|VOL. XIV.||WINTER 1956-7||No. 7|
|G.C.E. STATISTICS||202||ECONOMIC CONFERENCE||207|
|SPEECH DAY||202||THE LIBRARY||208|
|NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA||204||SCOUTING||208|
|INTRODUCTION TO STEEL||205||FOOTBALL||210|
|PARLEZ VOUS FRANCAIS?||205||BADMINTON||214|
|APPROACH TO POETRY||206||HOUSE NOTES||215|
SOME, at least, of the School were aware of the heavy burden of anxiety borne by the Headmaster and his family during the protracted illness of his wife. Her death, on October 19th, the day after Speech Day, came at the end of a School jubilee year which can have for him only sorrowful associations. We should like to reaffirm here the sincere sympathy of the School, Staff, and Old Edwardians.
At the Armistice Day Service of Remembrance (held on November 9th) the address was given by Dr. R. H. Seddon, Director of the Graves Art Gallery, an Old Edwardian of 1926-32.
The Annual Commemoration Service will be held in the Cathedral on May 30th, when the preacher will be the Right Rev. L. E. Stradling (K.E.S. 1919 - 26), Bishop of South-West Tanganyika.
Many of our boys attended lectures in the British Association Meeting held in Sheffield at the beginning of September, and others gave much help at the Schools Science Exhibition. The demonstrations included experiments on reaction kinetics, pH determination, preparations of gases, action of a valve using slow A.C., and a demonstration of A.C. phase relationships. The Biology department provided a model pond to illustrate inter-relations of plants and animals in such an environment. Another popular feature was the use of home-made equipment to measure blood-pressure and vital lung capacity. Visitors showed great willingness in offering themselves as subjects for measurement. A. E. Hanwell's short lecture on " The Value of the History of Science in a Sixth Form Course " was very well received.
In September a Northern Schools Economics Conference (of which a student's impression appears in this issue) was promoted and organised principally by Mr. T. K. Robinson, to whom thanks and congratulations are due for the success of this event.
On the last afternoon of the Autumn Term visits were conducted to the works of Messrs. Samuel Fox, Steel Peech, English Steel Corporation, Spear and Jackson, Corporation Printing Works, Neepsend Gas Works, Silverwood Colliery, Sheffield University Glass Technology Department, and Weston Park Museum. We are very grateful to these organisations for their help and hospitality. The rest of the School were entertained by a film show, featuring Margaret Rutherford in Aunt Clara.
April 5-9. School Dramatic Society in King Oedipus (Sophocles) and A Trip to
May 15. School Concert in the Victoria Hall.
May 18. Athletic Sports at Whiteley Woods.
June 28. Swimming Sports at the School Baths.
IN A Level : 3 boys passed in 4 subjects ; 67 boys passed in 3 subjects ; 35 boys passed in 2 subjects ; 14 boys passed in 1 subject.
The overall percentage pass was 89.7%. 73 out of 97 passed in the General Paper ; 48 Distinctions and 4 Double Distinctions were gained, and 11 State Scholarships were awarded on the result.
In 0 Level : 1 boy passed in 10 subjects ; 16 boys in 9 subjects ; 19 boys in 8 subjects ; 14 boys in 7 subjects ; 26 boys in 6 subjects ; 34 boys in 5 subjects ; 28 boys in 4 subjects ; 37 boys in 3 subjects ; 28 boys in 2 subjects ; and 67 boys in 1 subject. The overall percentage pass was 74%.
These figures include all entrants for odd subjects from Sixth Form and Special Fifth, but do not include 0 Level passes given on A Level papers.
AN Old Edwardian who entered the School fifty years ago, Sir John Sterndale Bennett, K.C.M.G., M.C., was our principal guest and speaker. His career on leaving school began with war service, in the Royal Navy, from 1914 to 1918. He resumed his studies at St. John's College, Cambridge, and entered the Diplomatic Service, from which he has now retired.
In a speech of informal reminiscence and advice, he summarised the benefits of a well-spent school life in the phrase " not only what you learn but what you learn while learning," and brought out of his experience of international affairs the conclusion that " the spirit of the nation at home forms the munitions of foreign policy-the standing of this country and its influence abroad depend on the respect created by the skill, commonsense and efforts of the people at home and on their unity and strength of purpose."
" A good year, but not remarkable in any way," was the Headmaster's cautious description of the School's achievements for 1955-6, on which some of those on the platform, perhaps more readily influenced by figures, were disposed to offer more enthusiastic compliments. The total of 67 admissions to Universities marks a record for the School, but is of course only typical of an entirely new phase in higher education. In Scholarship awards our score of 13 at Oxford and Cambridge, and 8 at other Universities, placed us at the head of the Maintained Grammar Schools in the " scholarship ladder."
" A University education," the Headmaster said, " should be the aim of every boy who has the required ability, and we are fortunate so far in finding that very few of our boys of University calibre leave school for employment. Another pleasing point is the balance kept between Arts and Science subjects. We are bemused today by the continuous demand for scientists and technicians, but the School still maintains a sensible balance and I hope will continue to do so."
In the department of sport, the Headmaster hinted at the possible acquisition of some Tennis courts for next season [now understood to be not possible, by Ministry's regulations] and the possible withdrawal of Saturday swimming facilities unless these were more fully utilised. " On the whole, our games and physical activities last year were disappointing ; a major factor is lack of training and practice, and this must show a certain lack of keenness. It must, however, be noted that with wider fields of activity, ability is spread ; it is, and will continue to be, our aim to give as many boys as possible the opportunity to play for the School in some team.
" The School year is very full of activity, and there are endless opportunities for boys to take part in the full life of the School. I have always found willing volunteers for service to the School ; Societies have always their core of regular adherents; but one finds too often that, particularly at the top of the School, it is the same people who function in many capacities. We should like to see more people willing to take responsibility and give service ; there is room for an improvement in the general school spirit of many of our members. So very much is done willingly by the Staff which need not be done, but much of this is accepted without thought or care ; it is a common attitude engendered no doubt by the Welfare State to take all and give little. Occasionally, however, a light shines for a moment when there is an expression of gratitude and thanks from a boy, or more rarely from parents, which does show that some of our efforts are appreciated.
" There are other matters where our influence cannot be fully implemented and which, owing to the pressure of time and work, are often not emphasised as much as they should be-personal appearance, tidiness, care of personal and school property, good manners and behaviour (particularly in public and away from the School), good speech and deportment. In the rush and hurry of modern life, too many of these are losing their old value. We hope for parental co-operation in trying to instil them and preserve them."
The Latin address was delivered by J. D. Cartwright, and J. G. Ratcliffe, Head Prefect, expressed thanks on behalf of the School. Other items were:
Orchestra : Minuet and Trio from Haydn's Symphony No. 97 in C.
English Speech from Shaw's " The Dark Lady of the Sonnets ", S. G. Linstead.
German Poem : R. M. Rilke's " Autumn Day ", G. N. Ward.
Song: Michael Head's "Money-O ", J. R. Williams.
Clarinet Solo : Weber's Andante (Duo Concertante), R. A. Bomber.
Choir : T. Wood's " Waltzing Matilda " and " The Swazi Warrior."
Spanish Poem : R. Dario's " Vesperal ", J. D. Marsden.
French Poem : Verlaine's " L'Heure du Berger ", T. Williams.
Choir and Orchestra : Vaughan Williams's " England, my England."
