|VOL. XV.||JANUARY 1959||
|HOLIDAYS WITH WORK||9|
|SCIENCE ESSAY COMPETITION||11|
WE congratulate the following on their University awards:
D. A. O'SHEA, Hastings Exhibition in Classics at Queen's College.
D. DAWSON, Hastings Exhibition in Modern History at Queen's College.
J. G. McNAUGHT, Hastings Exhibition in Modern History at Queen's College.
P. G. HIBBARD, Hastings Scholarship in Natural Science at Queen's College.
P. F. W. PREECE, Hastings Scholarship in Natural Science at Queen's College.
P. M. BECKETT, Open Exhibition in Mathematics at Queen's College.
D. WOODHOUSE, Demyship in Mathematics at Magdalen College.
J. G. ROBINSON, Open Scholarship in Modern History at Keble College.
J. E. BECKMAN, Open Scholarship in Natural Science at Jesus College.
N. D. WORSWICK was awarded a Prize for meritorious work in the Hastings Scholarship examination in Classics.
W. BAILEY, Arthur Sells Exhibition in Modern History at Sidney Sussex College.
We are very proud also of the success of P. J. GOULDEN, winner out of 50 entrants with an essay on " The World We Want " and thus selected by the C.E.W.C. as Britain's representative to the 1959 New York Herald Tribune Youth Forum. He will be in America during the next three months, where we wish him every kind of luck.
Our Remembrance Service on November 11th followed the pattern introduced last year. Readings of prose and poetry were given by Mr. Burns, Mr. Vernon and Mr. Points : lessons were read by S. G. Linstead and J. D. Cartwright. Dr. J. T. Burdekin and Mr. E. W. Sivil represented the Old Edwardians and read the names of the fallen.
The Carol Service on December 15th was again held in the Cathedral and was well attended. From the collection taken a gift of ;C15 was made to the Save the Children Fund, and ,C15 to Fairthorn Convalescent Homes.
We welcome to the Staff Mr. G. Jameson, Ph.D., who will occupy the place on the Classical side temporarily filled by Mr. Wimshurst. The latter leaves us for theological study, with our very good wishes and thanks for his valued work and participation in many activities with us.
The fortnight's visit of Herr Max Hohenthaner, of the Grammar School at Straubling, Bavaria, was much appreciated. He was most interested in the differences of emphasis to be found between the educational approach in our country and that of his own.
End-of-term visits were made on December 18th to the following firms, for whose hospitality and helpful demonstrations we are exceedingly grateful : Rawmarsh Colliery, Samuel Fox Ltd., Davy and United Engineering Co., Firth Brown Ltd., English Steel Corporation, Sheffield Smelting Co., Yorkshire Electricity Board, Laycock Engineering Co., Spear and Jackson Ltd., General Post Office, United Steel Computers, B.I.S.R.A.
A successful Sixth Form Debate was held on December 17th, at which J. D. Cartwright proposed and J. G. McNaught opposed the motion " That this house feels that modern advertising is objectionable." They were vividly supported by Mr. Wastnedge and Mr. Wightman, and the audience was entertained by the debating techniques which were as varied as they were interesting. The house divided by acclamation and the Chairman (Mr. Points), found the motion carried by a distinct majority.
The Middle and Lower School's last-day entertainment was the film Kind Hearts and Coroners, featuring the protean Alec Guinness.
The following are School officers for this year:
Prefects, M. B. Hill (Head Prefect), W. Bailey, R. E. Bardgett, J. D. Cartwright, P. J. Goulden, D. Hancock, J. H. Hemming, S. G. Linstead, J. G. McNaught, E. K. Parker, J. G. Robinson, M. E. Sara, D. J. H. Sheasby, C. A. Sheridan.
Sub-prefects, F. A. Dixon, C. Gillott, P. G. Hibbard, P. N. Kenning, R. F. Laughton, M. D. Linton, M. J. Lodge, D. A. O'Shea, E. W. Powell, M. F. Roddis, D. E. Rodgers, F. A. Smith, J. H. Sharpe, A. W. Struthers, I. Wiggett.
Captain of Football, D. Hancock; Secretary, P. J. Quarrell.
Captain of Rugby, M. B. Hill; Secretary, R. H. Harrison.
Captain of Cross Country Running, D. J. H. Sheasby; Secretary, D. C. Tomlinson.
Captain of Badminton, F. A. Dixon; Secretary, J. M. Ellis.
Captain of Swimming, I. R. Parker.
Chess Secretary and Captain, P. W. Cave.
|Feb. 20-23||Half-term holiday.|
|March 25||Lent Term ends.|
|April 13||Summer Term begins.|
|April 18-22||School Dramatic Society, St. Joan.|
|May 9||Athletic Sports.|
|May 12||School Concert.|
|May 18-22||Whitsuntide holiday.|
|June 19||Swimming Sports.|
|June 29-July 3||School internal examinations.|
|July 6-18||A Level examinations.|
|July 6-24||0 Level examinations.|
|July 24||Summer Term ends.|
|Sept. 8||Autumn Term begins.|
28th October, 1958
THOUGH it is difficult to reproduce anything of significant value in a short summary of his official address, the chief impression made by Mr. E. M. T. Firth's visit was of his obviously sincere pleasure in renewing acquaintance with his old school, his vivid and grateful memories of the past and the trouble he took to see as much as possible of what goes on among us in the present.
From the chair, Councillor M. J. Sewell, deputising for the Lord Mayor, emphasised the need and opportunity for broad co-operation of school, home, and church, in the education of mind and spirit.
Mr. T. H. Tunn, the new Director of Education, was also on the platform, and contributed felicitous compliments to the school and the speakers.
The Headmaster's annual report, or as he called it, his " annual bogey ", was informative but cautious (though his aim " to avoid headlines " was destined to be defeated by a certain controversial incident). There had been some unfortunate passages in the year under review, in the form of illness, accident, and. weather. Retirements and promotions had made many changes in the Staff; there had been some disappointments in the Scholarship competitions.
" There is a tendency ", the Headmaster said, " now to concentrate more Oxford Scholarship groups at the same time as those of Cambridge in December, and the cessation of National Service is reflected in a decreased number of College places at least for the next two years. If a boy is aiming at entry to Oxford or Cambridge, he must be prepared to work hard and make some sacrifice of his private amusements. Within my time at the School we can look back and pick out cases of boys with awards or places, who under present-day conditions would not be successful. In the Science awards, once mainly the field of the Grammar Schools, the enormous assistance given to Public Schools by industrial concerns is now showing itself and we can expect much fiercer competition. Entrance to the different degree courses varies considerably, but competition is keen and A Level results are all important. Some of our young men undoubtedly sit back after 0 Level and then have to struggle to complete their preparation for A Level successfully. In these cases there must be a considerable increase of standard at the second taking of A Level, but they do not all realise this. Systematic work is not easy for those who wish to keep up their social recreations, school societies and games, and there are only too many attractive distractions today. That is a problem for the boy and his home, but it is an important one."
J. D. Cartwright was again the Latin orator, and M. B. Hill seconded the vote of thanks proposed by Mr. Tunn. In addition to the musical items (to which reference is made elsewhere in this Magazine) recitations were given by C. J. Barnes (German), J. G. McNaught (English), J. B. Readman (Spanish), M. J. Lodge and F. A. Smith (French).
LARGE audiences welcomed the innovation of Middle School Plays, performed on November 28th and 29th. This was not the kind of occasion where parents and friends find themselves being charitable about some rather embarrassing acting or floundering production. Anyone who came to be patronisingly tolerant will have stayed to admire.
From the Second Form one is entitled to expect an enthusiasm for the job and some sense of clear diction; The Hiding Place gave them little scope for much else. It was a childish play, as opposed to a play suitable for children; nevertheless the producer (Mr. Burns) and his cast brought out what qualities there were, and D. W. Williams, as Captain Dallas, must be commended for his performance. He remained on stage throughout the play, seated in a chair as a cripple. Only once did one feel this as a handicap to his acting, and that was when he was unable to depict convincing frustration at being unable to help the dying Granville Hughes. W. B. Amos as "The Shepherd" had a sinister geniality and a well maintained Irish accent, but regularly dropped his voice at the end of a sentence. We shall look out for impressive work in the future from I. Sarginson and M. J. Bryars, who brought zest to their parts of the Inventor and the Inspector.
The most interesting play was The Thistle in the Donkey Field (a Vegetable Parable with distinct Animal connections) given by the Third Form, Mr. Hersee producing. The allegory was neither subtle nor quickly established, but it caught the imagination, and the producer contrived the varied characterisation with a nicely chosen " Cabinet ". I. W. Barrow and S. A. Morant, dwarfed but not dominated by their female colleagues, were amusingly lively. Perhaps the gestures and the drunkenness were overdone, but both these actors have a stage presence and sense of timing. M. A. Hall, the Minister of Roots, was an admirable contrast, and made the most of the rather querulous sermonising which the part required. D. Mingay started uncertainly in the unrewarding part of Lady Chloe, Minister of Health and Welfare, but soon showed his very real ability. N. P. Jowett as Edda (the Bees' Friend) and R. A. Hollands as Maya, were decorative and competent; P. J. Grimsditch was a confidential clerk, though he was unable to suggest terror at the approach of the Donkey. Mingay and Bell, on their knees, controlled an awkward moment here. P. N. Bell, the President, brought variety to what was inevitably a static play, and is to be congratulated on an unselfish and disciplined performance.
