|VOL. XIV.||SPRING 1958||No. 11|
|SCHOOL NOTES||317||SCHOOL SOCIETIES||324|
|DR. C. J. K. MAGRATH||3I8||SWIMMING||327|
|LIGHTS OF LONDON||318||TABLE TENNIS||327|
|C.E.A. INTO C.E.G.B.||319||BADMINTON||327|
|ROGUES IN BUCKRAM||321||OLD EDWARDIANS||329|
|THE LIBRARY||322||OXFORD LETTER||330|
|WHY THE CHANGE?||323||FOOTBALL||330|
In July we shall say farewell, on their retirement, to Mr. S. V. Carter and Mr. G. H. Claypole. We take this opportunity of thanking them, on behalf of pupils past and present, for all that they have contributed to K.E.S. Mr. Carter came here in 1921 and besides teaching science and mathematics has taken a full and varied share in games and all kinds of activities; his organisation of the Athletic Sports for many years gave that function a mark of immaculate style and efficiency. He was appointed Second Master in succession to Mr. Nicholas in 1947.
Mr. Claypole joined the Staff in 1941 as head of the English department which was then for the first time separated from History. He has stimulated the talents and taste of many able pupils in the classroom and in group meetings and public recitals, and in three recent dramatic productions he made a fresh attack on the problem of staging a play in the Assembly Hall.
The open-stage method explored by Mr. Claypole and now for the second year manipulated by Mr. Chalmers, was very skilfully employed in the Dramatic Society's production of Henry IV Part I at the end of the Lent term. The lessons of these experiments in Shakespeare, Sophocles, Sheridan, and Shaw, challenge ventures into even more difficult territory.
We shall also lose, at the end of the Summer Term, Mr. Hetherington, who has been appointed to the staff of Bedford Modem School. He has been with us since January, 1955, only long enough to make it clear that Bedford is going to be lucky.
Several elder members of the Staff were guests of the Old Edwardians' annual dinner at the Maynard Arms, Grindleford, on April 3rd. Mr. Carter proposed the Toast of " The School " in a speech which comprised both witty and affectionate reminiscences of his thirty-seven years at K.E.S. Another speaker was Mr. J. C. Revill, Head Prefect of 1927-8, Deputy Principal of St. Luke's Training College, Exeter.
June 20 Swimming Sports.
June 30-July 4 School Examinations (internal).
July 7 A. and O. Examinations begin.
July 25 Summer Term ends.
Sept. 9 Autumn Term begins.
By his continued close association with the School since his retirement, " C.J.M." (he was reticent about the third initial, as, for many years, about the " Dr.") remained a familiar figure to many of the Staff and to some of the boys, especially Scouts, whose interests he was happy to serve.
He was a native of Guernsey, educated at Winchester and Oriel College, Oxford, and a member of our Staff from 1908 to 1949-though in the First World War military service from 1915 to 1918 constituted technically a break in scholastic employment. It was in recognition of his association with the city of Louvain, as its Town Major, that he received an honorary Doctor's degree from that University.
As Doctor or as Mister (or under other less complimentary prefixes) C.J.M. combined happily a dignified presence on formal occasions with a genial gift for easy companionship with boys which won their confidence and willing co-operation. In days when the educational curriculum ran on narrower tracks than now, he was always able to make contact with boys through current topics, hobbies, and the miscellaneous information which they always find more absorbing than the lesson for the day. His cheerful disregard for administrative exactitude was not so popular with his senior colleagues; but he brought his own style of pragmatical efficiency to such chores as starting the Athletic Sports races or managing the " house " at School entertainments. At the latter also he was often in demand for an anecdotal or humorous musical item; and if needed, he would deputise, with boldness rather than accuracy, for the pianist at morning prayers.
Outside the School, Dr. Magrath was to the fore in social service, first in connection with the Hillsborough Boys' Club and Toc-H, and later as Chairman of the Sheffield Youth Council and as Borstal After-care Associate.
In self-sufficient bachelorhood he seemed well content with the modest rewards of his profession and the esteem of the many young people who enjoyed his benevolent help and guidance.
ABOUT ninety boys enrolled for a Christmas holiday visit, so we divided the party, one group going on 31st December-1st January, and the other on 2nd-3rd January. The main object was to visit the Schoolboys' Own Exhibition, which we found not very inspiring. But there is always much to do in London; groups went to the Science Museum, Imperial War Museum, The Tower, National Boat Show, walked the city by day and evening, and went to the Whitehall Theatre.
One lonely figure was solemnly escorted to the British Museum by the master-in-charge and there turned loose for a couple of hours. If this example of loving care were reciprocated by the boys, we would not find them missing when we seek to entrain for the return journey.
Finally-did you know that if you take dinner on the train and are travelling on a cheap juvenile ticket you get your dinner cheap too? I don't understand this; any third-former can eat more than I can. Many thanks to the five colleagues who so generously assisted this migration.
E. L. K.
HAVING toiled up the magnificent but rather long staircase, two intrepid Sheffield youths advanced, nervously, towards the Central Hall. Then for the first time in their lives both quailed at the sight of what seemed to be thousands of girls. (In fact, of the total attendance of over 2,500, about 70 per cent. were girls.) Subsiding unceremoniously into the nearest seats, they managed to recover their composure in time to hear the opening address.
On the whole the lectures were good, but often involved a repetition of facts already known to the five students of the Economics Department. For once, it seemed, certain boys had to do most of the talking in the discussion groups-no one else knew anything. A recurrent feature of the visit, at least five times a day, was the utterance of the words, " It's little George Street," to a certain " wee G." -preceded by solemn looks, but followed by apparently very happy laughter.
New Year's Eve was a sad anti-climax. In two separate groups, of three and one-and-a-half (" W." G.) the members of the deputation wandered around London, killing time, and incidentally their feet. At last two of them arrived at Trafalgar Square. Being somewhat tired and cramped, one of them walked up close to one of Nelson's lions, and turned his back to it. Immediately a large hand patted the poor lad on the shoulder and a censorious but not unkindly voice said, " Not now, sonny, not now ! " A blank look of incredulity spread over Wee Georgie's face. He didn't know what he was supposed to be about to do. Hiding exasperated laughter he hurried round past Nelson, a happy but puzzled grin upon his face. Eventually a hush descended upon the spasmodic singing of the massed throng. 11.50 p.m., all was peaceful except for the occasional drunk and the cries of youths whose balloons had been snared in a nearby tree. At 12.05 a.m. a sadly disillusioned mass began a rapid retreat to the tube. Not a single church bell or any other noise had introduced the New Year.
The climax of the Conference came at 12 noon on the last day, January 3rd. The Chairman handed to the Minister of Transport for Ghana a cheque for £120 towards the mass education scheme. This sum had been raised during the three-day conference by selling sixpenny UNESCO stamps. The gratitude for both the cheque and the sincere ovation which the delegation received provided a memorable and touching "fins " to the proceedings. The Conference as a whole was not only greatly enjoyed by all our delegates but gave them a greater insight into many problems of international understanding.
" WEE " G. A. S
AN economists' expedition, involving 17 boys and 2 Staff, reached London at mid-day on February 21st for the half-term week-end. Fortified by a " Comer House " meal, we immediately launched ourselves upon the City, and after a preliminary examination of the famous " Square Mile " surrounding the Bank of England, we visited the Stock Exchange. Here, after an informative talk, we witnessed some of the afternoon's trading on the market, which both enlightened and surprised us. On to the Wool Terminal Market, and a very technical exposition of the work of a Commodity Market. Fortunately, we were able to see a " call," which made everything seem a good deal simpler, although the heat engendered by irate buyers (or was it sellers ?) made it advisable for us to leave before blood was shed. In the evening, we savoured various aspects of the cultural life of the capital, and ended up at our home for the week-end, a Y.H.A. Hostel near Earl's Court.
On Saturday morning, after completing our household chores, we visited the Headquarters of the London County Council at County Hall. We were shown the longest corridor in Europe; and our lively and intimate guide informed us that seagulls are the happiest birds, allowed us to sit in the revered seat of the Chairman of the Council, and advised us to make the best use of our schooling if we wished to become a Chief Fireman. The afternoon brought a variety of entertainments ranging from Art Galleries to Football, and we met again in the evening to see a superb production of King Lear at the Old Vic.
Visits to the Abbey, St. Paul's, the Tower, and other places, filled up Sunday, and on Monday a busy day began with a visit to the Home Office. A talk and lively discussion on the functions of the Department was only broken off because we were due at the House of Commons. Thanks to Mr. Mulley, M.P., once again our most informative and helpful guide, we obtained enough seats for all the party to attend Question Time. The highlight was an important statement on American missile bases in Britain by the Minister of Defence; some lively exchanges were handled by the Speaker in his most urbane and good-humoured manner. Some well-known faces were recognised, but we were a little disappointed that from our vantage-point Mrs. Braddock was audible but not visible. In the following debate on Unemployment we were able to hear the rich Welsh flow of Mr. James Griffiths moving the Opposition motion before we had to leave.
