|ECONOMISTS' LONDON VISIT||129|
|ROME, EASTER 1960||130|
|LETTER FROM AFRICA||131|
|CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING||141|
WE congratulate the following on their University awards:
R. C. PITT, Exhibition in Mathematics at Nottingham University.
P. H. BLY, Scholarship in Physics at the University of Durham, also Royal Scholarship for Civil Engineering at the Imperial College of Science (declined).
A. J. REVILL, Exhibition in Electrical Engineering at the Imperial College of Science.
D. E. COTTINGHAM, Exhibition in History at St. John's College, Oxford.
J. M. HASLAM, Scholarship in Natural Science, at Keble College, Oxford.
N. W. STOCKWELL, Firth Scholarship at the University of Sheffield.
D. A. M. EDWARDS, Robert Styring Scholarship at the University of Sheffield.
And the following on obtaining places
A. R. WILLIAMS at Magdalen College, Oxford;
R. R. KERSHAW at Keble College, Oxford; and
K. RICE at Fitzwilliam House, Cambridge.
We also congratulate F. A. SERGEANT and R. J. THOMPSON on their prizes in the Herbert Hughes Memorial Competition in Spanish; R. J. THOMPSON on winning first prize in the Intermediate Section of the Hispanic Council Competition; and A. S. GUNN on being Highly Commended in the Junior Section of the same Competition.
A new undergraduate record for the hop, step and jump was established by D. P. ALLEN (1948-55), of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, on April 26th, 1960. His distance of 46 feet beat the previous best by over a foot.
The film " Julius Caesar " was shown in the School Hall on April 12th, and on the last day of term the Marx Brothers' performance in " A Night at the Opera " was much appreciated.
In the Christmas holidays a party of first year Sixth History specialists attended a course on Mediaeval Palaeography at the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, York.
Mr. Redston, postponing his intended date of retirement to fit in with the appointment of a successor, finally leaves us or May 31st, when he will have completed a near-record period of thirty-nine years service on the Staff. It is difficult to think of any feature of the School's life that has changed less, in all that time, than Mr. Redston's quietly efficient devotion to the teaching of physics and the promotion of scientific studies generally; as well as to the lighter but no less meticulously handled extras such as chess or time-keeping for athletics. It was he, too, who, in a more primitive period of the Dramatic Society's history, helped us to found a stage-lighting system on shoe-strings and biscuit-tins. All ex-pupils and ex-colleagues will remember that Mr. Redston could always be counted on for unlimited unselfish help and co-operation, and will wish him and Mrs. Redston a long and very happy retirement.
|June 17||Swimming Sports.|
|June 27-July 1||School Examinations.|
|July 4||A and 0 level Examinations begin.|
|July 22||Summer Term ends.|
|September 6||Autumn Term begins.|
April 8th-12th, 1960
THERE is no pageantry or battle in Twelfth Night to divert the audience's attention from Shakespeare's intricate word-play, and this demands from the actors a mannered style and clarity of speaking that no amount of beef-cake humour or producer's distractions can displace. That schoolboy actors should fail to achieve subtle changes of pace in the delivery of their lines, while preserving the overall structure of the verse, is not surprising when many professionals fail here too; but they can be expected to bang straight in on their cues, to begin a scene as soon as it is set without awkward ten second pauses, and to declaim their lines distinctly. These virtues were not always achieved in this production; but it does not mean that it was in any sense a failure: this Twelfth Night had many imaginative and memorable moments.
The chief glory was undoubtedly the costumes. If anything helped to cover up the inadequacies of the speaking it was the dress. One remembers particularly Orsino's splendid tunic and cloak, Olivia's enchanting red and white bridal gown, and the pastel blue dresses of her three women attendants. In Mrs. Miller this Dramatic Society possesses a genius, quiet and unassuming, whose talents many a professional producer would be glad to draw upon.
The permanent set successfully tamed the temperamental School Hall; but less successful were the colours decorating it. Candy-floss pink arches supported by cochineal posts reminded at least one Northerner not of Illyria, land of fantasy, so much as Italian ice cream palais. One feared lest the old and antique song requested by the Duke would send Feste careering into Funiculi, Funicula. Much of the music was composed this year, and creditably, by boys. The setting of Come away, Death by M. Hill was most attractive: it is a pity that he was not given leave to set the two other songs as well.
Grouping and movement were throughout effective, and particularly so in the
Letter Scene (when the Three Flower Pot Men overplayed for all they were worth),
and in the final scene, when carefully arranged splashes of colour helped to
relieve the tedium of that extended denouement. The convincing employment of
the hands remains a K.E.S. dramatic bugbear, Feste and Malvolio alone excepted.
Of the acting, individual honours must go to Malvolio and Feste. It has been said that the actor's eyes are the windows of his soul. In the Malvolio of P. Johnson there was at last a schoolboy actor using his eyes skilfully to project character; his sense of timing too improved much during the run. P. Kenning's Feste was a well-studied performance: his fluid movement and gesture were a particular joy. He sang his songs well too, though he seemed to miss the ironic undertones of 0 Mistress Mine. The only real flaw in this performance was the naive tendency to express nimbleness of mind by running off half a dozen sentences on one breath, like a Gilbertian patter-song. Much of Feste's delicate word tracery was thereby lost to the audience-such a sad casualty was the exposition of a drunken man in Act 1, Scene 5. M. Lodge as Orsino was brilliantly dressed and made-up. This warm-hearted actor had a proper richness of voice, but his gestures were not eloquent enough. At the opening, instead of commanding the stage easily and gracefully, he seemed ill at ease, arms nervously riveted to his chest. The Duke's gentlemen seemed to have caught this nervousness too, for I have rarely seen a Court with so little to say and creating such a lack of personality and mood. The only person to capture the true languid air was S. A. Morant, one of the Duke's musicians. And I have never seen two such gentle and innocuous officers of the law as M. Hill and P. Gurney, but let that pass.
For the women, the Viola of N. Jowett looked just right, but he was inclined
to hurry some of his lines without due care and articulation. Nevertheless,
obvious sincerity and sensitivity were there, and he may well come to do great
work for this Society in future years. D. Jones's Maria showed great promise
too, though he played her nearer to the common serving-wench than to the sophisticated
lady-in-waiting than she really is. The problem was Olivia. D. Watson spoke
clearly and acted honestly, but had not the maturity and composure for this
part. A more satisfactory solution might have been to cast an older boy in the
part, even though losing the advantage of the unbroken voice. As it was, it
would perhaps have helped if she had been allowed to sit down more often, especially
when confronted by Malvolio's advances.
The beautifully designed programme acknowledged the help given by an unseen host of masters, boys and mothers, and presiding over and directing all this talent was the benign figure of the producer, Mr. Chalmers. -No better testament to his ability can be made than by pointing to his consistent dramatic success at this school. One can only marvel; and wish him well in this perilous business for next year.
J. R. WILLIAMS.
" THAT strain again! it had a dying fall." For the first time, as far as we know, two of our composers, R. J. Thompson and M. Hill, have composed the music for the play. Played, as it was, by a " consort of viols " on stage and in costume, for me at least
" it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound
That breathes upon a bank of violets."
The players were J. D. Harris, S. Morant, R. H. Smith and P. Quarrell. Kenning's singing of the songs, too, was most pleasant and accomplished. We shall miss his " mellifluous voice " and, even more, his horn-playing.
Twenty-four trebles from the Choir sang in the Bach Society's production of the St. Matthew Passion, acquitting themselves extremely well in their essential part in the first chorus, and joining in the chorales and the final chorus with the Bach Choir. The conductor, looking round the ranks of double choir and double orchestra at this performance, noted a considerable K.E.S. contribution two members of staff, a boy and an O.E. in the choirs, Mr. Mace rending the veil of the temple on the double bass, Mr. J. D. Smith plying a vigorous fiddle, an O.E. playing a bassoon, and a founder member of the school orchestra (Professor Laughton) also among the violins.
The Orchestra and Madrigal Group again made their distinctive contribution
to the annual Schools' Concert in the City Hall, whose acoustics are well known
not to help even professional performers. Undaunted by the lions and the feeling
of pouring sound into an absorbent sponge, they played and sang with polish.
But these are extra-mural activities, mentioned because they show that school musicians can and do make their contribution to Sheffield music generally. Within, the weekly round of choral, orchestral, concerto and brass group rehearsals has gone on in preparation for the Concert, the Choir proving that they " can sing both high and low ", be it in the Haydn Te Deum or Negro Spirituals, the Orchestra working at their double task of pieces and accompaniments, the learners of instruments coming and going with their mysteriously shaped cases.