N. S. WAITE, Brackenbury Scholarship in History, Balliol College, Oxford.
N. L. GLASS, Major Scholarship in History, Keble College, Oxford.
A. F. HOWARTH, Open Scholarship in History and Economics, University College, Oxford.
R. LOVERSIDGE, Open Scholarship in Science, St. John's College, Oxford.
E. M. SPIR, Hastings Scholarship in Mathematics, the Queen's College, Oxford.
C. M. N. VERE, Hastings Scholarship in Modern History, the Queen's College, Oxford.
J. M. F. GAGAN, Hastings Exhibition in Natural Science, the Queen's College, Oxford.
R. CLARKS, Minor Scholarship in Mathematics with Physics, St. John's College,
A. E. HANWELL, Minor Scholarship in Natural Sciences, Christ's College, Cambridge.
A. F. COOPER, Open Exhibition in Classics, Jesus College, Oxford.
D. M. DOWNES, Open Exhibition in History, Keble College, Oxford.
G. HUMPHRIES, Open Exhibition in Natural Science, Pembroke College, Oxford.
P. LEE, Arthur Sells Exhibition in History, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
R. BOOTH, Rayner Scholarship for Engineering, University of Nottingham.
R. G. HOLDEN, Co-operative Society Scholarship in Chemistry, University of Nottingham.
W. E. PEAT, Entrance Exhibition for Agriculture, University of Nottingham.
D. BARRON, Drapers' Company Arts Exhibition in Classics, Queen Mary College, London.
J. E. NOTT, Drapers' Company's Queen Mary Arts Scholarship in Classics, University of London.
J. D. HEMINGWAY, Open Scholarship in Science, University of Durham.
E. C. WRAGG, Open Exhibition in German, University of Durham.
J. P. CATCHPOLE, Open Entrance Scholarship, University of Birmingham, on results of " A " Level.
A. BECKETT, Robert Styring Scholarship in Science, University of Sheffield.
K. JACKSON, Prize for meritorious work in Hastings Scholarship examination.
State Scholarships : B. S. BEEVERS, J. D. BROWNHILL, J. G. CROOKES, B. CROOKES, P. D. FELLS, A. A. GREAVES, D. A. HARDY, P. LEE, J. L. MADDEN, J. B. PARTRIDGE, T. J. SAUNDERS.
M. J. ECCLESTONE and A. V. VINCENT obtained First Class in Mathematical Moderations at Oxford last year, and K. J. VAUGHAN Second Class. These results were omitted from the newspapers and so escaped notice in our last issue. M. J. Ecclestone has been awarded an Honorary Scholarship at Wadham College.
T. N. PEARSON (1938-47) has graduated M.B., B.Ch., B.A., with Second Class honours in medicine and midwifery ; he is now House Physician at the Royal Infirmary, Derby.
FOR the last three years, usually late in October, I obtained permission to have an afternoon off school. Although possibly considered by the rest of the form as a petty excuse for missing " physics and double-maths ", the reason for my absence was a much dreaded audition for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
After my first audition a smiling lady told me that my tone was marvellous, my technique excellent, my style impeccable, but I must work even harder and try again next year, because at the moment I wasn't quite good enough . . . At the third attempt I was informed that my name would be transferred from a " little black book " to a " little red book." Although uncertain whether this was a step forward or backward, I murmured, " Thank you very much," and executed a diplomatic retreat. It was with some degree of amazement that I received an invitation to play with the N.Y.O. during their summer course at Abington, Lanarkshire.
The course was held from August 23rd to September 2nd. At Abington (which is miles from anywhere, surrounded by hills, and rather boggy) we rehearsed for six hours a day every day for seven days. The full rehearsals were taken by Walter Susskind, the sectional rehearsals by eminent coaches, for example Archie Camden (bassoon), Leonard Hirsch (Violin), Ernest Hall (brass), and many others. Berlioz' overture " Le Corsair," Haydn's concertante for oboe, bassoon, violin and 'cello (the soloists being all ex-N.Y.O. members), a modern work by Benjamin Frankel (of which we gave the first performance) and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, were the works rehearsed in preparation for two concerts, one at the Usher Hall during the Edinburgh Festival, the other at Carlisle.
On the day of the Edinburgh concert we were woken at 6.30, and by 7.10 were on our way. In between rehearsals we saw something of Edinburgh, and after the concert went to the Military Tattoo, arriving back at Abington at 3.3o a.m.-twenty-one hours on the go, with a concert in Carlisle the next evening. Loss of sleep, however, detracted in no way from our performance ; but when the course broke up, after a week of mental and physical exhaustion, the smiling lady received many haggard looks as she cheerily waved us goodbye. Possibly the course could not be considered a rest-cure, but it was an unforgettable musical experience.
J. P. CATCHPOLE
ALONG with eleven other boys from various parts of the country, I attended a course conducted by the National Coal Board in the No. 1 Worksop Area of the North-Eastern Division. In five days the course took us underground at Dinnington, Maltby and Brookhouse Collieries, and in addition we visited various surface installations including coke ovens, by-product plants, washing and sorting plants and the Area Laboratory.
In five days one could not expect to learn much of the technical detail of the machines and processes involved, but we did get a good insight into the kind of work and the general working conditions in the various branches.
I was most impressed by the underground visits. I remember how we stumbled along in single file, through the darkness broken only by lamps, over a floor littered with coal, and tools, and compressed air pipes, at the same time weaving between hydraulic props, a moving conveyor belt, and the grotesque black figures of the colliers dressed in shorts and boots. Fortunately the seam we were in was quite a good one, being about four feet thick, but even so I knocked my helmet off more than once. I must say I was glad to get to the end of the coal-face and into the comparative spaciousness of the main gateway.
We were very kindly treated by the representatives of the N.C.B. and everyone concerned was most helpful and ready to answer our questions. Quite apart from its value with a view to a mining career, the course itself is a most interesting experience.
G. W. ALLEN
THE sun which shone on my departure from Sheffield, outward bound for Aberdovey, was the last I was to see for twenty-six days. On arrival at Manchester, I and my travelling partner discovered two things : it was raining, and we had only ten minutes in which to cross Manchester ... Taxi ! ... we made it, and passed the next stage of the journey alternately sitting and standing in an engaged/vacant apartment . . . embarrassing at times, but better than standing two abreast in the corridor.
From Chester onwards we travelled in comparative comfort on milk churns in the guard's van. The journey was somewhat spasmodic when we got into Wales and it took three hours to cover 48 miles. The station we were looking for was a "halt" ; while admiring some Welsh "talent" from an offside window, we nearly missed it.
Having been told we would be met by an Officer of the School, we were on guard. There was no one on the station but a type in jeans and plaid shirt, so we made our way to the ticket barrier ... " Outward Bound? ", quoth the type. " Yea, verily," quoth we, and into a lorry we were bundled along with our luggage.
On arrival at the School we were sent for a medical and received our log-books. At 19.3o hours there would be a parade in P.T. kit. About 19.292' hours the air was rent asunder by a blast on the bugle. " PARADE ! " was the shout, and we charged down to the parade ground. " Companee ... shun ... by the left queeeck march ... left-left-left-fit in the rights when you've some time ! "
This was the start of a very hectic but enjoyable series of sea voyages, mountain expeditions, regattas and the rest, which were carried out during the whole course in pouring rain, with a thunder storm for variety. At the end of the course came " Awards ", when everyone was allowed to lie-in until 07.00 hours, and then we trooped to the Mess Hall where awards were given according to the pupils' merits. The rest of the day was free for packing and souvenir hunting.
At Manchester the sun was shining anew, but at Sheffield it was raining again. Home for a good meal, followed by a good night's rest-rising in time for tea on the next day.
The course is a gruelling one, but its air of novelty leads to a very enjoyable month's holiday, for which my thanks are due to the Headmaster and the Education Authorities.
J. T. BORWICK
TWENTY boys from five grammar schools spent a week of the summer holidays in the Apprentice Training Workshop of the English Steel Corporation's River Don Works. Perhaps we were all interested in it for the money originally, but at the end of the week we would all have enjoyed another week without pay.