A most enjoyable week-end, for which the thanks of all the party are due to Mr. Robinson and Mr. Burke.
P. N. K., D. E. R.
A PARTY of Sheffield Sixth Formers was invited by the Central Electricity Authority to a Christmas holiday course on " appreciation of electrical engineering." When the party arrived on New Year's Eve, the C.E.A. was busy preparing for the reorganisation which was due to take place at midnight, and which would alter its name to the Central Electricity Generating Board.
This did not, however, affect the course, which was very well planned and effectively carried out. Its purpose was to show the many different parts of the industry are co-ordinated and to present an opportunity of meeting some of the engineers and talking to them. Visits to power stations and to a sub-station were arranged, as well as various lectures. Among the places visited were Neepsend Power Station, Rotherham Power Station, Skelton Grange (Leeds) Power Station, and the up-to-date sub-station at West Melton, near Rotherham.
There was a general opinion among the boys that the course was well worth attending, as it gave us an insight into the life of an electrical engineer which the best booklet or talk could not possibly convey.
W. T. STOKES.
Music has again flourished in such proliferation that it is sometimes difficult to keep track of all that is going on. Besides the audibly obvious activities of the Choir, Orchestra and Madrigal Group, and Music Club meetings, one is always seeing boys with trombones, horns or trumpets on their way upstairs for sessions with Mr. Williams, or clutching violins for use at Mr. Bradley's classes. All this activity coupled with additions, this term, to the School's stock of instruments would seem to point to a rosy future for those with an instrumental bent. Three of our many trumpeters, three clarinettists, a flautist, singer and drummer also found time, though perhaps not enough, to rehearse for their work in the play.
Preparations for the School Concert in May went ahead well, the Choir working on Bach's cheerful Peasant Cantata and some smaller pieces, and the Orchestra on their contributions, while Thursday lunch-times saw a devoted concerto group at work on Bach's D Minor Clavier Concerto (R. J. Thompson) and Handel's B Flat Oboe Concerto (Turner). On yet another level (the top floor) Mr. Williams has been busy arranging and rehearsing a Suite for Brass, Drums and Organ, which should prove a novel feature in the programme.
The most exciting event of the term was our participation in the annual Schools Concert in the City Hall. We entered upon this with some trepidation, because the City Hall is noted as a most difficult place for effective musical performance. However, hard work by all concerned and a most remarkable spirit on the night produced a standard of instrumental and vocal performance, higher than we have before achieved, which drew high praise from two of Her Majesty's musical Inspectors who have country-wide experience of school music. The Orchestra played Handel's Royal Fireworks Suite and Holst's March from the E flat Suite, M. Turner with the Concerto Group gave a sensitive reading of a Handel Oboe Concerto, and the Madrigal Group most effectively contrasted its finesse and contrapuntal skill with the larger and less wieldy choirs present.
All the musical will wish to congratulate Turner on his Music Scholarship to Durham, and J. R. Williams on his Choral award at Selwyn, Cambridge; and perhaps these two will not mind if, to encourage those that come after, we use their careers as a pointer on how it is done. Williams began in that finest of training grounds for any musician, a good church choir, and then pursued his vocal way through the School Choir and Madrigal Group as treble and bass, with all the varied experience that that implies. It should be noted also that he thought it worth while to have lessons from a specialist in the art of singing. Most singers just sing ! Turner was discovered early in his school career to have a remarkably efficient ear, and so he was given an oboe. Now he didn't, as too many do, just play his instrument once a week on Thursdays and feel that, with membership of the Orchestra, he had " arrived." He set out to secure mastery of it and has now reached a high standard of performance, to his own great personal satisfaction and the delight of his listeners. Both, of course, pursued the usual music course to A level and used the practical and composition competitions to increase their grasp of the art. Music scholars of the future, please copy. The success of Cartwright and Linstead (whom we also congratulate) may be taken to show that zealous orchestral playing is no hindrance to success in other subjects.
We were pleased to have visits from musicians now doing their National Service in what must be a most pleasant way. A. L. Williams wields a bassoon in a Guards band, and R. A. Bomber plays the clarinet in the Royal Signals band at Catterick.
N. J. B.
|King Henry the Fourth||J. R. Williams|
|Henry Prince of Wales||R. F. Laughton|
|John of Lancester||P. N. Kenning|
|Earl of Westmoreland||P. Broomhead|
|Sir Walter Blunt||D. E. Rodgers|
|Earl of Worcester||S. G. Linstead|
|Earl of Northumberland||J. G. Robinson|
|Hotspur||M. J. Lodge|
|Mortimer||C. J. Barnes|
|Earl of Douglas||A. W. Struthers|
|Owen Glendower||J. Buchan|
|Sir Richard Vernon||T. Williams|
|Sir John Falstaff||M. E. Sara|
|Poins||J. C. B. Turney|
|Lady Percy||J. A. Cunningham|
|Lady Mortimer||D. A. Booth|
|Mistress Quickly||M. J. Grundmann|
|Gadshill||F. D. Loxley|
|Peto||A. J. Revill|
|Francis||M. R. Robinson|
|Carriers||P. J. Goulden, M. F. Roddis|
AT THE BOAR'S HEAD
Prince Henry (R. F. Laughton), Falstaff (M. E. Sara), Gadshill (F. D. Loxley).
" HENRY IV " is not an easy play to put on; two formidable snags have to be evaded. First, Falstaff -who, if he can, will wreck the unity of the piece since he is so clearly a Comic Hero in a serious history. Secondly, the plethora of fighting and rhetoric in Act V., which in most adult productions is at once tedious and unreal. Fortunately there is a natural way out of these difficulties in a school society, and it was wisely and successfully taken. Sara's Falstaff, though full of engaging joviality, never dominated the King and Hotspur : you felt that he was what Shakespeare originally intended him to be-a royal jester-not what he turned out when imagination had inflated him into a comic genius.
As for the Battle of Shrewsbury, no more convincing and savage onslaught could have been dreamt of : waves of skull-cracking infantry swept across the stage in furious ebb and flow, yet evaporated without a hitch to leave space for their leaders' more formal and fatal sword-play. And Hotspur's death was more moving than Falstaff's resurrection - another credit mark for Mr. Chalmers' balanced conception of the play.
An oblique proscenium arch, with grey curtains, ensured continuous action, while a few bold background symbols or decorations told us all we needed to know about locality. A fresh and lively set of 15th century costumes gratified the eye : the Prince's blue 'and silver, Poins' epicene pink, Worcester's malevolent black and yellow, were all a real echo of their wearer's personality, and far more expressive than more pretentious hired drapery.
THE REBEL CAMP
Vernon (T. Williams), Douglas (A. W. Struthers),
Worcester (S. G. Linstead), Hotspur (M. J. Lodge).
It was, then, a most satisfactory and smooth performance. For it to have become an outstanding one, I think two things were needed. First, enough time for practice, so that every action or posture, in big scenes and small, could be made to count. There were obvious failures to realise themselves by several actors who had it in them to be successful. And secondly, more experience of acting as juniors, so that stage consciousness becomes instinctive.
Hotspur, excellent in the second part, was ineffectual in the opening scenes through failure to express the restless, impetuous nature which gave him his nickname. Prince Hal too, looking and, I think, feeling the generous warm-hearted character he is, was often ill-at-ease. Both the King and Falstaff, on the other hand, in completely different styles, showed how to convey the dramatic energy their words contained. Boys of today, brought up on the laconic flat diction of the screen and T.V., find it increasingly hard to use the full voice and varied speed taken for granted by the Elizabethans : yet it was noticeable that the audience responded to such taste of it as they had, especially from the King, Hotspur, Glendower, Worcester and Falstaff.
Certain delightful touches remain in the memory : Bailey's rich and malty portrait of Bardolph, Kenning's keen and natural Lord John, the two carriers at Gadshill, the rebel's council round the camp fire, and the medieval map which illustrated the iniquitous course of the " smug and silver Trent."
The programme emphasises the debt owed to a very great number of helpers, off and back stage, and in particular to Mrs. Miller for designing the costumes. It is at once the joy and despair of producing Shakespeare on this stage, to employ all this goodwill to full effect. No doubt Mr. Chalmers would be the first to deny that he realised his ideals; but his foresight, tact and vision went a long way towards that realisation.
G. H. C.
AT last term's stocktaking it was clear that an improvement has taken place in some borrowers' habits : two books were missing. May we hope that the improvement will continue, also that these two books will be returned so that so far as last term at least is concerned there may be one page without blemish on the record?
The number of books borrowed in the term was 2,150.
