|VOL. XV.||MAY 1961||No. 7|
|G. H. CLAYPOLE||187|
|TWO POEMS: G.H.C.||191|
|CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING||200|
|I WAS THERE||202|
WE congratulate the following on their University awards:
W. M. ABBOTT, Open Scholarship in Mathematics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
M. A. BLYTHE, Open Scholarship in Classics at University College, Oxford.
C. J. S. BREARLEY, Open Scholarship in Social Studies at Trinity College, Oxford.
A. GRACE, Open Exhibition in Natural Science at Jesus College, Oxford.
R. D. HAWKINS, Open Exhibition in Mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge.
M. S. HORWOOD, Open Scholarship in Geography at Durham University.
P. JOHNSON, Choral Clerkship at Magdalen College, Oxford.
A. A. KELHAM, Open Scholarship in Geography at Keble College, Oxford.
M. J. KINGMAN, Open Scholarship in History at Leicester University.
R. I. LOCKEY, Open Exhibition in Chemistry at Durham University.
R. MILLER, Open Exhibition in Natural Science at Brasenose College, Oxford.
R. L. MORANT, Open Scholarship in Modern Subjects at Magdalen College, Oxford.
F. I. PARKER, Open Scholarship in Mathematics and Physics at St. Peter's Hall, Oxford.
J. R. RIDER, Open Scholarship in Economics at Nottingham University.
C. J. R. SINGLETON, Minor Scholarship in Mathematics and Physics at Trinity College, Cambridge.
R. H. SMITH, Open Scholarship in Modern Languages at Keble College, Oxford.
R. J. THOMPSON, Open Scholarship in English at Balliol College, Oxford.
W. E. TIMMS, Open Exhibition in Natural Science at The Queen's College, Oxford.
A. R. WILLIAMS, Open Scholarship in History at Trinity College, Oxford.
M. J. WILSON, Open Scholarship in Physics at Durham University.
And the following on obtaining places:
OXFORD : A. D. Aldridge, B. Bennett (Trinity) ; J. F. Billington, J. V. Eason, R. J. Nosowski, P. J. Quarrell, G. C. Talford (The Queen's) ; A. J. Bomber (St. Peter's Hall) ; B. Cheetham (Corpus Christi) ; P. J. Evison (Oriel) ; G. R. Tranmer (Wadham).
CAMBRIDGE : L. Gillott (Pembroke) ; M. R. Pike (Gonville and Caius).
DURHAM : D. G. R. Brown, M. J. Harrison.
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE : M. B. Jones.
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS : P. Buckle.
LEEDS : J. R. Cockayne.
LEICESTER : C. Jubb.
KING'S COLLEGE, NEWCASTLE : J. A. Leigh, P. Wilson.
SHEFFIELD : J. A. Baldwin, J. R. Hogg, I. E. Huntingdon, J. S. Knowles, D. Ludlam.
F. I. PARKER has been awarded a United Steel Companies' Scholarship, and J. R. HOGG a National Coal Board Scholarship.
We gratefully acknowledge the gift of two Cups, one from A. D. Waller and R. F. Laughton for Middle School Rugby Sevens, and the other from P. J. Dench for the Table Tennis Singles Championship.
J. G. McNaught (1952-59), The Queen's College, Oxford, has been elected Lord Justice Holker Junior Scholar of Gray's Inn.
The editor apologises for the omission of the name of J. B. Partridge, Magdalen College, Oxford, from the list of those who recently gained First Class Honours which was published in the last Magazine.
The School Carol Service in the Cathedral on December 19th was as usual a very impressive occasion and fully attended. The collection amounted to £47 11s. 4d.
The School heard with the greatest regret of the death of G. H. Claypole ; an appreciation of him appears in this Magazine. We must also record the death in January of Mrs. Mona Nott, who taught English here from 1941 to 1946. She was the mother of J. E. Nott (1949-56) to whom, and to Mr. Nott we extend our sympathy.
8th December, 1960
THE guest of honour was Mr. A. G. Dawtry, Old Edwardian (1926-34), Town Clerk of the City of Westminster, who distributed the prizes and spoke with urbanity to the usual packed audience in the Victoria Hall. He emphasised that good citizenship did not consist merely in the avoidance of minor anti-social acts but also in more positive contribution to the community. Public life in England was largely staffed by volunteers, men who were not "professional governors " but earned their living in some other way. The need was for those who had a grasp of the growing complexity of public affairs. Administration offered a variety of interest and boys would do well to consider the service they could offer the community in this field : as they were Yorkshiremen he was confident of their ability to get the best jobs.
The Headmaster referred to our satisfactory “production figures " both in University awards (fourteen at Oxford and Cambridge, five at other Universities) and at Advanced Level (55 Distinctions, 8 State Scholarships). A group of reports on Education and Youth and of announced and advocated changes were glanced at, particularly the ubiquitous plea for less specialisation in Sixth Forms. He found the prior condition for this to be a reduction in the facts to be memorised in the various syllabuses. English was, perhaps, the most vital non-specialist subject, and the projected Use of English papers for University entrance might help to give this due importance. Problems of University selection and admission were manifold and increasing, but, he added, " Higher education is now coming into its own and the future holds great promise given the teachers with real vision and skill."
Less satisfaction could be expressed about our games where " we appear to be in a lean period and may have to wait till the younger element grows up. We must hope they will retrieve our future and restore some of the School's former successes."
WE began the musical year with an innovation: the Brass Group with D. W. Williams (timpani), at the height of their powers under Mr. Ralph Williams' generous guidance, joined the Choir of St. John's Ranmoor in a programme of " Brass and Voices," alternating a number of items from their repertoire with anthems by the choir. Eight trumpets, four horns, four trombones and drums made an impressive sound in the resonant church and drew quite a large audience.
The Full Orchestra contributed Verdi's Triumph March from Aida to the Speech Day proceedings and accompanied the Choir in the final B flat Te Deum of Stanford. The Choir also sang two unaccompanied Spirituals and the Madrigal Group two chansons by Lassus and Scandello. The Carol Service in the Cathedral followed shortly afterwards. An unusual feature here was the Cornelius-Atkins Three Kings from Persian lands with P. Johnson singing the baritone solo from the centre space while the Madrigal Group sang the accompanying chorale away in the side chapel. This presented a problem in liaison which was only overcome at the service itself.
Thirty trebles joined in the Bach Society's presentation of the St. Matthew Passion, making a distinguished contribution to this historic occasion the first complete performance of this masterpiece in Sheffield for fifty years. Our contribution to the other annual " away match," the Schools' Concert in the City Hall, took the form of the first movement of the Schumann Piano Concerto in which R. J. Thompson distinguished himself and the Orchestra ably supported him, and the Brass Group's playing of Mr. Williams' suite of seventeenth century arrangements.
As we go to press we are engaged in the final rehearsals for our own Concert in the Victoria Hall. The major item is a generous selection from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus which will occupy part one of the programme, but among other items which are unusual and which we are proud to be able to put on are Giovanni Gabrieli's Sonata Pian' E Forte, for double Brass Chorus-the first piece of music to carry the directions " piano " (soft) and " forte " (loud), and a recent Sonata for Timpani only by Daniel Jones. The Madrigal Group are also embarking on Choral Speech in an extraordinary Geographical Fugue by Ernst Toch. Whether this is a " significant " item as well as being riotous fun we are not quite sure.
We have welcomed to the Orchestra J. R. Pilling (violin), P. Kippax (viola), J. H. Nixon ('cello), P. Bradley (flute), J. A. Heathcote (clarinet), P. K. Beighton (horn), D. Winter (trumpet) and J. C. Wheen (trombone), while P. Huston has made a useful transfer from clarinet to bassoon. The Choir at Carols was the largest, and many thought the best, ever. Some have, alas, not felt able to grapple with the greater difficulties presented by the concert work. It takes character to persevere with regular practice of a voluntary extra-timetable activity, and not all have this. Mr. Bradley has in hand a large number of very promising violinists, and Mr. Williams some good brass material. It remains a pity that we cannot provide woodwind players with like encouragement. Among other things which should be recorded we congratulate heartily P. Johnson on his Choral Scholarship to Magdalen, and note with gratitude the appearance of a reconditioned Steinway in the Hall in place of the battered Bechstein. A note on Music Club activities appears elsewhere.
