|VOL. XIV. †||WINTER 1957-58||No. 10|
|SCHOOL NOTES||285||CAMBRIDGE LETTER||293|
|SPEECH DAY||286||OLD EDWARDIANS||293|
|" DOWN WITH ... "||288||SCOUTING||298|
|SUMMER HOLIDAY COURSES||289||FOOTBALL||299|
|A SMALL WORLD||291||SWIMMING||302|
|A DRAUGHT OF FISHES||291||CROSS COUNTRY||303|
|THE LIBRARY||293||TABLE TENNIS||303|
WE congratulate the following on their University awards at Oxford:
The following boys were accepted at Universities on the results of the A Level examinations:
At the Remembrance Service on November 11th, the place of the usual address was taken by readings from English literature a passage from The Pilgrim's Progress, and poems by Wilfred Gibson and C. Day Lewis, read by Mr. May, Mr. Hetherington, and Mr. Claypole. The names of the fallen were read by Dr. J. T. Burdekin and Mr. E. W. Sivil, and Wreaths were laid at the Memorial Tablet on behalf of the School and the Old Edwardians Association.
A new and very successful entertainment (of which further report will be found elsewhere) was given at the end of term in the form of a Revue produced by the joint efforts of Staff and boys in aid of the Games Fund. A large number of people contributed to production, performance and stage-management, but the inspiration of Mr. Arculus and the organisational efficiency of Mr. Robinson may be acknowledged with special thanks.
On the last afternoon of term, the film The Belles of St. Trinian's provided a gay treat for the Middle and Lower School. The majority of the Upper School took part in visits to industries; once again we record our sincere thanks and appreciation of the hospitality shown to our parties by Messrs. Steel, Peech and Tozer ; Spear and Jackson ; English Steel Corporation ; Silverwood Colliery ; Carr House (Rotherham) Gas Works ; Laycocks Engineering Works; Sheffield Tubes; and Record Tools Company.
OUR principal guest, Professor E. C. Titchmarsh, an Old Edwardian who left the School in 1917, spoke briefly and informally, combining some affectionate reminiscence of the School of his day with an engagingly modest account of the duties of his office as Savilian Professor of Geometry in the University of Oxford. It was left to the Chairman, Councillor M. J. Sewell, to launch some more provocative educational topics such as the tendency of students to exhaust their energies in temporary wage-earning occupations, a practice which he did not think compatible with whole-hearted attention to their studies.
The Headmaster reported a very satisfactory, if not outstanding, Scholarship record. Competition was increasingly keen, though on the other hand it seemed that some schools showed a tendency to by-pass the scholarship examinations and rely on Local Education Authority grants. " I hope," he said, " that it will be some time before our best pupils restrict their efforts in that way, though no doubt in the rapidly changing world there will be a reorganisation to make us all more equal than we are at present."
The A Level results showed an overall Pass of 87.7%, compared with 89.7% the previous year. Eight State Scholarships were gained. At 0 Level the overall Pass was 77.7%, compared with 74.3% the previous year. The three Fourth Forms produced their best results to date, 4(1) with an average of 96% and 4(2) an average of 90% Passes, and an average of 86% for all three. In the Fifth Forms there were signs of a lack of real effort.
A disquieting feature of the advanced course results was the performance in the General Paper, in which our figures had dropped in the last three years from 94% to 67% passes. " I think," the Headmaster said, " undoubtedly the standard has risen, but it is a matter which needs some thought. The General Paper tests the boy's interest in the world around him, and covers a wide field, not only of current affairs, but of cultural subjects. It is probably easier for the Arts student to pass, since willy nilly he meets so many of these topics in his work, but it is not always the illiterate scientist who fails. It is interesting to see what boys state as their major interests out of school on forms of application, and in too many cases these are purely recreational and not cultural. This is not an attack on recreation of a purely social nature, but rather a plea for definite interest in some subject or hobby divorced, if possible, from the main school subjects being takenan antidote, if you like, or an escape. A vital interest which a boy will make time for is a most valuable thingsomething which he can be a little expert on. A relief from pure study is always valuable, but I think in too many cases it is becoming the Mixed Youth Club only, and what that entails.
" The interview looms large today in the selection for scholarships, grants, and the more important posts. The selecting bodies have in most cases already taken the academic attainments into consideration; they are concerned with the person himself, and their task is a difficult one in assessing an individual who apparently has no real interests and is unable to talk to them in an easy, fluent way. In a small way the School Societies and competitions are intended to help along these lines. The Societies can give a boy the opportunity of presenting a paper or giving a speech or entering into a free discussion, so breaking down shyness and timidity; and the competitions encourage aspects of work not always developed in the classroom.
" We have many boys at the top of the School I think I could safely say a majoritywho have keen interests not purely recreational, but there is a growing minority who have not. The School can only assist up to a point in this additional education for life; the boy should try to cultivate his own real pursuits and so balance himself; not always an easy thing to do; I admit, in the present state of affairs, where pursuit of sensation seems to be predominant."
The increasing number of Summer Holiday Courses was an opportunity to be recommended to older boys as a means of extending their experience and giving them some acquaintance with industries or activities in which their future careers may liea better use of holiday time than merely earning money in menial occupations.
The Latin address was delivered by J. D. Cartwright ; and M. B. Hill, Head Prefect, seconded a vote of thanks to the Chairman and Professor Titchmarsh. Other items were:
Orchestra : Trumpet Tune and Air from Purcell's Bonduca.
English Poem : Robert Graves's " Welsh Incident," J. Buchan.
Choir : Spiritual " De Battle ob Jericho."
Choir and Orchestra : Coleridge-Taylor's " Viking Song."
German Poem : Goethe's " Erlkonig," T. Williams.
Oboe Solo : Morgan Nicholas's " Melody," M. Turner.
Piano : R. J. Thompson's " Fantasy in A minor," played by the composer (winner of the junior Composition Competition).
French Song : Baudelaire-Duparc's " Invitation au Voyage," J. R. Williams.
Spanish Poem : J. H. y Reissig's " La Vuelta de los Campos," J. D. Marsden.
Choir and Orchestra : Quilter's " Non Nobis Domine."
IN A Level : 2 boys passed in 4 subjects; 64 passed in 3 subjects; 25 passed in 2 subjects; 21 passed in 1 subject.
The overall percentage pass was 87.7%. 61 out of 91 passed in the General Paper; 36 Distinctions and 1 Double Distinction were gained; 8 State Scholarships were awarded.
In 0 Level : 3 boys passed in 10 subjects; 24 in 9 subjects; 20 in 8 subjects; 21 in 7 subjects; 18 in 6 subjects; 23 in 5 subjects; 26 in 4 subjects; 27 in 3 subjects; 27 in 2 subjects; 56 in 1 subject.
These figures include the Fifth Special and Sixth Form entries. The overall percentage pass was 77.7%.
SPACE has loomed large in the thoughts of everyone during this autumn. Our problem has not been the expanding universe but the expanding Choir and Orchestra and how to fit them into our usual places of performance. The Orchestra has increased to a total of 60, and at Speech Day we found it necessary to encroach somewhat on the space usually occupied by the Choir. We have welcomed a number of promising fiddlers : Beasley, Beattie, Coope, Miller, Meakin, Shutt and Turney, most of them the product of Mr. Bradley's labours on Wednesdays. Silcock and R. H. Smith have joined the violas, Coates and Gillespie the celli, while in the wind sections Abbott and Topley (clarinet), Morant and Roebuck (oboe), Bates and Cockayne (trombone) and Hensby (horn) have been added to the strength. Handel's Royal Fireworks suite has gone with a bang and the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth begins to take on the requisite immensity.
The Staff Revue provided further employment for a small group of players and they coped with the different idiom skilfully. Individual members continue to play also outside the School, and at least one listener to a performance by Pamela Bowden and the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra of a Bach cantata found himself listening mostly to the tasteful and artistic use of tubular bells by W. T. Stokes !
At the Cathedral, which was packed for the Service of Nine Lessons and (this year) Nineteen Carols, the absence of the Christmas tree from its usual position helped to solve our space problem. Nevertheless it was not easy to fit the 146 members of the Choir into the central space and yet keep the front trebles within hearing distance of the back basses. However, the Choir ranged from traditional carols to Britten with assurance and commendable tuning, and the magic of the echo choir from the side chapel in Herrick's Carol will long linger in the memory.
A strong Madrigal Group has developed, in spite of absences of important members due to other commitments, and lunch-hour concerts have flourished. Notable among these concerts was one of pieces composed by entrants for last year's Composition Prizes, and the fact that R. J. Thompson played his own Fantasy for Piano at Speech Day should encourage composers to maintain this new standard.
We have welcomed a great accession of strength to School music in the persons of Mr. Wightman and Mr. Wilcock. Choir, Madrigal Group and Orchestra have already benefited from their talents. Both are organists; Mr. Wightman has already given us a recital, and Mr. Wilcock has promised to give one in the near future.