We are grateful to the following for their gifts: P. G. Allen, J. A. Bainbridge, F. D. Beer, M. Roebuck, J. Daglish, N. S. I. Daglish, The School Prefects.
INCREASING publicity is being given to the tendency for schools, particularly in the north, to change from Association to Rugby football. There are already some in this School who look to the day when Rugger will supersede Soccer as the primary game in the School.
What is the cause of this swing ? It is my belief that because of certain trends in the development of Soccer the game has become so specialised that to play for a school team is becoming a possibility for fewer and fewer boys. Hence boys of moderate ability, feeling school soccer to be rather a " closed shop," take to rugger as offering more possibility of representative honours. The chief cause of this specialisation is, I feel, the adoption of the short-passing game introduced from Scotland via the continent, which has serious disadvantages for schoolboys, and in particular for teams from schools such as ours. A close examination of the processes involved will reveal why.
In order to move the ball from A to B by the short-passing method, where A and B are some forty or fifty yards apart, the ball must be touched by say, four players, each of whom must perform a series of operations involving technique. Each player must first take up a position where he will be able to receive the ball; this may mean running several yards. Having received the ball, he will have to control it to some extent, avoid the almost inevitable tackle, and finally release it in the appropriate direction. This whole process is repeated three times at least.
Compare this with the direct method of sending the ball directly from A to B by means of one long kick by the player at A. Here only two players are involved. The chance of personal error is considerably reduced. It is certainly true that it is more difficult to send a long pass accurately, but on pitches such as schoolboys play on the chances that any pass will be accurate are not good. How much worse therefore are the chances for four passes.
The question of accuracy is not, I feel, the most important. As can be seen, by sending the ball direct from A to B, the number of players involved is half that when the indirect method is used. This must mean that in the long run each player does less work. If the game can progress without each player being continually pressed into service, then the fact that the individual is under-trained will be of less importance. This should surely bring the game within the reach of more people, who have not the time to become fully trained, but who are not lacking in ability. The problem of training is a vital one for representative teams at this School. The academic curriculum is such that there is little time for organised training, and the pressure of work prevents a very high standard of fitness being attained. This is apparently not so in some other schools where the academic standard is not so high. Thus, other things being equal, a team from this School would be beaten by that of another by virtue of stamina alone. By playing a short-passing game a side which is not fully trained plays into the hands of the opposition. Hence I feel that it is desirable that this style of play be abandoned in this School. By reverting to the long-passing or English style the game of soccer would become more popular and former heights might be attained in inter-school games.
The prime objection to this policy is that there is a decreasing number of boys with the ability to send a football fifty yards in one kick (this is about half the length of the field). In fact, were I to offer sixpence to anybody in the School who could manage to kick a ball half the length of a full-sized field, I am afraid I should still have change from seven-and-sixpence.
IT has been said-" One should quote frequently, and inaccurately." So-" Humour is the spice of life."
It is, however fiercely Variety may contend for the title. Without humour, life would be lifeless; even joy would be boring; a mishap would become a disaster; a setback, the end of hope; a defeat, complete failure. Life would be too serious.
Let us take, for example, the comedies of Friedrich Hebbel (a German of the last century). They were failures. And why? Yes, you have guessed it. No sense of humour. (The same with his tragedies too : poor fellow, what a miserable life he must have led.)
Most people, however, do have a sense of humour. This is good. But some, of course, have none (otherwise there would be no point in my writing this essay, and then I should not have to write it, which would also be good). This is bad.
Reading the last few lines again, I realise I may have misled (... yes, misled ... not misled ... I often make the same mistake myself) the reader. Let me explain. What I meant was not that the people who have a sense of humour are good and those that do not are bad but that it is good for people to have a sense of humour and yet it would be good if no one had a sense of humour because then there could be no such thing as humour and I could not possibly be writing this essay, which is good. (Not the essay, the fact that I am not writing this essay. Do you know, I am beginning to wonder whether I am writing this essay or not. I hope I am, because if I were not, no one would have a sense of humour). Dear reader, I hope you have a sense of humour.
Allow me to ask you a humorous riddle. When is a door not a door ? You've heard it ? Strange. Someone told it me yesterday; I laughed my head off. For hours after, I felt I had to tell the joke, the riddle, to everyone I met. Hardly any of them laughed; which is a funny thing, isn't it? They must have had no sense of humour. It must be funny to have no sense of humour. There was another joke that I knew, too. Why did the chicken ? I've forgotten what. I don't believe I ever knew the answer to that one, so it is just as well that I cannot remember the question.
I think animals have more sense of humour than human beings. Evidence : (a) I once knew a dog that laughed (really true). (b) The Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland). Joking apart, dear reader, I hope you think that I have a sense of humour, for if not ... Well, perhaps we shall meet again. Don't forget the name :
J. S. FOSTER.
Meetings in the Lent term have attracted but small numbers, though the value of these occasions has in no way been lessened on that account. The series opened with a talk by Mr. Vout on "The Early Christian Centuries." Later, the theme " Why I am a Christian," was finely introduced by the Reverend Watts and subsequently discussed at length in an inter-schools meeting, which was well attended in spite of a sudden snowstorm on the same afternoon. A panel of masters provided the brains to answer questions put to them by members in an evening both provocative and searching.
We say goodbye to Grant after a lengthy connection with the Society, latterly as its Chairman. We are grateful to him for all he has done, and wish him well in his future career.
SENIOR. The first event of the Lent term was the convening of a court to try Christopher Columbus (J. G. Robinson) for " discovering America with intent . . ." J. R. Williams, counsel for the prosecution, introduced George III, Aneurin Bevan, Nikita Kruschev, and Big Chief Geronimo as his witnesses. For the defence S. G. Linstead produced Abe Lincoln, Al Capone, a G.I., and a cowherd. After proceedings lasting 1,3 hours, before Mr. Justice Buchan, Columbus was acquitted by a majority vote, 22 " not guilty " against 16 " guilty." The court was kept in disorder by Clerk of the Court F. D. Loxley.
A rather small number of members joined the I.D.G. for their debate in conjunction with High Storrs Girls, on the motion " That this house believes equality to be desirable." The views expounded were mainly those of " commonsense " and the economic textbook, the girls (in a majority of 2 to I) as a rule providing the more entertaining contributions to the debate-and often enough, it must be added, the more cogent facts. It was surprising, however, to find so many of the ladies willing to consider their own sex inferior to the male in most fields and adhering to the adage that a woman's place is in the home. The School was represented by A. S. Pope (proposing) and E. Fisher (opposing), supported respectively by Misses Judy Wood and Christine Warburton. Restraining both sides (and, with some difficulty, himself) was Chairman A. E. Grant. The motion was carried by 17 votes to 3 with 2 abstentions.
Only seven members attended Mr. Arthur's excellent talk on The Song of Roland, in which he quoted some very attractive passages and engendered in his audience a very definite interest and desire to read the actual work in its new translation (by Dorothy L. Sayers : Penguin).
MIDDLE. A Brains Trust, with R. Miller, R. H. Smith, A. R. Williams and I. Gunson, opened the term's programme. This was followed by a debate on the motion " That this house prefers the first Elizabethan age to the second," proposed by J. C. B. Turney and C. Brearley, opposed by C. Henderson and J. Cockayne; motion carried. A panel game, " What's My Line?", and a talk by Mr. Burns on Newspaper Cuttings, concluded the term's meetings. The attendance has again been good and as a climax to the year a Mock Trial is to be held in the Summer Term.
JUNIOR. At a debate on the motion " That this house believes that our lives are dominated by radio, television and the popular press," the motion was defeated. At a more fully attended Top of the Form Quiz, in which teams from every form competed, the standard was high and the Second Forms could not last the pace, for the victors were 1(4) with 1(3) runners-up. " Alphabetical Advice " emphasised the literary side of the society, when, working through the alphabet, over twenty boys gave advice on the magazines boys ought (or ought not) to read. Lastly, a version of the I.T.V. game " Tell the Truth " was played. Here the Second Form panel and contestants redeemed themselves by defeating the First Form contestants and panel respectively.
At our first meeting we heard a complete recording of Corneille's Le Cid, by the Thēātre Nationale Populaire. M. Gērard gave a review of one of his favourite interests, French music. During the term, Mr. Bramhall gave three instructive talks; on the history and traditions of the Comēdie Francaise; on the great Jewish actress Rachel and the revival of the French classical theatre in the mid-nineteenth century; and on " Ignatius Loyola -soldier and saint," a review of the originator and evolution of the Society of Jesuits. J. D. Marsden, in a wonderfully relaxing evening, told us of the history, ethnology and language of Hawaii and its neighbours, well illustrated with recorded songs from those Pacific islands.