N. J. B.
THE announcement of the death of G. H. Claypole in January after a sadly brief retirement will have been seen with regret by many Old Edwardians. Before leaving the school in 1958 he had been Senior English Master for seventeen years, during which time he founded the present department in the school and, as school records show, had in many ways-as a chairman of meetings, as a speaker and as a producer of drama done much to further those activities nearest to his heart.
Gerry Claypole was, partly by his own refusal, never a man to be fitted into one category. His courteous and sometimes with-drawn manner led everyone to see in him at first a rare example of that very English good breeding typical of earlier days in this century. But for those who knew him more closely this picture would be altered by a sudden sparkle of unconventional and even puckish humour which brought him one's affection as well as one's respect. He liked to stir in his friends not the loud laugh but the quiet appreciative chuckle. This preference for the discriminating and observant was in all ways characteristic of him ; parade and crudity, form and ceremony, wherever they happened, were always inimical to him.
As a scholar he never judged hastily or superficially. He said himself that he was a slow reader, but it was this very deliberateness which lent his judgments on literature their clarity and sureness. Literature was indeed his great love, and to see him at home surrounded by a lifetime's collection of books was to see him in his perfect setting. He could not readily be persuaded to voice his opinions, for he believed always that literature was to be experienced and enjoyed, not to be made the subject of theorising and argument. He had his own clearly thought and strongly held views on whatever he read and expected others to do likewise. This was reflected in his teaching, which was not remarkable for any system or method but for the great love and informed appreciation of literature which he knew how to communicate. Perhaps this did not appeal to everyone he encountered, but when a boy saw how much was being offered him, Claypole had his esteem for ever. No less, when he found a bent for and, to him equally important, a genuine interest in the craft of writing, he knew how to foster it.
Among his other talents he was himself a master of strong, simple and resourceful language. Even a small note from him would contain some entirely characteristic turn of phrase which gave one pleasure. And besides his gift for prose, he was a sensitive poet with an unexpected range and depth of feeling.
His interests ranged wide-over music, the countryside, county cricket, the arts, education. To the end of his life he kept his mind open and enquiring. In recent years, for example, he had come to enjoy modern American literature, and one had only to talk to him of such authors as Marianne Moore, who amused him, or Wallace Stevens, whose work he greatly admired, to realise that his thinking was not only youthful but even in advance of today's opinion. It is perhaps in this way, not as a traditional scholar with his roots in the Classics and a masterly knowledge of his own language, but as a man who could find the freshest mind contemporary with his own, that he would most like us to remember him.
R. B. C.
AFTER arriving in London by the morning milk train, six sixth formers made their way to Central Hall, Westminster, to take part in the eighteenth Christmas Conference held by the Council for Education in World Citizenship, on " Something New Out of Africa." From the start the conference provoked lively discussion with a most well balanced address by The Rt. Hon. lain Macleod, M.P. This was followed by two lectures which presented a general background to the problems confronting the conference. The simple deprecating mention of " apartheid " or " colonialist exploitation " brought frantic cheering from the audience. Every suggestion of undemocratic practices on the part of the new African and Asian rulers was countered by that old chestnut, " the West had Hitler." Tunisia, according to its Ambassador in London, is " a neutral, peace-loving country, wanting to co-operate, and to be friendly with every nation." How regrettable, to be sure, that the Ambassador's deadening predictability evoked in us nothing but cynicism.
The conference, however, not only involved listening. After each lecture we were invited to ask questions, and much time was taken up in discussion groups in which political, economic, cultural and social problems were considered. " Invest large sums of money in the under-developed countries," " let the Africans rule themselves while protecting minority rights." These were two of the solutions to Africa's problems by the citizens of the future, who seemed surprised and hurt that the politicians had not already thought of them. The K.E.S. representatives, however, regarded the situation as rather more complex.
As in all conferences, there were the outstanding speakers, Dr. K. A. Busia certainly heartened the conference when he spoke of " The Prospects for Democracy," and Mr. Ritchie Calder delivered an elucidating lecture on the Congo situation. The conference had its lighter moments too. Our extramural activities included visits to concerts, dances, bookshops, the cinema and the International Boat Show at Earls Court. For all of us who attended the conference, the trip combined work and pleasure in the most acceptable proportions.
I. T. C., A. R. W.
OVER half-term fifteen boys and two masters, though rarely together at any given moment, descended upon London. In our few emergences from troglodytic turmoil, we saw much which was of both economic and cultural interest ; if the streets of London were not paved with gold before, they ought to be now.
The Friday was begun at the Stock Exchange, where, greeted by a red-coated hostess, we watched a film as amusing as it was instructive, in a sinister, manifestly plutocratic, private cinema. From this we learnt that the dictum of the Stock Exchange is " Fictum meum pactum." The Union of Post Office Workers provided a heated discussion on the Trade Union movement in general, in which the usual K.E.S. conservatism was exhibited. We saw a doyen of Trade Union research, who was unfortunately prevented from revealing his findings. Saturday morning was filled by a visit to the Tower of London, where our guide revealed wit typical of a Londoner, and the afternoon chiefly by the F.A. Cup at Leyton, though there were whispers of " Ross " and Toulouse-Lautrec. " A Midsummer Night's Dream " was watched at the Old Vic, in true economic tradition, (When they flag, give 'em culture ; it never fails), on the Saturday evening.
Sunday was free for all (no, not free-for-all), and among places visited were Woking, Aylesbury, Hyde Park, Mr. Lumumba's posthumous rally in Trafalgar Square, Soho, etc. Next day, most hectic of the trip, we were told of the doings of the Ministry of Transport, with Welsh affability enriched by Her Majesty's Tea. Later we were conducted around the Houses of Parliament by Mr. George Darling, who described everything most efficiently ; among the things seen and heard were vital questions concerning the diet of the Members, the stentorian interjections of the Honourable Member for Kidderminster, and a masterly speech by Mr. Gunter. Monday night was free, and entertainers seen ranged from Albert Finney to Brian Rix. On Tuesday, Harbury and Croome and King were gloriously vindicated ; here, at Ford's of Dagenham there was everything : social services on all sides, vertical integration, division of labour ; ec. struc. to a T, and they loved it.
Several interesting facts have emerged: an excellent meal can be made on banana and coffee ; King George VI Memorial Hostel provides excellent accommodation ; if you're not caught by a police dog in Holland Park you can stay out until 11.30 ; perhaps the first Greek dictionary to enter Ford's was carried right round the factory.
In scouting phraseology, an enjoyable time was had by all. Our two guides revealed an acid wit, not always appreciated, and showed too that they have at least five pairs of eyes between them. They are thanked most sincerely for the two years of their lives that they have so nobly sacrificed to the cause of youth.
M. A. H.
ON 1st August six tired, hungry and lonely boys took to their beds in Gothenberg at 10.30 p.m. At 11.30 p.m. the six boys, more tired, hungry and lonely, climbed through their respective bedroom windows to explore the strange locality. They returned after a short time, their curiosity satisfied but not their hunger. This was the beginning of a holiday.
The next day after a long, hot train journey we arrived at Grebbestad, a small fishing village on the Bohuslān peninsula about a hundred miles north of Gothenberg. We were to stay at the Summer School for Boys held at the local girls' boarding School. After a brief introduction to our room-mates we began our holiday in earnest.