N. J. B.
TEN meetings were held during the term. The second forms provided a lunch-hour concert which gave Skidmore (violin), Colley, Shepherd and B. Wragg (pianists) a chance to show their considerable talents.
The after-school programmes of recorded music were attended by a few enthusiasts, and a larger number came to three lunch-time talks illustrating Bach's St. Matthew setting of the Passion.
A most welcome innovation was Mr. Adam's two Chamber Music programmes which included movements from Mendelssohn's D minor Piano Trio, Mozart's Flute Quartet, a Sonata for two fiddles by Corelli, and Dvorak's Violin Sonata in G. All these were well rendered by members of the Orchestra and attracted a large audience. We look forward to other such evidences of a flourishing school of Chamber playing.
FOR the first time, Fifth Special were included in the Upper School Census. Several new questions were asked. 119 forms were returned from the Sixth, and 89 from Fifth Special.
GAMES.-54% prefer Soccer; 12% Rugger; 16% Running; 17% none. 48% Tennis; 34% Cricket; 16%, neither.
NEWSPAPERS READ REGULARLY. - 42%, Star; 37%, Sheffield Telegraph; 28% Guardian; 21% The Times; 19% Daily Express; 9% Daily Mail; 8%, Daily Telegraph; 6% Daily Mirror; 11% others; 6% none. Average per boy 1.79.
POLITICS.-55% Conservative; 17%, Labour; 9% Liberal; 3%, others; 14% none.
RELIGION.-50%, Church of England; 24%, Methodist; 4%
Agnostic; 13% others; 9% none. 46% attend place of worship regularly.
FOOTBALL TEAMS SUPPORTED.--49% Sheffield Wednesday; 31% Sheffield United; 7% others; 13% none.
GIRL FRIENDS.-32% one regular G.F.; 11% several; 55%, none.
SMOKING.-25% regularly; 30% occasionally; 45% never.
SCHOOL DINNERS.-70% have them; 41%, of these are satisfied. 57% prefer quality; 19% quantity.
LEISURE.-38% Youth Club; 51% other organisations; 80% television, of these, 62% prefer B.B.C., 25% I.T.V.
SCHOOL ACTIVITIES.-Average number of societies supported 1.94. 85% buy School Magazine. 48% intend to attend School Concert (33% are members of Choir and Orchestra). 65% would prefer voluntary School games. If voluntary, 61%, would attend, 18% might attend.
FUTURE.-82% hope to go to University; 34% definitely decided on a career (26% Modem, 41% Science); 26% want career in Sheffield, 59% out, 31% undecided.
VARIOUS.-Average income 12/6 per week. 49% have been abroad. 12% of Sixth have passed the driving test. 36% have taken temporary jobs during School holidays.
Politically and spiritually, the position is much the same as in the 1957 census, although there is a decline in the number of regular churchgoers. The strengthening of Conservative support is a sign of the same prosperity which has increased the hold of the " Idiots' Lantern ", and has enabled more gentlemen to visit the Continent. Can we detect influence from the member of the S.U.T. Social Club here? Although there is one regular reader of the Daily Worker, he faces strong opposition in two readers of the Financial Times, five Fascists, and two future industrialists. The eagerness to read Top Newspapers has reached such frenzied enthusiasm that one gentleman claims to read the Sunday Times every day.
Sheffield Wednesday's success is reflected in their increased support, especially in the Fifth, although United retain a steady 31%. They must beware of the threat from Heeley Friends, Handsworth Rovers, and Grindleford A.F.C.
Support of School Societies has decreased. Since five societies have twelve supporters between them, perhaps there is a certain redundancy or, at least, a case for amalgamation. The most popular society is the lunch-time I.D.G. with 47 members; at the other end, the Radio Society, no longer existing in theory, still has the support of one loyal member. Few intend to attend the Concert; this number, though disappointing, may reflect the attractions of the Victoria Hall and the fact that the Concert is more " an established part of the musical life of Sheffield " (School Magazine, September, 1959) than a school occasion.
There are more "troglodytes " than ever before; youth clubs have declined in popularity, and there is a 23%, fall in membership of other outside organisations. There are even fewer girl friends than in 1957. The only explanation for these changes seems to be acute Examinitis, unless it is the choice of two channels.
R. F. L.
I Do believe, and this I must affirm,
That, all in all, in this world and the next,
With both feet on the ground and hand on heart,
The fate of common man is rather vexed.
But, you will say, and I will answer Yes,
In black and white with no discrimination,
Within the Commonwealth as man to man,
And on this fact I stake my reputation.
Side by side going forward to the future,
And backwards to the past, within our range,
The vast untapped resources of the Empire
Stand back to back against the wind of change.
And upside down with one pig in our poke,
Without resorting to false repetition,
With two eggs in the bush I will affirm,
Leave politics to a born politician.
THE seventeenth annual Christmas holiday Conference of the Council for Education in World Citizenship was again held in the Central Hall, Westminster, and of the two thousand of tomorrow's citizens attending the Conference lectures on " Peace and Population ", twelve delegates were from K.E.S. Speakers included Dr. Arnold Toynbee on " Peace and Population ", Sir Herbert Broadley, Sir Solly Zuckerman on " Population and Survival ", Rev. Austen Williams on " Population and Human Values ", and Dr. Cyril Bibby on " Race and Population ".
The high quality of the Discussion Group reports on the final day did not, alas, reflect what actually went on in the discussions. Political, economic, social and cultural aspects of peace and population were examined, but few attended, and fewer, if any, troubled to gain deeper knowledge beforehand, and discussions tended to limit themselves to one aspect of the subject.
Evening entertainments provided by C.E.W.C. were a dance at the St. Pancras Town Hall and a concert at the Central Hall. Items ranged from the Ukrainian Folk Dancers to a Polish zither player who forgot her coat.
A visit of this nature is not without its incidents. The highlight came sooner than expected, when, on the first night, one member of the K.E.S. delegation fell into a canal (yes, it did have water in it). Another lost thirty shillings and a train ticket, while yet another picked up, among other things, £6 in a gutter.
The topic for the 1960 Conference is " Something new out of Africa " when perhaps we shall again be indebted to the Daily Worker-" the only paper with a complete report on the Conference." Well, a report anyway.
J. C. B. T.
WITH the railway strike averted, two masters and twenty Fifth Form economists left Sheffield early on the Thursday of half-term, to stay at the King George VI Memorial Hostel.
On our first visit, to the Ford factory at Dagenham, we were nourished by
a canteen lunch and a free tea, between which we made a strenuous and informative
trip round only a small area of the factory.
Friday began with a conducted tour of County Hall, followed by a visit to the Stock Exchange where unfortunately we arrived during their lunchhour. Business was slow, and the most obvious activity paper fighting. We also saw the Overseas Branch of Lloyd's Bank, where news of Prince Andrew's birth came through the teleprinters. In the evenings most went to places of light entertainment, though on the Saturday night we saw Richard II performed at the Old Vic. The acting, music, scenery and seats left a deep impression. Sunday was spent by the more athletic in sight-seeing. Some sought churches; few found them.
On Monday we started at the Ministry of Education with a talk on the Civil Service and a discussion, mainly on Comprehensive Schools. Later we were shown round the Houses of Parliament by Mr. John Hynd, M.P., and subsequently returned to the Commons to hear the leaders of all three parties in an Address to the Queen. The following debate, on abuses of the National Health Service, outran our limited time.
We left London having benefitted from a cultural and educational week-end, for which we are most grateful to Mr. Burke and Mr. Robinson.
P. J., P. S. W.
THE golden leaves burn softly in the flame
And offer to the verdant gods a sacrifice.
You may well ask for which proud deities
The second deaths of once dead leaves suffice.
Yet think of those too hollow images
For whom on Memory's altar youth was slain,
For then the living rose in smoke as dead
And only hatred was the idol's gain.
Now these dead leaves are like the Arabian bird
That being dead, achieve life from the fire,
Bend softly in the smoke and writhe in flame
And loose their life through this reviving pyre.
For even as they crumple into ash
The force that built their structure is released
And from the crumpled skeleton the power
Flies to the Force of Nature, twice deceased.
D. E. RODGERS.
THIRTY-six hours to cross Europe, compartments thronged with bonhomous French soldiers, breakfast before dawn, meals out of paper bags, the Alps looking rather too much like a postcard to be true, salami, Chianti, the murmur of spoken Italian, olive trees, nightfall over Lake Trasimene, memories of Hannibal and the legions, the smart and fabulous glitter of Termini Station-what a weary ragbag of impressions in everyone's head, when suddenly before us, monstrous and romantic, a Piranesi engraving, a theatrical backdrop, the Colosseum in floodlights. We had arrived. This was Rome.
