|VOL. XIV.||SUMMER 1958||
|SCHOOL NOTES||345||THE SEA||355|
|J. S. NICHOLAS||346||HIS MASTER'S VOICE||355|
|SCHOOL CONCERT||349||TABLE TENNIS||357|
|AN EASTER TOUR||340||UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS||357|
|SCENES BEHIND THE SCENES||350||SWIMMING||358|
|AND BEHOLD I SAW||351||ATHLETICS||358|
|SCHOOL SOCIETIES||353||HOUSE NOTES||366|
THE closing Assembly of the Summer Term had some unusual and saddening features. We were without a Headmasterand it must have been the greatest of his regrets that he was prevented, by the accident which has kept him immobile at his home for many weeks, from voicing his own and the School's farewells to Mr. Carter, Mr. Claypole, and five other leaving masters. We extend our sympathy to the Headmaster in his exasperating and painful misfortune, and also our appreciation of the indomitable tenacity with which he has maintained, from a distance, his usual unfaltering helmsmanship.
So Mr. Carter had to conduct his own valedictory Assembly, and this he did with characteristic efficiency and a dash of shrewd humour. Mr. Bramhall expressed the School's thanks and good wishes to Mr. Carter, and M. B. Hill presented the gift which, when translated into concrete terms, was to take, we understood, the form of a wrist-watchto remind the recipient of the times and bells to which he would no longer have to pay attention.
Mr. Claypole was presented, by J. Buchan on behalf of the School, with a coffee-set, and returned thanks in a graceful speech. The usual sports and games trophies were presented by Mr. C. C. Rigby, representing the Old Edwardians Association, and musical interpolations gave us a last enjoyable taste of the artistry of J. Buchan, J. R. Williams, and M. Turner.
In the course of the term it became known that five other masters were on the move, involving heavy changes in the Classical and English staffs. Mr. McKechnie has resigned his position as Senior Classical Master and leaves for Ratcliffe College, Leicester. Mr. Wilson is going to Monkwearmouth Grammar School, Mr. Turberfield to Birkenhead School. Mr. May has chosen Stockport Grammar School, and Mr. Hetherington will be found at Bedford Modern School.
Reference to the varied activities of these much-to-be-missed leavers is made under several heads in this Magazine. May we summarise these in a collective goodbye and thank-you to a group of good friends whose service here has covered and contributed to a period of notable liveliness and enterprise in the annals of K.E.S. ?
New members of the Staff whom we welcome this Autumn Term are : Messrs. A. Jackson, from Mill Hill School, as Second Master in succession to Mr. Carter ; G. H. Cowan, from Mercers' School, London, as Senior Classics Master ; P. D. C. Points, from Dover College, as Senior English Master ; J. B. Lockett and R. C. German, on the English side ; and M. A. Wimshurst and P. J. Watson-Liddell (an Old Edwardian) on the Classical side.
Speech Day will be held on Tuesday, October 28th, at the Victoria Hall. The prizes will be distributed by Mr. E. M. T. Firth, C.B., Registrar-General, an Old Edwardian of 1918-22.
STAFF LEAVERS JULY, 1958
P. R. May; A. F. Turberfield; P. S. Hetherington; D. J. Wilson.
G. H. Claypole; S. V. Carter; W. P. McKechnie.
Half-term holiday, October 31-November 3.
Term ends, December 18th.
Lent Term begins, January 6th.
Carol Service, in the Cathedral, December 15th, 7.30 p m.
Born 12th July, 1880. Died 13th July, 1958.
It was difficult to realise, on hearing of the death of J. S. Nicholas, that eleven years had gone by since he retired from the staff and from the position of Second Master which he had held since 1926. During these last eleven years newcomers to the school may have occasionally seen him, modestly inconspicuous, at a school function or commemoration service ; but only the memories of Old Edwardians and older members of the staff retain the strong, the ineffaceable impression which this remarkable man made upon them and upon the School.
For the rank and file of boys, the name of " Nick " must have been primarily the symbol of an almost inhumanly rigorous and terrifying code of discipline. To be unmercifully trounced, at a casual encounter in the corridor, for having hands in pockets or failing to pick up someone else's dropped bus-ticket, was not an encouraging or endearing introduction. Yet for all, or nearly all, some sooner some later, the step from fear and avoidance to sincere respect and affection seemed easy and inevitable. Those whom he taught (under the strange esoteric regimen of Room 63) knew when to be careful and when to lighten the proceedings with nicely calculated pranksin which the master usually had the last laugh. Members of his house, Chatsworth, were left in no doubt as to his determination to get the best out of every boy and his genuine appreciation of every success or praiseworthy effort. For that matter, no winner of game, race, prize or scholarship, regardless of House, and no talented performer in the arts, ever went without an open or private " Well done " from Mr. Nicholas.
It was this deep devotion to the well-being and well-doing of every boy, together with an acute judgement of character and ability, that made the influence of J. S. Nicholas the most powerful factor in the school's life for some twenty years.
A scholar of New College, Oxford, he joined the Staff in 1911, after experience at Oswestry School, at Haileybury, and at Christ College, Brecon. He served with a commission in the First War, returning to the school in 1919. He became Senior Mathematical Master in 1924, and Second Master in 1926. He retired in 1947.
On a bright sunny morning in May 1921 I walked up the main steps and entered for the first time the stately portals of King Edward VII School. I had been invited to an interview with the Headmaster for a post as assistant master to teach Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. This was thirty-seven years ago ; at the time, I thought I would stay for a few years and then move on.
I was impressed by the spacious building, the long corridors and the standing of the school in the educational world. There were about 550 boys in the Senior School and some 100 more in the Junior School. Everyone, both staff and boys, seemed conscious of the importance of the place. It was a fee-paying school ; the fees were six guineas a term and boys bought their own books, except for some thirty boys each year from primary schools who won scholarships. Most of the boys were admitted at 8 to 9 years of age to the Junior School and passed to the Senior School at 11 years.
The syllabus was more limited than it is today. Boys sat for the School Certificate, but regulations were such that candidates had to pass in at least five subjects, including a foreign language and Mathematics, at one sitting to gain a certificate at all.
School attendance included a session on Saturday morning and games for all were played on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. In front of the school in summer one saw a dozen cricket nets, used to the full for practice after afternoon school. The Athletic Sports were held at the end of the Lent Term, wet or fine, and prizes such as cricket bats, attache-cases, school bags, fountain pens and pencils, and even jam dishes, were awarded to the winners. During the events a band played popular music and the track was marked by many brightly coloured flags.
There was an area about 8 yards square on the east side of the Close, walled in and full of black water, or so it appeared. This was the swimming bath, and as you might expect was rarely used. The school had an O.T.C. (Officers' Training Corps) until 1926 when it was disbanded and the Scout Troops formed to replace it. About this time school plays were introduced, performed sometimes by boys and sometimes by Staff.
In 1938-9 there were rumours of war. War came in September, 1939 ; it was still holiday-time, and arrangements had already been made for the school not to meet in the school building until air-raid shelters had been built. Their construction began in October ; concrete tunnels, running the whole length of the building, were sunk under the grass in the Close. They are still there, but the entrances have been bricked up. In the meantime the boys were subdivided into six sections, according to the areas in which they lived, and met for lessons in private houses in groups of about twelve. Masters travelled from house to house, but as there was not one' master for every twelve boys the pupils were left to work on their own for half of each lesson. How much work was done in these intervals, was not always certain, but some mothers were good disciplinarians and others good enough at least to give a warning at the right moment. School reopened before Christmas and was never threatened by bombs in daytime during the whole war. The shelters were used for practice respirators on and down from the top corridor in two minutes. The bombing attack on Sheffield on a night in December 1940 might have demolished the school, for a large bomb fell at the corner of Newbould Lane and Clarkehouse Road, and St. Mark's Church, 300 yards away, was burnt out. The school lies in between these two points. However, only windows were broken. The next morning boys assembled as usual, but were very soon sent home as the school was to be used as a Rest Centre for people who had lost their homes. Mothers, fathers and children slept in the classrooms, dined in the dining-hall and sat in the dimly lit Assembly Hall. Some brought cats, dogs, canaries, and parcels containing all they had left.
Many younger members of the Staff joined the forces and their places were taken by women. These were well able to control the boys and the standard of teaching in no way suffered ; though I do remember one mistress so keen on her work that she did not notice the class, knees under their desks, gradually edging forward inch by inch until the mistress was completely hemmed in by a semicircle of desks.
From now on, "fire watching" was introduced. Senior boys, with a master in charge, stayed in the school from dusk to dawn each night. Their purpose was to put out incendiary bombs, if any fell, with the help of buckets, stirrup-pumps and sand, which stood at convenient points in the corridors. Some sleep was possible and breakfast could be taken at school next morning. For this service the government paid five shillings per night to each watcher.
The new Education Act of 1944 brought definite changes to the school. The fees were abolished, the Junior School closed, Saturday morning school ceased, and henceforth admission to the school was obtained by passing the 11+ examination.
There was considerable controversy with regard to these changes. Many parents objected to the change in status which the school was to undergo. Parents' committees were formed and endless correspondence appeared in the local press, claiming that the school was being degraded. All to no purpose ; the powers that were in power had their way.
Now, about 120 each year are offered places as a result of the examination. These boys are of a good type, intelligent, and seem pleased to be here. In recent years several improvements have been carried out. The excellent swimming bath, replacing the old one, was completed before the war ; the building extensions in 1952 provided new workshops for handicraft, biology laboratories, and art room and extra classrooms, giving place in the old building for an excellent library and a larger common-room for the 45 members now on the Staff.
The syllabus is broader, offering opportunities for learning at specialist level a diverse combination of subjects for which the boy is best fitted. Music, Handicraft and Economics take their place among the academic subjects of the old days. The public examinations now provide certificates showing the subjects in which the examinee passes, however few or many the subjects may be. The examination results are good, if not better, than ever before, and the school continues to hold its place in the competition for open scholarships to the universities.
