|VOL. XIV.||WINTER, 1954-55||No. 1|
|SCHOOL NOTES||3||SCHOOL SOCIETIES||12|
|THE CAROL SERVICE||4||CAMBRIDGE LETTER||17|
|SPEECH DAY||5||SUMMER FOOTBALL COACHING||17|
|THE LIBRARY||8||OLD EDWARDIANS ASSOCIATION||19|
|MY FIRST CORRIDA||8||BADMINTON||21|
|HURRAH FOR HILLSBOROUGH||9||CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING||21|
|WORKS WONDERS||10||FOOTBALL ...||22|
|OUTWARD BOUND||11||HOUSE VOTES||28|
THE Autumn Term found us in possession of our new building, which has been in use, almost completely, since September. It contains Woodwork and Metalwork shops, Biology and General Science Laboratories, Art rooms and two classrooms. With this and the new Library, the present generation of Edwardians have reason to be grateful to the presiding powers from whom, often with too little thought of gratitude, they take whatever comes to them.
The Royal Visit of October 27th may rightly be claimed as the outstanding event of the term, although our part was merely to be merged, but not submerged, in the mass. The turn-out of the City's entire school population at Hillsborough was an impressively efficient job, and the display was neat, brisk, and happy.
Armistice Day Service was conducted by the Headmaster and the Address was given by Wing Commander K. A. Mummery, O.C., R.A.F., Norton.
In succession to the Mr. C. A. Reeves, who leaves us at Christmas, we shall welcome in January Mr. P. S. Hetherington, of Hertford College, Oxford. We wish Mr. Reeves all success in his appointment in the Royal Army Education Corps.
In the Hastings group at the Queen's College, Oxford, M. Hutchings and K. J. Mallett, were awarded Scholarships for Science; P. Bennett, P. Swain, and D. S. Taylor received meritorious awards and Commonerships, in Classics, History, and Science respectively. At Cambridge, G. S. Ecclestone gained a Major Scholarship for History at Emmanuel College, A. M. Suggate an Exhibition for Classics at Peterhouse, and D. P. Allen an Arthur Sells Exhibition for Classics at Sidney Sussex College. I. A. F. Bruce was accepted for a Commonership at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and M. B. Rowbotham at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford.
At Nottingham University, Entrance Scholarships have been awarded to J. S. Dowker (Physics) and P. W. Lomas (German); a Co-operative Society Scholarship to I. D. Harrison (French), and a Cooper Scholarship to J. Hutchinson (Civil Engineering). T. Eccersley has been awarded An Entrance Exhibition in Chemistry at Durham University.
Herbert Hughes Memorial Prizes in Spanish have been won by I. D. Harrison, J. H. Bates, and A. D. P. Briggs.
We congratulate P. K. Fletcher (K.E.S. 1943-50) on obtaining his Blue for Association Football at Oxford, playing against Cambridge in the inter-varsity match.
Probably most of those now in the School were unaware that Miss Annie Jackson, the senior member of the kitchen staff, had served in this building longer than almost any person now connected with the School. She was obliged to give up her work owing to ill-health, and after a period of indefinite leave was eventually advised not to return. There was thus no opportunity, as far as most of us were concerned, for any formal farewell; but it should not go without saying that Staff and School of all those years will remember Annie with gratitude and affection.
The School has received a handsome gift of a photographic enlarger from Mr. H. Mottershaw, on behalf of his son I. A. Mottershaw (K.E.S. 1944-54), Head Prefect last year. It is a Gnome Universal Enlarger with f4.5 lens and capable of taking all negatives from 35 mm up to 3.5ins. X 2.5ins. It has been in daily use since its arrival.
The death of the Rev. H. J. CHAYTOR, Sometime Master of St. Catherine's College, Cambridge, has a link with K.E.S. Dr. Chaytor was a Modern Language master and acting Second Master under Dr. Hichens from 1905 to 1908, when he became Headmaster of Plymouth College. He went to Cambridge in 1919 as Fellow, Senior Tutor and Lecturer in Modern Languages at St. Catherine's, and became Master in 1933, retiring in 1946.
March 19th-Senior Swimming Sports.
April 4th, 5th, 6th-School Play, Caesar and Cleopatra (G. B. Shaw).
May 14th-Athletic Sports.
June 17th-Junior Swimming Sports.
This is not an attempt to assess the musical quality of the Service others can more competently do that-but to set down some of the thoughts and reactions it provoked in one member of the congregation.
It seemed particularly appropriate that we should hold our service in the Cathedral, for in a sense the School was coming home. The connection of the sixteenth century Grammar School with the Parish Church and its clergy (who also taught in the School) was so close that the School must often have worshipped there in the days before 1825. Grammar School boys certainly played there, for we have accounts of fights in the churchyard between them and the Charity School boys, whose school adjoined the Church; and the name Campo Lane has no other convincing explanation than that the Grammar School boys played there, though some historians of Sheffield talk of a Roman camp.
While waiting for the service to begin, we had plenty of opportunity of examining a building much neglected by Sheffielders and not least by K.E.S. boys. It is more interesting than is generally realised, as those who have come on expeditions there know. One could just get a glimpse of the lovely late perpendicular Chapel of the Shrewsburys, with its fine tombs, which incidentally well illustrate Tudor dress; and the Royal Arms dimly seen over the Chancel arch seemed to be Hanoverian. The observant could also notice the square patches in the nave pillars, which indicate the points at which the galleries were added in the eighteenth century, to be removed later in the nineteenth.
And when the Service began so beautifully and effectively with Nicholson's solo from the North Transept, one felt that such a rich experience as this should be shared by the whole School. The acoustics of the Cathedral seemed, to an inexpert ear, admirable for giving richness to the sound, and the voices of the boys who read were remarkably clear. As year by year this Service is repeated, its significance -aesthetic, emotional, and religious-remains impressive. The unbroken voices in both the singing and the Lessons make an appropriate beginning, and the final " Fanfare for Christmas Day " was, in this case, almost breath-takingly grand.
No one could doubt that those taking part enjoyed doing so; there are few activities in a school which so develop the pleasant feeling of unity and sense of community as singing together, and the end of the Christmas Term is a very suitable time for such an activity. It is worth asking whether the School should not attend this Service as a School, and take a share too in the carols.
V. J. W.
OCTOBER 20th, 1954
THE SCHOOL SONG
THE HEADMASTER'S REPORT
THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
(Alderman A. Ballard)
LATIN ADDRESS OF WELCOME
Spoken by N. G. Wellings
Distribution of Prizes and Address by
B. L. HALLWARD, Esq., M.A.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham
Vote of Thanks to the Chairman and Mr. B. L. Hallward,
proposed by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield (Alderman J. H. Bingham, LL.D., J.P.),
seconded by the Director of Education (Stanley Moffett, Esq., M.C., M.A.).
Expression of thanks on behalf of the School by the
Head Prefect, D. M. Parfitt
Orchestra Choral Song S. S. Wesley
Air S. Wesley
English Speech From " Troilus and Cressida " Shakespeare
(Spoken by G. S. Ecclestone)
German Poem " The Fisherman " J. W. Goethe
(Spoken by E. C. Wragg)
Choir and Orchestra " Leave me " (Semele) Handel
(Tenors and Basses)
Viola Solo Andante and Allegro, Sonata in G. Minor Handel
(J. P. Catchpole)
Choir and Orchestra " Silent Worship " (Ptolemy) Handel
(Trebles and Altos)
" Le Jardin Mouillē "
|H. de Regnier|
(Spoken by A. D. P Briggs)
" La Guitarra "
|F. Garcia Lorca|
(Spoken by G. Tyas)
" I have twelve oxen "
(Sung by M. A. Sharpe)
" Sigh no more "
(Sung by P. Swain)
|Choir and Orchestra ...||
" Worship "
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
There was again a very large attendance of parents and friends, and it was a pleasure to see a good number of Old Boys from the services who, by luck or the kindness of their Commanding Officers, had been able to get leave for the occasion.
Alderman Bingham being present in his capacity of Lord Mayor, the chair was occupied by Alderman A. Ballard, Chairman of the Education Committee for the time being. We print below a substantial portion of the Headmaster's report, in which he made some observations likely to be of interest and importance to all parents and prospective examination candidates.
Mr. B. L. Hallward's address was reported in the press under that headline which they keep permanently set up-" Country Will Need More Scientists ". What he actually said was that scientists will need more humanity; or that, great as were the opportunities for science as an international civilising force, that force could only be effectively and safely applied by men of wide culture and understanding of human problems. There could be a considerable risk in the over-production of over-specialised types. How to supply the Universities with the right types of student, in the highly competitive conditions of the present time, was a problem for the Universities and the Grammar Schools to solve in friendly co-operation.
In his report the HEADMASTER said
" I think we can be reasonably safe in saying that 1953-4 was in many ways an outstanding year for the School. The first and foremost concern of the School is the maintenance of academic standards, and these we can to some extent gauge by examination results. Judged by these I would say the year was highly successful. Twenty University awards were gained in open competition by boys of the School, and in a variety of subjects: 6 at Cambridge, 5 at Oxford, 4 at Sheffield, 3 at Nottingham, 1 at London and 1 at Bristol. The Science department, as can be seen, scored heavily amongst these successes. I am afraid we cannot hope to provide such a list every year, but last year the School did possess at the top a much better than average set of boys, whose abilities were not only centred on their academic work. Almost every boy who figures in that list had made an active and valuable contribution to the general life of the. School-in games, societies, Scouts, dramatics, music, or as a House or School official. These final successes of theirs were well merited and crowned some splendid school careers. We congratulate them all and look forward to hearing of further successes of theirs. Only on one other occasion has the School's total of awards been as high, and that was for the corresponding year ten years ago, 1943-4.
Since all these successes carried with them supplementation by the Ministry of Education, their winners were not candidates for State Scholarships in the ' A ' Level Examinations. This is, of course, a difference from the old days, when most boys after winning a Scholarship still needed further assistance and had to compete for a State Scholarship. Consequently our entry for the 'A' Level Examination was lessened slightly. We had, however, very good resultsan overall pass of 88 per cent. in subjects taken, very few outright fails and fewer ' 0 ' Level passes on 'A' Level papers. 36 Distinctions were gained, and again in a variety of subjects. 7 State Scholarships were awarded. A pleasing feature of these results was the sound performance put up by boys who had done a five-year course before entering the Advanced Course, and there were a good number of these. These boys had proceeded through our 5th General classes, and definitely proved their worth, nine gaining entrance to Universities. It should therefore reassure parents who become unduly perturbed if we do not accept their son for advanced work after the fourth year.
" In ' O ' Level w e had our largest entry and the largest number of subject entries to date. Results overall were very satisfactory-an overall pass of 79 per cent. being obtained as against 71 last year. There were, however, a few disappointments-Modern Languages did not keep their usual standard, and some History sections were unhappy; but in other subjects all were above the average for the examination as a whole and the majority were better than last year.
