KING EDWARD VII SCHOOL MAGAZINE

VOL. XV.
SEPTEMBER 1960
No. 6

CONTENTS

 

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SCHOOL NOTES
E.F.W.
THE CONCERT
MUSIC
S.M.A. MEETING
VIENNA, OBERAMMERGAU INTERLUDE
THE LIBRARY
PASSION PLAY
PRIZE COMPETITIONS
A FOREST
THOUGHTS ON DEATH
LETTER
SCHOOL SOCIETIES
SCOUTING
CRICKET
ATHLETIC SPORTS
SWIMMING
HOUSE NOTES

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School Notes

WE are pleased to welcome five new masters this term: Mr. B. H. Edwards, from Liverpool Institute; Mr. R. W. Prescott, from Manchester University; and from Sheffield University, Mr. F. A. Earl, Mr. W. C. Hall and Mr. B. Knowles.

The School has said goodbye, with the greatest regret, to Mr. E. F. Watling, of whom more is written elsewhere in this issue. Let it be said here that his absence will not least be felt and noticed in this Magazine to which he devoted so many years of vigorous Editorship. Last term also saw the departure of Mr. Wright and Mr. Taylor whose services will be missed throughout the School. We wish them every happiness in their new posts. Of shorter stay, Mr. Jinks and Mr. Botting carry our thanks and good wishes.

We are delighted to record the success of C. J. R. Twyford (1944-1954) who was top of the list in the Diploma examination at the Slade School and won the Slade Post-graduate Scholarship of 320. In addition he has been given an award to study for eight months in Italy by the Italian Government through the British Council. This award is open to the whole of the Commonwealth.

G. S. Ecclestone (1948-55) is to be congratulated in being declared successful for both the Administrative Class of the Home Civil Service and a Clerkship in the House of Commons in the 1960 Competition.

We also congratulate P. J. Dench (6Sc 1) on his Cadetship in the Royal Navy.

School Officers for 1960-61 are:

Head Prefect

B. Cheetham.

Prefects

W. M. Abbott, F. I. Parker, B. Bennett, M. R. Pike, R. H. Smith, G. R. Tranmer, A. R. Williams, C. J. S. Brearley, J. R. Cockayne, J. V. Eason, J. D. Harris.

Sub-Prefects

N. D. Craig, P. J. Evison, M. J. Kingman, P. J. Quarrell, A. D. Aldridge, C. J. Ball, M. A. Blythe, P. Buckle, M. S. Horwood, P. Johnson, M. B. Jones, R. L. Morant, R. J. Nosowski, G. C. Talford.

Captain of Soccer

F. I. Parker.

Captain of Rugger

B. Cheetham.

Captain of Cricket

M. R. Pike.

Captain of Swimming

W. M. Abbott.

Captain of Cross Country

M. J. Kingman.

Captain of Tennis

B. Bennett.

Senior Librarians

R. H. Smith, G. C. Talford.

The following, winners of State Scholarships this year, are congratulated: C. J. S. Brearley, R. D. Hawkins, R. L. Morant, M. R. Robinson, R. H. Smith, G. C. Talford, R. J. Thompson, A. R. Williams.

J. Baker won second prize in the Anglo-Chilean Essay Competition.

Speech Day will be held on Thursday, December 8th, in the Victoria Hall, at 7.15 p.m., when an Old Edwardian, A. G. Dawtry, Esq., M.B.E., LL.B., T.D. (1926-34), will be the guest of honour.

We select for particular congratulation from those O.E.'s who gained their degrees this year, those who took Firsts. Full results are, of course, published in the Honours List.

Oxford University: G. PATRICK, P. F. W. PREECE, Natural Science Moderations; M. T. HUTCHINGS, Final Honour School, Natural Science.

Cambridge University: I. H. JONES, Theology Tripos Part III; P. B. FAIREST, Law Tripos Part I.

Nottingham University: W. E. PEAT, Agricultural Botany; A. A. GREAVES, French; I. W. ROXBURGH, Mathematics.

Sheffield University: P. WRIGHT, Architecture; G. M. BIRTWISTLE, Mathematics; A. E. MARSH, Metallurgy; T. THULBOURNE, M.B., Ch.B.

E. F. W.

To those of us who have been many years at this School, it is sad to say goodbye to yet another retiring colleague (Mr. Redston's retirement earlier in the term after 39 years at K.E.S. is recorded in the last School Magazine). Fortunate indeed is the school which has had a lifetime's devoted and distinguished service from two such men. Mr. Watling came to K.E.S. in September, 1924, and has been an outstanding member of the Classics Staff ever since.

For many years he has been Editor of the School Magazine; he was Housemaster of Haddon; for as long as one can remember has been an impressive figure on the platform at Speech Day, announcing the prizewinners' names, and he frequently wrote the Latin address of welcome to the Distinguished Visitor. His tall and slim figure, magnificent resonant voice and a mobile and expressive countenance, enabled him to be an amateur actor who could have made his mark on the professional stage. In School plays he took such diverse parts as the Judge in Trial by Jury, the butler in Quid pro Quo and the Fairy Queen in pantomime, and was, of course, renowned as a producer.

To the academic world he is known for his translations, and particularly as a member of that select circle whose work is published in the Penguin Classics. The passing in his childhood of an astonishing 5+ examination of a standard which would shake many an 'A' level candidate nowadays, led perhaps inevitably to the compiling of erudite crossword puzzles for The Listener, and the solving of those found in the Times, the Guardian and the Observer. He enjoys with relish, and reviews with penetration for the local press, productions at the Lyceum and the Playhouse; he regularly contributes book reviews; he has written comic verse, dramatic sketches, and, with a former music colleague, a short academic musical.

He is a master of the cryptic spoken word and of the written felicitous phrase, and as a colleague he has enlivened us with his pithy comments upon educational administration and upon pretentiousness anywhere. His aloof, detached manner covers a shrewd, embracing mind and a humorous and kindly personality.

He leaves with our very best wishes for a long and happy retirement for himself and Mrs. Watling.

E. L. V.

The Concert

THE school is very fortunate, and unusual, in being able to boast a full-sized symphony orchestra. Under the versatile baton of Mr. Barnes, its members succeed annually in producing for their parents and their friends a concert which is at the same time a demonstration of their competence, and an enjoyable evening's entertainment.

This year there were three items for the full orchestra by itself. Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March, No. 4, in G, opened the programme. It began rather sluggishly, thanks to a tendency on the part of the strings to lag behind the beat (nerves?). They soon recovered, however, and the orchestra succeeded in giving an inspiring and quite rightly pompous rendering. In contrast, Dvorak's Slavonic Dance No. 5 proved gay and lively. Some of the woodwind in particular were outstanding, and even a slight lack of unanimity on the part of the percussion did not mar the general enjoyment. The third orchestral item was the allegro from Handel's Water Music.

Instrumental soloists had plenty of scope for the demonstration of their capabilities. J. D. Harris, the leader of the orchestra, had the courage to attempt the notoriously difficult Corelli Variations, and C. J. Barnes, in a Fantasy Impromptu by Chopin, showed how technically competent he was on the piano. He later joined R. J. Thompson in a lively if not entirely unanimous performance of Warlock's Capriol Suite. It was interesting to hear the school's new bassoon played in public for the first time by A. J. Revill, in the Rondo from the Mozart Bassoon Concerto, accompanied by a suitably discreet section of the orchestra. M. Lewis and I. W. Wright, in one of the outstanding performances of the evening, gave a truly professional rendering of a Suite for Trumpet and Strings, by Orlando Gibbons.

Undoubtedly one of the main highlights of the concert was the achievement of the Madrigal Group, which, over the years, has built up a reputation for light, tuneful singing. It was a pleasure to hear them once more in a group of four well chosen and varied works of the madrigal period, and to be reminded by their singing that their reputation is founded on fact-unlike that of so many well-known choirs. Not only was their singing light and tuneful, but they combined these attributes with good tone and crisp, clear diction, even in the French chanson sung, as usual, in the original tongue.

Once again, Mr. Ralph Williams conducted the brass section of the orchestra, which improves each year. This time they performed a suite from the Royal Brass Music of King James I. In each short movement, these instrumentalists showed how nearly they have attained to professional standard in their lively, rhythmic and accurate performances.

A fitting finale to the first half was one of the Haydn Te Deums in C. The joyful and triumphantly confident spirit of the work was captured throughout, from the moment of the choir's dramatic declamation of the opening phrase to the difficulties of the final syncopations. The delicate singing of the mass of trebles in the quieter sections was outstanding, but it was unfortunate that in the climaxes the choir was sometimes overshadowed by the weighty combination of orchestra and organ. The mixture of different Latin pronunciations, too, left an atmosphere of uncertainty: with some controversial words, such as " coeli ", the choir was rightly unanimous in using, in a religious work, the accepted pronunciation of Latin of the Christian era. Too often, however, odd voices obtruded the pagan harshness of modem classical convention.

This high standard was maintained in the other choral works. It was very fitting that one of the choir's best performances should have been in Mr. Barnes' own effective unaccompanied arrangement of two Negro spirituals.

The concert, like the Promenade Season, ended on a popular note with a group of British sea-songs. Through this time-honoured sequence the brass blew lustily, the percussion banged heartily, the choir clapped cheerfully, and one lone 'cello scraped its plaintive and meandering way towards the final climax of Rule, Britannia, in which even the audience were induced to assist.

Although this year's concert lacked the unifying influence of the one large scale work which has in the past filled half of the programme, it nevertheless proved an interesting and satisfying evening's musical entertainment. The variety and multiplicity of items added charm, and demonstrated, incidentally, the number of widely differing styles and periods in which the school's musicians are competent. King Edward's traditions have been upheld.

ANN WIGHTMAN.

Music

LOOKING back over the musical year and forward to a new one, one naturally looks for significant points. The Concert, which sums up the year's vocal and instrumental work, was undoubtedly as successful as any that have gone before. That a reasonably full orchestra turned up on the last but one day of term shows that keenness persists when concerts are over. It is always pleasant to welcome former players, and Jon Buchan, quondam leader and concerto soloist, received a deserved ovation when he joined us on this occasion. Throughout the examination period a useful number continued to appear for the more recreational reading of pieces, and this was particularly valuable as an introduction to orchestral playing for newcomers.