Arriving at ten-to-nine on the first morning (the first time some of us had deliberately tried to be early) we spent some time being fitted with overalls and goggles-those who wore glasses being provided with special goggles to protect their glasses-and heard talks on Safety and Care of Machines, and Production Engineering, and visited the Drop Forge and Machine Shops. Then lunch (what a change from school meals-tumblers for water, dinner brought to the table, choice of menu, and coffee afterwards). After lunch we did practical work in groups of four, each group changing its occupation from day to day. During the week each of us made a poker, a bolt and knurled nut for a " monkey " (engineer's tool), a V - block, an L-shaped piece of metal (supposedly a right-angle), a block of metal with our name inscribed on it, and a long piece of steel with six holes in it (your guess is as good as mine). On the Friday we had a talk on " The Training of an Engineer," followed by tea and a general discussion on the course.
The work and discussions were invariably interesting, informal and enjoyable, and the course is highly to be recommended to anyone contemplating an engineering career.
T. A. BATLEY
THE five B Troop Senior Scouts who had survived the months of uncertain preparations arrived at Folkestone on the first Sunday of the summer ,holidays and there spent the next six hours, owing to gales in the Channel. We embarked at Dover near to midnight on a rough crossing which was to take us to Calais. Thence, after waking the customs officials, we went via Paris to Blois to spend our first three days in France, and to become acclimatised to the French summer, way of life, and language. The latter progressed favourably from a primitive " Vous a pricker?" (" Have you the instrument with which we can prick the primus stove and so make it work? "), to the nonchalant way we later bought our provisions.
From Blois we spent the next fortnight hiking down the Loire valley, staving by night at municipal camp sites and by day visiting many of the famous Chateaux. The weather was hot, and progress rather slow. Among other attractions of this region are the local wines and the local people ; both put you at your ease. We soon adapted ourselves to the French foods (which we found fairly cheap) cooked in an English manner, finishing up with a dinner such as stew and saucisse fumee followed by peaches and vache juice. By the end of a fortnight we reached Angers with tired feet and burnt knees. After resting here for two days we journeyed to Paris. Here the French food was cooked in a French manner and we enjoyed for the first time the typical French breakfast of coffee and rolls followed by coffee.
After an enjoyable three weeks it was time to return home : a much calmer crossing this time, in spite of a strong wind. Thus we finished a remarkably cheap and interesting holiday. We saw the heart of France by walking and buying our own foods and we can recommend this way of travelling for anyone who really wants to see a foreign country.
B. J. DUKE AND W. E. LEE
NOTHING, I am sure, could look easier and yet be actually harder than writing poetry-at least, not in my experience ; for one evening, some weeks ago, I decided to do just that. Having completed a rather long and tedious mathematical homework,
I decided that it was time that the poet, that I was sure was in me somewhere, was let loose (the time was about half-past nine). At ten o'clock I was sitting with my pen poised, waiting for inspiration. At eleven o'clock, I was still waiting.
At last I hit upon an idea. In the Science Fifth we are constantly being reminded of the dangers of eventually becoming " narrow-minded technicians," neglectful of the wider aspects of Science and of the Arts. This, I decided, would be the theme of my poem and I hastily scribbled down a provisional title. All very well, but what about the style? " Simple," I thought. " All the modern poets put their thoughts straight onto paper. Rhyme isn't necessary so long as there is some sort of metre." I tried ... and failed. My thoughts seemed disjointed and when turned into verse just sounded nonsense. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing though, I thought-if I could get away with it ! I recalled one or two of E. E. Cummings's poems which appear nonsense on the surface but, like certain types of modern art, reek of hidden meaning. My difficulty was to write nonsense that looked as if it wasn't wholly nonsense-and again I failed.
After this, I tried another approach - the approach of the more dramatic poet-thus
" Oh hearken ye of scientific bent,
Take heed, ye wielders of the efficacious Bunsen,
Unto the dolorous story of a narrow-minded technician."
Here, however, the poem seemed to bring itself to a somewhat untimely conclusion, for I found that I could only continue in what was more or less plain prose.
My next idea was to try the " Hiawatha " type of verse : " Da-di-da-di-da-di-da-di, etc." But again-failure ! Desperate now, I tried every type of stanza I could think. of. I was determined not to be entirely frustrated ; and finally, inspired by a certain radio comedian, I resorted to rhyming couplets. The result of this was the following doggerel-about which I regret that neither I nor the Editor can enter into correspondence.
THIS is the tale of Harry Kutter,
Who, to earn his bread and butter,
Adding bits of this and that,
Mixed up rubber in a vat.
All day long, week after week,
Through summer warm and winter bleak,
Unmindful of his wife and home,
He watched the seething latex foam.
Then, as one day he took his ease
To eat a little bread and cheese,
Still thinking only of his job,
He seized instead a rubber blob ;
And worse, not seeing his mistake,
Swallowed it like a piece of cake.
With one collossally big gulp
He'd filled himself with rubber pulp.
The rubber flopped into a hummock
Deep down inside poor Harry's stomach,
Which, failing to digest an ounce,
Began to quiver and to bounce.
Not seeing the answer to the question
As to what caused his indigestion,
Harry began to groan and grumble
At each recurring inner rumble.
Said Harry, " Oh, what can I do?"
(For Harry hadn't got a clue).
Replied a voice behind the door
" Try dilute H2S04."
But Harry, not to be misled,
Drank some HNO3 instead,
And finding he did not like that,
He plunged head-first into the vat.
So scientific friends, beware ;
Heed the moral, have a care,
Lest while obsessed with some such function
You get it mixed up with your luncheon.
F. D. LOXLEY
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Reports from the School Societies, covering their activities for the two winter terms, will appear in the next issue of the Magazine.
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LOOKING back over the first term of the year one sees a picture of the School's musicians in vigorous and incessant activity. The Choir of over 130, Orchestra of 50, Madrigal and Male Voice groups, and Instrumental classes have all kept up their weekly sessions, and in lunch-hours the Music Club has held a variety of meetings.
The Choir has found an unusual number of tenors, and these, with some very talented alto singers, have produced a better balance than we usually obtain in a choir which is open to anyone sufficiently keen to join. We can still with advantage accommodate a few more in the lower voices. Speech Day was earlier than ever, but this constituted a challenge which resulted in a more polished result than might have been expected so early in the season.
The Cathedral was full for the ever-popular Carol Service, which, it is generally agreed, was one of the best, and which provided a number of promising soloists with an opportunity to display their talents. Fourteen trebles and altos entered for the annual singing-in-tune competition for that vital first unaccompanied solo verse, and prizes went to R. J. Thompson (to whom fell that honour) and to S. A. Morant.
The Orchestra's assured playing of part of Haydn's Symphony No. 97 in C at Speech Day was the more heartening because the loss of six violinists at the end of the previous school year might have been expected to cause serious weakness. We welcome new members in S. A. Morant and O. Walter (violins), C. Church and J. Rodgers ('celli) and P. Barrett (trumpet), and rejoice in the increasing competence of our trio of hornsKenning, Wileman and Edwards. They and we are indebted to Mr. Ralph Williams for so generously giving his time to help us. Bomber, Buchan and McNaught have had auditions for the National Youth Orchestra ; we understand that their playing did them and their school credit. Six members or ex-members played in the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schools' concert, and for the next concert in that series the Madrigal Group is preparing part-songs and a double-choir motet by Stanford, and J. R. Williams has in hand Vaughan Williams's " Songs of Travel."