" The performance of boys in the First Year of the Advanced Courses who were adding subjects to those already gained was very good and the performance of Class 4 (1) was particularly good.
" It is, of course, not easy for the stranger to judge the results of the G.C.E. Examination now that it is a subject examination and not one involving a passing formula. The number of subjects taken by boys varies considerablythere are those taking eight, after a four-or-five-year general course; boys in Advanced Courses taking additional subjects; and those in Sixth Forms still taking one or two for University Entrance purposes. Similarly at 'A' Level, while all boys take three subjects on the first attempt, many take only two or sometimes only one on the second occasion.
Last year I advocated the provision of lower and higher Pass at ' O ' Level. I am glad to see that one of the Examining Boards has definitely declared the desirability of this, and I hope that the august body of the S.S.E.C. will eventually yield to persuasion in this as they did over the age question. For example, this year I estimate that at least 125 more Passes would have been gained by our boys taking ' O ' Level if a lower Pass had been only 7 marks below the Pass Mark reckoned as a percentage. There were some sad cases of very near misses, which for boys who are leaving school are most unfortunate. I am not suggesting a reversal to the old low Pass Mark, but I feel that if 50 is a Pass Mark now, the boy who gets 40 or more might have a little recognition.
" Another high level was reached in the number of boys who obtained admission to Universities last year. The total number who were accepted by various Universities either by Scholarships, College Entrance Examinations or direct application, was 54, and only 4 applicants were not successful in gaining entry. Thus from the examination point of view last year I feel we have every right to a degree of pleasant satisfaction-but not complacency. It is not easy to maintain high standards, and full effort is called for each year."
The Latin Address was as follows:
Hand scio an non perpaucis liceat et in litterarum studiis et in rerum administratione simul excellere. Hospes tamen noster, quem salutandi hodie data est occasio, decus insigne in utrisque adsecutus est.
Cum adhuc iuvenis, sed praemiis Universitatis Cantabrigiensis etiam tum gravatus, inter domus Sancti Petri socios cooptatus esset, nemo eo aptior esse videbatur ut partem haberet illam historiam componendi quam Cantabrigienses studiosi de bellis Punicis scribebant. Nec ut Tertullianus quondam, in bibliothecis et inter blattas modo laborabat; immo vidisses eum agros Italiae metientem et loca Trasumenica suis oculis perscrutantem ut ex hoc labore annales temporis i.ampridem acti summa diligentia refingeret. Supererat tamen ei nescio quo modo satis otii quo collegii sui alumnos gubernare, pilas maxima alacritate trans rete excipere et remittere, famam ob sermons suos singularem adquirere valeret.
Scholae Cliftoniensis magistro electo non modo necesse erat ei ad nova et ante ignota pericula se vertere, sed etiam exorto bello totam scholam ad novas Baias tamquam in asylum transferre. Id tanta effecit ut duo tantum discipuli in via amissi fuerint. 0 fatum insolitum quo egregia schola non iam in domos sed in cauponas erat divisa!
Pace composita Universitati Nottinghamensi praepositus eam quasi maiore pomerio finivit et ita excoluit ut nova condicione status digna esse videretur. Iam ut paene vicinum eum salutamus oratione eiusmodi qua nonnumquam viros praeclaros apud Cantabrigienses salutare solebat.
A. M. GUENAULT, Robert Styring Scholarship in Natural Sciences, Trinity College,
J. M. JACKSON, Wootton Isaacson Scholarship in Modern Languages, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
F. R. DRAKE, Major Scholarship on Mathematics, Pembroke College, Cambridge
R. M. WALKER, Major Scholarship in Mathematics with Physics, Jesus College, Cambridge
W. D. COUSIN, Demyship in Classics, Magdalen College, Oxford
E. M. THOMAS, Sherriff Scholarship in English Literature, New College, Oxford
K. A. TAYLOR, Major Scholarship in Natural Science, Jesus College, Oxford
E. J. HUDSON, Hastings Scholarship in Natural Science, the Queen's College, Oxford
J. W. THOMPSON, Hastings Scholarship in Mathematics, the Queen's College, Oxford.
F. G. NEWSUM, Exhibition in Modern Languages, Pembroke College, Cambridge
J. R. MILLER, Exhibition in Natural Sciences, Clare College, Cambridge
R. THOMPSON, Whittuck Scholarship in Laws, London School of Economics
H. BARNES, Earnshaw Scholarship (Science), University of Sheffield
N. BIRKS, Robert Styring Undergraduate Scholarship (Science), University of Sheffield
J. M. FISHER, Medical Scholarship, University of Sheffield
R. J. MONTEITH, Firth Scholarship (Science), University of Sheffield.
L. R. CLIFFE, Entrance Exhibition in Mathematics and Economics, University
J. R. TIMMS, Rayner Scholarship in Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham
R. J. J. ORTON, Davey Open Entrance Scholarship (Science), University of Bristol
T. TRICKETT, Cooper Scholarship in Electrical Engineering, University of Nottingham.
A. T. C. BOTTOMLEY, Scholarship to Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
C. J. R. TWYFORD, Junior Day Scholarship, Sheffield College of Arts.
State Scholarships: G. S. ECCLESTONE, P. T. HOLGATE, D. L HURT, A. LAMBERT, R. QUARTERMAIN. A. M. SUGGATE, E. M. THOMAS.
WITH the Choir's " Fanfare for Christmas Day " still ringing in our ears, we have no doubts about having this year 130 as keen and capable singers as formerly. The trebles are particularly good, and undoubtedly need more tenors and altos to balance them. It is hoped that with the oratorio in May in view more senior boys will come forward to develop their new voices in the lower parts.
The Cathedral was again full for the Carol Service, and soloists and choir were in fine form. Tone was good, and Nicholson's impeccable unaccompanied first verse of " O little town of Bethlehem ", drifting in from the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, set a standard of tuning which was well maintained in the unaccompanied carols.
For the Concert in February choral songs by Elgar and Thiman are in preparation. The Madrigal Group has in hand a set of part-songs, and the Male Voice Group break new ground with an amusing work, " A Sketchbook of Men," by the contemporary composer Thomas Pitfield. We are fortunate in having Sharpe and Swain still with us as baritone soloists and look forward to hearing them in the Concert, the former in the Pitfield pieces and the latter in Vaughan Williams's " Songs of Travel ".
The Orchestra numbers forty-seven this term, and we welcome the following new members J. Daglish, McNaught, Rice, Sackin (violins), Cartwright and Wing (violas), N. Daglish ('cello), Jinkinson (flute), Robinson (clarinet), Orton and Wright (trumpets). Promising beginners have been allocated other school instruments, and Mr. Smith has in hand more violin and viola learners. The outlook is therefore very rosy indeed. The Orchestra played two pieces by the Wesleys for Speech Day and fine performances of movements from Vaughan Williams's " Folk Song Suite " and of Grainger's "Mock Morris " are promised for the Concert. Catchpole will be heard in the Handel-Barbirolli viola concerto, and, with Bomber (clarinet) and Elliott (piano), in a Mozart Trio movement.
A new development is the emergence of the Brass group as a band of four trumpets, horn, three trombones and euphonium, and they will be heard as such in the Concert with also a horn solo by Pinion. Elliott and Watson complete a varied programme with Brahms's Waltzes for piano duet-a programme which will allow the School's musical talent both collective and individual to give its customary pleasure.
N. J. B.
LAST term saw a further increase in the scope and use of the Library. About 1,850 books were issued, and borrowers now come from the Fourth Forms and above. The restrictions reserving various times after school for certain forms have been lifted and any member of our public is now free to take out or return books after school.
The collection is now just short of 6,000 books and the problem of shelving is becoming serious. Our numerous over-sized books have overflowed their allotted space and many must be stored on their sides on small shelves, to the disadvantage of both books and users. Any oversized books acquired from now on are liable to be homeless unless fresh shelf-space is provided. A similar situation is fast approaching the ordinary-sized collection.
It is apparent that users of the Library are discovering the great help given by the Card Index when a book is being sought. Most, but not all, have realised at the same time that the Index is of use only if books have been replaced carefully in their right position; any boy failing to take proper care over this is obviously a nuisance to all the other users.
The books which were given by the Old Edwardians Association and were acknowledged last year have now arrived and will shortly be available. Books have been purchased out of our own funds for practically all sections, and a particular effort has been made to strengthen the Fiction section.
Gifts are gratefully acknowledged from: N. Birks, P. Bowen, T. G. Cook, W. D. Cousin, I. R. Credland, Mr. G. J. Cumming, N. Cunnington, R. J. Dexter, J. M. Fisher, B. P. Frost, P. Glover, J. A. Hodgson, P. T. Holgate, J. G. Kaye, J. R. Lamb, A. Lambert, J. Lee, M. J. May, I. A. Mottershaw, J. H. Nowill, T. A. Oliyer, R. J. J. Orton, Mr. J. Parker, B. Parker, D. J. H. Senior, J. E. Smith, J. B. Spir, K. A. Taylor, J. C. Tebbett, C. J. R. Twyford, D. J. Williams.
"If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a pedlar in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances."-Albert Einstein.
A HOLIDAY in Spain would be incomplete without a visit to a corridor or bullfight. And so late one hot afternoon in mid-August we might have been seen hastening from Madrid by coach, together with many Spaniards and other tourists, to the Plaza de Toros at Vista-Alegre on the outskirts of the capital.
Haying once passed through the turnstiles, hired our cushions, and had our tickets reduced from the size of a five-pound note to that of a theatre ticket by the attentions of various officials, we were at last conducted to our seats. The sun divided the arena into two halves, one in the shade, the other in the direct glare of its rays. A blaze of colour was provided by the brightly coloured dresses of the women, by the light grey stone seating and by the brass instruments of the band. The hum of conversation was interspersed with shouts of "Helados! " and " Cerveza! "
After the matadors and their cuadrillas had made their ceremonial entry to open the proceedings, they retired behind the barrera or fence, ready for the first bull to enter the arena. The first three and the last two were of poor quality, however, and the crowd soon showed its disapproval. It was left to the fourth, a tawny brown one, to show us what a real toro bravo was. It charged into the arena, kicking up the brown sand, and then stopped in the middle, defiantly pawing the ground. The capes were used, the picadors on horseback started the blood flowing from the bull's left shoulder with their lances, and then the bandilleros succeeded in jabbing only two of the three pairs of coloured darts into its neck. It was still as fierce as at the beginning when the matador entered alone at his signal from the trumpets. His bright red cape flashed this way and that, the crowd on its feet cheering him loudly as the bull rushed past his side, blood flowing freely from its wounds. The struggle was long, but at last its head began to droop through fatigue and loss of blood. The matador then took his sword and with a perfect estocada ended the life of his worthy adversary. He was given the bull's ears for his brilliant performance, and he walked round the arena to the wild applause of the crowd.