Fewer musicians than usual leave this term, but we shall miss C. R. Church, M. Lewis and J. A. Rodgers from the Orchestra, and a few choir members. Among them is C. J. Barnes, a pianist of distinction, who has always actively engaged in Choir, Madrigal Group, Music Club, and, for a period, in the " kitchen " department of the Orchestra. They leave with our best wishes for the future. Fortunately there are always other musicians maturing, though not all the gifted can avail themselves of the opportunities. Perhaps in the happy distant future, besides supplying instruments on free loan, we shall be able to offer free tuition on them. Meanwhile there are disappointments now and then when parents are unable or unwilling to pay for lessons.

We were indebted to Mr. Philip Lord, Lecturer in Music at Sheffield University, for adjudicating the music competitions. There were about fifty entries all told in the various sections. Senior prizewinners were: R. J. Thompson (Piano, Composition and Musicianship), P. Johnson (Singing), R. D. Gillespie (Organ), S. A. Morant (Violin), R. Miller (Composition); Junior: C. M. Dolan (Musicianship), C. J. R. Wilson ('cello), S. A. Morant (Singing), D. W. Williams (Piano and Composition). The standard was high, showing greater preparation in most sections than has sometimes been the case, and the new Musicianship section proved a worthwhile addition to the scheme.

N. J. B.

MEETING OF YORKSHIRE BRANCH OF
THE SCIENCE MASTERS' ASSOCIATION
ON MAY 28th, 1960

IT must be a long time since the Science Department was last open for the critical inspection of science masters in Yorkshire, but a most enjoyable afternoon was spent by approximately fifty masters from all parts of the county.

The laboratories almost overflowed with equipment of great variety and complexity, suitably and successfully manipulated by about seventy boys from 5 Sc. and 6 Sc. We are indebted to the group of enthusiasts who at odd times during the preceding months turned up after school hours to prepare for this event, and to everybody who assisted in various ways.

G. M.

Vienna, Oberammergau,
SUMMER, 1960

NON-EXISTENT train reservations, a night on the luggage rack, officious ticket collectors ... but we reached Vienna on time, to be whisked off to our comfortable quarters in the Studentheim and on for a dinner of worst, pears and iced beer, followed by a welcome sleep.

A quorum celebrated the Sabbath at a dignified and moving silent Mass at the Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral, whose catacombs were later visited by the morbid among us who stepped nimbly over piles of bones to admire rows of cardinals' coffins. Others meanwhile, ambled gently along the famous Ringstrasse, built by Franz Josef, the penultimate Emperor of the Hapsburg dynasty which, with its buildings and traditions still permeates Vienna. Schonbrunn and the Hofburg, the summer and winter Baroque palaces entranced us by their design, their fountains and gardens, their richly ornamented stoves and other exquisite furnishings.

A tram ride on the Monday afternoon took us to Griming, a northern suburb, where some of us had already sampled grapes from the vineyards nestling at the foot of the Vienna Woods. A walk through the Wienerwald rewarded us with a panoramic view of Hungary and Czechoslovakia, with the murky blue Danube at our feet. Not long after this a weird Englishman was seen walking in bright sunshine through a delightful Austrian village with a Pacamac on his back and burrs stuck to each of his socks!

Other days saw parties at the Karlskirche; at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, where the Bruegels and Rubens were highlights of a magnificent collection; the Science Museum; the Albertina; and at houses associated with Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. No visit to Vienna would be complete without a ride on the Big Wheel, and many a Schilling was spent in an afternoon at the Prater, Vienna's gigantic amusement park. But we did not hurry from place to place voraciously " doing the city ". Every variety of present was bought, and every variety of food and drink consumed. Most were cosmopolitan enough to savour the pleasures of Wienerschnitzel, Wurst, goulash, Apfelsaft, Kaffee mit Schlag. Vienna's reputation for Gemutlichkeit was found to be well deserved.

Oberammergau will long remain in our memories: the comparatively uncommercialized beauty of the place itself, its situation in the Bavarian Alps, our Gasthaus overlooking the town. The Passion Play itself we shall never forget no criticism of the technicalities of production, of the quality of individual singers or actors can detract from its overall effect. A detailed account of the performance appears elsewhere.

Endless preparation is required to organise such a worthwhile and successful holiday. Our sincerest thanks go to Mr. Vout and Mr. Wightman for all their work; we hope that the obvious enjoyment of all on the trip is some compensation. Mr. Chalmers and Mr. Points were invaluable guides in the palaces and art collections of Munich and Vienna, and their work in general was very much appreciated. Mr. Slattery took on perhaps the most important task of all, that of interpreter, and when Cowling was afflicted with appendicitis, Mr. Slattery accepted his heartbreaking assignment of remaining in Vienna and missing the Passion Play with a complete selflessness which made him the hero of the trip.

A. R. W., P. J.

Interlude

In the still and honeyed evening,
Lulled by the wind's ephemeral song
And brushed by the dusty intimacy
Of moths on fragile wing,
I, musing, stroll among
The shadows, blending fragrantly,
At that time when the world has equalled time
And all that is worthwhile is harmony.
I see the present elongate
To overtake infinity
And my somnolent appetite,
Enticed by soft and delicate
Perfumes, retains eternity
In the envelope of night.
While the proud and hermit curlew taunts
The silence into enmity.
And legendary fisherman,
Hunchbacked by the meanders,
Kill so cool and patiently
With calm and scaly acumen;
And the starting moorhen wanders
With feet blushing, hesitantly;
And the eager soundings of the owl
Plumb quizzically and hauntingly.

D. E. RODGERS.

The Library

LAST term 1,135 books were circulated from the Library, a lesser figure than usual for a Summer term, but probably the result of the unusually short working time before the public examinations rather than any indication of weariness amongst our public.

Books still missing for the year ended July, 1958, are as follows: Lawler: Human Blood Groups and Inheritance; Cole: The Post-War Condition of Britain; Yorkshire County Cricket Club Annual Reports for 1939, 1947, 1948.

Last term's stocktaking revealed a deficiency of five volumes. The subject of missing books is doleful, and one wonders how to apologize for its constant recurrence. Only you, Dear Readers, or at least some of you, can help.

Gifts are gratefully acknowledged from: P. H. Bly, C. Gillott, P. N. Kenning, F. A. Smith, A. W. Struthers.

To the select portrait-gallery first mentioned in this column last term a contemporary piece of work has been added; it is entitled " Private Study for the Laughing Cavalier " because of its affinity with that great portrait, the product of another school. We are fortunate in our acquisition of this picture which has for long been recognised as showing the influence of Pickaxeo de Brique-a-Braque. Cleaners discovered it pushed negligently down behind a radiator in a studio used by him and following a recent analysis of the tobacco stains on the reverse, most experts attribute it to the master himself. Certain of the themes appearing in it recur in the numbered series of designs for banknotes privately printed and circulated in Paris in the 1880's by Sizzley Money, who is known to have influenced Pickaxeo and was later sentenced for false Impressionism. The following description is translated from the prohibited edition of the standard biography of P. de B. published by Verismelli (Napoli; no date)

" Suitably framed-up, the coarse texture of the canvas shows through the sardonic, cubist features to reveal the true character beneath the surface. There is a suggestion of opportunism and bravura about the mouth which, in the accepted style, is represented full face and in profile simultaneously, no doubt to indicate the subject's divided state of mind. The composition leads the attention straight to the eyes, whose arrogant gaze looks down on the world but fails to meet the spectator's own. The ears are represented on a totally different scale and their diminutive appearance symbolises an inability to listen to reason. Through rimless spectacles poised in space above the head appear two vistas, thus establishing a modified link with the Classical tradition of the landscape absent-mindedly observed through a window, or even with the later compositions of the Polish miniaturist Woctz Gotcha. One view is of the School Library whose freshly decorated mustard-yellow walls slope steeply inwards, thus depositing the books in a heap on the floor; the other is of the towers of Oxbridge, jointed in the middle like beckoning fingers of grasping talons. Observe also the fist-shaped hole punched between the double vision, which conveys a haunting impression of outer cosmic darkness beyond the plane of the picture. An important balancing theme is the edge of a book just visible inside the folds of the subject's embroidered blazer. Sophisticated hands emerge from the lace cuffs and are foreshortened into a mosaic of geometrical shapes which occupy the lower third of the picture space; consequently their grasp lacks confidence and resolution and they clutch desperately at the concealed book. The violent clash of green and mauve tones laid on with surgically precise strokes of the palette-knife indicates the proximity of fate. A dull grey cloud of dawning realisation rises in the background.

This surely is a man to be reckoned with, one to take refuge in irrelevancies when challenged, one to take advantage when he is not. Yet a certain pathos steals over you as you stand and contemplate. Somewhere amongst people once seen you have met him, but as with the snows of yesteryear, one can only say: `present whereabouts unknown.' And then the book: in the remote, timeless world of the portrait, he has surely still got it."

Any remaining doubts as to the authenticity of the work may be dispelled by the fact that the title on the book in the painting appears in our published list of missing volumes. Further research may yet furnish the identity of the sitter. It is hoped to arrange a public ceremony for the hanging.

J. O.

The Passion Play at Oberammergau

THE performance every ten years of a Passion Play at Oberammergau originates in a vow taken by the villagers in the 17th Century in time of plague. From small beginnings it has undergone some entire changes of text, during which the mediaeval version of the play has been lost to view, and increasing elaboration of the presentation. What the visitor now sees is a play written by Daisenberger in 1880, allied to a musical score composed by Dedler in 1815, and performed exclusively by the people of the village. The Passionspielhaus dates from the 1930 production and contains a permanent setting of concrete in a monolithic classical style. As a mere feat of organisation it all commands admiration, since the director has to deploy twelve hundred contributors, of whom no less than seven hundred appear in the cast. Because a residential qualification is demanded and no married woman may by tradition take part, clearly every resource of a village of six thousand is laid under contribution.