We expected most in the way of acting from the Fourth Form (directed by Mr. Chalmers) in The Dumb Wife of Cheapside, and we were not disappointed. Its lively opening promised well, and from his first entrance P. Johnson as Alderman Groat showed his commanding stage presence. He has a memorable voice, a variety of pace and gesture, and gave the part the dignity it needed. He was well supported by his Attorney, R. N. Crookes, whose only weakness was a tendency to incoherent speaking. His expressions were eloquent, and he saved the situation with dignity on one night when the curtain failed to close. M. J. Grundmann was admirably cast as Master Julep, leader of the mountebanks. In impressive control, he failed only when he had to end the first scene on a burst of laughter. P. M. Hetherington, Master Sunder, though obsessed with his beard, was in great voice, but in an evening of efficient secondary performances R. Mingay's portrayal of Master Ounce was a gem. A Jonsonian figure with the voice of Larry the Lamb, his best moment was when he was enduring Mistress Groat's eloquence on " intemperance in meat and drink". Of Ann Groat one can say that J. A. Cunningham had the most difficult part of the evening, and that it would have needed a boy actor of considerable skill to bring complete success to it. Cunningham provoked the necessary reactions in the audience as well as the actors, and even when we failed to hear we remained amused at the gabble. With more variety of tone and timing he would have done better.
It remains to thank and praise all those back-stage workers, masters and boys, whose various considerable talents contributed so much to the success of the occasion.
P. D. C. P.
FROM the darkness of your cabin a voice and hand make their presence felt to inform you " It's one bell ", and time to drag yourself from the warmth and safety of your bunk and prepare to face the elements on your first middle watch2400 hrs. to 0400 hrs.
One minute to midnight finds you on the bridge with the welcoming warmth of a steaming mug of cocoa in your hands, and then you wander blindly onto the bridge wing where the Apprentice of the evening watch points out the various lights around you; then, believing you are perfectly at ease, he considers himself relieved and disappears below.
The biting easterly wind brings that sharp tang in the air, peculiar only to the Channel, which does much to wake you up. Finally you take stock of your surroundings. To port are the duster of lights the chart identifies as Dover and the " watchdogs " of the Goodwin sands, while away to starboard are the lights of Calais. Between all these are the many white, green and red lights of the vessels large and small passing on their way to the numerous ports of the world.
Under the watchful eye of the 2nd Officer you climb up to the " Monkey Island " shrinking into your duffel coat to dodge the bitter wind, and identify some of the lights and take bearings of them in order to plot your position on the chart. Occasionally the 2nd Officer conns the ship to pass clear of another vessel which has the right of way, and among many of the smaller vessels this produces one of two reactions : panic or complete indifference. But somehow everything sorts itself out and a slack moment arrives during which you can make some fresh cocoa and yarn over the trip which is drawing to an end . . . of the night in the Suez Canal when a dredger ran amok, the heat of the Persian Gulf, the gales in the South Atlantic, the pleasant runs ashore in the ports you have visited, and how long you will have in port this time while discharging the 16,000 tons of crude oil your ship is carrying from Kuwait.
All the time, however, your eyes never cease to search the horizon for fresh lights and suddenly you are in the thick of it again, weaving in and out of ships which never seem to move for you, and every half hour you make the pilgrimage to the " Monkey Island " and chartroom to plot a fresh position.
At last your relief arrives, seemingly late, and after pointing out the necessary features you go down below saying " Right, she's all yours ", and take a last look at the Galloper Light Vessel sending out its welcome warning.
W. R. BROOKES (K.E.S. 1951-7)
Navigating Apprentice, S. S. Beecher Island.
LAST year at this time our preoccupation was with space and an expanding musical universe with an Orchestra of 60 and a Choir of 146. It still isfor the Orchestra now numbers 66, and 155 singers had to be fitted into the Cathedral's central space for the Carol Service.
We welcome to the Orchestra H. M. Cave, Cowan, Dolan, P. D. Robinson (violins), Pegg (viola), A. M. Wing and M. J. R. Wilson ('celli), B. Hibbert (clarinet), Hardcastle (horn), Argent, Brayshaw, J. I. Hall (trumpets), M. Hill (trombone), D. W. Williams (timps), S. L. Williams (side-drum), Thorp (bass drum) and Barnes (cymbals). This is a greater influx than usual, but all settled down well, and attendance has been extremely good. Vaughan Williams' " Sea Songs " March received a spirited performance at Speech Day and the orchestra ably supported the choir in German's "The Yeomen of England". S. A. Morant's violin solo was played with assurance and excellent tone, and the two piano prizewinners, Barnes and Thompson, were yoked for some sparkling duets.
The Choir have proved equally at home in the " Yoi ! Yippee ! "s of Malcolm Sargent's Cowboy Carol at Speech Day and in carols of great variety if more sobriety at the Christmas service; the Madrigal Group promises to be one of the best ever. Two violin classes are in being under Mr. Bradley's guidance, and Mr. Williams continues to encourage a flourishing school of brass playing.
We look forward now to two concerts : the Schools Concert in the City Hall on March 18th, at which the Orchestra and Madrigal Group will perform, and our own Concert in the Victoria Hall on May 12th. In the latter we plan to observe the Purcell and Handel celebrations with Purcell's "Masque in Diocletian ", Golden Sonata and some partsongs, and an Organ Concerto and Operatic Choruses by Handel. For the first time we hope to have a Horn Concerto movement (Mozart) and the Orchestra are also preparing the Polka from Weinberger's " Schwanda the Bagpiper " and Meyerbeer's Coronation March from " Le Prophete ".
Attendances at Music Club proceedings have varied greatly; we would welcome more attention to these activities on the part of the musical as a means of widening the horizons.
N. J. B.
SWIMMING, canoeing, athletics, mountain rescue, rock climbing, first aid, forestry, and film showsthese and many other activities make up the programme of the Outward Bound school at Lake Ullswater. The most strenuous tasks were the four three-day hikes which were undertaken in all weathers, complete with heavily loaded rucksacks. In the final hike our party of four had to walk from 5.30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on a can of cold beans in order to cover our 60-mile mountainous route.
On looking back I am sure that, while the course probably did not radically improve anyone physically, it improved everybody's mental outlook through physical endeavour. After twelve hours of solid walking, when everyone is nine-tenths asleep on his feet, nature severely tests a person's power of comradeship; and when one is commanded to hook a sling over an aerial ropeway and jump off a 40-foot cliff, one's nerve and will-power are fully drawn out. When one has completed tasks which look quite impossible, one is ready to have a go at anything-that is how the course hit me.
M. J. PLATTS.
AFTER many initial difficulties, nine historians were eventually persuaded to spend three days of December in York. The course on " The Value and Use of Ecclesiastical Documents " at the Borthwick Institute was conducted by Canon Purvis, its president, who was able to throw new light on some social and economic trends of the 16th and 17th centuries. After recovering from the shock of seeing our first genuine document, we became accustomed to the sight of vast piles of old parchments, apparently strewn at random throughout the building. An additional attraction of the course was the opportunity of discovering Old York.
Of course we had to eat and sleep. Whilst six of us, with more money than sense, vacillated between the delights of the Cromwell Commercial Hotel and the railway station, the remaining three
shared the hospitality of the local Youth Hostel with sixteen future teachers whose sex was indeterminable to the untrained eye.
Towards the end of the course, when curiosity compelled us to enquire about the origins of the Institute, we were informed that a certain Mr. Borthwick, having amassed a fortune by manufacturing cheap scent, bequeathed 060,000 towards the establishment of an archive depot, which is now housed in a 15th century guildhall appropriately adapted for the purpose. The course can be recommended as extremely helpful to any who have a genuine interest in history beyond the examination room.
BY way of coffee-bars and with the aid of sundry bespectacled, bebicycled and bedraggled students of Manchester University, we filed into the Arts Theatre, only five minutes after the appointed time. Twenty minutes later the meeting erupted into life and with the slogan " Don't be vague, ask for Hague " into the spotlight was pushed Professor D. C. Hague of Sheffield University. He proceeded to live up to his reputation as one of the country's brightest young economists in a most illuminating talk on the " Position of the British Economy in Autumn, 1958".
The morning session so exhausted one of our brethren that he was driven to procure a second sweet at lunch in the refectory. Not satisfied with this, he demanded further refreshment, despite the nearby attractions of the Museum.
Re-invigorated, we returned to a Brains Trust, at which the subject was to have been " Britain in the International Economy ". Under the astute chairmanship of Professor H. G. Johnson, Mr. Leonard Behrens (a Free Trade Liberal), Mr. J. R. Finch (an Export Consultant), and Mr. James Darragh of the Board of Trade, endeavoured to answer the searching questions of the highly qualified economists in the audience. A vote of thanks was proposed by R. E. Bardgett of K.E.S.
Thanks are due to the Economics Association, and to Mr. Robinson, the organising genius, for the excellent arrangements and a most enjoyable conference.†††††††††
E. FISHER AND V. COCKER.
AT the National Recreation Centre, where we spent a week in August endeavouring to broaden our knowledge of Association Football, the accommodation was excellent and the facilities varied. We found ourselves too exhausted, however, by the evenings to participate in anything but Table Tennis. Coaching commenced at nine o'clock every morning and continued, under the supervision of four top-class coaches, until 4.30, with a break for dinner. Films and a strenuous five-a-side tournament occupied most of the evenings.
