|MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAYS
|PARIS BY MOONLIGHT
WE congratulate the following on their University awards:
C. J. BARNES, Minor Scholarship in Modern Languages at Corpus
Christi College, Cambridge.
M. D. BARRATT, Open Exhibition in Natural History at Pembroke College, Oxford.
P. BENTON, Arthur Sells Exhibition in English at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
P. W. CAVE, Open Scholarship in Geography at Keble College, Oxford.
R. F. LAUGHTON, Postmastership in History at Merton College, Oxford.
M. J. LODGE, Hastings Exhibition in History at The Queen's College, Oxford.
D. H. MOORE, Open Scholarship in Classics at Jesus College, Oxford.
B. D. NEEDHAM, Minor Scholarship in Social Studies at Balliol College, Oxford.
J. D. PERRY, Hastings Exhibition in Classics at The Queen's College, Oxford.
A. A. SAMPSON, Minor Scholarship in Social Studies at Trinity College, Oxford.
J. W. THORP, Open Scholarship in History at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
D. E. YOUNG, Open Scholarship in Modern Subjects at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
And to the following on obtaining places
J. M. HASLAM, at Jesus College, Oxford; P. N. KENNING and F. A. SMITH, both at Trinity College, Oxford; and D. E. RODGERS, at St. John's College, Cambridge.
Also congratulations to R. J. THOMPSON on obtaining the Diploma of Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music.
After a regrettably short stay among us, Mr. P. J. Watson-Liddell has decided to return to a warmer climate, with the added advantage of a promotion to higher office. He has been appointed Headmaster of the Army Children's Secondary School at Episkopi, Cyprus. We congratulate him very sincerely on this appointment and wish him a successful, interesting, and peaceful time.
In Mr. Watson-Liddell's place, we welcome Mr. A. G. JONES, B.A., of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Our valedictory paragraph on masters leaving last July omitted, for some unaccountable reason, the name of Mr. E. R. Wastnedge, although the omission was to some extent remedied by his appearance in the accompanying photograph. We apologise sincerely for this oversight, and trust that it is unnecessary to add that he left us (for a post at Kesteven Training College) much in his debt for his valuable services in many capacities.
Since our last issue, B. Cheetham and R. R. Kershaw have been appointed Prefects; B. D. Needham and D. E. Young have been appointed Sub-prefects.
The School Carol Service in the Cathedral on December 14th was again a very impressive occasion and fully attended. The collection amounted to £48 5s. 6d.
Visits were made at the end of term to several industrial establishments. We are most grateful for the hospitality and interesting demonstrations shown to our various parties by Messrs. Samuel Fox (Stocksbridge), Davy United, Laycock Engineering Company, English Steel Corporation, Sheffield Smelting Company, Yorkshire Electricity Board, Steel Peech and Tozer, Parkgate Iron and Steel Company, Sheffield Waterworks, Firth Brown Tools, Spear and Jackson.
The experiment of entertaining the Middle and Junior School with a French film on the last day of term proved highly successful. Three Telegrams hardly needed the assistance of English sub-titles to make intelligible the diverting adventures of the conscientious telegraph boy in pursuit of his lost pieces of paper.
April 8, 9, 11, 12
School Dramatic Society: Twelfth Night.
Lent Term ends.
Summer Term begins.
A and 0 Level Examinations begin.
Summer Term ends.
Autumn Term begins.
In 0 Level: 1 boy passed in 10 subjects; 25 boys in 9 subjects; 37 boys in 8 subjects; 30 boys in 7 subjects; 17 boys in 6 subjects; 13 boys in 5 subjects; 23 boys in 4 subjects; 21 boys in 3 subjects; 27 boys in 2 subjects; 57 boys in 1 subject. (These include 5th Special and 6th Form entries). The overall percentage pass was 87.1-the best results to date.
In A Level: 3 boys passed in 4 subjects; 71 boys in 3 subjects; 30 boys in 2 subjects; 28 boys in 1 subject. Overall pass, 910 o. 68 out of 104 passed in the General Paper. 31 Distinctions were gained and 3 State Scholarships were awarded.
Mr. JAMES HUNTER, Master at K.E.S. from 1919 to 1939, died on November 27th, 1959, aged 85.
Mr. Hunter exercised, for many years in Room 39, a regime of methodical classical discipline, and he will be remembered by many for his keen interest in school cricket, which was his special province for most of his time on the Staff.
The School was represented at his funeral in Sheffield on December 1st, and the sympathy of the Staff was conveyed to his son, Mr. Tom Hunter (an Old Edwardian) and to his widow and daughters.
27th October, 1959
THE busmen's strike, which added some complications to the morning rehearsal, did not, it appeared, appreciably diminish the attendance either of boys or of visitors in the evening. It was, as usual, difficult to see an empty seat.
With Sir Harold Jackson in the chair, and Sir Thomas Armstrong, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, as chief guest, not to mention the Headmaster in genial and gently critical mood, and D. H. Moore's meticulous Latinity, the first half of the programme was as instructive and entertaining as ever. In the second, the music of which is more expertly appraised elsewhere, the Modern Language faculty was represented by Barnes (German), Lodge (French) and Thompson (Spanish).
As Sir Thomas himself said, the presence of a practising artist as speaker on such an occasion was somewhat unusual; and it was to the place of the arts, in individual life and in the community, that he chiefly directed our attention. Important though the utilitarian objects of education might be, a pupil had not explored or developed the whole of his potentialities who had not found in himself the capacity, and the urge, to practise some art or craft for the satisfaction of his soul and the enrichment of his leisure. Equally, a city or a state had the responsibility to promote the facilities which made the social arts such as opera and drama an ornament to community life. Why, for instance, had not Sheffield an opera house as good as that of any Italian city?
No one embarked on an answer to this question; but Mr. W. W. Holland, Assistant Director of Education, seconded by M. J. Lodge, concluded the proceedings with artistically worded speeches of thanks.
The Headmaster reported on a year " in no way outstanding, but with quite sound general results ". A feature of the situation in the university field was that entry to the modem universities is now becoming as keenly competitive as at Oxford and Cambridge, drawing candidates from schools all over the country. Of the boys who left in July, 1959, 63 were proceeding to Universities, 4 to Training Colleges or Technical Colleges, and 56 to employment.
" In the face of competition today," the Headmaster said, " a boy must be prepared to make a determined effort if he wishes to succeed. We will give him all the help we can, but he cannot afford to be indifferent or casual. Passing at `A' Level is not enough: standards are rightly high, and if a boy's first performance at `A' Level is not very sound, the decision will depend on how much his second attempt improves over the first. If the margin is not substantial, he is unlikely to be accepted. I do warn boys, therefore, who are taking `A' Level for the second time, to secure entry, that they cannot afford to rest on scanty laurels.... Not everyone, of course who takes `A' Level proceeds to a University, but most worthwhile careers today are expecting `A' Level qualifications. There are a few cases each year of boys who might profit by remaining a further year and due thought should be given by parents to this."
Games had been as multifarious as usual and had met with varied success. Tennis had profited, or would shortly do so, from the acquisition of the new courts. Athletic Sports and Swimming Sports flourished but might be better supported by visitors.
Surveying the astonishingly large number of additional activities, the Headmaster referred to " visits arranged, films shown, outside speakers introduced, outside lectures attended-economists visit London and its temples of high finance, historians take holiday courses among mediaeval documents at York, hardy cyclists tour France, modern linguists have a refresher course in Paris, ardent Shakespeare enthusiasts visit Stratford, budding engineers go on holiday courses in Mining, Railways or Steelworks, starry-eyed internationalists attend the C.E.W.C. Christmas Conference and hope to put the world to rights, serious biologists busy themselves in the country in the summer holiday on field courses, promising footballers go to F.A. courses to learn further skills, enthusiastic Scouts camp all over the country -these are just some of the items I have picked out, and I hope no one will feel hurt at what I may have omitted.
" The opportunities afforded by the School are many, but unfortunately they could be made much more use of. I am afraid in the world of today we take too much for granted; there are too many cheap attractions, value is often not placed where it should be. Youth in general ` never had it so good ', but not all take that view and we have yet to find some stimulus for some of our young men who have fancy hair-do's and economical trousers.... There should be in our scheme of things some opportunity for every boy to be able to take. This is not the case, and we find so often that the active people are drawn from the same relatively small group. Those who do not contribute in any way to some School activity outside the classroom are not making the most of their opportunities."
THE visit of an eminent musician as chief guest at Speech Day makes this perhaps a good time to take stock of the musical situation. The number of boys active in school music has certainly not been greater. The Orchestra is seventy strong, and there are eighteen more who have begun to learn instruments in recent months. The Choir for Carols numbered a hundred and sixty-five, some thirty-three of them being also orchestral players. With a few exceptions all these are keen enough to give generously of their time outside timetable hours to attend regular rehearsals. We continue to be agreeably surprised, too, that they can cope well with what is often very difficult music: the Madrigal Group can give a good account of a complex five-part motet which would extend an experienced adult choir; the Orchestra doesn't need to be given " school orchestra " arrangements but prefers full orchestral concert pieces. The instrumental side is fed by the flourishing brass school of Mr. Williams, the violin classes of Mr. Bradley, and by a number of private teachers who have for long been keen helpers in the work.