The holiday entailed the mixing of work with pleasure and the cost of it was accordingly subsidised. The work consisted of three lessons in the morning, during which we discussed various aspects of life in England and Sweden. The afternoons were left free to enjoy either the excellent sporting facilities, etc., provided by the school or the company of the local inhabitants. Enjoyable trips were made by boat to North Koster Island and in the neighbouring bay, and by bus to Lysekil and Oslo where we saw Viking Ships, the Kon-Tiki raft and other relics.
Evenings were also free until 1o p.m. by which time we had to be in our rooms. However, late night gatherings were illegally held, escape from which was by common consent through the window until one boy in his haste unfortunately omitted the small detail of opening the window first . . . . Other activities included the miniature golf course, an excellent place for establishing relations with the local people, sojourns in one of the cafes and swimming across the bay, if we could penetrate the unending ranks of stinging jellyfish. Lifesaving lessons were also given by one enlightened member of the party.
Dances were held three times a week by the pier and special dances were held on Saturday evenings in Charlottenlund. At the school table tennis and basketball competitions were arranged, one member, never having seen basket-ball before, scoring twelve goals.
So to the last night when we had a party and gave a concert to our Swedish friends, to be presented in return with replicas of the Swedish flag. The concert went without hitch but one person will always remember being poised twenty feet above the stage frantically attempting to switch on a spotlight.
The trip home by plane was uneventful except that it was cold and we arrived home to a foggy, drizzly, bleak and damp England having had a wonderful holiday with fine weather throughout.
Our thanks are due to Mr. and Mrs. Burns, and to Folkuniversitet for arranging the trip.
B. B. C., B. W. E. A., D. B. C.
soft red sand, damp ;
oil-green, smoke-grey, salt water
with white crests.
Stretching sand and stretching sea ;
vasty sky, sea-blue
with white clouds.
Great red head-warming heat,
and twinkling the sea on which it falls.
Coloured chairs of canvas,
red and blue
striped umbrellas over cafe tables ;
white cloths, brown beer in glasses,
Sunlit paper, white, eye-aching ;
yellow hat of straw, brown back, blue jeans
waitress black and white, with silver tray.
Silver teapot sea-white, sea-grey,
Purpling clouds, wet sand, umbrellas furled.
Yellow hat of straw, blue jeans,
and woolly-coated back now.
Off-white seagulls diving, landward moving breeze.
shadows moving, black.
Black sea, and teapot-silver moon rising ;
star-flecked sky, and foam-splashed sea-—
rising oil-green, falling black.
Rising, falling, like the hills behind the twinkling
eternal black and green, land and sea.
M. R. EDWARDS.
CIRCULATION figures for the Christmas term stand at 2,450, those for last term at 1,660.
Last term's stock-taking produced a list of four missing titles.
The following losses for the year ending July, 1959 are published in the hope of stirring some memories and prompting a return of the books :—
|J. R. Winton||A Dictionary of Economic Terms.|
|Moliere||Comedies, Vol. I (Everyman edition).|
|L. J. Ludovici||The World of the Infinitely Small.|
|Huxley||After Many a Summer.|
|Johns, Ware and Rees||Graded and Everyday Examples in Physics.|
|W. Shakespeare||The Works of W. Shakespeare.|
Gifts are gratefully acknowledged from :—
C. J. Barnes, M. D. Barratt, P. Benton, D. R. Bentley, N. K. Berridge, J. M. Haslam, S.S. " Hector," J. R. Hodkin, R. R. Kershaw, M. J. Lodge, J. Loxley, K. Mayland, D. H. Moore, R. C. Pitt, J. R. Rider, J. A. Rodgers, A. A. Sampson, B. R. Sykes, Mr. G. W. Taylor, J. A. Woolhouse, The School Prefects.
SOME readers have expressed a wish to know more about the characters in the portrait-gallery of past pupils who are known to have misused the Library system. A case presenting some typical features, whom we shall call " N " for obvious reasons, has been selected from the numerous dossiers.
N's intelligence, according to the Entrance Test, was abnormally high, somewhere between the level of potential university scholarship winner and that of evil genius ; but this may easily have been a clerical error when it is seen in the light of subsequent events. When looking over N's record one cannot fail to be impressed by the startling accuracy of other elements in the selection process of those days. The section headed " Horoscopic Prognostication (Secondary) " reads in part : " The diametric balance of Libra and Aries is interpreted as connecting his future with Libraries, though the nearby sign of the Crab also suggests that he may be inclined to pinch things. The opposition of Scorpio in the ascendant makes it certain that he will get badly stung one day whilst doing so. An unfavourably disposed Taurus in the offing then makes a rapid departure quite likely." In the First Form his form-master, a mighty man and a Phrenologist of international repute, noticed odd features as he patted his pupils' head in ostensibly friendly fashion on the first day. He used to do it to them all and then enter the result in the space provided on the Record Cards. In this case he warned the present writer, alluding to a pronounced " Hypertrophy of the Bump of Acquisitiveness."
Evidence as to N's appearance can also be produced. In an old panoramic portrait-group of the School he contrived to appear repeatedly at the rear of the other sitters, whose tense expressions show that they were concentrating hard on the task of sitting, regardless of events behind them. At regular intervals the prints show his grinning features, tousled hair, dark glasses and polo-necked sweater. A receipt-counterfoil in N's folder records the fine of fourpence, the cost of the spoiled negative. The principle of " caveat emptor " fortunately protected him against hundreds of claims for the prints.
Successes like this and the constant evasion of Library fines by glib argument undermined N's morals to the point where disaster was inevitable. One fifth of November he was found installing borrowed ice-cream chimes under the Assembly-Hall platform, complete with remote control to the balcony. Although he was advised to plead diminished responsibility he preferred to depart grandiloquently, with dark hints that he had already got all the school had to offer him. The next stock-taking in the Library confirmed the worst fears.
On the strength of his school record, an employment officer found N a Job with a well-known international telegraph corporation as number three submarine cable repeater on the Atlantic route, where he would be out of harm's way. There he sat, and whenever he remembered the good old times he had had in Private Study Periods, N would strum pensively on the telegraph wires thousands of fathoms down, neglectful of his task and absent-mindedly passing on the messages as he used to do when he had sat between Billiamshurst and Jonesham in the Fourth Form. He no longer had his shelf of books from the Library ; messages he had overheard had caused him to fling them overboard to avoid eventual discovery.
One book was washed ashore on the coast of Gambia and came back to us via the District Commissioner, having been found by a native who noticed that the word
" Sheffield " appeared both on his assegai and on the book. The sharks had been at the title-page, but with the help of the Library Index (somewhat hastily compiled, alas) we managed to reconstitute it as Boccacio : " They clamour and moan." The volume will shortly be back on the shelf. Still afloat must be Waugh : " Vile Bodies," and as the sharks will not touch that, we hope to recover it. Huxley : " Spyglass on Gaza " is known to have been fished up by an old salt who, though illiterate, likes to look at the pictures. Forster : " Cowards End " is believed to have gone to the bottom.
I hope, dear Readers, that you have gained an insight into the way the system works ; many more cautionary examples could be quoted in detail, but of course you do not stand in need of them. You all know that the Library Rules are there for your protection and that the evil shall not prosper for long.
I cannot ease your pain
or suck the poison out
to warble sneer or shout
There is no written remedy for such pain.
Partner the sudden wind
dividing summer's heart
the plough's progressive art
of sombre parallels
in lovely unconcern
stand by you,carven fell, thrall plough, and wind.
trepans each errant will
scar, sublimate, not kill
the patient self
that bides, like kitchen delf,
subserving honours, passions, powers
in etched inert essential fortitude.
Whistle and blur accost the ear
A crass continuum of noise
Diminishing into entity
Of silence, as the baton poised
Proclaims an hour's mania.
Afterthought can hardly swing
Back that superb encaenia
Of dandy drum and scathing strings.
A little tune berings the mind
The woodwind answers .... half-way through,
Gone deaf, we're spinning verbal blinds,
Like nitwits carried into Crewe.