Two select teams, in which we were included, were chosen from the hundred boys present. The results of this " holiday " have been seen, we hope, in the First XI's success this term.
W. A. RAYNES, P. R. ANDREW, E. W. POWELL.
THREE of us attended a summer course organised by the Central Council for Physical Recreation at Scarborough College40 girls and 25 boys.
There was some extremely thorough coaching in Rugby, in which many modern ideas and new techniques were demonstrated; among those taking part were one England " cap " and several county " caps ". We also spent two hours a day practising Tennis with an England coach. I. W. Newsom, in addition to first-class coaching in Tennis, his main sport, also practised Table Tennis with England player Kathleen Best. Hockey and Netball were also on the syllabus.
From the time-table circulated beforehand, Free Time seemed likely to be scarce; but it was soon found that " Practice " was not compulsory, and that was the last that was heard of it. An excellent holiday was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
A. D. W., I. W.
IN the Autumn Term the librarians issued 2,650 books, a figure slightly higher than the previous best. This naturally prompts one to suppose, in spite of the criticisms always to be expected from the older generation, that the users of the Library are putting forth a greater effort towards self-improvement than ever before. Might the plea once more be made that an improvement should also be extended to the observance of the Library rules? Last term's stocktaking revealed no less than 10 books lost without trace. The Library aims to give good service to its users and in return is entitled to expect to keep its collection of volumes intact.
The S.R.G.S. Trust Fund has again given us a useful sum to be spent on books, for which we are grateful. The following are also thanked for their gifts : J. Amos, J. A. Anderson, G. H. Bridge, J. Buchan, Mr. E. M. T. Firth, A. E. Grant, G. Hadfield, Herr M. Hohenthaner, A. Jackson, P. Knowles, F. D. Loxley, D. J. C. McAteer, G. Patrick, A. D. Perris, D. A. Pike, A. S. and J. D. Pope, J. A. Reaney, F. B. RodgersI P. Sheriff, G. A. Smith, I. P. Wallis, Mr. J. M. Ward, R. W. Waterhouse, A. R. Wilcock, T. Williams.
I REMEMBER in Ireland,
in Killarney in Ireland,
on a clear day in Ireland;
under the shadow of Our Blessed Lady's
Blessed Saviour's House on high
in blue clear, new clear, sky ...
After the rain which fills the bowl
the hand dripped is clean,
the land is clean,
after the rain the stain
is gone and life can start again.
After the rain in Ireland,
under the shadow of the old tree,
under the shadow of Our Lady's House,
the brother came, like a mouse
emerging from twenty-one days of restrain.
Under the shadow and the light,
under the shadow of the light,
the brother talked to us
night-weary, heavy footed and lidded
we wait-watched as he walked to us,
by the flame starved fire under the shadow,
under the shadow of the forceful tree
under the shadow;
in the green and blue-washed meadow,
under the shadow of the tower;
and the hour
was struck by the eight bells
five times ringing,
singing of the shadow and the eye,
the Shadow and the Eye,
and the Glory and the Power.
D. E. RODGERS.
THE first of these competitions produced a total of twelve entriesseven for the Senior and five for the Junior competitionsand the entries were of a very high quality and represented an enormous amount of effort. The main reason for holding such a competition was to encourage boys to make a special study of a particular scientific topic, and to write about it in a lucid and critical fashion. In the original announcement it was specifically stated that particular attention would be given to clarity of description and explanation, and assessment of the entries was made chiefly on that basis. Some of the entries in the Senior section were too erudite and too obviously collections of notes from advanced and specialised textbooks, presented without coherence or interest.
Two prizes were awarded in the Senior Competition, one to M. J. Platts for an essay on Atomic Energy, and one to J. E. Beckman for his study of Radioastronomy. These two essays were remarkable in that the treatment was comprehensive and complete, and yet all the complications were clearly explained and reduced to an astonishing simplicity, and the planning was such that interest was maintained until the very end.
Two other entries deserve mention, namely the essay of D. J. C. McAteer on British Railways, which was unusually interesting, and that of P. Hibbard on The Construction and Working of a Micro-balance. The latter was quite unorthodox in that it was the description of the designing and construction of a balance which was extremely sensitive. A specimen of the balance was presented with the essay, and its construction from common materials and Meccano parts indicates a degree of manual skill quite extraordinary for a boy.
The entries for the Junior Competition were very pleasing. The award was made to P. D. Roberts for his enormously detailed account of The Production of Iron and Steel. When completed this essay consisted of 210 hand-written pages, with a supplement of information from books, pamphlets and photographs, and from visits to many steelworks. Another commendable entry was that of J. Cawthome, who described the origin and the uses of coal. This was a very fine effort for a First Former and a lot of time and energy had been expended on it.
The Competition is being held again for 1958-9; the closing date for entries is 15th April, 1959.
EVER a select rather than a numerous band, Old Edwardians can fairly claim this year to have played a full part in the kaleidoscope of University life. With Dr. Kenyon in residence, there is now the possibility that a Seventh Club may be formed here and give a too long delayed official recognition to the existence of O.E.'s at Cambridge.
By comparison with reports of previous years, present personalities would seem to be less weird but no less colourful than their predecessors. Mr. Beynon's brilliantly hued bow-tie and Viking hairstyle are among the sights of Cambridge, as is also his dazzling footwork on the soccer field in the company of Mr. Briggs and the veteran Mr. Butler, famed for his vintage bicycle.
Mention of bicycles inevitably brings to mind Mr. Hardy, who may be seen every morning speeding along King's Parade at a high rate of knots, with flowing duffle-coat, muddied gown, umbrella at the present, and loosely trailing brake cables. Despite much pressure he has so far declined to repeat his performance of last year, but the warmer spring weather will no doubt cure his modesty.
Of Mr. Ferguson little is seen but much heard, for the skill which he demonstrated at an earlier age to an admiring audience in Room 73 is now regularly displayed at more sublime levels. For his captaincy of the University Table Tennis team we must offer our hearty congratulations. Much heard also in Cambridge is Mr. Allen's car, a disconcerting carriage with baroque lines and a habit of stalling in the middle of cross-roads. Its fabulous performance on laboratory-doctored fuel makes it an ideal runabout for a university, but it is the opinion of a number of self-appointed experts that the cost of glue and string to preserve its outward form is a little excessive.
Of our warrior brethren, Mr. Pinion is occasionally to be seen being driven at his ease about the countryside in Army vehicles in the exalted capacity of instructor [sic]. His hair-raising accounts of his own driving technique have, however, caused some raised eyebrows in certain quarters, and it is reported that at firing-camp his request for permission to open up with field-guns on the local pheasant population was strongly discouraged.
There is, alas, little sign these days of Mr. Wellings. No more does he grace the boards in presentations of the Marlowe Society, no longer does he beguile the morning hours with effervescent coffee and scalding wit. Run to earth by our correspondent in secluded lodgings, he confessed to having succumbed to the pressure of his fortnightly essays and to have wholly surrendered himself to a study of Marlon Brando and the Renaissance poets.
It remains to be reported of the remainder only that Mr. Lee's deft dart whizzes into the doubles nightly with all its fabled accuracy; Mr. Jackson's pipe still spreads its fragrant haze about the city; Mr. Suggate is believed to have left the University in search of richer sources of classical learning; and Mr. Hanwell and Mr. Clark make mathematical and noiseless progressions from coffee-bar to bar. At the time of writing, it is unknown how many or how few Old Edwardians will grace this University next October, but it is to be hoped that an ever-richening and varied talent will continue to swell our membership yearly and share the costs of the annual bun-fight.
There has been an encouraging membership this term, and thanks are due to D. E. Rodgers for some striking posters. In the fourth week of term Mr. Robinson explained the purpose and work of the monastic community of Iona. At later meetings the Rev. A. Ecclestone introduced a discussion on the question " Is Communism compatible with Christianity?" and Canon Wickham, founder of the Sheffield Industrial Mission, spoke on the work of bringing Christianity into touch with industrialised society, a task for the shop-floor rather than the parish church. J. E. Beckman gave an instructive talk on the Jewish faith, illustrated picturesquely by his traditional Jewish costume. A joint meeting with the Senior Debating Society brought us a selection of poetry and prose readings on the theme of Christmas. Our thanks are due to Mr. Vout for his constant help and guidance, and to all who have contributed to our activities.
SENIOR. Two meetings have been held in conjunction with other societies. A debate with the I.D.G. on government by the enlightened few was marred by the speakers' lack of definition and loose expression. A programme of Christmas readings with the S.C.M. ranged from the early fathers to Louis MacNeice. In a debate on the motion " That the time is out of joint ", the subject was treated a little facetiously by three of the speakers, but Bailey brought a level of seriousness to the proceedings. The Brains Trust lacked discussion from the panel but was, in parts, interesting, amusing and heated. The enthusiasm of Mr. May has been admirably followed up by Mr. P. D. C. Points, whose drive and forcefulness have been a constant inspiration behind this term's meetings.