N. J. B.
IT is the cherished ambition of all schoolboys to be in a position to poke fun at their masters without running the risk of sudden retribution. An even happier and safer circumstance is for them to witness the masters making play on their own eccentricities and failings. At the beginning of the Autumn Term several of the younger members of the Staff began to observe very carefully the peculiarities and mannerisms of their more eccentric colleagues, and as the information accumulated it was incorporated into a number of items. The final result proved to be remarkably original and true to life, and, so it seemed, highly amusing to boys, parents, and most of all to the Staff. Indeed, the nature and variety of the material and the standard of presentation was such that it would be difficult to imagine how anybody connected with the School could fail to be amused.
Probably the most significant aspect of the enterprise was the remarkable team spirit which prevailed among Staff and boys taking part. Although the principal parts were played by members of the Staff, the efforts of boys, both on and off the stage, were indispensable. Another result of this revue was the revelation of hitherto hidden talent within the School, and it is to be hoped that another similar show will be arranged in the future.
Two factors can make a revue of this nature successful : speed of presentation, and a constant pruning of material to the very limit. In this way, the audience is so overwhelmed by the number and rapidity of the sketches that it is not allowed to reflect on the ridiculousness of the situations presented.
On these grounds I cannot call Staff and Nonsense an unqualified success. The Staff room sketch involved unduly long intervals for changes of clothing, since every member appeared in all three scenes. Good use, however, was made of minor interruptions from a variety of characters to divert attention from the lapse of time between items, and the indefatigable compere, Mr. May, earned our sympathy by his patient suffering of all that the School could (literally) throw at him. His skit on commercial television was most exhausting yet he was always immaculate, smiling and courteous. Mr. Johnston was omnipresent, and Messrs. Bums and Hetherington made valuable contributions, though the latter's " Coup de Grace-Hopper " item could have done with more editing than it received. The nautical sketch also seemed over-long, the reactions of the two old ladies being exactly the same to every interruption by the loud-speaker.
What the Revue will principally be remembered for is its discovery of unsuspected talent among the Staff. Mr. Robinson showed himself a confident singer, while Mr. Wastnedge, tapping his feet and snapping his fingers, could easily develop into a second Fred Astaire. Pride of place must go to " Miss Ada Stark (contralto) "Mr. Arculus looked ravishing and sang with a power that would have been a credit to any prima donna. Another good item was " French As She Is Learnt," though its subtleties seemed to be lost on the majority of the audience.
Music played a large part in the programme, and with notable success in the " Shooting Parry " (or Quid Pro Quo) of Messrs. Watling, Hersee, and Vernon, which was written with great ingenuity and sung with obvious enjoyment. The amusing words of the conspirators in the " Borgia Orgy " gave Sara an opportunity to use his expressive eyes to good effect.
In the discursive printed programme one could not help noticing a resemblance to the Radio Times synopsis of a certain weekly featurea brand of humour Very much in vogue. Throughout the entertainment there was perhaps a rather large proportion of material unintelligible to strangers.
The lighting experts provided a wide range of effects, and the stage was adapted perfectly to the needs of a performance of this kind. Our thanks are due to all who worked so hard to produce the show, which we sincerely hope will become an annual feature of the School year.
M. B. H.
The popularity and variety of the courses of instruction offered by national or industrial authorities is illustrated by the following notes from some of our representatives.
The twenty boys in the party stayed at the Imperial Hotel in Leeds. Each day began with a visit to a colliery, where we saw the surface installations, coal being brought out, washed and sorted into grades and loaded into railway waggons. Visits underground were also made and the pit machinery explained. Films and discussions took place in the evenings, including many unofficial conversations on the dangers of working in the pits and the prospects of a career. The excellent accommodation and friendly atmosphere and the efficient running of the schedule, made the course thoroughly enjoyable.
W. A. RAYNES.
A course at York on the ecclesiastical records of the province was attended by three fifth-form historians. Lectures were given by the Director of the Institute in St. Anthony's Hall, a medieval chantry which is now the record-house of the diocese. Study of the state of the clergy in the sixteenth century, and of church visitation, provided much information on the social history of the time; the prevalence of witchcraft, the rise of the gentry, and the influence of Puritanism, were clearly indicated.
Dr. Purvis (translator of the York Cycle of Mystery Plays) illustrated a lecture on ecclesiastical courts by some interesting and often highly amusing extracts from the court records, and reviewed the potentialities of records in historical research. Light is thrown on local history and even American historians could find out about the state of New York in the eighteenth century from a letter in the intestacy court. The ancestor-hunter can usually be satisfied, but these individuals come in such numbers that they are not particularly welcome at the Institute.
It was impossible not to be inspired by the surroundings in which the course was held. The ancient walled city with its Minster and monuments is a history lesson in itself.
S. G. LINSTEAD, F. E. BARDGETT.
Nine of our boys attended the Engineering Course at the River Don works, where, although normal operations were closed down for the summer holiday period, we were able to learn something of the nature of the work. We were in fact reminded that we were there to work, and were issued with overalls and protective glasses and directed to practical tasks on lathes, milling machines, and the unwelcome operation of filing. By the end of the week we had accumulated quite a quantity of products ranging from a highly effective poker to a small tap wrench. There were also films and lectures, and excellent meals in the staff canteen, and finally the thrill of drawing our own pay packets at the end of a most enjoyable and instructive week.
R. H. DAMMS.
A course of six days, in the form of a tour, was designed to demonstrate the comprehensive range of civil engineering carried out by British Railways. For the first three days we were stationed in London where we visited Headquarters Drawing Offices and places in the suburbs where new works under the Modernisation Plan were in progress. The most interesting of these was at Potters Bar where we saw the new signal box and station and the tunnel still under construction. Other places visited were Norwich, Ipswich, Harwich, and Lowestoft, and our tours included Harbour Works and the Harwich Train Ferry. We were very warmly welcomed by the officials and staff, and our thanks are due to the British Transport Commission who bore the entire cost of the course.
D. R. WILLIAMS.
In the Scottish Region a course of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering was held at Glasgow, where I arrived at St. Enoch's Hotel at 10.0 p.m. on a Sunday evening with instructions to meet our guide at 8.45 a.m. next day. Our first visit was to the St. Rollox Carriage and Wagon works for a hearty four-course lunch and demonstration of the various steps in the maintenance of a carriage (it is hard to believe, but the seats are actually made of Dunlopillo). We also learnt how to pull the communication cord free of charge. Locomotive works, drawing offices, the waggon works at Barrassie, and the diesel depot at Edinburgh, were visited during the week, and three evenings of free entertainment were also provided. Everyone, from the works managers to the hotel waiters, treated us most kindly, and our guides willingly answered our unending questions.
D. J. C. MCATEER.
At Eskdalea charming unspoiled valley in the south-west of Lakeland, or alternatively a wild and desolate region forsaken by the blessings of civilisationthe purpose is ostensibly " character-training through adventure," which means seeing how much you can take before complaining of surfeit. The instructors are a fine set of men, ranging from a Tasmanian Rugby footballer to a Himalayan climber. Their notable quality is a good-natured infectious insanity. They think nothing of the routine of getting up at 6.45 a.m., doing exercises, running round the tam and jumping into the ice-cold water. We didn't think much of it either. For three weeks they taught us how to live on the mountainshow to find our way, cook our food, make bivouacs, and what to do if we broke our necks. Under such conditions undue formalities like washing, and changing for bed, were soon discarded as unnecessary for human life; we passed into that same state of insanity which possessed our instructorsand liked it. Life was not all work; a mouth organ, oil-drum bass, and billycan drums provided entertainment. We went canoeing and (virtually the same thing) swimming in the tam, and we thoroughly enjoyed felling trees and rock-climbing. We had a singleness of purpose with our companionsthe individual effect was subservient to the total. And we all came back feeling on top of the world and a little contemptuous of the soft luxuries of civilisation.
R. W. WATERHOUSE.
At Aberdovey, day begins at 6.30 a.m., and even earlier on occasions. I recall setting off from a farmhouse in the wilds of Wales at 2.0 a.m. and walking until 8.30 p.m., helping to carry a boy with a broken ankle for the last five miles. During a four-day mountain expedition we lived in a disused farmhouse, which several extremely resourceful cooks among the thirteen members of " St. Vincent's Watch " transformed into a Ritz. Sailing, the complementary feature of the school, proved to be a much more delightful occupation than one would have dreamed, both when experimenting as a clumsy novice, and when racing as an accomplished amateur. The voyage in the " Golden Valley " was spent largely in the port of Pwllheli, owing to gales, but during the short voyages five out of the thirteen of us managed to be sea-sick. I discovered that washing pots in a smelly galley, in a rough sea, is for people with strong constitutions only. The hike over Cader Idris, a small hillock some 3,000 feet high, took place on the last Saturday of the course, when we were supposed to be fit. We covered thirty-seven miles in ten hours over rugged mountains, but surprisingly enough all returned more or less alive. It is remarkable what reserves of endurance one has hidden away.