And so I look back. Comparisons are odious, yet in spite of an obvious advance in the opportunities for learning and for a happy social life in the school, I sometimes wonder how much these facilities, available for the boys' welfare, are really appreciated now that they are free.
May I give a parting word of advice ? Take a pride in your school, take a pride in your own appearance, seize your opportunities now, and make the most of them.
S. V. CARTER.
We were grieved to hear of the death of G. I. SINCLAIR (K.E.S. 1943-51) at Eckington after a long illness. He had qualified for his M.B. degree at Cambridge, where he was a scholar at Clare College. He was married and had one daughter.
Dr. J. P. KENYON (K.E.S. 1937-45) is the author of Robert Spencer, Earl of Sunderland, (published by Longmans) a book which has received high commendation from many authoritative reviewers.
Superintendent F. S. GALE (K.E.S. 1922-7), who started his career in the office of the Sheffield Constabulary, has been appointed Chief Constable of Rochdale.
1. March from the Suite in E flat .. Holst
2. Piano Concerto in D minor (last move't) Bach
(R. J. Thompson, with Strings)
3. The Peasant Cantata .. .. ..
(I. M. Whitehouse, treble ; J. R. Williams, bass ;
Piano Duet : R. U. Watson, R. J. Thompson ;
4. " Royal Fireworks " Suite.. .. ..
5. Madrigals : " Now is the month of maying " Morley
" Adieu sweet Amaryllis " Wilbye
" Down in a flow'ry vale " Festa
" Of all the birds that I do know " Bartlett
6. Symphony No. 5 in C minor (1st move't) Beethoven
7. Hymn to the Stars .. .. .. Dyson
(Choir and Orchestra)
8. " Swansea Town " .. .. Holst
9. Violin Sonata in G minor (last move't) .. Schubert
10. Oboe Concerto in B flat Op. 3 No. 1 .. Handel
(M. Turner, Strings and Continuo)
11. Miniature Suite for Brass, Drums and Organ
arr. Ralph Williams
12. " In praise of Laughter'".. .. ..
(Choir and Orchestra)
The Orchestra opened both parts of the programme ; the first with Holst's March from the Suite in E flat, and the second with a spirited performance of Handel's Royal Fireworks Suite. A feature of the second movement of the latter was the lovely oboe tone, but it was a pity that the flutes' intonation was not secure in the last two movements. The other item for full orchestra, the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, was an ambitious choice, which turned out to be, like the curate's egg, good in parts.
In true Northern tradition we had some very fine brass playing in the Suite for Brass, Drum and Organ arranged by Mr. Ralph Williams from seventeenth century pieces. This was its first performance and was conducted by Mr. Williams, a well known and talented conductor. It is unusual to find in a school orchestra a brass section capable of playing in so convincing a manner, and Mr. Williams, who instructs the players, is to be congratulated on this performance.
The Choir's unaccompanied contribution was Holst's salty and stormy " Swansea Town," whose character was well realised, and they were joined by the Orchestra in Dyson's " Hymn to the Stars." Like other works by this composer, it is very easy to listen to and was given a sympathetic interpretation. In this, as in the other choral items, the clear enunciation enhanced the performance. Both bodies joined together again to bring the concert to a rousing conclusion with Handel's " In praise of Laughter."
Both vocal and instrumental soloists were given the opportunity to display their talents in Bach's " Peasant Cantata," with the accompaniment arranged by Mr. Barnes for piano duet ably played by Watson and Thompson. The Choir sang lustily as befitted the bacchanalian theme and with good tone throughout. Solo obbligati were played by J. Buchan (violin) and M. D. Linton (flute). The vocal soloists, 1. M. Whitehouse (treble) and J. R. Williams (bass), both tackled the difficult recits and arias with musical ability. Some of the arias were sung tutti by the appropriate sections of the choir, but nevertheless lost none of their flexibility of line.
J. Buchan, the leader of the orchestra, played with great feeling the last movement of Schubert's well known G minor Sonata, and R. J. Thompson, with a section of the orchestra, gave a remarkable and cleanly phrased reading of the last movement of Bach's D minor Clavier Concerto. M. Turner, in the Handel Oboe Concerto, produced a very rich mellow tone and showed a fine sense of musicianship in phrasing, a task undoubtedly made easier by the sympathetic string accompanimentsurely the outcome of most careful rehearsal.
It is difficult to decide which was the high-light of the evening. Certainly in the madrigals we heard singing of excellent quality, again with crystal-clear words, showing evidence of the enthusiasm of the group and the expert tuition they have had. The concert differed from previous ones in that Mr. Barnes was absent, owing to illness, from his customary place on the rostrum, although he had planned the programme and conducted the rehearsals until three weeks before the event. Nevertheless his high standard, now a tradition, was maintained under the able baton of Mr. Wightman. Mr. Bullivant was in his accustomed place at the organ and also accompanied in the violin sonata.
For the second year in succession an Easter walking party journeyed for eight days through the Yorkshire Dales, blessed by the very best of weather.
The scenery of Yorkshire is truly the most varied of any English county, and how apparent this was from the route taken. Malhamdale, as ever, was secluded and inviting, yet dominated by the natural limestone amphitheatre of Malham Cove. A brisk early morning walk led to Gordale Scar : a cold, bleak awe-inspiring collapsed cave. Falls and caves at Ingleton were visited and the peaks of Wheanside and lngleborough climbed by most of the party. The charm of Dentdale, its rippling stream meandering and splashing over a varied limestone bed and the narrow cobbled streets of remote Dent village, were soon forgotten during the mid-day struggle, in sweltering heat, over the steep moorland to Garsdale. As expected, the hostel at Keld provided splendid food and accommodation. The cataracts and gorge of Upper Swaledale were passed virtually without notice and a race developed through the broad and spacious valley below Keld to reach the market town of Reeth. The only rain on the trip occurred on leaving the much dilapidated although externally impressive Castle Bottom. An unexpected coach journey, high spirits in Kettlewell, and a short lecture on the outskirts of Grassington, concluded another enjoyable holiday.
Our Critic's comments on the last School Play, King Henry IV, Part 1, were, as one would expect, entirely honest, fair, and helpful. But his view was essentially that of a member of the audience. Some impressions of the production from the other side, the players' viewpoint, may perhaps be acceptable ...
Of the preliminaries to performance, there are miscellaneous memoriesthe rather nondescript jam, for instance, which was the only substance the Free Tea possessed " in anything like abundance "and Mr. Watling's Spirit Gum, remarkably redolent of rotting fish, which was liberally applied, regardless of the victim's comfort, to stick down false whiskersand, most vivid memory of all, the iron fire-escape which had to be negotiated in the cold, and usually wet, in order to reach the stage.
The play began uneventfully, except on the occasion when a member of the Royal House set out to prove that he too could be an "Angry Young Prince " if he wished, by wearing footwear more suited to a different kind of court. His show of independence had given out by the time he made his next appearance on-stage, however.
In Scene 3, which marks the first appearance of Hotspur, people shouted ; people shrieked ; people schemed. But all the while they tended to move across the stage somewhat devoid of purpose, with noses in air, like those horrid children in the "Ah, Bisto ! " advertisements ... perhaps this was due to the faint aroma of garlic which always cane upon one's senses exactly at this time each evening. The scent was noticeably stronger where the Rebels gathered.
The remaining scenes up to the interval are largely concerned with the Gadshill Diversion good. if not always strictly clean, fun. In the dressing-rooms meanwhile (that is, form-rooms adapted for the purpose) those with nothing to do and a long time to do it in contrived to while away the hours. Seniors conversed in earnest cabals, righting the wrongs of a troubled world or sat quietly aloneor, more frequently, played cards, " Cheat," a fine breeding-ground for Poker, being most popular. The Juniors, as far as choice of games went, displayed more lively imagination, soon reaching up to the heights of Monopoly and other exotic amusements.
Apart from games and discussion, the main occupation back-stage was Refreshment. A few plutocrats brought their own ; and drinks provided by the house were quickly snapped upmuch to the disgust of those left toiling on the stage in the big Boar's Head Tavern scene. Supplies were augmented from additional sources the arrival back-stage of participants in Scene 3 was the signal to send out emissaries with the Fish and Chip order. Their return with the soggy spoils was always heralded with great glee, and by a general down-tools among the card players. The chips were made to last almost until the interval, when ice-cream arrived from the kitchens. This was immediately seized upon and devoured, regardless of barely digested chips, (and to eat melting ice-cream, with one's mouth wreathed in whiskers, drooping moustache and beard, is no easy operation, if half the hairy adornment is not to be swallowed, nor coated with Wall's Threepenny Vanilla for the rest of the performance). As for having a greasy bag of chips thrust under one's nose behind the stage when attempting to intone snatches of 15th century plainsongthe only answer to that was to close one's eyes and hope for the best ...
Now came the time for donning stiff, paint-sprayed armour ; for making peculiar-shaped helmets fit on to peculiar-shaped heads ; for straightening bent scabbards, already generously mended with Sellotape ; for making sure one's sword moved easily in and out of its sheath (a particular nightmare, this) ; for finding the right shield" Mine's the one with the three black-beetle things crawling up it" ...
The Battle arrived, and commenced. No one knew, least of all the participants, what the precise outcome each evening would be. Only those with swords and shields felt any degree of security. It was a commonplace to arrive on the stage to find broken weapons littering the place from a previous armed conflict ; or to erupt on to the field at high speed, to find that one's visor had slipped squarely down over one's eyes. Shield in one hand, sword in the other, remedy was impossible. Duels then had to be fought more by divination than by certainty, plotting the position of an assailant by his barely discernible feet. There were also ugly rumours that on the last night the Rebels would refuse to admit defeat. Fortunately, history was allowed to take its course ...
At length The End hove in sight, and Falstaff finished off the dregs of the Sack (actually an extraordinarily insipid beverage whose commercial name we would rather not mention). Then the nightly Chaos, as people hurried to get changed and to remove make-up with the unromantic Trex cooking-fat. Taut nerves were relaxed, excited voices were raised in three rousing choruses of a slightly scandalous ditty with strong local historical associations. And all dispersed, with thoughts for the most part echoing Samuel Pepys' " And so to bed."