Rome-and nine days to see it all. Just how impossible an aim this was we now realise, yet we did our best. Sallying out each morning into that chaos of Vespas and tramcars, squeezing with trepidation into the filobus whose doors indifferently snapped parties (and nearly bodies) into halves, we did all the right things. Sailing into the past we traced the tangled ruins of the Forum Romanum (" Was the Senate House really so small? "), gazed rather unbelievingly at the enormous, the imperial labyrinth of palaces on the Palatine, felt the curious hushed atmosphere of the Colosseum itself. On some days we took bus and left the city. With our guide, Signorina Mecco, to instruct and charm, we had at Tivoli the contrasted pleasures of the Villa d'Este, all fountains and splashing waters, and the Villa of Hadrian, a strange and individual creation (" built for recreation in moments of weariness and spleen ").
Those of us who value sheer size were satisfied by much that we saw. Few could remain unimpressed by the sweep of Bernini's colonnades and by the distant white and gold of the vaulting of Saint Peter's, especially in that wonderful moment when the chandeliers all flashed on together bringing the gold to life, and the congregation clapped and shouted " Viva il Papa ", and the tiny figure bobbed past in his sedia gestatoria to speak to his pilgrims. And as if " Romanitas " were condensed into one majestic symbol, there was the brooding hemisphere of the Pantheon (" Yes, still the largest dome in the world-four feet wider than Saint Peter's "). The mouldering brick piers of Caracalla's baths (" 25,000 bathers all at once? "); that ebullient prototype of all the film sets that ever came out of Hollywood, the Victor Emmanuel monument; the column of Trajan; the basilicas of Constantine, Saint John Lateran, Santa Maria Maggiore; the Aurelian Walls; the paintings of the Sistine Chapel; the pyramid of Cestius; the tomb of Caecilia Metella; the Moses in San Pietro in Vincoli (" What are those horns on his head for? ") -all these were evidences of that ancient and still vital sense of size which we think of as truly Roman.
Yet we felt the atmosphere of places too. There was the dark calm of the sepulchres in the Catacombs, barely enlivened by the statistics, the moral homiletics and wit of our Irish priest (" You can stay the night if you like. Choose your own niche.") For some of us this secret cradle of the Church was the most moving thing we saw. The deserted pavements and empty shops, broken with rustling grass and pines, of Ostia Antica were in subtle contrast with the worldly luxuries of Pompeii, its sunny temples and theatres and elegant houses still easily peopled in the mind's eye by those whose home it was until Vesuvius buried it. The church of San Clemente was like history stratified, the Eleventh Century standing on the Fourth, the Fourth on that sinister little complex of Republican streets around the dank Mithraeum. (" Where do all these streams come from? " " Acqua non potabile.") And to offset these excursions into antiquity there was the theatricality and splendour of the Baroque, the cherubs of Sant'Andrea di Quirinale swinging on their marble garlands, the staggering perspectives of the ceiling of Sant' Ignazio, the church of the Gesu, San Carlo dello Quattro Fontane.... (" Sir, all these churches are one big Baroque confusion in my mind! ") And of course, faithful trippers to the end, we visited the Fountain of Trevi (" How much did you throw in? Is five lire enough? "), and the Spanish Steps cascading with azaleas, the Villa Borghese, where Paolina Borghese was much admired, the Terme Museum, the Aquarium of Naples (" That loligo thing looks just like someone I know.")
Even conscientious sightseers have their relaxation. Many of us haggled with pedlars for cameos and postcards (" He knocked him down from 2,000 lire to 300 and then he didn't buy it "). Nearly all of us took a dip on the black sands of Ostia Lido (" E molto freddo, signor. Ah, i fantastichi Inglesi.") We drank Espresso, Coca Cola and the wine of the Roman countryside (with every meal at our Orphanage), and sampled cassata and grannito al limone. We played table tennis and table football with the orphans themselves. We sat among the chandeliers to see " La Boheme " at the Teatro dell' Opera (" That was real snow falling in Act III"), and heard Michelangeli play Beethoven (" We clapped so loud that he played four encores.") We went to the cinema (" Do you know-it costs 1,000 lire to see " La Dolce Vita? It's a swindle.") There was shopping to do for the people so remotely left behind in Sheffield (" Sir, can I have 2,000 lire and are there any stamps left?") Occasionally we even tried to get some sleep (" Sir,-'s bed has collapsed and he's fallen on the floor.")
Seeing Rome is more than having a holiday. It is somehow to return to one's origins in time, in surroundings where all the ages live pell-mell but in harmony side by side. It exposes one's ignorance and deflates one's pretensions. Most regrettably of all, it leaves one feeling that only the cliches are the right things to say-" The Eternal City " "Roma Immortalis" "All roads lead to Rome ". We shall probably remember different things about it, forgetting the heat and the headaches, the tired feet and the unpredictable food (" Not pasta again? What shape is it this time? ") Whatever our private memories may be, or even if we forget all the details in one hilarious jumble, it is not likely that we shall ever forget the mere experience of having been there. ("It was marvellous and I'm absolutely worn out... ")
Mlanje Boma. 4/4/1960.
You will have read much in the British Press recently about Nyasaland, including, doubtless, many serious allegations. I am not attempting to justify anything here; the reports I receive are probably just as distorted, but I should like to give a few impressions I have obtained in my six months in this back-wash of the Empire.
Even after a course in England of discussions and talks on the Federation, my immediate impressions were vastly different from anything I had imagined. Blantyre, the commercial capital, houses the great majority of the 8,000 Europeans in Nyasaland, and the vicinity is thickly populated by Indians and Africans. It is a town of modern buildings, tarred roads, and a high standard of living for all races. There is no more a colour-bar here than there is in Birmingham, and, from my own experience, race relations are extremely good.
To see the mud huts and naked women of most films on Africa, one has to wander far off the beaten track, but it is here, away from European progress, beside their cultivated gardens, that most Africans live, and it is here that they return from the towns when the bicycle or new set of clothes has been bought. Here, away from politics and newspapers, they can live peacefully, as their ancestors have done for generations, with their vast families, among the illiterate and superstitious, sitting in the shade, contented to be themselves.
From such villages, however, sons are sent to be educated, many of whom, with " a little learning ", hungry for power and eager to feather their own nests, demand self-government. " How can three million Africans be wrong? " asks a correspondent in Tsopano, an independent anti - government magazine. How can they be right or wrong when the vast majority understand only their own stomachs?
I am not asking for the status quo, for the present system is not perfect; I do, however, plead for tolerance. It is unfortunate that the Monckton Commission could not have received greater support from both Britain and the Federation, for little can be achieved when only one view is voiced. I emphasise the words " from both Britain and the Federation ", for it is as important for you to be tolerant as it is for us. People at home must first cease jumping to conclusions. The press, of course, prefer a sensational story to a mere statement of the facts. So, from beneath the Federation's highest peak-Mlanje (10,000 ft.), I plead for tolerance, and look forward to discussing these and many other problems with you on my return.
M. E. SARA.
1,630 BOOKS were borrowed last term. There was a noticeably smaller total of fines levied for the late return of books, and a real improvement in the punctuality with which they were returned. There are now only a few boys whose immoderation drives them to borrow large numbers of books at once and to detain them for a lengthy period despite the urgent needs of others.
The appearance of the Library has gained much by our displays of paintings which are renewed twice yearly. So far we have seen works by Cezanne, Gauguin and Giotto; they have been both noticed and appreciated.
Last term we were again indebted to the S.R.G.S. Trust Fund for a substantial gift of new titles. A library such as ours cannot be kept up to date without substantial resources when the cost of books goes on rising at the present rate. Rebinding alone uses a good proportion of our allocation from public funds and, despite appearances, our means are limited.
At the end of last term eleven books were missing; on the other hand the previous term's losses had been reduced to five. The problem of missing volumes remains intractable, but the boys who create the nuisance do not by any means all go undetected. There is a little portrait gallery already which is slowly growing. They form a strange group and it is a pity that greater time is not available for their experimental investigation. Exhortation, that educational standby, has little effect on them; their loyalty is not readily accessible; their sense of dignity is well-developed; they defend their actions to themselves; they are men of the world and ready talkers. How then do such superior men and smooth operators give themselves away? Perhaps one day you will know, but meanwhile it must not be told.