Three sound-films were shown on January 22nd by Mr. Cook- "Pilgrims ", "Palaeolithic Man", and " The British Monarchy." On February 12th a party (rather a small one) heard a talk by Mr. Singleton at the City Museum on Old Sheffield Plate, and were much interested both by the talk and the fine collection of exhibits. On March 26th a Brains Trust (Messrs. Robinson, Turberfield and Wightman) gave enlightening answers to questions submitted by a large number of members. We are much indebted to members of the Staff for giving their time and interest to the Society's activities. In the Summer Term, as usual, meetings will take the form of visits to places of historical interest.
We wish our best friends would tell us the secret of popularity. Our failure to achieve bigger audiences this term is surprising. When you remember our promise to provide a bigger and better programme in order to help you with your General Paper, you really might have co-operated. The Executive provided members this term with just about everything. Grant, an individual whose departure will be regretted in many quarters, was, on the occasion of his talk on the Commonwealth, sincere in a way unusual to him. Yet he only half filled the room. Dawson and Waterhouse, both of whom are respected for their individual qualities, drew a moderate audience after a postponement because of lack of support. And they spoke on Democracy-which demands healthy public opinion.
The executive then arranged a joint meeting with girls of High Storrs, hoping to attract a large attendance by the interesting subject of "Equality." Perhaps we should not have brought on the girlsthe attendance was, surprisingly, worse than ever.
We do wish our best friend would tell us ...
The first meeting of the Lent Term was addressed by the visiting Fulbright Fellow at Sheffield University. This was probably the outstanding event of the whole season; it was very well attended and the Professor gave a most illuminating talk on the background and present position of the American economy. The speaker was optimistic about the outcome of the present recession and did not believe that extensive Government action was essential, but he made it clear that the ideas of Lord Keynes had greatly influenced American thinking so that a repetition of the events of 1929 was out of the question.
At the second meeting, a motion, « That this House believes that democracy is inherently evil," was introduced by R. W. Waterhouse and opposed by D. Dawson. The few who attended enjoyed a full and stimulating discussion ;,the motion was lost by four votes. This meeting illustrated one of the problems faced by the Society-the lack of regular support for meetings in which the principal roles are played by members of the School. Desirable as it is to have outside speakers, who can speak from a wide range of experience, one of the objects of school societies is to give practice in public speaking and discussion for which there is insufficient opportunity during normal school time.
This year particularly, there has been a marked lack of enthusiasm in the Fifth Form, so that the Society is being maintained by a band of senior stalwarts, some of whom will, of course, be leaving this year. Praise must be given to the services of J. E. Dungworth as Chairman and R. W. Waterhouse as Secretary, and we hope that the foundations which they and their predecessors have laid will be built upon in future years; but this depends on the interest and loyalty of a larger number of regular members.
There were three useful meetings in the Lent Term. Mr. W. C. Heselwood of United Steels gave a talk on " Strain Gauges," particularly of the resistance type. Members of the audience were weighed in turn by standing on a metal framework whose deformation yielded the results on a chart.
An O.E., Mr. J. Hutchinson, gave an interesting session when he described a course he had attended in Switzerland on a site where a new hydro-electric scheme was being developed. Many attractive colour slides were used in illustration.
At the final session in March films on the subjects of Friction, Spectrographs and Ultrasonics were shown.
The Wednesday lunch-hour meetings have included more recorded programmes than usual, among them being Holst's Planets Suite (M. Hill) and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite (Gillespie). In live concerts we were pleased to hear a flautist (Bomber) and a viola player (R. H. Smith) as well as pianists, and a concert by first-year boys was notable for its promising pianists and for a song beautifully and confidently sung by J. S. Plant. A concert of Piano Duet music by Walton, Faure, and others, was given by R. J. Thompson and Mr. Barnes. Our thanks go also to Mr. Wilcock for an organ recital, to Mr. Hersee for a talk with records of Great Singers, and to Mr. Barnes for closing the term topically with two sessions on Bach's St. Matthew Passion.
Only three Tuesday meetings were held. K. Rice introduced us to Vierne's Second Organ Symphony on records, and C. J. Barnes gave an illustrated talk on Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. These two senior musicians later combined to give a live concert of music for violin and piano, and they promise us next term a performance (with R. Johnson) of Bach's Double Concerto.
SENIOR. J. D. Cartwright opened with a very interesting lecture on Vergil's Messianic Eclogue. At a Balloon Debate, involving " Rogues of the Ancient World," the contestants were Worswick as Nero, Gilbert as Caligula, Bows as Cleon, Pemberton as Catiline, Cartwright as Milo, and O'Shea as Clodius. The result of this amusing contest was a victory for Pemberton and O'Shea. Two meetings had unfortunately to be postponed. We congratulate Cartwright and Hawley on their awards, and give our best wishes to Bainbridge, Grant, and Gilbert, who are leaving at Easter.
JUNIOR. At the first meeting; Mr. Wilson spoke on a Roman House in Britain, taking as an example the Roman villa at Chedworth. In the second, M. A. Hall followed this up with a talk on Romano-British towns. Both lectures provoked lively discussion. M. A. Blythe's lecture on the Construction of the Pyramids was well attended; the earlier prejudice against Egypt seems to have gone. Finally, A. R. Williams spoke on some aspects of Greek Mythology. All talks were lively and well illustrated, and none was too long : altogether an enjoyable term.
A stamp auction was held on January 15th, when a brisk business was maintained for more than an hour and large numbers of stamps were disposed of. These auctions are a convenient method of distributing those apparently useless accumulations of duplicates which every collector possesses. We hope to hold similar auctions once every term.
On February 5th a party of 15 visited the G.P.O. in Fitzalan Square and was conducted round the main building to see the telephone and Telex exchanges. In the basement we were informed of the procedures for the sorting and franking of the half million letters and packages which daily enter and leave the Sheffield postal area.
On February 19th Mr. Mackay gave an exhibition of the stamps of some of the Pacific islands, notably those of Samoa, Niue, Cook Islands, and British Solomon Islands. Some of the stamps shown were rather unusual, and altogether it was a very colourful display. The Members' Exhibition held on March 5th was concerned with a display of stamps of Great Britain, preceded by talks on the origin and designs of the stamps shown. The stamps were tastefully arranged and suitably annotated; we are grateful to Cruikshank and Meakin for providing the material for the exhibition.
The team has met with only limited success. Early in January, however, it gained an exceedingly fine win over Thorncliffe 1st team, a well-known team of no mean distinction, beating them by 5 boards to 1. Since then the School has won five matches and lost an equal number. Even so, considering the diminishing numbers of the Club and the loss this year of four out of six team members, those remaining have done very well. Thanks are due to all who have played for the School. The present team consists of P. Cave, A. Dungworth, J. G. Lucas, J. R. Milner, J. C. Church, D. Metcalfe.
Three lectures have been given by members of the Staff and one by a member of the Society. C. J. R. Singleton's lecture on Spectroscopy was illustrated by demonstrations and large a number of graphs and tables of numerical data. Mr. Mace's talk was an explanation of the movements of the solar system and how they produce the appearances we see in the sky. The other two talks dealt with the two extremes, in time, of cosmological theory. Mr. Arthur chose " The Expanding Universe " as his theme, representing the most modern, and Mr. Mackay gave us a fascinating account of the developments from the earliest known ideas up to the first really firm establishment of modern knowledge in the time of Newton.
Weather and dark evenings have restricted our outdoor activities, but two meetings were held towards the end of term on the Close, when there were several aircraft that got airborne and one or two that didn't. Indoor meetings have been held; a Club glider has been purchased and is well on the way to completion. We hope to fly it at free-light meetings in the Summer term. Attendances have been good; the models built at School range from a large A/2 glider through contest power models to chuck gliders. Next term it is hoped to hold more flying meetings, both free-flight and control-line, and we also hope to have Mr. Nelson of the Sheffield Society once more to talk on rubber-powered models.
THE teams have made a good start to the season. Three matches have been swum and the Senior team has won each one. Our main concern is the lack of reserves, especially among the Seniors. We should welcome any newcomers. I. R. Parker is proving a very able Captain and more than once has made victory certain with some fine swimming. Among the Juniors B. Cheetham deserves mention; his speed improves every time he swims. We have some promising young swimmers and if they continue to train as they are doing we shall have plenty of good material next year.
D. B. H.
v. Central Tech. School : Seniors won 20.5-17.5. Under 15 won 19 -18 .
v. Manchester G.S.: Seniors won 24.5-19.5. Under 15 lost 13-19.
v. Nottingham H.S.: Seniors won 23-22. Under 15 won 26-19. Under 13 won 34-10.
THE game has maintained its popularity among the Fifth and Sixth forms. Interest has, however, flagged in the ladder competition which has now developed into a struggle among the leading five players. As a result no new players have represented the School, although one Fourth former is to be congratulated on his performances. Two matches have been played, the first against Firth Park, again closely contested, but lost, owing to insufficient practice and a lack of determined concentration; the other, against Crookes Youth Club, resulting in a decisive victory. The following have represented the School : Dungworth (Capt.), D. A. Pike, Grant, Bailey, M. R. Pike.