The visitor to the Passion Play cannot, in the nature of things, be allowed to stay above a night or two in the village: he cannot easily on that account judge how far the original inspiration still exists for the performers. Just as in studying the classical drama of the Greeks there is no means of deciding at what stage the first religious motive of the Dionysiac Festivals yielded, as yield it did, to what we now think of as predominantly dramatic interests, similarly it is hard to know whether to approach the Oberammergau play as a religious offering or as a piece of theatre on a religious theme. And if it is not the latter, is it quite fair to apply to the production the ordinary standards of theatre criticism? Is it in fact a play one has seen or a profoundly moving representation of events, which is quite a different thing? However, this much said in deprecation, one may perhaps recall some of the strong impressions made during the performance.

The play is immensely long and takes eight hours to unfold with an interval of two hours halfway. Each of the sixteen acts is prefaced by a section, almost in the manner of a Greek chorus, during which the Prologue narrates what is to happen and a four-part Chorus sing, with accompaniment from a hidden orchestra, a comment on the event. One or two parallels from Old Testament history are drawn each time, and the Chorus move apart, as the curtains of the inner stage open, to reveal a Tableau Vivant of such episodes as Cain's murder of his brother and the selling of Joseph by his brethren. Thereafter each of the acts carries forward in direct narrative the story of the Passion, from Our Lord's entry into Jerusalem up to the time of the Resurrection. The tone here is simple realism, comparatively unconcerned with the analysis of character or event beyond what the Synoptic Gospels contain. The combined effect of these several elements is frankly didactic and cautionary.

The Passion story can hardly fail to move, at whatever level presented, provided that the actors have sincerity of purpose. From the very outset when the Christus is seen riding the ass through the palm-bearing crowds, there were many moments when a sense of historical authenticity in the immediate scene created a quite specialised and unique emotion. Each visitor will remember such scenes for himself; but most will remember the impact made by the Last Supper, Pilate's presentation of Christ to the people, Christ's fall on the road to Calvary or the Lowering from the Cross. By the same token, however, there were scenes making no appeal to credibility, which were at best inept: the weak flitting about of the Christus in the Resurrection and Gardener scenes and the Victorian religiosity of the ultimate vision of Our Lord in glory are instances. Another failure was the scene of Judas Iscariot's remorse and suicide. Here for once one was aware of a direct attempt to act, with ill - results of amateurish overplaying and lack of conviction.

The total effect was of a play without artifice or sophistication, and of a standard of taste firmly rooted in the Nineteenth Century. None of the conventional aids (of make-up, stage lighting or sound effects) is employed-indeed the actors are open to the sky and share their huge stage with insects and the flight of swallows. Nor does the director use the common devices of grouping or contrast in tension or variations in tempo which one might expect. Thus he is willing to risk a heavy monotony in the rigid single line-up of his Chorus at their every appearance, to blur the point of an important scene (who can really observe the centre of interest in the scene of Christ's scourging of the Moneylenders in this production?), and-worst of all-to impose a severe strain on the attention of his audience in the quieter episodes.

These however are the defects of the qualities which go to make a very memorable occasion of the Passion Play. We may be stirred by a sudden compassion here and there, or frightened by the crowd's drilled unison shouts for Barabbas and crucifixion (horribly reminiscent for some of us of the great pre-war Nazi rallies). The main intention of the production is cumulative. This remorseless succession of episode to episode grips the imagination, so that it is beside the point to condemn any part of it as naive or heavy-handed when the grim, humourless actuality of the story is so powerfully being driven home. It is for the total effect that one endures this play, not for any incidental felicities of casting, interpretation or direction. This being so, to reprove the village players for not being professionals or to suggest, as a B.B.C. speaker recently did, that the next director of the play (this year's Judas) should take as his model the gay theatrical devices of Stratford-upon-Avon, is to undermine the very strength of the performance. And the mere size of the auditorium, acoustically good as it is, quite nullifies any small-scale subtlety of acting or production. Oberammergau in fact succeeds not despite its artlessness and simplicity but because of these very qualities.


This is not to say that there could be no improvements within this existing convention. Of the text it is hard to judge from the dull wooden translation we had to use; but some scenes are on any reckoning diffuse and strengthless. The dressing of the play, which gave us a nostalgic backward glance to the illustrations of a children's Bible of fifty years ago, could be redesigned without loss. (Surely it is now quite obsolete prudery to put the three crucified figures into pink fleshings). Perhaps in 1970 a player may be found to convey more of the spirituality of the Christ figure than the harsh-voiced Preisinger, dignified as he was in the scenes of Christ's suffering. It may even be true, as the theologians say, that a new presentation of the story for our times is urgently needed. But in its essentials this play should be left alone and not subjected to the sophisticated treatments now doled out in Hollywood or Bayreuth.

One element in the visitor's enjoyment can never be altered: the marvellous mountain setting for the village. Inevitably commercialisation has come to Oberammergau, as it has come to Stratford and Lourdes and other places of pilgrimage, secular and religious alike; but the village keeps its dignity even in these prosperous times. Throughout one's visit, from the moment when one sees the station porters bearded and long-haired for the play, a sense of occasion prevails; and it is this impression of a sincere and corporate effort to keep the tradition vivid and meaningful which one carried away as one's best memory.

R. B. CHALMERS.

The Prize Competitions, 1960

English

There was a large entry for the Essay Competition, and the Seniors produced consistently interesting work showing imagination and perception in dealing with the various titles. Laughton was adjudged the winner, Benton being highly commended. Entries from the 5th Form were less interesting, though a vigorous essay from Crookes won the prize.

Poems from the juniors showed a pleasing improvement on the previous year's standard, and several came close to Moore, the winner, especially Tierney, who was highly commended. Amos, whose writing shows much promise, gained the Middle School Prize. It was pleasing to be able to award the Senior Prize to Rodgers, who by his own writing and enthusiasm has done much in the last two years to foster literary interests in the School.

We are very grateful to all those who helped to judge the Spoken English Competitions, for which there were many contestants. P. D. Lilley was selected from the Juniors, M. A. Hall in the Middle School, and Johnson, competing against more experienced rivals, performed with distinction in the Senior Final.

Classical Essay

Entries for this year's competition confirmed that it is only the minority which is willing to make an exceptional effort. Some who did not enter may have been enticed away by other competitions or deterred by the formidable prospect of a qualitatively strong 4 (1) entry. This entry was forthcoming, and P. N. Bell ("The Greek Theatre") and M. A. Hall ("Life in the Roman Provinces") were adjudged first equal. These projects were admirably matched in conception and presentation, but not far behind in merit and effort, if not in length, was S. S. Housley's " Oracles ", which made intelligent use of maps and diagrams. A. E. Vaughan, with " The History of Pompeii ", could not quite equal the fullness of treatment of his elders, but his spirited effort justified the award of a Certificate of Merit. The general standard of the entries, all showing interest, imagination and industry, was such as would be most welcome again next year, particularly if reinforced by more entries.

French and Spanish

The short, over-crowded Summer term had its repercussions on the various Prize Competitions, where too few boys competing for too many prizes seemed to be the common experience. No French essay submissions were received this year, most of the able and enthusiastic being already deeply involved elsewhere. In the Spanish essay competitions, C. M. Colley of 3 (1) gained the Junior prize with an able, attractively illustrated " History, ritual and practice of the Bull-fight ", and A. R. Williams brought his lively erudition to bear provocatively on the history and practices of the Spanish Inquisition, to bear off the Senior prize.

Owing to the time factor, the French Reading Competitions were held in slightly curtailed form. P. R. Whyman of 4(1) won the junior, and R. L. Morant of 6MS 1, the Senior prize. These were well deserved awards, for the standard of reading was high, time for preparation short and the competitors determined. The Spanish reading prize-winners were D. B. Cook of 4(2), and R. J. Thompson of 6MS1. The performance of both was a matter for congratulation.

Junior History Projects

The standard of entries was commendably high on the whole, the quality of illustrations in particular being most praiseworthy. Many of the photographs used had been taken by the boys themselves, and the maps they drew were not only accurate, but showed a keen appreciation of what is required by the historical cartographer.

The main failing was a tendency to stick too closely to the text of guide books to the various monuments concerned, rather than to extract the important and relevant ideas and facts. Most entries showed evidence of wide reading, and in the best there had been intelligent use of some of the more learned and difficult historical monographs to be found in the Reference Library. One or two entries were curiously patchy-very good on some sections, excessively brief and even inaccurate on others. Not many of the candidates maintained a consistently high standard throughout; nevertheless the majority showed historical understanding and intelligence, as well as evidence of much hard work, and the judges thoroughly enjoyed their reading.

1st Prize: P. B. Turney, 3 (1), " Richmond Castle and Bolton Castle ".

2nd Prize: P. S. Mattam, 4 (2), " Prehistoric Hill Forts around Sheffield ".

Junior History Society Prizes

S. R. Marsh, 2 (1), " Three Historic Buildings in Yorkshire ".

I. Yound, 4 (2), " The Romans in Derbyshire ". D. A. Pollard, 3 (2), " Sir George Cayley ".

Commended: P. Nuttall 4 (3), D. Knighton 2 (1), D. G. Parrish and A. C. Wager 3 (2), J. W. Wilson 2 (4).

Science Essay

Two competitions were open for entry, but despite many promises, there were only two entries from two boys in 3 (2) for the Junior Competition. There are many boys who would be capable of suitable entries but obviously they cannot tolerate the strain. The entry from G. R. Mettam was concerned with the question of life on other planets. Provocatively titled " Are We Alone? ", the essay dealt in delightful fashion with the problems of survival of living material under extreme conditions. W. B. Amos wrote on the development of the microscope, discussing the various optical arrangements which have been used, and enhancing his work by some wonderfully artistic drawings of the various types of instrument.