Or, as the falling phrase returns
`So utterly satisfactory',
The perfect notes induce a purr-
-y furry pleasure. Or, contrary
Six simultaneous arguments
In agony of counterpoint
Batter the bending ear, and paint
Whichever style we choose adroit
Vienna, constipated Finn,
Jew quartertones, Slavonic " Rite "—
Before us, like original sin
Dogging the innocence of sound,
Conductors waggle, dig and swoop.
Coda : concerts always pound
The spirit into turtle soup.
AFTER a most successful summer camp on Glen Isle, Scotland, whose highlights included the establishment of a new bread and margarine eating record, the Troop soon became adjusted to weekly meetings on Wednesdays instead of Monday. Twelve new members have joined us, and are enjoying unusually varied activities, including the annual jumble sale, spy hunts, and patrol hikes during the half-term holidays, ending respectively with a firework display and a visit to the Speedwell Cavern. Smaller sections of the Troop have undertaken more ambitious ventures, such as all-night hikes, marathon parties, rock climbing, and the seizure of the summit of Main Tor. Unfortunately there was no widespread public demand for that particular place on a January night, so the only excitement was provided by gale-force winds and icy rain.
Troop camps this year are planned at Newstead Abbey for Whitsuntide, and West Runton on the Norfolk coast at mid-summer. This will be the first time for over six years the Troop has camped on the east coast.
We thank the Parents' Committee for providing the central attraction of the Christmas Party, this year in the form of peas and pies, and also for financial assistance towards new equipment.
P. M. HETHERINGTON.
Eight Seniors have helped the Troop by arranging two wide-games and carrying our training ; some are themselves working for senior badges, and Dick Ainsworth and " Fred " Holland are nearing their Queen's Scout Badges.
Regular meetings are held on Friday nights at the Den, recently rewired by the Seniors at the cost of blowing-up the only efficient wireless there, and on these occasions, the evening often ends with " Hunts."
B. R. EDWARDS.
" B " TROOP could only accept six new recruits this year retaining its membership of forty scouts organised in five patrols. The number of separate patrol activities has increased and the Friday Troop meeting is now planned by the five Patrol Leaders who meet every Monday. The usual crop of badges has been gained, including two Scout Cords.
An observational quiz based on the school building included a question about door numbers which lead to the founding of the Science of Portonumerology and an article in Phoenix. (The latest discovery is 15A).
Dave Elliott has paid us his usual flying visits and has been as active as ever organising wide games and Whit Camp which will be at Osmaston. Summer Camp will be in Wales ; activities during the Easter holiday include patrol camps, hikes, a fourth form wide game and " Bob a Job " week.
The Seniors have had a series of talks, discussions and a night-hike. It is rumoured that they are about to paint the Scout Hut. Once again we thank the Parents' Committee for organising the Christmas party, the jumble sale and whist drives.
THE climax of last year's Scouting was the Summer Camp at Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, an excellent camp made all the more enjoyable by the hospitality of the villagers and the idiosyncrasies of the visiting D.C. We owe a great debt to those Elder Statesmen of the Troop who ran the camp for us.
The Troop's progress in Scouting has been steadily maintained, particularly by the younger Scouts. A.S.M. R. M. Treeby, who joined us in the Autumn Term, has given a new slant to many Troop activities.
The Parents' Jumble Sale was again a success and they have our thanks. The Scouts have their chance in " Bob a Job " week : last year Michael Perry earned £4 19s. 0d., a Troop, and probably Group, record ; this year may see even this surpassed.
The Senior Troop had an interesting and enlightening evening when Mr. P. A. Allison, a senior member of the Sheffield City Engineer's Town Planning Department, gave an illustrated talk on the re-planning of the city. We hope to hold more meetings of this type in the future.
The junior Troop have entered a team for the Divisional First Aid competition and all Patrols will compete in the later general competition. We wish them all success.
M. S. Horwood on " Jehovah's Witnesses," C. J. S. Brearley on " Mohammedism," A. R. Williams on " Buddhism," M. A. Hall on " Yoga " ; all these speakers have covered very effectively ground unfamiliar both to themselves and to their audiences. These talks are appropriate to the S.C.M. since we must attempt to understand other beliefs, to realise what we can learn from them and what we have in common with them.
A. R. Williams argued earlier in the term that there was nothing in any way irrational in our belief in God ; Mr. Hall gave a powerful and convincing homily on the relevance of the Bible in the modern world, and Mr. Langrish's two brilliant talks on " Science and Christianity " were especially appreciated. The Autumn term was rounded off with P. N. Bell's vigorous attack on " Advertising," the Lent term with a recording of two Easter plays by Yeats to a rather small audience.
Attendances in general could have been a little higher since meetings are held in the dinner hour, and many more scientists would be welcome. They are surely not above religion, nor is religion above them ! The one meeting with an outside speaker attracted a few of them, a talk by the Chaplain of Sheffield University on " Christianity in the Universities." We were most fortunate in this visit.
This has been a very successful year, with strong attendances, some excellent speeches and lively discussions. The Fifth Form have yet to overcome their reserve, but their faithfulness encourages the prophecy of an equally flourishing society next year. At inter-schools meetings of the C.E.W.C. held after school, K.E.S. representation drops to half a dozen. Many only come in the dinner hour for want of anything better to do, but this is no bad thing, since only the dimmest can have failed to profit from the speeches of the last two terms. We have had an impressive coverage of all the headline topics—the Congo, Central African Federation, Sino-Soviet relations, the U.S. Presidential Election, the Commonwealth, British foreign policy, Laos and Cuba. The various speakers have been sometimes fair and non-committal, sometimes highly provocative, but all have given informative analyses of these problems. The same speakers have also provided most of the contributions from the floor, because other people have, presumably been cowed into silence, or could it be that once these speakers get up, no one can stop them talking ? At least it can be said that membership of the I.D.G. helps towards a good general background, and many scientists could profit from our activities.
This year the society has followed a policy of holding meetings on topical economic problems, occasionally entering the field of current affairs, in an endeavour to draw the crowds. With practically no exceptions the policy has proved successful and attendances of over 4o have been recorded. One of the most pleasing features has been the attendance of a hard core of scientists.
Talks ranged over a large number of topics : rent control, food, population, transport, labour relations, location of industry, and the government's economic policy.
Two of the most interesting meetings were those on transport. At the first J. F. Billington put forward his plans for railway reorganisation involving tolls and the now realised holding company for B.T.C. hotels, etc., while at the second A. R. Williams and J. C. H. Meakin discussed with each other, and the audience, the present transport situation.
J. C. B. Turney discussed World Food and Population problems, and claimed that the American attitude to them was apathetic. He also put forward his own ideas and came under heavy fire from the floor when he had difficulty supporting his case.
On more directly economic subjects B. Cheetham gave a lively and competent talk on labour relations, which caught the audience in an apathetic mood with the result that very few questions were asked. There was also a talk on the location of industry, given by B. Bennett, which showed both the shortcomings and virtues of present government policy.
At the first meeting of the year C. J. S. Brearley, the chairman of the society for the year, gave a talk on rent control in which he unwillingly condoned government policy and met opposition from the floor when he hoped for its speedy abolition. C. J. Ball, secretary for the year, also gave a talk, on the government's economic policy, which was competent and critical. He especially attacked the use of hire purchase restrictions as an economic weapon and efficiently parried questions. R. Mingay gave a talk on the state of British political parties which was quite successful as an excursion away from economic topics.
The one disappointing feature of the year has been the complete unwillingness of the first year sixth to give talks, but it is hoped to remedy this in the remaining term !
Finally, thanks are extended to the officials and committee for all the work they have put in, and especially to the artist, M. R. Edwards, and the President, Mr. Burke.
SENIOR. Five debates have been held in the past two terms, and it is encouraging to note some sign of rising standards of debating. Two of our most active speakers, A. R. Williams and R. H. Smith, represented the School in the regional round of the Public Schools' Debating Association Competition at St. Peter's, York, and did very well in being placed second to Ampleforth.