D. A. P.
WITH a record number of members, the demand for lunch-hour games has been very great, although little time has been devoted to ladder games. The main function for this term has been the annual club Singles knock-out, which was narrowly won by Bridge, beating Potter 5-15, 18-13, 18-14.
The team has not been at all successful, losing the majority of the matches played. There has been a great deal of fluctuation in the standard of play, though the defeats have generally been narrow. We are glad to say, however, that we have at last been able to gain revenge over the Staff (who unfortunately had to field a weakened team) beating them by 7 rubbers to 2 in a very enjoyable match.
In our later matches a new couple, Dixon and Ellis, have been given a trial, and with the experience they have thus gained they should form the nucleus of next year's team. I should like to thank Mr. Sinclair for his never failing support and encouragement.
Team : J. A. Anderson, A. B. Bagnall, B. H. Bridge, D. J. C. McAteer, M. Potter, C. A. Sheridan. Also played : F. A. Dixon, J. M. Ellis, A. E. Grant, R. Shekelton.
D. J. C. M.
v. St. Matthias B.C. (Away), lost 7-2.
v. Nether Green B.C. (Home), lost 7-2.
v. Nether Green B.C. (Away), lost 9-0.
v. Ranmoor B.C. (Away), lost 8-1.
v. St. Mark's B.C. (Home), won 7-2.
v. St. Matthias B.C. (Home), drawn 4-4.
v. Old Greystonians B.C. (Away), lost 6-3.
v. Staff (Home), won 7-2.
v. High Storrs G.S. (Home), lost 5-4.
v. Crookes Congregational B.C. (Away), lost 7-2.
v. Leeds G. S. (Away), lost 5-4.
v. High Storrs (Away), won 6-3.
NOT long after the beginning of the Lent Term the Scouts lost their very good friend and Group Treasurer, Dr. C. J. K. Magrath, O.B.E. Shortly before his death he had addressed the Rover Crew on his reminiscences of 40 years at K.E.S., an occasion which few will forget who were present. Dr. Magrath had been Group Treasurer since 1946 and had given the Scouts the benefits of his wise experience. The Scouts record with gratitude his services to the Group. A Guard of Honour representative of all Troops and the Rover Crew was mounted at the funeral service at Ecclesall Parish Church on February 6th.
The post of Group Treasurer has been filled by the appointment of Mr. J. A. Bray, whom we welcome to the Group.
The Scouts are much in the debt of the Old Edwardians Association who have donated a large sum from the War Memorial Fund. We are indeed grateful for this generous gift and intend it for some capital expenditure which we would not otherwise be able to make.
G. S. M.
MONDAY evening meetings continue to provide the centre of "A" Troop's scouting and they have been keenly attended. The Troop has welcomed two recruits and they are now invested as Scouts and are on the way to securing their Second Class badge. Patrol Leader Battye is to be congratulated on gaining the First Class badge; other Scouts are expected soon to gain the same award.
The annual Christmas Party, in which the P/L's played a prominent part and where the Group Scoutmaster was a happy guest, was thoroughly enjoyed; thanks are due to the parents for providing the meal. At half-term a complicated wide-game showed the inability of several Scouts to carry out given instructions, and ended, as it began, in a drizzle. Later, several disguised and heavily laden Seniors could be seen disappearing into the back of a van at Fox House.
The Senior patrol formed last term and called the Mitchell patrol has continued under Bill Lee its programme of studying civic life. An informative visit to the G.P.O. was followed by an equally interesting one to the Fire Station. Several emergency calls occurred, and more than once the firemen came to earth down the pole. Roger Laughton (" Lottie "), to the delight of the whole Troop, has gained the Queen's Scout Badge, the highest award open to Scouts.
At Easter, another camp for P/L's and Seconds will be held, again at Barlow. It will be led by "Marl" Lodge and Frank Smith, aided and abetted by James Daglish whose allegiance was transferred a year ago to Teeside Middlesbrough. The Troop Whitsuntide camp will be at Newstead Abbey, an extremely good site in Nottinghamshire; the week there promises to be full of surprises, both in menus and activities. Summer camp will see the Troop in the south-west, at Par, near St. Austell in Cornwall. This has every indication of being a good site; given fair weather, the camp should be a most enjoyable ending to the year's activities.
THE Lent Term is always a quiet one; the bustle and excitement of the first term of the year with new recruits has passed, and the main purpose of the term is to get some sound scouting done in preparation for camp. Badge work has progressed steadily but not spectacularly and several Scouts are off on First Class hikes during the holidays.
Besides the usual Troop meetings we have again spent some time in checking and repairing our tents. Camping this year will be better than ever with more tents, new cooking equipment, and a large new groundsheet for each Patrol. The groundsheets are the latest equipment bought with funds raised by the Parents' Committee, who have also given us a new Troop flag which will be formally presented next term. We thank them for all their efforts on our behalf. We are also very grateful to the parent who has given us two tents. The Jumble Sale this year raised over £50, our best result ever.
The P/ L's of the Troop have played a very active part in running activities. In particular, two Troop meetings were organised entirely by them with great success. Camp preparations are well under way and we expect a really good attendance at both camps. After Whitsun the Troop will be reorganised as usual and there will be a few vacancies for new members.
J. W. H.
Now that numbers in the main Troop stand at 35, with 17 in the two Senior Patrols, " C " Troop is comfortably full. Under five new P/L's, progress in badge work is being made in most departments after a rather slow start.
The Senior Troop has met to be invested on January 11th, to study pioneering and astronomy together in the hut, and to hike by day and night as patrols. There is a prospect of more than one Queen's Scout badge in the near future, and the adventurous Irish expedition in the summer will form the climax of the year's work. Probably the most colourful event of the past term was the Operation " 235 " in the city, which involved disguises, research, canisters of fissile material and housebreaking.
The Jumble Sale made another record gain of over £73. Thanks are due to parents for their splendid co-operation in this, as in the Parents' Social earlier in the term. The death of Dr. Magrath came as a sad surprise. A number of " C " Troop Seniors formed part of the guard of honour at the funeral. Though few of the present Troop will have met him personally, he was a good friend to the Scouts in many ways.
The camping season will soon be upon us, with all the fascinating activity it brings with it-buying of equipment, checking old kit, train timetables, menus and so on. From all appearances this will be as enjoyable as ever-if not more so, as we seem to find ourselves saying every year.
J. P. CATCHPOLE (1949-56) has been selected to attend the I.C.I. Vacation Scholarship Course for undergraduates and graduates in Chemical Engineering at Billingham next summer. Among these scholarship holders, one from each University, he represents Birmingham University.
R. G. S. LUDLAM (1934-40), graduate of Sheffield University, has been appointed Registrar-Secretary of the Institution of Metallurgists. He has been Assistant Registrar at the University of Leeds since 1951.
E. M. T. FIRTH (1918-22), Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Health, has been appointed Registrar-General.
P. G. HUDSON (1937-43), formerly Private Secretary to the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, has been appointed Civil Air Attache in the Far East.
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Catches : Gilpin, D., 14 (W.k.) ; Sivil, E. W., 12 ; Olivant, J. K., 9; Kay, D. S., 9; Woodcock, D. H., 8.
Total runs scored by O.E. 2,901 ; opponents 2,631. Total wickets taken by O.E. 232 ; opponents 217. Runs per wicket scored by O.E. 13.5 ; opponents 11.3.
Matches won 13; lost 9; drawn 6; cancelled 1.
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To the Editor of the Magazine,
In sending you greetings from the land of crumpets I have difficulty in steering a way between the customary scandalous but harmless gossip and the Truth, which is at once more awful and more banal.
However, I can safely begin with the Dinner, the main event of the Club year, at which a surprisingly large number of members felt able to look the Headmaster and Mr. Wrigley in the face. We were joined on this occasion by a dozen of our cousins from the other place, and while we might not share their tastes in waistcoats or cigarette-holders we were very glad to see them, at least until the potatoes ran out. The Headmaster gave us an account of the School's activities during the last year which reassured us that while those members of the Staff and those aspects of School life which brought laughter to our hearts so many years ago are little decayed by the passage of time, things are not really what they were in our day. Mr. Wrigley is evidently finding the school meals of Hemel Hempstead to his liking and it was good to hear his joke about Booth and the Divinity lesson again. It is still funny.