MIDDLE SCHOOL.On October 1st members were invited to test their skill at talking under certain restrictive conditions in a programme called " Hold Your Tongue." This proved too much for many of them; Lucas, Britton and Pressley were the winners. The Balloon got into its usual difficulties on October 29th; Baden-Powell (D. Mingay) and Sweeny Todd (Britton) survived. At " Animal, Vegetable and Mineral " the experts (Williams, Hill, Gunn and Pressley) scrutinised such objects as a piece of 1,500-year old dug-out canoe, an animal horn, a back-scratcher and a 17th century pistol. On December 3rd, in a production of " Henry V " entitled " Henry XVI on Ice " (written by the committee) the cast re-created Shakespeare's play with certain alterations which must not be remembered for the context question in 0 Level.
The experiment of holding short but frequent lunch-hour meetings has met with considerable success. A discussion on the restriction of coloured immigration, opened by R. F. Laughton and M. A. J. Williams, was an apt and stimulating start to the term's activities. The New French Constitution was discussed by A. R. Williams and J. G. Robinson. With the S.C.M. we heard the Rev. A. Ecclestone's talk on Christianity and Communism. Although no effective opposition was put forward to his thesis that Marxism is in fact a supreme form of worship, many of us left wondering whether it was not more logical to reform the defects of Capitalism than turn over entirely to Communism.
M. J. Lodge and D. E. Young analysed the situation in Quemoy, and the American policy, despite scathing criticism, was finally vindicated by a margin of two votes. The highlight of the term was the talk by Mr. John Hynd, M.P. for Attercliffe, on " Nuclear Weapons and Disarmament " at an inter-schools C.E.W.C. In this lively meeting we discovered that the term " militant pacifist " has a very definite meaning !
At the debate with the Senior Lit. and Deb. there was controversy as to who precisely were " enlightened," but the I.D.G. Democrats, Sampson and Williams, prevailed over their literary opponents Laughton and Lodge. A valiant defence of the Government plan for Cyprus by R. H. Smith brought the term to a close. D. R. Bentley upheld the cause of the Greek Cypriots, and Mr. Robinson intervened with the suggestion that this was a task for that much maligned but intrinsically valuable body, the United Nations.
Despite a certain stodginess in our ranks, the term has been successful. The newly instituted lunch-hour meetings have been well attended and the standard of discussion high, often, surprisingly, at the instigation of non-economists. P. J. Goulden gave us his intriguing but not wholly convincing ideas on " The future of political parties ". J. G. McNaught exhibited his capitalist knowledge of the Stock Exchange and skilfully brushed off the searching questions of Mr. Robinson. Our most controversial meeting was that in which M. D. Linton proposed " further Nationalisation ", which P. W. Cave dared to oppose. The opposition won 11 votes to 7, but at a continuation of the discussion a week later (when argument became of personalities rather than of policies) Nationalisation was approved by 13 votes to 8. Our best wishes go with our departing chairman, P. J. Goulden. The Society will continue to meet next term, despite his absence, and it is hoped to hold some meetings after school, particularly to renew our conflict with Mr. Sara.
Our thanks are due to Mr. Points for undertaking the chairmanship of this reborn society. One meeting has been held, at which modern war poems were read. Our future plans include the production of a literary magazine, and we shall welcome the support of any Fifth or Sixth Formers interested.
SENIOR. The Society has met to hear Professor Potter's stimulating and enlightening paper on Macaulay, and for next term a programme of great promise has been arranged, with several outside speakers, by our energetic President, Mr. Wightman. JUNIOR. A visit was made on September 27th to Turret House and the remains of Manor Lodge, built in the early 16th century by the fourth Earl of Shrewsbury. Talks have been given, by Mr. Vout on Monumental Brasses, with illustrations from his own rubbings; by J. M. Booth on Cornish Castles and J. Cawthorne on monastic sites near Sheffield. Films on Stonehenge and The Roman Wall were shown at one meeting, when J. R. Gunson also spoke on Sheffield's water supply, with a vivid description of the Sheffield Flood of 1864.
Meetings have been well attended, but we should like to have more support from First Formers.
SENIOR. The four meetings this term have been well attended. J. Pemberton spoke on Greek Medicine, S. G. Linstead on " Playing Hippolytus", Mr. M. A. Wimshurst on " The Iliad's Armoury ", and Mr. W. S. Fowler introduced selections from a B.B.C. recording of Aristophanes' The Birds. We are very glad to welcome Mr. Cowan and Mr. Watson-Liddell to the classical staff, and regret that Mr. Wimshurst's stay with us ends at Christmas.
JUNIOR. Four meetings this term have seen an increase in interest and enthusiasm in the Society. At a quiz based on " Find the Link " competitors attempted to discover the connection between two classical objects or persons. In " What Do You Know? " the teams displayed their knowledge or ignorance of classical subjects. Blythe and Williams entertained a meeting with a film strip on Roman Britain, and finally the " What Do You Know " programme was followed up by " What Do You Know Now? ".
The Club has received encouraging support and a particularly pleasing increase in senior members. The team has met with moderate success, winning one and drawing two of its five league fixtures. Four new members have been introduced into the team and have shown considerable progress. We are grateful to Messrs. Redston and Taylor for their support and guidance and look forward to a successful Lent Term, with still more support from the Sixth Forms.
Team : P. W. Cave (Capt.), J. G. Lucas, L. G. Smith, A. A. Sampson, D. E. Young, R. D. Hawkins.
This year the Society embarked upon a new era. For some time it has been felt that encouragement might be given to members who wish to experiment outside the bounds of the normal syllabus. With this end in view, the Society has been subdivided into three sectionsChemistry, Physics and Biology. A large number of practical projects have been started and have met with varying success. In the main, however, the term's meetings have been concerned with preliminary preparation for the principal work of next term.
Although one of the primary objects is to enable practical work to be done, it is intended to develop other groups to collect data for the use of members; helpers in this field would be making a very valuable contribution.
In conclusion, the Society would like to express its sincere gratitude to Mr. Redston who, for more than twenty years, has organised the Society and maintained its continuity through many difficult periods. He has managed to persuade numerous distinguished speakers to visit us and for his efforts we are in every sense deeply indebted.
Last term we said goodbye to two of our stalwarts, Secretary W. T. Stokes and Assistant Secretary P. R. Downs. It is difficult to over-emphasise what the Society and the School owe to these two for their long years of photographic work. Not only did they this year organise, and help to carry out themselves, the biggest assignment of Group work ever done by the Society, but they personally spent nearly a whole term's dinner-hours doing colour photography for the Art department. They have always been cheerful, helpful, keen and competent. We wish them every photographic success in their careers.
We started this term with a large number of new members under Secretary N. K. Berridge. The standard of work of the beginners is not as high as usual (there are too many " happy snaps " of Mum and Dad beside the dustbin). Strangely enough, the beginners have not availed themselves of the dark room as much as did their predecessors. We are very grateful to Mr. H. Mottershaw for the gift of materials and apparatus.
SENIOR. With J. F. Billington as secretary and C. R. J. Singleton as treasurer and publicity secretary, this new branch of the Society was inaugurated in October, under the Presidency of Mr. Bridgwater. Meetings have been held fortnightly on Mondays, and have included a discussion on Space Travel, talks by Billington on " Where We Live" and "Life on Other Worlds", and by Singleton on the Planets (with an exposition of thirteen theories on " the Birth and Death of the Planets "). T. Marshall's excellent artistic notices have enhanced our publicity and will, we hope, attract still more support next term. JUNIOR. Lectures have been given by D. Hearnshaw on Space Travel, J. O. Pickles on Telescopes, D. Watson on the Planets, and J. R. Shutt on Polychromators and Quantometers. There has been an encouraging increase in membership.
We welcome Mr. Kopcke as Chairman of the Club and thank Mr. Taylor for his valued assistance in the inauguration and direction of the Club hitherto. Membership has increased to about fifty and there has been an increase in the popularity of control-line flying, which activity has a certain entertainment value to non-members also ! The accent in models seems to be on training and stunt varieties, notable exceptions being an autogyro and two twin-engined planes. Weather permitting, flying meetings will be held on the Close, one week in three, on Saturday mornings next term; it is hoped that these will attract members who are unable to attend on Friday afternoons. We owe our thanks to J. A. Hague, for his efficient services as secretary, from which position he has now resigned.
The Society's popularity is increasing; rarely has the attendance been less than twenty boys, although on the Fifth of November only three boys deemed stamps to be of more importance than bonfire preparations. Exhibitions have been held of Stamps of the Netherlands, Slogan Cancellations, Meter Stamps, and Stamps of the United States. The most popular meeting, as always, was the Stamp Auction, and, as always, one saw the business world in miniaturethe rash speculator and the calculating investor; the guileful profiteer and the wide-eyed innocent; the well-informed advisers, the critical who distinguish gems from paste, the newly-rich and the newly-ruined. We see them all and we enjoy it all.
The Senior section has held six meetings, each attracting a keen if not large audience. K. Rice gave a programme of recordings with Bruch's Violin Concerto and Liszt's Organ Fantasia and Fugue on BACH. M. D. Linton introduced us to Ravel's Piano Concerto for left hand. Rice, Thompson and Barnes contributed to a " live " concert, with C. J. and N. J. Barnes joining in a spirited performance of some of Morley's two-part canzonets. Mr. Johnston spoke on " Belshazzar's Feast ", with a complete tape-performance in the following week. Mr. Hersee introduced us to Rossini's " Cinderella ".