From this rich background an encouraging development would be the emergence of more really advanced performers. We have promising singers who only need lessons from a specialist to put them on the road to solo performance, and instrumentally too few players who do all they can to improve their technique. Playing in the Orchestra is fun-but the general standard depends on individual attainment. Sights should be raised. Every player should so strive that he is ready for a concerto and a place in the National Youth Orchestra by his last year!
The Speech Day music was designed to demonstrate this musical climate and also as a tribute to our guest. The Orchestra began with Meyerbeer's Le Prophete march and supported the Choir in Sir Thomas Armstrong's Pilgrimage and the final Vaughan Williams Old Hundredth. The Choir and Madrigal Group pieces by Sir Thomas were far from easy and both bodies managed well in the post-prizegiving conditions. R. J. Thompson's original piano composition was a noteworthy contribution both as a personal achievement and as an example of our school of composition fostered by the annual competitions. The numerous good school pianists tend, alas, to play away unnoticed, theirs being a solitary occupation, so it was good to hear an expert and poetic realisation of Sibelius' D Flat Romance from C. J. Barnes.
The Carols in the Cathedral again drew a capacity congregation, and were certainly among the best ever. Notable experiences, in a generally high level, were perhaps the Madrigal Group's Hodie Christus natus est (Sweelinek) sung in the resonant side chapel, and the full choir's Hymn to the Virgin (Britten) with its semi-chorus sited in the same place.
The Orchestra has welcomed eight new violinists: Brewin, Fisher. Grist, Martin, Peter, Skidmore, Wilkinson, Wilson; Mr. Baldwin (viola), Mr. Adam ('cello), Tierney (oboe), Crookes and Huston (clarinets) and Housley (trombone). We were sorry to hear of Rice's unfortunate accident in the summer which has meant his giving up the Leadership. J. D. Harris has taken on this position with notable success. We welcome also Mr. Pipes who has had experience as a solo singer. Mr. Adam, a chamber-music enthusiast, has already begun activity in this direction, which in the past has seen only sporadic activity owing to the difficulty of fitting it in to the weekly round; we hope those with the necessary skill will support him and so bring about an extension in this field.
The Music Club's activities, led by a committee of C. J. Barnes (President), R. J. Thompson and D. W. Williams, receive mention elsewhere. These have largely been in the nature of " live " concerts which have attracted substantial audiences. The necessary and desirable emphasis on practical music-making has for long meant that little time could be set aside for those who want to listen rather than to do. The Music Club committee will consider early in the new year what can be done to increase the opportunities for listening to records.
N. J. B.
THE first thing is to applaud the choice of plays. Twelve months ago we were little more than entertained; this year, The Boy with a Cart, produced by Mr. Bridgwater, and Androcles and the Lion, Mr. Chalmers producing, provided a nicely contrasted, ambitious bill, which some schools would have been glad to attempt as their main dramatic offering of the year.
It would be easy to be patronising about The Boy with a Cart; a difficult play was attempted here which certainly justified itself on one of the performances. The main and obvious weakness was the inability of Cuthman to speak, or even to appear to understand, his verse. Siddall captured some of the vigour of the young saint, but he never convincingly portrayed his spiritual qualities, and his irritating diction showed that he has much to learn about dramatic speaking. Others were not blameless in this; indeed Fry's line "I'm always lagging a little behind your thoughts" assumed new meaning for at least one member of the audience; but Sarginson and Wilson brought dignity and life to some of the choruses.
The most notable performance came from D. D. Jones as Cuthman's mother, whose gestures, timing, and clarity built up a convincing character, and revealed a talent which should be very valuable in future productions. Amos gave a mature, even mellow rendering as Tawm, providing welcome variety in the vocal range, as did Lucas, whose Mrs. Fipps added a burst of vigour to a rather static play. No set was needed for the simple production, but by pleasing grouping, with effective costumes and properties, significant atmosphere was achieved.
Androcles and the Lion is a play of lucidity, genuine humour, and interesting ideas, with a typically Shavian mixture of the comic and the serious. The performance opened triumphantly with Grimsditch and Mingay losing no opportunity in an admirably produced prologue. Androcles here, and throughout the play, contributed a most sympathetic performance, with an intelligent mixture of pathos and brightness; Grimsditch is to be congratulated. Mingay, adding to his range, revealed an impressive potential gift for comedy. Another praiseworthy contribution came from Hall as Ferrovius. His zealous determination and energy exploited the comic possibilities of the part without ever sacrificing the audience's sympathy for his sincerity. In contrast to Ferrovius is the character of Spintho, and here Gunn, if less in control of his part than Hall, nevertheless aroused the right measure of contempt and pity in the audience.
To claim that these characters overshadowed Lavinia and the Captain is only to say that Jowett and Argent had more difficult parts, and that it is a weakness of the play rather than of the production that we were conscious of static moments between these two. Jowett's weakness is a certain monotony of voice, but he looked admirably patrician, and did well in the part, and Argent made an agreeably resolute and reasonable soldier. Whyman is to be commended for his interpretation of the various sides of Caesar's character, another performance which was all the better for being intelligently controlled. We shall also remember Barrow's harassed Centurion, Struthers' magnificent Lion, and an enthusiastic though rather unequally clad) band of soldiers, the gladiators and the Christians, all of whom contributed to a most entertaining production.
The two plays, both religious, yet so different, made a very successful evening: thanks are due to all concerned in their production. A plea might finally be added for backstage discipline in future. Less experienced actors should remember their obligations to their audience when off stage. There was, on both evenings, an audible ebullience in the wings and down the corridor.
P. D. C. P., D. E. R.
THE woodworm in the shafts of the cricket-pitch roller will have every reason for cursing the memory of Autumn Term 1959. Not only were they roasted alive in the heat of a persistently Indian summer, but they were constantly disturbed by the feet of our Mock Election candidates. For, in what a modern advertising genius might call a " mini " election, five boys abandoned dignity and orthodox manifestos, and contested for the position of school M.P. But to begin at the beginning....
The feverish activity of the party system before Nomination Day was not quite so marked in our case, and so for the first few days after the preliminary announcements the only slogan which made itself heard was: " What could I stand for? " A request for authenticity resulted in the complete disappearance of such parties as the Prefects' Unionist, but we did hear some Proletarian murmurings to the effect that someone would be supporting the Communists. However, these proved false, and five names appeared. Soon the parties-by now our undaunted candidates had managed to gather their supporters-began putting out their manifestos and posters, some of which appeared in the most unlikely places. The campaign had begun.
Open-air meetings were held at dinner times, both at the front of the School and on the now proverbial roller, whose mobility proved effective in one or two cases where democratic principles failed. About this time, a somewhat mysterious publication called the " Election News " appeared, followed by a Gallup poll. Meanwhile, the candidates continued to fish for the floating voters, raising their hands to the sky and calling down terrible fates upon their rivals, to the amazement and great amusement of passengers on the top decks of buses. Strange things occurred, as when one candidate was ousted from his own meeting, and solitary figures could be seen wandering aimlessly round the School in sandwich boards. The Gallup poll continued to predict a resounding Tory success, much to the disgust of the four other candidates; but there was considerable confusion among the lower graphical regions.
October 8th dawned rather blurry-eyed for the majority of us, since we had been eagerly watching the television coverage of the other election going on at the time; but we somehow managed to shuffle to our respective polling booths and slip our ballot papers into very familiar ballot boxes. The next day we found that the Library fund was five shillings richer-two lost deposits-and that the Conservative candidate, A. R. Williams, had been elected with 49% of the votes. A. Rodgers (Socialist) gained 17%, followed by D. E. Rodgers (Liberal), D. E. Young (Independent) and A. A. Sampson (Progressive Conservative).
The election had greatly coloured our life at school, and gave us a deeper insight into election procedure. Just how much effect it had on us is evident from this entry I found in one of our prominent scientists' notebook:
Object: a Mock Election.
Apparatus: notice boards, cricket-pitch roller and typewriters.
Method: miscellaneous; for example, viz. bullet marks on front of building.
Result: A. R. Williams elected.
Conclusion: we've never had it so good.
AFTER the glamour and publicity of the Mock Election, the first session of the Mock Parliament seemed to excite little attention or enthusiasm in the School, which is something of a pity, as its aim, like the election, is a serious one. Opposition supporters, either demoralised or uninterested, failed to turn up in large numbers, leaving the work to a few staunch Socialists and one Liberal; several of those who submitted questions found themselves unable to attend, which might have hampered the proceedings, had not substitute questioners been allowed. This flagrant breach of the rules of procedure, however, could not be tolerated by the Ministry of Power, whose vehement objections Mr. Speaker had difficulty in quelling; but peace was finally restored and the meeting continued uneventfully.