Only when all the hullabaloo and responsibility of performance is over can one begin to reflect on how much one enjoyed taking part. There were many happy moments in Henry IV, not least being the producer's friendly exhortations and his ever-present smile, which seemed to dissolve all nerves and tremors. What above all has seemed to characterise recent productions at K.E.S. is the sturdy comradeship which has quickly sprung up between all members of the cast, old and young, important or unimportant. This comradeship, one firmly believes, is the key to any success which may have been achieved by the School Dramatic Society, particularly over the last two years.
J. R. WILLIAMS.
A host stood waiting one winter day
Outside the fatal portal
Seeking admission to the way
Denied to living mortal.
Finally, when the hour was late,
Saint Pete (in German guise)
Appeared, to unlock the fabled gate,
The way to paradise.
Project then, reader, this sacred image
Onto the secular shore,
And see men waiting what seems an age
Outside the Library Door.
The Summer Term opens with three weeks in which the Concert has to be pulled into final shape, its many bits and pieces adequately rehearsed, and the considerable operation undertaken of channelling something like two hundred performers to the Hall for rehearsal and performance efficiently and without waste of time. It is unpardonable for a conductor to go sick at such a time, but this happened and it looked as if all the work done so far might be in vain. But the hour produced the manor rather men. Mr. Wightman readily undertook the final labours and was so fully backed up by all involved that all went well ; and to prove it to the bedridden conductor some boys on their own initiative kindly arranged a tape-recording and carried the heavy machine across country to him the next day. An account by one of the audience appears elsewhere.
Prior to this the Concerto Group and J. R. Williams provided an Informal Concert for the Bach Society, R. J. Thompson appearing as soloist in Bach's D Minor Clavier Concerto and M. Turner in the Handel Bb Oboe Concerto with conspicuous success. Members of the "A" Level sets also joined the Bach Choir, with J. R. Williams taking the bass solos, in Cantata 140 " Sleepers Wake " at a Concert of Set Works for schools.
The heats of the Music Competitions were judged by a committee of musical members of the staff. This was not due to any manifestation of Parkinson's Law but again because he whose job it is was still incapable. We are indebted to them and to Miss Rogers of Grange Grammar School who undertook the Final rounds. Prize winners were :Singing : Senior, J. R. Williams; Junior : I. M. Whitehouse. Keyboard : Senior C. J. Barnes and R. J. Thompson ; Junior, P. Johnson. Orchestra Instruments : Senior, M. Turner (Oboe) ; Junior, S. A. Morant (Violin). The standard was a high one and there were some enterprising entries, such as Linton's performance of some pianistic peculiarities of Satie and Kenning's Mozart Horn Concerto. Our composers have waited upon inspiration longer than usual and so the outcome of these competitions is not yet known.
Space precludes mention of all those who are leaving and whom we shall sadly miss, and in thanking only four whose talent and zeal have kept them rather in the limelight we thank all those others who by solid service in Orchestra, Choir and Madrigal Group have made their essential contribution to a tradition. We can do no better than wish them as happy music-making in the future, J. Buchan has been an outstanding orchestral leader, M. Turner a model for future oboists, R. U. Watson a solo pianist who has yet been adept in the less conspicuous art of orchestral continuo, and J. R. Williams a singer who has improved his talent with due care.
N. J. B.
The usual seasonal reduction in borrowing from the Library brought the circulation last term down to the figure of 1,470 volumes.
It still does not seem that losses from the shelves can be eliminated ; last term saw the loss of a further eight books. Many books which in previous terms have been revealed as missing at the stocktaking have in fact eventually been restored to the Library ; but in addition to last term's list of missing books there is now a hard core of losses amounting to 38 books since the beginning of the present Library in 1953. This is a problem which affects all libraries to some extent. Very often it is books of comparatively low worth that are taken, which only makes the motives of the persons involved seem even more mysterious. Is it a careless, or an intentional action by them, an antisocial gesture or the symbolic act of an unhappy psyche ? How gladly one turns to the circulation figures of each term and is reassured that our system of open access to the shelves is properly respected by so many.
Gifts are gratefully acknowledged from J. E. Dungworth, I. W. Newsom, I. P. Wallis.
A most successful, yet rather sad meeting was held in the Summer Term, when Mr. Claypole gave a farewell lecture, to a large audience. He spoke about, and read delightful extracts from, the four authors who had influenced him most when a young man : Belloc, Shaw, Chesterton and Wells. The meeting was most enjoyable and we were especially privileged to be given many autobiographical details too. We should like to thank Mr. Claypole very much and wish him a most happy retirement. Future secretaries should note that he does not propose to leave Sheffield for some little time ! Finally 1 should like to thank Loxley for his efforts and help as secretary of the society, and wish the society continued success and prominence.
P. R. M.
The only meeting this term, a very successful Mock Trial, was the predicted climax to the year's activities. The committee has tried to provide " something for everybody." A new feature of the repertoire was " What's My Line ? " It is hoped that more new features will be seen in the coming year, along with the old favourites (Debates, Talks, Discussions, and Brains Trusts). The committee would like to thank W. R. Gregory for his excellent posters which have helped considerably to improve on the good attendances of previous years. Unfortunately both Mr. Hetherington and Mr. May are leaving at the end of the Summer Term. As co-chairman they have done a great deal for the society. Many thanks and good wishes from the members accompany them to their respective new posts.
F. I. P.
The society has again had a really successful year and we should like to make special mention of Parker who has been a most efficient and willingly enthusiastic secretary. He, his committee and advertisers, have done a very fine job. For the future we hope that the society will continue to flourish and to maintain the high standards which it has kept for so long now.
P. S. H., P. R. M.
One meeting, a well-attended Mock Trial, was held this term. A willing victim was found in the Second Form, and his eccentricities were put to the test. Despite rigorous cross-examination by Pressley, Prosecuting Counsel, M. A. Hall persuaded an unbiassed jury to acquit his client.
Two meetings were held in the Summer Term. On May 20th, A. Dungworth gave a talk on "Andrē Gide, the passionate sceptic," centering on the dichotomy in Gide's spiritual make-up. On June 5th, Mr. Wightman, speaking on " Literary light on History," analysed written statements in the light of other evidence which had some bearing their historical accuracy. The speaker kindly brought some photostats along for us to see. Our thanks are due to Mr. Bramhall who chaired both meetings.
Activities this term have taken the form of two rehearsed readings of Mr. Watling's versions of Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone. These performances complete the cycle of Theban plays begun with King Oedipus four terms ago, and have offered the nearest approach to a production possible without staging. Their value to those wanting to master some of the technique of speaking and to widen their knowledge of drama has been so great that if possible more readings in other kinds of drama will be undertaken next year. It is hoped that senior members of the school, although their interests may not be primarily in the arts, will make use of these opportunities to make the acquaintance of a vital activity.
Next term's programme will include a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon to see Pericles, Prince of Tyre, a play less notable for its intrinsic qualities than for its manner of production. No seats are left but a waiting list for tickets is being kept. Announcements about other activities will be delayed until the next issue of the Magazine.
The state of the school's drama over the last year has been encouraging and the number of those who find an agreeable relaxation and deepening interest in acting has increased. In particular, many boys have found a voice, and a good one at that, where they had suspected none. Most gratifying to those whose aim it is to foster the Dramatic Society has been the way boys come back after one production for the next.
"Out of these convertites
There is much matter to be heard and learn'd."
R. B. C.
A will o'the wisp existence has continued throughout this year. The first two terms passed unobtrusively. Early in November, Dawson recounted his escapades of the previous summer at the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, famous in song and ballad. Despite the counter-attraction of " Gunpowder treason and plot," the meeting proved popular and informative. In March, Bardgett kept us up to date on his researches into the history of Roche Abbey, which, although less renowned than " the Borthwick," has already secured a place in all historical hearts.
Adding quality as well as colour to our meetings, Professor Le Patourel gave a pleasantly informal lecture on " Medieval Yorkshire Castles." It was largely due to the interest stimulated by this talk that a general clamour arose to organise a personal inspection of certain Yorkshire castles. Responding with equal enthusiasm, Mr. Cook booked a luxury coach and Mr. Wightman led a veritable phalanx of historians on a sprightly circular tour embracing Conisborough Castle, Tickhill Castle and Parish Church, and Roche Abbey. We had every reason to thank Mr. Wightman for this worthy climax to the year.
P. J. G.
Two excursions took place in the Summer Term, both into Yorkshire and to places with ecclesiastical connections. These included the remains of two Cistercian monasteries, Kirkstall and Fountains, the latter one of the greatest of English monasteries, Ripon Cathedral, the parish church of St. John, Leeds, consecrated in 1634, and the Abbey House museum at Leeds.
The ecclesiastical connections of Temple Newsam are perhaps purely nominal. The great mansion dates from Elizabethan times with substantial rebuilding and the collections of furniture and art which it houses cover four centuries. The purely secular was represented by the Leeds trams in which we rode. These too had a past, originally running in London.
The visits were well supported and very enjoyable. Our thanks are due to all concerned in making them possible. Among our guides were the Archdeacon of Leeds, vicar of St. John's, the Verger of Ripon Cathedral and, of course, Mr. Wightman, equally expert on Cistercian monasticism or the Leeds transport system, and equally eloquent in the refectory pulpit at Fountains or the monastic bath at Kirkstall. To him we are particularly indebted.
I should like to take this opportunity of thanking M. R. Pike and J. P. A. Hobson, respectively secretary and treasurer of the society, for the good work they have put in. Pike goes up to the Fifth, Hobson leaves us for Manchester. We wish them both well.
T. G. C.
This year we lose three more masters from our midst, Mr. Wilson, Mr. McKechnie, and Mr. Turberfield. Mr. Wilson, so to speak, is the last of the old guard of the days of Mr. Harvey, and his work for our department cannot be given its due of thanks. Mr. Turberfield has done much to keep our now failing society alive and we thank him for the great amount of work he has put in. We wish all the masters success in their new posts and ourselves must prepare to settle down under new mentors.