D. A. O'SHEA.
" When I say MoveMove ! So fast it isn't true." These were the first words we heard on arriving at the Moray Firth Outward Bound School, and this was to be the catchword of the course. The movement was not apparent during the sailing of boats with a large quantity of lead ballast round Burghead harbour. Sailing boats with an obsolescent rigging constituted the part of the course devoted to seamanship. The remainder of the time was spent in achieving physical fitness by means of strenuous athletic training, including obstacle courses. This latter, contrary to popular belief, was not in the least dangerous; boys were not made to achieve the impossible by iron-hard instructors. There was, in fact, a distinct interest shown by the staff in the welfare of the trainees. This interest was evident in the lectures dealing with such topics as citizenship and first aid for the injured : not, to my mind, a very essential part of a course whose stated aim is character-training through adventure. There were, of course, the inevitable square pegs whose comers needed smoothing off. These, it seemed, were people who had not volunteered for the course, but had been sent by their sponsors without consultation. It would have been an advantage, I thought, and would have helped to make the month more pleasant, if all the members had been volunteers.
Back to school in the holidayswhat a thought ! Yet this was a school with a difference. Every day was fully occupied from the stirring bell until the evening by coaching from top F.A. coaches, discussions on the games, and a five-a-side competition at the end of the week. The evenings were spent playing less strenuous games and watching television, and there was an enjoyable trip to see Wolves play Bolton. Appetising meals were served by equally appetising Danish girls. Dormitory life concluded the days in a most lively manner. We returned exhausted in body but invigorated in the theory of the game of football.
M. H. CROWSON.
Of the five days spent at "The Beacon," Hindhead, Surrey, three were instructional, one being spent at the head office of Lloyds in Lombard Street, London, where every department was examined individually. Instruction was given in the procedure of banking, with a Counter Demonstration and several talks and films. Sports facilities were available each afternoon, ranging from football to billiards. The organisation and conditions of the course were in every way highly efficient and enjoyable.
J. M. BARKER.
C'est la plus belle ville du monde. This comment was made by a learned Frenchman on a crowded train nearing Milan. He was referring to Venice, and from our painfully phrased splutterings he had deduced this to be our destination. " You speak pretty good French for schoolboys," he added.
Thus disillusioned so early in our holiday, we began to wonder if Venice would be the " Queen of the Adriatic " or the traditional home of art, culture and romance which we had read about. At the first glimpse, it was apparently so. We arrived in the late evening, and there before us was the Grand Canal. Under a warm star-spangled sky it glistened with the reflections of the streamers of coloured lights strung along the banks. Ancient buildings rose majestically on either side, and a lantern-lit gondola glided gracefully by. At that point, our illusions were shattered, for a motor-boat roared past, perilously close to the less speedy vessel.
A minor expedition, on the following morning, revealed that almost every other establishment along the narrow shady alleyways was either a coffee-bar or a record shop; and that, apart from the main churches and palaces, the dwellings were decidedly dingy.
Familiar memories of home were brought back by a torrential rainstorm on our third day, whilst I, for one, was surprised to see practically every native, during the evenings, excitedly watching commercial television. Amongst the archaic surroundings, it was common to hear gondoliers' guitars being used for popular, rhythmical music.
Perhaps the only way in which one could sample anything other than contemporary occurrences was either to inspect the bones of St. Mark, in the great church built around themor go round the system of stagnant canals, a " must " for tourists, in a gondola. The price was thirty shillings a time.
The second part of our holiday took us to Switzerland. The contrast between this cool clean land and hot lazy Italy was almost as marked as that between the sparkling showplaces and the dilapidated back alleys of Venice. Our stop was in the Western Mountains at Champéry, which, at 3,415 feet, would surely have provided a complete change and a break from our normal life. I was rather wary in passing judgment by now, however, still having in mind the English-speaking Frenchman. There was also the dark tanned woman in the lofty campanile of Venice, whom I believed to be a typical signora. She was from Leicester.
I was not altogether surprised, therefore, when I found that much of the remote mountain resort was owned by a man who had lived in Sheffield. No doubt this was a coincidence. But I was more surprised when another party of tourists arrived on the following day. The well-known streamlined red and white coach discharged its load in the main street. The still mountain air was broken by broad Sheffield accents.
Is nowhere sacred?
A Box of chocolates does not usually remind us of negroes toiling in the steamy heat of West Africa, neither does a choice morsel of fried haddock make us aware of the hazards of distant-water trawling in the Far North; but for me the latter will always bring back memories of a three-week voyage in search of fish last August.
My friend and I sailed from Hull on the S.T. Kingston Topaz, a large modern trawler with all mod. cons. The first five days were spent steaming steadily N.N.E. whilst the crew were busy preparing nets and other gear. The chief occupation of the skipper and the " Sparks " was " wigging "that is, listening by radio telephone to the comments of other skippers on trawlers already on the fishing grounds, hoping, by such eavesdropping, to pick up information about the position of likely hauls.
Although at times the seas were battering the upper-works of the wheelhouse, no one, except landlubbers like ourselves, was worriedit was just another " stiff breeze " ! Needless to say, we had spasms of seasickness until we found our sea-legs.
The great grey mountains of Norway showed jagged to starboard until we rounded the North Cape, nearer the North Pole than any other point in Europe. All this famous landmark has to show is a large hotel atop a 2,000-foot cliff. Then we steamed on in the fog towards a likely fishing ground off the mouth of the White Sea. The 120-foot long trawl net, shaped like a giant's night-cap, was heaved over the side by powerful winches, assisted by powerful muscles, and was pulled down to the sea-bed by dozens of two-hundredweight iron balls. The trawl was then towed slowly for three hours, two hundred yards astern. A clanging bell set in motion the titanic efforts of man and machine in the purposeful drill of hauling in the trawl. The mate dived under the dripping net, loosed with a jerk the bulging end, letting fall a writhing silvery mass of assorted denizens of the deep. Immediately the trawl was again shot over the side and all hands fell to, gutting the cod and haddock whilst they were still alive, to extract the livers. The rest was shot down to the fish room for storage in ice.
Meanwhile, away from the rigours of an English August, we could enjoy the 24-hour Arctic Summer days. This was varied by the unforgettable spectacle of the Northern Lights sweeping across the sky when it should have been dark, and we were rather sorry when the skipper gave orders to sail homeward. After five days of routine idleness we docked at 3.0 a.m. and while the ship was still in motion, two keen-eyed customs men leapt aboard and searched every cranny of the ship for contraband such as cigarettes and vodka. A few minutes later, the 14,000 stones of fish, which had taken 21 days to catch, were unloaded, sold, and sent off by train in less than three hours, to fill the chip-pans of South Yorkshire.
S. G. LINSTEAD.
THE number of books borrowed last term was 2,240. The Library continues to suffer from the depredations of boys unwilling to borrow books according to the Library rules. There were nine titles unaccounted for last term. It is fair to suppose that book losses now two or more years old Were due to the activities of boys who have by now left the School. In the hope that they Will read this and return the books, the following list is published ; it is a complete list of losses from 1953 to the end of the Summer Term, 1956
W. Bagehot, The English Constitution ; L. Charteris, The Saint on Guard; Dryden, Poetical Works, vol. I. ; T. S. Eliot, Poems 1903-1935 ; K. A. Esdaile, English Church Monuments 1510-1840; C. E. M. Joad, Guide to the Philosophy of Morals and Politics ; H. S. Jones, Life on Other Worlds; C. Kingsley, Hereward the Wake ; R. Liddell, A Treatise on the Novel; J. P. Sartre, Iron in the Soul ; A. Trollope, The Warden; J. R. Winton, A Dictionary of Economic Terms ; W. B. Yapp, An Introduction to Animal Physiology ; Various, Pages from Latin Authors.
We are once more grateful to the Royal Grammar School Trust Fund whose continued interest in the Library will bring us this year a substantial grant for books and some useful additions to the shelving and storage space. We are also grateful to the following for their gifts G. W. Allen, C. J. Atkinson, R. A. Avis, J. H. Bates, A. Beckett, F. D. Beer, G. M. Birtwistle, R. A. Bomber, Mr. G. Broomhead, J. A. Brown, T. Ellin, M. W. Fletcher, K. R. Goddard, D. Higginbottom, R. Longden, J. R. Miller, D. G. Nodder, W. E. Peat, A. J. Pinion, C. J. W. Powell, J. G. Ratcliffe, N. Saxton, J. D. Shipton, G. Tyas, J. D. Walker.
This year five O.E's came up to Cambridge, making the total contingent twenty-one. The four who came up after National Service found the loss of the " weekly wage " rather shattering at first, but were assured by the old hands that it is in fact
possible to exist on a grant. Brains, thick with the rust of two years, were rapidly reconditioned to meet the seemingly exacting demands of tutors, but everyone by now seems to have settled down to work, or play, according to inclination.
