|VOL. XIV.||SUMMER 1956||No. 6|
|SCHOOL NOTES||171||THE LIBRARY||181|
|THE COMMEMORATION SERVICE||173||SCOUTING||181|
|OPEN TO THE PUBLIC||174||ATHLETICS||182|
|ALICE IN K.E.S.||178||CRICKET||184|
|S. S. HECTOR AGAIN||178||SWIMMING||188|
|SCHOOL SOCIETIES||179||HOUSE NOTES||191|
FIVE members of the Staff left at the end of the Summer Term. Mr. G. H. Effron retires after a lifetime of teaching, most of which has been spent in the service of K.E.S. He was first appointed in 1917, on being invalided out of military service ; in 1920 he took up an appointment in St. George's College, the English Public School at Buenos Aires, and in January, 1922, returned to Sheffield. His teaching of Classics, Modern Languages, and Geography, or indeed of any other subject that fell to his lot, was enriched by a lively and discursive interest in the whole life of man, and a shrewd insight into the character of the boy. Outside his official ` subjects ', he has shared with boys his interest in nature-study and experience of foreign travel, and revealed, in the carefree 'thirties, a histrionic talent which became an indispensable feature in that famous old stock company known as the Staff Dramatic Society. With gratitude and affection, we all wish him a long and comfortable retirement.
Others, of more recent vintage, who are now leaving, are : Mr. D. W. Collins, who has been appointed lecturer in Economics at Westminster College, London ; Mr. R. A. Summers, who is going to Sheldon Heath Comprehensive School, Birmingham ; Mr. B. G. H. Gibbs, to Lowestoft Grammar School ; and Mr. S. W. Shaw, to Sowerby Bridge Grammar School. It remains to be seen whether we can acquire another economist with a gift for inspiring cross-country runners, a teacher, of religious knowledge with an inexhaustible store of cricketing information, an English teacher so indefatigable on the School Close, or a handicraft-scoutmaster of such resourceful and willing adaptability. Thanks and good wishes to all of them.
We welcome to the Staff Mr. J. A. Bray, from the Sheffield Training College ; Mr. D. Burke, from the London School of Economics ; Mr. F. D. A. Burns, from Hertford College, Oxford ; Mr. E. J. Green, from the County Technical School, Romford ; Mr. L. J. Slattery, from Eckington Grammar School ; and Mr. V. A. Vout, from Hull University.
A large congregation attended the jubilee Commemoration Service in the Cathedral on May 16th. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Canon E. A. Berrisford, M.A., M.C. (K.E.S. 1906-10), and lessons were read by Dr. J. T. Burdekin, President of the Old Edwardians Association and A. J. Pinion (deputising for the Head Prefect). A collection taken as a thank-offering to the Cathedral Extension Fund amounted to £38 7s. 2d.
The meetings of the British Association in Sheffield (which will be over by the time this Magazine appears) will no doubt attract the attention of many of our senior boys; a particular honour has fallen to one of them, A. E. Hanwell, in being selected to give a twenty-minute paper on " The value of the history of science in the sixth form course."
Speech Day will be held on Thursday, October 18th, in the Victoria Hall, at 7.15 p.m. The guest of honour is a distinguished Old Boy of the School, Sir John Sterndale Bennett, formerly of the Diplomatic Service.
We received a visit in June from Mr. J. B. Clegg (K.E.S. 1919-27), who gave an interesting and helpful talk to senior boys on the Colonial Service. Mr. Clegg is secretary of the Ministry of Commerce in Singapore, and has served in the West Indian administration in Jamaica.
We deeply regret to record that ROGER LEWIS (K.E.S. 1943-52) lost his life in a motor-cycle accident in July of this year.
JAMES MICHAEL BOWER (K.E.S. 1941-48), Officer in the P. and O. Shipping Company, who lost his life in the rescue of the Greek ship Iason in March, 1955, received the posthumous award of the Greek Nautical Medal (1st Class) and the Lloyd's Silver Medal. In commemoration of his name, the P. and O. Company have established, in association With the Royal Lifeboat Institution, a fund for the provision of a " James Michael Bower Award " for future recipients of the Institution's gold and silver medals.
Head Prefect : J. G. RATCLIFFE
Soccer Captain : R. LONGDEN.
Secretary : J. BUCHAN.
Cricket Captain : J. G. RATCLIFFE. Secretary : I. W. NEWSOM.
Rugger Captain : J. G. VICKERS. Secretary : J. G. DEAN.
Cross-country Captain : J. N. SHILLITO. Secretary : R. B. DARWIN.
Swimming Captain : C. J. HOLLINGWORTH.
Fives Captain : R. A. AVIS.
Chief Librarian : C. R. JENNINGS.
Prefects : R. A. AVIS, J. BUCHAN, J. G. CROOKES, N. S. I. DAGLISH, B. J. DUKE, J. HOW, C. R. JENNINGS, R. LONGDEN, J. G. RATCLIFFE, T. J. SAUNDERS, J. N. SHILLITO, A. G. WALTON.
Final Honour School of Natural Science : Class I.P. G. DICKENS, K. R. JENNINGS ; Class II.-W. FERGUSON, R. W. NEEDHAM.
Final Honour School of Mathematics : Class I.-P. D. ROBINSON.
Final Honour School of Literae Humaniores : Class III. -B. H. JESSOP.
Final Honour School of English Language and Literature : Class II.-B. P. FISHER ; Class III. D. P. C. PEARCE ; Class IV.-I. J. G. MARSHALL.
Final Honour School of Modern History : Class III. J. B. BROWN, I. M. WALKER.
Final Honour School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics : Class II.-G. HEATHCOTE.
P. D. ROBINSON was awarded a £50 prize for his work in the examination.
Mathematical Tripos Part II.: Senior Optime-R. M. WALKER.
Natural Science Tripos Part II. : Class I.-P. FELLS. Law Tripos Part II. : Class II.-P. J. SCOWCROFT.
Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos Part II: Class III.-G. B. CROWDER.
Economics Tripos Part II.: Class II., Div. 2-M. A. R. JOHNSON ; Class III.-D. J. KIRKHAM.
Natural Science Tripos Part I. : Class I. - A. M. GUENAULT, J. R. MILLER ; Class II.-D. W. S. BEYNON.
History Tripos Part I.: Class I.-F. A. J. DUNN.
Senior Scholarships for Natural Science at Trinity College : A. M. GUENAULT and P. FELLS.
Foundation Scholarship for Natural Science at Clare College : J. R. MILLER.
Exhibition for History at Trinity Hall : F. A. J. DUNN.
R. J. GOMM : B.Sc., Dairying.
D. M. TURNER : Engineering, 2nd Class Honours.
A. E. BINKS : B.Sc. Chemistry, Class II., Div. 1. W. F. BLAND : B.Sc. Physics, Class II., Div. 2.
S. A. CHAIT : B.A. Economics, Class II., Div. 2.
J. M. FOSTER : Certificate in Architecture.
D. GREGORY : B.Sc. General, Div. 2.
J. MIDDLETON : Ordinary Degree B.Met., Div. I.
P. G. SMITH : B.Sc. Technology, Class II., Div. 2.
S. C. TIDDY : B.A. Economics, Class II., Div. 2.
J. R. WINGFIELD : Certificate in Architecture.
J. R. SHAW : L.L.B., Class III.
J. D. HALLAS : Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Class L, and B.Sc. (London), Class II.
I. W. STRACHAN (1948/54) has been awarded a cadetship at the R.A.F. College, Cranwell, in the General Duties (Pilot) branch.
N. G. WELLINGS
Head Prefect 1955-6
(The following is a shortened version of the sermon preached by CANON E. A. BERRISFORD at the Jubilee Service at the Cathedral on May 16th, 1956.)
" THE Lord created man of the earth ... counsel, and tongue, and eyes, ears and heart gave He them to understand withal. He filled them with the knowledge of wisdom." Eccl. xvii.
We have gathered in our Cathedral Church to celebrate the jubilee of King Edward VII School -for most of us here present, more naturally " the School "-in which and by which, to use a phrase already well known in the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth, " we were brought up to godliness and the studies of good learning."
Success came to the School indeed in its early years. While some years had yet to run before the School, under its present style and title, had come of age, the Headmaster of a famous public school said to me in Oxford, " Oh, you come from that remarkable King Edward School in Sheffield? " -so rapidly had the fame of the School spread and established itself among the members of the Headmasters' Conference . . . Our purpose this evening is not to recall splendours and successes in detail. In the sonorous language of Ecclesiasticus we have paid our tribute to those who have gained renown by their counsels and by their knowledge ; we have remembered the good-hearted who have and will have no entry on any formal scroll of fame; and, I doubt not, we have saluted in admiration and homage the members of our Society who graduated into the immortal host of death ere, for most of them, the sun of their short day had reached its meridian. In the estimation of character and achievement there is but one abiding test. For, as the voice from ancient Athens proclaims, "the story of famous men is not graven only on stone over their native earth, but lives on far away, without visible symbol, woven into the stuff of other men's lives."
Although the School as we knew and know it is but fifty years old, it had distinguished and more venerable progenitors-the Wesley College and the Royal Grammar School. Some of the Grammar School masters joined the Staff of the new foundation ; for those of us who have memories long enough, they are still held in high affectionate regard. Thus our inheritance was twofold : at the very outset its quality held a sure promise of a great future. That sure promise was given substantiality by the devotion and great organising ability of James Harvey Hichens ; and by his penetrating wisdom in gathering round him the distinguished second, senior and assistant masters who together brought the School within a few years into the front rank to compete for scholastic honours on equal terms with all the schools of the land ...
Many if not most of our recollections of school life-for we are met as a family of which the doings of individual members are of the utmost personal interest to all the others-many of our recollections concern those who had the rule over us. Each generation of school life has its own cherished heroes, personalities, and stories ... the characteristic gesture or phrase . . . the devastatingly quizzical comment that punctured our vanity .. . an uncanny skill in the art of detection-these minutiae were part of our life. They fleck memory's picture of our younger years with points of cheerful colour ...
Between schoolmasters and schoolboys there is an age-long amicable antagonism. Some time ago I came across this account of University discipline by an ex-proctor-that is, an ancient university's disciplinary officer : " The Proctors supply a valued diversion in undergraduate life. The warfare is, for the most part, of a very mild and good-natured kind, and the University would be the poorer without it. There are certain well-recognised rules of the game-of tact, forbearance, a sense of humour, and a Nelsonian blindness on the one side, and of strict truthfulness and corresponding sense of humour on the other. Played thus the game is salutary . . . only a dour ill-balanced nature considers itself outraged by this discipline which not only safeguards minor observances but maintains a standard of behaviour very necessary in a purely academic community." The same mild and good-natured warfare waged under a similar code is to be found in most schools ; they too would be the poorer without it ...