We thank Bows and Needham for their co-operation and help in running the societyand Mr. Wilson for his organisation of the Junior branch of the society, his bequest to the classical department which we hope will provide many members for its senior section in the future.
N. D. W.
The past term has been one of mixed success. The weather has once more interfered with our control-line meetings at school, and indoor meetings have not been as frequent as we would have liked. It is partly due to this that the Club model has not yet been completed.
In the free-flight field we have fared a little better. We flew against Rowlinson School, decisively beating them, only to be beaten ourselves by Sir William Turner's Grammar School, Redcar, in a postal competition. They won by a margin of 17 seconds, returning a total time of 11 minutes 44 seconds, against our time of 11 minutes 27 seconds. A team of intrepid school fliers journeyed to Woodford Aerodrome, near Manchester. to compete in a national model aircraft rally. We take great pleasure in congratulating R. H. Harrison on gaining 1st place in the Junior Power competition, winning honour for the school club and a handsome camera for himself. He also set up a club duration record of 13 minutes 25 seconds.
Once again we should like to thank Mr. Nelson for another interesting lecture, this time on rubber-powered models.
J. A. H.
Membership of this society, revived during the Spring and Summer terms, has necessarily been restricted to Fifth and Sixth forms. There has been enthusiastic support. From very small beginnings in available radio parts a number of boys have been able to complete radio sets working from the mains supply and providing reasonable loudspeaker output from one valve. We hope to increase our knowledge of this very wide subject and our output, in quality and quantity.
On listless rocky coasts
Undered by caverns deep and drear
There beats, as Thor beat,
In mighty Nature's hands,
That infinite force, that power.
Glory, restless, rolling might.
The black and regal sea.
In caverns deep on unknown ocean floors
They swirl and eddy, chuckle, fall and rise,
The thundering currents brave,
While the spirits of long-drowned men
Creak and swirl in the weedy deeps
And the proud waves cry for more.
The tyrant sea, the cruel sea,
Hunts its sacred surface
In packs of howling waves
Which seize and suck at man's
O insignificant man-made fish,
How can you hope to ride God's own
Magnificent thundering chorus of
His day-made sea?
Thou sea, that murmuring waits the day
When God shall need thy service
And earth the sea shall be !
D. E. RODGERS
• "Er ... Er ... Er ! " (record 492 in one period).
• " I shall have to see Mr. R .... son about that."
• "It's quite copyright, chaps, but you may use it in your essays."
• "A large bun for any boy ... "
• " Has anyone not brought his homework for any reason whatsoever ? "
• " You abject object ! "
• "Are they dropping out with speed ? "
• " I'm still as tough as ever." "Ahem .... now then, gentlemen."
• " The Library is closed for ever."
• "Essays ? "
• " Have you a chit for this, countersigned by Higher Authority ? "
• " I'm not a cow in a field, you know."
• " Get along with you, you old buzzard."
• " You must beware the temptations of the High School girls."
• " You bread and butter technicians ! "
• " Coal is the only raw material Britain possesses in anything like abundance."
• Oh dear ! There appears to be something wrong here."
• " Oi ... don't yer know he was hoofed out? "
• " You will be subjected to a very searching examination."
• "How do you expect me to hear you nod your head, unless your neck's broken ? "
• " Your French is constipated."
• " You're entitled to my Aunt Fanny ! "
Compiled by THE LITTLE BOYS BLUE.
The Troop looks back over a year which, after a slow start, has gathered impetus with increasing zeal and keenest. This Troop of young scouts has developed quickly in the essentials of Scouting and in Badge work, so that we can look forward to happy results next year, not least in the capture of this same spirit by new scouts.
The highlight of this term's activities has been the Whitsun camp at Newstead Abbey. The earlier camp at Easter proved to be a useful preparation and its value was clearly evident in the Patrol Leaders' sterling work. Almost the whole Troop descended upon Newstead, and almost the whole of the heavenly rains descended on the Troop as we first approached the Abbey. The bad weather cleared, however, and the beauty of these rural surroundings made its mark upon us all, and the open air life was pure delight. This idyllic peace was shattered by rising horn. rending axe and resounding song ; and at night invading lights and mysterious sounds betokened the course of wide-games and other nocturnal activities. Bivouac building was popular. Mr. Ellis, to whom school scouting owes much year by year, was a most courteous and helpful host.
Now we look forward to our two weeks summer camp at Par in Cornwall. The programme is varied and full, and many of the scouts will be enjoying their first visit there.
The Seniors, led by Bill Lee, have operated during the year under difficulties, but this places their achievements into deeper relief. As well as meeting regularly, they have given valuable assistance on Troop nights. In addition, each Senior has now gained his Queen's Scout badge. and more recently the Mitchell patrol has been planning its summer hike camp.
Parents continue to give help and encouragement. and to them we also owe the supply of new equipment. Finally, our good wishes to all Scouts for a restful holiday and good camping.
V. A. V.
The Summer Term has been a most useful and exciting one for " B " Troop. Considerable progress has been made in Badge work at all levels, and there are only a few Scouts in the Troop who are not Second Class now. Several Proficiency Badges have been gained and we congratulate N. Craig, I. Wright, M. Dungworth, R. Bagshaw and J. D. Wood, on gaining the First Class badge.
A very enjoyable Whitsun Camp was held in fair weather at Osmaston, attended by almost all of the Troop. The attendance at Summer Camp promises to be a record for the Troop and we look forward to our first camp in Sussex at Bexhill.
J. W. H.
During the Summer Term an equal number of Patrol and Troop meetings were run on Saturdays for the main troop, while the Seniors met less frequently but almost invariably in the open and with a definite objective. At Whitsun the Seniors ran their own highly successful Whit Camp, during which they all joined the Derbyshire Nationalist Party and taught St. Augustine's a thing or two. The Troop Whit Camp near Harrogate was enjoyed by all and will be remembered for its superb adjacent stumps pitch, its electric fence, its useless raft, the hunting of the horn, the soaking of Holmes's uniform (with Holmes inside it) and the Episode of Scougall's Knuckle. The Wolf Patrol, in the first year of its existence. won the Patrol competition. The camp was unexpectedly visited by Deep Sea Rover Alan Skelton (in uniform, with tent) for one night and by the Group Scoutmaster (" The Chancellor ") for the last three nights.
We now have five Queen's Scouts in the Troop, Clive Sheridan having been joined by John Abrahams, Martin Williams. Adrian Morris and Roger Pitt, to all of whom our congratulations are due. This is already a Troop record—and there are more to come !
The season was marred by bad weather, several fixtures being cancelled and a number of games afternoons " washed out." The game has proved itself to be a popular option on both Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, so much so that a three-weekly rota had to be worked again for Fifth Forms.
The results of three school matches were rather mixed, largely due to a rather distressing lack of determination on the part of many players. Only too often, after a promising start to a set, a couple would fail to press home an advantage and victory would slip away. Boys should have noted how some other schools took the game very seriously indeed, so that once they had gained the ascendancy, tennis became not so much a game as a cold calculated slaughter.
The first pair, Walker and Manterfield, were notoriously bad starters, usually because of Walker's nervousness over his service ; a service which, when working, could be very good indeed. Manterfield must learn to drive home an advantage instead of relaxing when success is in sight. Bridge and Wright soon established themselves as the second pair. Bridge proved himself a determined attacking player with plenty of fire. His speed, and his powerful overhead strokes, blended well with Wright's more gentle, well cultivated ground strokes. They had a most successful season. The third pairPotter and Brooksbankplayed very well at times, but were very erratic.
Walker was an enthusiastic and conscientious captain who carried out his duties cheerfully and efficiently. In fact, all those boys who played in the teams showed great enthusiasm and obviously derived great pleasure from the game. One final word of thanks to Darwin (secretary) and Walker who, between them, organised the weekly playing rota and the two tournaments which were completed despite examinations and floods.
Colours were awarded to Walker, Manterfield and Bridge.
Tournament winners : Senior Singles, Manterfield ; Senior Doubles, Walker and Manterfield ; Under 16 Singles, Bishop ; Doubles, Bishop and Wright.
E. R. W., E. J. G.
Although there were no more fixtures for the Summer Term, the final of the Ladder competition was played. This was won by D. A. Pike, beating A. Dungworth, with A. E. Grant in third place ; it was the climax of a series of convincing wins over ladder opponents. Pike's supremacy remained unbroken throughout the term. The team is grateful to Mr. Turberfield for his help and encouragement, and especially for securing a new table, a vast improvement on the old one.
A. F. COOPER, Classical Moderations, Class 2. E. P. LODGE, Classical Moderations,
M. J. ECCLESTONE, Final Honour School of Mathematics, Class 1. (and Junior Mathematical Prize of £50).
K. J. VAUGHAN, Final Honour School of Mathematics, Class 2
A. V. VINCENT, Final Honour School of Mathematics, Class 2.
A. R. JINKINSON, Final Honour School of Modern History, Class 2.
R. F. H. MORTON, Final Honour School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Class 3.
J. M. F. DRAKE, Final Honour School of Natural Science, Chemistry Part II, Class 2.
K. A. TAYLOR, Final Honour School of Natural Science, Chemistry Part II, Class 2.
D. J. H. SENIOR. Final Honour School of Modern Languages, Class 2.
A. E. HANWELL, Mechanical Sciences Tripos Part I, Class I.
I. A. F. BRUCE, Classical Tripos Part II, Class 2, Div. 1.
J. K. FERGUSON, Classical Tripos Part 1, Class 3.
P. W. LOMAS, Modern and Mediaeval Languages Tripos Part I, French, Class 2, Div. 2, German, Class 2, Div. 1.
F. G. NEWSUM, Modern and Mediaeval Languages Tripos Part 1, Russian, Class 3.
J. WESTON, Ordinary B.A. Degree.
N. G. WELLINGS, Law Tripos Part 1, Class 2, Div. 2.
R. CLARKE, Mathematical Tripos Part II, Wrangler.
F. R. DRAKE, Mathematical Tripos Part II, Wrangler.
P. LEE, History Tripos Part 1, Class 2, Div. 1.
A. J. PINION, James William Squire Scholarship in Law.
J. M. TIMPERLEY, Boots Scholarship tenable at any University, and place at Nottingham University.
The lack of reserves has made this a difficult year for the School team. We have only about four swimmers from the Upper School and they have had to swim in several events.