Junior sessions included a talk by M. Hill on Grieg's Piano Concerto, Handel's " Royal Fireworks " (November 5th) on the organ by Mr. Barnes, and a concert by First Form boys which disclosed a number of promising pianists and singers and an oboist (Tierney) already making good progress. Thanks to all our contributors.
ACTIVITIES have been varied and extensive, from Patrol weather reporting to full Troop wide-games, from the excitement of Camp preparations to the cool calm of code construction. We have welcomed our usual number of recruits, no longer recruits though but Scouts, playing their part in and learning the qualities of good Scouting.
A successful jumble Sale has provided much needed funds. Another Patrol, the Skuas, now exists to relieve the pressure imposed by the expansion of "A" Troop, and an inter-troop competition has been inaugurated"A" Troop will secure that trophy from time to time. A film of the 1957 World Jamboree at Sutton Park was enjoyedwith interval beverages of Coca-Cola. It was on this occasion that the G.S.M. received his official statusour best wishes to him. Finally, as term-end approaches, the Christmas Party, festive and gay, and other holiday activities, beckon us on. The Patrol Leaders, efficient in the art of type-writing, are not a whit behind also in organising ability; this, coupled with smaller patrol numbers, is strengthening the patrol spirit so essential for good scouting. We must again thank the parents for their continuous help and support.
V. A. V.
SUMMER activity took the form of a hike round the Cornish peninsular involving a total distance of 1,500 miles. Places visited included Land's End, and the sub-tropical Isles of Scilly (where the party was surprised to meet two other Rovers, B.P. and B.G.H.who were again encountered on the Lizard).
In the Autumn Term we welcomed R. Battye, M. J. Kingman and R. H. Marsden to the Senior Section. Activities have been of the Senior rather than the Boy Scout nature, following the motto " Look wide ". A den has been obtained near the School, and much work has been put in to make it comfortable. We thus join the Rovers in being the only sections of the Group to have a den. Five of the troop's Queen's Scouts were invited to the reception at Gilwell Park in October, and the sixth attended an earlier reception. A visit has been made to the Information Department of the City Police; five patrols of two members each were entered for the Holmstrom Trophy; and a Senior Scout competition, involving a night hike, was held in December. The Seniors have again provided assistance in training and at troop meetings.
A. W. S., I. W.
A RATHER disappointingly small number of recruits joined us in September, but this number has gradually increased during the term. We hope that a few more will join to bring the Troop up to full strength. Several badges have been gained, including First Class badges, and we hope that this will be maintained.
We are grateful to David Elliott who did so much at Troop Meetings at the beginning of term before being called up for his National Service; we wish him " Good Scouting " at all times. At the end of term we also said goodbye to our Troop Leader G. Ratcliffe. We hope that he will be able to continue his Scouting at Maidstone.
The Christmas Party took a new form this year a very enjoyable evening of games and food was arranged by the parents and we are grateful to them for the work they put in to make it a really successful and happy time. The Seniors are meeting regularly on Fridays once again, and plans are well advanced for a trip to the Continent in the summer. Funds are being raised to help with this and we hope that the Dance on February 19th will be successful. Besides these projects, steady progress in badge work can be reported. We look forward to 1959 and camping once again; at Newstead Abbey at Whitsun and in the summer somewhere in the West.
J. W. H.
SUMMER Camp was the climax to the year's activities, but not of the sort expected or hoped for in many ways. The valley turned out to have the highest rainfall, not only in the Lake District, but in England as a whole; the rain was very nearly continuous throughout the fortnight and a number of the Troop were smitten by a dread bacillus. However, despite Darlington, Cranleigh, van breakdowns, tents blown down and poles cracked by phenomenal gusts of wind, it seems that most people enjoyed the camp; we did climb Scawfell Pike and the train-spotters were mollified by a visit to historic Carlisle.
Meanwhile the Seniors undertook a mammoth hike in Ireland. As memories of sore feet recede, those of whimsical local inhabitants, superb scenery, cheap milk and the sense of achievement at the success of a well-planned hike camping project abroad will remain.
Our seven first-year recruits are proving as keen as most of their predecessors. Patrol Leaders who are now giving way to their successors deserve our thanks for all their fine work during the year; a troop depends more on the quality of its patrol leaders than on any other one factor. The Troop's Christmas term programme included open air meetings and an evening town game; Seniors have run a couple of troop meetings and built a pioneering device at Hesley. In the Christmas holidays there have been Christmas parties and New Year hikes for Troop and Seniors and an evening meeting for Seniors at which we saw some fascinating colour slides of a Senior Scout visit to Iceland.
We are grateful to all those A.S.M.'s, Seniors and Rovers who have made the summer events and the past term" enjoyable. The Troop flourishes.
THE Sheffield contingentnine from K.E.S., two from 29th Montgomery and one from 72nd Sharrowpitched camp in the S.W. of the Park, on the meridian of Greenwich. After briefing by the Troop Leader (" You may call me Norman, or Troop Leaderand nothing else ") we marched to the marquee and awaited the arrival of the Chief Scout at 3.30. The marquee was an emergency provision, due to the sodden state of the ground. Queen's Scout certificates were presented by the Chief Scout to Commissioners, who then presented them to the Scouts. Commissioner for our Troop was Air Vice-Marshal J. G. W. Weston, I.H.Q. Commissioner for Air Scouts. Then followed a tour of the Park; being photographed with the Chief Scout; a heavy thunderstorm which flattened several tents; and tea in the Storm Hut, which was later the scene of a very good camp-fire. Delighted with this (the best he had ever seen) Lord Rowallan asked that we might be given cups of tea, instead of paying fourpence each for them; this came as a surprise to many people, who thought the tea was free in any case.
The " Scouts' Own" on Sunday morning, at which M. J. Lodge read the Scout Law, was addressed by the Bishop of Fulham. After this, volunteers were "volunteered" by Norman to represent the Troop in the inter-troop sportsalso held in the marquee. Shortly afterwards the K.E.S. party left for London, and so home.
F. A. S., I. W.
THE Senior Team started with a series of victories but this fine record has been somewhat marred by the poor performances of recent weeks. Considerable fitness is required and slight illness will necessitate a weakened team, although the gaps caused by indisposition have been eagerly filled. The team has been drawn from experienced runners such as Tomlinson, Roddis, Cash and Guite, whilst newcomer Cocker has put in consistently good performances. It is notable that two victories have been recorded over High Storrs, a rival whose supremacy has been all too evident in past years.
In the lower school there is a certain lack of enthusiasm. Although many boys are keen to run, they do not seem as interested as they might be when a fixture is arranged. The Under 14 and Under 16 teams have not produced outstanding records, but it must be noted that the younger team is made up of boys who often have to run against bigger and more experienced opponents. The Junior Captain, D. B. Cook, has had a difficult task in selecting a team and ensuring the attendance of each member. He himself has run well and has been ably supported by Rees, Shutt and Hughes (a newcomer with a bright future in school athletics). Battye, Kingman and Furniss provided an efficient nucleus for the Under 16 team.
Mr. Green has been a constant inspiration, particularly to junior runners and his forceful drive has acquired for the team a set of new running vests.
D. J. H. S.
v. Huddersfield New College, at W.W., won 35-43.
v. Leeds G.S., at W.W., won 28-53.
v. Ecclesfield, at Ecclesfield, won 29-521.
v. Abbeydale & High Storrs, at W.W. K.E. 50, H.S. 501, Abb. 711.
v. Roundhay, at W.W., tie 3921--3921.
v. Bradford & Wakefield G.S., at Bradford. B.G.S. 45, K.E. 51, Wakefield 81.
v. Loughborough G.S., at W.W., won 37-46.
v. Penistone & High Storrs, at Penistone. K.E. 40, H.S. 50, Pen. 87.
v. Manchester G.S. & High Storrs, at W.W.††††† H.S. 57, K.E. & M.G.S. 61.
v. Doncaster G.S., at Doncaster, lost 48-30.
v. Woodhouse, at Woodhouse, won 29-49.
v. Roundhay, Skipton, Bradford, St. John's York, at Roundhay. R. 43, B. 69, K.E. 123, Sk. 131, York 138.
v. Leeds G. S., at W. W., lost 30-49.
v. Ecclesfield G.S., at Ecclesfield, won 29-48.
v. Abbeydale & High Storrs, at W.W. Abbey 41, H.S. 62, K.E. 75.
v. Roundhay (U16), at W.W., won 24-31.
v. Bradford (U16), at Bradford, lost 23-65.
v. Penistone & High Storrs (U16), at Penistone, won 54-55-56.
v. Penistone (U13), at Penistone, won 38-43.
THE first part of the season has been one of the best for some years. In addition to outstanding players, we have a number of above-average reserves who, when called upon, have not let the School down. Three boysPowell, Raynes and Andrewwere selected for the Summer Course at Lilleshall. F. Parker and Tranmer attended a similar course at Carnegie.