For the School Concert on May 15th a varied programme is planned. Choir and Orchestra will combine in Parry's " Blest Pair of Sirens ", Thomas Wood's salty " Master Mariners " and Hely-Hutchinson's Handelian " Old Mother Hubbard "; the Choir alone in Lang's " De Battle ob Jericho " should prove one of the excitements of the evening. Buchan will be heard in the first movement of
Bach's A minor Violin Concerto, and Watson in the Rondo of Beethoven's 1st Piano Concerto supported by the orchestra, who will include among their pieces an Elgar " Pomp and Circumstance " March. Whether an item will emerge showing the influence of the Hoffnung Music Festival is uncertain, but Mr. Mace and the Physics department are contemplating the construction of some unheard-of instruments.
N. J. B.
ABOUT 150 students attended the Northern Schools Conference of the Economics Association at Sheffield University on September 29th, the subject being " Full Employment and Inflation." Members came from as far afield as Liverpool, Hull, Blackburn and Firth Park ; the first contingent to arrive had set off from Kidderminster at 5.0 a.m.
In the main address, Professor A. G. Pool of Leicester illustrated his thesis with reference to present day problems. He showed that the root of the crisis is the problem of foreign trade : if Britain were not so dependent on foreign trade for her existence, inflation would not be such a menace, for the resulting high prices in Britain would not then be competing with lower prices in other countries.
The Conference adjourned for a very satisfactory lunch in the University refectory, and in the afternoon a Brains Trust was held. We were now reinforced by several persons who had not attended the morning session, having been engaged in various matches of one sort or another. The chairman was Mr. E. T. Sara, commercial research officer for the United Steel Companies, and the Brains Trust consisted of Sir Peter Roberts, Bt., M.P. ; Mr. F. Mulley, M.P. ; Mr. K. J. W. Alexander, and Mr. W. E. Stead. The four main questions, supplied by various schools attending, were very relevant to contemporary affairs ; they concerned Suez, the Credit Squeeze, Automation, and Inflation and Wage Policies. The Trust was very well balanced and the questions all received a comprehensive treatment. The afternoon session was probably the more interesting of the two, if only because of the variety of the subjects discussed. There were also more questions from the floor than there had been at the morning session (this may have been due to pressure behind the scenes from Mr. T. K. R-b-ns-n, who had been noticeably perturbed by the lack of questions in the morning). Altogether it was a most successful and undoubtedly most beneficial conference.
I. C. R.
LAST term 2,630 books were borrowed and safely returned ; to those few who find themselves lapsing over the matter of the good use of the Library the figure should be an encouragement to conform to the Library regulations. The Periodicals section has been developed to the stage when about 70 periodicals are available. These cover a very wide range, from specialised academic publications, current affairs, science, British and foreign illustrated journalism, to sport and hobbies. It would hardly be possible for a boy with any kind of serious interest to find himself uncatered for.
The following are thanked for their gifts D. Bailey, B. S. Beevers, C. J. Belk, G. P. J. Beynon, J. D. Bradshaw, R. Clarke, D. H. Firth, P. G. E. Fretwell, J. M. F. Gagan, R. Harris, Mrs. E. Haslam, R. G. Holden, J. A. Houghton, Mr. J. Parker, Mr. J. V. Porter, R. D. Porter, E. M. Spir, W. S. Tallack, J. W. Thompson, A. R. Wood, E. C. Wragg.
SUMMER Camp in Guernsey was favoured with good weather. On the way, the Troop spent about eight hours in London, visiting places as diverse in their interest as Battersea Funfair and the South Kensington Museums. The sea trip from Southampton was made during the night, but the rolling of the ship and the cold did not encourage sleep ; by dawn, several of the Troop were neither their usual colour nor in their usual high spirits.
The camp site, although small, was conveniently situated both for bathing and for transport into St. Peter Port. A full day's trip was organised, to visit Herm Island, and a half-day to Sark, but the response to the latter was disappointing. Two full days were devoted to hikes along the south and west coasts of Guernsey, and a visit was made to the Greffe (Records Office) in St. Peter Port. Time was also found for test-passing and other activities. The camp was visited on four occasions by an eminent Old Edwardian now living in Guernsey, whose knowledge of the island proved very useful to us.
Our activities this term have included entering for the Sheffield Telegraph Trophy, patrol hikes, and our usual annual jumble Sale, which raised more money than ever before. A Social for parents and scouts on December 15th included demonstrations and games. It was well attended and very enjoyable.
We congratulate F. Smith on gaining his First Class badge, and are glad to welcome Mr. Vout to " A " Troop.
H. S. S.
TWELVE recruits have been invested into the Troop this term, bringing our strength once again to forty scouts. Many of the new scouts attended the Telegraph Trophy competition at Hesley Wood, and the Hawk Patrol under G. Atkinson were placed second in the final order ; a fine effort.
With the new term have come two changes in our uniform : a return to the custom of wearing the School badge, and the substitution of berets for hats. We hope that berets will be worn, and that they will be more convenient than hats in camp.
The usual Christmas Party for parents was held on the last Friday of term and was a great success, although several parents were unable to be present. The evening included a display of the Scout training scheme, through Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class and Bushman's Thong to Queen's Scout.
The Summer Camp was an experience which none of us will forget. The weather was not of the best at any time, but the last day gave us the best possible opportunity for displaying our resource and the Eighth Scout Law ! Fortunately we arrived back without loss of Scouts, but many of our tents are no more. The Parents' Committee is making a great effort to replace and repair and we hope that everyone will support this. Camping will always be the backbone of Scouting and this year we look for good attendances at the camps at Whitsun and Summer. I wonder if we can get 100 per cent. attendance at camp this year?
J. W. H.
SUMMER Camp at Torridon now seems but a dim, gently sodden memory. The midges, the rainfall (2.7 inches in one day), the ever-changing face of sky and loch, the genial but unobtrusive help of our host, whose unfailing generosity with motor launch, car, lorry, and his own valuable time were so much appreciated, all these things made our Western Highlands camp an outstanding event. Exploits in the canoe and the ascent of Ben Eighe (3,217 ft.) over scree will be remembered by all. The Tiger Patrol successfully trekked across Scotland to join us for the second week, using light-weight kit and special mountain rations. Once more we enjoyed the presence of " Skipper B." of Maidstone for the second half of the camp.
The Beaver Patrol won the Camp Competition and crowned an outstanding year by winning the Christmas Term competition, also under P/L. Roger Pitt. All patrols have shown energy, initiative and enthusiasm throughout the year. We thank the retiring P/L's. and are grateful for the example they have set to those who follow them.
This term has seen an almost record influx of new blood and an increase in the number of extra proficiency badges gained. We congratulate Philip Palmer on gaining his Queen's Scout badge and hope that many more will gain this award during the next twelve months ; there seems no reason why at least half a dozen more people should not do so. The highlight of the term was a vast evening operation based on three houses on the west side of Sheffield. The complexity of the organisation was such that two cars, four telephones, several codes and ciphers, innumerable bicycles and three street maps were all in constant use. Rockets were finally launched and a good time was had by all.
The Troop could not have had such a happy and successful year without the aid of Messrs. Brownhill (Q.M. Whit. camp), Nott (Q.M. Summer camp) and Palmer (T/L. at Whit. and Summer camps). Our thanks to them all, and especially to A.S.M's. Trevor Crisp (1st Class B.Sc. at Durham University) and Michael Gagan (now with the Intelligence Corps somewhere in Europe) who gave invaluable help at Whit. and Summer camps respectively. These latter two retain their warrants just in case, though we may not see much of them for a time.
At the moment the Troop is large-perhaps too large-for we do not like to turn boys away. But there are no signs that we are sickening while we retain our allegiance to the Scout Law, our high standard of camping, a helpful cheeriness in everyday life and that indefinable camaraderie which is the unmistakeable " C " Troop spirit.