I. R. Parker has been an able captain and a fine swimmer. He has been chosen to represent Yorkshire in the Junior Water Polo team. G. Broad and D. Harvey have tried hard and given valuable service. Our Breast Stroke swimmers, W. Abbott, N. Stockwell and M. Lewis continue to train hard and have swum very well this year. B. Wood has been a good second string, while the younger swimmers B. Cheetham and F. Parker show much promise. J. Tomlin, a Breast Stroke junior, has developed well.
Among many promising Under 13 swimmers we have R. Harrison, I, Brown, D. Mingay and B. Reynolds. S. Morant has done very well in diving and was placed 2nd in the Sheffield Diving Championships.
D. B. H.
v. Central Tech. School. Won.
v. Manchester G. S. Lost.
v. Doncaster G. S. and Retford G. S. Won.
v. Nottingham H. S., Mansfield Q. E., Retford King Ed. VI. K.E.S. 2nd.
v. Mansfield Q. E. G. S. Won.
v. Leeds G. S. and Trent College. K. E. S. 2nd. Nottingham H. S. Won.
Swimming Sports were held on Friday, June 20th, at 4.30 p.m. Mr. Parnham, M.B.E., Assistant Chief Constable, presented the trophies. Competition among Houses is mainly a school affair and it was disappointing to see so few boys on the bath side. The standard of swimming is improving slowly but it needs encouragement from the school. We hope for a much larger attendance next year, especially from the Upper School.
UNDER 13. 1 Length Free Style : R. D. Harrison (L). 1 Length Back Stroke : B. Reynolds (Wen.) 1 Length Breast Stroke : R. D. Harrison (L).
UNDER 14. 2 Lengths Free Style : B. G. Stringer (H). I Length Back Stroke : G. G. Dodds (Sh.). 1 Length Breast Stroke : G. G. Dodds (Sh.).
UNDER 15. 100 Yards Free Style : B. Cheetham (Cl.). 2 Lengths Back Stroke : B. Cheetham (Cl.). 2 Lengths Breast Stroke : J. N. Tomlin (H). Dive : S. A. Morant (CI)
UNDER 16. 100 Yards Free Style : F. Parker (L). 2 Lengths Back Stroke : F. Parker (L). 2 Lengths Breast Stroke : W. M. Abbott (A).
OPEN. 440 Yards Free Style : F. Parker (L). 200 Yards Free Style : 1. R. Parker (Cl.). 100 Yards Free Style 1. R. Parker (CI.). 2 Length Free Style : 1. R. Parker (CI.). 100 Yards Back Stroke : G. D. Broad (A). 100 Yards Breast Stroke : W. M. Abbott (A). Dive B. R. Wood (H). Long Plunge : B. G. Stringer (H).
HOUSE RELAY. 1. Lynwood. 2. Clumber.
WATER POLO KNOCK-OUT. Clumber beat Lynwood, 6-2.
CHAMPION HOUSE, Clumber 452 points. Runner-up, Haddon 385 points.
SENIOR CHAMPION SWIMMER, 1. R. Parker ; runner-up, B. R. Wood.
JUNIOR CHAMPION SWIMMER, F. Parker ; runner-up B. R. Wood.
This year the School entered an Under 15 team in the Sheffield Championships. The team won the Frank Varey Trophy as leading team in the West District Sports. In the City Finals held at Hillsborough Track on June 11th, R. Rowbotham won the Discus and was placed 2nd in the 440 Yards. J. Cockayne won the Javelin and C. Ball was 2nd in the Shot. P. Whyman won the 100 Yards in his own age group. F. Parker ran very well in both 440 and 880 Yards races.
We need many more boys willing to train in Athletics if we are to compete in inter-school competitions.
D. B. H.
Poor conditions prevented us from holding any preliminary stages at the end of the Easter Term, but we had plenty of time, as things turned out. Most of the early stages were held, as usual, on ordinary games afternoons and thirteen events were concluded before Sports Day. among them all the High Jumps, as there is no suitable pit at Whiteley Woods. Nor can we accommodate a 120 yards Hurdle track there, but we did have the Intermediate Hurdles (75 yards) final at Whiteley Woods, for the first time. and it proved an attractive event.
The House championship was in doubt until the last event, which Lynwood won to beat Arundel by eight points. Four Records were set up Quarter-Mile (intermediate) 58.8 sec., Rowbotham ; High Jump (intermediate) 4 ft. 10 in., Nosowski ; Throwing the Javelin (intermediate) 137 ft. I in., Baldock (in heats) ; Throwing the Cricket Ball (junior) 200 ft. 9 in., Fenton.
Conditions were reasonable enough until near the end of the Sports. Then it rained heavily and the last event and presentation of trophies by the Lady Mayoress (Mrs. A. Ballard) took place in a downpour. We offer out heartiest thanks to the Lady Mayoress for coming, and to all our officials and helpers.
The principal results were:
100 Yards : 1. J. M. Ogglesby (11.3 secs.) ; 2. M. H. Crowson.
220 Yards : 1. M. H. Crowson (22.6 secs.) ; 2. J. M. Ogglesby.
Quarter Mile : 1. J. M. Ogglesby (56.8 secs.) ; 2. M. D. Linton.
Half Mile : 1. D. J. H. Sheasby (2 min. 16.2 secs.) ; 2. G. N. Brothers.
Mile : 1. D. J. H. Sheasby (4 min. 59.8 secs) ; 2. G. B. Cash.
120 Yards Hurdles : 1. J. M. Ogglesby (18.2 secs.) ; 2. 1. T. Smith.
Long Jump : 1. F. A. Dixon (16 ft. 9 in.) ; 2. B. D. Needham.
High Jump : 1. F. A. Dixon (4 ft. 9 in.) ; 2. N. W. Stockwell.
Weight : 1. 1. R. Parker (32 ft. 6 in.) ; 2. R. L. Harrison.
Discus : 1. J. M. Ogglesby (99 ft. 22 in.) ; 2. R. L. Harrison.
Javelin : 1. D. R. T. Findlay (115 ft. 1 in.) ; 2. G. H. Bridge.
Half Mile Handicap : 1. F. I. Parker. 2. L Goodacre.
100 Yards : 1. J. D. Davison (11.7 secs.) ; 2. R. V. Lee.
Quarter Mile : 1. G. M. Grist (59 secs.) : 2. 1. T. Smith.
Weight : 1. J. D. Davison (36 ft. 5 in.) : 2. J. H. Sharpe.
Discus : L J. H. Sharpe (98 ft.) ; 2. A. D. P. Kirby.
Javelin : 1. J. H Sharpe (122 ft. 32 in.) : 2. F. A. Dixon.
100 Yards : B. Bennett (11.5 secs.). 220 Yards : B. Bennett (23.2 secs.). Quarter Mile : R. A. Rowbotham (58 8 secs., Record). Half Mile : B. Bennett (2 min. 21.4 secs ) 75 Yards Hurdles : D. J. Nell (13 secs.). Long Jump : R. J. Nosowski (16 ft. 42 in.). High Jump : R. J. Nosowski (4 ft. 10 in., record). Weight : C. J. Ball (37 ft.). Discus : R. A. Rowbotham (114 ft. 7 in.). Javelin : F. Baldock (137 ft. I in., Record).
Cricket Ball : J. Fenton (200 ft. 9 in., Record).
100 Yards : P. R. Whyman (12.8 secs.). 220 Yards P. R. Whyman (27 secs.). High Jump : R. A. Hollands (3 ft. 10 in.). Long Jump : P. R. Whyman (14 ft. 8.5 in.).
80 Yards : J. K. Baker (11 sets.). 150 Yards : S. S. Housley (19.2 secs.). High Jump : J. K. Baker (3 ft. 10 in.). Long Jump : A. R. Morgans (12 ft.).
1-2 Years : 1. Sherwood (55 9 secs) 2 Wentworth
3-4 Years : 1 Arundel (2 min 23 8 secs.). 2. Chatsworth.
Open : 1. Lynwood (3 min. 41.2 secs.). 2. Chatsworth.
SENIOR CHAMPION ATHLETE : J. M. Ogglesby (Lynwood) 90 points. Runner-up : D. J. H. Sheasby (Chatsworth) 60 points.
JUNIOR CHAMPION ATHLETE : B. Bennett (Welbeck) 90 points. Runner-up : R. A. Rowbotham (Arundel) 70 points.
HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP : 1. Lynwood 391. 2. Arundel 383. 3. Chatsworth 232. 4. Wentworth 226. 5. Welbeck 216. 6. Sherwood 215. 7. Haddon 172. 8. Clumber 152.
The competitions were held up a little by unsuitable weather and bad ground conditions. Nevertheless, the weather then was far better than it turned out to be for the Cricket season, so we do not complain. Everyone had at least two afternoons on which he could attempt the standards. Conditions made it impossible to hold the Hurdle events. Outstanding results came from Arundel Third and Fourth Year boys (4.6 points per boy) ; Clumber Under 16 boys (4.5 points) and Lynwood Under 16 (4.0 points). 702 boys competed, the overall average being 2.95 points per competition.
(Points per boy competing) : 1. Clumber 3.39. 2. Arundel 3.36. 3. Lynwood 3.19. 4. Sherwood 2.98. 5. Welbeck 2.9. 6. Haddon 2.78. 7. Wentworth 2.71. 8. Chatsworth 2.68.
Senior Singles : G. L. Lord beat E. W. Powell 10-15, 15-6, 15-12.
Senior Doubles : G. L. Lord and P. A. Manterfield beat E. W. Powell and B. R. Wood 15-11, 15-12.