This was tauromaquia at its best, and I knew from that moment that I was yet another person won over to this spectacular event.
D. M. PARFITT.
THE Great Day had arrived. The final briefing had been given. We had been instructed when to cheer spontaneously and when to stop cheering spontaneously; and we had been warned about the lack of certain facilities at Hillsborough (after all, what is one amongst 40,000?).
It was obvious something unusual was afoot when a double-deck bus pulled up alongside me in Newbould Lane, and the driver asked to be directed to the Girls' High School.
K.E.S. had been allocated ten buses, and we calculated that if the smaller boys were placed three on a seat with fifteen standing, the senior members of the School would be able to travel in comfort. It was perhaps just as well that they were not in charge of the packing operation. , . . . Nevertheless we were still able to travel in reasonable comfort without the embarrassment of having any of the Staff on our knees.
As we travelled by a devious route along back streets people rushed to their doors to watch us pass. So great appeared their amazement, that We wondered if one bus, let alone a convoy, had ever before penetrated the wilds of Upperthorpe. On reaching Infirmary Road, normally such a drab part of the City, we were dazzled by an array of medals such as is rarely seen, except on the chests of legendary South American admirals. The policemen, whose chests they adorned, were already present in vast numbers all the way from the Infirmary to Hillsborough, so our progress became a sort of triumphal procession between cheering crowds and lines of policemen, whose medals shimmered in the autumn sunshine. When we arrived at Hillsborough we were given in charge of more policemen who marched us into the ground rather as if we were a party of convicts.
On getting inside, we discovered that, apart from a small band in one corner, the sole occupant of the pitch was a man perched on a box in the centre, gesticulating wildly. After some time it dawned on us that his frantic waving had something to do with the time of the band and the popular songs which were issuing in approximate unison from the various stands. Our arrival seemed to damp his ardour and shortly afterwards he picked up his box and departed.
With still some twenty minutes to go, our attention was now attracted by an army of children who marched round the arena and positioned themselves before the Royal Box in what we could recognise as words of some sort. Our position did not allow us to read them, but from the dazzling whiteness of the children's vests we conjectured WASHES WHITER ".
While waiting for our Royal Visitors, we were given a spontaneous first-aid demonstration. The excitement proved too much for some of the performers, who subsided gently to the ground. Amid shouts of encouragement from the stands, ambulance men would sprint to their assistance and set about reviving them; this they did by grasping the delinquent firmly by the neck and attempting to fold him or her in half. If this failed, the victim was borne to the side of the ground on a stretcher, and turned upside down. By that time the victim was usually only too pleased to get up and return to his position in the field.
The arrival of the Royal Visitors was greeted, needless to say, by cheering even more spontaneous than regulations required. While the children in white were marching off the ground, others in red, white, and blue marched very vigorously in all directions without actually getting anywhere. Then they too formed up in what was clearly recognisable as the Union Jack, even though the bottom was a little frayed.
Finally the Visitors drove round the arena to the accompaniment of much cheering and the waving of various articles of clothing. They gave us a wave and a friendly smile, and disappeared from view.
An hour later-to the accompaniment of more cheering-K.E.S. was given permission to depart. Even so it was still some time before we reached town, as a wrong direction from a harassed transport inspector sent the School off on a walk round Middlewood before joining the buses at Hillsborough Park. So ended for us the official part of the day, for whose organisation the authorities concerned should have the credit they deserve.
THE provision in the new block of a metal workshop has stimulated a large group of keen boys to form an Engineering Society under the presidency of Mr. Pendlebury. At an inaugural meeting on September 10th J. F. Higgins ( 6 Se. 2) was elected Chairman, 0. R. S. Filmington (6 Se. 2) Secretary, J. F. Higgins (6 Se. 2) Industrial Representative, 0. R. S. Filmington (6 Sc. 2) Treasurer, J. F. Higgins (6 Sc. 2) Director of Sales, and we were fortunate in securing the services of 0. R. S. Filmington (6 Sc. 2) as Production Manager. The aim of the Society, which is registered as a limited company, is to give boys experience in a wide range of engineering processes and, by selling such of our products as are suitable, to make enough money to broaden our activities and contribute to School funds. We can safely say that our first term has been one of undiluted success and progress, to which our net profit of over £600 testifies.
The first meeting consisted of a visit in Mr. Higgins's father's lorry to the works of Cartwrights, the electrical engineers. This was well attended and so fascinating that we decided afterwards that we ought to try and make a generator. Many difficulties arose, but we were helped by some old armatures and things which we had found lying about at Cartwrights and brought back with us in the lorry, and it was finished in a fortnight. We sold it to P. F. Higgins & Co. (the manufacturers of " Swillo " washing machines) of which Mr. Higgins's father is managing director.
We would have been stumped at our next meeting if Mr. Filminton had not brought in one of those little motors which people drive from the back wheel of their bicycles. This we took to pieces, of course, and when we were putting it together again, Mr. Higgins had the inspired idea of making a supercharger for it, which in the course of the next week we did. The result was so effective that we were emboldened to exchange it for the engine in one of our members' father's . . . one of our member's fathers' . . . in the car of the father of one of our members. There was a feeling that this was not quite honest, but we filled the bonnet up with bricks and pieces of tin to make it rattle and welded the top down so that it seemed no different from the old one, and the car has since been sold anyway, so it was really all right. We then fitted a supercharger to our new acquisition and were going to exchange it for a bus engine, but it was needed for our first contract, which Mr. Filmington was able to procure for us through the influence of some obscure relation of his, who must remain anonymous. He is an attachē or something at the British Embassy in the Alpine principality of Kleinberg, whose mint needs a new coining machine, and he prevailed on the authorities to order it from us. The job took several weeks and a lot of hard work, but we had the engine as a start, and with the aid of an old desk frame, a flywheel ingeniously contrived from milk bottles, and a wringing machine, we contrived a most efficient contraption, although we had to make certain modifications while running it in. Unfortunately, delivery has been delayed because some official of the Board of Trade has never even heard of Kleinberg and will not give us an export licence. However, Mr. Filmington has written to his relation to get the Crown Prince to write a letter of protest.
Friday, December 3rd, will long remain a famous day in the annals of the Society, for then the longest recorded meeting of any school society took place, lasting from 4.30 p.m. to nearly 7.0 a.m. It was several weeks earlier that Mr. Higgins had first noticed a certain bus parked on the waste land at the back of Pond Street; morning after morning and evening after evening it was still there, and it became obvious that it had been thrown away. So after school on that memorable day we set out (in Mr. Higgins's father's lorry) and towed it back to school. Then followed a period of activity to which bare print cannot do adequate justice. First the upper deck was sawn off, then the staircase removed and a few minor alterations made, such as changing the number plates to the more appropriate KES 1954. Finally, the outside was painted navy blue with white stripes and the inside pale pink. The grey dawn was already creeping over the scene when we made our way home, tired but rejoicing. Subsequently the windows of the upper deck were sealed and we are hoping to sell it to the City Museum for use as an aquarium, and the masters are probably going to buy the spare seats for the Common Room.
The term has thus been one of great achievement and we look forward to next term, when we hope to be introduced to the art of watch-making by Messrs. Higgins and Filmington, who are spending the Christmas holidays in Switzerland. Additional members will be welcome, especially if they have connections in any of the City's engineering concerns. The Society's Annual Dinner will be held on February 12th at the Savoy Hotel, London, when the guest of honour will-be Mr. P. F. Higgins, father of our excellent chairman, and managing director of P. F. Higgins & Co. (manufacturers of " Swillo " washing machines).
We cannot end without expressing our heart-felt thanks to Mr. O. R. S. Filmington, our hardworking and indefatigable secretary, who has done so much to give the Society its great start; and to Mr. Higgins, who has been our veritable life-blood. We must also record our appreciation of the services of Mr. Pendlebury, who unfortunately had to resign early in the term owing to pressure of work. We are still negotiating for his successor.
O. R. S. F.
(D. J. F. Clinton was one of the Sheffield contingent at the Mountain School, Eskdale, last summer. His impressions testify that this now well-known institution has lost none of its excitement or its fascination for the adventurous.)
It was with mixed feelings and tough equipment -as specified-that I arrived at the Midland Station to join my three companions (the Headmaster had already mentioned that it would be a good thing to be insured for the venture).
On arrival at the School we were divided into patrols and assigned dormitories. I was in "Mallory ". The noted Himalayan explorer, Mr. Eric Shipton, was warden and he told us that the aim of the course was to develop character and not necessarily to produce mountaineers. This they proceeded to do, partly by a daily pre-breakfast run and swim in the tarn, 6.45 a.m., and further by a course of training which included canoeing, forestry, mountain-craft-not to mention athletics, which we thought a waste of time. The School is an officially recognised Mountain Rescue Unit and provides a most interesting training in rock-climbing, first aid and elementary treatment in rescue work. (On one occasion I was the " casualty ", strapped on a stretcher and lowered down a 30-foot cliff-face).
Hiking consisted of several whole-day hikes and two three-day hiking-camping expeditions. Instead of tents we had two large ground-sheets between three of us. At another time we camped out in small tents for four days, taking it in turns to go rock-climbing-" difficult " or " very difficult ", according to the books. The instructor assured us that no one had been killed on the course, although there had been several near-misses.
In spite of the atrocious weather, and the athletics, we were all reluctant to leave at the end of the course and would have been ready to do it all over again, from the first four-mile quiet walk to the last fifty-mile hike. It was an unforgettable experience and a wonderful holiday.
(Some impressions of the Rolls Royce Summer School at Derby, which was attended by R. A. Massey last August).
AFTER our first welcome at the hostel, " The Knoll ", a Sunday was spent on a coach tour of Derbyshire-picnic lunch and back for tea. The course began on the Monday with lectures at " The Grange ", which like " The Knoll " has been converted from a large house. It is very well equipped and has its own cinema. Lectures here included the working of the jet engine and manufacturing techniques; and a fine Aldis projector with Kodachrome slides, taken by the works department, showed practically every process in engine building.
In the afternoons visits were made to test-beds, foundry, forge, machine shops, and also the sheet metal works at Mountsorrel, Leicestershire. The guides were extremely efficient, answering questions, sometimes rather tricky ones, to the best of their ability. On the last Friday morning we saw a full-length sound film "Fifty Years of Powered Flight ". The course finished with a visit to the Apprentice School, Ascot Drive, where we saw training in progress and held final discussions. We all agreed that it had been an excellent week; the only main criticism was that we had seen the engines running before we knew how they were built.
The housekeeper and staff at " The Knoll " did their respective tasks very well to make us comfortable. The food was good and the atmosphere very homely. The two apprentices who acted as guides and sources of local information contributed much to a most enjoyable and memorable visit.