ACTIVITY during the Autumn Term was limited by the weather. The practice against the Staff enabled the School to gain an II-1 victory, after an heroic one-handed performance by Mr. Hetherington. The first match, against Nottingham High School, ended in an easy victory, by 12 games to none, but the team received a severe defeat at the hands of Buxton, failing to win even one game. As the return match was twice cancelled, no real judgment can be made on the standard of play. The team has been ably supported by Powell, Nicholls, and the old firm of Roxburgh and Horsefield. Mr. Arculus must be thanked for his continual support through thick and thin.
R. A. A.
v. Staff, at home. School won 11-I.
v. Nottingham, at home. School won 12-0.
v. Buxton, away. School lost 12-0.
NICHOLLS has finally departed ; he returned unexpectedly, early in the term, but changed his mind again and so the team has had to manage without him. Luckily Rowland did return and, although not striking his best form in later matches, has added considerable strength to the team. Sheasby, in his first season with the Senior team, has run well, and so have Nodder and Darwin. The team has packed fairly well and defeats have only been registered against very strong opposition or because of a weakened team. Times around the school course are better than ever this season, winning times being consistently in the 24 minutes class, a great improvement from two years ago when the record seemed absolutely unattainable at 25 minutes 15 seconds. Now it stands at 24 minutes to seconds. The Senior team, completed by hard-working Axe, Dungworth and Tomlinson, has high hopes for a good position in the Northern Schools Championships on March 16th.
The junior team has been weakened by the loss of Sheasby, Dungworth, Tomlinson and Vinall, but we have received lots of enthusiastic support from First Year boys who are training hard and omen for strong teams in the future. Cook is especially promising and we have discovered some valuable Middle School talent in Goddard, Batty and Kingman.
Mr. Green has quickly settled down to the trials of team management and has demonstrated enthusiastic wisdom in his care and advice. We thank him very much.
J. N. S.
|Home.||Beat Staveley G.S. 24-57.|
|Away.||Lost to High Storrs G.S. 41-36.|
|Away.||Beat Ecclesfield G.S. 28-57.|
|Away.||Beat Training College 26-67.|
|Away.||Beat Mexborough G.S. 31-51.|
|Away.||K.E.S. 10, Nether Edge G.S. 38, Tapton House 57.|
|Home.||Lost to High Storrs G.S. 40-39*|
|Away.||Beat Stockport School 35-46.|
|Home.||Lost to Sheffield University 49-41.|
|Away.||Beat Leeds G.S. 28-56.|
|Home.||High Storrs 45, K.E.S. 54, Manchester G.S. 76.|
|Home.||K.E.S. 22, Huddersfield College 81, Doncaster G.S. 91.|
|Leeds.||K.E.S. 39, Roundhay School 42, Huddersfield College 99.|
|Bradford||K.E.S. 51, Bradford G.S. 54, Roundhay Sch. 65, Huddersfield Coll. 145|
|Home.||Lost to D. A. Elliott's VIII 31-26.|
|Away||Beat Manchester G.S. 3I-47.|
*New K.E.S. course record (J. N. Shillito), 24 m. 10 sec.
IT is difficult to arrive at any satisfactory summary of the first half of this season other than that exams have robbed us of our fitness. More matches have been won than lost, but the fact remains that we have been far too slow both in moving the ball and in moving ourselves. The defence has been slow in recovery, and in the early matches, especially against Mansfield, this weakness was revealed to frightening effect, five goals being conceded in fifteen minutes. Determined efforts must be made to eradicate faults if our record is to be improved; but a pessimistic report would be an injustice to a side which has constantly endeavoured to play open, attacking football-at its worst honest, and at its best almost brilliant.
The match against Old Edwardians was contested with ardour and fairness, but at half-time our opponents were leading by four to two ; visions of a hectic rearguard action in the second half began to appear, but with commendable spirit we fought back and eventually ran out winners by six to four. By the same fighting spirit and determination D. A. Anderson's University team was defeated in a high scoring game by 8 goals to 6. Then came a game in which we were opposed by a team of highly seasoned veterans who displayed remarkable vitality and enthusiasm and succeeded in holding their pupils to a very hard-won draw.
Against Barnsley we were drawing one-all at the change-over and a victory was anticipated. All went according to plan ; for twenty-five minutes our forwards were virtually playing at " popping-in," so great was our supremacy. Unfortunately they were only " playing " and failed completely to " pop " in the right places, with the result that two sudden breakaways caught the defence upfield trying to do the" forwards' job and we lost 3-z. After two further defeats and one victory, we reached half-term on an optimistic note, drawing 3-3 with Manchester G.S. in a hard-fought exciting game, a performance which augured well for our future.
The first game on the resumption was at Woodhouse, on their steeply sloping pitch. " Hair " spun the coin with his usual consummate artistry, and with his usual brilliant luck ... lost, and we were compelled to kick down the slope for the first forty minutes, at the end of which the score was 3-r in our favour. Within ten minutes our lead increased to four clear goals and everyone virtually " knocked off "-everyone, that is, except Woodhouse, who by the end of the full forty minutes had crept up to 5-4, yet the game went on. Ten minutes later we were still playing, but a call of " Right, chaps, we've had a rest, now let's play football," quickly produced three goals and the end of the match. The final score was 8-4, and when in our next game we beat Firth Park 3-0 our confidence and enthusiasm knew no bounds. There was a uniform opinion in the team that we were the invincible All-Stars !
But Bootham provided us with a shock ; they secured a draw ; on the following Saturday, however, we made amends and provided our energetic and faithful manager - trainer - coach - cheerleader - referee - polo provider-and friend, Mr. Ingham, with a suitable reward for all the effort and time he has lavished upon us and the School. We won 7-1, but the score was incidental ; what was important was the football we played. The defence worked coolly and soundly ; the ball moved from full-back to wing-half and from wing-half to forwards with immaculate precision ; men moved quickly into position in the open space, and knew exactly when to part with the ball to another forward who had invariably run into the most advantageous position possible. On that Saturday in mid-November we could have been any side in the land-Wily Jim's outfit included !
Nottingham University and our old friend " Brad " were beaten 3-0, and Grimsby 4-1 ; but our run came to an end when High Storrs, Ecclesfield and Huddersfield Amateurs all beat us, to ruin what had promised to be a very good record. In all these games we seemed to be lethargic in both thought and action; there was, in Huddersfield phraseology, a singular lack of " incision," and a marked failure to " consolidate "; all the vitality and spark which had earlier inspired our game was now absent and there was no doubt that we deserved to be beaten.
It only remains to mention the institution of a Yorkshire Grammar Schools seven-a-side competition at Ecclesfield on October 27th, in which we reached the semi-final but were by then too tired to progress any further.
Evison and White have displayed brilliant football and have fully deserved their trial for the Yorkshire team in January-we wish them all success. An outstanding feature of the season has been the displacement of many veterans by several of last year's all-conquering Under 15 XI: Henderson, Hancock, Crowson and Gilbert have made the change to senior football with ease and success, and should form the nucleus of a really good side for the next two seasons.
Finally, we must thank Buchan, our able secretary, and also Mr. Ingham for guiding our efforts with much infectious enthusiasm and humour. As far as enjoyment is concerned, the season has been an unqualified success. Every game, especially our " foreign ventures," has been rich in humour, and even after our defeats we have emerged not only smiling but laughing and singing. Let us hope that this continues and that Ev's babes recapture their true form and do justice to themselves, to their manager, and to the School.
|19||D. A. Anderson's XI||Won||8-6|
|29||Barnsley G. S.||Lost||I-3|
|6||High Storrs G.S.||Won||4-1|
|13||Queen Elizabeth G. S.||Lost||3-6|
|10||Firth Park G.S.||Won||3-0|
|5||High Storrs G.S.||Lost||1-3|
THIS term has proved extremely successful, even when we bear in mind that the majority of fixtures have been at home.