Natural History Essay

There were eight entries on a variety of topics, Fieldwork, Dairy Farming, Spiders, Tussilago farfara and Protozon. Some were bulkier than others but all showed evidence of personal observation and understanding. The Junior Section was won by Amos whose systematic account of Protozon was accurately and beautifully illustrated with drawings from the life: this was an outstanding piece of work. Marshall and Pinder shared the Senior Prize for their report on a week's fieldwork at Malham Tarn. Heathcote and Wood received certificates.

It is to be hoped that this year's entrants will try again next year. One cannot give a prize for every entry, however good they are, and the real reward which all these boys have is the enlargement of their perspicacity which projects of this kind engender.

Art

We have to assert that there are still too few boys entering for these competitions. Many with sufficient talent are missing their opportunities, in spite of being given ample time to prepare their entries. This can only be accounted to doodling minds and lack of initiative. Please get your entries in, instead of gaping disappointedly at the eleventh hour.

In the Junior Section we saw stirring visions of the possibilities of arrival on another planet. Many were convincing enough to make one doubt the desirability of such a prospect, but perhaps the Drakes and Raleighs of the twentieth century have no such qualms. The Middle School indulged in a mere hop to another continent, and their kangaroos were, at their best, most kangaroo-like in their loping.

With the endurance of Moses in command of the battle in Rephidim the Seniors had a difficult subject calling for mature understanding and worthy the best efforts of the Old (or Modern) Masters. It is to be hoped that the study of European painting assisted here; but at the same time it is lamented that Senior boys who do not specialise in Art do not enter these competitions. It is the interest and effort that matter: masterpieces are not expected. The mosaics entered for the Open Competition in Design were echoes from Byzantium.

Awards: Junior, J. W. Wilson; Middle School, J. Brown; Senior, D. F. Holmes, R. F. Fletcher; Open Design, D. E. Rodgers, S. R. Morant.

Handicraft

The entries this year were outstanding in quality and more numerous than in previous years. The pair of wrought iron gates made by B. A. Wilkes were greatly admired by all sections of the School. This exhibit was especially notable for the speed with which it was completed. It is hoped that such a successful project will encourage others to be more adventurous in their choice of entry.

Although too few woodwork entries were submitted, they were nevertheless pleasing in

execution and appearance. One entry, a knitting machine table, original in design, had a commendable surface finish. Other work was interesting for its variety but disappointing in that it represented only the Senior section of the School. This year no prize could be awarded in the Junior section - a challenge to all concerned!

As usual, the Model Aircraft Competition attracted the largest number of entries, varied in design but uniformly good in construction. The final decision proved very difficult, and all exhibitors in this group are to be congratulated.

Now is the time to consider your entries for 1961. Remember that good quality craftsmanship earns the highest commendation.

A Forest

A spirit haunts the leafy glade,
Which in the forest lies,
Away from all the things man made,
And from the city's cries.

In Spring it stirs the trees to life,
And buds break forth anew,
Forgotten now the Winter's strife,
As morning wakes with dew.

It murmurs to the forest flowers,
And soon a carpet blue,
Brings splendour to the leafy bowers,
Now decked in varied hue.

Alas, the scene must change again,
As Autumn treads its way,
Decay and Death are here to reign,
And short and chill the day.

Dark lies the glade 'neath leaden sky,
As Winter holds its sway,
A sobbing spirit's mournful cry
Fades with the dying day.

J. R. M. MOORE, 2 (1)

Thoughts on Death

I often think my learning follows close
An ancient course that men have trod before.
From simple principles to greater things
As slowly creeping on, from door to door

And often, like the scientists of old,
In error, keeping not the truth alone
I may retain things, wonderful-though lies,
Strange tares of beauty 'midst the good seed sown.

 

So, Death did often tease my clumsy mind,
And, starting like the thoughts of early men,
I dreamt of ghosts, and mystic after-life,
Their ancient speculations made again.

But then the illustrated Bible cast
A pall of stale convention o'er my mind,
With water-coloured angels in mid-air.
(But though I searched, no angels did I find).

This heyday of convention seemed again,
To recapitulate times, when men sought,
For knowledge in the tomes of ancient Greece,
When Harvey bowed his head to Galen's thought.

But living minds cannot be thus held down
For long, soon came the dawn of disbelief.
New canvas (for a cynic's sneering brush),
The old beliefs scraped off, showed up beneath.

Now wise, I say we blankly go to sleep.
At death the road just stops, beyond is black.
What dullness shrouds my little chopped-off bit
Without that new-shed poetry that I lack.

All dross now cleared away, how stark and bare
The little room of life appears today.
If I could have that. myth of old again
That morning mist as I pass on my way.

I'd leap to loose the fetters of this truth,
This sensible and concrete, measured life.
I'd shun the photograph, and like one mad
Daub on strange colour with a palette knife.

But truth, 'twas only that that I desired,
Forgot the mystic music of the flute
That only could, as old Khayyam had wished,
" Life's leaden metal into gold transmute ".

W. B. AMOS 3 (2).

Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir,

It is the prerogative, or, at least, the pastime of the elder to criticise the younger. Quite frequently, I am introduced to venerable gentlemen who are Old Edwardians and proud of it. Usually I find that they are professional or business-men. Of course, one soon realises how great must be the numbers of O.E.'s who have not reached the heights and it is well to remember this when judging the present generation of Edwardians.

Nowadays we are commonly criticised at this School for our deteriorating manners. Certainly, in years gone by, a K.E.S. boy was generally considered to be an example of gentlemanly behaviour, wherever he might be observed by strangers.

I should like to suggest an explantion for this alleged increase in bad behaviour. It is not the number of ill-mannered boys-there have always been these-but the degree of ill manners which has increased. Thus we are all tarred with the same brush, because of the more manifest failings of the minority. But to explain is not to excuse, and how can we ensure that King Edward's does not fall from public esteem? A major way is for those boys graced with a semblance of gentlemanly virtue to exert their utmost influence on their more unruly colleagues. I am firmly convinced that gentlemen, or potential gentlemen vastly outnumber the hooligans.

In recent years, parents have co-operated to make the school uniform the rule rather than the exception; I can well remember when few boys above the 3rd Form, even prefects, wore uniform. If parents can make their sons proud of that uniform then half the battle will be won. And if all K.E.S. boys can be as proud of their School as previous generations of boys were, then they can come away from it fitted for life not only academically, but also socially and ethically.

Finally, as one about to leave King Edward's, may I exhort the boys remaining to strive for that exclusive reputation which we used to, and, in some measure still do possess. There are few more worthwhile aims than to fight hard for the name of one's school.

Yours etc.,
LEAVING PREFECT.

School Societies

Bible Study Group

The Group has continued to meet weekly this term, and one after-school meeting has been held, at which Rev. A. B. Martin spoke on " The Bible in History ". The weekly meetings will continue next term on Thursdays during second sitting in Room 64. Next year's Chairman will be A. J. Bomber. All members of the 4th, 5th and 6th Forms are welcome, both those with Christian convictions, and those who would like to know what Christians believe.

Classical Societies

Paradoxically, for the Classical Societies the Summer term is generally a period of hibernation, interrupted this year by a meeting to mark the Easter visit to Rome under Mr. Chalmers. Making skilful use of slides lent by fellow-trippers, he created for some of his audience, and recreated for others, the grandeur that still is Rome. He also played the principal part in the other meeting of the term, in which he uttered to competitors in the Reading Competitions words of the most timely wisdom on the reading of Latin, using as illustration a recent Linguaphone set of recordings of Latin prose and verse. Mr. Watling, whose departure will end an epoch of classical scholarship in this school, had recorded the same passages on tape, and Mr. Chalmers showed in detail how Mr. Watling's interpretation brought out the full meanings of the Latin. A more permanent value of these tape recordings will be their constant reminder of how much our own classical tradition owes to Mr. Watling, to whom we sincerely wish the happiest of retirements.

Literary and Debating Societies

MIDDLE SCHOOL

On May 30th a Mock Trial was held, and D. Mingay, despite a spirited defence by P. N. Bell, was convicted on various charges, including being an inefficient secretary of this Society. Mr. Justice Pressley enlivened the proceedings, which were attended by a substantial and, indeed, enlightened audience.

JUNIOR

Our last meeting of the year provided two items. First there was a play reading of " A Village Comedy ", which, despite inevitable staging difficulties, was quite successfully presented and was enjoyed by an unusually large audience. There followed a display of the Society's talent in the shape of conjuring tricks performed by Colley. These maintained a high standard and much mystification resulted. The secretary thus brought the year's meetings to a successful conclusion.

Modern Language Society

The approach of examinations necessitated a reduction of activities this term, and two meetings only were held. At the first, Mr. Bramhall, following his paper on Manuel de Falla last term, played a gramophone recording of that composer's opera, " La Vida Breve ", which all who attended found to be a most rewarding experience. Our second meeting was also in the nature of a sequel to a previous one (when Hall and Bell spoke on French wines) and we were pleased to welcome Mr. R. Munt, Chairman of Directors of Messrs. Hay & Son Ltd., who completed the picture of the subject in a very interesting lecture, " Commercial Aspects of the French Wine Industry ".

We thank all who have helped to make this year's activities a success.

Junior History Society

This term the Junior History Society made two trips, the first being on May 28th, when a party visited Rievaulx Abbey, travelling by bus from York and having excellent views of the Vale of York on the way. After Rievaulx we returned to Helmsley to see the castle, and next to Pickering, where there is a good example of a Motte and Bailey Castle. From here the party returned to York for the journey home by train.

The second trip was by rail to Lincoln on June 25th, when we were shown the Cathedral, the Castle and the Museum, where the custodian demonstrated the use of several items of armour. Both trips were well patronised and enjoyed by all.

The Society's thanks are due to P. J. Ellis for his work this year as Secretary. He has been very lively and efficient.

I.D.G. and Economics Societies

The only I.D.G. meeting of the term, given by J. C. B. Turney on Disarmament, coincided with the breakdown of the Summit Conference. The speaker examined a variety of reasons for the collapse, and gave us his views on the outlook for the future. His extremely comprehensive talk ranged over such subjects as Britain's contribution to the nuclear deterrent, the possibilities of disarmament, multilateral or unilateral world government, and the inclusion of Communist China in the United Nations.