Ministers were called upon to answer a variety of questions, dealing with wild-cat strikes, the Rent Act, Education, Transport, the Betting and Gaming Bill, and many more, which they did, with confidence if not always with competence; though it is invidious to single out anyone, the Foreign Secretary does deserve mention for his concise, if unintelligible replies.
Subsidiary questions came mainly from the Leader of the Opposition, who refused to be disconcerted by ministerial shouts of "Back'ards ". On the whole, despite the lack of Opposition support, and the fact that no questions came from the Government back-benchers, (one of whom, incidentally, disappeared halfway through, taking the despatch-box with him) the meeting was lively and interesting, and will, one hopes, become a regular event.
P. J. E.
THE beautiful white building on the west shore of Ullswater looks from the outside like the luxury hotel it used to be. The first few days of the twenty-six days course are spent in learning map-reading, knots and first aid, elementary in themselves but vital on the Fells.
Fell-walking at first was strenuous, but as the course wore on it became really tough. Walks ranged in duration from one to four days, and culminated in the " Final Scheme ", when parties of four students were given maps, compasses, tents and subsistence rations for four days, with instructions to cover certain distances and climb as many mountains en route as possible.
The school has a fleet of over twelve canoes, fast, light and buoyant, but not too stable; not all are impermeable, and this adds interest to longer voyages. From a wooden jetty one is obliged to jump into the lake, at 6.30 every morning. We pretended not to like this.
The most infamous exercise is the Obstacle Course: one section is the " wall and beam " (twelve and six feet high respectively), providing much fun and few injuries; the other, in a clearing in the woods, is a bizarre three-dimensional network of trees, planks, platforms, tight-ropes, rope-ladders and a Tarzanic pendulum. On completing this, the student should be forty_ feet above the ground, to which he descends by means of a rope, pulley and tram-straps.
After recuperating from the most strenuous month of my life, I came to the conclusion, like many others before me, that it is fun to go to the Outward Bound School.
A. A. SAMPSON.
ON the first of August, a party of eight boys and retinue left Sheffield on an educational visit to Sweden, at the invitation of " Folkuniversitet ". A coach took us from London through the fields of England to Blackbushe airport, where we boarded a Hermes aircraft. After an exhilarating flight, terra firma rose to meet us at Torslanda airport. A fool and his luggage are soon parted, but fortunately nothing was lost. After a brief sojourn at Goteborg (Gothenburg) we travelled by train (at a speed unknown to B.R.) to Tanum; thence by bus to Grebbestad. We were hospitably welcomed by Lector Ek, the Swede in charge of the course.
The following day, our Swedish hosts arrived and we quickly became firm friends. Tuesday saw the beginning of the regular routine, viz.
7.0. Awakened by pneumatic drills followed by blasting.
7.30 Officially awakened by triangle solo of Swedish folk-music.
8.15 Sour milk, porridge, etc.
8.45-11.45 Three lessons with a quarter-hour break between. During these lessons we discussed all aspects of life in England and Sweden, and read " Three Men in a Boat ".
After lunch, most people went swimming and after fighting off a vast army-of wasps-we returned for dinner. For dinner we sampled many exotic dishes. After this we aided and abetted the Swedes with their prep. or found some pastime. Then we went off in groups to establish relations with the local inhabitants and to taste traditional Swedish beverages and varm korvs (hot dogs). Ten o'clock was curfew hour.
Among the extra-curricular activities were featured trips to places of interest, boat-trips to Fjallbacka and to an island, and a coach trip to see the famous Tanum rock carvings (carved by neolithic Swedes). Another visit of a more intellectual kind was to see a product of English cinematography, namely " The Tommy Steele Story ". Five of our party went by coach to Oslo, where they saw Viking ships, the Kon Tiki craft, and other relics. At Grebbestad, a small village on the Bohuslan peninsular, life was never dull. Thrice weekly there were open-air dances, at which some successfully performed traditional dances such as slow quicksteps and " smooches " (instruction provided by the kitchen staff).
We had many recreational activities. The sea was calm and it was a common sight to see a certain Tarzan-like gentleman imploring us to not sink his airbed. You can take a man to water but... Basket-ball and table tennis were played in the well-equipped gym. Meanwhile the poet of the party wandered through the countryside studying the fauna.
Much enjoyment was had in preparing a humorous tape-recording on the lines of the Goon Show for the final party, though there were many language difficulties. After this hilarious party our Swedish friends left and two days later we also departed. After viewing the beautiful city of Goteborg, we embarked on S.S. Suecia. We had a very comfortable journey. Some played deck-games while others provided their own amusements. Our poet friend went in search of leprechauns on deck.
We all came back with an appreciation of the fact that youth is the same abroad, and that the only barrier between us is linguistic.
R. N. C., J. R. G.
LAST summer I spent a few days in Paris, staying in a UNESCO hostel in the suburb of Montrouge, several miles to the south of the centre of the city. The advantage of this place was that it remained open until midnight, as opposed to 10.30 at the Youth Hostel. This, however, tended to produce a false sense of leisure in the evening, as I was later to find out to my discomfort.
On the second evening of my stay I had a meal with a friend, and afterwards he showed me a little of Paris by night. At 10.45 p.m. I said good-bye to him, leaving myself plenty of time to get back to the hostel-or so I thought. I took the tube to the Porte d'Orleans, one of the southern Metro termini, and arrived there at 11.15. The bus ride to the hostel would only take five minutes, but after a quarter of an hour waiting for the 68 bus, I made some enquiries.
" Oh, the 68 stops running at 10 p.m. But you can take the 128 as far as Boileau which is not far away from the hostel."
I alighted at Boileau ten minutes before midnight, a tired and sore-footed Cinderella in the midst of a maze of long parallel and dimly-lit streets, flanked on either side by gaunt blocks of apartments. I have never experienced such a feeling of eerie desolation as I did in that middle-class suburb which was literally as silent as the grave, with not a soul in sight-not even a gendarme.
Away to the north I could see the searchlight revolving on the top of the Eiffel Tower. Remembering from the previous night how it appeared in relation to the hostel, I set off in the vague direction of this haven, using what was primarily an aircraft beacon as my guide.
Eventually, I staggered up to the gates at about 12.20, only to find them securely fastened by a stout padlock and chain, and all the lights in the building were out. Clad only in a thin shirt and drill trousers, I was determined not to freeze to death, so I walked the two miles back to the Porte d'Orleans, where I went into an all-night cafe.
Having spent virtually all my money on hot chocolate, I began to feel the need of some sleep. I decided to look for a park bench and eventually, at two o'clock, I found one in a little garden surrounding the Maine (town hall) of Montrouge. In I sneaked and slept fitfully until 4 a.m.; two hours " a la belle etoile! "
Knowing that it would be impossible to get back into the hostel at that hour, I returned to the cafe, from where I watched Paris awake-a sight that amply compensated for my lack of sleep. At about half-past four, when it was still dark, a young girl began to erect a newspaper stall outside; then just before 5 a.m. a van drew up in the square and its driver deposited huge bundles of papers, first at this stall then at others which had similarly sprung up. Next came two road-sweeping lorries, line astern, going up and down all the streets leading off the main square. Soon a cavalcade of bread vans, milk lorries, and other delivery vehicles was scurrying about, until dawn finally arrived, and with it the first people going to work.
When I walked back into the hostel at 6.15 a.m. the warden gave me a bewildered look, since he could not remember anyone having already gone out that morning! After this adventure, I was careful to make better arrangements in the evening, for I found that Paris by moonlight was by no means as romantic as we are sometimes led to believe.
M. J. L.
R. B. FISHER (1918-26) has been appointed Professor of Biochemistry at Edinburgh University.
J. HIGGINBOTHAM (1931-37) has been appointed a Director of Edgar Allen & Co. He joined Edgar Allens in 1946, after service in the R.N.V.R., and is a Freeman of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.
G. R. HERITAGE played for the Oxford University soccer team against Cambridge, and D. M. PARFITT has played for the Oxford Centaurs.
T. R. MIDDLETON (1911-17) has been appointed a Director of English Steel Corporation, and also Director of Research, in succession to Dr. H. H. Burton (also an Old Edwardian).
The following officials have been elected for the current year
President: J. M. JACKSON, Trinity Hall. Vice-President: G. P. J. BEYNON, Trinity Hall. Secretary: A. J. PINION, Jesus College. Senior Treasurer: DR. KENYON, Christ's College.
Best wishes for success are extended to all boys participating in this year's University entrance examinations. Should there be any who come up in term-time, they are cordially invited to contact the Secretary.
THE elephant and the kangaroo-ooo...