English schoolboys are not given to expressing their inmost feelings ;- yet gratitude there was, deep gratitude, even if it never found expression, not even in later years. Looking back over my own schooldays I am always moved as I realise with a start that masters took as much trouble about uswe must often have been very tiresome and exasperating-as if we had been their own sons. And I have wondered why they should have done so. There is but one explanation-sheer goodness of heart. To them we are debtors all the days of our life.
How much, then, is there for the giving of thanks at our Jubilee Service ! Man's gifts derive from God, and in Him and by Him alone they find their fulfilment, as in Him they found their creation. It was at school that such gifts as we had were evoked, enriched, developed ; for it was there that we were brought up to godliness and the studies of sound learning.
To conclude our year of jubilee celebration, two Open Days of entertainment and display were arranged for June 7th and 8th. On the first the School was open to visitors from 6.30 to 9.30 p.m. and exhibitions were on view in twenty-eight rooms illustrating the work of the various departments. The large number of visitors showed that the idea attracted at least a satisfactory curiosity, and the many appreciative comments suggested that most of the parents went away impressed by the variety of the activities that occupy us daily within these walls.
Explaining a "dip circle"
The treatment of subjects was suitably varied according to their scope and nature. Posters, diagrams, charts and photographs appeared in profusion, and boys were on hand to explain anything from abaci to zygospores, or to perform experiments, or just to carry on work as usual. In some rooms, for instance Geography, a good attempt had been made to indicate the progression of the syllabus as actually operated. From the simpler maps and weather charts we proceeded to more complicated regional studies, and there was a good example of practical fieldwork in the plane table survey of the School Close by D. J. Rolfe and J. C. Heath. Modern Languages were represented chiefly by displays of pictures, maps and books-the spoken language had its turn on the following night. Room 44 became almost a rival to the Art Department with a show of fine reproductions of European art, and contained also a series of poster-biographies of famous Germans (not forgetting Adolf Hitler). Room 46 was a good place for a quiet sit down and a browse on specimens of Form Magazines, those delightful anthologies of hobbies, humours, and horrors.
In Classics some excellent models had been assembled, notably a Roman Amphitheatre by Form 1(4) complete with gladiators, wild beasts and spectators ; a study of the Roman Wall by 1(2) and a Circus by 2(I). The History room showed a collection of items illustrating the history of the School arranged by R. F. Laughton and M. J. Lodge, with a model of the first Grammar School by D. Swift, P. Gurney and J. D. Perry. The Junior History Society contributed records of their visits to historical sites; 1(i) and t (3) produced models of castle and monastery ; and a note of distinguished authenticity was added by " a cloak actually worn by Florence Nightingale."
Dissecting a dog fish
An Economic Survey of Sheffield in Room 25 dealt with population, occupations, industries and services mainly by means of charts prepared by 6th and 5th Forms, among which J. B. Swift's diagram of the composition of the City Council and contributions by P. K. Maxfield and G. Whitlock were conspicuous. D. M. J. Allen presented a comprehensive selection of press cuttings and opinions on the issue of capital punishment.
The scientific and technical departments naturally lent themselves to attractive visual display, and drew crowded houses. In the Biology laboratory you could have your blood-pressure or lung-capacity tested, study the processes of the heart and stomach in artificial form, or observe more static exhibits of physiological and ecological phenomena (including the Mendelian mice). Some excellent collections of flowers, birds' eggs, and insects, had been organised by 3rd Forms. The senior Chemistry department was devoted mainly to an exciting variety of flames and explosions, and a junior section, mainly in the hands of 3rd Forms, had some instructive practical demonstrations concerned with such things as soap, dyes, invisible inks and non-inflammable fabrics. The Physics laboratories and lecture-room contained many ingenious and picturesque devices, being, with the exception of a cathode ray oscilloscope kindly lent by R. Clarke, things normally seen and done by boys in their physics courses. Mathematics, of course, was able to demonstrate at least its lighter side by means of models, patterns and puzzles ; while Astronomy had an interesting exhibit organised by the flourishing Junior Astronomical Society.
In the Art room
The Art Room, with two adjacent classrooms, housed an extensive display, of which the quantity and anonymity rather diverted attention from individual talent, but one got a broad impression of many-sided work, from the First Form primitives to our talented senior draughtsmen, Rolfe, Wright, Roebuck and Whitlock. On the ground floor, the Woodwork and Metal shops looked much as usual, with boys busily engaged in their own various crafts.
We have still to mention the Gymnasium, where Games, in all their variety, were represented by a very handsome set-out of apparatus, photographs and trophies ; the Large Lecture Room, which became an audition room for recorded musical programmes from Mr. Barnes's tapes ; a room exhibiting photography ; and finally the Library, left in its natural state as a place of retreat or quiet conversation.
For the second evening a programme of entertainment in the Assembly Hall had been arranged, part of it to be simultaneous with an outdoor exhibition of P.T. and games. The state of the weather reduced the latter to a more restricted demonstration in the Gymnasium, which was watched by as many people as could be accommodated, and gave a brief impression of the various athletic activities.
Meanwhile in the Assembly Hall a gradually expanding audience witnessed in succession the Finals of the Spoken English competition, German folksongs, Arthur Hallam (a Morality Play for 1956, written by Mr. D. V. Henry and produced by Mr. R. B. Chalmers), an excerpt in French from M. Pagnol's play Topaze, and incidental musical items. The Spoken English competitors had to contend at first with an unwarmed-up and sometimes transitory audience, but gradually the idea caught on and by the third round (the `original speech') the art of audience-control was being practised with some success. Mr. Claypole's award of first place to J. Buchan was carried unanimously.
The dramatic items had a full house and enthusiastic reception. A few points were lost through under-rehearsal and the generally informal conditions of the show; but inspired improvisation, as always on these occasions, carried the day. In Arthur Hallam, the balloon of complacent jubilation was neatly floated onto the needle-point of Mr. Henry's acute but humane wit. The 'morality' showed an Edwardian of average age, aptitude and ability (typified with appropriate sangfroid by F. A. Smith), wrestling with his ambitions and his choice of special subjects (" There is nothing at all to be said for Technical Drawing ") and its bearing on his problematical career (" I hear I.C.I. are looking for ancient historians "); exorcising in turn the Demon of Sheffield, the Touchstone of Utility, and the Spirit of Enervated Melancholy ; and being interviewed by (or indeed interviewing) the selection board of St. Matilda's College, Oxford. The cast sustained with evident enjoyment the note of satirical self-criticism, and many artful touches showed the hand of a producer from whom more may be expected under more favourable conditions.
The French performance had the dual advantage of T. Williams's linguistic perfection and Mr. Bramhall's brilliant, bold and altogether breath-taking assumption of the role of La Baronne. This made up for any minor deficiencies ; the scene as a whole was rather lacking in climax, but its points were well taken by the obviously intelligent audience.
The Laver-Johnston German choir appeared to have come direct from the Black Forest, but we are assured that they were mainly members of 3rd and 4th Forms. Their excellent programme was highly commended by experts and was universally enjoyed. Madrigals, Catchpole, and a Spanish recital by A. D. P. Briggs, completed an altogether happy evening, none the worse for its spontaneous and informal atmosphere. The big School Plays and Concerts are all very well ; we could do with more of these minor occasions of domestic fun.
Music has naturally, and appropriately, had a big part to play in the celebrations of Jubilee Year, and the School's singers and players have without doubt risen nobly to the occasion.
The term opened with the Jubilee Concert only two weeks away, and gratitude is due to all those who helped to produce it. It proved a grand evening enjoyed by an audience of well over a thousand. The Choir performed outstandingly well as a body, while the excellence of the treble arias, beautifully managed and exactly tuned, and the basses' secure top F's, will be long remembered. The alto line was strong and securely led, and our too few tenors wrought miracles. The Orchestra ranged widely and with credit over greatly differing styles, firmly and vigorously led by Buchan. Polished performances by the Madrigal Group and by Catchpole and Bomber added to the variety of the programme, which is printed in full below.
Exactly a fortnight later there followed the Commemoration Service in the Cathedral, which gave the Choir the opportunity to sing again Stanford's B flat Te Deum, Handel's Ye Boundless Realms of Joy, and the Coronation version of the Old Hundredth. Meanwhile the Madrigal Group prepared further items for the Open Evening, to which Catchpole also contributed a viola solo. On the same occasion, during the Morality Play, the school organ was induced to produce some of its less ecclesiastical noises in incidental variations on (though we are afraid few people noticed it) the old School Song, and C. J. Barnes and P. J. Quarrell mused canonically on the merits of Technical Drawing, with charming effect.
We had hardly mopped our brow when a larger entry than usual for the various music prizes had to receive attention. We were again indebted to Mr. Bullivant for adjudicating the extensive preliminary rounds, and to Mr. Edward Davis of the Training College for undertaking to decide between very closely matched finalists. The standard of performance was higher than usual, except perhaps in the Junior Singing contest, where not all the best people entered. Most performances had obviously received careful preparation, and the importance of this must be stressed. Prizewinners were : Senior Singing-J. R. Williams. Junior Singing-P. J. Quarrell and P. Wileman. Senior Keyboard-R. A. Bomber. Junior Piano-C. J. Barnes. Senior Instrumental-J. P. Catchpole (viola). Junior Instrumental-J. G. McNaught. Senior Composition - R. A. Bomber (String Quartet Movement). Junior Composition-C. J. Barnes (Organ Chorals-Prelude on Adeste fideles).
Jubilee is a time for looking forward as well as backward ; the immediate future is darkened by the inevitable departure of many who have helped to make this and previous years so musically fruitful. Space precludes mention of all by name, but those who follow will perhaps benefit by reading of some typical contributions of great value. A. J. Pinion, after mastering that most difficult of instruments, the French Horn, leaves behind him a flourishing and most promising school of horn-playing which is his own unaided and unprompted creation. J. P. Catchpole has achieved a standard of playing which should provide an aim and inspiration to all instrumentalists who have heard him. Representative of the six violinists who leave is J. L. Madden who, with them, has put in long and enthusiastic service. Among singers we recall that, as a treble soloist in Judas Maccabaeus, Alan Beckett, with an exquisite crescendo on a top G, caused a lady in the gallery to faint with ecstasy, and we are sorry that he and his fellows must leave just as their adult voices are coming to maturity.