Passing to a more serious subject, members of the Club have developed a distressing tendency to forswear the sports of their fathers. Mr. Hudson helped to row Queen's to victory in Torpids, thus dragging us to within a canvas of becoming a Rowing School. Mr. Thompson (J. W.) has become captain of the University cycling team and Mr. Drake still thinks lacrosse a game fit for gentlemen. Only at Teddy Hall where the soccer hearties reign supreme and St. Catherine's where Mr. Treeby is a third of the Water Polo team is a stand being made for orthodoxy. Nor is the situation any happier when it comes to matrimony. It is not that people will keep getting engaged-anyone who reads the papers knows that-but it is always the wrong people. The latest to be hooked is poor old Lodge who in his youth set an example of steadfast misogyny for which those who were closest to him will be eternally grateful but who is now, alas, a changed man. I hope that to our own sympathy will be added that of all who were ever stood on the form by him.
When it comes to culture the sound basis which was laid at K.E.S. has not been allowed to wither to anything like the same extent. Mr. Thomas has been editing Oxford Opinion, a periodical unhappily more bought than read; Messrs. Bennett and Mallet have kept the Queen's feet tapping at a tempo which quickens weekly after each guitar lesson; and Mr. Sharpe crooneth sweet arias nightly 'neath the ivied balconies of L.M.H.
What of the freshmen? I can only fairly report that this odd collection of adolescent schoolboys and uncouth National Servicemen is too long in coming out of the cavalry twill/dufflecoat/Prelim. phase, but we hope that with time edges will round and they will pass on to mightier, manlier thingsumbrellas, perhaps a homberg or two, and certainly the Schools, which wait for no man, not even your humble servant
POSSIBLY the most significant event in the year was the defeat of the First XI on the last day of the Autumn Term, by what can only be described as a scratch side. This defeat had the effect of injecting a feeling of urgency and determination into the team as a whole.
So, refreshed (or perhaps recovered) after the Christmas holiday, the team recorded four consecutive victories. Of these one was over Chesterfield (who had previously been undefeated), our first victory over this school for some five or six years. High Storrs was also beaten and we thus completed a 'double' over this school. This run of victories unfortunately came to an end at Grimsby where we were without Raynes at centre-forward. This loss of power possibly lost us the game.
In the home game against Ecclesfield (by far the strongest team in the area) we were narrowly defeated 2-3. This result compares favourably with our previous heavy defeat by this school and indicates a much improved defence and attack. After long abstinence due to the weather we were again beaten by a strong and very fit De La Salle side. But a return to form followed and the remaining matches against Mexborough and Huddersfield Amateurs were won.
The record-book shows that form throughout the season as a whole has been little more than mediocre. In spite of this there has been an undoubted improvement during the second half of the season.
HENDERSON : a good goalkeeper, capable of bringing off excellent and spectacular saves but not without his faults in handling and sometimes unsafe on the ground, particularly in dry weather.
HANCOCK : the most consistently good player in the side. His covering has been excellent and his defensive heading and kicking a joy to watch. Only latterly has he been beaten by a fast winger. With a little more attention to direction of kicking he can be a great power in attack as well.
BOARD : a converted half-back, he is noted particularly for his coolness under pressure. He too could become a force in attack with longer kicking.
BUCHAN : a forceful and enthusiastic Captain whose form has improved considerably during the latter half of the season. His kicking and passing are apt to be a trifle hurried and haphazard.
FINDLAY : started the season at inside forward but passed too inaccurately to be effective. As a centre-half his headwork and tackling have been outstanding. His distribution however is rather shaky.
POWELL : an extremely fit and tenacious player with the ability to cover a vast amount of ground. His covering in defence has been exceptional and he is the main link between defence and attack.
HUDSON : a strong player, rather inclined to hold the ball too long when quick release of it would have created danger for a defence. With more variety in his attack he could become a good winger.
NEWSOM : makes up for lack of weight by shrewd positioning (notably gathering clearances from the defence) and passing. An unhappy season due to injury.
ANDREW : very hard-working and can cover a great deal of ground so that he can clear in defence one minute and be following up a shot for goal the next. This ability has earned him many goals.
RAYNES : a Second XI discovery, he has become the keystone of the forward line. He is direct, with an accurate hard shot in both feet and goes like a tank. An excellent centre-forward.
MANTERFIELD : lent a touch of class to the forward line by his shrewd unhurried use of the ball. His trapping of the ball is a delight.
WHITE : a disappointing season after last year's promise. His lack of weight is a disadvantage which he tries to counter by overdoing his skilled dribbling. When he is direct he is very dangerous.
Full colours : Henderson, Hancock, Powell, Andrew, White, McAteer.
Half colours : Board, Findlay, Raynes, Manterfield, Pike, Edmonds, Macleod, Searle, Crowson, Needham, Gillott, A. Dungworth.
Our warmest thanks are due to Mr. Arthur. By the institution of the Captains' meeting he has advanced a more efficient and fairer method of selection.
J. B., B. C. A.
(Season) Played 24, Won 12, Lost 11, Drawn 1, Goals for 72, against 67.
v. Nottingham University (Home), won 3-2.
v. Mansfield G.S. (Away), won 6-2.
v. Chesterfield G.S. (Home), won 2-0.
v. High Storrs G.S. (Away), won 3-1.
v. Grimsby (Away), lost 1-3.
v. Ecclesfield (Home), lost 2-3.
v. De La Salle College (Away), lost 1-6.
v. Mexborough (Away), won 5-2.
v. Huddersfield Amateurs (Home), won 5-3.
AN amazing variety of wintry conditions, of which 1958 so far has a grisly record, has affected the programme of the team. Four games were cancelled and in almost all the others the elements played a major part. Thus the record is not so impressive as last term, but for the whole season there is little doubt that this is one of the strongest all-round XIs the School has had for some years, even allowing for the fact that there seems to be a tradition here of good standard in Second Eleven play.
Some of our number have been called upon more frequently by the First XI, and have not disgraced themselves in the process. The enforced changes have made it possible to carry out a number of experiments, which may yield fruitful results next season; one of the most pleasing features of the term has been the ability of the team to settle down to positional changes, and of newcomers to adapt themselves to the style of play of the ` old guard.' There has been strong competition (as there should be) for places in all the Senior School sides this year, and one or two nameless persons who began in the august ranks of the First XI last September were not entirely certain of a place in the Third XI towards the end of this term !
Our thanks again must go to McAteer, who as Captain makes up in enthusiasm and determination what he lacks in football finesse; he has been a pleasure to work with and fully merited the award of a full Soccer colour at the end of the seasonthe first time in our memory that such an honour has been accorded to the 2nd XI Captain. McLeod has struggled against injury and has lost some of his speed as a result, but he will also be missed next season. Pike has been a most loyal and hard-working member of the side; perhaps his Soccer has never quite fulfilled the promise of his junior days, but he is a fine ball-player on his day and is now able to stand up to the hurly-burly of senior soccer more readily. Of others who may not be with the team next season, Foster has played a number of excellent games and with greater consistency would be an asset to any side. Edmonds has been a dependable full-back and most conscientious in acting as reserve when required, whilst Grist has developed into a sound if rather unimaginative left-winger. Searle has kept goal well throughout the year, and had the distinction of scoring from a penalty in his last match !
Some of the younger members will doubtless be seriously challenging for First XI places next autumn. Needham has the makings of a clever inside forward and is learning to distribute the ball effectively as well as making individual bursts. Ellis has played well both as half-back and more recently in the unfamiliar role of centre-forward. Dixon, after being tried out in the forward line, has returned to the defence to play some well-balanced games. These are promising prospects for next year, and Crowson will no doubt be anxious to win back his place at centre-half if he returns; since coming down to the Second XI he has been able to play his natural attacking game with great effect, and has considerable potential. And there are others-for instance Swift and Bows-who are not far behind in talent and should also make their mark.
T. K. R.
(Season) Played 19, Won 15, Drawn 2, Lost 2, Goals for 96, against 32.
v. Dronfield (Away), lost 1-2.
v. Mansfield (Away), won 4-0.
v. Chesterfield (Home), won 1-0.
v. Grimsby (Away), drawn 4-4.
v. Mexborough (Home), won 7-0.
v. Huddersfield Amateurs (Away), won 8-0.
THE Lent Term has not been a heavy one as regards fixtures and of the seven matches arranged three have been cancelled owing to the poor state of the pitches. Of the remaining games two were won and two were lost-26 goals being shared with our opponents.
The fact that the team has scored, on average, just over three goals per match and have conceded a similar number suggests that the emphasis has been on attack. This, in fact, has been the case, resulting in much attractive football with the final score always in doubt until the end. Both the fixtures that were lost were against strong opposition -particularly in the case of the Central Technical, who fielded their First XI. The return game, in which nevertheless we were hoping to reverse the result, was unfortunately one of the games which had to be cancelled.
Two weaknesses in the side as a whole were firstly that on occasion their play was not as forceful as the situation demanded, and secondly a tendency in heavy going to play too closely, ignoring the " long ball." The side has been well captained by Gillott and in his absence by Bailey.