Mr. Hardy, of Clare, deserves special mention for his unparalleled feat of riding a bicycle into the Cam on the day of the Fairbairn races. He thus becomes the first undergraduate to enter a boat race on a bicycle. Our Trinity Hall representatives, Messrs. Butler, Jackson and Weston, have again figured prominently in the football team, and the latter, after playing several games in goal for the Varsity, was very unlucky to miss his Blue for the second year in succession.
A certain ex-school-organist and goalkeeper has now appeared at Cambridge, after four years at t'other place, where he has already acquired two degrees.
The O.E's did manage to hold one meeting during the term, and it Was decided to visit the Seventh Club dinner at Oxford. A dinner or party at Cambridge was ruled out, owing to the general lack of enthusiasm for such a function, and the extraordinary proportion of abstainers in our midst.
Of the rest, it is rumoured that Mr. Suggate has read all the available Classics and is now writing his own. Mr. Lee is rapidly becoming a fine darts player, and Mr. Lomas is fostering international relations with the Davis School.
DAVID P. ALLEN.
G. W. TORY (1923-30) received the award of K.C.M.G. in the New Year's Honours List, and Was recently appointed High Commissioner in the Federation of Malaya.
B. A. SPARKES (1944-52), Ph.D. London, is engaged in research at the British School of Archaeology at Athens.
K. W. PATCHETT (1944-52) has been appointed Lecturer in Law at the University of Sheffield.
J. W. DREWERY (1950-56) has been awarded an English Steel Corporation Industrial Scholarship for Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield.
There has been an encouraging membership this term, and we are indebted to E. B. Rodgers for some striking posters. Meetings have been on the theme of the Creed, and this has lent continuity to the programme. Mr. Hersee introduced the first discussion, on the first phrases of the Creed, giving an outline of his beliefs. At a later meeting the Rev. G. S. Whitby described his attitude as a Unitarian, provoking a lively discussion. A. R. Wilcox dealt with the vital topic of the Resurrection at the last meeting. In view of the increased membership next term's programme should prove even more successful and reflect the increasing vigour of the society.
A new venture was made in the form of two open meetings held after school hours. At the first, the film, " God and the Atom " was seen by a large audience. Later, at a joint meeting with the Senior Literary and Debating Society, Mr. K. D. Ramsbottom, of Nether Edge School, gave a talk entitled " What is Christianity? " and answered many interesting questions. The Group has continued to meet regularly each week for its usual Bible Study sessions, and attendance at these has gradually increased. Any members of Forms 4 to 6 are invited to attend these meetings on Fridays at 1.20 p.m.
Senior : A joint lecture by Mr. Cook and Mr. Burns on "Life at Oxford and Cambridge" formed the first meeting of the term ; a large audience found the information revealing and well-spiced, as well as helpful and amusing. Grant, Loxley, Buchan and Dungworth, at the second meeting, led a discussion on " The Meaning and Purpose of Life "; each attempted to relate their studies to their general beliefs and outlook, and their success was indicated by the long and lively exchange of views which followed. A large number attended our usual joint debate with the I.D.G. to hear Hill and Sheasby propose, and Broad and Goulden oppose the motion, " That we should conquer the world's problems before seeking fresh worlds to conquer." Some very good speeches were made, and though defeated more heavily than they deserved (and there is some doubt whether they did deserve to lose) the opposition gave an excellent defence of their position against probably more experienced opponents : it was a very successful meeting. The final meeting (two other fixtures being postponed owing to extra end-of-term activities) was with the Bible Study Group, when we heard Mr. K. D. Ramsbottom give a most challenging answer to the question, " What is Christianity ? " After a varied and helpful discussion the meeting ended with a direct and scripturally based summary, by the speaker, of how to become a Christian. We hope to provide a number of unusual items next term, and look forward to the continued success of the Society.
Middle School : The most pleasing thing about the term's meetings is that the average attendance has been as large as 27, and six very successful meetings have been held. They included a Brains Trust (F. I. Parker, C. J. S. Brearley, J. P. A. Hobson, J. C. B. Turney); a Debate, " That this house deplores compulsory education," defeated by 18 votes to 10 (W. R. Gregory and J. R. Cockayne versus R. H. Smith and R. Mingay); and a Balloon Debate (Alexander the Great, David Livingstone, Sir Isaac Newton, Nero, Harry Secombe, Guy Fawkes)all speakers tried to influence the audience by different methods and it was unfortunate that they couldn't all be winners. " Mystery Topics " were discussed at the next meeting, and the term ended with various Humorous Readings.
Junior School: This section was started in mid-term and two highly successful meetings were held, attracting over 60 boys on each occasion. Business affairs and a discussion on Private Education occupied the first meeting. The second was a Moon Rocket Debate in which, despite strong opposition from Spike Milligan, Sir Alexander Fleming and Sir Winston Churchill were brought back to earth.
The term's programme began with a very interesting and somewhat gloomy account of the life of a maitre d'internat in a French lycee, given by our assistant M. Gērard. J. D. Marsden gave an impressively learned talk on the intricacies of African languages, orally demonstrating such abstrusities as " flapped L's, bilabial F's" and that real gem the " clicked consonant," so dear to the Bushmen. It fell to a Fourth Former, A. R. Williams, to regale us with weird stories about Brittany, the mystery of his talk being heightened by the darkened Geography room. The Society's gift for last minute improvisation was exemplified in an impromptu play-reading arranged by Mr. Chalmers. Mr. Sinclair presided over an instructive talk by G. N. Brothers on the Spanish dramatist, Lope de Vega. It is disappointing to note that attendance never rose above seven. Thanks are due to the masters who gave up their evenings for the benefit of the Society.
With a membership of 86, and increased attendances, the Society's activities are thriving. On September 25th, a film " Mediaeval Castles " was presented by our President, Mr. Cook, showing the development of castles from the motte-and-bailey to the concentric type. On October 9th, Mr. Burns gave a very interesting talk on " Captain Dover's Olympick Games " which were held in the Cotswolds from 1604 for 250 years, and included some very unusual games such as " backswords," which are now extinct. On November 13th, to a record attendance of 98, Mr. Cook showed three films" Development of Railways ", " Sir Francis Drake ", and " Development of Printing." On December 11th, talks were given by W. M. Abbott on Hadrian's Wall, R. H. Smith on Jarlshof, G. C. Talford on Pevensey Mint House, and M. R. Pike on Glastonbury Abbey.
Although attendance at I.D.G. meetings is seldom very large, the very fact that people from all walks of lifeclassicists, modernists, even scientistsmeet together to discuss topics of world-wide importance is surprising. The term has, however, been somewhat disappointing, largely owing to the difficulty in obtaining dates for meetings which would avoid clashes with the large number of other societies supported by our members. We would make a plea for more co-operation between societies in securing a fair allocation of meetings.
An Old Edwardian, I. R. Credland, gave us his impressions of the Moscow Youth Festivalin such a moderate manner that many were surprised to find where his sympathies lay. The audience tended to become more interested in refuting Communism than in ascertaining facts about the Festival itself. Mr. Credland was persuasive but, it is felt, unconvincing.
We continued our support of C.E.W.C. activities. At a well-attended inter-schools meeting at K.E.S. on November 19th we were privileged to hear Mr. David Ennals, Secretary of the United Nations Association in Britain, speak on the subject "Can We Keep the Peace?". It was a pity that some of our members missed this excellent talk because they thought it was going to be " just another meeting about the United Nations."
To those who are keen to attend World Affairs lunch-hour meetings but are rarely seen at our own gatherings we issue this promise : " With your support we could undertake a more ambitious programme and invite outside speakers with greater confidence of securing a worthy audience." Rememberpass your General Paper with the I.D.G. !
Senior : Lectures have been given by J. A. Bainbridge, on the Greek Theatre ; by Mr. Angus Hulton, of Sheffield University, on " The Golden Age "; and by D. M. Bows on " The Appian Way." At our fourth meeting we combined with the Philatelic Society to hear Mr. Turberfield's talk on " The Classics on Postage Stamps "; the lecture was well attended, but disappointingly the classicists seemed to be in a very small minority. The fifth, last, most entertaining and worst attended lecture was given by our publicity agent, B. D. Needham, who talked in a very lively manner about the " Curiosities of Ancient Warfare." A talk by J. D. Cartwright has been postponed until next term. We trust that all classicists and any others interested will join to swell our audiences which have declined sadly during the last two years.
junior : In his inaugural lecture as President on October 14th, M. J. Grundmann dealt with the tactical use of the Elephant in Ancient Warfare ; his many lively anecdotes and sketches provoked much interest and discussion. R. L. Morant described his experiences on a visit to Italy ; with photographs and other material, despite the length of his talk, he held general interest. J. P. A. Hobson addressed a small but select gathering on the Dynasties of Ancient Egypt. His topic was somewhat outside the scope of the Society but it was none the less refreshing to hear of the doings of another famous civilisation of the Mediterranean basin. Attendances have averaged 15, and since several of these have been Second and First Formers there is every reason to be optimistic about the future of the Society.