Gifts are gratefully acknowledged from the following: P. M. Beckett, P. W. Cave, F. W. Darwin, J. D. Marsden, E. K. Parker, J. B. Readman, I. Wiggett, the School Prefects, Mr. M. J. Pipes.
The Group has continued to meet each Thursday lunch time, studying various passages from the Old and New Testaments; discussions have been lively and often helpful. The Fact and Faith film Dust or Destiny drew a large audience from 4th, 5th and 6th Forms. The Group has become affiliated to the Inter-Schools Christian Fellowship. Contrary to the apparent belief of many, all meetings are open to all members of the Upper School who wish to know more of the Christian faith. We thank Mr. Johnston for his continued help and loyalty.
SENIOR. Three meetings were held this term of which the first, a production of their own version of Cinderella by members of the Sixth Form, was undoubtedly the most popular. An audience of over a hundred loudly appreciated this entertainment in which a cast of eight shared over twenty parts. Wit, humour and songs flowed, and, historically speaking, Cinderella can be said to have made its mark. Thanks are due to all concerned.
In the second meeting, a debate, Benton and Meakin carried the motion, " This House believes that Apathy reigns," despite able opposition from Billington and Morant. A Brains Trust in which Abrahams, Kenning, Laughton and Thorp participated showed the expected skill of future undergraduates of Oxford and Durham.
The School has joined the Public Schools Debating Association, and Laughton and D. E. Rodgers entered the first round of the national contest held+ at Peter's, York, on March 10th. Despite P.D.C.P's intelligent audience reaction, no further progress was made, Ampleforth being the winners. The experience was invaluable.
MIDDLE. We began appropriately on January 25th when Mr. Burns gave a much appreciated talk on Robert Burns. Any Questions and Any Answers followed on February 8th, when four boys gave their views on current affairs, only to have them disputed by the audience. At the third meeting M. A. Hall presented his version of This is Your Life, B. Cruickshank being the unsuspecting celebrity. Lastly D. Mingay threw some light on next year's set book when he wrote and produced a dramatised version of Animal Farm.
JUNIOR. The first of four meetings produced the motion that Sheffield was the last place on earth where anyone would want to live. Apart from useful contributions from Lilley and Nicolson the speeches were rambling and confused. The motion was lost. At our second meeting victims picked three articles from a wastepaper basket and tried to incorporate them in a story. The best result came from Hollands: incoherent but amusing. A Brains Trust was very successful, and the last meeting provided a Balloon Debate in which Schweitzer (Crowson) survived, despite keen competition from Messrs. Krushchev, Marples and Hancock.
Present policies in Algeria, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa have all had their protagonists this term. A. R. Williams' fervently Gaullist contribution on the Algerian crisis met vigorous and insistent questioning. M. S. Horwood argued against independence for Kenya Africans and parried the opposition to these rather illiberal views with dexterity. B. Cheetham provided an enlightening summary of the geographical background to West African problems and an able defence of the policy of Dr. Nkrumah in Ghana. R. H. Smith courageously acted as advocate for the Apartheid policy and found a few supporters among the audience. Mr. Slattery is especially to be thanked for his interesting contribution, based on personal experience.
We are sorry to say goodbye to A. A. Sampson, who has acted as chairman for the past term, and to whom we wish every success in his University career. We thank Mr. Robinson for his enthusiasm and encouragement, and the time which he generously gives to our activities.
Attendances this term have generally been good but there is a tendency for
the same people to take part in discussions. Fresh speakers would be very much
The first meeting, a discussion on Trade Unions, was introduced by R. Nosowski with a well prepared talk which provoked some interesting comments. Relations between the police and the public had been much in the news, so P. Johnson's talk on this subject seemed appropriate and proved interesting and informative, with more boys than usual participating in the discussion. J. F. Billington chose as his topic " The control of Public Expenditure," and his criticism of the present controls was fair and well defined. P. NQT. Kenning introduced a discussion on the Crowther Report at the last meeting, a great success, though more contributions to the discussion would have been welcomed.
Once again we thank Mr. Burke for giving his time and energy for the benefit of the Society.
SENIOR. The first meeting of the term was shared with the junior Society and with some recent O.E's, Worswick, Bows and Perry. Cartwright, last year's Head Prefect, gave an enthralling account of travel to and in Greece last summer, bringing objects which several members lingered to handle and discuss. There were two other meetings, both given by comparatively junior members, but both lively and informative. In a talk entitled " Doctor and Patient in Classical Greece," Bell gave vividly gruesome details of medical treatment, especially for those who suffered from humps on their backs. Blythe's talk, " Some Escapes and Escapers in the Ancient World," proved that it was not merely the last World War which stimulated escape from captivity. Moore would have talked to us on " The Coming of the Martians " had not the high jump interfered. We look forward to this some time in the future from Old Edwardian Moore.
JUNIOR. The Society, with the added and welcome help of Mr. Jones, has had a series of well attended meetings. There were three programmes based on television, Concentration, True or False and This is Your Life. In the last, P. N. Bell as Nero found himself the subject of a script by M. A. Hall recorded by talented artists from the Society. " Septimus, the Adventures of a Boy in Rome," narrated by three Fourth Formers, with dialogues on tape, proved successful. The excellence of an exhibition on Roman Britain, in Room 72 by 3L1 under the supervision of Mr. Chalmers, reassures us that we are leaving the Junior Society in capable hands next year. We express gratitude to all our helpers, especially to Bell for his striking posters.
The term's varied meetings have been interesting and enjoyable. At the first, Mr. Bramhall presented a recording by Marie Bell and artistes of the Comedie Francaise of Racine's Andromaque. We were favoured to hear another talk by M. Delanoe, the French assistant, who spoke on French colonial problems. A welcome departure from our usual policy of confining meetings to the Senior school was a review of the French wine industry by M. A. Hall and P. N. Bell of 4(l)-the audience was, however, disappointed to find the tempting looking bottles completely empty. At our fourth meeting Mr. Bramhall gave a talk illustrated by gramophone recordings on " Manuel de Fallathe Man and his Music." Finally we welcomed an Old Edwardian, Mr. E. Skinner, who showed his film of a journey he made at the end of the War, " From India to Tibet on Foot." Of particular interest in a memorable meeting were unique shots, taken by a British Secret Service agent at the risk of his life, showing religious rites in the forbidden monastery at Lhasa.
We thank all who have helped in any way, and particularly Mr. Bramhall, and look forward to another equally successful term.
On January 20th Dr. Blakemore addressed a well attended meeting on the Incas. His lecture was illustrated by some very fine slides and was enjoyed by all who heard it. At the other meeting this term C. M. Dolan of 4(2) gave an account of the development of London's underground railway system.
It is hoped next term to arrange two visits to places of historical interest.
Attendances are reassuring though unfortunately the majority come from the Middle and Lower School and there are insufficient regularly attending Sixth formers to encourage the younger boys to a higher standard of play. Nevertheless enthusiasm among the younger members is abundant and this promises well for the future.
The team won two and drew the other of its three matches, and with more careful play the results could have been even more effective.
Our thanks are due to Mr. Redston, who is leaving us, for his constant support and welcome guidance, and we give him every good wish for the future.
v. Dronfield (Home), drawn 3-3.
v. Abbeydale (Home), won 3.5-2.5.
v. De la Salle (Away), won 4-2.
B arren expanse
C hills the heart,
D ims fiery ambition's glow,
E nfolds with clammy grasp the
F ormer hopes of bright-eyed youth.
G one now are dreams of fortune fair,
H ence fly the images of carefree summer hours,
I mages bright, crumbling and toppling, spluttering out in the
J oyless waters of a Sargasso Sea of slow-sinking humanity.
K nowledge, learning, wisdom alike are lost! Doomed to an eternal obscurity
L acking the means to secure the chance of joining `Society ' and then
M aking one's mark. Great the fall of a career loose-founded on ambition!
N ever again to envisage success For ever are gone the days of happiness
O h that youth should last, and disillusionment ne'er poise its head aloft!
P oised, timeless, in life's stream-an ethereal existence-with all desire
Q uenched unsprung. Ah, would that thsi were so! And yet
R emembering our human foibles, would peace from this ensue?
S aints may seek tranquillity, but the vast majority
T acitly desire a dynamic insecurity for their
U topia. I but desired to pass.
V erily then the examiners have
W antonly destroyed by a
X enelasia of talent
Y outh's promised
THE life of the Troop in Scout and Patrol meetings continues, and during this lengthy term, scouts have demonstrated their talent for sleuthing and climbing, while the demands made upon Patrol Leaders have evoked resource and ability, not least when competing interests undermine the well-kept traditions of the Troop.