The season started somewhat disastrously as we had the misfortune to meet two good 1st XIs in Staveley G.S. and Nether Edge G.S. Lack of covering and marking in defence was very apparent, and to some extent this has been a fault throughout the term. Confidence grew, however, and on many occasions a fast forward line, passing and shooting accurately and prompted by an intelligent attacking set of half-backs, ran riot with opposing defences. There was, of course, the unaccountable defeat at Firth Park ; that, we trust, will be fittingly avenged next term ! The most exciting games were those against High Storrs (away), Grimsby and Ecclesfield ; in the first two we ran out victors by the odd goal and in the last managed to hold the opposition to a draw. Against Huddersfield Amateurs (fielding only ten men) we gave our best display of the term ; the fitness of the team, the sureness and intelligence of passing in the heavy mud, must surely be a reward for the hours spent in the gym. on Thursdays.
In view of the team's achievement it would be unfair to criticize. Yet the writers would like to see more thought put into defensive work ; this would bring with it a drop in the "goals against." Mention must be made of the way in which Walton has handled the captaincy. He is mainly responsible for the pleasant spirit which now exists in the team.
B. C. A.
D. F. W.
Played 15, Won 9, Lost 3, Drawn 3. Goals for 68, against 39.
THE team has enjoyed an exceptionally good term, losing only one and drawing two of their games. This has been due to a wealth of football talent in the Senior School, which has made the choice of the team very difficult and which has lately necessitated the introduction of something approaching a rota system. We have benefited from the experience of several players from last year's team, notably Broadfoot, Pike, Bailey, Foster, J. D. Walker, and the captain, McAteer, who has been a tower of strength throughout the term and most efficient in carrying out his duties ; in addition, the newer members of the team have shown considerable ability and have fitted in well to the pattern of play. Some of the combined movements have been excellently conceived and carried out and the forwards have been adept at taking their scoring chances; but the standard of play has not been uniformly high and at times the defence has been prised open too easily. Our main weakness has been on heavy grounds, and since there are likely to be some of these in any Easter term, we must try to remedy this. We shall also need to find a suitable replacement in goal for Stone, who has played well this term and is now leaving.
In conclusion, I would like to thank Mr. Bray for his most loyal and enthusiastic support during the term and Mr. Arthur, who has so successfully organised the Thursday evening practices, which have been greatly enjoyed. I hope to see still more members of the team attending these regularly next term.
Those who have played this term include Stone, J. A. C. Shaw, Sant, Raynes, Edmonds, Robinson, Wagstaff, E. W. Powell, Board, McAteer, Gillott, S. Walker, Foster, Dakin, Bailey, Broadfoot, J. D. Walker, Pike, Manterfield, Pearson.
T. K. R.
|Sept.||15||Old Edwardians 2nd XI||(H)||Drawn||3-3|
|29||Central Tech. College||(H)||Won||6-0|
|20||Manchester G.S. 3rd XI||(A)||Won||7-2|
Played 9, Won 6, Drawn 2, Lost 1.
Goals for 48, against 15.
Scorers : Pike 12, Broadfoot 10, J. D. Walker 9, Foster 6, Manterfield 4, Dakin 3, Pearson 2, Broad, Powell 1.
THE term has been one of experiment. The crushing defeats suffered in the early matches revealed a general lack of skill and punch. Ball-control was almost non-existent and there was a marked inability and unwillingness on the part of the forward line to go for goal. Positional changes, by which few of the team have not at one time or another been affected, have produced more cohesive and constructive football and there have been encouraging signs that next term will be more successful.
There is still much to learn. The defence, though it no longer actually dribbles across the face of its own goal, is still inclined to kick across it. Since most of the kicking is neither strong nor accurate, Swanson in goal has had more than his fair share of excitement. Covering is not good, though it has improved with the introduction of Swift at half-back. The transfer of Grist to the forward line has added both punch and craft. The rest of the forwards should copy his hard first-time shooting. The forwards as a whole are too static. They must learn to move into the open space and take the ball as they run. The superior speed of opposing defences has been most noticeable. The term ended as it begun on a happy note. The score was perhaps flattering but the victory should prove an excellent tonic.
The team has generally been selected from Dixon, Bows, I. T. Smith, Swanson, Swift, Ellis, Mayland, Grist, Needham, Hudson, Hodkin, Bell, and Ashford. Dixon as Captain is improving with every match and has begun to take really effective control.
D. J. W., B. D.
Played 13, Won 3, Drawn 3, Lost 7.
|v. City Boys||(H)||Won||4-2|
|v. Nether Edge G.S.||(A)||Lost||2-5|
|v. Barnsley G. S.||(H)||Lost||2-6|
|v. Chesterfield G. S.||(H)||Lost||0-7|
|v. High Storrs G.S.||(A)||Drawn||3-3|
|v. Rowlinson School||(H)||Lost||1-8|
|v. Manchester G. S.||(H)||Lost||2-3|
|v. Firth Park G. S.||(H)||Lost||0-7|
|v. Mexborough G.S.||(H)||Won||3-2|
|v. High Storrs G.S.||(H)||Drawn||1-1|
|v. Ecclesfield G.S.||(A)||Lost||0-1|
|v. City G.S.||(H)||Drawn||2-2|
|v. Greystones School||(H)||Won||6-0|
THE results for the term show that this team has won just half its matches and lost the other half, and this gives a fair indication of our standard this year. Most of the games have had close finishes and the team has obviously enjoyed its football, without at any time showing extraordinary promise or being disappointing.
The defence is quite sound and there is a lot of individual skill in its members, but although they all work hard they have not yet learnt to work in full co-operation. The forward line has never remained unchanged for more than a couple of matches together because of experiments-as yet not wholly successful-to develop more power on the right wing. Tranmer is captain and has set a good example on the field and I particularly like his pleasant manners when in charge of a visiting team.
I must commend the team for its cheerfulness, win or lose, and for its very good behaviour when visiting other schools.
J. C. H.
|Sept. 15||Oakwood T.H.S.||(H)||Lost||2-4|
|22||Nether Edge G.S.||(H)||Won||6-5|
|Oct. 2||Chesterfield G.S.||(H)||Won||5-2|
|6||High Storrs G.S.||(H)||Won||3-1|
|13||Owler Lane S. S.||(H)||Lost||1-4|
|Nov. 10||Firth Park G.S.||(A)||Lost||1-2|
|24||High Storrs G.S.||(A)||Won||3-1|
|Dec. 1||Marlcliffe S.S.||(H)||Lost||1-4|
|ii||City Grammar School||(A)||Won||1-0|
Played 14, Won 7, Lost 7, Drawn 0. Goals for 33, against 39.
As far as results go, the first part of the season has proved rather disappointing, three of the six games having been lost and only one victory gained, against Silverdale. The chief failings have been the inability of the forwards to convert midfield pressure into goals, owing to weak finishing (as in the drawn game against High Storrs which should have been won convincingly) and lax marking by the defence which has too frequently given opposing forwards the time and room required to dictate the course of play.
The outstanding games of the season were those against Manchester G.S. and Rowlinson School. The former was lost by 2-0, but the School had their full share of the play which was fast, skilful and open, despite a gale which blustered across the cold exposed reaches of Castle Dyke. The match against Rowlinson was the term's most exciting. At half-time the School were losing by four goals to one, but in a tremendous burst after the interval they took a lead of 5-4, only to concede a further two goals in the closing minutes.
What the team has lacked in skill it has made up by spirit and enthusiasm, and it can honestly be said that the players enjoyed every minute of their games, win or lose.
The team has been selected from : Foster, Wileman (Capt.), Batty, Grant, Britton, A. Hall, McAughty, McAughey, Styring, Solway, Fairhead, Blythe, Hirst, Ashcroft, Bedford, Abdy.