THE season opened with a large amount of promising material from last year's teams. Unfortunately ex-Under 15 goalkeeper Bennett could not accustom himself to First XI play and Dixon was moved from outside-left, where he had been playing very well, to goal where he excelled himself. His adventurousness has saved the defence on several occasions. His handling is safe and kicking strong. At right-back Hancock has proved a sound captain, setting an example with long and accurate clearances and excellent anticipation. Board has played coolly, clearing the ball slowly but surely; his tendency to move up is disconcerting but the defence on the whole, covering skilfully, has prevented dangerous situations arising. Powell is the team's most consistent player; his energy is inexhaustible, his heading, tackling and passing a joy to watch.
Findlay is an excellent " stopper " at centre-half, although in holding on to the ball he often loses it in his own half. Lord, who played well at left-half, was replaced by Pike (of last year's Under 15) who has been a constant " worrier " of attackers for whom he is more than a match in spite of his size. On the right wing Crowson has used his speed to advantage, invariably having the beating of the full-back, and has been a direct source of danger. His combination with Raynes is excellent, although his centres are often too hard. Andrew, before his departure, was the brains of the attack. He " fetched and carried " throughout the game and his quick thinking and speed of acceleration have resulted in many goals. Ellis, replacing him, is strong but lacks shooting power and speed in passing. Raynes plays a bustling game at centre-forward, his heading and shooting being hard, accurate and usually quick. Needham tends to slow down a fast attack by holding on to the ball. When he corrects this and makes his play more direct he will be a power in the forward line. Gillott has played well but has a yearning for shooting from the bye-line when a centre would be much more dangerous.
In general, our success has been a team success with every member keen to win the ball and create an opening. There has been, too, a fairly general willingness to train.
Undoubtedly our greatest triumph was the winning of the Russell-Edwards Cup for the champion seven-a-side team of Sheffield. Throughout the competition our "A" team (who had been greatly helped by playing against the " B " team during that week) were superior in stamina and skill. The final, against Ecclesfield "A", was an overwhelming victory by 17 points to 2.
Champion seven-a-side team of Sheffield
We should like to thank Mr. Arthur, our never-tiring and hard-working manager. His enthusiasm has allowed him to give the team a large amount of his time, and we are indeed grateful to him.
D. H., B. C. A.
The following have played : Dixon, Bennett, Hancock, Board, Bows, Powell, Findlay, Lord, Pike, Crowson, Andrew, Ellis, Raynes, Needham, Gillott.
Raynes was selected as reserve for the Y.G.S.F.A. XI against Carnegie College. Raynes and Hancock were selected for the Y.G.S.F.A. final trial.
Played 12, Won 9, Lost 1, Drawn 2. Goals for 52, against 20.
v. Q.E.G.S., Mansfield (Home), won 5-0.
v. C. J. W. Powell's XI (Home), won 4-3.
v. Old Edwardians (Home), lost 1-4.
v. Woodhouse G.S. (Home), drawn 6-6.
v. Ecclesfield G.S. (Away), won 3-0.
v. Manchester G.S. (Home), won 3-0.
v. Bootham School (Home), won 13-0.
v. High Storrs G.S. (Home), won 2-1.
v. Chesterfield School (Away), won 3-0.
v. De La Salle College (Home), drawn 2-2.
v. Falcons (Home), won 4-3.
v. Woodhouse G.S. (Away), won 6-1.
Scorers : Andrew 13, Raynes 13, Crowson 12, Dixon 4, Gillott 4, Needham 2, Board 2, Ellis 1, own goal 1.
A YOUNG and rather smaller team, mainly ex-Under 15 players, has done very well to remain undefeated this term despite heavy demands from the First XI. This has been due to good spirit and the ability to outmatch larger opponents in speed and skill. Since Ellis departed for the First XI, Birley has kept a fatherly eye on the team and preserved its good spirit.
The strength of the side has been its ability to create openings and establish an ascendancy in midfield, allied to stamina to stay the whole game. In goal, Bennett has steadily improved, regaining some of the confidence which marked his play last season and establishing a better understanding with his backs. He must be ready to desert his goal line still more when necessary and the backs must provide safer cover; at present they are drawn too easily to the wings. Ball adds weight to the side and tackles strongly but lacks the finer touches of a defender and must clear his lines more successfully. In contrast, Bows is a " gentlemanly footballer " sounder in positional play but more inclined to break down under pressure. Parker, right-half, has played whole-heartedly and seems to have overcome his earlier tendency to play too obviously the role of an attacking wing half. Swift is energetic and zealous, carrying the burden of the defence on his shoulders and still having time, on his best days, to start attacks going as well. The promotion of Pike has left a vacancy which so far has not been satisfactorily filled.
The forwards have scored well but there is a tendency for too much dribbling and close passing which never pays dividends on heavy grounds and allows the opposing defence time to recover. When the ball has been swung about and the wingers brought into the game, open spaces have been created and the whole attack has shown greater rhythm and penetration. Tranmer has been quick to see this and has consequently been the most outstanding forward; he is stylish and intelligent in his play and has produced an outstanding improvement in Grist through skilful feeding and prompting. Newton at inside-right has played excellently on occasions but at other times he becomes quite anonymous; he is an individualist and as a result the right wing has functioned more fitfully than the left. Barling lacking support but making good use of the ball when it has come his way. A persistent weakness in attack has been the lack of a genuine centre-forward. Cottingham played in early matches and his goal tally looks impressive, but he lacks sense of aggression and never really gets into the game; a pity, for he can shoot and has the necessary height to make use of the high centres. There is a clear vacancy here for some enterprising player ' who wishes to make a name for himself !
Next term we must expect further losses to the First XI and some stern tussles under uncertain weather conditions. It is going to be difficult to preserve our unbeaten record and fitness will again be a vital factor; hence the expected resumption of the training sessions will prove of great benefit. It is essential that they should be Strongly supported for it is long time since a School team went through a whole season unbeaten.
D. F. W., T. K. R.
Played 11, Won 10, Drawn 1, Cancelled 4, Goals for 44, against 20.
v. Mansfield (Away), won 6-1.
v. Dental Faculty (Home), drawn 2-2.
v. Old Edwardians (Home), won 5-3.
v. Woodhouse (Away), won 2-0.
v. Ecclesfield (Home), won 6-5.
v. Manchester (Away), won 5-3.
v. High Storrs (Away), won 2-1.
v. Chesterfield (Away), won 2-1.
v. De La Salle College (Away), won 2-0.
v. Rowlinson School (Home), won 5-3.
v. Woodhouse (Home), won 7-1.
IN a most successful first half-season, the nearest the team came to a fall from grace was in the home fixture with Manchester G.S., when at one stage the score was 1-4 against. That this was improved to 7-5 in our favour by the end is a tribute to the spirit of the team who refused to be rattled when things were not going their way.
For the rest, the results have been heavily in our favour. The attack has scored at the rate of almost six goals per match, whilst the defence has conceded on the average less than two goals per match. A feature of the team's play has been the compact and penetrative approach work based on the constructive clearances of the defence. Marking has not always been as tight as it might have been but this is the only criticism that can be made.
During the term we lost the services of last season's captain, Gillott, on his promotion to the First XI. His place has been very ably filled by Wagstaff who has set a good and often dominating example as a constructive defender.
J. A. B.
Played 6, Won 6, Cancelled 1, Goals for 35, against 10.
v. Marlcliffe (Home), won 7-3.
v. Owler Lane (Away), won 7-1.
v. Oakwood (Home), won 7-1.
v. Manchester G.S. (Home), won 7-5.
v. Oakwood (Away), won 3-.0
v. Huddersfield Amateurs (Home), won 4-0.
THE results for the Autumn Term look uninspiring but the heartening feature is the two good successive wins in our last matches; we were sorry that in this vein we could not play two matches against High Storrs and Manchester G.S because of bad weather.
The defence is very sound and much better than the average for school teams, with Wileman at centre-half very strong in defence and constantly urging on his forwards with shrewd passes. The forwards, however, have not been able to score regularly. , They have been extremely hard working and never fail to try but there has been a lack of steadiness and coolness about the work which has made the task of the opposition easier. Wingers have to learn to go on the inside of a full-back as well as on the outside, and inside forwards have to " fetch and carry " ; centre-forwards must turn and shoot quickly. If these facts are kept in mind the team will have much better results next term. Win or lose, they are a pleasant group of boys to deal with.
Regular members of the team have been : Wileman (captain), Foster, Batty, Dennis, McAughey, Hall, Blythe, Hirst and Britton.
J. C. H., J. B. L.
Played 8, Won 2, Lost 6, Goals for 13, against 22.
v. Mansfield G. S. (Home) lost 3-5.
v. Oakwood T.S. (Home), lost 0-2.
v. Manchester G.S. (Away), lost 0-2.
v. Firth Park G.S. (Home), lost 0-1.
v. High Storrs G.S. (Home), lost 2-4.
v. Chesterfield G.S. (Home), lost 2-5.
v. De La Salle College (Home), won 3-2.
v. Rowlinson School (Away), won 3-1.
KEEN supporters of this team should read only the first and last of these results, both of them wins. Between these brackets come results of a very different character, not so flattering to the team. Among the cancelled matches, one decided loss was the return match with Manchester, in which we were looking forward to seeing whether the return of Mills to centre-half would restore confidence to the defence.