For the Autumn Term the study-theme of the S.C.M. was " Vocation ". One of our members gave an introductory talk on this subject, and the Group then attended inter-school meetings addressed by Rev. Roland Wilson and Rev. Oliver Tomkins. Michael Jackson, an ordinand working in Sheffield, was also invited to speak on his occupation. We have also examined the other great religions, a theme with which we hope to proceed further in the Lent Term. J. L. Madden gave the first of these talks on Buddhism, and Rabbi Chait gave a talk on Judaism. The term's programme concluded with an illustrated talk on Mithraism by Professor Eric Laughton, which was attended by a large, varied, and attentive audience, another feature which we hope will be greatly in evidence in the future.
W. H. W.
The demands of Oxford and Cambridge have proved too severe for the pursuit of an active programme by the Society, with the result that only three meetings have been possible. Two of these took the form of normal debates, the other consisted of four book reviews. The small intellectual coterie which constituted an appreciative audience provided lively discussion and raised thought-provoking topics. Next term we should like to see the group enlarged, particularly by members from the Science Fifth and Sixth.
W. H. W.
This new Society held three meetings in the Autumn Term, which have proved most valuable and have been well supported. On October 21st, -_Mr. A. P. S. Heale, of the British Iron and Steel Federation, gave an illustrated talk on " The Steel Industry in Great Britain ". It is hoped that this talk will be followed up by a visit to one of the Sheffield steel mills.
On November 11th a discussion on the subject " Can Parliament survive? " was led by N. S. Waite and C. M. N. Vere, who presented the two sides of the argument with great clarity and persuasion. Many members indicated concern at the growth of the party system and the practices of delegated legislation and jurisdiction as threats to the existence of the Parliamentary system.
On December 16th we were very pleased to welcome an Old Edwardian, Mr. John Wright, research worker at Nuffield College. Oxford. He spoke on " Some fundamental problems of the Coal Industry ", showing how the industry has declined from its position in the nineteenth century and considering the possible effects of such influences as labour-shortage, mechanisation programmes, and the use of other sources of fuel. A useful discussion ensued.
It is hoped that the Society will become fully constituted in the Lent Term and will provide a varied programme of activities. It exists to supplement the courses taken in school and to provide a forum for the exchange of views, and we should like to see a good number of Fifth Formers taking advantage of this opportunity.
T. K. R.
At a general meeting on September 13th it was agreed that Mr. Robinson and Mr. Collins should be Joint Presidents for the forthcoming session, and the following officials were elected Chairman, G. S. Ecclestone; Secretary, R. F. H. Morton: Committee, N. S. Waite and R. G. Holden.
On October 5th, a joint meeting with the Modern Language Society was addressed by M. Castel on Tunisia, an area which is of considerable importance in view of the new trends on French colonial policy.
On October 25th, during United Nations Week, we had the pleasure of welcoming back Mr. W. R. Frazer, a former member of the staff, after two years with the Economic and Social Council in New York. His stimulating talk dealt with the work of U.N.O. and its subsidiary bodies, and considered the obstacles which, at . the present time, prevent them from being completely effective. He stressed that we could do something to improve the situation by keeping ourselves well informed on the world's problems and by realising that only a change of heart among the nations of the world, produced by an enlightened public opinion, could provide a true and lasting peace and make it possible for U.N.O. to live up to its high ideals.
A discussion on the racial problem in Africa was opened by R. F. H. Morton on November 15th. A show of bands revealed that all but one of those present were in favour of racial integration being brought about gradually, the sole dissenter being in favour of apartheid. Very fortunately we were able to follow up this meeting by a visit to High Storrs on November 29th to hear Mr. Naboth Mogkatle, a native S.A. Trade Union Leader, address a packed gathering. He spoke with eloquence and vigour. and the question-time was developing into a heated discussion when the meeting was brought to an abrupt but perhaps timely conclusion.
On December 6th there was a most interesting talk from Mr. Mahalingan, a post-graduate student from Ceylon. The discussion touched on many of the contemporary issues in S.E. Asia as they affect Ceylon, and those present gained a revealing light on the attitude of peoples in these areas towards the Great Powers.
In addition to these events, a new Junior Activities Committee of C.E.W.C. has been formed in Sheffield, and this aims to cater for the needs of 13-15 age group, who ought to be aware of the international problems of their day. On December 3rd a film show, with The Overlanders, was held. Four of our members are attending the C.E.W.C. Christmas Conference in London, which this year is devoted to a study of the area of Latin America.
R. F. H. M.
An excellent attendance at the Society's general meeting on September 13th gave promise of good audiences for coming events. This, however, did not turn out to be the case, for one visiting speaker faced an audience of about twelve. It is to be hoped that those who were at the first meeting will try to attend our talks next term, in particular those given by visiting speakers.
On September 20th, Dr. Beet of the University Fuel Department gave a talk entitled " Coal Versus Oil ". Our second talk was given by Mr. Law, who was until recently Chief Inspector of Smoke Abatement in Sheffield and district. His subject, " The Air we Breathe ", proved very interesting, as the numerous questions afterwards testified. Both these lectures linked up with one by Professor Atkinson, on " Problems in the Mining of Coal."
Two papers were delivered by members of the Sixth Form on November 8th. R. G. Lawler spoke on " Alchemy ", and R. A. Massey on "Jet Engines ". We look forward to talks on any scientific subject from members of the School, though up to date only one is promised. Offers of talks need not be limited to the Sixth Form; members of the Fifth will also be welcome.
Carving in Park Spring Stone
by W. A. F. WRIGHT
The Autumn Term has been a quiet one in which the problems and interest of the Junior and Middle School have been dominant. It is to be hoped that the senior boys will again show interest once their examinations are temporarily over. I should like to thank Mr. Glewis for his help, which has been much appreciated.
M. F. W. L.
The Chess Club meets as a large and enthusiastic group of about thirty members each Friday. All sections of the School are well represented, but it would be of great value if more Sixth Formers would attend, both as an encouragement to younger members and to provide further scope for the choice of teams to play other schools. The Club attendance should be complemented by the private dinner-time chess battles which are now waged daily in some Sixth classrooms. We played two matches in the Autumn Term, both at the School. The first, against the seasoned players of the University, we lost 4.5-1.5, possibly as we had to field a somewhat weaker team than we expected. The other match, against Firth Park G.S., resulted in a draw 3-3. It should not be difficult to improve on these results, if we get more senior members to play regularly at our Friday meetings.
D. S. T.
We started the season on September 21st with our now almost traditional holiday reports. P. W. Lomas described a visit to Germany and D. M. Parfitt gave us his impressions of Spain, liberally illustrated by photographs. For our next meeting, on October 5th, we were joined by the International Discussion Group to hear M. Castel talk about his own land-Tunisia. Speaking in French which even our brethren could understand, he gave us an extremely comprehensive picture of the history, social and political problems, of Tunisia.
For our first literary meeting, on October 19th. M. B. Rowbotham deserted the First XI “Keep fit class " to give a talk on Honorē de Balzac, which provoked a lively discussion on the stature and qualities of Balzac as a novelist. On November 16th we saw a film describing the trip to Spain of a party of Leicester school children in a double-decker bus. The Spanish commentary was especially useful to the younger boys who attended the meeting. Finally, on December 7th, A. D. P. Briggs introduced us to Esperanto and started considerable argument on its merits and inadequacies.
D. J. H. S.
D. M. PARFITT
At the beginning of the Autumn Term we were fortunate in having the facilities of the new meta and woodwork shops, am our own small Physic workshop, placed at our disposal. All tools were removed from the E.P.L. which has now become the H.Q. for direction of work done elsewhere. About dozen new Senior members and almost as many Juniors, together with the remaining veterans of last year, attended the short opening meeting of the term. But rather disappointingly, several of these have not been regular attenders. Work done has varied, as usual, from repairs and improvements on existing apparatus to construction of various gadgets. The most ardent lunch-hour worker this term has been a newly-acquired member of the Science Staff. He has spent many hours making boxes of almost every conceivable shape and size for storage of apparatus.
Four meetings were held and were well attended. The subjects comprised talks on moths and extinct animals, a film on scientific farming, and a laboratory meeting for microscopical work. Middle School boys (2nd, 3rd and 4th) should watch the notice board for details of future meetings.
E. R. W.
The Enlarger presented by I. A. MOTTERSHAW (right)
to D. J. STOCKS, secretary of the Photographic Society
Now that the additions to the School buildings have been completed, the Photographic Society has been able to use the new- darkroom. This is very well designed and much larger than the old one. A notable event has been the arrival of an enlarger kindly presented by I. A. Mottershaw, and with this it should be possible to produce prints of much higher quality than has so far been possible. It must be noted, however, that this dark-room has not been built purely to raise the standard of members' work; it was realised how great a contribution a good darkroom could make to the science departments of the School and it was built with this aim in view. So far all the equipment we have has been bought, given, or lent by members of the Society or friends of the School, but we hope that equipment will eventually be provided to enable the darkroom to be used for the various departments of the School.
These developments have created a larger membership, and new methods have had to be used concerning the use of equipment. Members of the Sixth Form have been acting as darkroom wardens and a librarian has been elected to control the borrowing of books.
B. J. S.
FALSTAFF IN THE BASKET.
Drawing in line and wash by W. A. F. WRIGHT
Our first meeting of the new year was held on September 15th when the officials elected were N. D. Worswick, treasurer, and J. Miller, secretary. On the same date, Mr. J. Barwick, Schools Officer for the Museum, gave a very interesting lecture on several archaeological specimens lent by the Museum, which he allowed us to handle, notably the tooth of a mammoth ten inches long.
On October 13th, the Rev. A. Ecclestone gave a lecture on Josiah Wedgewood and the conditions of the potteries in his day. It was well illustrated and several originals by Wedgewood were shown. At this lecture we had more First and Second Year boys than expected and a deficiency of Third and Fourth formers.
On November 5th three films were shown, on Canada, The Roman Wall, and the Development of the Railways (the last film did not come up to our expectations and ended very abruptly). This meeting was well attended and we received some more money for the funds, but that which we did collect did not seem to account for half the number that attended.
On December 1st four talks were given: by Williams of 4 (1) on " The Ancient Chapel of Ecclesall ", Worswick of 3 (1) on " The History of Stamps", by Dawson of 3 (3) on "The Monastic Orders ", and by Rogers of 2 (4) on " Castleton ". At this meeting Miller was also to have given a talk but he was unfortunately absent. The funds of the Society have risen rapidly since the beginning of term and boys are still joining.
N. D. W.
With the extension of membership to the Third Year, an excellent term has resulted, as far as the stability of numbers is concerned. Our subjects have included a film and film-strip on " The Moon ". and one on " The Solar System ", lectures by J. Billington on " Space Travel " and by J. D. Cartwright on " The Moon." The highlight of the term was the lecture given by Mr. R. S. S. Cox, of Sheffield University, on “Our Neighbours in Space ".