The Autumn term opened with R. Mingay and R. N. Crookes proposing and J. C. B. Turney and R. H. Smith opposing the motion " This House would rather be an unhappy philosopher than a contented pig." The motion was carried. Less successful was a debate on Nationalism, but the third meeting attracted an interested audience to hear a visiting speaker, Mr. Michael Elliott, talk on his recent visit to Russia. We were invited to the Girls' High School for a joint debate on the motion " Man is the superior animal " at which P. J. Quarrell made a distinguished speech, a lively finale to his activities in the society. We were very grateful for this enjoyable occasion, and were delighted to welcome the High School at the end of the Lent term, when our main speakers were M. A. Hall and R. J. Thompson on the motion " This House welcomes the Spring." Other Lent term meetings provided a debate on Class Distinctions and a talk by Mr. Douglas Hamer of Sheffield University, illustrated by abundant slides on Medieval and Renaissance Theatre. We are grateful to him for his visit and must also thank S. A. Morant for a continual supply of imaginative and talented publicity posters.
MIDDLE SCHOOL. Four meetings were held during the Autumn Term. On September 26th the oratory of the members was tested by one-minute talks and impromptu stories, and on October 17th, more formal speaking was revealed in a debate on " This House hates Tradition." A programme of readings from literature followed on November 7th, and the usual Christmas entertainment, a hybrid non-‘0’ level version of " Twelfth Night " and " Richard II," was performed on November 28th. The term ended with the Middle School Debate in the Hall on the motion " This House believes that Science is a menace to Civilization " when Mr. German and Mr. Prescott were guest speakers.
This term there have been two meetings, although members also attended the Senior School talk by Mr. Hamer. On January 30th members aired their views on current topics at an " Any Questions " meeting, and on March 13th a production of the " Harrowing of Hell " gave members some idea of the nature of Mystery plays.
JUNIOR. There were four meetings in the Autumn Term. At the first an inter-form Quiz was won by 1(4) who defeated 1(3) in the final, 2(1) succumbing in the first round. Two debates followed. At the first the motion that "This House believes that British Railways have no future " was carried by nine votes to eight. The rhetoric of Huston 2(2) and the logic of Holmes 1(4) were notable. At the second, the House decided that too much time was not spent watching television. This debate was disappointing : few speakers knew what they were trying to say and still fewer said it. There was no idea of speech as a means of persuasion. The last meeting witnessed the Mock Trial of Adams, S. 2(1). Thanks to the uncertainty of the prosecution witnesses he was cleared on two charges of the three and escaped with the light sentence of ten salaams to the court.
This term has seen three meetings. At one a Brains Trust made intelligent and informed comment on a wide range of subjects. The second provided some amusing impromptu speeches and at the third appeared a " Newspaper on Tape," the recorded gleanings of the school's most ardent journalists.
SENIOR. Without doubt the programmes with the most popular appeal were " The Wanderings of Odysseus," by Mr. Prescott and Mr. Jones, and " Tunes of Grecian Glory," by M. A. Hall and P. N. Bell, though in these the humorous tended to oust the classical. The former was a prose narrative interspersed with humorous episodes, the latter a musical extravaganza in the form of " Desert Island Discs." 5L1, with a formidable array of speakers, ably presented a Symposium on Vergil, emerging unscathed from all questions. I. M. Johnson described the villa at Chedworth, aided by a filmstrip, and M. A. Hall gave illustrations of classical metres in English poetry. " Plato," a talk given by Dr. Jameson, was greatly appreciated ; such an interesting topic needs further discussion. G. C. Talford spoke authoritatively to a small but discriminating audience on " Linear B."
We are glad to record successes in the Sheffield Latin Reading Competition in which each school was allowed to enter three competitors in the Junior and Senior sections. In the Junior section M. A. Hall was first, P. R. Whyman second and P. N. Bell fourth, while among the Seniors R. H. Smith was second and R. G. Scholey third.
JUNIOR. The Society has had considerable success over the last two terms. The year's activities began with a film strip on the history of writing, presented by Beale and Porter. The later activities of the Society included a " Day in the life of a Roman boy," incorporating a classical edition of " What's my Line," and a graphic account of a Roman Circus which took place in the theatre at Verulamium. The last meeting of the term was given the title of " Murder, Mirth and Monsters," a collection of anecdotes either bloodthirsty or humorous in nature, which was enthusiastically acclaimed by the audience.
The second term opened with another film strip given by Mr. Prescott, entitled " Rome." This was very interesting, and depicted the way of life of the Romans. After this, there was a classical " Quiz," in which members had to fill the gaps in a story with words from a type-written list in front of them. Not surprisingly, G. L. Porter of 4(1) gained the highest score in this competition.
M. A. Hall gave an enjoyable lecture on " Life in the Roman Provinces " for the third meeting of the term. For the final meeting, a programme called " Playwriting in Practice " took place. Members were divided into groups, each group was given a short scene of a play to prepare, and, when all these scenes were prepared, they were put on tape and played back to the audience. The results were weird, wonderful and amusing.
Altogether we have had a very successful series of meetings, the record attendance having been broken three times in succession. This record now stands at 43 members present at one meeting, and we hope to improve on this next term.
Quite a full programme was completed in the Autumn Term. Further Record Recitals were given by A. J. Bomber, M. Hill and P. J. Evison, and the innovation of a composite Organ Recital proved popular. Junior and Senior lunch-hour concerts were presented, and Mr. Barnes explained and demonstrated the organ of St. John's Ranmoor at a joint meeting with Abbeydale Grange Music Club, later giving a recital at a similar meeting with High Storrs Music Club. Dr. Wightman showed the electronic organ of St. Mark's Church to a party of boys, and after an introductory talk to Bach's Christmas Oratorio, the term finished with a well-attended programme of Music and Humour on records.
The Lent term has been less busy. R. J. Thompson presented records of music by Ravel, while G. C. Talford contributed an interesting and thorough study of Pre-Christian Music. Mr. Barnes prefaced his St. Matthew Passion success with a talk, and a Musical Quiz, with masters as the victims, concluded our activities.
The Natural History Society was launched in the Winter term with a talk by N. R. Dennis on Microbiology. Subsequent meetings produced addresses on a variety of topics Bird Migration (M. Hulse) ; The Effects of Alcohol on the Body (I. T. Williams) ; Fertilisers in Agriculture Today (J. D. Wood) ; Spiders (R. D. Walley) ; Lungfish (M. Grundman). In the Lent term we have heard P. Wilson on The Origin of Vertebrates ; W. Amos on Evolution ; M. Collins on The Origin of Man ; B. Taylor on Fungi. The last meeting of the year was a lecture from Dr. H. Woolhouse (Botany Department, University of Sheffield) on The Contribution of Electron Microscopy to the Understanding of Cell Metabolism and Structure-a most interesting account of exciting research.
The Society is open to all boys from the 3rds upwards and the average attendance was 16.
The first meeting of the school year was on 26th October when a Brains Trust was held. The panel included Messrs. T. K. Robinson and J. B. Lockett, D. E. Cottingham and A. R. Williams, with Mr. Cook in the chair. In answers to members' questions the panel showed expected erudition combined with willingness to enter into controversy which made a lively meeting.
On 16th November the Society had the pleasure of listening to Mr. Mackay talking about the discovery and use of metals. Mr. Mackay's account was illustrated by his own slides. Both the account and the illustrations held the attention of the audience and provoked a good deal of interest.
Subsequent meetings have been devoted to historical films, first at School and then at the Library Theatre. Owing to the pressure of time in the Lent Term a meeting at which papers will be read by members has been held over to the Summer Term. It is hoped to arrange one or two visits in the Summer Term.
We are very grateful for the support given by masters and boys to the Society, particularly to those who have come to speak to us. Meetings have been well attended.