Looking further ahead, however, we can see that there are worthy men who will make contributions comparable to theirs. The Orchestra has already welcomed to its ranks J. D. Harris, M. J. Wilson, D. G. Young (violins), and M. R. Edwards and P. Wileman (horns), and there are more to come. If, however, the Orchestra is to maintain its standard of playing, each player must continually strive by regular lessons and practice to improve his technique. A number of instrumentalists are again going to the School Orchestral Summer Course ; this is an aid highly to be recommended, quite apart from its being an enjoyable holiday.
The Music Clubs have as usual not found lunch-hour concerts very practicable in the Summer Term, but we have been most indebted to Mr. Hersee for a series of introductory asks to the Mozart operas broadcast from Glyndebourne.
N. J. B.
TE DEUM LAUDAMUS in B flat
(Choir and Orchestra)
ADAGIO from the CLARINET CONCERTO
(R. A. Bomber with the Orchestra)
SIXTH CHANDOS ANTHEM
(Choir and Orchestra)
UNISON SONG : "Let us now praise famous men "
(Choir and Orchestra)
OVERTURE to IOLANTHE
|" Shoot, false love, I care not "||Morley|
|" Mother, I will have a husband”||Vautor|
|" The Silver Swan "||Gibbons|
|" Fire ! Fire ! "||Morley|
VIOLA SOLO : Suite " Jeux de Nourrices
(J. P. Catchpole)
" Waltzing Matilda " and
WALTZ : "Dusk"
Polka and Swiss Jodelling Song
|Jamaican Rumba ...||Benjamin|
|(R. U. Watson and Mr. N. J. Barnes)|
|11.||FINALE : " All people that on earth do dwell "||arr. Vaughan Williams|
|(Choir, Audience and Orchestra)|
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN arr. Elgar
I am not, reader, by nature a romantic. I do not have nightmares and I do not experience emotions which carry me beyond the bounds of sanity. Indeed, I always read with a certain embarrassment the narrations of the " sensational " school of writers : their vivid dreams and visions often appearing improper rather than celestial to my-possibly Philistine-sensibility. I prefer to sit quietly in the shade and, sipping the waters of life gently, to ignore those more violent emotions which besiege the hearts of men.
" But truly," says Mantuanus, meeting an elderly Stoic in the gardens outside Rome, " we have all been mad once-semel insanivimus omneseven you." The unemotional man is no man : he is a flower 'able to realise its own beauty : a cynic unwilling t respond even to the scent of a rose. " The life of man is only a day," yet there is time -in the morning or after the mid-day meal-to lie beside the stream and paint one's own reflection.
" Four things are good for the life of man in this world," says Simonides : health, beauty, riches and friendship, and all these are united in a golden book. There was in the dawn of youth a book which we thought truly golden : a strange mixture of fantasy and realism-vulgar even, but always beautiful. It became my custom, during the summer months, to take this book as my companion for the long sunny afternoons. Then, perched on the rocks or lying relaxed on a small patch of green, I would gaze into the valley below.
There ran through these dales a small stream, winding softly between its low banks. Here, when the sun was at its height, came Psyche, calling to her attendant spirits. Here she sat, hymning her absent lord, longing for his return : for I always saw Psyche in her sorrow, after she had gazed on Cupid and lost him to the realm of the gods. In the mirror of the stream was seen the image of the mortal whom even the God of Love himself had loved, and, weeping, she lamented the folly which had driven him away. The gold in her hair glittered in the sunlight, the curls falling on her shoulders and seeking to comfort her by their soft caresses. And I, above her, thought of Cupid, pleading before Zeus himself for this daughter of the gods whose beauty surpassed the beauty of all mortal creatures. And Zeus, looking upon her, spoke
" Weep not, gentle daughter, for Cupid will return, to bring you to our home."
Then Psyche, bowing near the waters, whispered her thanks to the Great Father of Life.
The thoughts of Youth are strange, and wild fancies will weave themselves in the imaginations of a young man. I have dreamed beautiful dreams. I remember many years ago meeting an old tramp at the roadside. Like some Indian guru he taught simply his philosophy of life : the experiences of youth are not repeated in later life. To dream dreams in the imagination and then to pretend that they are dreamed again in their original freshness is the secret of happiness. Life can be made beautiful if the mind will pretend that it is so. For the world is not a plaything : it is a heaven-sent stimulant to the imagination. " Let us pretend that there is a woman so perfect in her womanhood that man would never tire of her," says Shakespeare and paints his picture of Cleopatra. "Let us pretend that it is possible to establish an ideal state," says Plato and describes his Utopia. It is good to pretend and to dream during the morning, and, in the evening, to cast away the crumpled cloak of the day, with its reality and pretence, its fantasy and truth, and to resign oneself to sleep.
J. L. MADDEN.
EVERY summer, at the beginning of July, the school tumbles headlong down a rabbit-hole, to emerge in the wonderland of examinations; for three weeks it closely resembles the Mad Hatter's tea party. The culprit is that awesome body, the Oxford and Cambridge Schools Examination Board, which submerges the school in a flood of exam. papers ranging from the obscure " Economics and Politics IV (English Economic History) A.S.", to the common or garden " English Language 1.0."
This being the second time that one has sat for these exams (though not, I hasten to add, in the same subjects) one tends to adopt a paternal attitude to the 4th Form, uninitiated in the rites of external examinations. The first definite sign of the proximity of the exam. is the arrival of the time-table (better late than never), together with a little red card on which one is requested to put one's name and number. On turning the card over it appears that last year it was used by one Julius Caesar, No. 59 ; he, however, forgot to prefix his number by the cipher 217/.
The next piece of information is the announcement of a list of days on which one is not to attend school ; not that this means anything because one invariably finds that all one's exams. occur on the days prescribed for non-attendance. The German exam is on the Saturday morning when Surrey are at Bramall Lane.
Then the crisis. The Lords rejected the bill to abolish the death penalty. This was only the second bill they had rejected since 1911 and it had to be just before the Constitution exam. Desperate revision began of relations between the two Houses and continued until we were assured by the eminent economist in Room 25 that the paper would already have been set and so there could not be a question on the rejection.
The whole school is in a state of chaos, growing, like Alice's dream, stranger all the time. A crowd of boys is to be seen outside the Gym. door, peering curiously in. The stairs by the Library are out of use and so the " private staircase " is thronged with small boys. One can sit comfortably in Assembly, and second sitting dinner rarely contains more than 60 boys, both courses being served and eaten in ten minutes. Everything is out of order and the Office staff can never find anyone when he is wanted.
The only thing that remains undisturbed by the Board's invasion is the school cat, who as he purrs his way round the school seems to say, as he did to Alice, " We are all mad here."
J. E. DUNGWORTH.
SATURDAY, June 30th saw a coachload of boys of assorted shapes and sizes, but mostly of the smaller variety, leave Sheffield bound for a-or rather the -ship at Liverpool. Outward bound, apart from the most unseamanlike reactions of one member to the motions of the vehicle, interest was held by the changing scenery and occasional halts.
Chester was briefly explored, the Manchester Ship Canal was sighted, and lastly we passed through that triumph of engineering skill, the Mersey Tunnel. In Liverpool, after a procession past innumerable quays, we at last reached our destination, the Gladstone Dock and S.S. Hector.
She fully justified our journey and our expectations. Not least of the attractions was the tea, which was, perhaps for strategical reasons, the first item on the agenda. The exploration of the ship, after the delights of the dining room had been fully exhausted and the painting of " Hector," complete with moustache, had been explained, was divided into two main sections : the engine room and the bridge. Throughout, efficiency and modernity were the keynotes. Among the equipment were teleprinters, a gyro-compass and, in case of emergency, the more familiar magnetic type, meteorological instruments, including a " screen ", slung on the starboard side of the ship, an exhaustive flag locker and an elaborate system of fire-detection. It consequently seemed logical and inevitable that radar equipment should also be possessed.
Below, in the engine room, the same impression of clean efficiency was created by the all-metal construction, although footholds were occasionally precarious owing to the inevitable film of oil. We were impressed by the huge propeller shaft, over 100 feet long ; the instructions in English and Chinese for the benefit of the orientals who form a large part of the crew ; and the high temperatures and humidity. At the time 85'F. was being recorded, but 120°F. is the rule when the vessel is under way.
Curious eyes peered into the lifeboat, hold. cabin and crews' quarters, which seemed strangely luxurious to imaginations reared on Nelson's Victory and Bligh's Bounty. Above all we realised that a ship is more than a metal box ferrying goods across the oceans. She is a complete community, the running of which is as complicated as any city. We all felt deeply grateful to Captain Cheetham for the opportunity to bind a little closer the links with " our " ship, and to the officers who willingly gave their time to conduct us on this most interesting tour of inspection.
The long summer term enabled us to hold five meetings before the examinations began. C. R. Jennings, in an illustrated talk on Switzerland, made a broad, admiring survey of this small and highly civilised country. G. Nuttall reviewed the life and evolution of the strongly individual style of the painter El Greco, whose works, after long obscurity, are now enjoying almost a popular vogue. We are indebted to Mr. Henry for a clear, thoughtful address on " Poetic Imagination " and the nature of imagery. Mr. Chalmers made an admirably concise review of the treatment of the " Phaedra theme " by Euripides, Seneca and Racine, tracing the shift of emphasis and moral viewpoint. For those of us with little Latin and no Greek, this was invaluable. In the first talk of what promises to be an interesting series entitled " Strange as it may seem," Mr. Bramhall traced the peculiar origins of the Spoelberch de Lovenjoul Library, a rich collection of personal documents and manuscripts of many nineteenth century French writers, particularly Balzac.
Our thanks are due to Mr. Sinclair, our vice-chairman, and to A. A. Greaves, our unobtrusively efficient secretary. E. V. B.
Senior : Only one meeting was held in the summer term, when Mr. Henry gave us a lively and fascinating account of the life and works of J. M. Synge. The lecture was well attended, and thus the year's activities ended on a pleasing note. Several interesting projects are planned for the autumn and we hope to join again with the I.D.G. for at least one meeting ; we also hope to increase our membership further, with boys from all forms in the Upper School. I would like to thank Higginbottom for his diligent assistance as secretary of the Society.
Middle School: This term saw the Society's three most successful meetings of the year. The opening event-the long-awaited Mock Trial-was excellently performed and enthusiastically witnessed by a large audience. The speeches, repartee, cross-questioning and Cartwright's wig were all most convincing, and we were all delighted with the whole show. The second meeting found us once more discussing in lively fashion a number of varied topics, upon which everyone present had something pertinent to say. And finally, another large audience attended the most interesting lecture on " The Literature of Escape," given by Mr. Summers, who not only added extensively to our book-lists but gave us some stimulating conclusions on which to reflect afterwards. Thus we have had a most successful year which has fully justified the revival of the Society ; it has now, we hope, been given a sound permanent foundation. Especial thanks are due to the committee in general, and to D. J. H. Sheasby, the energetic and most helpful secretary, in particular.