At the General Meeting Mr. Vernon introduced the Library Nights, an innovation that has been much appreciated. Members meet fortnightly, on the Mondays alternating with the regular programme, to borrow books of astronomical interest from the School Library and from Mr. Vernon's personal collection. The Society has become an Affiliated Member of the British Astronomical Association, and we think it is the only School Society in the north of England to have done so. We have already received copies of several of the B.A.A. Journals.
J. E. B.
This new Society has been formed for First, Second and Third Year boys, and three meetings were held during the Autumn Term. On November 3rd, Mr. McKay gave a talk on Petroleum in which he outlined the early stages in the development of the oil industry and contrasted the crude and haphazard methods used a century ago with the extremely complicated procedures used nowadays. The talk was illustrated with diagrams and photographs.
On November 24th. Mr. Mace gave a lecture on Colour and showed some most interesting demonstrations of how white light can be split up to form a coloured spectrum. and conversely how white light can he reformed from suitable mixtures of coloured light.
The new General Science Laboratory Photo by E. L. Vernon
The third lecture, on December 8th. was on Radar, by Mr. Lack. A simple demonstration ripple-tank was used to illustrate the propagation, focussing, and reflection of waves on a water surface, and this served as an introduction to the method of location of airborne objects by sending out pulses of radio waves and timing of the reflected waves by means of the cathode ray oscillograph. At a meeting on January 19th it is proposed to show two films on Radar.
Cambridge, December, 1954.
One's first few weeks in Cambridge prove somewhat of an ordeal: freshmen, as we discovered to our cost, are hunted down by subscription-seeking secretaries and beguiled by the tales of blasē second-year men. Nor are our ranks united in this our adversity, for cynical ex-servicemen remain aloof from eager schoolboys, their self-confidence shattered by the seeming intellectual superiority of the latter. But somehow we settle down, with beer mats and cinema programmes ostentatiously displayed in our rooms-an unnecessary gesture of defiance, as we soon realise.
The O.E.'s in Cambridge have no organised society, as have our contemporaries in the Nuffield Centre, but at a gathering this term that seasoned veteran Mr. Ken Healey was deputed to organise our annual dinner. This was to be our sole meeting with many of our fellows, but we savoured the scandal of an eminent mathematician of Jesus, who had the fortune to be stranded in the Outer Hebrides last summer with a fair biologist, and we were pleased to see " Mau Mau " Mike Hiles, not long returned from Nairobi. Mr. Rippon, we believe, will shortly make his debut in The Tatler, whilst Mr. Scowcroft is making his mark as a military historian, despite the acute fits of depression to which he is prone, occasioned, we understand, by the state of affairs at Hillsborough. And in the athletic world the prestige of the School has been enhanced by the deeds of Messrs. Beynon, Crowder, and Johnson, who represented Cambridge against Oxford in the second team cross-country match on November 27th. Johnson also ran in the 880 yards Relay on November 25th.
We remain. Sir, yours, etc.,
GOG AND MAGOG.
Relief Carving in Stone by
C. J. R. TWYFORD
(The National Recreation. Centre, Lilleshall, about nine miles from Wolverhampton, holds a Schoolboys Instructional Course every summer vacation. M. B. Rowbotham comments)
The aim of the course is to provide coaching in skills and match play, to improve the personal performance of the pupils. There are also general talks and discussions on various aspects of the game. The staff comprises such well-known names as: W. Winterbottom (Director of Coaching, The Football Association), W. J. Slater (Wolverhampton Wanderers) and G. Merrick (Birmingham City). Not only do these people try to improve the team game, they take a personal interest in every individual and his style of play.
Commencing every morning at 9.15 with practices in many of the various skills, we soon pass on to actual match play. The morning coaching is completed about 12.30 and after a break of two hours we are back at our tiring but most enjoyable work. The programme is very similar throughout the week and although there are complaints of aching muscles and blistered feet, everybody is very content with the undoubted improvement in his personal performance. Towards the end of the week a team is selected to play against Wolverhampton Reserves, when the coaches can be rewarded for their labours, or as it happened last summer, disappointed. There is also a five-a-side competition, which we are happy to relate was won by a local team under the superb captaincy of " Joe " Evison, as he was affectionately known to his closest friends; this was the culmination of a most enjoyable and entertaining week's football.
Boys from this School who are keen to improve their performance would do well to attend this course next year: they are assured of an excellent holiday in addition to the pleasure of learning how to play "real " football.
SUMMER camp near Peebles among the hills just south of Edinburgh was rather wet, although the rain was not quite_ as persistent as at the Whitsun camp. Otherwise it was most enjoyable and the Troop is again very grateful to R. W. Needham for running the camp helping scouts to pass several tests for second and first class.
We have now made good the losses of last year and all recruits have been invested. We hope we shall be able to say that all scouts are at least of second class standard by the end of the Summer Term. The Senior Scouts, following the disbandment of the Senior Troop, are now back with their own Troop and are carrying on as two separate Senior Patrols, organising their own activities, but also helping the Troop. We hope they will achieve their aim this year of making a trip abroad.
The term has been nicely rounded off with a Christmas Party organised by the Court of Honour assisted by Troop Leader and Seniors.
THE Troop is almost at full strength-we could still take two recruits, preferably from the First Form-and all are working well towards their First or Second Class badge. Duke and Birtwistle, of the Senior Patrol, gained their Queen's Scout badge, and all the Patrol now have the First Class badge. The Under 15 section is rather young; three P.L's. are only Third Formers; but there is no lack of enthusiasm and scoutcraft. The highlight of the Autumn Term should be a Parents' Party which we are holding at the end of the term. The Troop is also holding a party for itself and the Seniors have invited a group of Rangers to join them.
We welcomed with great pleasure the arrival of Mr. Hersee, who has applied for a warrant as S.M. of the Troop. -Next term we hope to rebuild our section of the den-without disturbing the structure of the Rovers' and C Troop dens.
The Summer Camp was held near Wroxham in the broadland of Norfolk, under the guidance of Messrs. Howarth, Cliffe, May and Elliott. The view from the site was very pleasant; yachts could be seen sailing down the wheat field next to the site. Some members of the Troop were experienced sailors by the end of camp. Ye fishermen of England were also much in evidence; members of the Troop interested in this hobby seemed to catch far less than the locals. A high standard of camping was attained and the D.C. who visited us was favourably impressed. The Foxes under P.L. Birtwistle set a very fine example.
D. A. E.
SUMMER Camp at Marske in Swaledale was a happy fortnight on an almost ideal site. Apart from one swollen jaw and the usual head trouble, nothing went seriously wrong with anyone. The stream was never quite successfully dammed, the local Titled Lady never fulfilled her promise to have us all to tea, the fearful Night Abduction never really got going, and only one person in the camp saw the two herons. The Patrol Competition was won by the Beavers, renowned for their psychology and their modesty, but the standard for camping in every patrol was very high indeed. The final camp-fire was the best the S.M. can remember, presenting some brilliant sketches and some beautiful singing of serious songs as well as the evergreen lusty " roarers ".
The Troop has been grateful for the help of our A.S.M.s Alan Copley and Trevor Crisp, who have helped when they could in term and at Summer Camp with the stores. T.L. Tony Guenault continues to turn up when he can; we owe much as a Troop to his help last year on all conceivable (and some inconceivable) occasions. The Troop has also been fortunate in its Patrol Leaders during 1954. In the last few months the " C " Troop Seniors have come into being. This Patrol, led by Michael Gagan, will be working at its own programme of badge work for Queen's Scout, and work in connection with a projected visit to Germany next summer.
We are very sorry to lose Chris Fielding and wish him a happy career in Bournemouth. In the Lent Term there may be room for one or more First Formers. But they must be keen. They must be prepared for cram lectures, old shafts, tropical fish, night hikes in freezing gales when they are 15, and many other things, including Jumble Sales, camp water-fights, and a sepulchral voice saying " Goodnight, chaps ".
SEASON 1954 started off in excellent style with the new arrangements at Whiteley Woods, where practice games were held instead of the usual nets of previous years. Results of the matches played were, on the whole, not as good as in the previous season, but this was possibly due to the fact that we were unable to adapt ourselves to the near Arctic conditions as well as our opponents. Both the First and Second teams lost one more match than was won. However, in the evening fixtures we more than held our own. Although the results achieved by the two teams were not as good as we had hoped, resounding defeats were inflicted by the 1st XI upon several of our old friends, or enemies, notably Hathersage, Parkhead, and Baslow on two occasions.
The weather favoured us for the Annual Fixture against the London Schoolmasters Touring Team, and although the match ended in a draw it was an excellent day's cricket. We feel that given an extra thirty minutes victory would have been ours. We look forward to the continuance of this match in future years. Again worth mentioning is the now annual fixture between the Old Edwardians and the Old Old Edwardians. The Old Old Edwardians, old as some of them are, continue to leave us in no doubt that what they lack in agility they more than make up for in cunning, and have proved unbeatable up to date.
Fixtures for 1955 are now well in hand and we look forward to a successful season, with the especial hope that the weather will favour our endeavours, and that we shall see several boys fresh from School in our midst. The Club officials already appointed for the 1955 season are as follows: General Secretary, D. H. Woodcock, 77, Bents Road, 11; 1st XI Captain, E. W. Sivil; Vice-captain, G. W. Wise; 2nd XI Captain, J. K. Olivant: Vice-captain, E. Bain.
I HAVE played in many cricket matches in the last thirty years and I have witnessed many memorable performances. I played when Gerald Vernon took all ten wickets against the Old Mannerians. I played when W. T. Baldwin was hit on the thumb and whilst dancing about in agony he was run out by a sporting wicket-
keeper. I played once at Bakewell where we " hunted the leather " for about four hours and were left to get something like 260 in just under an hour. We did not get them, of course, but it is an interesting reminiscence. I once made 17 runs at Stainborough and I played on Thursday, 17th June, 1954, at Whiteley Woods. It was then that I saw Jim Hawkswell take four wickets with successive balls in one over-all bowled: and I also saw Arthur Elliott take one wicket assisted by Frank Melling.
Now this one wicket is the subject of this article. It is worth recording as a masterpiece of strategy. I often wondered why Arthur was referred to as " Artie ". Apart from a natural abbreviation of his name it describes his bowling perfectly. It happened like this. Our skipper, J. T. Burdekin, having finally succeeded in taking a wicket with his tempting slows, and in order that his average should not suffer too much thereafter, tossed the ball to Arthur to see what he could do.