J. A. B.
v. Old Edwardians (Home), cancelled.
v. Rowlinson School (Home, won 4-2.
v. Gregg School (Away), cancelled.
v. Central Technical School (Away), lost 5-2.
v. Central Technical School (Home), cancelled.
v. Owler Lane (Home), won 5-2.
v. Marlcliffe School (Home), lost 2-4.
THIS has been a very successful term. The defeat at Chesterfield was by the narrowest of margins and it is noteworthy that on no occasion this season has the team lost by more than one goal.
Some very good football has been played, particularly in the last two matches, and both defence and attack have improved considerably. The attack has played with great dash and, ably supported by its wing halves, has engineered many scoring positions. It is a pity that poor finishing prevented more goals. The defence, with Nosowski recovering his old form, has been much tighter. Both fullbacks have tackled hard, recovered quickly and showed good tactical sense in covering each other and the goalkeeper and in distributing, rather than merely clearing, the ball.
Not the smallest factor contributing to our success has been our reserve strength. There have been an unusual number of players of about first team standard and, quite apart from spurring on the actual members of the team, this has enabled us to make more light than usual of injuries and absences. Dench has played occasionally and has fitted well into the pattern of the team; Nell, Kelham, Marsden and Hardy have all been considered. The adaptability of Woolhouse has helped us to make the best use of this reserve strength.
The team :
BENNETT-a sound goalkeeper with safe hands and a good throw.
BELK-an enthusiastic fullback who covers well.
BALL-deceptively clumsy, he has used his height and weight to good effect and has rarely been beaten. He ought to try the centre-half position.
PARKER-vice-captain ; an intelligent player who has worked very hard and is always on the look-out for a scoring chance.
NOSOWSKI-his form gradually improved and by the end of the season he was once more beginning to dominate midfield play. He is rather slight for centre-half.
PIKE-a competent half-back, quick in the tackle and a good ball-player.
ELLIOTT-has put on height and weight in the course of the season. A terrier type winger, very difficult to dispossess. He has improved his centring technique.
WOOLHOUSE-the utility man of the team. Perhaps his best position would be wing-half.
COTTINGHAM-he owes his undoubted success rather to his tenacity in following up half chances than to his shooting power. Generally he missed goals he should have scored and vice versa.
TRANMER-a steady captain and a good ball-player, but he will have to learn to mix it more. He has laid on many scoring chances and has combined well with his winger.
NEWTON-a strong runner who likes to get his goals from a defensive position. He has a powerful shot which he has not used nearly enough.
The team would like to thank Mr. Bennett for his unfailing support and encouragement from the touchline.
The turn-out of the team has been impeccable ; one fashion which we should like to see continued was the wearing of white stockings which looked very smart and which seemed perceptibly to add to morale.
D. J. W., G. W. T.
Played 14, Won 8, Drawn 4, Lost 2, Goals for 57, against 25.
v. Rowlinson School (Home), won 9-0.
v. Chesterfield G.S. (Away), lost 3-2.
v. De La Salle School (Home), won 4-1.
v. Mexborough G.S. (Away), drawn 1-1.
v. City Boys (Home), won 6-1.
Leading scorers : Cottingham 19, Tranmer 11.
RESULTS this term were not very good, but during the term there was a considerable improvement in the standard of play, particularly in the defence where covering and tackling were very much better and where the half-backs began to distribute the ball more carefully. Wileman set a very good example in his efforts at centre-forward but lack of shooting power among the other forwards made his task too difficult on many occasions. The forwards are small and are therefore at a disadvantage on heavy grounds, but would do much better if they tried to be more direct in their approaches to goal.
J. C. H., F. D. A. B.
(Season) Played 16, Won 5, Lost 8, Drawn 3.
Jan. 18 v. Rowlinson School, won 4-2.
Feb. 1 v. Rotherham G.S., lost 3-8.
Feb. 4 v. Chesterfield G.S., lost 0-3.
Feb. 15 v. Owler Lane School, drawn 2-2.
THE team has played and lost two games this term, being the return fixtures against Rotherham and High Storrs respectively. Despite these defeats the team was not without talent : Bishop and Fairhead deserve special mention as good prospects for next season's Under 14, while Blake, Morgans and Sallis should profit from their experience of inter-school football and do well in next season's Under 13.
J. E. T.
v. Rotherham G.S., lost 1-12.
v. High Storrs G.S., lost 0-7.
IN a quiet season no reputations have been made or lost, only one bloody struggle takes its place in the annals, and no one has lost an ear or broken a bone.
The veterans have matured into consistent and accomplished players. Gould shows skill in any of the forward positions; Sara was selected to represent the South Yorkshire G.S. XV; Ogglesby has developed a most elusive run; Waterhouse shows enthusiasm in his new position in the back row; and Church has proved very versatile in a number of positions. Mr. Harrison has given us every encouragement on Wednesdays , and his practical demonstrations of strong running, determined tackling and varied tactics have been useful and stimulating to everyone.
There is much enthusiasm in the Colts XV, which gives every sign of forming a strong team next year. Faults in technique are being corrected and even occasional flashes of brilliance are witnessed. General interest in Rugby has not been widespread among the Upper School, and it is a tribute to the few addicts that they should have remained so faithful to the game. In a school that caters for so many varied sports, a solid core of real enthusiasts is necessary-won't you come and join the dance ?
M. B. H.
PERSISTENT bad weather in the second half of the season has cancelled most of our fixtures. Three matches have been played. That against Rowlinson T. S. confirmed our earlier victory. Mt. St. Mary's and Lady Manners, playing with teams under the same age-limit as our own, defeated us.
Maxwell, a young and able player, leaves the School this year. He was particularly promising in line-out play, being quick to seize opportunities; as was Wager, who proved an efficient hooker, also active in the loose. At wing-forward, Laughton has improved greatly and is now an integral part of the School's attack. In the difficult position of full-back, Marshall is a reliable tackler and kicker. Also reliable in defence was Sykes, who has on occasion played full-back successfully. Wilkes, at lock, has a safe pair of hands and the ability to clear the ball well.
Next season, the nucleus of the team will become the First XV, for which an extensive fixture list has already been drawn up. It is hoped that they will have the same success as this year's Colts, whose play has been constantly improving. Full attendance at practices is essential to secure team co-operation in the field.
A. W. S., I. W.
Played 10, Won 7, Drawn 1, Lost 2, Points for 150, against 54.
v. Chesterfield Under 15 (Away), won 42-0.
v. Worksop Under 15 (Away), drawn 3-3.
v. Doncaster Under 15 (Home), won 6-5.
v. Stockport Under 15 (Home), won 15-3.
v. Rowlinson 1st XV (Home), won 12-10.
v. Mount St. Mary's Under 15 (Away), won 29-0.
v. Lady Manners Under 15 (Home), won 11-3.
v. Rowlinson 1st XV (Away), won 23-0.
v. Mount St. Mary's Under 16 (Home), lost 13-6.
v. Lady Manners Under 16 (Away), lost 17-3.
Two newcomers to Rugby and to the team have distinguished themselves, both in the three-quarter line. J. M. Booth has run and tackled well, and P. R. Whyman, now the fastest player in the team, scored two tries in his first match. M. A. Hall has continued to give spirited leadership to the pack. If sometimes outclassed by opponents of superior skill, the team has always kept going cheerfully and has played in the spirit of the game. Defensive play has been very determined, the attack rather weaker, and, at times, lacking in co-operation. With further determination to remedy weaknesses this team should do well in the future.
T. G. C.
(Season) Played 7, Won 3, Lost 4.
v. Mount St. Mary's Under 13 (Home), won 8-5.
v. Lady Manners Under 13 (Away), lost 6-0.
PHEW ! In spite of the fact that we had a very heavy schedule to fulfil the Clerk of the Weather was even harsher than expected. As a result some six afternoons were buried in snow or drowned in torrential rain. On other afternoons boys narrowly escaped the same fates
We were unable to complete the League fixtures but fortunately Welbeck and Chatsworth had emerged as first and second League champions respectively. Chatsworth, as well as winning the Second League, challenged strongly to be head of the First but were decisively defeated 9 0 by Welbeck whose play has undoubtedly been of a high standard.
A break in the weather in the last weeks of term enabled us to complete the Cross Country championship, won by Lynwood (individual winner Sheasby) and the Rugger Sevens tournament which also went to Lynwood.
B. C. A.
(1) Sheasby (Chatsworth), (2) Cash (Clumber), (3) Brothers (Wentworth).
House Points : Lynwood 282, Wentworth 344, Clumber 373, Sherwood 389, Haddon 405, Welbeck 411, Chatsworth 471, Arundel 539k.
THE Lent Term has been one of keen competition with some exciting games. At the end of the Autumn Term Wentworth appeared to be almost certain of winning the League championship but fell away in their last two games with the result that at the top there was a triple tie. Arundel, Lynwood and Wentworth had each won 5 of 7 games played. After a complicated series of play-off matches Wentworth were the winners of the Trophy.