P. R. M., P. S. H.
Our term started with a show of really beautiful coloured 35 mm. slides by an Old Boy, C. M. Goddard, Officer in the Cunard Line. Most of the slides were taken on his travels abroad, those on Kodachrome seeming to give the truest colour rendering.
There has been much activity in taking photographs of teams, leavers, school plays, etc., and for the Open Day we made four 35 mm. film-strips which will serve as a permanent record of an exciting evening.
We say goodbye to D. J. Stocks, who has been the Society's secretary for two years. We owe him a tremendous lot : he wired all the equipment in the new darkroom ; he spent many hours in testing cameras sent on approval ; he has been the first user of the new home-made copying stand ; he has exposed, developed and enlarged dozens of negatives for the school ; the first two film-strips were made by him, the second two by younger boys under his guidance. He and his camera have been a familiar sight about the school. In addition he won the first prize in the photographic competition. We wish him well in the future.
E. L. V.
At the beginning of May a group was formed for the playing of chamber music. Since a high proportion of those involved had attended the Sherborne Orchestral Course, it was decided to select Schubert's Octet for the first reading, this being traditionally performed at Sherborne. While this remained the piece de resistance, a gallant but short-lived onslaught was also made on the Beethoven Septet. A pleasing feature of these entirely voluntary lunch-hour rehearsals was the number of junior boys who attended. Musicianship steadily improved ; the violins soon developed amazing dexterity in wrapping themselves around the unshakable bass provided by Mr. Mace and Fairest and the confidence of Bomber's clarinet.
The last rehearsal saw a mild departure from classical music. The violin and wind departments were reinforced and three pieces popular during last term on Radio Luxembourg were read, one cannot say played. As always, however, ` a good time was had by all,' and we can look back on time well spent and to a type of playing which should become a regular feature of music in the school.
A. J. P.
The group has met regularly once a fortnight for most of the term and we have enjoyed much stimulating reading and discussion of a large number of poems by modern writers. We are particularly grateful to Mr. Claypole, who, at our final meeting of the term, read a selection of the poems of Walter de la Mare and awakened in us a new interest in this poet's work.
I should like to thank Jennings for acting as group secretary, and to add that I hope that, from the Upper School, we shall be able to form a similar group next year.
P. R. M.
Summer activities started on April 28th with a visit to Castleton and Chatsworth. At Castleton the Blue John Cavern and the Church were visited, and the party ascended the steep slopes to Peak Castle, appreciating the difficulties that faced anyone who lived in such a place, as well as those of possible attackers. At Chatsworth we saw, amongst other things, vases made of the Blue John stone, and were impressed by the magnificent house set in its formal gardens among the Derbyshire hills.
Our second visit took us to Lincoln, where an enjoyable day was spent in spite of the rain. At the Guildhall the Mayor's officer proudly showed us the very fine civic insignia. At the Castle we saw the medieval keep and battlements and more modern buildings including the 18th century gaol. We were also able to see the treasured copy of Magna Carta at the Cathedral and the very interesting collections at the City Museum.
The last visit of the term was to the Queen's Road Depot of the Sheffield Transport Department. This was made by way of introduction to a lecture on the history of Sheffield Transport which will be given at the first meeting of the Autumn Term. A number of our members are carrying out, during the summer holidays, various interesting pieces of research on local history.
N. D. W.
The Society's thanks are due to the retiring officials, Worswick, the Secretary, and Needham, the Treasurer, who have served us well. We have 95 members at the close of the year and I hope that most of these will maintain their interest next year. We say goodbye with regret to Mr. Collins who has shown great interest in our activities.
T. G. C.
Much against normal practice, the Chess Club carried its activities into the Summer Term. We had an invitation to play Hymers College, Hull. Owing to illness one boy was unable to play and Milner, twelfth man for the 2nd team, stepped into the breach. He did very well to win his game. Out of the six games played the School suffered only one defeat, and with one game drawn we won the match by four games to one.
The School year has been a very successful one for the team, which has won six of the nine matches played and lost none. In general the team has been B. S. Beevers, M. Roebuck, E. M. Spir (Captain), P. W. Cave, J. G. Crookes, R. Clarke. Allen, Bates, Milner and Schofield have also played.
v. Nether Edge (Home), drawn 2-2.
v. De La Salle (Away), won 4-1.
v. Firth Park (Home), drawn 3-3.
v. University (Away), won 4-2.
v. Dronfield (Home), won 6-0.
v. Firth Park (Away), drawn 3-3.
v. De La Salle (Home), won 4-2.
v. Nether Edge (Away), won 4-1.
v. Hymers College (Away), won 4-1.
E. M. S.
LAST term, books borrowed totalled 1,750, the highest figure so far for a Summer term. Room 39 has been opened as a junior Reading Room for Forms 1-3 and a supply of periodicals is being made available from the main Library. The following are thanked for their gifts : D. Barron, G. P. J. Beynon, R. Biggs, G. H. Bradshaw, A. D. P. Briggs, A. G. Bruster, J. P. Catchpole, Capt. G. K. Cheetham, A. A. Greaves, J. D. Hemingway, R. G. Lawler, D. G. Milne, Mrs. M. Sackin, J. Sewell, I. W. Strachan, N. S. Waite, P. Wright, L. J. Youle.
This is the story of a young Polish officer imprisoned in Northern Siberia by the Russians in 1940 and of his incredible escape with seven others. The author tells how, after completing a forced march during the winter, he began life in the slave-labour camp. He and his comrades made their escape through Siberia and then across the Gobi Desert, only to be confronted by the Himalayas. With the help of mountain herdsmen they reached India and the British army there. The account is full of gripping detail and an outstanding testimony to human endurance.
Venus is our nearest neighbour. It is comparable in size, has a dense atmosphere, and is well warmed by the sun. Yet the Evening Star remains a mystery. A pearly cloud envelopes this planet, and only vague shadows can be glimpsed of what lies beneath. Against this science strives, her subtlest resources yielding but meagre fruit. Does jungle or desert lie below? Here observation and theory are traced in lucid and human terms, and the scientific method truly illustrated. The fact that this book contains all that is known is a blow to complacency, but an encouragement to the amateur astronomer. Perhaps the only final answer is to go there and see.
R. G. H.
Satirising the Communist revolution in Russia, this pleasant little book preceded Orwell's famous " 1984 " by four years, and displays none of the latter's vitriolic attack or starkness of presentation. The animals of a farm drive out the farmer and administer it for themselves ; the pigs, more intelligent than the rest, take over in time the leadership of the community. The story shows the increasing corruption of the pigs and the failure of their schemes-one of which is a cunning satire on the Five Year Plans. In originality and apparent simplicity the tale has something of the quality of " Gulliver's Travels " and, ridicule being the chief aim and method of satire, the book succeeds in a mild fashion. It is not likely to move any mountains, but makes entertaining reading.
As the Summer Camp at Guernsey this year was to be much more expensive than usual, it was derided that the Whit. Camp should be shortened to four days and that the Troop should not go far afield. The camp was held at Nitticarhill, near Barlborough, and was favoured by quite good weather. Unfortunately, the field was the home of a herd of cows, who wandered through the camp site three or four times a day on their way to and from their drinking place. As they always seemed to be thirsty at about 3 a.m. it was not an uncommon sight, at this hour, to see four sleepy scouts, in pyjamas, rounding up obstinate cattle. Reveille was consequently a little late on some mornings. Activities were rather restricted by the shortage of time, but several tests were passed. We congratulate J. Daglish and I Wiggett on gaining their First Class badges.
At the end of the term Mr. Shaw, our Scoutmaster, is leaving us. We all thank him very much for all that he has done for us and wish him every success in his new appointment. Our thanks for his good work as Q.M. go to J. Sewell, who will also be leaving us.
H. S. S.
WE have had a busy but quiet term. Our numbers are 40 Scouts and 11 Seniors, making by far the largest of the three Troops. Troop meetings have been rather disorganised by other School functions, but steady training has continued.
Once again the Troop sent a representative, G. Birtwistle, to the St. George's Day parade. Whit Camp was held in glorious weather at Newstead Abbey. We also camped at the County Rally, where we had a thoroughly enjoyable week-end. Summer Camp was fixed some months ago for Kingswear, in Devon, but the site was cancelled at very short notice because of the water shortage there ! However, letters and a telephone call to the Isle of Arran have secured us a site there and we look forward to a successful camp.
The Seniors are sending a party to France this summer to hike in the Loire Valley. Next term we should have once again a large Senior Section and we hope that recruits will be forthcoming to fill the vacancies in the Troop. We say goodbye to C. J. Belk, who has been a most efficient and helpful Q.M., and to G. Birtwistle, our large and reliable T.L., and wish them all success in the future.
J. W. H.
DURING the Summer term, we are proud to say, we have only used the Scout Hut three times, and have been out of doors every other Saturday. We began the term with " Chatanurga "- a game of living chess in the Rivelin and Wyming Brook area. In spite of the failure of one side to locate the opposing King and base, the atmosphere was as matey as could be desired. Later in the term a " Crock of Gold " was discovered hidden near Ringinglow, but only after it had taken most Scouts far too long to decide in which direction the west lay. Perhaps the most successful activity of the term was "The Long Walk" which began at Beauchief and finished up at the Toad's Mouth, the winning pair being Ian Taylor and John Topley, who successfully reached the end of the course and stood up to the various hazards and surprise tests on the way with commendable initiative. We shall not speak of the P.L's performance on this occasion ... Our ancestors in " C " Troop would turn in their graves, offices, professorial chairs, etc., if they were told of the Troop's performance in Stumps matches against the other School Troops ; we only regained our self-respect by decisively defeating Fulwood.
Whit camp was held in glorious weather at Harwood Dale, and a high standard of camping, and especially cooking, was reached. Many of this year's recruits have now gained Second Class, and we hope the others will not be far behind those who received their badges at Whit Camp. A visit from a Brigadier and a small group of National Servicemen brightened the end of the week, and gave us something more serious to think about too.
We look forward to Summer Camp on the shores of Loch Torridon, though we are sorry that one patrol is to be depleted by three Scouts who cannot come. The Tiger Patrol's week's trek promises to be an interesting experience.