With winter behind us, we look forward to more out-of-door events. The Patrol Leaders and Seconds spend Easter at Walesby; so do Raymond Pilley and David Cain. Whitsun Camp and Youlgreave combine in a " silvicultural operation," while for the second year running we go north for the summer, to Galloway and Glen Isle. Hesley Wood is offering as usual its store of wisdom and experience, of sites and pioneering. Others again will be out on first class journeys and badge work, and the perennial Bob-a-job has to be encountered.
Michael Kingman, after a year or more as Troop Leader, has surrendered his office to " Heathers "; to the one we say "thank you ", and to the other " good leadership." Seniors have demonstrated their talent and interest in continuing to assist at Troop meetings.
Recruitment this year has been poor, not to compare with earlier years, and we offer a place or two in "A" Troop to younger boys keen on outdoor life and wishing for adventure.
V. A. V.
In the words of school reports, " B " Troop continues to show satisfactory progress; several proficiency badges have been gained and the five patrols show signs of 'becoming proper Scout patrols instead of mere teams for games. Congratulations go to Howard Kelly on gaining his Scout Cord and to 'Neil Craig, chosen to attend the St. George's Day parade at Windsor.
At half-term the weather provided snow, giving a realistic touch to the hunt for the two-toed Yeti. One patrol managed to obtain a plaster cast of the famous footprint but it melted on the way home.
During the Easter holiday, " B " Troop should be busy with "Bob-a-Job ", St. George's Day and patrol camps. The Troop camp at Whitsun will be at Overhaddon near Bakewell.
MY first word must be one of congratulation to Scouts who have won badges this term. As a boy increases his Scouting skills, he develops independence, his usefulness to others and his own capacity for enjoying life. Let them be an example to others.
The Jumble Sale, held on February 13th, realised over £40, in spite of the weather and the apparent scarcity of jumble hardware, usually our chief source of profit. Our thanks to all who helped to achieve this success, particularly the parents who gave so freely of their time and labour. They have also held other functions to raise funds for the Troop, and we warmly_ appreciate all they have done.
The " C " Troop tradition of regular ambitious Patrol meetings prospers still. For this the Patrol Leaders deserve high praise: they serve the Troop well.
The highlight of the term's Senior activities was an evening with Mr. Philip Rodgers. Some readers may have seen him on television. He is an eminent musician, but has in recent years achieved fame for his tape-recordings of messages which no-one else can explain_ and which he firmly believes originate from space ships visiting this planet. This intriguing evening produced a variety of reactions from the Seniors! One of their number, Philip Kenning leaves school this term. Of his many contributions to the life of the School not the least was his service to " C " Troop. Our very best wishes go with him.
FOR boys interested in Civil or Mechanical Engineering, British Railways, during Easter and Summer holidays, run courses available to those taking Advanced Science. The Civil Engineering Course lasts a week and all expenses are paid by B.R. It starts in mid-week because nearly all construction work is done on Sundays, and a tour of very interesting sites is included. The course is enlightening, entertaining and exhausting, but well worthwhile to those considering a career in Railways or Engineering. Modernisation, bridge works and permanent way maintenance are among the subjects included in trips to Tees-side, Hull, Leeds and the West Riding. Accommodation is in an attractive hotel beside York Minster, and I can sincerely recommend this course.
D. J. HIBBERT.
WITH twenty-three other boys, I spent a week, staying at Nottingham University and attending a week's works course with the East Midland Gas Board. In visits to Derby, Lincoln, Scunthorpe, Leicester and Loughborough, we were shown the country's most modern gasworks, the new appliance research centre, the industrial gas and housing centres, the commercial department, and witnessed, among much else, the main laying of pipes across Lincolnshire and extensions to a major gasworks. Though there is little spare time on this course, I recommend it to scientists and art students, as there are points of special interest to both. The company of the other boys, helpfulness of the employees, and accommodation and meals all contribute to a most interesting and enjoyable week.
J. R. HOGG.
THANKS to the efficiency of our Secretary, Mr. Vere, in carrying out the wishes of the Annual General Meeting, every Old Edwardian in Oxford possesses a card bearing a sevenRoman typeboldly printed on the front. It is the card of the Seventh Club, bearing a list of Old Boys of the School now resident in Oxford. The list is long and covers so many generations that one marvels that so much should be done by so many, but known to so few. This was never so disconcertingly obvious as at the social gathering held half way through the term. We hear that some left at the end of an enjoyable evening without realising that those people they couldn't remember seeing at school they had, in fact, never seen at school. (No one seems to know who they were-someone's friends, I think.)
Mr. Heritage has turned blue, not from exposure to the cold night air, but for his appearance at Wembley in the 'Varsity Soccer Match. Our congratulations to him and to Mr. Parfitt who has graced the University second team, the Centaurs. Other soccer playing members are to be found in teams of varying degrees of skill, enthusiasm or endeavour. Of rugger players, Mr. Daglish has been seen (and how could he be missed?) on the Worcester pitch. Mr. Avis is still in training; witnesses say his pint raising arm is as good as ever. Mr. Patrick is still in the running, not in the pint to pint races of some of our members, but for The Queen's College, and some of us thought that the Messrs. Crookes and Mr. Partridge were engaged on an attempt at the bridge players' marathon record. They said this was not so, they always played ten hours a day anyway. Card playing is a popular pastime with Seventh Club members, and rumour has it that some find this a good way of supplementing meagre grants without working in the vacation, or at any time.
Mr. Rickwood has published a poem, and no fewer than four members play in the same orchestra. Some say that Mr. Cartwright's claim to be able to remove large pieces of Corpus Christi with his bare hands shows a rapidly developing architectural discrimination, though we are uncertain of the value of Mr. J. G. Robinson's claim to be able to do the same thing with his hair.
Nest term brings the annual dinner, to be held this year in University College, and we have been offered a netball fixture by the University Ladies Team. It promises to be a dour struggle.
Yours, as- ever, SEPTIMUS.
CUR life at Oxford is so full that its richness and variety can be appreciated only by a leisurely consideration of its quality, and for this reason I feel that Clio's immortality should be bestowed in these august pages to an episode that took place on February 11th of this Hilary Term. I will content myself, and I trust, my gentle readers with quotation from the Oxford University newspaper Cherwell whose sports page headline was that of this article. The Seventh Club had challenged the Oxford University Ladies Netball Club to a game at St. Hugh's and the article began:
` We haven't lost a match for two years,' declared the Captain. 'We are very good.' A row of gloomy faces considered her silently from the steps of Queen's. The Seventh Club-to ignorant southerners the ex-King Edward VIIers from Sheffield who are almost legion-had in a moment of masculine unwisdom challenged what was now appearing as the feminine equivalent of the Moscow Dynamos to a friendly game and seemed to be fully resigned to their fate. Did I say friendly? Apologies to the Seventh Club for these women go like bombs. Five foot women bounced off seven foot men, clearly determined to break or be broken. In fact the whole display was most impressive.
" An aged Austin Seven named Zuleika and a modern Morris Minor had brought the men to St. Hugh's; they had been disgorged clearly apprehensive and had been pushed efficiently into changing rooms. They emerged a little bashfully, attempting to convince themselves that their rowing shorts covered their knees. Despite unorthodox appearance, for it was the first time the courts of St. Hugh's had seen a pink Leander scarf in conjunction with pink male suspenders, the men did not seem to succeed in intimidating the women to any marked degree.
With pressing engagements preventing those doyens of the Seventh Club, Dave Parfitt and Eric Hudson from playing, what of the gallant seven who turned out? Honourable mention first of Peter Bennett from Queen's whose performance as the shooter would have done credit to the Harlem Globetrotters: of Mick Hill from Keble whose suspenders were later claimed as a trophy of victory by the ladies; of History Scholar John Goulden who had left his studies for Prelims to acquit himself with no small distinction. There was Chris Vere whose age was beginning to tell and whose attempts to stop his fair opponent's shooting skill were well meant but not very successful. John Anderson of St. Peter's Hall was a stout midfield player who from time to time made brilliant interceptions, and last of all the President, Peter Jackson, whose passes often reached dead eye Bennett inside the shooting circle. After settling down to the strange rules and somewhat Stephen Potter type tactics of the ladies and also an accident to Bennett whose cut knee was enthusiastically swabbed with neat iodine by the referee, the Seventh Club pulled back the early arrears eventually to lose by the small margin of 13-17. The performance was hailed by the Ladies Captain, ‘the best men's side we have played.'