Arthur commenced to bowl towards the pavilion. He bowled a couple of balls which completely mystified the batsman, and then he decided his field required rearranging. He moved mid-off six inches to his left. He moved mid-on two and a half paces back. Two or three fieldsmen hovering on the boundary behind the bowler were all moved down the hill to counter shots on the off, the slips were despatched similarly. Cover point was skilfully moved to a position where no hit was ever likely to be made, and eventually, when everyone, except the wicket-keeper and a stout and ageing fieldsman at point, had been re-deployed on the offside to Arthur's satisfaction, he hitched up his flannels with a characteristic gesture, tossed the ball high into the stratosphere and waited for results. In time, through no fault of Arthur's, but acting in accordance with some law or other promulgated by the late Sir Isaac Newton, the ball came down spinning like mad. Do you think it was cut past non-existing slips? Do you think it was powerfully driven past cover? Or past mid-off? Do you think it was despatched anywhere at all on the offside where Arthur's field was congregated expectantly? Not at all. It was magnificently hooked by the batsman safely into the hands of Frank Melling fielding at deep square leg or thereabouts. He had been completely forgotten by Arthur when he had re-set his field.
Such is the lesson to be learned by youngsters of today aspiring to the heights. Until that Thursday evening Arthur's main claim to fame was that he once bowled Pataudi. Now I suggest that he has reached a new level. He has found a new way to remove batsmen, or " batters " as he calls them. He has " change-fielded " them out. He deserves some immortality for such an innovation and I hasten to add my congratulations to the many he received.
I hope it is my good fortune to play once a year for many years to come in Arthur's company and in the company of these grand campaigners of the 1920's and 1930's. Whoever thought up this annual match deserves a medal.
By virtue of the newly won title, that of South Yorkshire Amateur League Champions for 1953-4, the Soccer Club started the season knowing that the task of upholding such a position would not be an easy one. Opposing teams somehow always strive to depose a reigning monarch from his throne.
The 1st XI soon experienced a set-back after last season's run of successes by being defeated in the opening round of the Junior Cup Competition, which though disappointing has saved it the many commitments which these extra matches can bring. The League programme, however, opened with an away win, which appears to have set the pattern for the subsequent results, which so far register no win at home and no loss away. Whiteley Woods has therefore still to favour us with a success on the home ground other than that against the School on October 16th. We look forward to yet another good game with them on December 18th when both 1st and 2nd XI's will be meeting their more youthful rivals once again.
The 2nd XI made rather a discouraging start in haying too many goals scored against them, but by defeating Chesterfield Nomads 7-0 they considerably reduced their arrears. The lack of continuity, due to the cancelled games during November's exceptionally wet and dreary spell, has prevented the teams from really settling down and the Club now looks forward to kindlier playing conditions and a resumption of our matches lest another cricket season should come upon us without our haying even disturbed the smooth turf under the watery surface of Whiteley Woods.
The Captains appointed for the season are 1st XI Captain, P. K. Everitt; Vice-captain, J. R. Wingfield; 2nd XI Captain, J. R. Gee; Vice-captain, K. Chambers.
|League Div. I 1st Team||9||3||2||4||22||18||10|
|Div. II 2nd Team||10||2||7||1||27||46||5|
A SPRIGHTLY paragraph in The Star for November 11th told us of a recent " act of commemoration " by the oldest section of our " Old Boys " brotherhood. We cannot do better than repeat it in full.
" Postmen delivering mail today in various parts of the country found postcards showing a view of chimneys bearing five signatures and greetings from Sheffield. The signatures were those of five members of the Sheffield Royal Grammar School Old Boys Over 70 Society, who attended their first reunion in the City. And the Sheffield view cards were off to the 13 other members, who were unable to make the journey to Sheffield They live in Newcastle, the Lake District, Sussex, Suffolk, Shropshire and Scotland. But one postcard will take longer to reach its destination. It is the greeting sent to Mr Ludwig Glauert, a naturalist living in Western Australia, who put forward the idea of forming the Society when he was visiting Sheffield last year. The President, Mr. H. W. Middleton, aged 76, of Albany Road, Sharrow, oldest of the seven founder members, and the Vice-president, Dr A. E. Dunstan, of Cambridge, were present for the luncheon reunion."
The party of five Old Grammarians afterwards visited the School. They were impressed with the new developments in the Library and New Building, and also pleased to see that a link with their own days was preserved in the S.R.G.S. Honours Boards.
To the list of " O.70 " members, as published in our Spring 1954 Magazine, another name to be added is that of Rev. Canon J. St. L. Blakeney, M.A. (The Vicarage, Stowmarket, Suffolk).
About the same time as this reunion, news was received of the death of a distinguished contemporary, Professor GILBERT NORWOOD, M.A., D.Litt., F.R.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Classics at University College, Toronto.
Gilbert Norwood was born in Sheffield on November 23rd, 1880. He came from Duchess Road School to the Grammar School, and won a Classical Scholarship to St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1898. After winning distinctions of every kind in his under-graduate career, he held appointments at Manchester and Cardiff, and in 1926 went to Toronto as Professor of Latin, becoming Professor of Classics in 1928, which position he held until his retirement in 1951. He was best known for his work on Greek Drama, on which he wrote several books.
It would be an appropriate tribute to his memory if the School Library could acquire a complete collection of his works. In a letter to Mr. H. W. Middleton, his widow wrote: " He was delighted to resume contact with so many of his boyhood friends. He never ceased to be grateful to S.R.G.S. for the fine training it gave him and for the opportunity to go up to Cambridge."
NEW records have been established by the club this term. The total membership has reached 38. Enthusiasm has been sustained throughout the term, and rarely has there been no game during the lunch-hour. We especially welcome the Fourth Formers, who play every Wednesday, and upon whom will be placed the honour of representing the School in the future. We look forward to a Knock-out Competition which will take place in the Lent Term.
The match results perhaps look disappointing, but it may be mentioned that all except one of the players are in their first season with the team. The two opening matches were won against weakened opposition. Then followed a series of defeats, the most notable being inflicted by the Staff. A weakened team ventured upon untrodden ground when it visited Mount St. Mary's College on a Wednesday afternoon. Unfortunately, it would have been better had the ground been left untrodden. The term ended with a rout of our close rivals, High Storrs. Our gratitude is due to Mr. Sinclair, whose guidance and support has been of great value to the inexperienced team.
|v. Crookes Congregationalists B.C.||(A)||Won 5-4|
|v. Nether Green Junior B.C.||(H)||Won 5-4|
|v. Mt. St. Mary's B.C.||(A)||Lost 0-6|
|v. The Staff||(H)||Lost 3-6|
|v. Nether Green Junior B.C.||(A)||Lost 2-7|
|v. High Storrs B.C.||(H)||Won 9 0|
THE first half of the season has seen the team flourishing, and results show that it is at least equal to, and perhaps better than last season's combination. Shillito, a newcomer, and Perrett, an old stalwart, have proved the most successful runners, but the team on the whole has packed extremely well. Twelve fixtures have been fulfilled, but an analysis of the results is difficult because of the number of quadrilateral and triangular matches. Next term we hope to bring some trophies back to K.E.S. Our chances in the Sheffield and District championships seem to be rosy, and we hope to improve on our last year's position of 7th in the Northern Schools Championship.
The Juniors have again not distinguished themselves this season. Their captain, R. D. Darwin, has been the most consistent runner, and he has been ably backed by D. C. Tomlinson and D. H. J. Sheasby. Unfortunately, the remainder of the team have disappointed. There is a definite shortage of talent in the Fourth Form and in the Third Form, and the majority of good runners play regularly for the School Under 14 Football team. Only R. H. Guite, of the remainder, although only a Second Former, has shown any talent and enthusiasm. So far, 22 boys have represented the School in 6 matches.
Nether Edge G.S. (A). Won 21-67
Rowlinson School. (H). Won 25-31.
Ecclesfield G.S. and Woodhouse G.S. (at Ecclesfield). 1st 38-87-59.
Staveley G.S. and Eckington G.S. (at Staveley). 1st 30-85-86.
Roundhay G.S. and Leeds University II (at Leeds). 3rd 63-54-53
Rowlinson School. (A). Won 33-47.
High Storrs G.S. (A). Draw 39-39.
Rotherham G.S. (A). Won 27-58.
P. J. Keeling's VIII. (H). Won 19-39.
Ecclesfield G.S. and 'Nether Edge G.S. (H). 1st 15-73-65.
Manchester G.S., Barrow G.S. and Lancaster G.S. (at Manchester). 2nd 58-32-131-115.
Training College (H). Won 29-51.
Nether Edge G.S. (A). Lost 48-32.
Rowlinson School. (H). Won 26-29.
Staveley G.S. (A). Won 24-34.
Rowlinson School. (A). Lost 43-37.
High Storrs G.S. (A). Lost 50-28.
Ecclesfield G.S. and Nether Edge G.S. (H). 1st 16-54-22.
D. A. E.
THE team has lacked bite and drive and tenacity on many occasions this year. The Autumn Term has seen an excellent spirit develop in the team and Rowbotham is to be congratulated on his leadership. He is inclined to worry and tends to hang back from the tackle, but he has proved his worth in every position.
We congratulate C. B. Laycock and P. Swain on being awarded their 1st XI Colours.
BRUCE (goal): An old Colour. Very reliable and sound goalkeeper, whose kicking could be a great asset if he controlled it.
SHIPTON (right back): Recently promoted from the 2nd XI. He is very fast into the tackle and can use either foot. Very promising for the future.
PARFITT (left back): Very strong and powerful, at time he fails to use this asset to advantage. His covering has improved considerably this term. Has a good kick in either foot.
LAYCOCK (right half): Recently converted from the right wing. Has good ball control and a footballer's brain. Finds the heavy ground rather trying, but has played some excellent games.
SWAIN (centre half): Exceptionally good in the air. With a little more care when the ball is on the floor, he could prove to be one of the outstanding players in the team.
YOULE (left half): Undoubtedly a very good footballer but inclined somewhat to hold the ball too long and to wander. If he could remedy this fault his play would become outstanding and he would be a very great asset to the team.
ANDERSON (outside right and centre forward) Has scored many very good goals, but after a brilliant start to the season, he has disappointed recently through an inability to snap up chances.
HERITAGE (inside right): An old Colour. Has not shown the consistent form of previous years, but is very dangerous near goal. Has a tremendous burst of speed which if allied to a little better ball control would bring him much richer reward for his labours.
WELLS (inside left): Is quite dangerous near goal, having a very good shot in his left foot, and being quite effective with his head. Tends to hold on to the ball too long in mid-field.
WRIGHT (outside left): Finds his lack of inches difficult to overcome. He has good ball control and passes intelligently. Should prove very valuable next year.
Sept. 15. Home. Lost to J. B. Brown's XI. 7-5. Very keenly contested match played in summery weather. Swinging the ball about freely, the School were worthy opponents for a stronger and more experienced side.
Sept. 18. At Manchester. Beat Manchester G.S. 4-1. A very encouraging all-round display. The School's football was of a very fine standard and was fully deserving of the 3-0 interval lead.
Sept. 22. Home. Lost to I. S. Marshall's XI. 9-5. A repetition of the previous week's defeat against the same opposition.
Sept. 25. Home. Beat Huddersfield Amateurs. 6-0. The School had a grip on this game from the start, by their superior use of the ball.