Our Seniors, a small but unutterably select band, have hiked, helped as stewards at the Middlewood Garden Party and the Soap Box Derby, and cooked a meal with great success, using all the resources of a modern kitchen. We were grateful for their help on the staff at Whit Camp.
Finally we have regretfully said farewell to A.S.M. Michael Gagan, whose resourcefulness and imaginative organisation have done so much to brighten our programmes and relieve the harassed S.M. The fact that so many of our Scouts are willing to give time and energy to help in running the Troop when they reach their late teens is perhaps the fairest and most encouraging comment on the value and lasting effect of Scout training in all its aspects. Our latest A.S.M. has been the most recent proof of this, and has been by no means unworthy of this line of willing helpers, whose history reaches back-as the Troop Log showsto the inception of the Troop twelve years ago.
FOR several years two of our troops have enjoyed the use of Scout Dens underneath the Rover Den for Saturday meetings and Patrol meetings, but in February this year they were evicted to make room for building extensions. The dens have undoubtedly been of great value to troop training and their loss is keenly felt.
If any ex-scout, parent or friend, who reads this, knows of suitable buildings not too far from the School, which might be loaned or rented to us for dens, the Group Scoutmaster would be very grateful to hear of them at the School.
THIS year we had hoped for more success in the Northern Schools Sports at Manchester. G. P. Avison only managed to putt the shot 37 feet, although he holds the School record at 44 feet. He obtained a point, however, for gaining a standard in the Discus event. Shillito, the other favourite for a place, was feeling off form and could only finish 7th in the Mile final, although he gained 1 point for beating the standard time.
In the Yorkshire Schools Sports we had a large entry representing Sheffield. Our boys won many heats but lacked the power to finish in the final events. Davidson, however, won the junior Shot and we congratulate him on gaining a Yorkshire Championship. Shillito, who had had a few weeks off training, ran much better to finish 3rd in the Senior Mile. Grist shows promise in the junior 440 Yards and Darwin in the Intermediate 880 Yards.
D. B. H.
A VERY large number of entries was received, as usual ; unhappily it was again the case that many entrants for those events which are held on the School Close after afternoon school did not trouble themselves to attend. We would much prefer not to receive such entries.
The weather during the preliminary rounds was reasonably fair and the early stages were carried through quickly and efficiently. The Sports Day itself was fine (a welcome contrast with 1955) and the programme was completed without any hitches. The high-jumping and hurdling were of fairly modest standard only (despite a 2nd-year record jump), though some boys show promise of better things, if they would only take the thing seriously and put in some time on it. Rowbotham's performances in the junior category were outstanding and he broke four records. Goddard, in the Senior under-16 group, set up two records : a very dark horse, this.
In future we would like to see more members of the School among the spectators. The Sports are organised for the School and it is only fair and reasonable to expect good support of these school functions by boys of all forms.
We are very grateful to the Mistress Cutler (Mrs. R. P. Phillips) for presenting the cups, medals and trophies, and our thanks are due to all to those masters and boys who helped in the running of the Sports, both in the early rounds and on the final day.
E. L. K., A. F. T.
The principal results were :
100 Yards: 1. S. R. K. Cox (11 secs.). 2. B. Rutledge. 3. M. D. Rowland.
220 Yards : 1. M. B. Hill (24.8 secs.). 2. B. Rutledge. 3. S. R. K. Cox.
Quarter-Mile : 1. H. A. Nicholls (59 secs.). 2. M. D. Rowland. 3. G. N. Ward.
Half-Mile : 1. H. A. Nicholls (2 min. 15.5 secs.). 2. J. N. Shillito. 3. M. D. Rowland.
Mile : 1.. J. N. Shillito (5 min. 1.4 secs.). 2. M. D. Rowland. 3. R. B. Darwin.
120 Yards Hurdles : 1. H. A. Nicholls (19.3 secs.). 2. B. Rutledge. 3. J. A. Anderson and D. J. C. McAteer.
High Jump : 1. H. A. Nicholls (4 ft. 10= in.). 2. R. B. Darwin.
Long jump : 1. B. Rutledge (19 ft. 4 in.). 2. P. Jackson.
Discus : 1. G. P. Avison (95 ft. 3 in.). 2. N. R. Brookes.
javelin : 1. N. R. Brookes (147 ft. 4 in., Record). 2. D. Bailey.
Weight : 1. G. P. Avison (44 ft. 8!, in., Record). 2. N. R. Brookes.
Other records established were
Quarter-Mile : K. R. Goddard, 58 secs, 100 Yards : K. R. Goddard, 10.6 secs.
High Jump : R. A. Rowbotham, 4 ft. 7 in. Long jump : R. A. Rowbotham, 16 ft. 4 in. 100 Yards : R. A. Rowbotham, 11.5 secs. 220 Yards : R. A. Rowbotham, 24.2 secs.
First and Second Year : 1. Arundel. 2. Wentworth. 55 secs. Record.
Third and Fourth Year : 1. Haddon. 2. Lynwood.
Fifth Year and above : 1. Clumber. 2. Haddon.
SENIOR CHAMPION ATHLETE : H. A. Nicholls (Haddon), 80 points.
JUNIOR CHAMPION ATHLETE : R. H. Gilbert (Lynwood), 65 points.
HOUSE COMPETITION : 1. Arundel 456. 2. Lynwood 379. 3. Clumber 294. 4. Haddon 264. 5. Welbeck 231. 6. Wentworth 221. 7. Chatsworth 157. 8. Sherwood 117.
ACTIVITY early in the term was centred around the individual championships. There was an encouraging increase in the number of competitors but they failed, as usual, to play their games within a reasonable time. The Senior Singles Cup was won by C. J. W. Powell, but in the Doubles Championship he and Nicholls were surprisingly defeated by Horsefield and Lee. The junior competitions were foregone conclusions ; Lord captured the Singles Cup with his customary ease, and he and Findlay found no opponents to extend them in the Doubles contest.
Only one school match was played, against the Old Edwardians. The standard of play was high, considering the heat of the evening. The School failed by only a few points and the match was lost by 5 games to 7. Nicholls, in his last appearance for the School, played extremely well. Powell, in partnership with Lord, was the essence of reliability. Lord, although lacking stamina, played a cheerful and thoughtful game and proved a useful deputy for Horsefield.
Success in the first year of inter-school fixtures is bound to be limited. Such stalwarts as E. C. Wragg and Nicholls did much to foster enthusiasm for the game and they will be missed. The development of young players such as Lord, Findlay, Manterfield and E. W. Powell, augurs well for the future.
R. A. A.
R. A. Avis is to be commended for his efficient captaincy. There has been a considerable advance in his own play, though in spite of this he again failed to win the Senior Singles, after reaching the final for the second year running.
P. D. A.
Senior Singles : Powell beat Avis, 11-15, 15-13, 15-9
Senior Doubles : Horsefield and Lee beat Nicholls and Powell, 15-6, 13-15, 15-12.
Junior Singles : Lord beat Manterfield, 15-4, 15-4.
Junior Doubles : Findlay and Lord beat Manterfield and Powell, 15-12, 15-12.
TENNIS is becoming more popular than ever and the number of boys wishing to play is so great in the Upper School that play by the 5th Forms has had to be drastically restricted. It is heartening to see the growing number of keen aspirants for inclusion in the teams, and standards will inevitably be raised. The tournaments attracted a large entry; I. W. Roxburgh and B. J. Horsefield won the Senior Doubles ; L. J. Youle the Senior Singles ; S. Walker and P. A. Manterfield the Junior Doubles ; I. W. Newsom the Junior Singles.
The school teams have had quite a successful season, despite the lack of courts of our own, which would provide obvious advantages for practice and home matches. Although numerous changes had to be made in the teams, the players adapted themselves and played very well their new partners. In the 1st VI, Roxburgh and Ferguson played particularly well, with stylish accurate ground-strokes ; Andrews and Twigg, a stubborn third couple, have had inspired spells, often clinching the match. Three 1st VI matches were unfortunately cancelled owing to rain. Nine matches were played ; 5 won, I drawn, 3 lost. Two 2nd VI matches were won. Colours were awarded to M. K. Murray and J. K. Ferguson.
M. K. Murray has proved a most competent Captain. He had a difficult task, for practically all of last year's team had left. The results are a sufficient testimony to his patient building of a 1st VI, achieved quite unobtrusively. We shall miss him. Our warmest thanks are also due to A. J. Pinion for his second year's services as a most energetic secretary.
Finally the teams wish to thank Mr. Bramhall, Mr. Gibbs, Mr. Sinclair and Mr. Shaw for their unfailing help and encouragement.
M. K. M., E. V. B.
June I v. Firth Park G. S. Won by 6 rubbers to 0.
June 2 v. City Training College. Won by 6 rubbers to 3.
June 22 v. City Training College. Lost by 2 rubbers to 5.
June 23 v. Hymers College, Hull. Won by 10 sets to 4.
June 27 v. City Training College. Won by 8 rubbers to 1.
June 30 v. Leeds G.S. Won by 6 rubbers to 2.
July 7 v. Nottingham High Pavement School. Lost by 9 sets to 10.
July 13 v. Firth Park G.S. Drew 9 sets all.
July 24 v. Nottingham H.S. Lost 3 sets to 6.
June 23 v. Leeds G.S. Won by 9 sets to 8.
July 21 v. Nottingham H.S. Won by 12 sets to 9.
THE season, sadly affected by inclement weather, has been one of transition with a young and relatively inexperienced side gradually accustoming itself to the more intensive cricket at this level and ending the season with a record which bears fair comparison with that of last season, when the team, at least on paper, was much stronger. The main credit must go to Beynon, whose captaincy has been most resolute and commanding. He has utilised his varied bowling resources very well and set a high personal standard in fielding, which has probably been the consistently strongest feature of the season. Unfortunately his own batting has not lived up to its high promise of last season ; this may, in part, have been due to the responsibilities of captaincy, but it is also the result of a rather impetuous tendency to try to score rapidly from the moment of arrival at the crease without first settling in and testing the strength of the bowling.
Beynon's relative failure with the bat has thrust responsibility on the shoulders of Bradshaw and Ratcliffe ; each has responded well, though in different ways. Bradshaw's technique is still ungainly and there is too much right hand in his shots, so that he has difficulty in driving on the off-side ; this restricts his range of scoring strokes, but his defence is sound and his phlegmatic temperament has often served us well in moments of crisis. Ratcliffe has not been so consistent, but he is undoubtedly the best technically equipped batsman in the side ; his series of excellent innings at the end of the season should give him encouragement for next year when he is to captain the XI. The younger batsmen fall into two categoriesthose like Newsom and Pike, who have good technique and have played some useful defensive innings but lack the power to establish a definite supremacy over the bowling ; and those like Evison and, to a lesser extent, Ollerenshaw, who can be most punishing on their day but lack the patience and style to deal with a really hostile attack. Yet all these have played their part and with more experience next year the batting should be strong.