P. Buckle rounded off a successful year with a talk, for the Economics Society, on the budget. He discussed the size of the inflationary gap and the adequacy of the Chancellor's measures. Both political and economic influences were discussed, and he drew attention to the readiness of Conservative chancellors to make use of what are usually regarded as Socialist controls.

Sincere thanks are extended to Edwards and Morant for their fine posters, and to Mr. Robinson and Mr. Burke for their generous giving of time and encouragement to the societies' activities. We should also like to thank the large numbers who have regularly attended our meetings and joined in the discussion, and express the hope that the attendance of the second year sixth will not decline as it appears to have done this year.

Photographic Society

The number of members has been gradually increasing since last year (when the Society was convalescing after almost committing suicide the previous year through an overdose of group work). There are now some promising young photographers amongst them.

The year started as usual with its major task of photographing the new boys, and over 150 whole plate prints were made. Mr. Bradwell, of the Sheffield Photo Co., kindly visited us to speak on " Tone Quality in Prints ". Several members have given talks, illustrated by their own colour transparencies.

Some useful experience was gained by the senior boys who made nearly one hundred copy slides on 35 mm. stock, using negative and positive films and by direct reversal film on black and white. This work was of very high technical quality. The slides were shown at the Science Exhibition in May.

We have been fortunate in having N. K. Berridge as Secretary this year. He has been a tower of strength in the Society, a keen and competent photographer, willing at all times to spend much of his leisure hours in working for the Society, an excellent " chivvier " of members, but pleasant and cheerful withal. He leaves us with our thanks and best wishes.

Scouting

"A" TROOP

"A" TROOP has spent Summer term at Camp or in preparation for it. At Whitsun, twenty-five Scouts enjoyed the lido at Youlgreave, and one at least must have been reading Conan Doyle, judging from his sleuthing propensities. It was a week of surprises, beginning with the discovery that our site was occupied by "yobs " and Frisians, and ending with a fireworks display. Now, we stand poised for an invasion of Scotland. A twenty-acre site, Glen Isle, with good beaches on one of its three coasts and a boat to take us to the nearest village, together with opportunities of visiting a nearby yachting centre and National Trust bird sanctuary, hold promise of a good camp.

During the term itself, Troop meetings continued; one in particular, run by Seniors along the lines of a pioneering programme, was especially successful. Yet further opportunity was provided by Dr. Struthers who gave instruction in First Aid. Finally five Scouts at a Heeley Wood P.L.'s course appeared in a press photograph taken there.

We say goodbye to several good friends of the Troop -to A. S. M. Simpson after a decade's association and to five Seniors who have also done sterling work in the Troop. To them all, we say thanks, and good success in the future.

V. A. V.

" B " TROOP

FOUR more recruits joined us this term, bringing the number of first formers in " B " Troop to twenty-two, and under the leadership of the five new P.L.'s they are very enthusiastic and sometimes surprisingly efficient. At Easter, four patrols held patrol camps; L34 was raised by Bob-a-Job (the largest amount being earned by Pashby); a disappointingly small number of Scouts attended the St. George's Day Parade.

Whit camp at Over Haddon was the usual success under the guidance of David Elliott, who was kidnapped and later returned by some of the Rovers. Tuesday's meat was kidnapped by a roving dog; it was not returned. The best Tenderfoot Prize was shared between A. Smith and D. Broughton, Taylor's patrol were the sole representatives of the Group at the Sheffield Telegraph Trophy Competition.

During the first fortnight of the Summer holiday the Troop camps at Leven in Fifeshire. Four Seniors are helping Elliott to run the camp and seven others are going on an expedition, also in Scotland. Next term a series of fortnightly meetings has been arranged for the Senior Troop, which has been reorganised under the leadership of M. Dungworth.

Neil Craig who has been Troop Leader since January, 1959, and Ian Wright, who has been Q.M. since September, 1958, are retiring from these positions and I must add a personal note of thanks for the great help they have given me in my first year as S.M.

J. L.

" C " TROOP

THE term has been a memorable one for the Troop. Whit Camp, in particular, we remember for the glorious scent and colour of New stead's rhododendrons; for a " Stumps " match in which the heroic efforts of parents and their smaller offspring gained them a victory of 282 to 262 over the Troop; for the camp fires; for the 30-ft. flag staff supported by three pieces of sisal; for the fresh air and its renewing of body and spirit; for the challenge to live the Law and Promise and to discover ways in which the Troop can be of service to others.

The Seniors had their first rock-climbing expedition this term. For this we must thank Mr. Rhodes, who has so willingly undertaken to assist us by running what promises to become a regular, and most enjoyable, aspect of Senior " C " Troop activity.

This summer the Seniors divide into two parties, one hiking in South West Wales, the other canoeing on the Teme and the Severn. The Troop will be camping on the site of Lawrenny Castle, Pembrokeshire.

Some " old hands " leave this term: T/L. J. P. Abrahams, R.C.S. Cole, T/L.(S) R. C. Pitt, M. R. Robinson, D. E. Rodgers, P. C. Wing. We thank them all for their many past services to the Troop, and they take with them our best wishes for the future.

G. J.

Cricket

FIRST XI

JUDGED by results, and considering all School teams, this can only be described as one of the poorest seasons for many years. Yet results are not everything, and the record of the 1st XI shows that a number of matches have been very close, and that in all but possibly two games, the team was not disgraced against opposition which has been strong throughout the season; what is not shown is that the team had only a very small share of the " rub of the green ", and that they invariably played their cricket in a cheerful and sporting manner. It is, however, necessary to add that the record would have been distinctly better if more attention had been paid to basic principles of the game, and if more resolution had been shown both in practice and in times of crisis in matches. Nobody begrudges the loss of an exciting match after a good fight, but to see some members of the team meekly surrender the initiative through sheer bad batting and lack of patience and determination has been depressing. This happened particularly in the matches against Manchester and Hull, when the efforts of some should have earned at least a draw, but the remainder of the batting simply wilted with less than a quarter of an hour remaining in each game.

The team suffered an early blow when Needham unexpectedly departed. This removed our second opening bowler and the most forceful bat in the side, and it also thrust a much heavier responsibility upon Dixon as captain. He would have benefited considerably from Needham's experience, but, as it is, although he has led his team with enthusiasm and optimism, has set a fine personal example in the field, and has been justly popular with his colleagues, he has lacked the tactical sense to evaluate the varying circumstances of a match and to deploy his resources accordingly. This has been particularly marked in the handling of bowlers, where he has shown little faith in the spinners and has relied too heavily upon himself and Aldridge, so that the attack has nearly always lacked the variety and the penetration to convert a breakthrough into a collapse. Used as a stock change bowler, Dixon would have been quite effective, but as an opening bowler he has tried to bowl too fast and was often erratic and short of a length. In his defence it can be said that until later matches, no spinner justified great confidence, but bowlers of this kind will never improve without sustained match practice in setting a field and bowling to it.

The averages show the team's debt to Pike, who has scored more runs, and to Aldridge, who has taken more wickets in a single season, than any School players for nearly a decade. Aldridge has bowled untiringly, and his 7 for 29 in 21 overs at Hull was a fitting climax to the season for him. He very rarely fails to attack the stumps, and although his delivery still reduces his capacity to swing the ball either way, his pace and hostility have always proved taxing to all except the most patient and resourceful opposing batsmen. One feels that he would have been even more effective in shorter spells, and that next season he should vary his length rather more, but it is comforting to know that he will be able to bear the brunt of the bowling for another year, and it is hoped that he will develop further as an aggressive batsman.

Pike has had a very successful season with the bat, in his excellent close fielding in the gully, and as an efficient and co-operative secretary. His best innings have been delightful to watch, and, on his day, he has a most attractive range of strokes, but he would have scored even more heavily if he had been prepared in every match, once he had settled down, to play cuts and glances instead of " shouldering arms " in the manner of a five day Test cricketer. He has the opportunity to develop greater consistency next season, when he is to captain the XI, and great things will be expected of him.

Of other players, Bradshaw and Wileman most deserve mention. Bradshaw has kept wicket extremely well against the quicker bowlers, and has performed with remarkable agility on the leg-side; his batting is still too stiff and restricted, but he has played usefully on occasions, notably at Doncaster. He has been a very loyal member of the team for three seasons and will make an admirable club player. Wileman has had an encouraging first season, especially as a batsman, where he has listened carefully to advice and has become much freer in his forward play as a result. He is an agile fielder, and an abiding memory will be the magnificent slip catch he took against Stockport. His bowling has potentialities, and he should be able to concentrate on off spin more regularly and effectively next season.

Eason, as an opening batsman, and Dench, as an off spinner, showed qualities late in the season, which if they could have been emulated earlier, would have materially improved the team's prospects. Of the younger players, apart from Wileman, Dennis has the best technique, but as yet lacks confidence in his ability to get on top of the bowling. For the rest, many combinations have been tried but none has proved consistently successful; many players remain for the next season, however, and should have benefited from 1st XI experience.

A generally disappointing season with some outstanding individual performances underlines the lesson that cricket is above all a team game, and that a more balanced side must be produced if 1961 is to see a revival of our fortunes.

T. K. R., J. C. H.

RESULTS

Played 18, Won 2, Lost 8, Drawn 6, Abandoned 2.

May 10 (H) K.E.S. 120 for 5 dec. (Pike 51 n.o., Needham 45); Staff 90 for 9 (Aldridge 5 for 19). Drawn.

May 11 (H) K.E.S. 148 for 6 dec. (Pike 38, Bradshaw 33 n.o.); Woodhouse G.S. 117 for 6. Drawn.

May 14 (A) K.E.S. 95 for 9 dec.; William Hulme's G.S. 21 for 2. Abandoned.

May 18 (H) K.E.S. 138 for 9 dec. ((Dench 33 n.o., Aldridge 27); Stockport G.S. 140 for 8 (Dixon 5 for 34). Lost.