The Cherwell report concluded, " After an arbitrary length of time the University team were declared the winners. The Spartan blue uniform disappeared and the ladies appeared transformed. Remarked a naive VIIer, ` But I thought sporting women....' The implications were accepted graciously but with unconcealed amusement by the belles of netball alley."
SCHOOL teams usually reach their peak in age and in play at the same time and lose the majority of their players at the end of their most successful season. This happened to the First XI last year, and since then there has been a succession of ins and outs (in team selection) and ups and downs (in results). Last term they won the Sheffield Seven-a-Sides and lost most of their matches; this term they made no progress at all in the Yorkshire Sevens but won or drew most of their matches.
Until half-way through the term there had been little eventful except the weather, which cancelled six matches out of nine. Then, on a heavy ground at Firth Park, when Dixon looked like strengthening the forward line without weakening the defence too much, he injured a knee which put him out for the rest of the term. This was a loss which we could apparently ill afford, but, ironically enough, the team then went on for seven games without defeat, winning five games and drawing two (one of these being with Sheffield Falcons). The wins were narrow ones and the scoring in general low, suggesting that the defence had settled to sound and determined play and that victory now depended on the forward line.
With Dixon gone, the burden of enterprise fell on Needham at inside-right, and this run of success is mainly due to his play in this period, always enthusiastic and sometimes brilliant. Credit must go to the other forwards, but for the most part they followed Needham's lead without stamping their personality on the play as he did. Woolhouse came in for Dixon and played several neat and capable games, but he is apt to fit into the pattern of play rather than boldly shape it. During the term Newton, in the centre, scored ten goals and will score more when he is given more support near goal, but on too many_ occasions he has waited hopefully up the field for the ball which did not come or found himself unsupported when he has feinted his way past one defender. The wings also reflect the general lack of weight and height in the forward line. Wileman finds the position of outside-right more congenial than that of outside-left and has fitted well with Needham, but as yet he is too slight to shake himself free and get in on goal. Hodkin, at outside-left, is also capable of working the ball cleverly in a confined space, but his shots for goal have usually been hampered by the attentions of a burlier back.
The defence has been more consistently successful and has given the forwards many opportunities to change the attack. Bennett, in goal, has been at his best and has made some superlative saves when everything seemed lost. If only he would learn to take goal-kicks and to punch, instead of palming, the high ball across the face of the goal! Bradshaw, at centre-half, has done his wholehearted best, and often this has been good enough for the occasion. He heads well. but his kicking is sometimes unsure, and he is somewhat slow in recover v. At back, the gap left by Bows has not been completely filled. Nell, the present holder, though strong, energetic and sticking closely to his winger, uses his left foot only to run with. Nosowski, at left back, has had more practice with his right foot than Neil with his left, but he, too, sometimes hesitates when the ball comes inside him. He has had a good season, however, and the only winger who consistently sent him the wrong way was a Lincolnshire county player. The real consistency and effort of the team throughout the season has been at wing-half, where Parker and Pike have done their own work and then looked round to find what else they could do. Pike has been resolute in the tackle and impressive in the air, while Parker has held the team together as Acting Captain. At one time he was willing, if necessary, to forgo a wino half's freedom for the policeman's beat of centre-half, but luckily he was able to return to wing-half, where he could urge his winger up the field and sometimes deliver a dangerous ball to the far post.
Last year, loss of the majority of the team; this year, presumably, loss only of the minority. It will be easier to fill the defensive gaps than those at inside-forward, where Dixon and Needham will be missed as sources of inspiration. Still, the rest of the team know how to play together, and the only remedy for lack of individual inspiration is the team-work and team-spirit of a whole forward line.
G. H. C.
Played 11, Won 5, Drawn 2, Lost 4, Goals for 28, against 20.
v. De La Salle (Home), lost 1-2.
v. Grimsby (Away), lost 0-4.
v. Sheffield University (Home), won 9-1.
v. Rotherham (Away), won 3-1.
v. Ecclesfield (Home), drawn 1-1.
v. Abbeydale (Away), won 3-2.
v. High Storrs (Away)`, won 3-2.
v. Sheffield Falcons (Home), drawn 3-3.
v. Mexborough (Away;, lost 0-2.
Scorers: Newton 10, Needham 7, Wileman 4, Woolhouse 2, Dixon 1, Hodkin 1, Pike 1, own goal 2.
AFTER the disappointing results of last term, there has been a heartening improvement in the standard of play and the team has deservedly met with more success. The major transformation has occurred in the forward line; two of last year's regular forwards moved into the ranks of the illustrious and, in return, we gained two of their regular players, Smith and Tranmer. It seems that the changes have been beneficial to both teams. Whereas before the change the line had too many schemers and too few sharpshooters, afterwards some high scores were recorded. Tranmer, Belk and Dench have been particularly prominent in the forward line, which has been responsible for all the goals; the defence seemed only capable of putting the ball past their own goalkeeper!
There was an almost audible sigh of relief from the defence when the goalkeeping problem was solved; first, the spectacular Belk and, later, a much improved Foster both kept goal well. Control of midfield play is essential for success, and when the wing halves, Batty and Pinder, have secured this, the team has fared well, but as soon as it has been lost, the defence has proved a little shaky and hesitant under sustained pressure. Tackling has been keen (perhaps over-keen at times), but in general the defence has been rather inconsistent, and its lapses against Abbeydale and Mexborough proved costly.
Perhaps the team's main fault has been slowness to settle down in a game; thus, against Grimsby, five goals were conceded in fifteen minutes, but after this the team recovered well and only one further goal was scored. Similarly, against a strong Maltby side a 3-1 deficit at half-time became a 3-3 draw at the close.
Practices this term have not been attended consistently well and in the last few weeks the strain of a long season was beginning to tell, so that the results of the last three matches rather spoilt the team's record.
On behalf of this year's team, I should like to thank Mr. Wright and Mr. Robinson for their constant encouragement and for spending so much of their spare time in our interests. We hope that next season's team will be successful.
C. J. BALL.
No mention is, of course, made in the Captain's report of his own vigorous and enthusiastic leadership. No small part of the greater success enjoyed this term has been due to his encouragement, determination and wholehearted endeavour.
D. F. W., T. K. R.
v. De La Salle (Away), won 5-2.
v. Dronfield (Away), lost 2-3.
v. Grimsby (Away), lost 1-6.
v. Sheffield University (Home), won 5-0.
v. Firth Park (Home), won 5-1.
v. Sheffield University (Away), won 8-2.
v. Rotherham (Home), won 2-0.
v. Ecclesfield (Away), won 8-2.
v. Abbeydale (Home), lost 2-4.
v. Maltby (Away), drawn 3-3.
v. Mexborough (Home), lost 2
Played 11, Won 6, Drawn 1, Lost 4, Goals for 43, against 28.
WEATHER and bad ground conditions allowed only five games to be played this term, and these revealed, as last term, plenty of enthusiasm but no great skill. Despite this, with a little more thoughtful play and team work we might have gained victories against our traditionally most formidable opponents-the Central Technical School. We dominated the exchanges in both games but lost to much wiser opponents. Our thanks to Mr. Pipes for his keen and enthusiastic encouragement.
L. J. S.
v. Central Tech. (Away), lost 3-2.
v. Huddersfield Amateurs (Away), won 5-2.
v. Central Tech. (Home), lost 3-1.
v. Carlton H. S. Bradford (Home), lost 4-3.
v. a K.E.S. Rugger XI, lost 3-1.
THIS team continued to enjoy its football in spite of lack of success. Although changes in personnel and position were made we found no effective scoring power, and the tackling and recovery in defence were rarely fast enough or strong enough.
The best performance was in the Yorkshire Grammar Schools Competition at Huddersfield, where we won the first two games and were beaten in a very close match by Rotherham G. S., the eventual winners of the competition.
Although they had little encouragement from the results of games, the team are to be congratulated on their cheerful endeavours and unfailing optimism.
J. C. H., J. B. L.
v. De La Salle (Away), lost 5-3.
v. City Boys (Home), lost 6-1.
v. Firth Park (Away), drawn 1-1.
v. Chesterfield (Away), lost 4 0.
v. Rotherham (Home), lost 8-1.
v. Ecclesfield (Away), lost 10-1.
v. Abbeydale (Home), lost 3-2.
v. Owler Lane (Away), lost 4-2.
v. Mexborough (Away), lost 8-3.
Played 9, Lost 8, Drawn 1, Goals for 14, against 49.
A HARD-EARNED draw in the final game gave the team some satisfaction from a term characterised by endeavour and frustration. Though all the other games were lost, in three the margin of defeat was one goal, while in three more the team were drawing at half time only to lose heavily in the closing stages. The reason for such an unproductive season is easy to find, for the team will have realised by now that enthusiasm is not enough and that constant practice of the basic skills and teamwork are essential to success.