With several useful all-rounders-notably Pike and Evison-in the side, the bowling has been much better balanced than last year and could have been even more varied if the captain had experimented with himself and Newsom as additional changes. The main honours have gone to Youle, who began the season in brilliant form and has striven most enthusiastically throughout. He is not a natural new-ball bowler, for his swing is slight and, in fact, some of his best performances have been as first change later in the season. Although one feels that he has never quite reached the heights which seemed
possible three years ago, we shall miss his cheerful persistence and excellent fielding next year. Hawley, introduced into the side midway through the season, has bowled very steadily and accurately and if he acquires extra strength and stamina should become a most useful member of the team, for he is a safe fielder and his batting is not to be despised. Searle opened the bowling in the early games and returned some good analyses with subtle variations of pace and flight, but he has not bowled fast enough in his initial spell to make the best use of his natural in-swing. Bailey returned after injury for the final games but, though faster and more hostile than Searle, he is still not sufficiently consistent ; these two could still be rivals for a regular place in the team next season.
It remains to comment on the competent wicket-keeping of Powell and, as his deputy at the end of the season, Challenger ; and to thank Walker and Brown for their useful contributions in bowling and batting when they have been called upon. Since only three members will not be available next year, there should be an encouraging improvement in results, but it must be remembered that these will only be gained by careful practice and sustained application of basic principles in matches. This year's side has been keen and it has been most pleasing to note their improvement during the season ; greater maturity and character in their play should follow. 195'7 will certainly be a most interesting season.
J. C. H., T. K. R.
Full Cricket Colours for 1956 were awarded to L. J. Youle, J. D. Bradshaw and J. G. Ratcliffe. Half Colours to M. R. Evison, I. W. Newsom and D. A. Pike of the 1st XI, and J. A. Brown of the and XI. The 1st XI Batting Medal was awarded to J. G. Ratcliffe and the Bowling Medal to L. J. Youle.
Played 14, Won 4, Lost 5, Drawn 5.
April 21 (A) Barnsley G.S. 40 (Youle 6 for 12); K.E.S. 41 for 4 wkts. Won by
May 5 (H) Stockport G.S. 29 (Youle 6 for 12) ; K.E.S. 30 for 2 wkts. Won by 8 wkts.
June 2 (A) K.E.S. 95 (Ollerenshaw 38); Mt. St. Mary's 96 for 2 wkts. Lost by 8 wkts.
June 13 (A) High Storrs G.S. 120 for 8 dec.; K.E.S. 70 for 7. Match drawn.
June 23 (H) Hymers College, Hull, 123 ; K.E.S. 85 for 7. Match drawn.
June 27 (A) Sheffield Collegiate 89 ; K.E.S. 93 for 3 (Evison 45 n.o.). Won by 7 wkts.
June 30 (A) K.E.S. 44 ; Bradford G.S. 46 for 7. Lost by 3 wkts.
July 4 (A) K.E.S. 101 for 9 dec.; Chesterfield G.S. 84 for 4. Match drawn.
July 21 (H) Doncaster G.S. 91 ; K.E.S. 83 for 9. Match drawn.
July 23 (A) Leeds G.S. 171 for 9 dec.; K.E.S. 82 (Ratcliffe 42). Lost by 89 runs.
July 24 (H) K.E.S. 147 (Bradshaw 42, Beynon 37) ; Nottingham H.S. 148 for 6. Lost by 4 wkts.
July 26 (H) Old Edwardians 117 for 3 dec.; K.E.S. 86 for 6. Match drawn.
May 3o K.E.S. 109 for 8 dec.; Staff 110 for 5. Lost by 5 wkts.
July 25 Staff 142 ; K.E.S. 144 for 5 (Ratcliffe 57 n.o.). Won by 5 wkts.
IN a somewhat disappointing season, more games have actually been lost to the weather than to any other form of opposition. Five fixtures were cancelled. Whether or not the team would have given a better account of itself under more favourable conditions, it is certain that the high hopes entertained at the beginning of the season, both of batting and bowling, were not realised. Perhaps the principal reason was that, while some five or six of the team deservedly earned their places, the complement had to be made up of players who promised little and achieved less.
The batting depended almost entirely upon the sound opening partnership of Loversidge (125 runs in 8 innings) and Brown (109 in 7 innings, one n.o.) who together scored more than half the total runs. There was a lack of solidity in the middle of the order, for Longden had little success, and Bridge and Baxter, though occasionally making valuable runs in a refreshingly aggressive way, could not consistently be relied upon, principally because they have not learned the importance of footwork in playing with a straight bat along the line of the ball. In the Nottingham match, where the side was dismissed for 59 runs (in 125 minutes), Bates, holding one end closed for an hour and a half, showed himself an extremely sound defensive player ; but purely defensive batting, though invaluable in a crisis, rarely wins matches. The batting generally was without character and the opposing bowlers were too often allowed to dictate the course of a game with bowling so indifferent that the batsmen could have wrested the initiative by adopting more forceful methods. The winning of matches is largely a matter of developing the right mental approach to the game ; attack and aggression are not the prerogative of the fielding side.
The main burden of the bowling was again borne by Walton (15 for 184), splendidly supported early in the season by Hawley (15 for 69), who consequently graduated to the 1st XI, and thereafter by Walker (10 for 104), Bailey (10 for 40 in two games) and Searle (2 for 22). Walker, by enthusiasm and determined practice, developed into a really menacing bowler as the season progressed ; his 6 wickets for 6 runs in 11 overs was the decisive factor in the team's most convincing victory at Doncaster. The loss of Wragg after only two games left the team without a genuinely slow bowler ; Meredith (3 for 43) bowled off-spin in the later matches, but his length and direction were altogether too uncertain. Other bowlers were Shipton (3 for 28) and Baxter (0 for 61).
The out-cricket deserves nothing but praise. The whole side responded splendidly to the fine captaincy of Longden, who based his field settings upon relentless attack and himself intimidated the opposing batsmen by fielding with great verve in the " silly " positions. Some of the younger members, notably Bridge and Greaves, were frequently outstanding, and Walker specialised in the taking of spectacular slip catches. Challenger was alert, if occasionally unorthodox, behind the stumps ; though he lacked opportunity for practice in standing up to the wicket, his taking of the quicker bowling was generally neat and efficient.
It was good to see the lively and happy spirit of the team, for which much of the credit must go to Longden for showing that every minute of the game can be enjoyed, not least those long periods in the field which too many so-called cricketers seem to look upon as drudgery. It was a great pity that some members of the side were such regular absentees from team-practices, the value of which cannot be over-estimated. Thanks are due to the various people who cheerfully undertook the dual role of twelfth-man and scorer, and to members of the Staff who helped with umpiring and net-practice.
Regular members of the team were : Longden, Loversidge, Brown, Avis, Baxter, Brudge, Walton, Walker, Hawley, Meredith, Challenger. Bailey and Searle (1st XI), Wragg, Bates, Shipton, G. H. Bradshaw, M. J. Smith, Greaves, Buchan, Kent, played occasionally.
P. S. H., D. J. W.
Played 9, Won 3, Drawn 3, Lost 3.
April 21 (H) K.E.S. 75 ; Barnsley G.S. 32. Won by 43 runs.
May 5 (A) K.E.S. 83 for 4 dec.; Stockport G.S. 57 for 2. Match drawn.
June 2 (H) Mt. St. Mary's College 83 ; K.E.S. 44 for 5. Match drawn.
June 13 (A) K.E.S. 83 ; Worksop College 87 for 4. Lost by 6 wkts.
June 23 (A) Hymers College, Hull, loo for 5 dec. ; K.E.S. 64 for 7. Match drawn.
June 30 (H) K.E.S. 85 ; Sheffield Training College 89 for 6. Lost by 4 wkts.
July 4 (A) Chesterfield G.S. 45 ; K.E.S. 46 for 6. Won by 4 wkts.
July 21 (A) Doncaster G.S. 62 ; K.E.S. 63 for 2. Won by 8 wkts.
July 24 (A) K.E.S. 59 ; Nottingham 6o for 5. Lost by 5 wkts.
THE team has had a satisfactory season, but the promise shown at the beginning of the term was not maintained. This may have been partly due to the weather which reduced the number of practice sessions and broke the continuity of fixtures.
The strength of the team has been its batting. Lord (112, av. 37.3) and Sheasby (9o, av. 12.9) proved to be the most prolific batsmen, although individual performances take second place to a soundness in batting throughout the team. Even the regular "tail-enders " showed a technique that, at times, set problems as to future batting orders. Amongst the " acknowledged " batsmen Wagstaff and Powell in particular had a style that was never reflected adequately in their scores. Board, Findlay and Beckett showed promise, but all three must learn to mix defence with more aggressive strokes.
The bowling was sound, but lacked guile. The faster bowlers, with the exception of Lord, often lost strength and direction by bowling too fast. They should realise that thought is as important as the physical effort required. Board (55 overs, 10 for 70), Lord (39 overs, 12 for 76), and Powell (35 overs, 15 for 78) were the most successful bowlers, the latter obtaining most of his wickets by just keeping a good length (an example that might have been profitably followed by others). Gilbert and Manterfield met with varying success, but they were often erratic. Andrew bowled well in the first game, but was seldom called upon for the rest of the season.
The fielding was of a high standard; twenty-four catches were held. The placing improved as the capabilities and weaknesses of each bowler became more evident. Findlay kept wicket very well, although he is prone to appeal too loudly and with unwarranted assurance much too frequently.
The captaincy was shared between Sheasby and Walker. Both acquitted themselves well, handling the bowling sensibly and setting a good example in the field. Worswick kindly acted as scorer for the whole of the season ; he carried out his duties efficiently, and even carried his bat for 5 not out when one member of the team failed to arrive.
G. W. T., D. J. W.
Played 7, Won 4, Lost 3.
K.E.S. 96 (Andrew 31 n.o.) ; Barnsley G.S. 68 (Andrew 5 for 6). Won by 28 runs.
Stockport G.S. 47 for 8 dec.; K.E.S. 48 for 3. Won by 7 wkts.
Mt. St. Mary's College 82 (Board 5 for 22) ; K.E.S. 65. Lost by 17 runs.
K.E.S. 85 ; Hymers College 87 for 4. Lost by 6 wkts.
K.E.S. 167 for 7 dec. (Lord 65 n.o., Sheasby 49, Findlay 30) ; Rotherham G.S. 62 (Powell 4 for 1). Won by 105 runs.