Because of various interruptions a less full programme was possible last term than in the previous year. The principal events were a reading of King Richard II in preparation for this term's activities, a presentation of the new recording of Hamlet by Sir John Gielgud, and a most successful visit to the production of Anouilh's Time Remembered by the Village Players at Great Hucklow. As an example of what can be achieved by amateur players, this last excursion was revelatory. It is hoped to repeat the arrangements for Dr. du Garde Peach's next production there. A disappointing feature of the term was the falling away in interest among the Fourths and below.
This term the Society is to present the First Part of King Henry IV on 28th, 29th and 31st March and 1st April, with a cast of sixty or more. Casting is now complete, but any senior boy who still wishes to wield a spear or a pike with mediaeval bloodthirstiness is invited to see Mr. Chalmers as soon as this notice appears.
Average attendance at the six meetings of the term has been about fifteen; we should like to see more boys from the Fourth and Fifth Forms at the meetings. Mr. Mackay has given two talks, on some of the notable events of postal history in the past century, and on a display of stamps issued for Children's Charities. Mr. Turberfield's talk (see above) illustrated the use of classical subjects in philatelic designs. The Members' Exhibition on November 18th was accompanied by a brief talk by each exhibitor on his collection. At a Philatelic Competition on November 27th, members were asked to provide displays of a thematic nature; first prize was awarded to B. Reynolds for his display of annual and sports stamps, and second prize to J. C. H. Meakin for stamps showing maps. On December 9th we heard recordings of two B.B.C. talks on Stamp Collecting.
Good audiences, for the most part, have attended the three meetings of the term, the first being a joint session with the Photographic Society to hear talks by Downs on Flash Photography and Stokes on Lens Defects. On November 14th, Mr. H. R. Singleton, Director of the City Museum,
gave an illustrated talk on geology entitled " The Everlasting Hills," in which he traced the geological history of the Sheffield area, and of Britain in general, over the past 250 million years. At the third meeting, Beckman gave a talk on " Astronomical Explosions," and Rodgers spoke on the subject of Coke. It is pleasing to note that the proportion of speakers drawn from members of the Society has been larger than usual.
Work has gone on as usual in the darkroom, at least so far as ordinary members are concerned. Mr. Vernon again undertook the photographing of the First Forms, and the senior boys had the task of making about 140 whole-plate enlargements. The number of members has been about average, but the number of them using the darkroom has not. As regards work done for the Society, this has been left to the senior boys who can be trusted to do accurate work. More experimenting with the copying stand has been done, mostly by the secretary and his assistant. For the first time, reversal film was tried for filmstrips, instead of the more usual negative-positive process. The results obtained are still being considered and the final decision not arrived at. Again it is our pleasure to thank all those members who have done valuable work for the Society.
Performances of both live and recorded music have taken place on Tuesdays throughout the term. In the former we have heard piano, vocal, violin and oboe music. We were also pleased to hear an organ recital by Mr. Barnes on November 5th, which aptly included Handel's Royal Fireworks Suite. Soloists on the whole maintained a creditable standard, and noteworthy was a recital of duos for unaccompanied violins given by K. Rice and R. Johnson. Attendances have fluctuated greatly, whether because seniors are not much interested or because Tuesday lunch-hour is not a good time. Our thanks are due to all who have bestirred themselves as performers, record players, and perhaps particularly to Mr. Hersee for a most illuminating talk on " Voices of the Past."
The programme has been a full and varied one, keeping a balance between recorded and live concerts, and all have been well attended. Of recorded music I. Wright gave us Elgar's "Enigma," G. C. Talford and R. J. Thompson mixed programmes. Among live concerts one was by young pianists in which some promising First Form talent was displayed, and another by composers playing their own works. As in previous years, Menotti's " Amahl and the Night Visitors " provided the last two sessions. Our thanks are due to those who presented record programmes and to all the performers; and to Mr. Wightman for his Bach organ recital.
Attendances have not been quite as large as last year, and owing to several postponed fixtures the team has only played four matches. With a considerably weakened team the School lost the first match to Dronfield; but the following games against Ecclesfield, in the League and the Richardson Cup, were both victories. At present a game is being adjudicated between De La Salle and K.E.S., a match which K.E.S. is winning by 3 boards to 2. Considering the fact that four of the six team members left last year, the prospects are bright, but the supreme test will be the match between K.E.S. and Nether Edge, the team who narrowly defeated the School to win the League Championship of 1956-7.
As the future team members come from the Junior School, it is disappointing to see that the numbers are declining. What was last year a reasonably successful Junior team, has now deteriorated through lack of members and practice. We would ask all who can play, or who wish to learn, to attend the meetings; the promising players will be formed into a junior team.
The main governing factor of our meetings has been the weather. Only a few flying meetings have been held, and the long-awaited control-line competition has had to be postponed no fewer than five times. This competition, we hope, will be held some time next term, and this will give more members a chance to build and enter models. We would like to thank Mr. Nelson, of the Sheffield Society of Aeromodellers, for the instructive talk he gave on the making of microfilm. We hope to see more of him next term. The attendances have been average, 20 to 25 members regularly attending meetings, while the control-line experiments on the Close have often attracted audiences of well over fifty. We would like to thank Mr. Taylor, Mr. Burns, and P. CCs for their help and organisation.
Talks have been given by C. R. J. Singleton on "Making and Using a Telescope"; by J. F. Billington on " Double and Variable Stars "; by J. A. Cunning ham on " Legends of the Stars "; and by P. N. Kenyon, following up his talk of last year, on " Some Other Constellations." At the Society's Fiftieth Meeting, M. Whitley spoke on "The Possibility of Life on Other Planets" and a selection from the minutes of past meetings was read. We wish to thank Mr. Arthur for the interest he has shown during his presidency, and to welcome Mr. Mace as our new president.
The Society continues to flourish, although support from the Fifth Form has not been as great as could be expecteda factor which may be detrimental both to the Society and the absentees. In a debate on the Government's monetary policy (following the abrupt increase in the Bank Rate) J. E. Dungworth attacked and A. Jackson valiantly but unsuccessfully defended the Government. R. W. Waterhouse's talk on the European Common Market attracted about 30 boys; he analysed likely effects on the British economy of the proposed free trade area, and suggested that despite Commonwealth commitments the U.K. could not refrain from joining this association. At the last meeting of the term, Mr. R. Spencer, Company Secretary at Steel Peech and Tozer, spoke about the organisation of the steel industry and made some enlightening remarks about nationalisation. The attendance was disappointing.
SUMMER Camp in Snowdonia was an enjoyable and happy occasion under the leadership of Mr. Arculus and Brian Hall. The heights of Snowdon were successfully negotiated and historic Caernarvon was visited. At the end of the camp, six Scouts went on to the World jamboree at Sutton Coldfield, where Andrew Struthers was already enjoying the pleasures of Jamboree life.
Recruits have been welcomed and the training of Scouts in initiative and proficiency continues to take a central place. Two Scouts have gained First Class badges and Michael Kingman is to be congratulated on being awarded the Scout Cord.
Three special events have occurred this term. An evening was organised for parents to see a typical Troop meeting, and at this the new Troop flag was presented. The occasion was enhanced by the presence of the Headmaster and of Mr. Gaskin, the founder of the Troop. The Jumble Sale, now an annual event, produced the record sum of £45. At the Christmas Party the Scouts were provided with a sit-down feed by the parents and then entertained themselves with Scout activities and games.
A new Senior patrol, the Mitchell patrol, has been formed and was inaugurated with a talk on Senior Scouting by the Group Scoutmaster. Its programme for next term will be more ambitious ! The Troop has said goodbye to James Daglish, a very fine Scout whom we shall miss. We wish him every success.
Parents have continued their encouragement and support, in particular this term in helping at the Jumble Sale and in providing a new tent to replace a much dilapidated one. Loyalty and fidelity to the Troop is of the best quality and bodes well for the maintenance of its best traditions.
V. A. V.
THE Asian 'flu epidemic disorganised " B " Troop meetings during the early part of the term, and training and testing suffered. Despite this some progress has been made both in Proficiency Badge work and in First and Second Class. We congratulate P/L. G. Ratcliffe and Second M. Blythe on gaining their First Class badges. We hope that several more will be earned during Lent term.
A large number of recruits were welcomed this term, bringing the numbers to 42, a record for the Troop. This does not include the Seniors who are now meeting regularly under the care of G. M. Birtwistle. Such large numbers put a strain on Troop organisation and Patrol leaders but the success of the Christmas Party was an indication that our efficiency is as good as ever. The only disappointment on this occasion was the small number of parents present. We were pleased to welcome our new G.S.M., Mr. Cook, and take this opportunity of welcoming him to Scouting at K.E.S.
Summer Camp has been fixed for some time now so that parents could have plenty of notice ; we are going to Bexhill in Sussex and hope for a full attendance there.†††††† J. W. H.