May 21 (H) Manchester G.S. 190 for 7 dec. (Aldridge 4 for 62); K.E.S. 113 (Pike 56, Wileman 26). Lost.

May 25 (A) K.E.S. 90 (Pike 22); High Storrs G.S. 91 for 7 (Aldridge 4 for 37). Lost.

May 28 (H) Old Edwardians 152 (Aldridge 5 for 44, Cottingham 4 for 39); K.E.S. 58. Lost.

June 2 (A) Sheffield Collegiate 149 for 6 dec.; K.E.S. 84 for 6 (Dixon 30). Drawn.

June 4 (H) K.E.S. 111 (Wileman 35); De La Salle 112 for 6 (Aldridge 4 for 41). Lost.

June 18 (A) Chesterfield G.S. 66 (Aldridge 4 for 27, Dixon 5 for 27); K.E.S. 70 for 5 (Pike 40 n.o.). Won.

June 25 (A) Doncaster 161 for 6 dec.; K.E.S. 95 for 9 (Bradshaw 45 n.o.). Drawn.

June 29 (H) K.E.S. 71 (Eason 20); Mount St. Marys' 75 for 4. Lost.

July 2 (H) Grimsby Wintringham G.S. 55 (Aldridge 4 for 11); K.E.S. 59 for 1 (Eason 22 n.o.). Won.

July 9 (A) Bradford G.S. 156 for 7 dec. (Aldridge 5 for 46); K.E.S. 138 for 8 (Pike 60, Eason 26). Drawn.

July 16 (H) K.E.S. 78 (Aldridge 23); Queen Elizabeth's G. S. Wakefield 81 for 9 (Aldridge 4 for 25, Dench 4 for 16). Lost.

July 18 (H) K.E.S. 135 (Wileman 53, Pike 28); E. W. Powell's XI 124 for 9. Drawn.

July 19 (H) K.E.S. 29 for 0; Nottingham H.S. did not bat. Abandoned.

July 20 (A) Hymer's College, Hull, 105 for 8 dec. (Aldridge 7 for 29); K.E.S. 36. Lost.

Full colours were re-awarded to A. D. Aldridge and awarded to F. A. Dixon, M. R. Pike and M. Bradshaw. Half colours were re-awarded to J. V. Eason and awarded to P. J. Dench and P. S. Wileman.

1st XI BATTING AVERAGES

 

Inns.

N.O.

Highest

Runs

Average

Pike

18

3

60

402

26.8

Wileman

10

1

53

179

19.9

Bradshaw

16

3

45*

169

13

Aldridge

15

1

27

157

11.2

Eason

18

2

26

166

10.4

Dixon

17

1

30

137

8.5

Dench

12

2

33*

83

8.3

Hardie

9

-

10

35

3.9

Dennis

11

3

9

30

3.75

Also batted: Needham, Cottingham, Cockayne, Bennett, Styring, Kingman, Hodkin, Ridgeway, Britton, Laughton, McAughey.

1st XI BOWLING AVERAGES

 

Overs

Mdns.

Runs

Wkts.

Average

Aldridge

215

56

621

59

10.5

Dixon

152.2

28

503

28

18

Cottingham

20

-

93

5

18.6

Wileman

36.3

8

123

5

24.8

Dench

38.4

5

155

6

25.8

Cockayne

22

2

101

3

33.6

Also bowled: Pike, Kingman, Styring.

Catches: Bradshaw 14, Wileman 7, Pike 6, Dixon 5, Eason 4, Cockayne 3, Cottingham, Dennis, Styring, Aldridge 2 each.

SECOND XI

ALTHOUGH not quite so disastrous as was once feared, this season was by no means successful. The batting was unreliable, the bowling usually lacked hostility and penetration, and against the better school sides, the team was always in trouble.

The steadiest batsman was Britton, who made up for deficiencies in technique with a good eye and sound judgment. His determination and application set an excellent example to some of the other members of the team. Styring also played very sensibly, but he needs to widen his range of strokes, especially on the leg-side, if he is to succeed in 1st XI cricket. At Manchester, Scholey played a good innings, and he was certainly a usefully aggressive player. Another potentially good batsman was Taylor, who displayed an admirable temperament in the midst of disaster at the end of the season. Of the others, Ridgeway, Hodkin and Wright were disappointing. Too often it was left to the tail-enders to retrieve a desperate situation. Dungworth, a fine vice-captain, whose wicket-keeping did not improve as much as had been hoped, played several interesting and stout-hearted innings at crucial times. In his few appearances for the team, Walker scored runs safely and quickly.

Of the bowlers, Betts was the steadiest, with his accurate and menacing seam bowling. Cottingham was disappointingly erratic in length and direction; Hirst bowled accurately with little reward; Williams varied his direction and length to the confusion of both batsmen and his own team; and Mayland, our fastest bowler, had little chance to show his skill. Kingman's spin bowling was occasionally of a high class, but he lost his accuracy under punishment.

The fielding improved during the season and was at all times keen; Britton being outstanding at silly mid-on. Calling between wickets was noticeably loud but judgment was lacking. It must be said that in the midst of all adversity the team played its cricket in the right spirit and, amongst other things, showed discrimination in its choice of headgear. Gusts of raucous, rustic laughter, designed to demoralise opposing teams, often emanated from the yokels in the pavilion. Finally, we should like to thank Mr. Taylor and Mr. Twyford for persevering in their attempts to teach us the finer arts of the game. Mr. Taylor's watch will be remembered with deep affection.

R. F. LAUGHTON.

With characteristic modesty, Laughton has not mentioned his own contribution towards the team's performances. His batting, bowling and keenness in the field should have inspired better results from others. Under his captaincy the team have had, at least, an enjoyable season. We wish him and the rest of the team every success in their future ventures into the game.

G. W. T., H. T. R. T.


RESULTS

Played 12, Won 2, Lost 5, Drawn 4, Abandoned 1.

Stockport G.S. 137 for 8 dec. (Laughton 5 for 30); K.E.S. 60 for 9 (Styring 26).

Manchester G.S. 183 for 9 dec.; K.E.S. 79 (Scholey 25).

Old Edwardians 171 for 5 dec.; K.E.S. 88 for 6.

De La Salle 144; K.E.S. 127 (Kingman 26).

Worksop College 151 for 5 dec.; K.E.S. 107 for 4 (Hardie 42.).

K.E.S. 120 for 9 dec. (Britton 27); Chesterfield G.S. 78 for 4.

K.E.S. 96 (Dungworth 30 n.o., Dennis 29); Doncaster G.S. 100 for 9 (Cottingham 6 for 47).

K.E.S. 150 for 8 dec. (Laughton 51 n.o.); Mount St. Mary's 132.

K.E.S. 129 (Laughton 38 n.o., Britton 36); Grimsby G.S. 37 (Betts 6 for 22).

K.E.S. 45; Queen Elizabeth's G.S. Wakefield 46 for 1.

K.E.S. v. Nottingham High School: K.E.S. 26 for 8. Match abandoned.

K.E.S. 94; Hymer's College, Hull, 96 for 5.

2nd XI BATTING AVERAGES

(Qualification: 4 completed innings and 40 runs.)

 

Inns.

N.O.

Highest

Runs

Average

Laughton

10

4

51*

146

24.3

Styring

5

1

26

90

22.5

Britton

8

-

36

117

14.6

Hardie

6

-

42

86

14.3

Kingman....

6

2

26

44

11

Taylor

6

-

20

56

9.3

Scholey

9

1

25

74

9.3

Dungworth

9

1

30*

66

8.3

Hirst

6

-

22

40

6.7

2nd XI BOWLING AVERAGES

 

Overs

Mdns.

Runs

Wkts.

Average

Williams

32

4

110

11

10

Cottingham

31.2

8

104

10

10.4

Betts

77

17

207

13

15.9

Hirst

42

17

82

5

16.4

Laughton

48

9

159

9

17.5

Kingman

51

9

168

9

18.7

UNDER 15 XI

TIME team had a poor season, with batting weak in technique and spirit, frequently collapsing after foundations of good scores had been laid by the opening batsmen, Parson and Bows. The bowlers rarely had sufficient runs behind them to achieve much success, though Bailey and Inman performed creditably on occasions, assisted by Parson and Booth. Weak fielding did not help the bowlers, and more catches were dropped or missed altogether than taken. Parson proved a capable captain, and the team remained cheerful, taking their defeats with good spirits.

J. B. L., P. B.

RESULTS

Played 8, Won 0, Lost 5, Drawn 2, Abandoned 1.


UNDER 14 XI

AT no time did this team have more than thirteen players available for selection; this limited the scope for competitive change, especially among the bowlers, but on the credit side, there was a fine spirit of unity and willing compliance with the requirements of the captain. As a result, the fielding, especially close to the wicket, was usually keen and successful, and some good catches were taken. The name of Linfoot, who captained with vigour, efficiency and skill, represents in the results the team's development during the season. He bore the brunt of the bowling in the early days, and even when Hartley joined him with some creditable figures, there was no depth in the bowling.

At first the batting also depended on a few mature operators, Turney, Linfoot and Sallis, but by the end of the season, when the early batsmen seemed to have lost some of their touch, the batting tail was beginning to wag the dog, as later batsmen found that the ball need not hit the stumps if a straight bat was put in its way. An interesting test of progress would be a comparison of the length of time which individual players spent at the wicket at the beginning and at the end of the season. Some matches were won, some lost, but more important, the team's spirit is right, its technique is steadily improving and in next year's games it should give much more work to its efficient scorer, Sarginson.

G. H. C., R. C. G.

RESULTS

Played 8, Won 3, Lost 4, Abandoned 1.

K.E.S. 77 (Sallis 21 n.o.); De La Salle 78 for 5 (Linfoot 4 for 32).

K.E.S. 122 for 6 dec. (Turney 61, Linfoot 39); Chesterfield G.S. 76 (Linfoot 7 for 28).

K.E.S. 70; Doncaster G.S. 71 for 3 (Linfoot 3 for 15).

K.E.S. 130 for 7 dec. (Turney 46, Seymour 36); Grimsby G.S. 71 (Hartley 8 for 17).