For the remaining defeats the fundamental explanation is that the team did not have enough ability to draw on, especially in the forward line. The first game was won in dry conditions, but as grounds became heavier it became clear that weight and strength were essential in the forward line as well as in the defence. About the middle of the term, with the attack ineffective and thus throwing more work on the defence, the latter had a period of over-anxiety, in which it began to hold the ball too long near its own goal, and this naturally led to loss of goals, spoiling much stubborn and effective play, especially on the part of Fairhead. Towards the end of term the defence began to recover from this failing and a reshuffling of the rest of the team, with the return of Nosowski to wing-half and the discovery by Bows that he was more effective in the half-back line, led to its final success. The last result should be the one in the mind of the team as it draws the proper conclusion from these figures and produced the spirit and vigour to improve on them next term.
G. H. C., F. D. A. B.
Played 8, Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 6, Goals for 14, against 34.
v. Mansfield (Away), won 4-1.
v. Owler Lane (Away), lost 4-0.
v. Ecclesfield (Away), lost 2-3.
v. Manchester (Home), lost 7-2.
v. Firth Park (Away), lost 6-3.
v. High Storrs (Away), lost 4-0.
v. Chesterfield (Home), lost 7-0.
v. Rowlinson School (Home), won 3-2.
IN spite of the results, there has been a gradual improvement as eleven individual players learn to co-operate as one team. Sallis has admirably fulfilled the duties of captain. The team has been chosen from : Lewis, Linfoot, Morgans, Cockroft, Marsh, Brook, Blake, Seymour, Ellis, Hopkinson, Sallis, West, Siddall, Roxburgh.
Played 6, Lost 6, Goals for 11, against 38.
v. Oakwood (Home), lost 3-5.
v. Rotherham (Away), lost 3-4.
v. Manchester (Away), lost 1-6.
v. Chesterfield (Away), lost 1-11.
v. High Storrs (Away), lost 2-7.
v. De La Salle College (Home), lost 1-5.
Played 11 matches. Won 10. Lost 1.
THIS season the First XV has fulfilled the promise shown when the majority of the players were Colts under the guidance of Mr. Wastnedge and Mr. Arculus. After a cautious start when they lost to Stockport "A" by 14 points to nil, the team has won every match. The total points, 193 for and 58 against, tell their own story. Their success is mainly due to a vigorous untiring style of play and the ability to tackle hard and often. Ably led by M. B. Hill as captain and M. Sara as vice-captain, they have stormed to victory this term and the confidence gained has helped to improve the general standard of play.
The forwards have been mainly responsible for the scoring, J. Sharpe being most prominent, assisted by Abbott and Laughton. The three-quarters are improving but still lack the thrust essential to break through good opposition. We hope to see better passing and more direct running from the threes next term.
There is an admirable spirit of sportsmanship and friendliness among the First XV players this year; Mr. Towers and I feel amply rewarded for the work we did in the lean years since Rugby, at this School, first began.
D. B. H.
The success of the Middle School Rugby teams has been moral rather than material. The match against Ernest Bailey G.S. was unfortunate owing to confusion over the age limit of the fixture. From the defeat at the hands of Worksop a great deal about tactics was learned. The solitary try scored in this game was a glorious team affair in which backs, half-backs and forwards all had a share. A little more spirit in the Nottingham High Pavement game would certainly have brought its reward. Throughout the term the results have grown more favourable, culminating in a heart-warming victory at Chesterfield.
Pleasing features of this term's matches have been the steady improvement in both forward and back divisions, and the emergence of constructive movements. The chief failings have been a general reluctance to tackle low, and an early-season failure to play in position, but as these faults are being rectified, there is every hope of a more successful Lent Term.
M. A. H.
Played 5, Won 1, Lost 4, Points for 24, against 120.
U/14 v. Ernest Bailey G.S. U/15 (Home), lost 32-0.
U/15 v. Henry Fanshawe G.S. U/15 (Away), lost 35-0.
U/14 v. Worksop College U/14 (Home), lost 35-5.
U/14 v. Nottingham H.P.G.S. U/14 (Home), lost 12-0.
U/15 v. Chesterfield G.S (Away), won 19-6
The record of the Under 13 XVplayed five, lost fiveseems dismal, but statistics are no guide to the spirited endeavour displayed in these games Each year we start from practically raw material, to face teams that are heavier and more experienced; yet enthusiasm never wanes and by the end of the season we usually manage to improve our record.
We have now quite an efficient pack and individual talent has appeared among the backs, but co-ordination is still lacking. This should come with time and determined practice.
It has been encouraging to see so many parents on the touch-line. I hope their ardour will remain unquenched by past defeats and future weather.
v. Worksop College Pygmies (Home), lost 0-22.
v. Q.E.G.S. Wakefield (Home), lost 0-38.
v. Nottingham H.P.G.S. (Home). lost 6-9.
v. Rowlinson School (Away), lost 18-0.
v. Hartley Brook Sec. School (Away), lost 11-3.
IN contrast to the Summer Term we have lost only one day through bad weather; consequently the House Senior League has been completed. Chatsworth have not lost game and appear to be a sound defensive side, judging from the goals against column. It is good to see Arundel in second position after so many years in the doldrums. Once again Haddon have achieved the impossiblebeing finalists in the K.O. for the third year running and, with many representatives in the First and Second XI's, finishing bottom of the league (for the second time running). Their goalkeeper has mainly been occupied in picking the ball out of the neton 52 occasions. In contrast, they won their way easily to the final of the Knock-out, scoring 24 goals in two games. Sherwood, their final opponents, had a harder task which appeared an impossible one in the final. But they scored two goals and with magnificent defensive play from Sant, Sheridan and Batty, they were able to prevent Haddon from scoring more than once.
The Rugger types have shown their normal (or abnormal ?) fanaticism for playing in all weathers. At any rate their efforts have been reflected in School matches. On the whole, standards of play appear to be high (with nameless exceptions). Everyone is now looking forward to next termand Cross Country.†††††††
B. C. A.
A Goon term for weather conditions has enabled us to make good progress with the House League, in which Haddon, Sherwood and Arundel seem to have the best chances at present. Some of the games have been quite close but the general standard of ability in this section is distinctly below the average. There is quite a lot of enthusiasm but a lack of technical skill. Over forty boys are playing Rugby and a good fixture list for the Under 15 XV should induce more boys who do not shine at Soccer to give this game a trial.
J. C. H.
Fort once, our customary good luck has deserted us and on only ten Thursdays have we been able to go to Whiteley Woods. The League, in consequence, has still one round to go. So far, Arundel and Lynwood are level on points.
The boys seem to be an average lot, but there are sufficient promising players to give some hope of a fairly good team next year. The number of first-year boys playing Rugger, however, must be nearly a record.
The highlights of the term were the two visits of the F.A. Coach, Mr. D. McEvoy, who took the place of the former coach, Jimmy Hagan, to the great delight of the Hillsborough supporters. He proved to be most successful with the juniors, and we shall look forward with pleasure to his further visits.
H. T. R. T.
THE end of the Summer Term saw the departure of a complete team of School players. We were thus left with an inexperienced and largely untried team, and this may have accounted for the mountainous defeat by a poor High Storrs team. With improved match practice, the quality of the play rose to the height where we were able to lose 7-2 to Ranmoor !
Nevertheless there have been some very close matches in which experience would have brought a different result. The standard of play has definitely improved and talent is visible in some quarters. What the team lacks is really consistent practice on Friday nights, and this is often unfortunately interrupted by Water Polo or other activities.
We must thank Mr. Sinclair for his advice and support even when the team performed pathetically.
F. A. D., J. M. E.
WITH I. R. Parker returned to captain the team once again, our few Seniors continue to train hard, especially M. Lewis who has made rapid progress in the last few months. Members of the Speed Club train on Saturday mornings and during the dinner hour each day.
A First Form match was held on December 12th, a close and exciting contest in which 1 (2) just beat 1 (3) for first place. In a Second Form match on the same evening, 2 (1) beat a combined team from the other 2nds.
Five seniors entered for the English Schools Swimming Association " Advanced Award " and all five were successful, G. Broad, B. Cheetham, F. Parker, N. Stockwell and B. Wood. This was a record number of passes for any school in Sheffield and a very creditable performance.
DR. H. W. THOMPSON (1917-25), Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford, was awarded C.B.E. in the January Honours List.
D. M. DOWNES, Keble College, Oxford, has been awarded the Philpott-Shawcross Prize of £20 for a Historical Essay.
A. M. SUGGATE, Peterhouse, Cambridge, has been awarded a Henry A. Thomas Travel Exhibition for educational travel in Italy and Greece.
Flight-Lieutenant JOHN BARTON (1931-6,) of the Canadian Air Force, has received the Commendable Conduct Award for a helicopter flight in difficult weather conditions, on hospital service in Manitoba.
|Cook, T. G.||13||2||162||14.7|
|Woodcock, D. H.||16||187||11.7|
|Rigby, C. C.||8||-||91||11.37|
|Kay, D. S.||14||2||136||11.33|
|Hall, B. G.||16||1||126||8.4|
|Sivil, E. W.||17||8||70||7.7|
|Everitt, P. K.||7||1||43||7.2|
|Kay, D. S.||146||43||314||28||11.2|
|Cook, T. G.||43||6||127||11||11.5|
|Pearson, H. E.||15||5||38||3||12.5|
Catches: Cook, 14; Allsop, 11; Sivil, 8; Kay, 7; Price, 6; Rigby, 6.