When I entered the room at 8.45 (on the evening of the VII Club Annual Party) the air was already thick with smoke and the barman was wearing a fixed smile of resigned benevolence. In the far corner an unheeded gramophone was playing " Tea for Two cha-cha " in time to the quick give and take of tankards. Around me was a horde of young gawky undergraduates and, with a shock, I realised that some of them were only in the Third Form when I left K.E.S. Freud, at any rate, would have expected me to develop a paternal complex.
A bridge school under the veteran and experienced eyes of Paul Swain and Peter Bennett (so this is how they spend their mornings in Queen's) played incessantly, and apparently soberly, through all the convivial vicissitudes. An ancient but lethal battleaxe was removed from its niche in preparation for some noble feat of arms, but Chris Vere, with several henchmen, secured it once more to the wall. Nick Waite, who gives a convincing but illusory semblance of suavity, and Graham Humphries, who makes no such attempt, played happily at Matador and Bull, until, somehow, other people were involved. Chris Vere once more laid his soothing hand on the disturbance. Chris Jennings, now, alas, no longer clad in scout's uniform and hardly recognisable as the lad whom I used to stand on the form, with, I must confess, consummate relish, dressed himself in an army uniform and played the part of Captain with unexpected authority, despite the sudden and brutal loss of his trousers. Mike Hutchings talked of marriage (vae victis) and Peter Fells drank rum quietly in a corner, seeing in his glass, no doubt, the huts and parade ground of Catterick. Bob Avis was encircled by a rowdy bunch of colleagues from University College, but Dave Parfitt left earlyperhaps he too felt old, but years had not dimmed his well-known panache.
At last the bar crashed down. The crescendo of noise died into silence, and I walked to my waiting cycle. As I fixed the battery of my lamp in the cycle-shed, the scout inquired " Will you be long, sir? " I shrugged my shoulders and shouted back " No ". Just another lifetime?
WITH the advent of one of the finest summers for many years, the O.E.C.C. at last came into its own. Of the official first team fixtures, only two were lost, one by ten runs and the other by one run. Although in a few of the other fixtures victory or an honourable draw were only narrowly achieved, on the whole the O.E's superiority was well established.
Reference should be made to the first ever defeat of Retford, on a hot day, and a wicket dusty beyond belief. If the members of the O.E.C.C. and their supporters (those who watch the cricket) have ever experienced a more " nail biting " period than the time taken by our last pair, Speakman and Dearden, to obtain 30 runs off the wily " Stinchcombe " with "all the time in the world", it must have been before the "living memory " of the present team members.
The second team, after a bad start, soon found their form and finished the season having won more matches than they had lost.
We feel that a large part of our recent success is due to the number of younger members who have recently joined the Club. If any boy leaving school is interested and notifies the secretary accordingly, he will be assured of some enjoyable cricket.
First XI Batting Averages
|Cook, T. G.
|Woodcock, D. H.
|Everitt, P. K.
|Wise, G. W.
|Kay, D. S.
|Rigby, C. C.
|Sivil, E. W.
|Hall, B. G.
|Hall, P. D.
|Rangecroft, R. L.
|Dunn, F. A. J.
First XI Bowling Averages
|Cook, T. G.
|Kay, D. S.
|Dunn, F. A. J.
|Hall, P. D.
Catches Taken: Kay, 9; Woodcock, Rigby, Ollerenshaw, 8; Sivil, 6; Price, Allsop, Wise, 5; Everitt, 3; Speakman, Ford, Hill, Challenger, 2; Cook. Dearden, Newsome, 1.
Wicket Keeper: Gilpin, 8 caught, 2 stumped.
Total Runs Scored: 3,066. Wickets Lost: 195.
Average Runs per Wicket: 15.72.
Opponents: Runs, 2,357; Wickets, 222. Average Runs
per Wicket. 10.61.
Owing to the Mock Election and the celebrated "busmen's holiday" we have held only two meetings this term. On October 20th D. E. Young played a tape-recording of the " 20th Century Folk Mass " and a discussion followed. On November 10th members had the pleasure of hearing the entertaining and thoughtful views of Messrs. Burns, Mackay, Robinson and Wightman on various topics. We thank them for giving up their time to take part in this Brains Trust. On November 13th an inter-schools meeting was held at K.E.S., when the Rev. Norman Webb gave an interesting talk on " Faith and Reason ". Despite fears of a " take-over bid " by the Girls' High School the meeting was judged a great success by all who attended. Our thanks are once again due to Mr. V. A. Vout for his constant help and guidance.
At a business meeting D. E. Young was elected Chairman and B. D. Needham Secretary, with a committee representing Fifth and Sixth formers. The first full-scale meeting was addressed by B. D. Needham, who introduced a discussion on " The economics of take-over bids ". The meeting was well attended and questions from the floor threw more light on the matter. The second and final meeting of the term dealt with " The future of the Labour Party ", when D. E. Cottingham gave a very well prepared and delivered speech. Despite close questioning the speaker maintained his views, but so, we fear, did the questioners.
It is a pleasant duty to thank Mr. D. Burke for his constant support and encouragement both to members and non-members of the Society.
At our November meeting A. A. Sampson had the unenviable task of justifying
China's policy in Tibet and on the Indian border. This he did by uncovering
an age-old Chinese Tibet and suggesting that Ladakh would be more fully utilised
by the Chinese than by the Indians. Even though the audience could not accept
his unusual point of view, it was refreshing to hear such a powerful defence
of China's actions.
A fortnight later, D. E. Young gave us some equally unorthodox views on Britain's role in the Western Alliance. He believed Britain should ignore France and Western Germany in negotiations with Russia on disarmament and Berlin. Though many failed to see how this policy could achieve the long-term aim of greater European unity, Young's speech was a great success because of the heated discussion it provoked.
A talk by A. R. Williams on the United Nations was intended to be purely informative, but the speaker, as Conservative member for the school, inevitably found himself having to justify Britain's alleged defiance of the U.N. over Suez. The speaker believed that the U.N. still embodied mankind's best hopes even though, so far, it had failed in its supreme purpose of securing lasting peace and security.
The Society congratulates its Chairman, P. W. Cave, on his scholarship at Oxford.
SENIOR. There have been only three meetings during the term, largely because the Mock Election campaign took up time and speakers-both of which are precious to the Society. The generally low standard of speaking during the Election was unfortunate.
Mr. Francis Berry, of Sheffield University, addressed the Society on the subject of " The Poet's Voice ". His highly controversial views resulted in some equally controversial questions, but as usual, only a few of the large number present took an active part in the discussion. A session of "stump oratory" formed the second meeting; and at the end-of-term debate on " Tradition is an obstacle to progress " the subject held no terrors for the four eminent leading speakers, but the rest of the House had little to add to their utterances.
MIDDLE SCHOOL. On October 28th representatives of each Form had to speak on given subjects for one minute with restrictions as to the words they were to use; in a parallel contest, boys chose three objects from a bin and had to tell a story about the objects. Struthers proved himself the master in both contests. The bus strike delayed the second meeting until November 16th, when six boys gave readings of their favourite verse; the selections included " Pygmalion " and " Winnie the Pooh ". The final meeting on December 7th was reserved for " Julius Caesar on Ice", a very modern impression of this year's "0" Level set book, with the usual dramatic situations and catastrophic ending.
A very successful end-of-term debate was held, at which Mr. Watson-Liddell proposed, against Mr. Cook, "That there is no opportunity in modern society for the pioneering spirit ". After a lively and prolonged discussion form the house, the motion was defeated by a large margin.
JUNIOR. At the first of three meetings, an inter-form Quiz was won by 2(3), who crushed 2(1) in a semi-final. Stump oratory provided the subject of our second meeting; several learned, if rather halting, disquisitions were presented on subjects ranging form Rhubarb to the Other Side of the Moon. Our final entertainment was the Mock Trial of Dungworth upon a multiplicity of charges. Despite a skilfully conducted defence, the prisoner's nobility of bearing did not impress the jury; he was found guilty and sentenced, and summary justice was meted out.
SENIOR. The Society has continued on its devoted way, with small attendances but with unflagging spirit. Talford began the term with a most interesting, if technical, talk on Greek Music, illustrated by records kindly lent by Mr. Barnes. At the second meeting Bows threw fresh light on The Sophists, the professional lecturers of Greece. Two more meetings featured " Replotting Plautus "the amusing consequences of being forced, with knowledge of a particular situation in a comedy of Plautus, to predict the course of the plot. Cartwright had kindly promised to talk to both sections on Greece, which he visited last summer, but this has been postponed till the first meeting of next term.
JUNIOR. The autumn programme has shown variety, matched by consistently large attendances. A dozen members, shepherded by Mr. Watson-Liddell, visited the antiquities of Leicester under the auspices of the Sheffield Schools branch of the Classical Association. Grimsditch and Bows ably presented a coloured film-strip, " The Growth of Rome." The second meeting (" I Want to be an Actor ") proved that the Society is strong in dramatic purpose, if not achievement. M. A. Hall entertained and enlightened us with a well illustrated talk on " Some Curiosities of Ancient Warfare." The last meeting for the term, a " Latin Whist Drive," was much enjoyed, although the whist was far from evident. We shall miss Mr. Watson-Liddell, both for his interest in our activities and for his gift of helpful organisation, and wish him well in Cyprus, where he will still find evidence of Classical Antiquity.