Oct. 2. Home. Lost to Maltby G.S. 5-3. Owing to the calls of a Yorkshire G.S. XI, the team was considerably weakened. It was, however, a very disappointing result.
Oct. 6. At Chesterfield. Lost to Chesterfield G.S. 4-1. An exceptionally large pitch and a very heavy ball put the team completely out of its stride. It was only in the last 20 minutes that it showed anything like its true form.
Oct. 9. Home. Beat The Falcons. 6-2. After a very slow start, the School settled down to powerful and methodical football. It was an outstanding performance on the part of Anderson to score all six goals.
Oct. 16. Home. Lost to Old Edwardian. 2-1. School held its own for most of the game and it was only in the closing minutes that the O.E.'s succeeded in scoring the winning goal. Indeed the School had enough opportunities to win this match.
Oct. 23. At York. Beat Bootham School. 4-2. Although greatly superior in the skills, School was somewhat put out of its stride by enthusiastic strong-tackling opponents. It was not until late that the match was made safe by the addition of another goal to the interval lead of 3-2. The result crowned a particularly enjoyable day.
Oct. 30. At Arbourthorne. Beat City G.S. 4-0. School adapted itself much better to very difficult underfoot conditions.
Nov. 17. At Graves Park. Lost to Training College. 6-5. After being completely overplayed to the extent of a 5-0 deficit by half-time, it was a very commendable effort by the School to recover in such a manner.
Nov. 20. Home. Lost to Mexborough G.S. 8-4. Again a very disappointing result. There was a very noticeable ineffectiveness in the forward line.
Nov. 24. Beat Woodhouse G.S. 8-4. The attacks gained an early initiative and maintained it throughout the match. A wonderful rally in the last 20 minutes, which brought the School five goals, rather flattered our overall superiority.
Dec. 4. Home. Drew with High Storrs G.S. 2-2. The conditions were appalling. With continual rain for two days, the pitch was a complete quagmire. The two teams are to be congratulated therefore on a very spirited performance.
M. B. R.
Despite the barren period during November, when many matches were cancelled, we have enjoyed a very successful season so far, and perhaps the most important factor has been the evidence of a splendid team spirit which has often been invaluable in retrieving what have appeared to be lost causes, in the second half.
Several combinations were tried out early in the term and after a rather scrappy game with Manchester Grammar School, which was decided by a penalty against us, a decisive win was gained over Huddersfield Amateurs when the eleven settled down to play fast open football. The following game against Maltby was a grim struggle in which the School's continued raids eventually brought a deserved victory. A vigorous game against the Staff seemed to have a weakening effect, because the following day, on visiting Chesterfield, we saw a rather restrained start which allowed the fast opposing forwards to score three times unchallenged. However, a different approach in the second half brought well constructed goals, but insufficient to overcome the deficit. After losing to a stronger Staveley XI, the team produced a series of decisive wins through their ability to adapt themselves to the prevailing conditions and their willingness to attack until the final whistle. Nether Edge, Bootham, High Storrs, and Barnsley, produced tough opposition, but the School XI's second-half spirit and fitness reaped their own reward.
All members of the team have trained hard and contributed towards the fine record of 50 goals scored, and only 20 against; seven wins and three losses in ten games. I would mention especially the leadership of Bradshaw who, as captain and centre-half, has given splendid encouragement to his side, although looking upon the efforts of referees with a somewhat jaundiced eye!
The following have played for the eleven this term: Allen, Bailey, Bennett, Booth, Bradshaw, Cooper, Dickinson, Foster, Howarth, Longden, Nuttall, Powell, Perrett, Rigby, Sallis, Sharpe, Shipton, Watkinson, Winfield, Wright, Wells.
|Sept. 18||v. Manchester G.S.||(H)||Lost||1-2|
|Sept. 25||v. Huddersfield Amateurs||(A)||Won||12-2|
|Oct. 2||v. Maltby G.S.||(A)||Won||-21|
|Oct. 5||v. School Staff||(H)||Won||2-0|
|Oct. 6||v. Chesterfield G.S.||(A)||Lost||3-5|
|Oct. 9||v. Staveley G.S. ...||(A)||Lost||1-4|
|Oct. 16||v. Nether Edge G.S.||(H)||Won||5-2|
|Oct. 23||v. Bootham School||(H)||Won||11-1|
|Dec. 4||v. High Storrs G.S.||(A)||Won||9-0|
|Dec. 15||v. Barnsley G. S. ...||(A)||Won||5-3|
B. G. H. G.
THE team has done well in all the four matches played this (Autumn) term and has supplied several members for the senior sides. It is strong in defence and is gradually becoming more forceful in attack, even though combined play has not been easy to develop with the nucleus of the side changing from match to match. Downes has captained the side very effectively and is developing into a sound wing-half. He has been ably backed up by Hill, Dickinson, Bennett, Hodgson, Hessey and Hague, who have been the most regular members of the team. With a fuller fixture list and kinder treatment from the weather, the side should be extremely difficult to beat, and should continue to derive great enjoyment from its soccer.
|Sept. 26||v. Eckington G.S.||Lost||3-2|
|Oct. 9.||v. Owler Lane||Won||8-2|
|Oct. 16.||v. City Training College 2nd XI||Lost||2-1|
|Nov. 20||v. Gregg School||Won||7-1|
T. K. R.
ALTHOUGH bad weather has caused the abandonment of several fixtures and has curtailed training, the team has displayed excellent understanding and has achieved a record of which it can be justly proud. Whatever the ground conditions and the nature of the opposition, an attempt has been made to play good football, on most occasions with complete success. The half-backs in particular have been keen in the tackle and intelligent in their use of the ball. There is a tendency on the part of the defence to use the back pass too often and the forwards are in the opening stages of a game rather shot-shy. They should remember that a quick goal has a profound psychological effect. Evison has led the team well. Selections have usually been made from the following players: M. B. Hill, A. Ollerenshaw, D. J. C. McAteer, J. Buchan, J. T. Jones, D. Challenger, I. W. Newsom, E. J. White, D. A. Pike, 31. R. Evison, P. Clark, W. E. Bailey.
|v. Manchester G.S. ...||(H)||Won 5-2|
|v. Maltby G.S.||(H)||Won 7-1|
|v. City Boys ...||(H)||Won 7-2|
|v. Rowlinson sec. 1st XI||(A)||Lost 2-5|
|v. Mexborough G.S. ...||(H)||Won 13-2|
|v. Rowlinson Sec. 1st XI||(A)||Lost 2-5|
|v. Southey Green||(H)||Draw 1-1|
D. J. W.
THE team has been very successful and has not lost a match this term. At the beginning of the term they were not impressive as a team. There was a good deal of individual skill but little cohesion and teamwork. In a series of coached games with the Under 15 XI they improved rapidly and showed a zeal to learn, and a speed in applying what they were taught, which has made them develop into a really good side. They have played intelligent football in their inter-school matches and given a good account of themselves.
Nobody has been outstanding; every position has been well filled and a pleasing feature is that the half-backs, as well as the forwards, have scored a number of goals. Manterfield has been an able captain, with Hancock as his deputy.
|v. Manchester G.S. ...||(A)||Won 4-2|
|v. Eckington G.S.||(A)||Won 5-2|
|v. Maltby G.S.||(A)||Draw 3-3|
|v. Owler Lane School||(H)||Won 3-2|
|v. Rowlinson School ...||(H)||Won 11-1|
|v. City G.S.||(A)||Won 7-1|
|v. High Storrs G.S. ...||(A)||Draw 1-1|
|v. Chesterfield G.S. ...||(H)||Won 7-0|
|v. Hunter's Bar G.S.||(H)||Won 13-0|
Played 9, Won 7, Lost 0, Drew 2. Goals for 54, Against 12.
Scorers: Gilbert 13, Andrew 9, Findlay 8, Lord 6, Dakin 5, Manterfield 5, Crowson 4, Powell 3, Dalton 1.
J. C. H.
ALTHOUGH we have won two of our three fixtures this term, we are far from being free of worries. Our two victories have been narrow affairs, and, although the seventeen players who have taken part have done their best, it must be admitted that our talent is very uneven, and very few boys can be sure of a permanent place in the side. We hope that next term we shall settle down to a winning combination, but we shall succeed only if we play to win the whole length of the match; at present there is a distressing tendency to let up after gaining a lead, and this nearly proved disastrous when De la Salle College were allowed to equalize after being 0-3 down. We have at the moment little reason for excessive confidence of this kind.
v. De La Salle College (H) Won 4-3
v. High Storrs G.S. ... (A) Won 3-2
v. Firth Park G.S. ... (A) Lost 2 4
Scorers: Hudson, Rowbotham, Tranmer, Elliott, Needham (5).
J. D. S.
ONE should have known on the first Wednesday of term, when defences crumbled as houses built on quicksand, that this was going to be no ordinary season. Indeed many of us who play regularly at Whiteley Woods are still not quite used to the new style in webbed footwear.
On that first fateful afternoon no House scored less than three goals. Even the most lowly of forwards had his brief hour of glory and then surprisingly enough did even better the following week when four Houses scored more than five goals each. Who would be a goal-keeper?
The Senior League, however, made no further progress, and the only way to overcome this difficulty has been to play half leagues: Arundel, Chatsworth, Lynwood and Wentworth: Clumber, Haddon, Sherwood and Welbeck. The champion House is still to be decided.
Wednesday afternoons are notorious for their variety: the runners run, the Rugger fans wage war at Castle Dyke, School Soccer teams entertain visitors and themselves go visiting; and I should like to thank all who help, by their unfailing co-operation, in the successful completion of the programme. But next term will be even more exacting, and therefore, Fifth Year, how about much more enthusiasm and endeavour?
THE policy of dividing this section into Sets for coached games has been continued this year for Soccer and has proved successful, and the general standard of skill is improving. The Rugby section has shown keenness but is handicapped by the small number of boys who have decided to play this game. We should welcome any boys who would like to change to Rugger.
The House Competition has been held up by the bad weather, but with three games still to play there is a prospect of a close finish with Haddon, Welbeck and Chatsworth all having a chance of being the eventual winners.
J. C. H.
WE have had a reasonably good term, with few interruptions by the weather; and it is pleasing to note that, among the year's intake, there are many very promising players. fast year's crop is now seen to have been very moderate, with the exception of a few outstanding boys; and a general raising of the standard of play should be evident next year.
The Junior House League programme has been completed by the 1st XI's; the 2nd XI's have one more match to play. Among the 1st XI's, Welbeck, Arundel, and Chatsworth, are all equal at the top, and it is hoped to play deciding matches next term. Should this prove impossible, Welbeck would win on goal average. Of the 2nd XI's, Arundel have won all their matches, and appear to be certain of winning.