Huddersfield 110 (Linfoot 7 for 43); K.E.S. 53.

K.E.S. 34; Wakefield G.S. 33 (Hartley 7 for 14, Linfoot 3 for 15).

K.E.S. 68; Nottingham H.S. 18 for 3 (Linfoot 3 for 4). Match abandoned.

K.E.S. 80 (Cowan 27 n.o.); Hymers College, Hull, 82 for 4 (Turney 2 for 4).

UNDER 13 XI

THIS was a disappointingly short season, offering only five fixtures, and deprived of match experience, the team, not unexpectedly, lost the first three games, though their enthusiasm was rewarded with victory against Oakwood. Hardwick and Timperley provided the main bowling strength, ably aided by Connerton and Crowson, and Adams and Hempshall should distinguish themselves in this team next season. Only in the final game did the batting appear competent. Earlier Sleigh and England alone had shown consistent form. In the field, Siddall, Sleigh and Timperley set a good example, and Fox proved a judicious captain.

A. G. J.

RESULTS

Manchester G.S. 105; K.E.S. 33.

Oakwood 102 (Timperley 4 for 26); K.E.S. 21.

K.E.S. 31; De La Salle 32 for 4.

Oakwood 35 (Hardwick 3 for 6, Adams 5 for 8); K.E.S. 39 for 6.

K.E.S. 84 (Vaughan 31, England 21); De La Salle 85 for 6.


SENIOR GAMES

THE summer programme had to be cramped into nine weeks, but fortunately there were no cancellations and the House games were completed with time to spare. Sherwood deservedly won the House League, and Wentworth retained the Knock-out Trophy. One or two performances in the latter competition are worthy of mention. Probably the most entertaining cricket came in the first round; Haddon declared at 187 for 3 and Chatsworth had scored 159 for 7 when time was called. Haddon claimed the game on a runs per over basis (5.66 as against 5.51!). Pike scored the only century of the season. In the final, Wentworth scored 201 for 3 in about a hundred minutes before declaring; Dixon in aggressive mood scoring 82 before his luck deserted him. Welbeck fought hard but could muster only 93.

The tennis players have enjoyed the use of the School courts. A rota system was unnecessary this year.

I hope that the School Cricket Teams are more successful next year; a more determined approach to improving individual performance would help.

D. F. W.

MIDDLE SCHOOL GAMES

A SHORT term coupled with G.C.E. examinations early in July means much less cricket than we should like, but we had the benefit of good weather, and were able to reach a decision in the House League by playing half leagues of the three games each and a play-off in which Clumber, having declared at 56 for 7, managed to dismiss Wentworth for 55!

In the early part of the term Athletic Sports events were held on Tuesday afternoons and in the sprints the results were very encouraging. There are a number of boys, particularly in the third year, who should do well if they are willing to train conscientiously.

A record number of boys, eighty, were able to play tennis in preference to cricket.

J. C. H

JUNIOR GAMES

WEATHER prophets notoriously disregard regular cycles of bad or good conditions, so no doubt many of them have this summer missed the opportunity of acquiring merit by forecasting a deep depression on Thursday afternoons Again and again, our unfortunate juniors have found themselves in school instead of enjoying their cricket It is not surprising, therefore, that the House League could not be finished, only six rounds being completed But Welbeck, with ten points in the 1st XI competition, and an unbeaten record in the 2nd XI's, showed clearly that they have the best of the cricketers.

The general standard has been fairly moderate. Too many youngsters fancy themselves as fast bowlers and sacrifice all accuracy to wild and violent effort; too many bats describe arcs which bear little relation to the path of the ball. Fortunately, though these are in the majority, there are enough boys who are trying to play a sound game; indeed some are very promising, so there should be a reasonable succession to supply the School teams of the future.

H. T. R. T.

Athletic Sports

SPORTS DAY was cancelled this year and most of the Finals were held at Whiteley Woods during the games afternoons. Lynwood set up a record for the Senior Relay, the only record broken.

RESULTS

OPEN

100 Yards: 1st, Bennett (11 secs.); 2nd, Waller.
220 yards: 1st, Kingman (24 secs.); 2nd, Stoney.
Quarter Mile: 1st Bennett (56.8 secs.); 2nd, Parker.
Half Mile: 1st, Parker ( 2 min. 13.1 secs.); 2nd, Tomlinson.
Mile: 1st, Parker (4 min. 55 secs.); 2nd, Tomlinson.
High Jump: 1st, Nosowski and Nell (5 ft. 2 in.).
Long Jump: 1st, Waller and Nosowski (19 ft. 2 in.).
Javelin: 1st, Dixon (118 ft. 321 in.); 2nd, Needham.
Discuss: 1st, Timms (108 ft. 321 in.); 2nd, Nosowski.
Weight (10 lb.): 1st, Timms (41 ft.); 2nd Ball.

Relay (4 x 440 yards): 1-Lynwood (3 min. 29 sec.—record); 2-Sherwood.

UNDER 16

Paul Whyman winning the Middle School 100 yards

100 Yards: 1st, Stoney (11 secs.); 2nd, Cooke.
Quarter Mile: 1st, Britton (63.8 sees.); 2nd, Dodds.
Javelin: 1st, Dodds (128 ft. 10.5 in.); 2nd, Stoney.
Discus: 1st, Ashcroft (88 ft. 11 in.); 2nd, Beevers.
Weight: 1st, Stringer (39 ft. 11 in.); 2nd, Williams.

MIDDLE SCHOOL:

100 Yards: 1st, Whyman (11.8 secs.); 2nd, Bird.
220 Yards: 1st, Whyman (25 secs.); 2nd, Bird.
Quarter Mile: 1st Burley (62.2 secs.); 2nd, Rees.
Half Mile: 1st, Rees (2 min. 28.1 secs.); 2nd, Burley.
High Jump: 1st, Cruickshank (4 ft. 2 in.); 2nd, Baker.
Long jump: 1st, Whyman (14 ft. 11.5 in.); 2nd, Bingham.
Javelin (Youths'): 1st, Hebden (119 ft. 7 in.); 2nd, Booth, D. A.
Discus: 1st Booth, D. A. (88 ft. 8 in.); 2nd, Wheatley.
Weight (8 lb. 13 oz.): 1st, Whyman (32 ft. 1.5 in.); 2nd, Rook.
75 Yards Hurdles: 1st, Cruickshank (12.8 sec.); 2nd, Booth, J.

Relay: 1-Clumber (2 min. 21.6 sec.); 2-Arundel.

SECOND YEAR

100 Yards: 1st, Sleigh (12.4 secs.); 2nd, Chambers.
220 Yards: 1st, Sleigh (26 sec.); 2nd, Vaughan.
High Jump: 1st, Sleigh (4 ft. l in.); 2nd, Hall.
Long Jump: 1st, Hardwick (13 ft. 10 in.); 2nd, Sleigh.

FIRST AND SECOND YEARS

Cricket Ball: 1st, Hill (195 ft. 6 in.); 2nd, Timperley.
Relay (4 x 100 yards): 1-Chatsworth (57.1 sec.); 2-Wentworth.

FIRST YEAR

80 Yards: 1st, Butler (11 sec.); 2nd, Pringle.
150 Yards: 1st, Butler (19.8 sec.); 2nd, Pringle.
High Jump 1st, Butler and Wosskow (3 ft. 7 in.);
Long Jump 1st, Pringle and Storey (12 ft. 10.5 in.).

Senior Champion Athletes: Parker and Nosowski.

Junior Champion Athlete: Whyman.

House Championship: 1-Sherwood; 2-Lynwood.

TENNIS

SOON after the beginning of the term a long spell of fine weather raised some enthusiasm for the game among the Middle and Senior School, and the three new courts at School were in full use during the lunch-hour and after school.

The standard of play is still very low. Some boys are capable of playing a powerful game, but often it is very erratic and inaccurate; others who have achieved a good degree of accuracy are woefully lacking in power. Until these two main essentials are combined and to be found in at least ten boys, the hope of building a successful school team will have to be delayed for yet another year.

E. J. G.

SWIMMING

THIS has been quite a successful season, especially for the Senior Team, who have been beaten only once in a school match, and since there are only six members and no reserves, their enthusiasm is very creditable. They have been captained by M. Lewis, and thanks are due to him for the intelligent carrying out of his duties. Congratulations to F. Parker, M. Lewis and B. Cheetham on being chosen for the Yorkshire Junior Water-Polo Team, and to J. Ashcroft, chosen as reserve. F. Parker captained the Yorkshire side against Cheshire in a thrilling match at Bradford, when Yorkshire recovered from six goals to nil down at half-time to win eight goals to six.

The School Gala produced some fine swimming this year, especially from the Lower School. W. Abbott equalled a school record in the Senior Breast Stroke which had been broken only a few weeks previously by N. Stockwell in a school match. S. Housley broke the two lengths Free Style record for boys under 14. The Champion House was once again Clumber, but they were beaten by Lynwood in the Water-Polo Final.

In the Sheffield Swimming Championships, G. Davy was second in the Firmboard Diving, while I. Brown won the Springboard Championship and was placed second in the Yorkshire event. S. Housley was second in the third year Free Style race, having beaten the existing record; B. Cheetham won the Senior Back Stroke Championship and tied with F. Parker for first place in the Free Style race; W. Abbott was equal first in the Senior Breast Stroke.

Ten boys entered for the Sheffield Schools Award of Merit for those under 15 on April 1st, eight being successful in a test of all-round ability demanding speed, style and stamina. In Life Saving there has been more enthusiasm and consequently more awards taken. Six Intermediate Certificates, nine Bronze Medallions and three bars to Bronze Medallions have been gained, while four boys passed the Instructor's examination, eight the Bronze Cross examination, and one boy gained the Award of Merit.

In general, the standard of swimming is beginning to improve and among the Lower School we have many fine performers. I need not emphasise the necessity of training; the best swimmers are those who train hard and often. We shall be sorry to lose M. Lewis and N. Stockwell who have given good service to the team.