F. D. A. B., R. C. G.
v. Central Tech. S., lost 1-7.
v. Grimsby, lost 1-2.
v. Firth Park, lost 2-3.
v. Chesterfield, lost 0-8.
v. Rotherham, lost 4-10.
v. Ecclesfield, lost 0-9.
v. Abbeydale, lost 1-6.
v. Maltby, lost 0-1.
v. Mexborough, drawn 2-2.
THIS team has had a most successful season, having won 13 and drawn 1 of the 17 matches played. Two further double victories were recorded against Ecclesfield and High Storrs, and honours were shared with De La Salle and Chesterfield. The team has been selected from: England, Sleigh, Crowson, Fox, Bentley, Wiggett (Capt.), Abrahams, Padley, Siddall, Hardwick, Batty, Connerton, Dolan, Stopford.
v. De La Salle, won 4-1.
v. Chesterfield, won 2-1.
v. Rotherham. lost 3-7.
v. Ecclesfield, won 10-0.
v. High Storrs, won 3-1.
v. Silverdale, drew 2-2.
On a cold, wet and windy day in April it is difficult to recall the sun-drenched days of last September when we began the present season. Hard baked grounds made tackling a dangerous part of Rugby, and some games had to be cancelled. When more normal weather prevailed at Castle Dyke the First XV settled down to serious Rugby but mixed results. In the number of games won it has not been a successful season but there has been a lively spirit shown and some hard work undertaken. Towards the end of the se-on the team began to be more direct in their approach and increased their speed.
The forwards, led by Laughton, the School Captain, have foraged and thrust and held their own against most teams. Waller has been prominent in forays, ably supported by Wager, and Wilks, Vickers and Abbott have used their weight to advantage. Newcomers Lucas and Stringer have given good service and should be valuable in building next year's team.
The backs have shown a better understanding this year of the requirements of the game. They have tried to pierce their opponents' line instead of running parallel to it. Cheetham has excelled as a half and Ashcroft has shown promise. Edmonds, a newcomer to Rugby, has the speed and aggression needed in an attacking three-quarter. Rowbotham, Sykes, Marshall, have all had their good games, and Horwood and Blythe will improve as they gain experience.
Thanks are due to Laughton for his able captaincy, to Waller as Vice-Captain, and to reserves who turned up in all weathers just in case they were needed.
D. B. H.
The team would like to thank Mr. Harrison and Mr. Towers for the time and enthusiasm which they have given this season to K.E.S. Rugby. Their constant support and guidance have been a great encouragement.
R. F. L.
THIS term has been an enjoyable one, bringing one victory and two narrow defeats. In the Mount St. Mary's match, the opposing forwards were held well in check, and the game against Chesterfield might well have been won. The whole team played very well against Jordanthorpe, in a match dominated by forwards, the backs, nevertheless, marking and tackling splendidly. In a nine-a-side competition at Dore Moor, we lost 6-3 to Whitby Road, the eventual winners, after defeating Burngreave 3-0. A good term was ended by a rather disappointing defeat at the hands of City Grammar; the scrum, with four regulars missing, could not hold the heavy opposing forwards.
D. A. Booth and Holland have played consistently well, though the latter should make more use of his three-quarters when he has the ball. Whyman, despite an injury, has played conscientiously and hard, although closely marked, and Ainsworth has been as tenacious as ever. His tendency to run into the opposition can be easily remedied. Baker and Housely show great promise, and with Turney, should form the nucleus of next year's team. Wright's handling is very good, but he must improve his tackling.
J. M. Booth has been a reliable wing forward, and Mingay scored an opportunist try against Mount St. Mary's. Eggington, a newcomer, has distinguished himself by his tackling; Parson, in the second row, has played his usual consistent game and is a useful goal kicker. Harrison's hooking has continued to improve and was much missed in the Chesterfield match, whilst Edwards has added strength to scrum and line-out. Argent, after injury, recaptured his old form by keen training.
We thank the parents hardy enough to brave the elements at Castle Dyke, and the handful of boys who have come to support us. Finally the team expresses its appreciation of the time and energy devoted to it by Mr. Cook, Mr. Wilcock and Mr. Harrison.
M. A. H.
THE team has been ably led by M. A. Hall, who has continued to set an excellent example by his hard work as a second row forward. The development of a strong and vigorous pack has been one of the noteworthy features of this season. We wish all the team well in next season's games.
The record and performance of this year's under 14 XV suggest that we may have a useful under 15 side next season. Numbers are small at present and we should like to have more people playing Rugby so that we could have a wider choice to draw on when selecting a team.
T. G. C., A. H. W.
THE team has to some extent retrieved its reputation after disastrous results last term. Much of the credit for this goes to Dodd and Bilson, who have put new life into the forwards, and to Timperley, whose ferocious tackling, hard running and clever kicking have been a joy to watch. Able support has come from the rest of the team, but at times more fire and spirit might have reversed the issue. Best has captained the side with calm assurance.
Prospects for next season are more uncertain than usual, since a completely new team has to be formed. A few more enthusiastic volunteers would make an immense difference.
D. B., D. R.
v. Mount St. Mary's, lost 35-0.
v. Ernest Bailey, won 6-12.
v. Hartley Brook, lost 23-0.
v. Jordanthorpe, won 21-3.
v. City Grammar (under 14), won 3-6.
SNOW followed by rain caused the cancellation of all home fixtures for the second half of the season except the match against Carlton G.S. when the Senior Team, the majority of its regular runners out of action, lost by only two points, and the Under 16's, with only two regulars running, won easily.
Injury, illness and Sheffield Wednesday's long run in the Cup all combined to weaken teams for the four away fixtures. Membership of both teams has varied considerably through the season, but Battye, Cole, Fletcher and Kingman ran regularly. Cole has been the constant link between stronger and weaker runners, never performing brilliantly but always running steadily and strongly with maximum effort. Battye and Kingman, the backbone of the team have generally shown strength if not always speed. Fletcher, the season's " find ", though inexperienced has run consistently well, and his win by over a minute at Carlton G.S. was quite outstanding. Unfortunately, the team's first four runners have never been sufficiently well supported, though Britton, Mingay, Berresford and other under 16 runners will have gained valuable experience by competing with their elders.
D. C. T.
To judge the running of the Senior Team this season by the final results would be very depressing, and in order to dispel some of this gloom I must delve into details of times and positions of some of the races. In the match at Leeds, the first four runners broke the previous record (Tomlinson was placed 3rd) and in the junior Match only three and a half minutes separated the first and last runners. At Loughborough the School Team " matched " runner for runner throughout, but were two points down on the final count, whilst at Manchester, running against Bolton and William Hulme's G.S., our six to count were home before either of our opponents but again in the final count we were three points down to the home team.
The Senior Cross Country Championship was won by D. C. Tomlinson who must also be congratulated for maintaining the traditions of the Senior Team Captain, always out in front, leading his team. Furthermore, he has been Secretary for the last two years, arranging all fixtures and finding markers for home matches. Above all, his own enthusiasm and perseverance have produced a team spirit that has prevailed despite the weather and many lost fixtures.
The Middle School Championship was won by P. M. Rees, whose performance in the under 16 match at Manchester G.S. is also worthy of mention.
And so, for the last time this season: " Well done! "
E. J. G.
THE number of boys attempting standards this year was very slightly above that of last year, but the total number of points gained was slightly below, making the overall average just above three points per entrant.
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THE enthusiasm for this sport has been maintained this term and fortunately adverse weather has not interfered too seriously with activity in the courts. At present the Senior and Junior Championships are being contested, and it has been encouraging to note the high number of entries, particularly in the Junior Section.
F. D. A. B.
As is customary, the year began with only half the team with any match experience. The early victories against High Storrs are of nominal importance and although match play improved there was not the expected increase in confidence. If the School is to exceed in this sport, more conscientious mastery of basic techniques and a greater sense of urgency in play are needed.
Waller provided a sensation in this term's knockout by outplaying several more fancied players. The team thanks Mr. Sinclair for his continued patience and tolerance despite the many trials and tribulations, and P. Dench for his work as Secretary and later as Captain.
F. A. D.
TERM started on January 4th; Senior games began on January 27th. In spite of rather dubious weather conditions, Wentworth managed to defeat Welbeck in the House League play-off, thus completing the " elusive double "-Knock-out and House League. February provided one suitable Wednesday for a trial Cross Country run; we were then left with a mere seven weeks in which to complete Cross Country, Rugby Sevens, Standard Sports and Athletic Sports. This was a very tall order and one might have expected a mass objection to such a programme. There were, of course, a few moaners-one even found a newspaper cutting saying that Mr. X wouldn't expect Herb Elliott to run an 880 and a mile in one afternoon! However, the majority must be congratulated for their willing response. Well done!
