predicted revival of our fortunes. Although the football was rather too far gone to be resuscitated (Seniors an ignominious 7th, Middle School ditto, Juniors honourably 2nd) we ended up by being a good third in the Water Polo league. But this proved to be only our opening gambit; the real successes were yet to come. The first of these-the result of a splendid effort on the part of the whole House-was the winning of the Standard Sports with an average of 3.34, a figure which is an advance on last year's winning average. -Next came victory in the Senior Cross Country, with eight runners in the first 2 7 home; the juniors carried on to win their Cross Country by a margin of 70 points, whilst the Middle School, with few good runners, did far better than was expected of them by coming in 4th. All congratulations to Jinkinson, Rutledge, Findlay and their teams. Congratulations are also due to J. S. G. Smith on gaining his 2nd XI Football colours, and to Jinkinson on the re-award of his Cross Country colours and his appointment as a Sub-prefect. We may safely say that with Fives, Swimming, Athletic Sports and Cricket before us, we can look forward with fair hopes of sweeping the board.
The House has had a moderately successful term. In Standard Sports we finished a good third, the Senior section being top of their division. This was not due to athletic ability only, but to sheer perseverance, and it sets a very good example to the rest of the House. The Seniors also did well in the Cross Country, being placed 4th, and Pether is to be congratulated on being the first member of the team home; he was placed 8th. The rest of the team ran well, but unluckily Middleton had previously
broken his ankle, and was consequently not at his best. The Juniors did very well to come in 2nd, and Vinall ran a very good race, to finish 7th. The Water Polo league ended with the House placed 4th, and this has been largely due to the captain, Robinson, who has scored every goal for the team. We also extend our congratulations to Rooks on being appointed Athletics Captain, and we hope that his running will be an inspiration to the rest. The younger boys must remember that they form a very important section of the House; their efforts are needed just as much as those of the middle and upper sections. Lastly, we say goodbye to Clinton, who is leaving at the end of the term, and we give him every good wish for the future, and thank him for being such an efficient House Secretary.
This term has seen the end of the football season. In the Middle School our team were beaten 1-0 by Wentworth in a final play-off, thus finishing 2nd in the league. The Junior team also finished 2nd in their league. We must congratulate J. B. Staniforth and D. M. Parfitt on being awarded School 2nd XI Football colours; House Football colours have been awarded to J. M. Jackson, B. J. Perrett and J. C. Tebbet. Although the average number of Standards for each competitor has increased this year, we have only succeeded in attaining 2nd place, as last year. In the Cross Country races our position was 3rd in all three sections; M. B. Hill came in first in the Junior race. The Athletic Sports will soon be here, and we shall have to make a determined effort to retain the Cup which we won last year.
The football season finished on a happy note for Wentworth. The Middle School team, after beating Chatsworth, scored the winning goal against Welbeck in extra time and brought the trophy to Wentworth. J. Weston and J. E. Smith have been re-awarded their 2nd XI colours. The Water Polo team played as expected this term, but lost to Lynwood in the last round, and so tied with them for 3rd place. We hope they will do even better in the Knock-out next term. Our performance in the Standard Sports was not up to last year's level, but we were still high in the table and should improve on last year's performance in the Athletic Sports. The Cross Country has not been so successful; the Seniors finished 8th, but the Middle School team showed that there is hope for the future, finishing 2nd, with Melbourne taking first place. The Juniors were 6th, but with an improvement in the tail of the team we would have finished much higher. The House is not without its representatives in the Choir and Orchestra: Swain and Sharpe sang magnificently in the concert at the Victoria Hall. I feel we should congratulate Mr. Harvey, who has been House Master of Wentworth for six years, on his appointment to be Headmaster of Dame Allan's School, Newcastle. He does not leave us till the end of the Summer term; let the House make it the best in the history of Wentworth and supplement our present rather low number of Cups.
GEORGE LAUGHTON (1927-34) died at Lancaster on February 4th, 1953, after a few weeks' illness. The younger brother of Professor Eric Laughton, George was a notable personality at school, especially in artistic and dramatic circles. He took his degree in Modern Languages at Sheffield University, and also studied abroad. He was Senior Modern Language Master at Kirkham Grammar School, where he also produced a considerable number of school plays, the last a few days before his fatal illness. He was 37 years old.
MALCOLM P. FANTHOM (1938-45) died after an operation at Sheffield on February 5th, 1953. A mathematical scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge, and holder also of the Earnshaw, Akroyd, Town Trust and State scholarships, he joined the staff of the City Grammar School in 1949, where in addition to mathematical teaching he was assistant music master.
Two Old Edwardians will receive the Honorary Degree of D.Sc. at Sheffield University
in June, 1953. They are:
E. C. TITCHMARSH (1908-17), Savilian Professor of Geometry and Fellow of New College, Oxford; and
H. H. BURTON (1905-06) Chief Metallurgist and Director of the English Steel Corporation.
D. E. CANTRELL, Lecturer in Music at Glasgow University, has been appointed Master of Music at Chelmsford Cathedral.
Rev. D. W. OGDEN SWIFT has been appointed Domestic Chaplain to the Bishop of Ely.
T. R. C. REYNOLDS has been awarded a Casberd Exhibition in Literae Humaniores at St. John's College, Oxford.
D. C. LAW ran 3rd in the Mile at the University Sports in March, 1953, in his own record time of 4 min. 10.0 sec.
M. A. ROTHWELL holds a two-year scholarship at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.
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