Though junior members have given regular support this year, there have rarely been more than six seniors present on Fridays, a situation which gives little scope for choosing the Chess Team. But the team has done well in the seven of its ten matches so far. Our difficulty has been to find a competent and consistent sixth board. Porter and Kington have played especially well and the team has usually been Harris, Lucas, Porter, Kington, Britton, and Hawkins.
|K. E. S. . .||3.5||- High Storrs. .||2.5|
|Abbeydale||2.5||- K. E. S.||3.5|
|Ecclesfield||3||- K. E. S.||3|
|High Storrs||4||- K. E. S.||2|
|K. E. S. . .||3.5||- Ecclesfield||2.5|
|K. E. S.||4.5||- Dronfield||1.5|
The Society has more members this season than ever before, and the photographic room has been in use nearly every dinner time. Demonstrations have been given of film development, contact printing and enlarging. Several members have given showings of their holiday colour transparencies, the best results being obtained with Kodachrome. The annual photographing, and producing of about 140 whole-plate prints of the new boys was done in October.
A most interesting visit was paid this term by twenty-four boys and three staff to the Sheffield Photo Finishers works, where we were happy to meet once again Mr. Ian Mottershaw (K.E.S. 1944-54), who showed us round. We saw large scale development of black and white films and print processing, and could not help comparing the excitement with which we develop one film with the nonchalance with which they develop thousands. We then saw the processing of colour films and prints, and were much impressed by the care taken to get correct colour rendering. An illustrated lecture on the principles of colour photography completed our visit.
The Society has once again been fortunate in its main officials, Secretary P. M. Hetherington (6 Sc. 1) and Treasurer J. A. Smith (6 Sc. 2), who are both competent photographers and keen members.
SEVERAL of last year's 1st XI returned to school and there were high hopes of a successful season which were fulfilled in early matches ; for example our creditable victory over the O.E.'s was something few past school teams have achieved. Confidence sagged after defeat by Ecclesfield and several matches, which should have been won easily, were lost, but spirit and skill returned towards the end of the season, and the performance of the team which defeated Chesterfield and contained four reserves promises well for next season.
Bennett, in goal, has made several brilliant saves but also presented one or two goals to grateful opponents. He has greatly improved in clearing the high ball and now commands the six yard area. At full-back Nell has sometimes been slack in marking but he is strong in the tackle. The destinations of his clearances surprise the remaining twenty-one players on the field. Cockayne has played to suit the occasion, and while dominating a good winger, he has allowed several insignificant looking players to create unnecessary danger. McAughey is probably the most improved player in the side, being good in the air and strong in the tackle. With a little more speed he could be outstanding next season. Ridgway has gained the admiration of all : amazement at the way he charges through the thick of the fray, emerging with the ball, has prevented the rest of the team from taking full advantage of his enterprise. At centre-half, Nosowski has been the side's most consistent player, the mainspring of the defence, with a shrewdness which has saved many a situation.
Departure and injury brought problems to the forward line. Wileman is an opportunist in front of goal and on the wing has been effective : he must not wander inside too often. Tranmer, though having to play with several different wingers, has had a good season. He must, however, use the opposite wing as well as his own. Kelly played well on dry pitches but became bogged down in the mud. Bailey, selected only towards the end of the season, showed several neat touches, and the experience he gained will be useful next year. Pike, after many games at left-half, provided, at centre-forward, that punch which had been missing since Newton's departure. He is the best header of the ball in the team, and lack of height robbed him of many goals.
We did not retain the South Yorkshire seven-a-side trophy, being defeated by Abbeydale, eventual winners, in the first round. In the Yorkshire competition, we reached the semi-final, defeating previous winners Almondbury and Ecclesfield on the way, and were beaten by two corners to nothing after a tremendous tussle with Abbeydale who easily won the final.
The team expresses its thanks to Mr. Cowan and to Mr. Bray for giving up so much time to referee and take charge of training sessions.
F. I. P.
Parker has brought to the position of inside-forward an ability and authority which had been lacking. As Captain he knew exactly what he wanted and the right way to obtain it.
G. H. C.
Played 25, Won 13. Drawn 1. Lost 11, Goals for 68, against 58.
|v.||F. A. Dixon's XI||(Home),||lost||2-4|
|v.||High Storrs G.S.||(Away).||drew||2-2|
|v.||High Storrs G.S.||(Home).||lost||2-3|
|v.||Firth Park G.S.||(Home).||lost||2-4|
|v.||Huddersfield New College..||(Away).||won||4-3|
|v.||Grimsby Wintringham G.S.||(Home),||won||1-0|
|v.||De La Salle||(Away).||lost||2-3|
Scorers : Newton 13, Wileman 13, Tranmer 9. Pike 8. Kelly 8. Belk 6. Parker 4, Nosowski 3. McAughey 1, own goal 2.
THE past season has scarcely seen two continuous weeks when the 2nd XI has been able to field the same team, and consequently the standard of play has been inconsistent. Nevertheless on many occasions a depleted team has brought off a notable victory. Eason had the recurrent task of moulding together a team of individuals, and acquitted himself well. In giving verbal encouragement he was ably aided by the goalkeeper, Foster, who was the season's outstanding player. Several new faces appeared during the Lent term, some of whom on their displays will form the nucleus of next year's team, others will certainly join the First XI. Towards the end of this term Mills found his best position at centre-half ; together with Solway and Styring he formed part of a skilful and hard-working half-back line which provided the midfield strength that was lacking for most of the season.
T. K. R., A. G. J.
Played 24, Won 7, Drawn 3, Lost 14. Goals for 46, against 56.
Leading goalscorers : Kelly 12. Cottingham 9.
|v. Old Edwardians||(Home).||lost||1-2|
|v. Manchester G.S.||(Away),||lost||0-6|
|v. Woodhouse G.S.||(Away).||lost||0-1|
|v. Barnsley G.S.||(Away).||lost||1-5|
|v. Ecclesfield G.S.||(Home),||won||3-1|
|v. Mansfield G.S.||(Away),||won||6-0|
|v. Abbeydale G.S.||(Home).||lost||0-3|
|v. Central Tech.||(Away).||lost||0-2|
|v. Chesterfield G.S.||(Home),||lost||2-4|
|v. Doncaster Tech.||(Home).||won||2-0|
|v. High Storrs G.S.||(Away),||lost||3-4|
|v. Central Tech.||(Home),||won||4-1|
|v. City G.S.||(Home).||won||5-0|
|v. Firth Park G.S.||(Away),||lost||0-1|
|v. Huddersfield New College..||(Away),||drew||2-2|
|v. Oakwood (1st XI)||(Away),||lost||1-5|
|v. Dronfield (1st XI)||(Away),||lost||2-5|
|v. Mexborough G.S.||(Home),||drew||4-4|
|v. De La Salle||(Home),||won||6-1|
|v. Rotherham G.S.||(Away),||lost||0-2|
|v. Chesterfield G.S.||(Away).||lost||0-2|
|v. Ecclesfield G.S.||(Home),||lost||1-2|
|v. Barnsley G.S.||(Home),||drew||2-2|
IN general this season has been almost a repetition of last—a rather dismal record of more defeats than victories. Consolation once again rests in that there has been no lack of enthusiasm and the short supply of football talent has made it impossible to provide an effective football force. A highlight of the season was the visit in September of a team of German Secondary Schoolboys from Frankfurt. The heavy defeat they inflicted on us emphasized our deficiencies. Outstanding features of the games have been solid defensive work by Bows, Meredith and the captain. Betts. and the rather belated discovery of a most able goalkeeper in Buckle but for whom several of the defeats would have been much heavier.
L. J. S.. W. C. H.
|v.||Marlcliffe 1st XI||(Home),||won||3-2|
|v.||German XI . .||(Home),||lost||2-7|
|v.||Carlton G.S. 1st XI..||(Home),||lost||0-6|
|v.||Owler Lane 1st XI ..||(Home),||drawn||1-1|
|v.||Rowlinson 1st XI||(Away),||lost||3-7|
|v.||Marlcliffe 1st XI||(Away)||lost||0-1|
Played 11, Won 2. Drawn 1, Lost 8. Goals for 21, against 43.