We tried several seven-a-side soccer competitions which seemed to be successful, and I hope a trophy can be found for a Knock-out next year. I have records only of Clumber's 14-0 victory over Welbeck. Apologies to other winners.
Dense fog on Cross Country day did not prevent good packing by Welbeck who won the team trophy, while Tomlinson won the individual trophy. Standard Sports were completed in two weeks. About sixty per cent. of the boys took part and a reasonable proportion achieved a standard. More details of Athletic Sports will appear in the next magazine. Sherwood won the Rugby Sevens, defeating Lynwood 8-0.
I hope those with chronic colds and lingering limps have sufficiently recovered to join in a game of tennis or cricket next term. The open air is far healthier than the non-games room.
D. F. W.
THIS, as usual, was a term of varied activities in which were completed a Rugby Sevens competition, won by Arundel, the Cross Country Championship, Standard-Sports and the first heats of the Athletic Sports. In the last week of term we introduced a seven-a-side inter-form Soccer competition which was popular and quite successful. The standard of skill in games in the Middle School is not high but the competition is always keen. Arundel continue to dominate in the Cross Country Championships.
J. C. H.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY:
The House has enjoyed considerable success this term, being well placed in all the major events. The Senior football XI was third after a play-off between the top four houses, whilst the Rugby XV reached the semi-finals in their competition. In the cross-country championships, however, it was once again the Middle and Lower School teams which enhanced the House's reputation. The former were clear victors and the latter were placed second by a very narrow margin. The team spirit shown by both teams should serve as an example to the Senior section of the House who have a tendency to be more lax. The House has consolidated its position among the foremost of the water-polo teams, with consistent success.
Another pleasing sign is the ever-increasing numbers selected to represent the School: Hodkin, Smith, Ashford and Ball at football, Ashcroft, Abbott and Rowbotham in the Rugby XV. With the juniors maintaining past successes and the seniors becoming increasingly stronger, the future is indeed bright.
This has been yet another undistinguished term as far as the House is concerned. In the cross-country championships the Middle school team did well in coming third, and the Junior team in being placed fourth, but the seniors let the House down with a very poor result which could have been much improved had everybody tried. Sleigh and Brook did very well in being placed third and fourth respectively in the junior and Middle school championships. The House Senior team soon lost interest in a seven-a-side Soccer competition and the Middle school team fared no better in a similar Rugby competition.
On a brighter note, we must congratulate Cottingham on gaining an Exhibition in History at St. John's College, Oxford. We say goodbye to Moore, and wish him well at Oxford.
It would appear that the academic standard of the House is higher than its
achievements in sport at present. It is well for each individual to review his
own position at this stage and consider whether he is making an all-out effort
in his games activities. If, on reflection, he is not giving his best, he should
follow the enthusiastic lead given by many members of the Junior section of
the House and play with greater spirit and determination. We look forward to
a more successful summer term.
The House has enjoyed mixed sporting success this term. In spite of good individual efforts, the Junior results were rather disappointing. The football team finished next to bottom in the league, and in cross-country, with two stars absent, we gained only seventh place. Perhaps we may hope for better results in athletics and cricket. The Middle School cross country team, with five runners finishing in the first eleven was unfortunate to be beaten into second place. Their football team produced average results, performing inconsistently. The Seniors were able to field their strongest team for the football seven-a-side tournament, and with zestful and efficient teamwork, emerged victorious, beating Welbeck 14-0 in the final round. With five runners absent the Senior cross-country team finished in sixth place. Although with an inexperienced team we could hardly hope to retain the Rugby Sevens Cup, lack of skill was compensated for by enthusiasm, and they lost to Sherwood in the semi-final round. Continuing last term's successes the water-polo team won the league after a close win over Lynwood in the final round. The whole team played well and the performance of its younger members suggests continuing supremacy for Clumber's swimming.
We thank all those who have helped, either in teams or by organising, particularly the House Masters. We must also bid farewell to Kenning, who, as House Captain, has done much to encourage enthusiasm throughout the House, and we wish him well in the future. The House Captain for the summer term will be Barnes.
The Senior and Middle teams have performed satisfactorily this term in spite of absence of several players, but the juniors have had little success and a greater all round effort is called for. In the Cross Country Championship the Seniors improved on previous performances, adopting the time-worn advice that bunch running brings the best results. The disappointing Junior result was due to a general lack of enthusiasm as much as to an absence of outstanding runners. The performance of the Rugby Sevens team is best forgotten. Ably captained by Lewis, Haddon finished third in the Water Polo League. We have few outstanding entrants for Swimming Sports and must look for support from the whole House in next term's distance swimming. Haddon has been well represented in School teams this term, with Pike in the First XI, Foster and Dennis in the Second XI, and Eason and Styring in the Third XI. Stringer, Edmonds and Marshall have all played for the First XV. We congratulate Revill on his University award.
This term has been a good one for the House, although not outstanding, with only one cup gained, the result of Tomlinson's fine victory in the Cross Country Championship. Otherwise we have been consistently second or third in nearly every sporting activity. In the Water Polo League we finished second, after a defeat by Clumber. The Senior Football Team were third in the league, and the Juniors second after a very good season. In the Cross Country the Seniors were second by only ten points and the Juniors, who had trained on the Close, ended third, with five of the first ten runners home from Lynwood, and Hardwick and Butcher first and second respectively. On the last day of term we were beaten by Sherwood in the final of the Rugby Sevens. The team played in the new House shirts, purchased as a result of an effort indicative of Lynwood's spirit.
Wheatley's athletic activity seems to be the only contribution from the Middle School; the third and fourth years must try much harder if they are to maintain a reasonable sporting standard in the House.
We congratulate Barratt and Haslam on obtaining awards at Oxford.
With a little luck the House might have had a triumphant term. As it was, there were several disappointments despite encouraging enthusiasm. Absence of three members of the Senior Cross Country team meant that we were placed only fourth in the championship; it was unfortunate that the magnificent efforts of Fletcher (2nd) and Wileman (3rd) could have no more reward. Neither the Middle nor junior School achieved much Cross Country success, though S. Hill ran well for the juniors. The Water Polo Team, despite having only five players for the first half, surpassed itself in the match against the confident Lynwood team who were lucky to escape with a 3-3 draw. Several members of the House have been training regularly for Athletics events; there have been successes in those already concluded. Butler, a first-former, did well to win both sprints in his age-group. For the first time, Sherwood won the Rugby Sevens Cup; a fine team effort enabled us to defeat Lynwood 8-0 in the final. The defence was surprisingly so strong that no points were conceded to any of our opponents.
We are attempting to collect a set of Sherwood shirts for inter-House competitions. If any past member of the House still possesses a shirt which he would sell or donate to us, we should be most grateful.
We wish Sampson, who left at Easter, every success in the future. He is succeeded as House Secretary by P. J. Quarrell.
Welbeck can be satisfied with its performances this term; in the Senior House League play-off we were defeated once again by Wentworth, but in the Middle School both first and Second XI finished top of their leagues, and the junior teams appear to have a bright future. Welbeck did well to reach the final of one of the seven-a-side Soccer competitions. The Rugby sevens held for the Middle School resulted in a first round defeat. Water Polo results followed their usual pattern of defeats but this can be attributed partly to a weakened team and lack of support in each match. The results in Cross Country were our best for some years. Not satisfied with winning the Senior Championship, we claimed the Junior Cup on the following day. These victories owed much to good packing, but Mayland, Guite and Adams are to be especially congratulated. Our results in Standard Sports show that much more effort is needed if we are to gain a reasonable position.
Needham is to be congratulated on his award at Oxford and his appointment
as sub-prefect and House Captain. We send our good wishes to Mr. Pipes, thanking
him for his services to the House in his short stay.
The House, as a sequel to its well publicised knock-out triumph, continued to impress the Senior school with its football. The team's defence, dominated by Smith, was magnificent, and our forwards, urged on by Dungworth, were equally impressive. After their exertions on the football field, the Seniors faltered and finally tumbled in the Cross Country and Water Polo Championships. The Middle are to be congratulated on their valiant attempts in Standard Sports, shaming the rest of the House, especially our more senile brethren.
We have great hope for the cricket season, with the Senior's winning knock-out side almost intact and promising players in the lower forms.
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