On October 7th, in connection with the centenary of the death of I. K. Brunel, Mr. Wightman showed a film strip and gave an account of Brunel's life and work. Mr. Cook showed and commented on the film strip (made by Mr. V. J. Wrigley, founder of the society) depicting a history of architecture form Sheffield sources. At this meeting, too, P. J. Ellis was elected Secretary. On December 9th, P. S. Mattam spoke on " Earthworks in the Sheffield Area" and showed some pictures. I. Young gave a short account of the early history of St. Alban's with illustrations. Meetings were well supported and further meetings are arranged for next term.
Three Tuesday lunch-hour meetings were held by the Senior section; it is pleasing to note that audiences were somewhat larger than usual. The single record concert of the term-a recording cf Sibelius' Seventh Symphony-was introduced by R. J. Thompson. The other two meetings were a recital of lieder by K. Rice and a Senior Concert for which so many talented musicians offered their services that some had to be held over until next term. A varied programme was provided by Johnson, who sang Vaughan Williams' Linden Lea, Bomber, Wright and Harris (flute, trumpet and violin soloists) and Barnes and Thompson, who repeated their Speech Day performances.
The four meetings of the Junior section included three well attended concerts
given by First, Third and Fourth forms respectively, Even allowing for those
driven in by inclement weather, these were good and appreciative audiences.
Plenty of talent was displayed by the first year, notable being Huston (clarinet)
and Broughton (piano).
The Thirds gave a varied programme featuring pianists, singers, violin and trumpet. The Fourths provided a like assortment of instrumentalists. The remaining meeting was a presentation by D. W. Williams of records of Walton's Facade suite, with Edith Sitwell as the speaker of her own verses.
The Secretary is J. F. Billington, assisted by C. J. Barnes, and with R. L. Morant as publicity' secretary. Three enjoyable meetings have been held, and a good nucleus of membership has grown up. An amusing play, " Knock, ou le Triomphe de la Medecine," was read; Mr. G. Y. Adam gave us a first-hand account of life in modern Turkey; and M. R. Delanoe, a student of politics, spoke on " La scene politique et les institutions francaises contemporaines." Other interesting meetings are being planned. Our thanks are due to Mr. Bramhall, who kindly supervised our activities and chaired the meetings.
Only two meetings could be arranged during the term; M. Whitley gave a talk on Asteroids and Satellites, and C. R. J. Singleton an illustrated talk on Spectroscopy. A society library now flourishes, and our astro-quiz series continues. Work on our telescope, on which F. J. Ellis has been particularly active, is now proceeding satisfactorily after several hold-ups. J. F. Billington continues as secretary and Mr. Bridgwater as president.
With continued club support, especially from the junior School, the team had a bright start to the season, securing our first victories over High Storrs for some years. Against stronger opposition, however, the results were not so encouraging. We would again welcome greater enthusiasm from the Upper School, and extend thanks to Mr. Redston for his hard work.
v. High Storrs, home, won 3.5-2.5.
v. High Storrs, away, won 4-2.
v. Abbeydale, away, lost 1.5-6.5
v. Dronfield, away, lost 2-4.
v. Ecclesfield, away, drew 3-3.
v. Ecclesfield. home, lost 2.5-3.5
LAST term just over 2,300 books were circulatedperhaps a slightly lower figure than we have come to expect in recent years. On the other hand, the figure for books missing at the stocktaking was higher at 25. This widening of the " trade gap ", to borrow an expression, spells danger to our reserves. In running our Library we give our public a deal of liberty in the belief that they can use it rightly. That implies an expectation that library users will not only borrow their books through the official channels but will also leave the library tidy, replace their periodicals correctly, deposit no litter, not bring in their luggage, and behave in such a way that those who wish to read are not disturbed. In all these respects last term was a little sub-standard. The Librarians do a great deal of work in caring for the library and should be able to feel that this is not altogether taken for granted. As an Old Boy recently said: "You do not realise how valuable this library is until you have left it."
Gifts are gratefully acknowledged from the following:
R. E. Bardgett, V. Cocker, J. P. Consterdine, A. Cryer, D. Dawson, M. J. Gould, J. H. Hemming, B. Hibbert, B. Hilton-Tapp, A. E. Lewin, S. G. Linstead, J. R. Milner, J. S. Noble, J. Peaker, M. J. Sant, M. E. Sara, A. P. Spier, I. Wright, D. R. Williams, M. A. J. Williams, D. G. G. Young.
WE are very pleased to extend a welcome to Mr. Langrish who took over " B " Troop at half-term. " B " Troop in particular, and school scouting in general, will benefit from his experience and enthusiasm.
VARIETY and good spirits have been maintained in a term of poor recruitment at the beginning and transport difficulties in the middle. Our Monday night Troop meetings have produced a variety of activities, sometimes requiring courage; indeed, one Patrol Leader was reported as saying of Operation Sheffield, " It is a really tough assignment "-although he and P/L Neil Struthers wore an accomplished look in the morning paper! Somewhat earlier, there was born the saga of the stooping stranger.
This reminds me that all these things are now safely recorded for posterity in the Troop Log, regularly and accurately compiled by " Pyl ", and liberally supplied with sketches and photographs.
The Patrol (three-in-one) competition incorporates outdoor activities demanding the exploration of Derbyshire, and co-operation with other Troops, in addition to some open-air badge work.
Last Summer Camp came to life again recently when Mr. Brewin screened some colour photographs of Lakeland scenery and camp life, with amusing shots of " Madame " and some sports activities-and then " phut "! Summer Camp in 1960-so distant, and yet the site at least is virtually settled, either an offshore island in Solway Firth, or in the historical company of contraband and smugglers.
Seniors continue to give strong assistance at Troop meetings, and on occasion Senior meetings are held in the Den. Two Patrols entered the Holmstrom Trophy competition, without, however, carrying off the honours.
On the threshold of another year, we look for the continuance of the spirit of adventure and service in our Scouting.
V. A. V.
FOR the first half of the term, " B " Troop was without a Scoutmaster but was looked after very competently by some of the Seniors under the fatherly eye of the G.S.M. Sixteen new scouts and a new S.M. have filled in the gaps in the Troop's numbers and several proficiency badges have been gained by the older boys. First Class badges have been awarded to J. Mould, R. Staniforth, G. Bottomley and J. Lomas.
The bus strike stopped a few Troop meetings from being held but it did not prevent a half-term wide game from being enjoyed. A Yetti hunt is planned for February. As usual, the Parents' committee has given given valuable help in money-raising efforts and in organising the Christmas party. The Seniors are now meeting every week and are planning to visit Germany in the summer. Three of the Seniors have been giving very welcome assistance in the running of the Troop and in addition two of them, " Ned " Craig and " Mo " Wright have become Queen's Scouts.
LAST summer the main Troop enjoyed a fortnight's camping near Southcombe, Dorset, under the able leadership of A.S.M's D. T. Crisp and J. M. F. Gagan. Of the Seniors, five had a mobile camping holiday in the south, using the main Troop camp as a base for their expeditions, while six explored the rivers Wye and Severn on a canoeing trip.
This term has brought five recruits to the Troop. We welcome them (and would welcome more) and wish them " Good Scouting! " for the years that lie ahead.
In the usual round of Troop and Patrol meetings the traditional " C " Troop spirit of hearty fellowship and boundless enthusiasm still thrives, and in addition to our games and fun much valuable training has been done. In this latter connection a special tribute is due to the work of our new T/L Jon Abrahams who has organised the training with highly commendable energy and efficiency. Our Troop outdoor meeting at Ringinglow was favoured with fine weather, and our night wide-game with the attention of a dozen or so tall strangers in dark uniform-not to mention Skip's sizzling hot dogs.
The Seniors have met, as usual, but infrequently. But under their new T/L Roger Pitt they have contributed to the Troop's activities, in particular by pioneering on the Close and by organising the final event of the term, the Christmas Party.
I should like to add a personal word of thanks to the leaders of the Troop, the T/Ls and P/Ls, for the great help they have been to me in my first term as S.M. Scouting has indeed much to offer to those who give themselves to it.
THERE has been a marked increase in the interest in Fives this term and the good weather has allowed continued use of the courts into December. It has been encouraging to notice the number of Middle School boys using the courts, and this augurs well for the future. As yet no fixtures have been played.
F. D. A. B.
THIS year's Cross Country teams have drawn their support from largely untried material. There are now few really keen runners in the School and those of team standard have had little experience of competitive running. Only one really old campaigner remains to be supported in the Senior team by last season's experienced reserves, Battye and Kingman, and a comparatively new discovery, Fletcher. Fletcher has been the fittest member of the team and is now a most reliable second string, being closely followed, on a number of occasions, by the most improved runner, Battye.