D. B. H.

FIVES

THERE has been an encouraging growth in the number of boys playing fives, most of whom have come from the Lower School. It is to be hoped that their interest will not show that falling off which has characterised previous years.

There has been one school match this year, against a more experienced Sheffield University side, and though losing 9-3, the team put up a good performance. A difficulty in arranging school fixtures is that the recognised fives players are also in school XI's and XV's. May we appeal for more players who do not represent the School in other games?

F. I. PARKER.

KNOCK-OUT COMPETITION RESULTS

SENIOR: Singles-Parker beat Pike. Doubles-Parker and Nosowski beat Starling and Dodds.

JUNIOR: Singles-Brown beat Brookes. Doubles-Gott and Brookes beat Hall and Argent.

CALDER HALL, 1960

ON May 21st this year a party of 280 boys from Sheffield schools visited the Calder Hall Nuclear Power Station. The K. E. S. contingent numbered 100. We left the Midland Station at the necessarily early time of 7.30 a.m. and arrived at Sellafield Station at 12.30 after a long and rather tedious journey. There we loaded on to coaches for the short ride past the Windscale Works (with its closed-down reactors, and its new Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor just being built) to Calder Hall.

We were surprised to find out how simple and safe everything appeared to be. We started off by visiting the top of a reactor to see the charging arrangements. At lower levels we saw fuel elements in the peculiar " cans " fitted with fins to permit easy cooling, and then the reactor's control desk. This extremely complicated piece of equipment was surrounded by illuminated signs warning of danger in the reactor. These are always kept switched on, and go out if there is a fault. This eliminates the possibility of a purely electrical fault causing an emergency to go unnoticed. At ground level again we saw the gas blowers which blow the coolant CO2 gas through the reactor at a rate of several tons per minute.

In the heat exchangers the gas which is blown through the reactor gives up its heat to steam which is passed through the turbines. The complicated system of high and low-pressure steam pipes was explained to us, and then we moved on to see (and hear) the turbines. Each turbine is painted in a different colour, so that the turbine house is a mass of rather incongruous pastel shades. The guide to this section explained the reason at length - something to do with the lack of feminine company on the job.

We returned to our coaches and set off for a ride through the Lake District. At Keswick we stopped for a time and strolled round the town, sightseeing and souvenir-hunting. After a very pleasant trip down one side of Windermere, we arrived at Lakeside Station, where our train was waiting for us. An exhausted but satisfied party arrived at the Midland Station shortly before midnight, after a very interesting and enjoyable trip.

Our thanks are due to the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and to British Railways for organising our visit so smoothly and efficiently.

P. J. QUARRELL.

House Notes

ARUNDEL

The term's highlight has been the consolidation of our supremacy in the Standard Sports. Such success demands maximum effort from the whole House and rests not merely with outstanding individual ability. Thus our success in this event may be taken as a measure of our house spirit. The Athletic Sports brought disappointment, for we had to be content with third place despite the efforts of Ball, Kingman and Smith.

Cricket, once the stronghold of House sport, continued its slow but steady decline. Though the Senior XI contested the League Final, they were unceremoniously defeated in the first round of the Knock-out Competition. The Middle School XI, ably captained by Bailey, played with skill and enthusiasm and were narrowly placed second. The Lower School XI's record was dismal indeed and a much greater effort is needed.

Many stalwarts depart from the House this term, and we should like to extend our best wishes for their future success.

CHATSWORTH

The outlook at the beginning of this summer term was, to say the least, gloomy, but owing to fine efforts by the juniors, we were reasonably placed in Athletic and Swimming Sports. Special mention must be made of Sleigh's excellent Athletics performances and of Skidmore who won a junior swimming trophy, Chatsworth's first for a number of years. Another good combined Junior effort was their relay race victory, giving the House its third trophy.

The House cricket teams have had a reasonable season and have been unlucky not to have any reward for their efforts. The knock-out team was unfortunate in its elimination on a slightly slower scoring rate after an exciting draw with Haddon. Both Senior and Junior League teams might have won with a little luck, and a late effort by the Middle School team gave them a respectable position.

Finally, we wish all leavers well in their future careers; retiring House Officials offer best wishes to their successors and to the House for the coming year.

CLUMBER

Thanks to magnificent efforts by our swimmers, Clumber managed to retain its superiority in this sport. While much of the point gaining comes from a select few, it must be emphasised that this is largely a team effort, where points gained in distance swimming make an important contribution.

In cricket the Juniors had a fairly successful season, with some individual performances which augur well for the future: excellent bowling from Pye, and steady batting by Broomhead and Bellamy. The Middle School team, although without recognised individual players, is to be congratulated on winning five matches, losing only one, and finishing top of the table. Unfortunately the season has brought no success for the Senior Team, which did not record a single victory in the League and was beaten in the first round of the Knock-out.

We thank all who have co-operated in a most enjoyable year's sport, and particularly our House Master and Tutors. At the end of term we say goodbye to Mr. Taylor and Mr. Wright who have long been valued members of the House. We thank them for their work and encouragement and wish them well for the future.

HADDON

Although we were placed 6th in the Swimming Sports, the individual performances of the captain's conscripts were reasonably good. It would perhaps be preferable in future if more people would volunteer to swim, rather than wait to be press-ganged.

There were several noteworthy individual performances in the Athletic Sports: Timms and Stringer each winning their shot and discus events, Britton and Styring came first and third in the Under 16 quarter mile, and the Middle School Javelin event was won by Hebden.

The greatest disappointment of the year was our defeat in the cricket Knock-out, where our team in spite of its three 1st XI and three 2nd XI members, lost to Wentworth, the eventual winners. In the League competitions our Senior and Junior teams were both placed third, and the Middle School were fifth.

LYNWOOD

As is usual, this term saw a decrease in overall sporting activity. In cricket we had no commendable team; for some reason Lynwood seems incapable of producing a good cricketing side. Yet again we have to look to next year's intake for some fresh talent.

Owing to the efforts of Parker, whom we congratulate on being Champion Swimmer, and of his dwindling number of colleagues, we were placed second in the Swimming Sports. In the final of the Water Polo we beat Clumber 3-2, thus making up somewhat for last year's disappointment.

Parker and Nosowski won for us the Senior Singles and Doubles in Fives, and Parker won the Tennis Doubles with a partner from another House. The cups in the cupboard outnumber those of any other House, but, alas, they represent the efforts of Parker and one or two others. When these boys leave in a year or so, Lynwood will be in a sorry state unless more boys are prepared to work for the House both as individuals and in teams. This year we have come second in many sporting events; let us see if more enthusiasm and spirit can make us first next year.

No one has contributed more to stirring up this spirit than Lodge, and we thank him, as a very notable Head of the House, for all that he has done for Lynwood. Thanks are also due to our able and loyal House Secretary, Waller, and to an equally long-service Captain of Athletics, Tomlinson. Lastly, we are most grateful to our tutors, and especially to Mr. Twyford for his ideas, interest and, of course, his lusty support in the baths.

SHERWOOD

This has been a good year for the House, for although not so many cups have been won as would have been liked, there have been many successes, the most notable being the recapture of the Athletic Sports Trophy after an interval of many years. For this triumph we were particularly indebted to Butler, Whyman, Stoney and Dodds. Others, with less spectacular performances, showed what reward a little effort can bring. Although many members of the House were in school cricket teams, the only outstanding feat was the convincing victory by ten wickets of the Senior 1st XI in their league. In the Knock-out, the team did well to lose by only one wicket to Wentworth. The Middle and Junior School teams, under Hall and Townsend, did not do as well as had been hoped. Again though, there is good spirit in these teams. In other competitions there were several individual performances: Dodds in the final of the Fives, Baldock with his expected victory in the Tennis Singles, and Fletcher reached the final of the Doubles. In the Swimming Sports, Sherwood made very little effort at respectability, and with so much determination being shown in other competitions, it is a pity that the swimming results were not better.

An encouraging response to the House Shirts appeal, from present and former members of the House, means that we now possess a set of shirts for inter-House competitions. It is hoped that they will bring further success to our teams.

Our thanks are due to all the officials who have worked so hard this year and good wishes go to all who are leaving the House.

WELBECK

This term has been a very encouraging one, especially in the Junior School, where both cricket XI's showed considerable prowess in winning their competitions, and noteworthy successes were achieved in Athletic and Swimming Sports. Our final position in the former was fourth, mainly owing to the efforts of a few, especially Bennett, Nell and Wosskow. In the Standard Sports, however, we showed more usual form and finished eighth. A greater effort is needed in this event by everyone, but, in particular, by the Middle School. In the Swimming Sports we were also placed fourth, Ainsworth for the Middle School, and Barraclough and Jackson of the Juniors, being our most successful performers. Cricket results were quite encouraging, and with few members in school teams, we did well to reach the final of the House Knock-out, losing valiantly to a much stronger Wentworth. (During recent years Wentworth have thwarted our every attempt at most games, and it is to be hoped that next year some of our defeats will be avenged.) In the League the House finished third in League `A', and the Middle School team third in their League.

The term saw our third House Captain of the year when Bennett succeeded Needham, whom we thank for his efforts in House affairs. We also thank all leavers for their services to the House and wish them luck in their future lives.

WENTWORTH

The highlight of this term's activities has been our Cricket Knock-out win (Wentworth 203 for 3 dec.; Welbeck 98), a victory which reflects the wealth of talent in the Senior School. Aldridge, Bradshaw and Dixon have been regular members of the 1st XI, Scholey and Dungworth of the 2nd, Parson and Waterhouse of the Under 15, and Timperley of the Under 13. The Middle School followed the inspiration of the Seniors by winning their section of the unfinished league; the Juniors failed to win a single match.

We congratulate Craig on becoming a sub prefect, Tranmer on becoming House Captain, and convey best wishes to all those leaving this term.


THE cost of producing a School Magazine has forced us, in common with many other schools, to decide to publish in future only two issues per year. Commencing with the next issue, publication will be early in each Christmas and Summer term. Subscriptions which have been paid in advance will be adjusted accordingly.

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