P. S. H.
THE team has had a fair season. The results look poor, but some of the games were very close ; only Lady Manners beat the School convincingly. The captain, J. G. Vickers, was unfortunate to break a bone in his foot halfway through the term; we hope to have him back next term.
Although many games have been close we have finished on the losing side, mainly owing to slow reaction by the team and weak tackling. There has been a slight improvement in tackling but many boys are still afraid to fling themselves into the game. The forwards have given good service but slow heeling is a major fault. The three-quarters must run harder and straighter. We thank Avison for his services ; he leaves this term.
D. B. H.
THE season has seen a great shortage of Fifth Formers on the Rugby field, although this has been balanced by a large contingent from the Fourth year. Nevertheless, the team has been lacking in age, physical strength and an experienced nucleus. This can account to some extent for the lack of success. There has been a steady improvement, however ; whereas a very strong Doncaster side inflicted a heavy defeat at Doncaster, the return match was much more closely contested, while the match against Mount St. Mary's produced good rugby and only a narrow defeat.
The forwards are developing into a very competent pack and are particularly good in line-out play and loose scrimmages. There is still something to be desired in set scrums. The real weakness is in the back division where there has been a marked reluctance to tackle. Perhaps evening courses in tackling may bring an improvement next term.. It should be mentioned that the full-back position has, after some experiment, been filled, and the positioning, tackling and kicking in that position only serve to emphasize the defensive weakness of the three-quarter line. With halves settling down, and the three-quarters mending their ways, next term could be successful.
WE now have 45 boys playing Rugby on Thursday afternoons. From these the Under 13 team has been made up. The team is composed of both First and Second Formers and all are comparatively new to the game. Players are gradually becoming accustomed to the technique and laws of an unfamiliar and difficult game and they have made good progress. The team plays with a good spirit and has always been ready to keep going until the final whistle. This last characteristic is very creditable. I have seen other junior sides crack under the pressure of an attack less severe than that to which our team has been subjected.
Of our opponents, Worksop College and Mount St. Mary's gave us valuable lessons on play, showing the need for thrust and determination on the part of all, both in attack and defence. Our forwards need to be more alert and to work as a pack, always on the ball. Backs must tackle low and hard and must make greater use of their speed to break through in attack.
We are grateful to Third and Fourth Formers who have provided us with opposition in practice games ; to Mr. Burke for assistance in coaching, and to those parents and boys, who have given us support. Our players are keen and they enjoy the game. In this I feel they have scored their first success. I hope that they will continue to show the same spirit and enjoyment which for me makes it a pleasure to coach them.
The team has been chosen from: G. G. Dodds (Capt.), I. R. Maxwell, K. Baxby, P. Bradley, S. Broomhead, R. Mingay, R. S. Moody, M. C. Purdy, M. J. Savage, S. Taylor, J. R. Topley, I. W. Barrow, P. N. Bell, I. J. Brown, B. R. Edwards, R. D. Harrison, J. S. Holland, D. Mingay, J. S. Pearson, B. J. Rollin, M. F. Savage has been a reserve.
T. G. C.
THIS has been a term remarkable for its surprises. Only one afternoon has been lost, and even then, much to the chagrin of the meteorologists among us, the rain stopped. This does not mean, of course, that one has always kept snuff dry ! Remember one afternoon of sudden rain and mighty gale, which fortunately dried most of us out before the game was over ?
As for the other surprises, the major one is that Lynwood now have three soccer cups in their keeping. Welbeck began the sequence by hammering a mighty Haddon crowd, 7 goals to 1 ; and then to complete the shock, Lynwood beat Welbeck in the final, 3 goals to 1. Soccer in this tournament was good !
The House League is already as a victory for Lynwood, unless Welbeck in their final round declare at 26 goals to none, and Lynwood lose ! It is of interest here, that the Sherwood XI has done well, and that Clumber is the only team to have beaten Lynwood in the League. Soccer in this tournament was not good !
It is hoped next year to start a House 2nd League, so that when School XIs have representative matches, the Houses may enjoy a fuller programme on their games afternoon, and perhaps some trophy may be forged and fought for.
Rugger continues its troubled course of just being three points short of victory in many of its games. Oh for that extra bit of vigour, determination and speed to overcome this difficulty. Perhaps the XV will take to heart the example of the masters who demonstrate this noble game, particularly the one who in an unguarded moment joined in one of these practice games and by permission of the opposition was allowed to go unhanded throughout the afternoon, for which the same master was very truly thankful.
Running continues to hold its light high and seems appreciated more than ever by those who are fortunate enough to enjoy its privileges. Here, a handicap system has proved to even the worst runner that he can lower, and lower, and lower his record time. It has been very refreshing to see each week not only the fliers but also the tail-enders so eagerly seeking those last elusive seconds. The finish of these races has often been exceedingly close.
So we wait to see what the Lent Term will bring. Doubtless the prophets say snow and ice, rain and cold ; but the programme is a full one, so let us hope once again that the sun shines.
WE have continued the system of sets and coached games this term and have by now almost completed the House League in Soccer without being able to spot the eventual winners as no House seems outstanding.
This year there are fifty boys playing Rugby, the highest number yet in this section of the School, and the game has been made more interesting by a number of inter-school matches.
J. C. H.
As usual, we have not only the uncertainty of the weather to contend with, but also the uncertainty of the quality, as footballers, of the new boys ; this at least gives the Autumn term an interest of its own.
Last year's intake seem now to have been rather below average except for a very few boys ; this year's appears so far to be more even in character and of a higher standard. This has been reflected by the number of First Form boys playing in the Under 13 XI, or considered for selection.
The weather has been kind enough to allow us to complete the House League programme, the outstanding teams proving to be Arundel and Haddon. A form competition is also under way.
H. T. R. T.
ONCE again the Badminton Club has had a very successful term. We are now 46 in number (a new record) and rarely has there been no game during the lunch hour. The team has had a good term, considering that very few of its members have played in the team before, and competition is now very keen. The two opening matches were easy defeats, for the team had not yet settled down. Then followed a series of six victories, including one against our old rival High Storrs. We have a full' programme for next term, and hope that we can maintain the high standard set by our predecessors. Our thanks are due to Mr. Sinclair for his very welcome support and criticism.
D. J. C. M.
v. Training College, away. Lost 1-5.
v. Staff, away. Lost 0-9.
v. St. Mark's B.C., home. Won 7-2.
v. Greystones B.C., away. Won 6-3.
v. Crookes Congregational B.C., home. Won 4-3.
v. Greystones School, away. Won 9-0.
v. Leeds G.S., home. Won 5-4.
v. High Storrs G.S., home. Won 9-0.
v. Ranmoor B.C., home. Lost 1-8.
v. Sheffield University, home. Lost 1-8.
v. Jessops B.C., home. Drawn 4-4.
For the Senior League this has been a disastrous season ; we have lost every game, although several times very narrowly. The Junior League has helped to make up for this, however, the first team being placed second, and the second team first. In spite of losing several games, the Intermediate teams have had a fairly successful season too, and we may look with confidence to these two sections of the House.
Our Water Polo team has failed to live up to expectations, and have lost their games, though by increasingly narrow margins ; let us hope for better results next term.
We have not had an entirely unsuccessful season, but we must hope that the senior teams will do much better.
The Winter term has brought Chatsworth only moderate success and we look forward to a more fruitful Lent term, when we hope to claim our first cup this year. The juniors have most room for improvement, since both teams have only collected one point between them in the two leagues. The less said about their record the better. The Senior team has acquitted itself more honourably, playing very reasonably to finish third in the League and to reach the final of the Imitation Challenge Cup, which has now become an established institution. McAteer, Manterfield and Dakin (all of whom have played for the School 3rd XI) have been the mainstay of the team. In the first round of the Knock-out, with the additional services of Newsom and Saunders from the School 1st XI, we were only just eliminated after a very hard game by a powerful Welbeck side which eventually reached the final. On the other hand, the Middle School team set off at a tremendous pace trouncing Sherwood 11-0, but unfortunately they have not maintained their promise. During the past few years Chatsworth has always been more outstanding at Cricket than at Football, so we have no reasons for despondency.