Junior Singles : F. I. Parker beat N. R. V. Edmonds 15-12, 15-4.
Junior Doubles : F. I. Parker and G. F. Lovett beat B. Cheetham and P. J. Dench 4-15, 15-1, 15-9.
During the past four years, the too serious nature of county cricket would appear to have affected school cricket, in that much of the "colour " in cricket, especially in batsmanship, has disappeared. This has naturally had repercussions which in turn have been followed by a reaction. For instance, three years ago, fielding, the mark of the successful side, was of a high standard ; recently a marked decline has been evident. To counter this, batting occasionally and bowling more often have reached a new, if not unprecedented peak.
The decline in fielding may be attributed to two main reasonsfirst, insufficient personal practice, for although one cannot bat and bowl effectively alone, one can develop one's reflexes and judgement at fielding by hurling a ball at an irregular surface ; the second cause, and understandable but not unconquerable one, springs from a lack of confidence on the part of the fieldsman owing to the uncertainties of the ground. Even our celebrated " Wag " must have some misgivings about the outfield (it is rumoured that his first remark to the Headmaster when both were standing on the " square " was " Well, sir, where's the ground ? "). Still, there is no excuse for continual failure to hold catches ; two members of the side in recent years have suffered considerable anguish as a result.
Yet school cricket in its other spheres, especially bowling, has been really hostile and the team has been fortunate in that its attack has generally included two left-arm bowlers. A word of advice, however, to prospective fast and slow bowlers in the lower school : although you may take numerous wickets with good length bowling, something more is required in the 1st XI, especially against the competent batsmen from Bradford and Nottingham. Try therefore to spin and swerve the ball (late if possible) as early in your career as you can.
School batting by contrast has been rather mercurial, varying from humiliation versus Wakefield to dominance against Nottingham. Perhaps the inconsistency of several team members may be attributed to a basic fault in technique and also to a lack of determined concentration. One's presence is of infinitely greater value to the team if, instead of an occasional, rapid, even brilliant but perhaps fortunate forty or fifty runs followed by an ignominious duck, a steady, if not always spectacular twenty or thirty runs are achieved.
Cricket does have its lighter side, especially off the field, as a recent secretary doubtless will recall, and defeats have been as readily accepted (although not too much, we hope) in the same spirit of cheerfulness and cider as have our great, if infrequent, victories. Promotion too from the junior teams has been eagerly sought, both for the opportunity to play 1st X1 cricket and also sample a " Wag special " tea, consisting of finest bread, butter (at least it was yellow) and no jam.
In conclusion, what are the lessons of school cricket ? They may be briefly summarised as the development of the vital " killer " instinct, bowling to some plan (it is really surprising how many more wickets are obtained if one thinks) and batting consistently (perhaps not a century every match). Finally our thanks are due to those members of staff. especially Messrs. Robinson, Hemming, and Wright, who have so freely given their time to encourage, advise and umpire. We hope that our cricket has repaid in some part the debt we owe to them.
D. A. PIKE.
Writing at the end of this season, it seems almost unnecessary to say that A has been entirely dominated by the weather ; but by the time this is printed, some of us may have forgotten the long weeks of cancelled matches and the vision of Whiteley Woods as a damp expanse of puddles and plantains. We have not checked the records, but it is surely doubtful if in any other year in the School's history eight consecutive matches had to be abandoned at the height of the "summer season," so that a game was not completed between June 4th and July 18th.
Comment on the team's performance has to be judged against this background, for such a long period without play was dispiriting and frustrating and made regular practice extremely difficult. It was doubly unfortunate coming at a time when, after a very modest opening to the season, the team looked like settling down to its true form. In the early games the main weakness was a surprising lack of penetration in the bowling, expected to be a strong department of the team. Draws in our favour against De la Salle and Barnsley were followed by two losses, against Woodhouse and Worksop, both due to generous declarations in matches where the bat was very much on top. The Stockport match, as last year, saw our batting in a very unfavourable light, though the game was saved ; but the much-needed first victory came in the match against High Storrs, even though the early batting made a total of 57 seem almost mountainous until Powell and Needham came together in a good partnership. In the later matches, a veil will generously be drawn over the performance against the Staff, but this was at least partly compensated by a handsome victory over Hymers College the following day. During the last week of term, some very strong opposition was faced but the team fought hard and the results have been very close ; but for poor fielding at vital points, at least two of the games might have been won.
Newsom has captained the team well in a difficult year. He has been handicapped by the lack of a genuine pace bowler but has handled his other resources shrewdly and has developed into a very useful off spinner himself, able to turn the ball on soft wickets and not afraid to use variations of length and flight. He might be criticised for not clamping down more severely on fielding lapses, but his own example in the covers has usually been excellent. He got off to a splendid start with the bat but latterly has been more inconsistent, finding difficulty in adjusting his play to the strange variations in pace of pitches on which the team has played.
In his last season with the team, Pike has topped both batting and bowling averages, with figures comparing favourably with those of last season. His batting is technically very sound, although he has been guilty of some impulsive strokes which have cost him his wicket when he seemed to be well settled, and, latterly, his judgement of short singles has been often faulty ; his best innings, however, have been most pleasing to watch and show the reward for continued application to basic principles. But he will be more greatly missed as a bowler, for on occasions he has held the team together and has been a constant danger to opponents on both hard and soft wickets. The only need now is for greater variety and a readiness to buy his wickets against aggressive batsmen if more orthodox methods are not effective.
Searle has been unfortunate in the wickets this season and has not generally been as effective as last year, although in the last few games he has been returning to his old promise and zest, and as soon as this happened the whole strength of the attack was sharpened. He enjoys his cricket and he has served the School well these last three seasons. Hawley, too, has been a most loyal member of the side, even though his bowling has not progressed much from his very successful days as a junior ; he has taken some useful wickets at important moments, but against really good batsmen he is more likely to play them in than get them out, because he has so little swing and variation.
Of the players on whom we must rely next season. Powell has been outstanding. He is the most improved batsman in the side, playing forcefully and with a sense of responsibility at times of crisis. If he can curb a certain impetuosity when the outlook seems brighter, he will score heavily next season and his fielding remains as sharp as ever. Needham in his first season with the team is another player who can score quickly, being blessed with a good eye and great power off the back foot, and he is now striving hard to curb his desire for aggression from the moment he arrives at the crease, so that he too should be a more consistent scorer next year. Bows is a batsman in a different mould, patient, restrained, and watchful, with a good defence but insufficient readiness to go forward and attack the bowling ; his running between wickets and throwing in the field need to be much sharper but he has done well as opening batsman in his first season.
Bell was a surprise choice as wicket-keeper but has undoubtedly justified his selection, even though he lacks experience and has found difficulties in stumping to the slower bowlers. His willingness to learn by coaching has been most welcome and this has shown itself in the steady improvement in his batting throughout the season. Even if this is his only season with the team he will have benefitted considerably from it. Bradshaw too, although only promoted from the 2nd XI for the later games, has done quite well ; he is keen and determined though inelegant as a batsman and he will have to improve his footwork if he wishes to keep a regular place next season. Wagstaff has had a very mixed season—his batting, which seemed promising earlier, has not developed greatly and in the field he is often clumsy, but he has tried hard to fill the role of pace bowler, though with limited success. He must use his height to better advantage next season and get into hard training during the winter so that he can sustain a longer spell of bowling. He has carried out his secretarial duties quite pleasantly and efficiently and deserves thanks for this. Board has had a poor season, after a promising innings in the opening match ; he will have to play hard for his place next year if he returns.
In conclusion, a season of rather poor results, definitely unflattering to a team which has shown promise occasionally blossoming into fulfilment. Our thanks especially to Newsom, Pike and Searle, who will be sadly missed next year, and to those others who are leaving and have rendered good service ; our hopes for a 1959 season of better weather and the chance to bring on some of the very promising players from the successful Under 15 side of this year.
T. K. R., J. C. H.
Full Colours have been reawarded to I. W. Newsom, D. A. Pike, D. W. Searle ; and awarded to E. W. Powell (1st XI), M. B. Hill (2nd XI).
Half Colours have been awarded to D. M. Bows, B. D. Needham. P. C. Hawley, K. Bell (1st XI) ; J. D. Perry, M. Bradshaw (2nd XI).
Played 13. Won 2. Lost 6. Drawn 4. Abandoned 1.
April 26 (A) K.E.S. 119 for 6 dec. (Needham 34, D. A. Pike 26) ; De La Salle
College 58 for 4. Drawn.
May 3 (A) K.E.S. 116 for 8 dec. (Newsom 38, Bows 34) ; Barnsley G.S. 62 for 7 (D. A. Pike 5 for 14). Drawn.
May 7 (H) K.E.S. 106 for 3 dec. (Newsom 55, D. A. Pike 36 n.o.) ; Woodhouse G.S. 110 for 3 wkts. Lost.
May 17 (A) Stockport G.S. 74 (Searle 4 for 29, D. A. Pike 5 for 30) ; K.E.S. 48 for 9 (D. A. Pike 33 n.o.). Drawn.
May 31 (A) K.E.S. "A" Xl 113 for 3 dec. (Bows 58, Powell 33 n.o.) ; Worksop College 2nd XI 114 for 5. Lost.
June 4 (A) High Storrs G.S. 56 (Newsom 3 for 22, Hawley 3 for 1) ; K.E.S. 57 for 5 (Needham 26 n.o., Powell 22). Won.
June 25 (A) v. Sheffield Collegiate. K.E.S. 41 for 4. Match abandoned.
July 18 (H) K.E.S. 86 (Bell 22 n.o. Mr. Wright 3 for 25, Mr. Robinson 5 for 29) ; The Staff 90 for 3 (Mr. Robinson 40, Mr. May 38 n.o.). Lost.
July 19 (H) K.E.S. 146 for 5 dec. (D. A. Pike 66 n.o., Newsom 31) ; Hymers College 36 (Searle 3 for 3). Won.
July 21 (A) Bradford G.S. 157 ; K.E.S. 90 (Powell 31). Lost.