Buckle, Cole, Gregory and Britton have all run regularly but, although they have given good service, the times of this weaker half of the team have been below those of previous years. Britton, a convert from the Second XI and the youngest member of the team, shows great promise and future teams will almost certainly be built around this " character." An unfortunate feature of the term has been the apparent retirement from Cross Country of R. H. Guite. His failure to regain last year's form as quickly as he had hoped and a foot injury seem to have caused him to lose confidence in his running ability. If he will run, Guite's experience alone could prove an invaluable asset to the team next term.
Towards Christmas the Under 16 team has shown considerable improvement and is now being moulded into a very sound and talented body. Mingay has led the team well and he with Berresford, Blythe, Carroll and Williams, will be a formidable force next term. There remain only two or three keen runners in the whole of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th forms. Of these few, who must be thanked for their loyalty, only 3rd former Rees has been outstanding, frequently beating much older and more experienced opponents.
Results of both teams have been generally poor but a number of races have been very fast and closely fought. Wins have been recorded over Manchester G.S., Woodhouse G.S. (twice; and Doncaster G.S., by the Seniors, and over Loughborough G.S., Doncaster G.S. and Mexborough G.S. by the Under 16 team. We thank Mr. Green for his efficient management; his shrewd time-keeping and calculation of results has always given even a well beaten team the " can't lose next week " feeling. Perhaps this feeling would become reality if we were given the training facilities afforded to other School teams.
D. C. T.
AT Ecclesfield on October 17th our Seven-a-Side team retained the Edward Russell trophy after several hard contests. The star of this surprise win was Nosowski, our converted left-back, playing centre-forward. The School finished at the top of Group III, amassing 20 points against 6. In both the semi-final and final the School pulled back, when 7 points to 3 down, to win 9 points to 7. Scorers: Nosowski 7, Newton 4, Tranmer 4, Pike 1.
Apart from this one worthwhile display at Ecclesfield, our season has been disappointing so far. At the beginning of the season, we were weakened by the loss of Newton and Hodkin, but this was not the main trouble. The trouble was that the attack was not able to take the pressure off the defence, which resulted in continual pressure on the goal and the inevitable mistake.
Although the results would suggest better play halfway through the season, this is not the case. The team has played good and sometimes inspired football, on occasions. But throughout the season there has been a general lack of enthusiasm and determination. Although not seen in the results, determination to win does seem to have increased towards the end of the season and it is hoped that this will continue throughout next term.
Opportunism has been sadly lacking in the forward line-Needham, when angry, may sometimes unleash an " Empire Special " - Newton, too, is capable of a well taken goal-Tranmer occasionally stirs himself to shoot-but seldom does a game go by without a hatful of glaring misses, and the away game, at Woodhouse, was typical. However, the increased determination and pressure for First XI places promise well for next term.
F. A. D.
Played 14, Won 3, Drawn 4, Lost 7, Goals for 23, against 36.
v. De La Salle (Away), drawn 1-1.
v. E. C. Powell (Home), drawn 3-3.
v. Old Edwardians 1st XI (Home), lost 0-5.
v. Manchester G.S. (Away), won 5-2.
v. Woodhouse G.S. (Away), won 5-2.
v. Chesterfield G.S. (Away), lost 0-2.
v. Old Edwardians 1st XI (Home), lost 1-3.
v. Bootham School (Away), won 2-1.
v. Ecclesfield G.S. (Away), won 4-0.
v. Abbeydale G.S. (Home), drawn 1-1.
v. Manchester G. S. (Home), drawn 1-1.
v. Woodhouse G.S. (Away), lost 0-2.
v. Mexborough G.S. (Home), lost 2-3.
v. Firth Park G.S. (Home), lost 1-4.
Scorers: Needham 9, Wileman 4. Newton 3, Dixon 2, Tranmer 2, Smith 1, own goal 2.
THIS has clearly been a term of transition. In some years, we have been accustomed to a strong Second XI able to win nearly all its matches, but the relative dearth of talent in the Junior and Middle Schools in the past two seasons is now beginning to affect senior soccer, and the poor record is a fitting commentary upon this.
In the early part of the term, it proved difficult to find the best blend of players, partly because the First XI was not settled, but mainly because there were a fairly large number of players of roughly equal ability. It was not until after half-term that a more definite pattern emerged, under the captaincy of Ball, who has certainly infused more spirit into the team and continues to play his rugged, whole-hearted game at centre-half. The defence is now combining together better, but the goalkeeping problem has proved difficult to solve, neither Foster nor Taylor so far proving entirely adequate. Several goals have been given away by unnecessary misunderstanding and usually these have proved vital in closely contested matches.
The main weaknesses, however, lie in the lack of control of midfield play and the inability of any single forward to prove a consistent marksman near goal. There has been little co-ordination between wing halves and inside forwards, and often we have been much slower to the tackles than our opponents. The wings have not proved fast enough to provide openings and have not always received the passes to bring them effectively into the game. In nearly every match, there have been individual skills, which have been worthy of admiration, but only co-ordinated play can hope to win matches against quite strong opposition.
In fairness to the team, it ought to be added that they have not always had the " run of the ball," that they have been beset by injuries in some matches, and that towards the end of the term some of the faults indicated have been recognised and in part remedied. The side is to be congratulated on its keenness, especially in its regular turnout for practice, and it is to be hoped that next term the weather will be kind enough to allow it to reveal its true promise.
T. K. R.
Played 14, Won 3, Drawn 3, Lost 8, Goals for 25, against 40.
v. De La Salle (Home), won 1-0.
v. Old Edwardians (Home), lost 0-2.
v. Manchester G.S. (Home), lost 1-2.
v. Woodhouse G.S. (Away), lost 0-4.
v. Barnsley G.S. (Home), won 3-2.
v. Chesterfield G.S. (Away), lost 1-3.
v. Oakwood 1st XI (Away), lost 0-6.
v. Ecclesfield G.S. (Home), drawn 3-3.
v. Abbeydale G.S. (Away), lost 3-4.
v. Manchester G.S. (Away), lost 0-3.
v. Maltby G.S. (Home), drawn 3-3.
v. Woodhouse G.S. (Home), won 6-1.
v. Mexborough G.S. (Away), lost 1-4.
v. Firth Park (Away), drawn 3-3.
AFTER several seasons in which defeat figured but rarely, this season has so far provided few successes. In general there has not been so rich an array of talent to draw upon, but what the team lacked in skill it has not lacked in fight and spirit; in face of heavy defeat it has never given up. There is some talent present and in Hirst and A. Hall we have two skilful ball-playing inside forwards who would disgrace few teams. Indeed the strengthening of one or two key positions would transform the team into a more successful combination. Several matches lost seemed in the balance for quite a period before these latent weaknesses resulted in concession of goals. A highlight of the fixtures was a new one against the First XI of Carlton High School, Bradford, where Len Shackleton, former Sunderland and England star attended as a boy. Eason has captained the team in most games and has been a sterling defender.
L. J. S., M. J. P.
Played 9, Won 2, Drawn 1, Lost 6, Goals for 15, against 40.
v. Manchester G.S. (Away), lost 3-1.
v. Marlcliffe (Away), drawn 1-1.
v. Barnsley (Away), won 4-2.
v. Owler Lane (Home), lost 3-1.
v. Chesterfield (Away), lost 6-2.
v. Oakwood (Home), lost 6-3.
v. Carlton H.S. (Away), lost 13-1.
v. Manchester G.S. (Home), lost 6-1.
v. Huddersfield Amateurs (Home), won 1-0.
THE standard of football produced in the early matches was poor and only recently has more determination and skill been evident in the team's performance. The forward line has been especially weak and the lack of scoring power has been reflected in the constant pressure on the defence in all games, and of course in the eventual result.
It has been impossible to field a settled team because of numerous illnesses and injuries, but a more confident approach has been evident recently; two matches have been drawn. Lack of speed has usually been the most important reason for the loss of matches. With a settled team and greater speed on the field, allied to a more determined approach, the results next term should be better, for the nucleus of the team is a solid foundation upon which a winning team may be built. Until his illness Mills was a hard-working captain, and since then Kelly, a determined wing half, has done his best to hold together a team with different faces in it in every match. Fairhead had been a very capable goalkeeper, although the team has lost his services for one or two recent matches. The spirit shown by the team, even in defeat, has been very good and if this is maintained next term's results may be much different.
J. B. L., J. C. H.
Played 12, Won 0, Lost 10, Drawn 2, Goals against 50.
v. De La Salle (Home), lost 5-0.
v. Manchester (Home), lost 4-1.
v. High Storrs (Away), lost 7-0.
v. Barnsley (Away), lost 5-1.
v. Oakwood (Away), drawn 2-2.
v. Chesterfield (Home), lost 5-0.
v. Ecclesfield (Home), lost 4-0.
v. Abbeydale (Away), lost 2-1.
v. Manchester (Away), lost 5-2.
v. City (Away), lost 5-2.
v. Maltby (Home), drawn 0-0.
v. Mexborough (Home), lost 6-3.