The Cross Country championship gave us one of the best finishes we have seen. B. Bennett (Welbeck), F. Parker (Lynwood) and P. Wileman (Sherwood) finished the course in that order after a terrific struggle. Only a yard or two separated the three of them. The race was a triumph of teamwork for Arundel whose 8 men to count occupied places 4, 8, 10, 13, 14, 29, 32, and 34, in a field of 120.
During the last week of term we held an Inter-house Rugby Sevens competition which was won by Arundel. Although their knowledge of rules is still rather hazy, the footballers who took part seemed to enjoy themselves.
J. C. H.
(1) Arundel 144, (2) Welbeck 193, (3) Sherwood 234, (4) Lynwood 279, (5) Clumber 297, (6) Wentworth 306, (7) Chatsworth 356, (8) Haddon 368.
SPRING Term is always a gamble with the weather, and we have rather mixed fortune this year. With the League programme completed, a Form championship was keenly fought out, the winners being 2(4) and 1(2), each winning very comfortably.
Cross Country practices and the championship followed; the result is appended. One afternoon of Standard Sports was held, but the weather prevented the completion of the programme. Instead, a House Knock-out competition resulted in a narrow win for Arundel, who beat Haddon 4-3 after extra time. In the Second XI competition Welbeck had an easier task, beating Clumber 7-0.
Individuals : (1) D. Brook (Chatsworth), 24 min. 25 sec. (2) S. Broomhead (Clumber), 24 min. 50 sec. (3) G. W. Bridge (Arundel), 24 min. 52 sec.
Houses : (1) Arundel 168, (2) Chatsworth 177, (3) Clumber 197, (4) Welbeck 206, (5) Haddon 283, (6) Sherwood 342, (7) Wentworth 356, (8) Lynwood 454.
Lent Term saw the dispersal of the shadows which the gloom of Autumn seemed to have cast over the House. Arundel's high status in School activities was once again restored by the energetic and capable members of the Junior and Middle sections. Bishop led the Junior Cross Country team to a magnificent and much-deserved victory. Their success was rendered all the more outstanding by their clear-cut margin of victory and close packing. Yet the Middle School must be regarded as the strongest section of the House in all fields. The football shield and cross country trophy were captured in spite of strong opposition. Our congratulations must be extended to the members of both teams, and especially their respective Captains, Rhodes and Kingman, upon their success.
In the Senior School the paucity of first-class athletes brought about the dismal failure of the Cross Country team. However, it still remains a mystery how twelve runners set off from Whiteley Woods but only nine finished-three vanishing en route seemingly without trace. Our chances in the Rugby Sevens were frittered away by a lack of organised training, but a defeat by only 3-0 by the eventual champions cannot be considered too discouraging.
Our warmest congratulations to Linstead on his Open Exhibition for History at Corpus Christi, Oxford. With regard to next term, we look forward to our annual winning of the Standard Sports and Athletic championships. Yet training and a determination to help the House will alone secure success; the House as a whole must strive to secure this.
Our hopes of success in the Senior Soccer league were shattered early this term when Elliott left and Manterfield was selected for the School XI. Thus weakened, the all-important clash with Welbeck brought us defeat. The Second XI, however, retained its trophy and the Middle School was rather unlucky in finishing sixth.
In the Rugby Sevens competitions the Seniors were easily defeated, whereas the Middle School team (comprising seven soccer players) performed creditably, being defeated in the semi-final only after extra time. It is suggested that the latter concentrate on Rugby next year !
Contrary to expectations, the Juniors did extremely well in the Cross Country and achieved second place. D. Brook, of the first year, was the individual winner-a truly remarkable performance. The Senior team, considerably weakened by the absence of four of its members, finished seventh, though Sheasby, School C.C. Captain, was first home. The Middle team also came in seventh. The Water Polo team sank to the lowest possible depths and deserves no further mention.
We extend our best wishes to Stead who is leaving, and congratulate J. D. Cartwright and P. C. Hawley on their scholarships at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and Queen Mary College, London, respectively.
The achievements on the football field have unfortunately not come up to expectations, although the Seniors eventually finished the season with a creditable five points out of a possible ten. The various Cross Country races did not produce the much hoped-for team effort, but did produce several outstanding performances, of which special mention must be made of that of Cash, who came second in the Senior race. He and Roddis have also been consistent performers in the School team. In the final and most important match of the Water Polo league the team had a surprisingly easy victory by 6-0 over Lynwood, our nearest rivals, giving us seven victories in seven games. Parker and Cheetham excelled; the rest of the team gave ample support. Parker has now been appointed School Swimming Captain, a position which he undoubtedly deserves, and we offer him our congratulations.
The end of the Lent Term marks the end of the Soccer season for another year. For their services to School soccer, several members of the House have received recognition. Full Soccer Colours have been re-awarded to J. White and awarded to E. W. Powell, whom we must also congratulate on receiving a medal for Football. Half-colours have been awarded to M. H. Crowson, J. N. Edmonds, and D. A. Pike.
Owing to the number of boys in School teams the Senior 1st and 2nd League games were not very successful for us. In the final of the Senior Knock-out, Haddon lost to Lynwood 3-2. Little, unfortunately, can be said in favour of our Middle School soccer, but the junior 1st team won their Knock-out Shield.
The Water Polo league has finished and the House was placed fifth in a league much knocked about by 'flu and other winter ailments. Five seems to be the House's lucky number, since all Cross Country teams were placed fifth in their events. There is little outstanding talent in this sport and the positions attained were due to team running.
Next term we look forward to another Cricket season, and in this connection should congratulate D. A. Pike on being selected by Yorkshire Cricket Club to go on an Easter Training Scheme at Headingley.
This term has seen a varied standard of performance on the games field. None of the football teams did particularly well, except the Knock-out team whose success was reported last term. In the Water Polo league the team finished second, losing only one of its seven matches. The team played well throughout, all members being keen and working well together. The Senior Cross Country team did well to win the championship-a success largely due to good packing, and an example to be emulated by the younger members in future years. The Middle School and Junior teams did not attain the same standard as their elder colleagues and leave much to be desired. A. E. Grant is leaving this term; we thank him for his service in the past and wish him all luck for the future.
This season has seen a somewhat renewed effort on the part of most House members. In spite of this, we have as yet been unable to win a trophy, although there have been some very creditable performances.
Outstanding in the Senior School was the Cross Country championship; although fourth in the result, Sherwood was the first house to register its ten runners home. This is a vast improvement, and, as many of the runners will be with us next year, the promise in this sport is good. Mention must also be made of an exceedingly fine performance by Ryder who ran splendidly and excelled himself by finishing ninth. The Middle and junior teams also were fairly successful, the Juniors being placed third; such zeal and energy can be put to good use in the forthcoming Standard and Athletic Sports, and perhaps in these a much needed trophy can be won.
Our congratulations are due to D. B. Anderson on his award at Nottingham University, and to J. R. Williams on his Choral Exhibition at Selwyn College, Cambridge.
Much has happened since the writing of the last report, but little success has come Welbeck's way. The Senior 1st League XI has justified our hopes and finished in first place; a large number of School
players have been eligible for competition and contributed greatly to the success. The Middle School team decided that two victories in the season were sufficient, and faded out into sixth place. To redeem their shortcomings, all members ran well in the Cross Country and solid packing ensured second place. B. Bennett is to be congratulated on being the individual winner. The Senior and junior teams, however, showed apathy and lethargy : sixth place was attained in both divisions.
Obviously it is not realised that everyone must be prepared to exert himself and make some sacrifice or effort if the House is to perform creditably. The Water Polo team fell away towards the end of the season and lost its final two games. Anderson and Macleod have departed from us after obtaining open awards at Oxford. Their strength and skill will be missed. We extend our congratulations to the latter, along with Andrew, Lord and Needham, on being awarded their Half Colours for soccer; and to Henderson who has received full Colours.
Lent Term saw the House placed high in many sporting events. In the Senior Cross Country we finished second (Brothers 3rd, Bainbridge 5th, Waterhouse 7th, Patrick 8th) and were second also in the Senior Soccer League. In Rugby Sevens, the team containing three members of the House was knocked out by one of the finalists after a hard fight. In Water Polo a certain lack of keenness was evident, but with more practice (and support from the side) we hope for better things in the future.
The Juniors have shown energy and enthusiasm, but lack the cohesion and staying power of many of their opponents. As a result, they did not distinguish themselves, but perhaps we will discover some brilliant cricketers among them next term.
Finally our congratulations go to our House pianist, Patrick, on being awarded an Open Scholarship at the Queen's College, Oxford, where he and Bainbridge, to whom we have also said farewell, take up their scholarships next October.
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