Doncaster G.S. 121 for 7 dec.; K.E.S. 112 (Lord 37). Lost by 9 runs.
Nottingham H.S. 27 (Lord 5 for 5, Powell 4 for 4) K.E.S. 28 for 3. Won by 7 wkts.
THE weather played havoc with the fixture list ; four matches had to be cancelled. The season, however, has been fairly successful ; only two matches were lost and these by narrow margins.
In the opening game against Barnsley, the team were uncertain in the field, but by the Rotherham match a considerable improvement had been achieved in certain positions. Real excellence became apparent in the close fielding of Dixon, Needham, Ellis and Pike ; Ellis, fielding at old-fashioned suicidal point, took five difficult catches against Mt. St. Mary's, and gained further " distinction " at Oakwood by heading a catch into the safe hands of Pike at slip. The outfielding was never impressive and frequently deplorable ; a lack of anticipation and of general alertness was most marked. In the last match Pike, owing to a painful hand, was forced to field at cover and square leg but acquitted himself with agile ground fielding and accurate returns to bring about two run-out dismissals. This was a display of outfielding the high standard of which had not been seen before.
The batting depended almost entirely on Ellis, Bradshaw and Pike, who between them scored two-thirds of the total runs. The outstanding performance was an unbroken century opening by Bradshaw and Ellis against Mt. St. Mary's. Ellis and Pike made 68 runs for the second wicket versus Hymers College. Bradshaw showed admirable consistency, particularly early in the season, determination and care in stroke-play. Ellis was the most prolific scorer ; strength on the off-side and a sound judgment, which enabled him to adjust his technique to suit every situation, brought him over 200 runs. Great promise was seen in Pike, who outshone his older colleagues ; his every innings was a lesson in studied concentration. Bows and Needham made useful contributions at Nottingham; Laughton and Cottingham, by application of commonsense if not of batsmanship, scored 29 runs in a valuable last wicket stand against Hymers College.
Of the bowlers only Cottingham and Perry attempted to discern and take advantage of the faults of their opponents. Their constant variations of length, speed and direction was always likely to bring about a collapse and frequently did so. Elliott will be remembered for two astonishing spells, but he has never been so successful at other times. In support Needham, Guite and Sharpe bowled at a medium pace. Laughton was the only really slow bowler but he was sadly neglected except in the first and last games when he bowled with much skill.
The initial choice of wicket-keeper presented difficulty, but Bradshaw justified his selection, improving with every game. His taking of the ball wide of the stumps was very safe and he completed a good season with a most able performance at Nottingham. Dixon as Captain set a fine example in the field, although as a batsman he showed signs of unaccountable nervousness. His leadership was admirable when the side was in command of a situation but somewhat hesitant in times of stress. Quarrell proved an efficient and voluble scorer. It was a most enjoyable season for all concerned.
P. D. A., A. F. T.
Played 7, Won 5, Lost 2.
K.E.S. 65 ; Barnsley G.S. 66 for 7. Lost by 3 wkts.
K.E.S. 107 for 0 dec. (Bradshaw 50 n.o., Ellis 52 n.o.) ; Mt. St. Mary's 48 (Elliott 8 for 9). Won by 59 runs.
K.E.S. 59 ; Oakwood Tech. H.S. 60 for 9 (Cottingham 5 for 11). Lost by 1 wkt.
K.E.S. 115 (Ellis 32, Pike 36) ; Hymers College 105. Won by 10 runs.
K.E.S. 39 ; Rotherham G.S. 22 (Elliott 8 for it). Won by 17 runs.
K.E.S. 96 (Ellis 39) ; Doncaster G.S. 35 (Perry 6 for 16). Won by 61 runs.
K.E.S. 120 for 4 dec. (Ellis 63) ; Nottingham H.S. 43 (Perry 5 for 14). Won by 77 runs.
BAD weather, and inefficient secretaryship on the part of some of our opponents, meant that only two matches were played by this new school team. In both games, we proved to have the edge, particularly in bowling, and the side comported itself soundly, although the fielding should have been tighter, and the running between wickets truer. Wileman and Newton showed promise as batsmen, and Aldridge and Nell bowled very well. Tranmer led the team effectively and bowled with intelligence. The experience gained by all who played and who attended the net practices should prove valuable for the future.
The following have played for the team Tranmer (Captain), Wileman, Newton, Dungworth, Dench, Cockayne, Aldridge, Nosowski, Ridgeway, Hardie, Nell, Ratcliffe, Rowbotham, Reserves : Kingman, Turney.
P. R. M.
De La Salle Under 13 (A) 86; K.E.S. 68 for 6 (Nell 5 for 8). Match drawn.
K.E.S. (H) 76 (Aldridge 35) ; De La Salle 6o (Aldridge 6 for 17, Tranmer 4 for 16). Won by 16 runs.
The season has been a spasmodic one-short bursts of Athletic heats, Cricket Knock-out, Cricket League, and finally examinations. As a whole it seems to have been unexciting and lacked much of the sparkle of last year's games. This must have been due to poor weather, cold afternoons, dull skies, and in no way to the activities pursued, for once again close finishes have been seen, and only one drawn game resulted.
The House Knock-out went as was expected to Haddon. They indeed have dominated the sporting world this year. Only once during the Final was there any suggestion that drama was developing, for their score stood at 25 for 5, before two of their members, emulating Australian tactics, hammered their way out of a critical situation. A mammoth total of 167 proved too much for Wentworth who were beaten by nearly 6o runs.
The House League went, very unexpectedly, to Lynwood. Arundel, easy champions of one section, stood clear favourites to beat Lynwood, who had to play Haddon twice before the final, but on the all-important day Arundel could only score 58 runs. And so Cricket gave way to Examinations, and only small groups of cricketers tried to notch their names in the score books at Whiteley Woods.
All this time Tennis had been played by 6o of our members every afternoon. Even odd members of Staff were later in the term to be seen giving examples of delightful stroke play and it is to be hoped that good notice was taken of how, and how not, to play.
To complete the term, the 1st XI again attacked the Staff at Cricket and proved successful. A splendid game, with scores of 147 v. 147 for 3 gave School a well deserved victory, whilst the Staff sink into retirement for yet another year.
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FINAL : Lynwood 64 for 2 ; Arundel 58.
The term has been mainly occupied by the seven rounds of the League Championship. There has been very keen competition with no house outstanding and the destination of the trophy was only decided on the results of the last round. The standard of performance has been quite good in all matches. Some fifty boys have elected to play tennis and very satisfactory reports of their progress have been received.
We have not had the best of luck with the weather this term; as the tables show, the League competition had to end with one match unplayed. But Chatsworth and Wentworth have provided the outstanding teams and they had a most exciting match, Chatsworth winning by two runs.
In general, the standard of cricket is quite satisfactory; batting and fielding being good and, in a few cases, very good indeed. The standard of bowling is below average; too many young bowlers take far too long a run and hurl the ball wildly, instead of concentrating on the more useful control of length and direction. They should realise that, to get the greatest fun out of bowling, the main thing is to be able to hit the stumps and not merely to see how far one can make the bails fly.
H. T. R. T.
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PLAY-OFF : Arundel 21; Clumber 9.
FIVE matches were held in the Summer Term, and all were won. The Juniors in particular excelled, and achieved three new Retford inter-school records in Under 14 events. In these successes luck played a part ; training, particularly on Saturday mornings, was lax. Unless a substantial improvement occurs in the Autumn Term, the Saturday morning use of the baths will be withdrawn ; it is to be hoped that this can be averted. The School has a justifiably proud name in
swimming and this deserves to be maintained. There is at present good Under 14 material but a want of training in the Middle School makes the Under 16 team patchy in performance.
There was a gratifyingly large entry for the Sheffield Schools Championships this year and the School had many finalists, winning for the first time the Bolton Cup for a Junior Breast Stroke team of record time. Five boys represented Sheffield in the Yorkshire Schools Gala at Hull. Good wishes for the future are extended to N. R. Brookes who has proved a loyal and enthusiastic Captain and whose Breast Stroke distinction will long be remembered.
April 21 (H) Manchester G.S. 39 ; K.E.S. 42.
May 9 at Retford. K.E.S. 56 ; Queen Elizabeth's, Mansfield, 38 ; Doncaster G.S. 36.5 ;Retford 19.5
June 2 (H) Nottingham H.S. 26 ; K.E.S. 42.
June 9 (A) Doncaster G.S. 51 ; K.E.S. 63.
June 16 (A) Leeds G.S. 6o ; K.E.S. 66.
The audience was surprisingly and disappointingly small. The resulting want of House keenness was reflected in the generally slow times, although the standard of swimming maintained its usual high level. It is unsatisfactory that when so much time and energy are put into the programme school support should be so scanty. It is now likely that next year the School will revert to a single Senior and Junior Gala. Our thanks are meanwhile due to the Chairman of the Governors, Alderman A. Ballard, C.B.E., for distributing the trophies and cups, and to the O.E's. and Sheffield University for a Water Polo team.
UNDER 16. 100 Yards Free Style : 1. I. R. Parker (Cl.) 72.8 secs. 2. P. A.
2 Lengths Free Style: 1. D. R. T. Findlay (L.) 43.6 secs. 2. S. Walker (Wt.).
2 Lengths Back Stroke : 1. D. J. Harvey (Wel.) 51.2 secs. 2. J. Hodder (Wt.).
2 Lengths Breast Stroke 1. S. Walker (Wt.) 55.2 secs. 2. J. Buchan.
Dive 1. P. A. Manterfield (Ch.). 2. J. Hodder (Wt.).
OPEN. 440 Yards Free Style : 1. I. R. Parker (Cl.) 6 min. 48.7 secs. 2. C.
J. Hollingworth (H.).
200 Yards Free Style : 1. J. W. Green (Cl.) 2 min. 42.5 secs. 2. C. J. Hollingworth (H.).
100 Yards Free Style : 1. J. W. Green (Cl.) 66 secs. 2. B. J. Horsefield (Wt.).
2 Lengths Free Style : 1. J. W. Green (Cl.) 40.2 secs. 2. C. J. Hollingworth.
100 Yards Back Stroke : 1. J. W. Green (Cl.) 76.9 secs. 2. B. H. Morgan (A.).
100 Yards Breast Stroke : 1. N. R. Brookes (Cl.) 81.7 secs. 2. S. R. K. Cox.
Long Plunge : 1. A. R. Wood (Sh.) 50 ft. 8 in. 2. C. J. Hollingworth (H.).