THE Christmas Term saw " C " Troop in action with a new patrol, the Wolves, added to the traditional four. Attendance at meetings was rather thin at the start of the term during the influenza epidemic; for the same reason no entry was possible for the Telegraph trophy this year. Patrol meetings were held as usual (though one patrol failed dismally after half-term) and of the eight Troop meetings one was an outdoor wide game near Rivelin, involving quantities of KMnOa, one was run by the P/L's, and one was the latest type of evening game in and around the City centre, which occasioned many disguises both comic and sinister. Members of the Troop, from the S.M. to Ian Barrow, took part in the Staff Revue with the requisite roughness, poignancy or charm, as the occasion demanded. To round off the term, an ad hoc patrol of Scouts over 15 took part in the Holmstrom Trophy competition and was placed second out of more than 40 patrols. The riotous Christmas Party was run with the usual success, thanks to the hard work and efficient planning of the Tiger Patrol.
Since last September, members of the Troop have gained two Queen's Scout badges (C. Sheridan and M. Williams), one Scout Cord and four First Class badges. Four recruits have been invested, but there is still room for one or two more First Formersthe first time for many years that we have had places to offer in " C " Troop in the New Year. The retiring P/L's have put in fine work; though the beavers kept ahead in most competitions, a high standard of scoutcraft has been evident throughout the Troop at most times. The event of the coming year is undoubtedly the formation of two Senior Scout patrolsthe first time that this has been possible in the history of the Troop. Led by " Leafy " Noble and Philip Kenning, they will soon be planning the adventurous activities which characterise Senior Scouting, pioneers of a new tradition within the Troop which will make Scouting even more exciting and worthwhile.
THIS term has been one of high hopes and disappointment. What, on paper and in early games, seemed to be a forceful team, has turned out to be one which has had to struggle for its victories.
The weakness has undoubtedly been the defence. Until this year the defensive players of the side have not been subjected to any great pressure. Strong sides early in the School are not necessarily as strong when they reach senior status. Thus it is that, in games where the forwards have scored 3 or more goals, the defence has often contrived to let in more than this number. For instance, in the last four games the forwards have scored 14 goals; yet only one of these games has been won. Several matches have been lost by the odd goal (e.g. Manchester (A) 3-4, after leading 3-2 five minutes from time).
The chief fault has undoubtedly been a failure to mark the man adequately. It is surely better to keep a tight grip on one's opponent from the start and relax, if possible, later, than to reverse the procedure and be two or three goals down early on. Secondlyand the team as a whole is at fault here the type of football played has not suited heavy conditions. In the wind at Whiteley Woods (and elsewhere) the need is to move the ball quickly and hard; football of this type is attractive, dangerous for opponents and less tiring for our own players, several of whom are undoubtedly on the small side.
Forward play has improved of late; football has been quicker and more incisive. This augurs well, for most of our games next term are at homein what promise to be very sticky conditions !
Yet, in spite of this gloomy picture, at least one member of the Staff must admit to having enjoyed watching the team. The ability to fight hard when losing is exhilarating to watchers (and there are too few of these at home). Two games are notable for thisv. Old Edwardians when, 0-4 down at half-time, we lost only 5-6 (with the help of a former School player, Dalton); v. Falcons, when 0-4 down at half-time (again !) we lost only 4-5. If enjoyment of matches is any criterion players and spectators must be more than content. On this score (!) our most pleasant fixture was that against Bootham; a very hard match resulting in our only draw 3-3 crowned an enjoyable day. It is worth noting that Bootham were vigorously cheered by a large crowd (K.E.S. please note).
On the whole, therefore, a term of disappointing results yet enjoyable football. The following have played regularly : Henderson, Hancock, Board, Powell, Crowson, Buchan (captain), Newsom, Andrew, Raynes, Findlay, White, Hudson, Manterfield, Gilbert, Pike. I should like to thank Buchan for his stimulating captaincy and Hancock for his most helpful secretaryship.
B. C. A.
|v. Old Edwardian||(H)||Lost||5-6|
|v. Mansfield G.S.||(H)||Won||5-3|
|v. Woodhouse G.S.||(H)||Won||4-0|
|v. Barnsley G.S.||(A)||Lost||0-2|
|v. Nottingham University||(A)||Won||3-1|
|v. Ecclesfield G.S.||(A)||Lost||1-7|
|v. Manchester G.S.||(H)||Won||3-1|
|v. Maltby G.S.||(A)||Lost||0-1|
|v. Bootham School||(A)||Drawn||3-3|
|v. Chesterfield G.S.||(A)||Lost||3-4|
|v. High Storrs G.S.||(A)||Won||3-1|
|v. De La Salle College||(H)||Lost||1-3|
|v. Manchester G.S.||(A)||Lost||3-4|
|v. Woodhouse G.S.||(A)||Won||6-4|
Played 15, Won 6, Lost 8, Drawn 1. Goals for 44, against 45. ††
THE team has had a very successful term, losing only one of its thirteen games. Unfortunately at the beginning of the season both the 1st and 2nd XIs were badly hit by 'flu. Consequently weakened teams were fielded and it was during this period that we were defeated by Barnsley to the tune of 7 goals to 2.
In spite of our winning form, many changes were made up to half-term, in order to get the best possible combination. Since then few changes have been made and the team now picks itself. In two matches we have reached double figures. The forwards have played fast, goal-getting games and rarely have they had a defence to match them. Unfortunately on occasions they have realised this fact and have tried to score as individuals, not playing as a team. The defence has been stout, never giving up when hard pressed, but tending to panic a little on these occasions.
The thanks of all the team go to the masters who have given up their time to referee our games, especially Messrs. Robinson and Wright, who have managed the team so ably.
D. J. C. M.
We must congratulate the team on its performance this term. This is largely due to the fact that there is a wealth of suitable material in the Upper School. Even after the needs of the 1st XI had been satisfied we were still able to field a good all-round side. The forward line deserve praise for their attacking play. Occasionally they lacked shooting power but generally they were " too clever " for the opposition. Although the defence has proved to be sound against most of the opposition, there were occasions when they left the middle open to attack. This was due to the wing halves being too far upfield and the full backs playing too much on the wings. McAteer is proving to be an excellent captain. Under him a pleasant spirit has developed and the team receive encouragement up to the final whistle.
T. K. R., D. F. W. Played 13, Won 11, Drawn 1, Lost 1.
Goals for 71, against 26.
|v. High Storrs||(A)||Drawn||3-3|
|v. Rowlinson School||(H)||Won||6-0|
|v. Huddersfield Amateurs||(H)||Won||10-4|
As a result of the 'flu epidemic the start of the season was rather patchy. The first match of a not very full list was cancelled. Only a weak side was available for the second fixture against the Old Boys, which was lost by a large margin. The record subsequently has been good. Only one further match has been lost (against Manchester G.S.) and this has since been avenged.
The main strength of the team has been at half-back where Bailey (R.H. and captain) and Swift (C.H.) have played skilfully and with considerable dash. Wagstaff at L.H. has added his quota of strength and skill to a formidable middle line. Backs have been chosen from Robinson, Hawley, Walker, Simpson, Bows and Parker, and all have played well. Smith, Dungworth and Riddle have been the basis of a number of forward formations. The front line has scored a reasonable number of goals, often working with a pleasing fluency, though one could at times wish for more punch in the middle. Pearson has played well but has not always been available for the right wing, while Hodkin has always been more than useful on the opposite flank. Swanson, Spencer and Sant have all kept goal creditably for the team.
J. A. B.
|v. Marlcliffe TS .||(A)||Cancelled|
|v. Owler Lane||(A)||Won||3-2|
|v. Old Edwardians||(H)||Lost||7-2|
|v. Manchester G.S.||(H)||Lost||4-3|
|v. Gregg School ..||(H)||Won||9-1|
|v. Manchester G.S.||(A)||Won||4-1|
AFTER some experiment with positional changes, the team has settled down into a useful combination of skill and vigour. Its record would be even more impressive than it is but for the tendency to relax when victory seemed assured. The initiative once lost is not easy to regain, as we discovered in our sole defeat against Nether Edge. The lesson was driven home against Chesterfield when in a fatal last two minutes two goals were conceded to rob us of the victory we had deserved. The team is not without fighting spirit but must maintain its effort over the whole seventy minutes. For this, superb fitness is essential.
When Nosowski recovers his true form, the defence, already sound, will be very strong indeed. Bennett must act more decisively; he is in charge of the defence and must tell its members what to do. He must call for the ball when he wants it and the defence must then leave it to him. There have been too many moments of sheer panic in front of goal. Bennett is in the best position to turn defence into attack and the ball should come back to him more often. His long and accurate throw is a great asset. The wing halves have provided a very good link between defence and attack but should remember that their primary role is to launch an attack and not clutter up the penalty area in trying to drive it home.
The attack is not nearly goal-hungry enough. Every second wasted in front of goal means a better organised defence to penetrate. Forwards must shoot hard the moment they have the ball inside the penalty area at a reasonable angle. Wingers must remember that centres to the area should be aimed to cross the penalty spot.
Tranmer has been an unobtrusive but efficient captain. There is no reason why the second half of the season should not be even more successful than the first.