FROM the point of view of matches won the season has not been successful. but there has been a steady improvement, particularly in defensive play where Hopkinson. the captain. at centre-half has set a very good example. Several matches in the latter part of the season were lost by the odd goal. and many would have been won with more steadiness and confidence in the forward line. The season ended well when in the Yorkshire Grammar Schools Seven-a-Side Competition at Easingwold we reached the semi-final and lost to the eventual winners, Rotherham G.S.
The team spirit has been very good. even in matches which were heavily lost, and a special word of praise goes to the reserves who turned up so regularly. and to Sarginson. who acted as linesman for every match.
J. C. H., J. B. L. Played 19, Won 5. Drawn 2, Lost 12.
THIS has been the most successful season an Under 14 Team has enjoyed for some years. and credit is due to the team for maintaining a high standard of football. There has been plenty of skill in evidence and no lack of spirit. However. there have been lean times. and from these the players can learn certain lessons. At this age rate of growth is most important, and in the winter mud. skill tends to be neutralised. Only determination will counter this. and with more drive the team will meet with greater success in the future.
F. D. A. B., M. F. A. E.
The team has been chosen from: England, Hudson, Bentley, Crowson, Shepherd, Fox, Wiggett, Johnson, Padley, Sleigh, Hill, Batty, Stopford, Hardwick, Dolan.
Played 17, Won 10, Drawn 1, Lost 6. Goals for 62, against 45.
THIS season has produced mixed results, the team having won 3, drawn 4 and lost 7 of the 14 matches played, and scored 37 goals compared with their opponents' 42. Ware, the Captain, is a most skilful ball-player who has contributed much to the team's rather limited success, while Kippax, with 14 goals to his credit, has been the spear-head of the attack.
The team has been selected from : Adams, J., Paramore, Jepson, Taylor, A., Burgin, Greatorex, Wosskow, Hill, S. G., Kippax, Ware, Shelton, Pringle, Chittenden, Siddall, Hathaway, Barraclough, Butler.
Played 14, Won 7, Drawn 1, Lost 6, Points for 107, against 103.
FROM a reading of the above results it seems to have been an average season but most of the matches were very close fought games. In only one match were we soundly beaten after a first half of grim defence against a school with a strong rugby tradition.
Most of our matches were won or lost by a few points and most of them were enjoyable games. There is however a tendency for players to show irritation after a fair tackle. Any person who cannot take hard knocks without a feeling of resentment should give up playing Rugby for a less robust game.
The team have combined well considering that we started the season with several newcomers unfamiliar with the laws. The pack had only two players from the previous season yet they worked hard in the scrums and the line-outs although their covering was slow. The halfbacks have played well all the time, initiating attacks and covering desperately in defence. For the first time we have had three-quarters who could run hard but they never made as many breaks as we expected. It is a pity we had so few who could tackle well. Good tackling breeds confidence and confident backs can usually find openings in the opposite defence.
D. B. H.
GAUNT rugby posts dominating rejuvenated fields each year renews a vision of a team which will have forwards with the determination of the Springboks and backs with the agility of the French. Each year. the flower of two nations is replaced in practice by a handful of boys from the fourth year insufficient for even one team.
The first games were thus played with a team half of which was composed of boys from the third year. After several overwhelming defeats the team was strengthened with more experienced players and managed to hold its own. Thus a defeat by King's School. Pontefract of 81-0 was turned into a victory of 8-3 when we met again, the mud bath at Castle Dyke favouring our dour forwards.
Not all our weaknesses are caused by lack of players. Reluctance to turn out for practices and other engagements which prevented boys from playing in school matches occurred all too frequently. The forwards have worked very well together, J. S. Parson setting a fine example of determination, intelligent anticipation and the conversion of tries from very fine angles. In the backs J. M. Baker. the captain. was responsible for many good individual efforts. but constant changes have prevented the development of combined movements among the threequarters. The safe handling and kicking of D. S. Wright at full-back has given the team increased confidence.
D. B., A. H. W.
Played 14. Won 6, Drawn I. Lost 7. Points for 127. against 257.
THE Junior XV began the season with only a small nucleus of members who played Rugger last year. We did not have a successful Autumn Term. although we did beat Rowlinson U.13 XV. We attracted a few vigorous but unfortunately inexperienced players. The standard of play in the Lent Term improved. and a few members have recently shown promise. Nevertheless. we do not win matches. Tackling is still poor. and there is no real determination to stop wailing and get on with scoring points.
D. R., T. G. C.
With all but two of last year's team available, this season's senior team contained a nucleus of experienced runners in Battye, Dowling, Mingay and Britton. Dowling has shown marked improvement and should be a great asset next season. Increased competition for the lower places produced a higher general standard and Laming, Ogley, Lockey and Miller all ran well in the supporting positions. Our success this year has been due to the recognition that it is the team and not the individual that counts.
The under 16 and under 15 teams have had a good season, the highlight being their victory in the Atkin Cup Competition at Graves Park. Often, however, the team seemed content to rely on the performances of Rees, Hughes and Gregory, who always ran hard and well. Although Gunson, Ramsden and Shutt provided support, too often this team's matches were lost in the lower positions.
The under 14 team had great success, and if their enthusiasm is maintained, should continue to provide useful support for senior teams. Their keenness in training and running jolted the consciences of several older members. Particularly outstanding this year have been Butcher and Skidmore.
Mr. Green's resignation from school Cross Country ends five years of enthusiasm and hard work, and he has our grateful thanks for his efforts which will be much missed. In his place we welcome Mr. German who has already demonstrated his abilities with the success of the under 14 team. Thanks are also due to R. Battye who leaves this year and has for several seasons been an outstanding member of School teams.
The teams were chosen from:
Senior : Battye, Dowling, Mingay, Britton, Laming, Ogley, Lockey, Miller.
Under 16 : Rees, Hughes, Gregory, Wallace, Gunson, Shutt, Ramsden, Beasley, Tomlinson, Billcliffe.
Under 14 : Butcher, Skidmore, Hardwick, Woodhouse, Salvin, Purseglove, Hollands, Siddall, Beighton, Paramore.
Senior .. Won 9, Lost 7. Under 16 .. Won 7, Lost 5. Under 14 .. Won 5, Lost 1.
M. J. KINGMAN.
THIS season the school team has had little success winning only one of its six matches. The experience of the first pair enabled them to win the majority of their games but lack of practice and. in some cases, enthusiasm. brought continual defects to the other two pairs. If the standard of play is to improve. players must be prepared to turn up regularly to practices and to learn from their mistakes. Since most of this year's team are leaving, the interest and enthusiasm shown in the lunch times by the younger boys is very encouraging. It is hoped that some of these boys will prove their worth next year. In the knock-out competition held this term, Nell and Bennett reached the final which resulted in a 15-7, 17-14 victory for Bennett.
Finally the team would like to thank Mr. Sinclair for his unfailing support and advice at all school matches and Mr. Lockett for his attendance at practices. It is only to be regretted that the results did not repay their efforts.
Team chosen from : B. Bennett, D. J. Nell, I. T. Williams, N. R. V. Edmonds, B. G. Stringer, J. G. Lucas, M. S. Horwood, N. R. Dennis.
HELPED by the mild winter, Fives has maintained its popularity throughout the season. support coming from all sections of the Middle and Upper School. In particular, there was no shortage of contestants for the Championships.
|Senior Singles||Winner||Parker, F. I.|
|Senior Doubles||Winners||Parker and Nosowski.|
|Runners-up||Hall, M. A. and Parson.|
|Junior Singles||Winner||Brown, I. J.|
|Junior Doubles||Winners||Brown and Cooper.|
|Runners-up||Butcher and Siddall.|
An unusual absence of cancelled games afternoons meant that all our competitions were completed in good time. The soccer knock-out competition still provokes the greatest rivalry and interest and this year's final was a very good one, with Lynwood beating Wentworth by three goals to one. An innovation was the soccer seven-a-side league, open to all except members of the 1st XI. It produced some very good games and Chatsworth and Sherwood finished with the same number of points, Chatsworth gaining the trophy on goal average.