The Water Polo team has fared quite well, under the keen captaincy of McAteer, winning four out of a possible six matches. Heath in particular has played consistently well. It is interesting to note that the team gives its most inspiring displays when it is one man short, as it invariably is-the additional players seem to cramp our style !
Looking to the future, we are confident of finishing in a strong position in the Cross Country championship, since we shall be fielding almost the same team as that which gained a good position last year. Finally we welcome Mr. Burke as House Tutor and thank Mr. Wilson for the unfailing enthusiasm he has shown in his capacity as House Master.
Compared with last year, the present Soccer season has shown much improvement. Broadfoot, of the School 2nd XI, and Partridge, have been outstanding, although teamwork and determination have brought most of our victories. The Middle and Junior Xls have had very varied success in spite of four players of school status. The Swimming has been disappointing after the achievements which we have almost taken for granted, but Green and I. R. Parker have again done well. We are pleased to congratulate Green on swimming the back-stroke leg of the Yorks. and Lincs. schools medley relay team which won the English Championship in record time.
We now number four boys playing for School Rugby XVs, and three for School running teams. We wish to remind the House that to retain our multitude of cups everyone must play hard and endeavour to maintain the good tradition.
This term, mixed success has been enjoyed by the Soccer teams. Both Junior teams and the Middle School team are at the head of their respective leagues. The large number of players in School teams deprived the Senior League team of its outstanding members. Hopes were high, however, for our Knock-out team, ably led by C. Powell. Ten of its members regularly play for one or other of the School teams, and the eleventh, the goalkeeper, is the School Rugger captain. This formidable array was too much for Arundel in the first round but fell heavily to Welbeck in the semi-final. The following boys have represented the School at Soccer : 1st XI-Crowson, Evison, C. Powell, White ; 2nd XI-Dalton, Davis, Pike, E. Powell ; 3rd XI-Crowson, Edmonds, Pike ; Under 15-Grist ; Under 13-Styring.
The Water Polo team, under the leadership of Hollingworth, has had a good season, losing only to Wentworth, and it should finish second in the League. Edmonds, Hollingworth and Wood have swum for the School team. Congratulations are due to Borwick, Hardy, Hollingworth, Vickers and Ward on their appointment as Sub-prefects. Also to Hollingworth and Vickers who have been appointed School Captains of Swimming and Rugger respectively.
This term must surely rank as one of the most successful in the history of the House. The Senior Soccer team has won every honour possible and no less than nine members of the K.O. team have represented the School. For the second year in succession, the team has won the Imitation Challenge Cup and K.O. Cup returned to the House cupboard after a lapse of only one year. With one match to be played, the League team holds a commanding position at the top of the League. Credit must be given to Foster for inspiring captaincy of the League and Challenge Cup teams; Rutledge once again led the K.O. team and must
undoubtedly be proud of its performance. These successes have been achieved by allying average skill to tremendous House spirit and guts. Foster, Gilbert, Findlay, Gillott and Rutledge have been awarded full House Colours ; Raynes, Stone, Robinson, Pinder and Ogglesby, Half-colours. The K.O. team would like to thank Mr. Twyford for his enthusiastic wielding of a large rattle which undoubtedly had much to do with the team's success.
The Middle and junior teams have unfortunately not reached the same heights, but at last they have begun to play the football of which we all know they are capable. Let us hope that this improvement continues in the second half of the season.
This year's Water Polo team is virtually the same as last year's, and its success is, at the least, an improvement on last year. We shall miss the powerful play of Stone, our Captain of last year, who, if at times a little too keen, has scored many fine goals. Finally, we would like to welcome Mr. Green as House Tutor and assure him that he could not have come to a better House.
We are, as usual, optimistic about the future of the House, although this term has not been outstanding as regards games successes in the Senior and Middle sections. The juniors, however, have filled us with much hope. Ably led by their captain, P. S. Wileman, the Junior Soccer team began the season with several victories by astonishing margins. They continued in a winning vein and have only been beaten by Arundel, Haddon and Welbeck.
The majority of the Middle School has taken to Rugby football and difficulty has been experienced in raising a Soccer team for House competitions. The Senior team has had only fair success in Soccer, and slightly less than fair in Water Polo. Looking to the future, provided that the present system continues, we in Sherwood may hope confidently for a share in House honours.
It has been an average term for the House certain sections have surpassed themselves, while others unfortunately have failed to live up to expectations. There is no cause for alarm, but equally there is no excuse for complacency ; many less conspicuous members of the House will have to pull their weight next term, especially in the Standard Sports, if the House's record is to be improved.
On the Soccer field we have done very well, considering that at the beginning of the year our prospects did not look too bright. In the first round of the Knock-out we beat Chatsworth 3-1, and then in the semi-final we had to play Haddon, whose side was composed exclusively of School players. Everyone (including, it must be admitted, ourselves) expected Haddon to win by a large margin, but in an inspiring game every single member of the Welbeck team played above himself and we won by 7 goals to 1. In the final, however, we were without two star players and Lynwood proved too strong for us. The Middle School team, ably led by Bell, has played very well and is second in the League. The Junior XI is a good, but not a great side, and Hall, their captain, is to be congratulated on engendering a fine spirit in the team, a spirit which some senior members of the House could well imitate.
The Water Polo team, despite Daglish's fierce exhortations, has fallen well below last season's form, but there is a chance of redemption in the Knock-out next term.
We extend our congratulations to B. J. Duke on gaining a Hastings Scholarship in Natural Science at the Queen's College, Oxford ; and welcome Mr. Bray as House Tutor. Finally we bid farewell to Avison whose prowess in athletics, on the Rugby field, and in the Swimming Baths is almost legendary, and wish him all success and good fortune.
After a deserved win over Sherwood in the Knock-out competition, the House lost a keenly fought game to Lynwood, whom we congratulate on winning the trophy. The two sides were evenly balanced and at any time the match might have gone either way. The score, it may be said without prejudice, exaggerated Lynwood's supremacy; they scored three goals in the closing minutes. League football in the Upper School seems to be regarded as an opportunity for farcical expression ; while the games have always been enjoyable, the mixed results do not give much cause for satisfaction. A lesson may be learnt from both the Middle School teams. The 1st eleven were unfortunate to lose their opening game to Welbeck by the only goal of the match, but in their remaining four games were unbeaten. The quality of Dixon's sound team is revealed by their 16-goal margin against Clumber. The 2nd XI under Perry have an even more impressive record : they have amassed 58 goals in five matches and have conceded only one. It is not too much to hope that both teams will capture all trophies in their section and it is certain that together they will pave the way for major soccer honours in the future. The Junior 1st XI under Wood, despite some disappointing results, have nevertheless enjoyed their football and their team includes several promising individuals. Birley's 2nd XI have fared better, having won and lost three matches, drawing the other. Members of this team have given excellent service when called upon by the 1st XI.
In Water Polo the House has enjoyed outstanding success. In five matches the team is unbeaten and has an aggregate of 23 goals for and only one against. Much of their success derives from the inspired leadership of Horsefield, who, with Hodder, is responsible for 20 of the goals scored. Support tends to fluctuate, but there is no lack of keenness amongst Junior members, as the practice earlier in the term revealed.
On the whole, the term has been a satisfactory one. On our return next year we must strive to win honours on the athletic field and so add more trophies to our cupboard.