D. J., W. G. W. T.
Played 9, Won 5, Drawn 3, Lost 1. Goals for 34, against 20.
|v. Barnsley G.S.||(A)||Drawn||3-3|
|v. Manchester G.S.||(A)||Won||4-2|
|v. Matlby ..||(H)||Drawn||2-2|
|v. Nether Edge||(H)||Lost||4-5|
|v. High Storrs||(H)||Won||3-2|
|v. Manchester G.S.||(H)||Won||5-2|
THE team has had an average season so far; they were a small team and this proved a disadvantage, for far too often they came up against bigger and stronger opponents. Nevertheless they managed to play some clever football and worked hard for their victories. These have provided close and exciting games, notable being the 1-0 win at Ecclesfield. Their best game was at Oakwood where they held a strong side to a draw. Wileman has led the team well and been an inspiration to all on the field.
F. D. A. B., J. C. H.
TEAM : Foster, Batty, Dennis, McAughey, Styring, Hall, Ashcroft, Blythe, Hirst, Wileman, Solway, Abdy.
SCORERS : Wileman 8, Abdy 3, Hirst 3.
|v. Owler Lane||Won||3-2|
|v. Nether Edge||Lost||1-3|
|v. High Storrs||Lost||0-1|
|v. City Grammar||Won||3-1|
|v. Rowlinson School||Won||10-2|
|v. City Grammar||Won||4-0|
Won 6, Drawn 1, Lost 6.
DESPITE some heavy defeats, the team has recently shown considerable improvement which can be measured by the fact that Manchester Grammar School, who had previously won their home fixture by a wide margin, had great difficulty in winning the return match by two goals to one.
As captain and centre-half, Mills has managed to hold together a team which should never accept defeat until the final whistle. Bedford, the centre-forward, is the leading goal scorer. Also in the attack Fairhead is a most outstanding and promising player. Parrish and Morgans, two First Formers, have found their places in the team and show promise. Sallis, another First Former of outstanding ability, has played extremely well as a reserve inside forward.
J. E. T.
Played 6, Won 0, Drawn 1, Lost 5.
Goals for 13, against 57.
|v. Manchester G.S.||(A)||Lost||20-1|
|v. Firth Park||(H)||Drawn||6-6|
|v. High Storrs||(A)||Lost||10-3|
|v. De La Salle||(H)||Lost||9-1|
|v. Manchester G.S.||(H)||Lost||2-1|
|v. Rotherham G.S.||(A)||Lost||10-1|
THIS year we have two Soccer leaguesone for all but 1st XI players, the other for all 1st and 2nd XI players. This has given boys a chance to play in competitive football who would not otherwise have done so. The pick-ups have been noticeably fewer ! There has been a fair difference in the standard of play in the respective
leagues. The level of play in the Second House league is lamentable. May we see a little more enthusiasm next term ? A little of that would go far.
Few matches have been played in the First League Welbeck and Chatsworth have full points; Lynwood and Sherwood have none. In the Second League with a few outstanding matches still to be played, Chatsworth lead with 9 points (of a possible 10), followed by Wentworth (8) and Welbeck (7). Haddon are the only team not to have won a point and have had 40 goals scored against them. Try fielding a full side, Haddon !
In the Knock-out Lynwood were victorious, beating Haddon 3-2 in the final. In all their matches Lynwood came from behind to win and showed all-round ability and refreshing determination. In the final, Haddon were undoubtedly the better side yet threw away 2 goals (one a penalty) and were unable to make their mark again.
In spite of smallness of numbers the Rugger fanatics show their usual enthusiasm week after week and some 30 boys do their weekly round of the Cross Country course. Wednesday afternoon is most definitely a busy time !
B. C. A.
THERE has been little interference from bad weather and steady progress has been made with the League fixtures. Wentworth, who have won all four of their matches, are leading at present, and are closely followed by Arundel and Lynwood.
There are 35 boys playing Rugger. Despite constant encouragement this number does not increasea pity as this is not enough to provide a really thriving section.
J. C. H.
ONCE more we have been fortunate with the weather and have been able to have a good look at the new boys. This year's entry appears to be above average and should provide Mr. Thompson with a good team next year.
The visits of the official F.A. coach, Mr. J. Hagan, are very much enjoyed by the youngsters (even by those of the opposite faction !) and it was a wonderful sight to see him instructing more than 30 boys and keeping them all keenly and actively engaged.
Our League programme is complete and the table is appended. Congratulations to the winners !
H. T. R. T.
DESPITE the lack of a 1st XV, enthusiasm and numbers remain as high (or as low) as in previous years and it is pleasing to note that no one has deserted the cause for any other sport. Several players are profiting from the spare Saturdays to gain valuable experience with Sheffield Club and Sheffield Tigers. These games with rougher and tougher opposition should stand them in good stead when they begin at university or college.
On Wednesdays, the Colts XV are playing against heavier and stronger opposition than they have previously met. The three-quarters, however, are still reluctant to tackle the really fast runners, but the results of the team show that they are benefiting from these practice games.
A match was arranged against Sheffield Club Colts, and a School XV, strengthened by two members of Staff and two Old Edwardians, played very creditably but lost by 12 points to 6. The match was thoroughly enjoyed and further matches are being arranged.
We are pleased to welcome a number of new fanatics who dare to brave the elements at Castle Dyke. Are there no others who are dissatisfied with football or cross-country running?
M. B. H.
AN improvement begun at the end of last season in the general standard of performance of the Colts has been continued most successfully during the first half of this season, with the result that no match has been lost. With essentially the same team, next term promises to be another undefeated one. The XV has played together as a team, and although it would be unfair to single anyone out, it must be mentioned that Daglish, a thrustful centre-three-quarter, who has left for Acklam Grammar School, will be missed by the back division.
|v. Chesterfield Under 15||(A)||Won||42-0|
|v. Worksop Under 15||(A)||Drawn||3-3|
|v. Doncaster Under 15||(H)||Won||6-5|
|v. Stockport Under 15||(H)||Won||15-3|
|v. Rowlinson School 1st XV||(H)||Won||12-10|
|v. Mt. St. Mary's Under 15||(A)||Won||29-0|
|v. Lady Manners Colts||(H)||Won||11-3|
As nine of our players had already some experience with the Under 13 team last year, we began the season with a better chance of putting up a good showing against our various opponents. The team has done well to win two matches, both against good Rugby schools. I hope that this may encourage them to go on to try to win more. Practice is essential, for much greater skill is needed on our part, both in attack and defence. At times the three-quarter attack has lacked the dash which could carry it through the opposition. Tackling is improving. J. S. Parson has captained well; he handles the ball nicely but must learn to run straighter. M. A. Hall (Vice-Captain) has been a tower of strength and has led the forwards very effectively.
More support is needed from the First Forms if we are to turn out a full Second Form side next season. Fewer than 15 First Formers are playing regularly at present. We would like to thank masters who have coached the team and refereed games, and also those parents who have braved Castle Dyke weather to encourage the team to victory; we are very grateful for their support.
T. G. C.
TEAM from : J. S. Parson, M. A. Hall, R. Ainsworth, I. W. Barrow, P. N. Bell, D. A. Booth, B. R. Edwards, R. D. Harrison, D. Hebden, P. Hickson, J. S. Holland, R. A. Hollands, S. S. Housley, J. H. Kirkman, D. Mingay, J. S. Pressley, B. J. Rollin, P. B. B. Turney, P. Bradley, S. Broomhead, G. G. Dodds, R. S. Maxwell, played in the match against Worksop.
|v. Worksop College Pygmies||(A)||Lost||25-0|
|v. Doncaster G.S. Under 13||(H)||Won||6-3|
|v. Queen Elizabeth G.S., Wakefield, Under 13||(A)||Lost||54-0|
|v. Mt. St. Mary's Under 13||(A)||Lost||27-0|
|v. Lady Manners G.S. Under 13||(H)||Won||12-0|
A LIFE-SAVING class was held each Monday of the Autumn Term, culminating in an examination in December. All candidates were successful. Eight boys gained Bronze Medallions, two boys Instructor's Certificates, and seven boys gained Bronze Cross. The House Water Polo league is well under way and the issue is still in doubt. The Speed Club have attended fairly well on Saturday mornings but we are short of Senior swimmers for the School team; any newcomers would be welcome.
D. B. H.
FEW of last year's team remained to uphold the high standard of former seasons. Consequently the first half of the season has produced mixed results. Newcomers to the team, Cash, Patrick and Bainbridge, have run well and with considerable success, while the veterans, Sheasby, Brothers, Tomlinson and Roddis, have come up to expectations, and through their experience have managed to maintain a reasonable record.
The epidemic of influenza is also partly to blame for the disappointing score-card; at times we have had difficulty in making up a team. But the defeat of Leeds G. S. and the breaking of the 54 mile Doncaster course record by two members of the team has given it added prestige. Thanks are due to our manager and timekeeper, Mr. Green, who has shown remarkable keenness in congratulating the stragglers. Well done !