July 22 (H) K.E.S. 166 (D. A. Pike 31, Needham 30, Bows 22) ; Nottingham H.S. 112 for 6 (Pike 4 for 38). Drawn.
July 23 (H) K.E.S. 82 (Bradshaw 30 n.o.) ; J. G. Ratcliffe's XI 85 for 7. Lost.
July 24 (H) Old Edwardians 80 (D. A. Pike 6 for 14) ; K.E.S. 64 (Powell 21, Alsopp 8 for 21). Lost.
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After salvaging an unbeaten record from this watery wreck of a season (although we had a horrible fright in our last match !) the 2nd XI can look back on an extremely happy and enjoyable summer. Although lacking consistent batsmen, the side has made some respectable totals, and we have relied upon Perry to take wickets. Harmony off the field has been ensured by playing five members of last year's Under 15 XI, who were thus in their third year as team-mates.
The side's batting has proved to be unsound and unreliable. Dixon and Buchan, our original opening pair, lack the determination to wear down an opening attack, and have often been out to rash shots. Beckett and Sara, their successors, have been more fortunate and began with a stand of 51. The former has assurance and confidence, but lapses in concentration prevent his making the number of runs he should. Sara has courage and a good eye, and makes some excellent shots. The middle batting has been a constant source of worry. Bradshaw departed to the 1st XI after scoring an excellent 58 in the opening match, and no one else has been reliable for 20 or 30 runs. Sheasby hit a good 36 against Hymers, but has done little else ; Ellis has never really got into his stride, and Lord, undoubtedly the most gifted player in the side, has yet to produce the effort and energy to match his natural talents. Perry has shown himself a sound defensive batsman and saved the side on two occasions after early wickets had fallen quickly and cheaply.
Perry too has been our main bowler for only he possesses the penetration and nagging accuracy which obtains wickets. He bowls with careful thought and can spin the ball a great deal. It is a pity that he has not had more matches and a wider variety of wickets : he should do well in the 1st XI with a little more experience. The opening attack has never looked really menacing, but has always bowled with enthusiasm and optimism. Bagnall has been rather erratic and Rickwood lacks the venom that should characterise a fast bowler. Lord imparts a lot of spin to the ball, but tends to sacrifice accuracy to this ; nevertheless he has taken a number of good wickets. Laughton, with an economical and restrained action (no doubt due to the measurements of his flannels), has bowled accurately, but has had few opportunities to display his skill.
The ground fielding has not been impressive, and was positively bad in the oppressive weather encountered at Mount St. Mary's. On the other hand, the catching close to the wicket has been superb (despite accusations that it was a " grovelling " competition). Half-chances have been snapped up with reckless disregard for the cleanliness of the flannels or the well-being of the body. Ellis was a competent wicket-keeper in Bradshaw's absence.
This has undoubtedly been a happy and cheerful team, and our Cricket has been of a high standard. Messrs. Wright and Hetherington have again kept an avuncular eye upon us (the latter's leg-breaks in the nets have been especially useful in the development of our aggressive strokes) and we wish to convey our gratitude to them for the time and energy they have spent upon us. Our best wishes also go to Mr. Hetherington in his new post.
M. B. H.
Played 6. Won 3. Drawn 3. Lost 0.
K.E.S. 112 (Bradshaw 58) ; De La Salle 84 for 7. Drawn.
Barnsley G.S. 88 (Lord 6 for 19) ; K.E.S. 89 for 6. Won by 4 wickets.
K.E.S. 96 ; Stockport G.S. 47 for 8. Drawn.
Mt. St. Mary's College 47 (Perry 6 for 5) ; K.E.S. 49 for 5. Won by 5 wickets.
K.E.S. 119 for 6 dec. (Sheasby 36 n.o.) ; Hymers College, Hull 70 (Perry 6 for 16). Won by 49 runs.
Nottingham H.S. 156 ; K.E.S. 87 for 8. Drawn.
(Hill has an average of 54 over two seasons, having been out only once in that time. This season he made 26 runs without conceding his wicket, giving an average of infinity).
Highest score of the season was Bradshaw 58 against De La Salle College.
Also bowled : Rickwood 4 for 67 ; Laughton 3 for 58 ; Bagnall 1 for 46.
Bradshaw stumped 6 ; Buchan took 4 catches.
The team has had a short but successful season under the shrewd leadership of Pike. The weather managed to reduce the number of fixtures from ten to five and very nearly succeeded in gaining a numerical advantage. Despite this interference and the demands of external examinations, the team maintained a high standard of performance.
Pike (128 runs, av. 32), Eason (93 runs, av. 31) and Dench (72 runs, av. 36) have been the most successful batsmen. All three have the natural ability to develop into extremely useful players. Both Hardie and Ratcliffe seemed capable of a big score, but their indecisive methods of defence soon resulted in their early dismissal. The rest of the side batted according to their positions, although Aldridge with lusty hitting and rather reluctant defence assisted in several stands of considerable value.
Aldridge (15 wkts., av. 5.1) and Cottingham (6 wkts., av. 15.8) proved to be an effective opening pair of bowlers, but they seldom produced the devastation that was expected. Cottingham lacked the accuracy that Aldridge maintained throughout the season. Dench (12 wkts., av. 2.4) and Cockayne (12 wkts., av. 7.3) bowled with intelligent variations of flight and pace. Their ability to retain a length when subjected to hard hitting assisted considerably in their success.
The fielding has been sound with some excellent close-in catching ; the exception being in the last match when one of the opposition was given five " lives " before being dismissed. Dungworth performed creditably behind the wicket and with the correct size in gloves he should do even better !
Wright carried out his duties as scorer with care and accuracy. He " lost " three runs in the course of one game, but fortunately " found " them before the end.
Senior cricket in the school will benefit if the team continue to play with the same enthusiasm and skill which they have shown this term. We wish them every success in their further ventures into the game.
G. W. T., D. J. W.
We are extremely sorry to be losing Mr. Wilson this term. His keen interest in school cricket, especially the Under 15 XI, has been evident for many years now and we are grateful to him for spending his time in coaching and umpiring. The team wishes him all success and happiness in his new post.
M. R. P.
Played 5. Won 4. Tied 1.
K.E.S. 122 for 5 dec. (Eason 64) ; Dronfield G.S. 77.
K.E.S. 128 for 7 dec. (Dench 58, Pike 29) ; Barnsley G.S. 42 (Aldridge 6 for 15).
K.E.S. 81 (Pike 35) ; Stockport G.S. 78 (Cockayne 5 for 26).
Oakwood T.S. 21 (Dench 6 for 2) ; K.E.S. 23 for 1.
K.E.S. 129 (Pike 50, Aldridge 26) ; Nottingham H.S. 129 (Aldridge 6 for 37).
Throughout the season the wickets were pudding-like and the outfields slow but these conditions were not in themselves reasons for a succession of miserably low scores. The batting of the side was brittle and undistinguished. There was never a sense of purpose about it, indeed suspense was a feature of every innings. The feeble calling and hesitant running were a sad commentary on the cricket of the side. Batty, after changing his stance, improved beyond all recognition and ended the season with a wholly creditable performance at Nottingham. Blythe batted diffidently ; he must overcome certain frailties in his basic technique. The bold batting of Britton was most welcome at Stockport and Oakwood but in other games he batted with alarming ineptitude. Taylor always started nervously but he judged each ball on its merits and displayed some pleasant attacking strokes in front of the wicket. McAughey and Dennis were included for their batting but both suffered from many early dismissals and did not develop as might have been hoped.
Bailey and Bedford, in a last wicket stand at Barnsley, had the distinction of more than doubling the score and virtually winning the match.
Bailey was a promising fast left-arm bowler ; he needs to concentrate on attacking the stumps and maintaining a length. Bedford with a controlled easy action bowled steadily but often without bite. The medium-paced delivery of Betts kept the runs down and tested our opponents. Wesley and Styring bowled with wild enthusiasm.
This was a poor fielding side ; many catches were put down and there was a marked absence of anticipation. Only Batty, Britton and Wileman showed the required qualities. Taylor kept wicket competently.
The captain, Wileman, lacked the decisiveness expected of him ; his field placing was often unimaginative and his command over the team uncertain. He earned respect, however, for his excellent batting and fine slow spin bowling, nowhere more evident than in the final match of the season. Altogether a pleasant although uninspired team.
P. D. A., A. F. T.
Played 6. Won 4. Lost 2.
K.E.S. 53 ; De La Salle College 54 for 4. Lost by 6 wickets.
K.E.S. 52 ; Barnsley G.S. 47. Won by 5 runs.
K.E.S. 64 ; Stockport G.S. 50 (Wileman 6 for 18). Won by 14 runs.
K.E.S. 72 for 9 dec. ; Firth Park G.S. 75 for 5. Lost by 5 wickets.
Oakwood T.H.S. 60 ; K.E.S. 61 for 9. Won by 1 wicket.
K.E.S. 67 ; Nottingham H.S. 54 (Wileman 8 for 19). Won by 13 runs.
We have to struggle each year for fixtures, since most of the other Sheffield grammar schools do not seem able to raise teams ; but, though possessing undoubted talents, we have not been able to defeat the weather as well. Thus only two games were completed, and the team had no real opportunity to settle down and develop. Parson was an enthusiastic captain, and the side played with keenest and vigour. Those connected with the side include : Parson (Capt.). Bedford, Bailey, Bows, Cook, Dimbleby, Burley, Gott, Scott, Linfoot, Turney, Siddall, Parrish, and Morgans.
P. R. M.
(A) Oakwood Technical H.S. Under 13, 15 (Bedford 5 for 6, Linfoot 5 for 8);
K.E.S. 16 for 0. Won by 10 wickets.
(A) K.E.S. 36 ; Mount St. Mary's Under 13, 37 for 6. Lost by 4 wickets.
High Storrs G.S. Under 13, 53 for 9 dec. ; K.E.S. 22 for 0. Drawn.