Played 21; won 5; lost 6; tied 1; drawn 9. Runs scored : O.E. 1,692; opponents 1,807. Wickets taken : O.E. 165; opponents 165. Runs per wicket : O.E. 10.2; opponents 10.9.
The Autumn Term has witnessed a revival of the House both in scholastic achievements and in games, where there has been an increase both in enthusiasm and skill. The Senior Football XI, although weakened by the needs of School teams, and somewhat disheartened by a crushing defeat in the knock-out, fought back and fully justified its position of second in the League. The Intermediate and Junior XI's have reaped the fruits of success; the latter, ably led by Marsh, are within an ace of winning their championship. Water Polo has not been a sphere in which our reputation was enhanced; lack of experience proved too great a burden despite many vigorous and spirited displays.
Our academic successes have been in keeping with the best traditions of the House; congratulations to P. F. W. Preece on a Hastings Scholarship in Science, and to D. I. O'Shea on a Hastings Exhibition in Classics. The latter has also been elected a sub-prefect.
The only disturbing feature of the term is the growing neglect of many Intermediate members towards their school work. This apparent contempt for study is damaging both to themselves and to the House, and must, therefore, be quickly dispelled.
Contrary to general expectation, this has been quite a successful term for the House. The principal cause for elation was the performance of Senior Football XI which, although a little discouraged by failure in the Knock-out, went on to win the League without losing a game. Ill who have played are to be congratulated on their hard work and team spirit. The Middle and Junior teams have also had an encouraging term.
The Water Polo team (ably organised by the swimming captain, Goodacre) had had an enjoyable if not successful term. Nevertheless, if we are to recover a little of our former prestige in swimming, we must have more keenness and interest from the rest of the House.
We welcome as new House Tutors Messrs. G. H. Cowan and P. J. Watson-Liddell and hope that their stay will be an enjoyable one. Congratulations must go to Sharpe on being appointed House Prefect, and to Dawson on his exhibition at Queen's College, Oxford. Finally, an exhortation to the House as a whole to show even more determination next term in our attempt to fight our way to the top.
The term has been a quiet one, but nevertheless active. The accepted superiority of the House in Water Polo, under I. R. Parkera swimmer who has great ability and powers of leadershiphas only been challenged by Lynwood, who deserved their victory after an extremely exciting game. The team as a whole sets an example in spirit and enthusiasm which the other House teams would do well to emulate.
Under Jordan, the Senior football team has not accounted very well for itself, mainly because of lack of potential, although the members have played hard. We had a few successes in the League, but were defeated in the first round of the Knock-out by Wentworth. The Middle School has had a similar season : McAughey and Betts have played consistently well, but the forward line is still weak. In the junior teams, Pye in the goal of the First XI is good; though the defence is strong, the forward line could achieve more success if Richards were to take the initiative more often. In the Junior Second XI, Siddall, Bower and Bottomley have played well.
Is a whole, it can be seen that there is room for improvement; the secret of success in football this year has depended to a large extent on enthusiasm when outstanding sporting figures have been lacking.
We have several members in the School Cross Country and Rugby teams. M. E. Sara, our able House Captain, is vice-captain of the School Rugby First XV. It is surprising, however, that so few boys in the House, or even in the School, play Fives, for which excellent facilities are offered. If the House spirit is impressed on a boy from the First Form it remains with him throughout his school years : the First Forms should realise this, for the future position of the House rests in their hands.
Our activities have produced mixed results. In the Knock-out competition, after defeating Arundel 11-3 and Lynwood 13-6, we thought we were rather unfortunate to lose 2-1 to Sherwood in the final. The Senior league team has had an extremely poor season, having lost all its games. The fact that House players have occupied places in School teams has no doubt contributed to this. The Middle School, however, promises a very bright future. Under the efficient captaincy of Styring, the side has won three games and drawn the other so far played. Five players from this team are in the School Under 15 XI and were included in the Knock-out games. The Junior XI began badly and lost its first two games, but has won its last three matches quite convincingly. The Junior Second XI has won only two of its five games.
The Water Polo team, under Wood, has about held its own, having won two and drawn two of the five games played. There appears to be a growing keenness in the House for Fives, and I would appeal to the more agile members to take up the game. We must congratulate the following who have won places in School XI's : Crowson, Pike, Powell in the First XI, Simpson, Wood in the Third XI, Styring, Hotter, Foster, Britton, Dennis in the Under 15. Readman and Crowe have represented the School in Cross Country, and Marshall is a regular member of the School Rugby First XV.
The term has been marked by a series of resounding victories by our Water Polo team. All four games played have been won, the best, against Clumber, in a very hard fought game by 4 goals to 3. Hearty congratulations to the team for a grand display.
Our hopes of retaining the Senior Knock-out cup were revived when we learned that two of our stars, Findlay and Gillott, had returned to School. In the first round we beat Welbeck by 4 goals to nil, but our hopes were shattered (along with our goalkeeper) when we lost to Haddon by 13 goals to 6. In the Senior League our team has met with moderate success, winning three games out of seven. It was weakened by the inclusion of Findlay, Gillott and Raynes in the First XI and Parker in the Second XI. The less said about the Middle School League, the better. Our team has lost all four games played so far. The Junior XI, under the able captaincy of Morgans, has been the best House team this season, having won all but one of the six games played. The Second XI has won two games out of six.
Next term sees the Cross Country championship and the Rugby Sevens competition. Lynwood has always done well in the former, and if all members remember that they can contribute to success by packing well, we should manage to win some of the three sections if not all of them. The Rugby Sevens cup lives in our cupboard; we have won it six times out of seven since its inauguration, and with Hartley and Waller regular First XV players and several other reasonable players we are confident of retaining it.
We would like to extend our best wishes to Raynes, who leaves us at Christmas. We thank him for his many and varied services to Lynwood in the past. Congratulations to M. J. Lodge on being made a Sub-prefect and deputy House Captain, and to our House Prefect J. H. Hemming on being made a Prefect.
After several years of mediocrity and bad luck, there are definite signs of a revival of Sherwood's fortunes. The House spirit has always been prominent, but recently a considerable amount of inherent ability has become apparent. The Middle School boasts some fine all-round sportsmen and has not yet recorded a single defeat, while the Junior School, so successful in the Swimming and Athletic Sports, has maintained a respectable position in the football league.
The surprise event of the term came from a quarter which has long been associated with stolid perseverance rather than sparkling virtuosity. In a fine display of co-ordinated effort, the Senior Knock-out team reduced Haddon "A.1 Stars " and captured the cup. Hancock's stalwart defence, in which Wileman and Battye gave a performance out of all proportion to their size, dictated the course of play, while Belk's bull-like rushes at goal demoralised Haddon's would-be confident defence.
One particularly pleasing feature of this season's results has been the handsome margin by which our traditional rivals, Lynwood have been humbled. The Senior team won 11-2 and the Middle School team achieved a splendid 13-0 victory. With the keenness of the Water Polo team and the success of our Rugby enthusiasts, notably Laughton and Wilkes, Mr. Hemming may yet realise his life-long dream to oust Lynwood from their intolerable occupation of our own honours cupboard.
Perhaps the Autumn Term is too soon to see the undoubted talent of Welbeck on the games pitches; with few exceptions, it has not been seen. Hall and his Middle School team are to be congratulated for their play this term, which puts them in a commanding position to top the Middle league, but neither the Senior nor junior teams have shown their skill. In the Senior School this may be due to the number of boys in School XI's, for we only finished in the middle of the League and were beaten by Lynwood in the first round of the Knock-out, despite Wagstaff's pep talks and exertions. Kay and his colleagues in the junior School hardly won a match in either league and it is to be hoped that there will be an improvement here. The results of the Water Polo team were mixed but they fared reasonably well, once more under Wagstaff's leadership.
Our representatives in the main School teams were P. R. Andrew, G. L. Lord and B. D. Needham in the First XI; B. Bennett and D. M. Bows in the Second XI; K. Mayland and A. G. Wagstaff in the Third XI; and A. Hall and I. T. Williams in the Under 15 XI. We must also congratulate R. H. Guite for repeatedly running for the School, and M. G. Hoyland for his recent entry into the team.
M. B. Hill is again Head of the House and Head of the School; J. G. McNaught was made a Prefect and I. Wiggett a Sub-prefect. We congratulate J. G. McNaught and P. G. Hibbard on their scholarships, and wish every success to those who are taking examinations in the New Year. Best wishes to P. R. Andrew, who left at half-term for the Department of Inland Revenue, and D. M. Hagan who left us for Peterborough Grammar School, and thanks to both for their help in charge of House teams. Finally we welcome Mr. T. K. Robinson as House Master and wish him many happy years in the post, while also hoping that Mr. S. V. Carter has an enjoyable retirement.
This term we have welcomed Mr. Points and Mr. Lockett as House Tutors, and trust they will find their association with the House happy and profitable. In football we have not had a very distinguished term, though the Senior team finished near the top of the league and were unlucky to lose the semi-final of the Knock-out to the eventual winners. At Water Polo we have battled on, but not very successfully. Smith and Rodgers are congratulated on becoming Sub-prefects; the latter also being selected to read at the Carol Service. Bailey is back with us as House Captain.†