The Juniors were nearly all inexperienced at the beginning of the season but our enthusiastic coach has established and inspired a world-beating team which has won 3 matches out of 6 and seems very promising for the fixtures ahead. Guite and Goodacre have been outstanding and mention must be made of the improvement of the other regular runners, Kingman, Battye, Cook, Gregory, and the young Under 13 team.
D. J. H. S.
THE number of applicants to join the Club has been so great that Fourth Formers could only be allowed to play on Wednesdays. There has been keen competition for the lunch-hour games and rarely has a period been left vacant. Ladder games have been reintroduced but the response to these has not been very good ; we hope to see an improvement next term.
The team has not been quite so successful as last year, losing three of the six matches played. The team was very unsettled for the first two matches, but since then the standard of play has improved and we hope for better results next term. We should like to express our thanks to Mr. Sinclair whose support and criticism at matches has always been very welcome.
D. J. C. M.
|v. Crookes Congregational B.C.||(H)||Lost||1-8|
|v. Sheffield University||(H)||Lost||2-7|
|v. Old Greystonians||(H)||Won||7-2|
|v. St. Mark's B.C.||(A)||Won||5-4|
|v. Leeds G.S.||(H)||Won||6-3|
THE attraction of Table Tennis has again proved great, and the ladder competition has had to be restricted to the Sixth Form, who, while showing an undoubted keenness to play during the lunch-hour, are certainly dilatory in handing in the results of matches. Perhaps next term this will be remedied. A School team has been selected from the ladder and has played two matches : the first, against Firth Park, unfortunately lost; the second, against Crookes Youth Club, a decisive victory for the School. Next term it is hoped to arrange further matches to enable more boys to represent the School. The following have played for the team Dungworth (captain), D. A. Pike, Grant, Bailey, Sara, S. Walker, and Bradshaw.
D. A. P.
The term opened promisingly, Arundel having several seniors playing in School football teams, including K. B. Board who has been a regular member of the First XI. Any vision of a successful season was quickly dispelled when School requirements sapped the Senior League XI of its strength; this factor alone accounts for the latter's dismal showing. Lower down the School, the Middle league team, enthusiastically led by Rhodes, enjoyed a greater degree of success and with still two matches to play may possibly be placed first in that section. The juniors have been handicapped by a forward line whose ability in front of the goal has often been laid open to grave doubt and consequently they have had but a moderate season. The Water Polo team under G. D. Broada swimmer possessing both great ability and the powers of leadershiphas had a successful season, maintaining an unbeaten record. Our thanks to the many juniors who have given support; this is an easy and always useful contribution to the House and is to be encouraged.
With only moderate talent at our disposal, the football teams have accounted very favourably for themselves, and although registering an 11-1 defeat in the Knock-out competition the Senior League team has made a steady improvement throughout the term. The Middle School team has shown considerable improvement on the corresponding team of two years ago. The juniors on the other hand have not done as well as was expected and could have improved their position considerably.
Swimming is still the stronghold of the House, all the Polo matches having been won this term, thanks mainly to Parker the captain. There is still much room for improvement in all sections and with maximum effort coming from everyone instead of just a few individuals we should have greater success next term. Congratulations are offered to T. Williams on being awarded a Hastings Exhibition at Queen's College, Oxford.
The less said about the Junior Soccer XI, the better ! This remark has graced the winter report for many a past year. This year proves no exception although the Second XI did well to finish third in the league. Our Soccer failings are not limited to the juniors, for of the four matches it has played the Middle School team has won only one; the remaining three were lost. There is room for much improvement in this section, especially among our Third Form members.
Contrastingly, the record of the Seniors is one of which we can be proud. In the First XI League all four matches have been won convincingly and in the Second League only one point dropped. In the Senior Knock-out we reached the semi-final for the first time in many seasons and it was only in the second half against Lynwood, the eventual winners, that we were finally overwhelmed. It is to be hoped that our position in the League can be maintained.
The difficulty of finding seven players for the Water Polo team continues and is shown clearly in the results : all five matches lost. There appears to be a lack of anyone of class, also of enthusiasm, which would go far in reviving our earlier monopoly in swimming. We thank Mr. Wilson for his never-failing interest in House activities, and last but not least, Mr. Mackay for the loan of " His Chair " every Tuesday.
Our House Captain, G. N. Ward, has left us after his trip to Oxford, and has been succeeded by J. T. Borwick. Many of the House Leagues and Knock-outs are as yet uncompleted, but the Juniors have finished their matches and their First XI has come out on top of the league. The Middle School has also frequently done well, but the Seniors have been less fortunate and have at times been completely overwhelmed. A consolation is that a respectable number of boys are in the School teams, especially of the Seniors. Up to a point, this helps to explain some of their results, but poor morale and irresponsibility have also played a part, the outcome perhaps of too many recent successes.
The Water Polo team has had some good games, and the results were a little hard on them in that the House usually finished one goal down, when a draw would have been fairer. We might venture to explain this term by blaming Asian 'flu, and look forward to a better one.
Our football this term has been of very mixed quality. The Senior League team lost almost all its matches, probably owing to the absence of Foster, Gilbert, Findlay and Raynes, who are regular members of the School First XI, and Spencer who has " gone over " to Rugby, leaving us without a goalkeeper; but the Knock-out team are to be congratulated on a truly magnificent victory over Haddon in the final. The whole of the Knock-out team played with skill and enthusiasm, setting a good example to the rest of the House. The Middle School team played very few games but did reasonably well under the able captaincy of Parker. The junior team, captained by Nosowski, has produced a mixed standard of football, losing as many matches as they won.
The invincible Water Polo team has produced a very high standard of play, all members playing with as much enthusiasm as their captain, Findlay. With such names as Ogglesby, Church, Gould and Hartley, the House stands a very good chance of retaining the Rugby Sevens cup. Gould, Grant and Hemming are to be congratulated on being made Sub-prefects.
The general picture this term has been a disappointing one, with the House gaining few victories. Outstanding, however, was the Knock-out match against Welbeck. Facing a strong opposition, Sherwood played well and not until the final minutes did Welbeck score a second goal to win 2-1. All praise must go to a very sound defence aided by players of the First and Second elevens. Here the team played together, and on this occasion the usual lack of zeal and enthusiasm displayed by many senior members was absent. What a pity this enthusiasm could not be sustained throughout the following League matches ! For this reason, and this alone, the Seniors have had a very mediocre season with an equal number of defeats and victories. Thus there is considerable room for improvement in this section.
The Middle School, though quite keen, have had little reward for their spirit. Unfortunately they have won only two of the few matches played. However, we have high expectations of these members in the following Cricket season and Athletic Sports.
The Juniors promise real talent, although this factor has been somewhat marred by a rather low position in the League. Progress will no doubt be made as the year continues, especially in the Cricket season, a sport in which the Sherwood Juniors excel. We are hoping for the junior Cricket Shield next summer. If Sherwood is once more to replenish its cupboard with trophies, a renewed effort must be made by all members, above all in the Standard Sports, in which there is a notable apathy. If everyone does his part, the House will certainly make good progress.
A quiet term : the House has still to set the School alight, but we must report a series of sound, and not spectacular, results. Under the guiding hands, or feet, of P. R. Andrew, the Senior Knock-out team reached the semi-final of the competition before succumbing to a strong Haddon team that contained even more members of School XI's than we did. Shorn of its brighter lights, however, the League team is more than holding its own and is in the upper half of both 1st and 2nd leagues. Bennett's Middle School team plays with enthusiasm though not with very much success. The Junior teams, captained by Fenton, show definite promise the 1st XI has finished in second place, while the 2nd has not lost a game, to emerge as worthy champions. Much optimism was created by the Water Polo team, for a number of last year's young team was still with us. Wagstaff has infused an admirable team spirit into the side, and only one game has been lost of the five played. Finally, we welcome Mr. Shore as a House Tutor and extend our congratulations to J. A. Anderson on being appointed a Prefect; to J. G. McNaught on being appointed a Sub-prefect; and to R. McLeod on his election to a Major Scholarship at Christ Church, Oxford.
Our football teams this term ranged from the very good Middle School team (who never lost a game) through the good Senior team (who only lost two games) to the dogged but not very effective Junior team. The spirit of the latter, however, has been good; they have remembered that even in the most adverse conditions (e.g. losing 7-1), " It's the game that counts." A largely untried Water Polo team has suffered from lack of experience and support from the side of the bath (moral), but is being bound together by Walker and should soon rise from the bottom (of the league).
Three members of the House have run steadily and successfully for the School Cross Country team. Bainbridge is to be congratulated on gaining a Hastings Scholarship at the Queen's College, Oxford. The Staff Revue opened and closed with appearances by members of the House, and others contributed in various ways. Wentworth has also assisted the School's musical activities in many departments, and Patrick has made a capable House pianist. Last but by no means least, we welcome Mr. T. G. Cook and Mr. J. E. Thompson as House Tutors.