Scorers: Dear 2, Mills 2, Wheatley 2, Bows 1, Burley 1, Fenton 1, Gott 1, own goal 2.
WITH only one win to their credit, this has been a poor term for the Under 14 XI. Generally they have been up against bigger and better sides, and have paid dearly for their mistakes, for they still have a great deal to learn about marking and tackling. One thing they must remember is to play hard all the game, for far too often the damage has been done and the goals conceded in a five or ten minute spell. Nevertheless, several boys have the makings of good footballers.
The team was normally chosen from: Lewis, Linfoot, Morgans, Cockcroft, Brook, Hopkinson, Seymour, Ellis, Roxburgh, West, Sallis, Blake, Hutchinson.
F. D. A. B., R. C. G.
THIS year's team has had a most successful half-season, having won 9 of the 11 matches played this term. Double victories were recorded against Manchester G.S., Oakwood (Rotherham), and Marlcliffe. Wiggett has been a reliable and capable captain. Stopford and Batty were leading goal scorers. The team has been selected from: J. P. England, J. M. Pye, D. L. Sleigh, R. Crowson, D. G. Fox, B. Bentley, A. Wiggett, R. Shepherd, P. A. Siddall, J. Padley, M. P. Dolan, I. H. Batty, T. J. Connerton, D. A. Hardwick, S. Butcher, A. J. Stopford, P. W. Solway, J. Chambers.
J. E. T., D. C. J.
v. De La Salle (Home), lost 3-4.
v. Oakwood (Home), won 3-2.
v. Manchester G.S. (Home), won 5-1.
v. High Storrs G.S. (Home), won 6-0.
v. Marlcliffe (Away), won 2-1.
v. Chesterfield G.S. (Away), lost 0-2.
v. Oakwood (Away), won 4-3.
v. Ecclesfield G.S. (Away), won 7-3.
v. Brincliffe G.S. (Away), won 8-0.
v. Manchester G.S. (Away), won 4-1.
v. Marlcliffe (Away), won 3-0.
Played 11, Won 9, Lost 2, Goals for 45, against 17.
WHEN Rugby started we began to aim at a fixture list as strong as we could get in order to learn from our experiences. It is now such that few games are played on level terms and this should be remembered in assessing the results. This year too the hard grounds and the bus strike caused us to go into the first match against the Mount Second without any real practice, and we have also suffered from a desperate shortage of reserves.
With five of last year's powerful pack available we hoped to control the game forward. It was not however until the Pontefract match that comparable fire and speed returned. It was unfortunate that an injury to Marshall, early in the second half, spoiled what looked like being an unusually fine performance against a team moving in a rather higher circle than our own. Against Wakefield Third the School controlled the game for a long period without knowing how to win it. This is no new experience, for until more of you come and play with us we have no real opposition on Wednesdays and a match is hardly the occasion for trying out tricks and gaining confidence. In the last respect many of the team could learn from Wager, and run as if they really meant to get there.
The next match, against Worksop Second, brought us against the best team we had ever played, and a far stronger one than they produced last year. We fought hard but were outclassed in skill and did well to hold the gap to twenty points. These hard games led to a marked increase in speed and enabled us to do well against Dronfield and Rowlinson. Against Lady Manners we met with our worst defeat ever. This school always produces good sides and this year has many County Schools players in its ranks, so that we were not too disheartened. It is on such occasions however that the team's worst fault becomes apparent. They fall well, and will defend stubbornly so long as the game can be kept close, but have little idea of stopping opponents once they are in full flight.
I will not mention names except to say that Laughton has captained the side well, with the right blend of wrath and encouragement, and has set them an example in every way. It will suffice to say that the team does contain some very useful players. In conclusion may we appeal to those of you who have no prospect of getting into School elevens to come and join us. It is a great game and we are all enthusiasts.
R. N. T.
Oct. 17 v. Mt. St. Marv's 2nd (Away), won 14-3.
Oct. 24 v. High Storrs (Home), lost 12-8.
Nov. 7 v. Rowlinson School (Away), lost 9-3.
Nov. 11 v. Pontefract 1st (Home), lost 11- 0.
Nov. 14 v. Wakefield 3rd (Away), lost 14-6.
Nov. 18 v. Worksop 2nd (Away), lost 25-6.
Nov. 21 v. Dronfield 1st (Home), lost 8-6.
Dec. 5 v. Rowlinson School ',Home), won 14-3.
Dec. 12 v. Lady Manners 1st (Away), lost 54-0.
THIS season, despite the impression given by the results, is one of transition from unorganised rushes to methodical movements. Although team spirit is present in abundance, the backs and forwards have not yet been welded into a combined team, and for that reason speed in the backs and advantages in the scrum have not been converted into points.
Two further faults, a general reluctance to tackle immediately and hard, and bad marking, have been very much in evidence, and the need to eliminate these cannot be over-emphasised. The three-quarters, usually with heroic tendencies, almost inevitably die with the ball. This would be effective if loose-scrumming were of a high standard, but this is a somewhat neglected branch of forward play. Kicking and dropping on the ball have definitely improved, and the binding of the scrum is much better.
The Mount St. Mary's match was lost because of bad tackling of heavy forwards, and was soon followed by a drastic defeat at the hands of Worksop. With a much depleted team, we were given a lesson in direct, clean, and purposeful rugby by a polished Worksop side. Against Rowlinson, the team's attacking qualities were revealed, and all played to the best of their ability to achieve a heartening victory. However, the defeat by a tough Dronfield team which made the most of its opportunities was very disappointing, and no excuse can be offered for it. This was a sub-standard performance and is best forgotten. Our visit to Bakewell proved even less fruitful, but this defeat was not suffered without strong resistance in the second half. Tackling in this match was most encouraging.
A pleasing feature of this term was a friendly match with City Grammar School on the wilds of Castle Dyke at their wildest. It is hoped that this practice is continued, as the match was very enjoyable. Thanks are due to all who have played, refereed, watched and run the line, for making this a pleasant, if not successful, term.
M. A. H.
The team has been very well captained by M. A. Hall. He sets an excellent example as a player and his enthusiasm is great. He keeps the organisation of the team very efficiently under control and we are much in his debt for this.
T. G. C., A. H. W.
v. Mount St. Mary's (Home), lost 0-20.
v. Worksop College (Away), lost 0-62.
v. Rowlinson School (Home), won 29-5.
v. Dronfield G.S. (Home), lost 3-29.
v. Lady Manners (Away), lost 0-48.
UNDER 13 XV
WE began the season with the usual optimism and enthusiasm and, as usual, our expectations proved unjustified. Our major problem is also unchanged-that of finding sufficient talent among the small number who opt to play Rugby. This is evident in the backs, where seasoned players such as Best, Timperley and North bear the brunt of attack and defence. In particular, the position of full-back has been difficult to fill, but Winter has shown unexpected talents in recent matches. The forwards still need practice in working together as a pack, but they have an able leader in Dodd. Strangely enough, we still retain our optimism and enthusiasm.
D. B., D. R.
v. Mount St. Mary's (Home), lost 27-0.
v. High Storrs Under 14 (Away), won 5-9.
v. Worksop Under 14 (Away), lost 6-0.
v. Rowlinson School (Home), lost 0-18.
v. Wakefield (Away), lost 55-0.
MANY people were toying with the idea of continuing with Cricket matches at the beginning of term. Such was the reaction to one of the driest summers on record. Had it not been for the transport strike we would have been well ahead with our programme. As it turned out we just managed to complete the Knock-out competition and the House League before the end of term.
Sherwood proved once more to have a fighting spirit and nearly won the Knock-out for the second successive season. Wentworth proved a little too strong, however, and scored the only goal of the match. Both teams are to be congratulated for producing a high standard of football under really dreadful conditions.
The standard of football in House matches is very disappointing. It is sad to record that there is no outstanding team once the 1st and 2nd XI players have been removed. However, the majority of boys enjoy chasing a ball about, so we are at least contributing to their physical education even though the amount of progress is virtually nil!
The League winners will be announced in the next issue of the Magazine, as the deciding matches will not be played until January. Next term will have a mixed bag of sporting activities: Cross Country, Rugby Sevens, House Soccer Sevens and Athletics.
D. F. W.
Soccer Knock-out Competition
Winners: Wentworth. Runners-up: Sherwood.
P W D L FOR AGST PTS.