Dive : 1. J. W. Green (Cl.) and C. R. Maltby (H.) tied.
OPEN RELAY : 1. Clumber. 2. Haddon. 3. Wentworth. Time : 77.6 secs.
SENIOR CHAMPION SWIMMER : J. W. Green (Cl.) 96 pts. Runner-up : C. J. Hollingworth (H.) 48 pts.
JUNIOR CHAMPION SWIMMER : I. R. Parker (Cl.) 47 pts. Runner-up : S. Walker (Wt.) 27 pts.
HOUSE POINTS : 1. Clumber 524. 2. Haddon 368.5. 3. Arundel 346. 4. Wentworth 344.5. 5. Lynwood 335. 6. Welbeck 324. 7. Sherwood 277. 8. Chatsworth 233.
J. B. A. B.
This year has been one of increasing and unforeseen success. For the first time for many years we have in no branch of school activities finished bottom, or dangerously near it, and several remarkable achievements have been recorded at the other end of the scale-notably our dual success in Athletics (where we won both the Standard and Athletic Sports), in Swimming (when the Seniors were placed 3rd and Juniors 1st in the Sports and the Seniors a close 3rd in the Water Polo league), and in Rugby (when the 7-a-side cup was won without conceding a point). There has been a general concerted effort from the whole House, yet we have pleasure in noting several outstanding individual achievements-particularly those of Morgan and Cox in Swimming, and of Rowbotham and Broad in Athletics.
The Cricket season has been. successful, with the Juniors and Middle School maintaining a steady average performance, and the Seniors excelling themselves in taking Lynwood to a play-off for the League. This was unfortunately lost.
We are saying goodbye to many of our seniors, some of whom have a long history of service to the House. From these we single out Pinion, and thank him for his untiring leadership and drive which have extracted something from the most phlegmatic of the House members. We are not downcast by the exodus of such stalwarts, for we look to our juniors, who have shown such remarkable ability, to carry on their tradition.
The outstanding success of the term was achieved by the Juniors. Dench and his team, hitting back at the criticism levelled at them in the last report, must be congratulated or, winning the Junior Cricket League with maximum points. At one time, the Middle School team also looked to be heading for victory, but they finished the season badly, and were finally placed 2nd, a point behind the winners. The Seniors could only finish third in their section, but with the addition of Newsom, Ollerenshaw, and Hawley from the School 1st XI, beat Clumber in the first round of the Knock-out before going down after a keenly contested match to Wentworth.
The final positions in the Standard Sports saw the House placed 3rd with an average of 2.97 per boy, and in the Athletic Sports we finished 7th with 157 points.
The Senior Swimming Sports proved as nearly pointless for the House as did the Junior Sports.
Tennis, however, concluded the term's activities on a brighter note. Although there is as yet no House competition, Chatsworth members have acquitted themselves well both in the School teams and in the tournaments. Murray was the School Tennis captain : he and Ferguson have been awarded their full colours for the season. In the School tournaments we must congratulate Newsom on completing his hat-trick of victories in the junior Singles, and also Manterfield on winning the Junior Doubles with Walker of Wentworth.
Finally we bid farewell to our Captain, Ferguson, and all other members who are leaving, thank them for their services and offer them our best wishes for the future. Meanwhile we hope for more successes next year with Saunders as House Captain, whom we congratulate on his appointment.
The end of the School year sees Clumber once more with a larger share of honours than the law of averages would warrant. It has proved necessary to commandeer a portion of the cupboard of another House (which shall remain nameless) to accommodate our trophies.
During the Summer Term we signally failed to win many Cricket matches, but the Swimming Sports, and to a lesser extent the Athletic Sports, fully redeemed these lapses. In the swimming baths we achieved a customary victory, thanks to the efforts of many in the Middle and Upper school, but in particular to Green, the Senior Champion Swimmer, and Brookes.
In the Standard Sports the performances of the younger members of the House were particularly disappointing. However, the Athletic Sports brought more encouraging results, especially the sprinting of Goddard, who set up a new record in the Under 16 100 Yards and beating any time previously recorded in the open event. The Senior Relay team retained the trophy won last year.
The congratulations of the House go to J. D. Hemingway on his award at Durham University, and our good wishes are extended to J. G. Ratcliffe on being appointed House Captain for next year. In saying goodbye to many faithful members, we wish to record our sincere thanks to P. Jackson for his leadership throughout the year, and to the captains of the various teams for their sustained interest and untiring efforts.
Finally, an exhortation to the junior and Middle sections for a determined effort by every member next year, without which we cannot expect to retain our present position.
The House finished the year on a successful note by winning the Cricket Knock-out by 63 runs. Good batting by C. J. W. Powell enabled us to reach a total of 168, and, despite a fine innings by their captain, Wentworth could only score 105 in reply. Evison bowled consistently well throughout the competition.
The Middle School cricket team lapsed rather, despite the vigorous examples set by Crowson and E. W. Powell. On the whole the Junior elevens were satisfactory ; Pike and Powell in particular show promise.
In the Senior Swimming Sports we were placed second. Hollingworth did well and our younger performers were satisfactory. In the Athletic Sports our position was creditable and Nicholls won distinction by an excellent performance, to become Champion Athlete. We congratulate Pike, Evison, and Brown on their award of School Half-colours for Cricket.
All in all this has been an excellent year for the House. Much individual talent has combined with good House spirit to make Haddon a formidable combination at any sport.
The Summer Term has been attended by moderate success. The standard of Cricket has not been high, but fair performances were shown in the Swimming and Athletic Sports. In the latter, nine firsts were gained and the House was placed second. This represents a good all round effort ; Gilbert must be especially congratulated on becoming Junior Champion Athlete with 65 points.
In the Swimming Sports the Juniors won the Relay cup, Davison broke the Two Lengths Back Stroke record and Findlay won his Two Lengths Free Style race by a comfortable margin. Although the House was only placed fifth, the number of junior boys who are swimming well is encouraging for the future.
At Cricket the House possesses no outstanding talent. The Juniors put up some weak perform-ances, while the Middle School team were placed fifth in the league. The Seniors, who left the Knock-out in the first round, retrieved their honour in a surprise victory over Arundel which left them at the head of the league. Lee and Findlay must be congratulated on gaining half shares in the Senior and Junior Doubles Fives cups, while Avis was beaten in the final of the Senior Singles for the second year running.
Finally the present members of the House extend their best wishes to all who are leaving and thank them for their services and loyalty.
Although the term was not altogether a successful one, there is no doubt that the results obtained are an improvement. In the Swimming Sports, after the Juniors had begun gallantly, the Seniors only just managed to keep our heads above the water ; had it not been for Wood winning the Open Plunge, we might have suffered last year's fate.
The Cricket teams climbed a little higher ; the Seniors, after losing to Welbeck in the Knock-out and to Arundel in the first league fixture, did not lose another game all the season, in fact in one match, although but a " friendly," the handsome total of 147 was scored. Both junior teams and the Middle School team finished in the middle of their respective leagues. Among the House members Laughton played for the Under 14 XI, Wileman for the Under 13, and Searle bowled regularly for the 1st XI.
Finally we must say thank you and farewell to all who are leaving, especially Mr. Collins, whose ever-willing support for House activities will certainly be missed ; we wish him every success in the future.
The term has been one of moderate achievement ; on occasions there have been signs of brilliance both in individual displays and in the displays of teams, but of solid success there has been little indication.
In the Swimming Sports we had no success except for one or two individual flashes, but the Water Polo team managed, for the first time in many years, to reach the semi-final of the Knock-out. Daglish has been a tireless captain and it seems that he will shortly have a very good team.
In the Cricket Knock-out no one was more surprised than the captain to find that he had a more than useful side. Our opponents in the semi-final were Haddon, who were famed to be invincible ; which unfortunately proved to be the case. The opposition, aided by negligent fielding on the Welbeck side, amassed 13o runs, leaving Welbeck, with limited batting resources, to score the runs in an hour and a half. Welbeck quickly lost 4 wickets and our eminent captain was sorely worried. However, for the first time in the season, some say for the first time in his life, he managed to take the bowling by the scruff of the neck and rattled up 57 in short time-the score soon reached 1 1 1 with 7 wickets down and the said batsman was now really hitting the ball with the correct side (or edge) of the bat, but he ran himself out and the remaining wickets quickly fell owing to an inspired spell of bowling by Evison. One thing was quite obvious from this game ; in Andrew and Lord we have two very capable batsmen who will be a force to reckon with next year.
In the Cross Country final the Middle School team won by a very convincing margin ; the Juniors finished second, but unfortunately the Seniors gave a very poor performance. Of the Athletic Sports no mention will be made, for all members of the House were very disappointed.
Finally, we thank all leavers for their services to the House and hope that they will be successful in their new walks of life.
This year has been one of sound achievement rather than brilliant performance ; though our stock looks smaller as assessed by the fullness of our show-case, our higher all-round standing gives cause for satisfaction.
In the Cricket Knock-out our team, for the third year in succession, battled its way to the final. Walton and J. D. Walker, bowling with superb hostility and accuracy, shattered all forecasts by wrecking five Haddon wickets before a splendid stand lifted their score to the respectable. Then it was the Captain's turn to shine ; slowly the score mounted, and deservedly Bradshaw hit up a grand half-century. The team deserves congratulations on such a fine performance, losing eventually by 6o runs. The Senior League team has unaccountably failed to do well this season, and has plumbed the depths with amazing swiftness. The Middle School team finished 6th in the league, but it must be pointed out that one tie, and a game lost by one run, could have brought them very near to the top. The junior teams maintain their youth and virility and saw the 1st XI trophy slip from their grasp by 2 runs. The 2nd XI played soundly and finished 3rd ; a fine cricket season indeed !
The Swimming Sports brought Wentworth to fourth place, thanks mainly to the sterling efforts of Horsefield, Platts and S. Walker. Athletic Sports were rather unsuccessful ; the highest position we could attain was sixth-in spite of a gallant 100 Yards sprint by a somewhat corpulent gentleman of the Upper School. Harrison won the Under 16 Weight, and Dixon the Middle School High Jump.
Among our leavers to whom we must now say farewell, our thanks go to Bradshaw for his splendid work as House Captain, Spalding for his painstaking notes as Secretary, and Timperley for his stoic runs as Cross Country and Athletics Captain. To Peat, Beardshall, Houghton, Saxton, Wood, Greaves, Fitzakerley and Jones, go our regrets at their leaving and best wishes for the future. Each boy has played his part well both for House and School. Finally, to Mr. Shaw our best wishes for his happiness in his new post. 'The Juniors will miss his eager interest on their games afternoons.
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