By the law of averages, this term should have seen hot sun and cooling breezes at the field. Not so. We have had just another English summer. We have had to forego almost as many days' cricket as the County side. This term's honours list is therefore a short one. The first mention must go to Welbeck who, on the last day of term and for the second year running carried the Knock-out trophy handsomely. This they achieved against Haddon ; their sprightly fielding and strong batting and bowling won the game for them. Haddon have now been runners-up in both the Football and Cricket Knock-outs. Although they have been disappointing finishers they deserve credit for their performance. Welbeck have carried the Football League and now the Cricket Knock-out.
The Cricket League has not been completed ; it would have been but for the examinations. There was no outstanding team in the league ; play seems to have been rather lackadaisical.
" Pick-ups " have had their most successful season so far at Castle Dyke ; their enthusiasm is stimulating and, for one member of the staff, exhausting. The Tennis Section too. has flourished ; the demand for this sport is refreshingly keen.
B. C. A.
The Cricket league was ruined by the wet weather and we were able to complete only three rounds of the seven before G.C.E examinations. No award of the League trophy was made. Interest and ability in Tennis are increasing. Seventy-five boys opted to play this year.
The most pleasing feature of the term was the standard reached in the Athletic Sports heats.
J. C. H.
Standard Sports and heats for the Athletic Sports are all very well for the cold afternoons of a Sheffield spring ; but what we hope for each year is the fine weather of June for our cricket ; this year has disappointed us again. Only six rounds of the League could be completed, in which Arundel and Wentworth finished level. Normally, a play-off would have been arranged but even this has not been possible.
In the 2nd XI competition Arundel are clear winners, having won every match decisively.
The general standard of play remains about the same, but there is quite a large group of good cricketers and these should provide some sound players for the School teams of the future.
H. T. R. T.
Our hopes of retaining the Standard and Athletic Sports trophies were disappointed when we were narrowly placed second to Clumber and Lynwood respectively in both these events. Yet the House as a whole is to be congratulated on making a magnificent attempt to regain these trophies despite the paucity of first-class athletes in the Senior School. There can, however, be no doubt that but for a misunderstanding in the Relay Race the Athletic Sports cup would still hold a position of honour in the House cupboard. Sports Day saw the bulk of the responsibility resting on the broad shoulders of Ellis, Rowbotham and Broad, and they by no means belied our hopes.
The Cricket season too heralded much dismay. The Senior XI enjoyed only moderate success, although Hudson often terrified the opposition with his bowling. After losing somewhat unluckily in the final last year, the House had high hopes that success in the Knock-out would be ours this year. Wentworth were beaten but Welbeck proved too tough a nut to crack with the limited batting resources at Bagnall's disposal. The Middle School XI has played to some purpose and two players, Kingman and Ball, have emerged, whose presence will be greatly felt in the Upper School next year. Once again the Junior section proved that the House may justly be proud of their spirit and ability. R. M. Baileya captain possessing both ability and powers of leadershipled his team to an unbeaten record. Their bowling has often been outstanding.
N. Bishop was once again an easy winner of the Junior Singles Tennis tournament. This year he succeeded in winning the Junior Doubles as well. His ability and likeable manner make him a player of whom the House is very proud.
Bridge, who has proved a popular and responsible House Captain, must be congratulated on being a regular member of the School Tennis team. The latter, together with Bagnall, Loxley, and Marsden, are leaving us this term ; we thank them for the many services which they have always so willingly performed for the House and wish them all luck for the future.
In each section of the House it seems that there are a few very talented boys, the remainder being very mediocre. This was clearly shown when we finished third in the Athletic Sports, leaning very heavily on Sheasby, Lee and Sharpe, yet in the Standard Sports involving the whole House we were last of eight. It is only with greater efforts from the many that success will be achieved in the future.
The Cricket Knock-out XI was defeated by Welbeck in the first round, but the Middle School XI played well to tie for first place with three other Houses in a league programme severely hit by bad weather. The Junior XI ably captained by Scott also performed creditably. Suffice it to say that we were bottom in the Swimming Sports. In Tennis, Manterfield won the Senior Singles and the Doubles with Walker of Wentworth. There are several good players in the House ; it is a pity that there is no House competition, as we could field a very strong team.
We extend our thanks and best wishes to those leaving, and especially to our Housemaster, Mr. Wilson, after nine years service in the House, and to Mr. Hetherington after four years. We welcome Mr. Surguy on his appointment as Housemaster and congratulate Cartwright on his appointment as House Captain, and hope that 1958-9 will bring them and the House success.
Once again Clumber triumphed in the Swimming Sports and thus maintained their superiority which has now lasted for several years. In addition the Water Polo Knock-out cup returned to our cupboard. None of this would have been possible but for the magnificent swimming of I. R. Parker, the captain, and we congratulate him on being Champion Swimmer, and the rest of the team who so ably supported him.
In the other sports the outlook has not been quite so bright and the standard of cricket, although better than that of the last three years, was not exceptional. Riddle has bowled consistently well and the batsmen have supported him on occasions in a delightfully unconventional manner. The winning of the Standard Sports speaks well of the general all-round efforts of every boy in the House ; it is to be hoped that this persistency will be shown in all sports next year. Of the Athletic Sports themselves we offer no comment.
Sincere thanks are extended to Perris who, as House Captain, has set a very good example of House spirit, and to the secretary and sectional captains for the conscientious work they have contributed. Those who are leaving take our best wishes for their future success.
The first duty of this report is to give thanks for past services and best wishes for the future to the following senior leavers : J. T. Borwick, who is proceeding to Guy's Hospital London ; J. G. Francis, to Sheffield Training College ; D. A. Pike, bound for Leeds University ; A. M. K. Rickwood, with a scholarship to University College, Oxford ; E. J. White, leaving for Manchester University ; and A. R. Wilcock for Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
At the Swimming Sports, the House was placed second, due to the extremely enthusiastic strivings of the few, with sound backing in conscientious distance swimming. The Senior Cricket league was incomplete, but the House was at the head of the section. Middle School league suffered at the hands of the weather, but was still very commendable. The Juniors did not have as much luck as usual.
The Senior Knock-out was a very commendable achievement, the House being defeated in the final by Welbeck on the last day of term. "0" Level examinations left the team incomplete, but a very creditable act of " fathering " to the tail-enders was performed by Powell, who is to be further congratulated on becoming next year's House Captain.
The year has shown a gradual increase in House spirit, due to the unfailing enthusiasm of the House Tutors, and some bullying from the House officials, to whom thanks must be extended, along with best wishes to the House for the forthcoming year.
This term has seen a welcome increase in effort in the House. In the Standard Sports, we were placed third, a position that could have been bettered by a greater effort from the Juniors. In the Athletic Sports we were placed first, narrowly beating Arundel by points gained in a thrilling Relay Race. Our congratulations go to all who contributed to this great victory, and particularly to Ogglesby who was the Senior Champion Athlete.
Our Cricket has been of diverse kinds ; the Seniors were at the top of the league with two other Houses, but unfortunately the competition could not be completed ; likewise the Middle School. The Junior league was completed as far as possible, and we were placed seventh. The Knock-out team did not do well and were eliminated in the first round, probably due to the fact that we have no School 1st or 2nd XI players in the House.
Finally we would wish all the best to those who are leaving, and good luck to our House Captain for next year, J. H. Hemming.
A marked improvement is noticeable this term, and our trophy cupboard has at last been restored to a respectable appearance ; we now display three trophiesall won by Juniors.
The Fifth and Sixth Forms have had a mediocre season with only three matches played in the Cricket league and a narrow defeat in the 1st round of the Knock-out. In the Athletic Sports we gave a splendid demonstration of how to win all the events that carried no trophies, and, for the first time for some years, we moved away from bottom place.
This term we lose Mr. P. R. May as House Tutor. We owe him much for his splendid work with our very promising Junior teams and offer him our best wishes in his new post. This year some seventeen members of the House are leaving. We thank them for their efforts and mention J. Buchan, J. R. Williams, and A. Dungworth in particular, as the senior House officials, who have always done their best for us.
Once again we have succeeded in winning the Cricket Knock-out, and we won our three matches by convincing margins. Chatsworth were beaten by 73 runs, thanks to a splendid 44 n.o. by Bell, and some superb bowling by Lord who took 8 wickets for 7 runs. In the first Arundel game, Wagstaff scored 54 and in the second game he took 6 for 10. Shippam scored a match-winning 20 in the latter. The Final resulted in a victory by 57 runs. A stand of 68 by Bell (33 n.o.) and Lord (29) took the total to 122 for 5 wickets declared, and Haddon was dismissed for 65. Wagstaff bowled well to take 6 for 23, and Bennett was very alert in the field when he ran out D. A. Pike, the opposing captain.
Our league teams were not so strong as last year's sides and would not have been challenging for trophies even if the competitions had been completed. The Sports were disappointing, for we occupied fifth position in both the Athletic and Standard competitions. We had very few individual " stars," but mention must be made of Bennett who became Junior Champion Athlete, and of Nell, Fenton and Hagan, who put up some good performances in their respective groups.
After 32 years as House Master, Mr. S. V. Carter has retired. Our grateful thanks are extended to him for everything that he has done for Welbeck, and for the interest and enthusiasm he has devoted to the House's activities. We hope that Mr. T. K. Robinson, our new House Master, will have as much success as his predecessor has had.
The House can look back on a most successful cricketing term, with Middle School and Junior teams both achieving distinction at the top of their tables. Both the spirit and the style of Wentworth cricket have been admirable. We did well to finish fourth on Sports Day. Dixon took two firsts (senior High and Long Jumps) and Hollands won the Second Year High Jump. Dixon, Brothers, Harrison, Roxburgh and Mills secured useful second and third places. At the Swimming Sports we were placed 6th (one point behind Sherwood) with only one first place—B. Reynolds, who won the Under 13 Backstroke.
Our best wishes go to all those leaving, from our House Captain and Vice-captain (Bailey and Brothers) to our diminutive junior Cross Country expert (Armstrong), and especially to Mr. A. F. Turberfield, House Tutor, who is leaving us for a post at Birkenhead School.
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