Lynwood 7 5 0 2 31 11 10
Arundel 7 5 0 2 17 10 10
Welbeck 7 5 0 2 37 22 10
Wentworth 7 5 0 2 25 18 10
Clumber 7 2 1 4 15 20 5
Chatsworth 7 2 1 4 16 31 5
Sherwood 7 1 1 5 19 28 3
Haddon 7 1 1 5 17 38 3
GROUNDS have remained in excellent condition through the term and we have completed the House League competition. The games have been generally interesting but the standard of play and skill is lower than usual in both the Third and Fourth years. In spite of every encouragement to play Rugby we still have only forty boys who play this code. An' Increase of twenty in their numbers would be beneficial to both games.
J. C. H.
P W D L PTS.
Welbeck 7 5 2 0 12
Wentworth 7 5 1 1 11
Arundel 7 5 0 2 10
Clumber 7 3 1 3 7
Haddon 7 3 0 4 6
Lynwood 7 3 0 4 6
Sherwood 7 1 0 6 2
Chatsworth 7 1 0 6 2
FOR Juniors, the autumn term is the best of all. The weather is usually good, the pitches firm, and the new boys add an interest to the House League matches. Are they going to be as good as last year's?
This time, there is no doubt about the answer; the new intake is the best, from the football point of view, that we have had for many years; and with the Under 13 XI having its most successful season, there is promise of good School teams for years to come.
We have just completed the League programme and the final table is appended. It is particularly pleasing to see that Chatsworth and Sherwood have been successful, as these are Houses which have certainly had their share of lean years.
H. T. R. T.
JUNIOR HOUSE LEAGUE
At the end of the last school year many stalwarts left the House and this term the requirements of school teams have considerably weakened the soccer XIs representing the various sections of the House. Yet despite these losses the Senior XI has achieved a greater measure of success than ever before. We were unlucky to be beaten in the Knock-out after a hard and skilful game but the League team more often by enthusiasm than football ability played consistently well all the season and were placed first equal in the League. The results of Middle and Junior sections have been very disappointing; both have proved ineffective against strong opposition.
In Water Polo the House has met with only moderate success. The team has lacked
experience and despite the considerable efforts of Abbott their defensive weaknesses
have all too often been exploited. Yet it is true to say that they are progressing
rapidly; should this improvement continue, the House will resume its lead in
We must first of all heartily congratulate our Juniors. For the first time for many years, they have brought a football trophy to our cupboard. The Junior First XI won the House competition in no uncertain manner, by winning all seven matches. Sleigh and his team put up a very good performance and we hope their success will continue.
Chatsworth's interest in the Knock-out ended in the first round, as usual. However, a spirited first half display proved that the League team could have done much better had everybody tried. The Middle School team have had a reasonable start to the season.
The Water Polo team is having its best season for a number of years. The first game was drawn and the second was won quite convincingly. Two other matches were played.
We congratulate P. Benton and D. H. Moore on their University awards; and finally we must thank Mr. Watson-Liddell, who is leaving us, for his help and support as a House tutor. We wish him every success in his new role as a Headmaster in Cyprus.
The general standard of House spirit has been well maintained this term, with Kenning as captain and Barnes as secretary. The Soccer teams have had varied success. The Junior team has improved steadily in the course of the season, Greatorex functioning well in goal whilst Dolan and Batty in the forward line have scored frequently. The Middle School team has also improved in football ability and great credit must be given to Bingham on the left wing and Hopkinson at inside right. After several trials a reliable goalkeeper has now been found and the remainder of the defence is improving each match. The term has not been a great success for the Seniors with only two wins and one draw from the seven games played. On paper the team was strong but on the field it proved to be one of individuals, lacking the real co-ordination so necessary for success.
Swimming has remained the forte, and under the excellent leadership of Cheetham the Water Polo team has been victorious in all but one of its matches.
We extend a hearty welcome to Mr. Langrish as successor to Mr. Hersee and
hope that his stay with us will be long and enjoyable.
The first duty of this report is to welcome Mr. Rhodes and Mr. Jinks as House Tutors and to thank them for the interest they have taken in the House. We congratulate Cave and Thorp on their scholarships at Oxford, and Cave on being appointed a Sub-prefect, together with Pike, Revill, and Robinson.
Our football this term has been of very mixed quality. The League team, led by Eason who has sometimes found difficulty in raising a team at all, gained only three points during the term. The number of boys in school teams explains this up to a point, but poor morale and indifference have played their part. In the first round of the Knockout we were defeated by Lynwood by 6 goals to l. However, the record of the Middle School First XI, ably captained by Gott, has been more encouraging and it is to them that we must look for signs of future success. The Junior First XI likewise shows promise. The Water Polo team has had a successful term which could have been outstanding with a little more support from the House. Although we cannot report any spectacular victories this term, we look forward with confidence to the New Year.
The Water Polo team, excellently captained by Parker, must first be praised for having swept aside all opposition, with such resounding victories as 13-0 against Welbeck and 10-0 against Chatsworth. With only two more matches to play, it appears that the League championship is well within our grasp, not to mention the Knock-out.
In football too Lynwood has put up a reasonable performance. The Seniors came top of the League on goal average, but a play-off between the top four houses will be held next term. The early loss of Pinder and Tym to school teams removed a lot of drive and direction. The rest of the team, however, do not lack spirit, especially Grant and Godley who make an excellent right-wing pair. We may face the play-off with confidence provided that there is much better marking and greater punch in the forward line. The Knock-out unfortunately evaded us, for we were beaten 1-2 in the first round by Welbeck, after a tough game.
The Middle School team has so far proved unsuccessful but the Juniors, both First and Second XIs, show promise. Success in House games nearly always comes from a team of ordinary players with spirit and determination and prepared to put in maximum effort. The football or cricketing genius, especially higher up the School, is soon snatched up by school teams, so we have to rely mainly upon the average player.
We welcome Mr. Jameson and Mr. Adam to the House, and offer our congratulations to Waller, our hard-working Secretary, and Parker, on being made Sub-prefects. Lynwood is well represented in school teams with Parker and Nosowski in the First XI, Pinder in the Second and Tym in the Third; we have seven other boys in the Under 15, 14 and 13 teams. Tomlinson is School Cross Country captain, and in the Rugby XV are Waller, Vickers, Horwood and Riley...
M. J. Lodge is congratulated on obtaining a Hastings Exhibition at Queen's College, Oxford.
For once, the achievement of the junior House Second XI in winning their football shield must be mentioned first. This was Sherwood's only definite success of the Autumn term. However, looking at the records, Ridgeway's Knock-out XI, which only lost in the final to Wentworth by a single goal, must be congratulated on its effort. Since all the more competent players of the side will remain for next season, the cup should return to its rightful place. Another near miss was the attempt by the junior First XI, under Wiggett's capable leadership, to gain the House Shield. Unfortunately, the team was only placed second in the League. The Middle School had one or two outstanding players but failed to do anything startling, and the record of the Senior First XI must be hastily passed over. The Water Polo team, despite Wilkes' example and exhortations, only won one match.
But next term should see some more definite triumphs, for, with a member of the House in almost every school team, the talent is obviously present. The record of the junior School encourages hope for the future. Mr. Baldwin has become a House Tutor; we hope that he will see the House achieve even greater success in the future.
Academically, we must congratulate A. A. Sampson, D. E. Young, and R. F. Laughton
on their University successes.
A term of moderate success. On the games field, the performances of the House have been sound if not spectacular. The soccer Knock-out team began with a promising victory over Lynwood in the first round, but succumbed to Wentworth, the beaten finalists, in the semi-final after a heroic struggle against the odds. The Senior League team has played consistently well to finish equal first in the championship. Our Middle School side has excelled itself under the spirited captaincy of J. Fenton and, with one match to play, leads the league by one point. The junior section has been our weakest department for some years, but both Junior XIs have so far won as many matches as they have lost. The Water Polo team, though seriously weakened by the departure of Fisher and Wagstaffe, has nevertheless acquitted itself adequately under the captaincy of R. A. Ashford.
The following have played regularly in the School Soccer teams: Bennett, D. M. Bows and Needham in the First XI, Hall, Mayland, Nell and Ashford in the Third XI, J. W. Bows, Wibberley and Fenton in the Under 15, and West and Hopkinson in the Under 14. In addition, Guite has run for the Cross Country team, and Ainsworth has played for the Under 15 XV. We congratulate B. Bennett on his appointment as Sub-prefect. We welcome Mr. Head and Mr. Pipes as House Tutors and wish them every success in their association with Welbeck. And finally, we must say goodbye to the Head of the House, D. M. Bows, who is leaving to take up a temporary post before beginning his University career.
The House can look back on a very successful term. In the Senior League we finished equal first and only await a play-off. Our Knock-out team was expected to win the championship, which they did, though not without a hard fight in the final. Our Middle School team has won every game but one, and is at the moment second in the League. Our junior team's achievements we leave in kindly obscurity; they have done their best.
Perry, whose quiet and efficient support of the House each year has been long appreciated, leaves us with a Hastings Exhibition at the Queen's College, Oxford. We look forward to the rest of the year with confidence, expecting more successes both sporting and academic.