H. T. R. T.
|2nd XI1. Arundel||6||6||0||0||12|
|5. f Clumber||6||2||1||3||5|
RUGBY has now entered its fourth season and the prospects for the future are brighter than ever before. If, however, the School is to establish itself as a good Rugger school, the teams must contain more players of experience. This can only be achieved by more people starting Rugger in the junior forms so that when they reach the Senior School they will have been playing Rugby for five years. In fact, the future of School Rugby depends on the Junior and Middle forms, and although the number of players in those forms has increased, it is not yet large enough and there is plenty of room for more recruits.
At the beginning of the Autumn Term the standard of play of the 1st XV showed a vast improvement on former teams. This form was not maintained, however, largely owing to injuries and illness, but many players have not yet mastered the basic arts of good Rugger, and this can only be put right by constant practice. The team still has a tendency to waste the first ten minutes of each half in settling down, and it is during this time that we lose valuable points. This tendency must be checked now, before it becomes a habit.
Our thanks are due to Mr. Harrison and Mr. Towers, whose constant keen support of Rugby makes the above improvements possible. Also we must thank Mr. and Mrs. Reeves for their welcome support during the term, and wish them every success in his new post.
D. T. P.
IN terms of games won, the Autumn Term has not been a good one. Boys coming to Middle School Rugby from the second year were few in number, and the bulk of the responsibility was laid upon the old hands. In addition, the 1st XV have been very weak and have taken several of the best players each week. On two occasions a full side was fielded. One of those teams won by a 20 point margin and the other held Worksop to 16-0.
Strength was there in the forwards and they held their own against every pack they met, Belk doing good service from the wing forward position and Ellin in the loose. Dancer should make a good line-out forward. The backs were not so good. Bruster was efficient but rather slow in getting the ball away and the three-quarters lacked penetration. Creasey, however, shows promise as a defensive full-back. The result was that, although games were very even, we lacked the attacking backs to take us over the line.
Under the circumstances, the team need not be despondent. With harder running, and keener marking and tackling, next term should be successful.
E. R. W.
TEE general standard of play is improving greatly, and with more determination the results will improve. The win against High Storrs G.S. was very pleasing. There are a number of fixtures for the Lent Term which will give all players a chance to represent the School.
Fielding is leaving at Christmas. He will be missed by the team, and we wish him all good luck at Bournemouth. The enthusiasm shown by many players and new members has been most gratifying. Wiggett has proved an excellent leader, and Abbott's three tries against High Storrs deserve mention. If the weather is kind, next term should be most enjoyable and successful.
M. F. W. L.
Under the leadership of M. B. Rowbotham, Arundel has been well represented in most branches of School life. On the football field, the Senior XI, captained by D. R. Bryars, has steadily improved, only losing in the semi-final of the Knock-out owing to the absence of certain regular players. Team spirit has been high, and determination more apparent than in previous years, but a higher standard of marksmanship must be attained. Owing to the lures of Rugby, the Middle School has had a very poor season. It is to be hoped that the appellation '' Tigers " will return next term to the Middle School XI, from which it has been absent all too long. A lack of confidence and determination seems to be the chief fault at the moment. High praise is due to the Junior XI which, with five players also in the School Under 13 XI, has only lost one match-inexcusably-this term. The term's Water Polo has been very satisfactory. Of the four matches, three were played against superior teams but only one was lost, and that by the odd goal. The only criticism offered is that the members need to play more as a team and to rely less on individual performances. Aided by the vocal efforts of our goalkeeper and supporters, next term should see us gain a series of victories. We congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Smith on the birth of a daughter, and G. M. Birtwistle on the award of the Queen's Scout badge.
We were sorry to hear that Mr. Wrigley, our Housemaster for the last eight years, would be leaving us shortly; we extend both to him and to his successor, Mr. Wilson, every good wish for the future. In Soccer, all our three sections have an excellent chance of bringing a trophy back to the House cupboard, and we have been well represented in all School teams. P. Wray was unfortunate to lose his place in the 1st XI through injury; P. Manterfield has been captaining the Under 14 team. I. W. Newsom, A. Ollerenshaw, D. J. C. McAteer and P. Clark have been playing for the Under 15. Our First Formers, although not world-beaters, seem to be well above average and have played no mean part in the success of the Junior team. M. Newton has been chosen for the School Under 13 team and D. E. Cottingham has had a trial for the same. Our prospects for the Cross-Country season are not so good, although D. A. Elliott is again captaining the School Senior team and
D. H. J. Sheasby has been running consistently well for the Juniors. The Water Polo team has met with only limited success owing to the absence of Weston. Finally, we must wish Mr. Reeves, who leaves at Christmas, every success in his new post.
At the beginning of the Autumn term we welcomed Mr. J. W. Hersee, Mr. D. F. Wright and Mr. G. W. Taylor as House Tutors. We hope that their services will be rewarded by a good response from the House. The term has been one of moderate achievement with the Senior football team, under the captaincy of Heritage, reaching the semi-final of the Knock-out, only to be beaten on a quagmire by the odd goal in a game which could just as easily have gone the other way. In the League we have played better football than our low position suggests, with the acting captain M. C. E. Andrews, Partridge and Lightowler, proving particularly useful. A shortage of skilled players has also keep us low down in the Middle School and Junior tables. In Water Polo we have met some strong opposition and have been held to a draw three times, so that our chances of winning the League are now slim; but there is no doubting the quality of Wright and his team and we hope to repeat our customary victory in the Knock-out. Although we cannot report the winning of any cups this term, it is clear that the House spirit is as high as ever, and w e expect to have some successes to our credit by the end of our year.
The House has completed an unspectacular but satisfactory term's work. We welcomed Mr. Arthur as House Tutor and his footballing experience has already been appreciated. In the Knock-out we lost a close game with Welbeck 0-2, but the display of our younger members was most encouraging. The Senior League team, again captained by Dickinson, is striving admirably to retain the championship cup, while Pike is an able captain of a strong XI which has an excellent chance of winning the Middle School League. The Junior XI, however, has had a very disappointing season. Cooper, Powell and Dickinson have gained places in the School 2nd XI, and Hague in the 3rd XI, while Evison (captain), Pike, Challenger and White, play for the Under 15 XI, and Crowson (jnr.), Powell (jnr.), Davis and Dalton, for the Under 14. Beynon is a regular member of the School Rugby XV and a few other boys have taken up the game with success. Eccersley and Maltby have also played for the 1st XV, Vickers and Fairclough for the Colts XV, and Thorp for the Under 13 XV. Our Water Polo team has not enjoyed the success for which we hoped, despite the fine play and enthusiastic captaincy of Hollingworth. Nicholls and Biggins are members of the School Cross-Country team. Finally, we congratulate Dickinson on his appointment as a Sub-prefect.
The Autumn term has been a reasonably successful one, with the poor showings of the League teams offset by the highlights of the Football K.O. and the Water Polo League. The final of the Knock-out Competition (football) has been reached by the Senior team despite bad luck due to injuries. Rutledge, the mainstay of the defence, has been seriously ill for much of the term and all Lynwood join in wishing him a speedy recovery. Bennett, Hill, Allen, Gill and Wright, however, have all excelled, and the gallant, if somewhat nerve-shattering performance of Wellings in the Semi-final must not be forgotten. The Senior League team has been rather disappointing. Lack of size is the main weakness here. The Junior and Middle School League teams have also had only moderate success up to now. In the Water Polo League the House has had one of its most successful seasons for many years; at the moment it is leading the table with one match to play. A pleasing feature is the enthusiasm of the team, and its youthfulness should stand Lynwood in good stead in the future. The Rugby team is eagerly awaiting the seven-a-side tournament, which they have won for the past two years; with Protheroe and three other members of the School XV, it does not seem too much to hope that they may accomplish the hat-trick. The House's achievements have not been wholly confined to sport; Mallett and Allen are to be congratulated on their awards at Oxford and Cambridge respectively. Mention should also be made of P. K. Fletcher, an old Lynwoodian, who was outstanding in the Oxford v. Cambridge Soccer match at Wembley on December 4th. Finally, our best wishes to three stalwarts who are leaving, the two Gill brothers and Lockwood.
We have great pleasure in welcoming Mr. May as House Tutor and wish him every success in his duties both for the House and the School. The Autumn Term has been uneventful both from the academic and the sporting point of view. The Water Polo team has been unsuccessful and five games we have had a gargantuan number of goals scored against us, whilst we ourselves have not scored one. This in no way reflects on the generalship of Treeby, but probably upon the fact that the team has lost so many stalwarts that it has had to be completely remodelled. Junior and Middle School football teams have had no great success but there is hope that the New Year may bring some improvement. The Senior team, however, has played with a certain amount of spirit which in some cases has made up for the lack of actual skill. We have, indeed, a fair chance of being top of our League sub-section. The team is under the captaincy of Watkinson who has carried out his duties with a quiet efficiency. Richardson is to be commended for scoring a very fair share of the goals so far acquired. In the first round of the Knock-out we were unfortunately beaten by Clumber after a hard and courageous fight against a stronger and bigger team. This emphasised the fact that the average age and size of the House in the Upper School is lower than in most other Houses. It might help to remember that a good little 'un can often beat a good big 'un.
The Autumn term has been a reasonably successful one for the House. In football, the Juniors have given promise of a good 1st XI for the future by being placed equal 1st in the League. The Middle School too have done quite well in the few games that have been played. The House has also succeeded in reaching the final of the Knock-out competition, and this should prove a keen game against Lynwood. The Water Polo team has shown considerable promise and with a little more co-ordination, and better shooting ability in front of goal, we have the makings of a good side. In other fields we congratulate D. S. Taylor on his meritorious award in the Hastings Scholarship examination, and A. M. Suggate on his Exhibition at Peterhouse, Cambridge. We welcome Mr. Robinson as an additional House Tutor.
We welcome as House Tutors Messrs. Dickinson, Shaw, and Turberfield; their assistance to Mr. Ingham and Mr. Johnston will be invaluable. The Autumn term has been a happy if not altogether successful one. The Senior soccer team has benefited from the opportunism of Booth and Webb in attack and the steadiness of Beardshall and Wasteney in defence. Sharpe's goalkeeping has proved sound. Swain and Wells have been regular members of the School 1st XI, and Sharpe, Bradshaw, and Booth, have played for the School 2nd XI. The Middle School team has played few matches with moderate success; the outstanding players are Bailey and Jones, who both play for the School Under 15 XI. Most hope, however, lies with the Juniors. Their team has had an outstanding season, losing only one match, and to them we look for many years of happy prosperity! The Water Polo team has won three of its four games; this success is due to Milne's fine leadership and Horsefield's prolific goal-scoring. We congratulate M. T. Hutchings on his Hastings Scholarship, and G. S. Ecclestone on his Scholarship at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Wentworth is indeed very proud of its achievements this term, and there is being built up a sense of " belonging ", which makes House members share each others' successes whether in sport or other spheres. Next term promises to be an exciting one for us.