Although fewer boys than usual were playing Rugby, Houses were able to field teams for the Rugby Sevens knock-out Competition which Arundel won comfortably.
The Cross Country Championship was notable for the easy victory of F. I. Parker and for some very good packing by the winners, Wentworth.
THIS year Cross Country was introduced as an alternative to Soccer and Rugby, and after a few weeks of trial 24 boys continued as regular runners and have made good progress during the season. Several have surprised themselves. There was an increase too, in the numbers playing Rugby : over fifty this year for the first time. An improved standard followed, and both Soccer and Rugby would benefit if a few more boys would play Rugby.
The usual competitions produced some keen games, particularly in the Soccer League where Chatsworth and Haddon were equal first. The play-off, which Chatsworth won by two goals to one produced some very good football. Arundel continue to dominate the Cross Country Competition.
2ND FORMS. Better weather allowed us to complete the House League where Welbeck, as in the Cross Country, proved too good for everyone. The Form Championship was won by 2(2) by two clear points. The individual winner of the Cross Country race was Paramore, of Arundel, who was chased home, but at a respectful distance, by Shelton, of Lynwood. Of the Standard Sports and the preliminary heats of the Athletic Sports which ended the season, one can say, as of the whole year, that results have been quite good, without any outstanding performances.
1ST FORMS. We began the Winter season with coaching in both Rugby and Soccer which revealed enthusiasm to learn and play both games well. Performances in the ensuing Form Championship were most satisfactory, promising well for next year's school teams. 1(1), who gained maximum points in both codes, are this year's champions. The Form and House Cross Country Championships were won by 1(4) and Wentworth, Bradbury of Welbeck and 1(3) being the individual winner. Wentworth also shared the House Sports Championship with Welbeck.
IT is now about seven years since the writer commented on Thursday games, one of the School's most venerable and admired institutions. Since that time, much water has flowed behind the pavilion, and many a boy has escaped over it (the water) from one muddy bank to the other, yet rock-like and unaffected by all change Mr. H. T. R. Twyford still presides over the proceedings, his equanimity unaffected by all the varying fortunes of his underlings.
Mr. Thompson, who by reason of his methodical gravity and other characteristics seems destined to fill the gap left by Mr. Twyford when the latter makes his (unthinkable, but alas ! inevitable) departure from us, helps efficiently with the organising under the great director. Mr. Thompson's sinister but resplendent track-suit is the object of much admiration. Mr. Johnston, a long-standing and cheerful habituē of Thursday games, is with difficulty prevented from refereeing matches in which his own house takes part, though he has been known to shout encouragement to Wentworth on one pitch while adjudicating on another. It is some time now since he was seen actually running round the cross-country course, though when runners reach the farthest point he has always got there before them (by car). Mr. Adam, after many initial doubts, seems to have finally decided to remain with us on Thursdays ; his heart-searching in earlier days was clearly a result of not understanding how Thursday games are organised. Ars est celare artem, and what seems at first glance to be gay and irresponsible improvisation is actually a system based on instinctive reactions (born of years of experience) to all problems as and when they arise. Mr. Adam is realising-as many have done before him that on Thursday afternoons there is never any need to worry. Fanatical devotion to Rugby in the person of Mr. Rhodes, and the para-military tactics employed in the training for this game, are new features we have recently seen. Though house soccer teams suffer from this, the whole approach is not really at home with us on Thursday afternoons, and, if we take the long view, it may be expected to disappear in due course. Mr. Prescott has been warned against the dangers of over-exertion during standard sports, and now our latest addition is rapidly fitting into the pattern of attitudes and activities which characterise Thursday games.
Mr. Waghorn, since our latest report, has changed but little. The coloured water he serves is perhaps a little less strong (surely out of consideration for the stomachs of Second Formers ?) but the habit of offering weak unsugared tea to masters seems to have ceased. However, a copy of the " Daily Express " is always available for members of staff who would be ashamed to be seen with it anywhere within the august precincts of the Glossop Road edifice. Mr. Waghorn's wordless companion (the writer was ignorant of his name at the time of the last report-it is, apparently, Austin) still beams amiably over his chest of valuables like some modern Ben Gunn in overalls, though now the watches and purses are kept in used envelopes an arrangement which, by general agreement marks a step forward in safety and efficiency.
The numbers of boys privileged to take part on Thursday afternoons has recently been cut in half, only Second Formers now being present. No longer do we see the Protean figure of Mr. Twyford surrounded by his herd of 200 odd leaping juniors. At the most they number 125. Yet though faces change, the genus puer remains very much the same.
IT was the carousal afterwards that was the attraction, even more than the scintillating company. The joust took place on a pleasant Spring evening, with the sun setting in the dale and a slight gale developing. The noble sward itself was lined by rows of hardened Amazons with battlescarred faces, eager to see how their favourites would fare against our manly warriors. They released a growl of anticipation at the sight of muscular bodies. Then on came our men, resplendent in their boots and waspies.
Alas, it was first blood to them. The mutilated corpse of Budd, our Armenian back, was dragged from the field ; he had been felled in midstride by a dainty blonde with a mace. But then we had our revenge ! A savage foray by Seajay paid handsome dividends. We stormed their defences despite our disadvantage in weight. Immediately a band of loyalists surrounded our hero to protect him from the ravages of frustrated spectators. Their retaliation was bitter ; urged on by their Venus of wrath and Diana of the chase, they ran amuck. Robot, Head, Luke, Ashe and Harry's son were all threatened and felled, and Knudwart was seen crouching in the defences screaming, "Save me ! Save me!"
Like a huge machine they smashed us and drove an equalising thrust home. One lad, blythe spirit though he was, never seemed the same afterwards, and wandered up and down the line lamenting, " I'm no good ! I do everything wrong. I'll never get in!" We gave him one word of encouragement, " Backwards!"
The outcome of the battle was now delicately poised. Beach was our kingpin in defence and Will led several noble sallies along their left flank. It was from one of these that Seajay once more overcame their defence, ably supported by Ashe, and pressed home the advantage to win the battle.
Their colours were struck, but they had one final trick in store. As Seajay was triumphantly hoisted aloft by our jubilant parasites, a fifth columnist in the crowd, reputed to be a Queen's man, pushed him forward. He landed on his neck and died in a welter of blood. He was posthumously awarded the ball.
Bennett : Nervous-suggest he consults a lepidopterist for a cure. Must learn to punch the ball as well as the man.
Nell : Has a patented oscillating technique. Always drops his man outside the area. Theme song is " Sugar Plum Fairy."
Cockayne : Stops his man well but must kill him quicker. Many friends, notably the Prince of Wales.
Ridgway : Developed the scoop shot to a high degree of skill. A good tanker.
Nosowski : Thwarted many centre-forwards by skilful use of the hind quarters. Chips goals unobserved by the enemy. Very fast.
McAughey : Now trips opponents with either foot-a sure sign o f improvement. Leaves a devastating trail but must tidy up the remains of the enemy.
Wileman : Uses a very sly ankle tap. Bounces off many full-backs when attempting to use his weight.
Parker (Captain) : Susceptible to alements. Used water-polo tactics well on wet pitches. A good clubman.
Pike : Uses every trick not in the book. Uses his head well but must hit it harder when shooting.
Tranmer : Greatly improved his hand-off technique. Left foot, like his poetry, is well developed. His proposals, however, have generally been rejected.
Kelly : Prefers romantic scenes of cricket square to W.W.1. Has had several good runs on the wing. Suggest he tries the same thing with the ball next season.
Bailey : Moves along the wing unobserved by friend and foe alike. Must incapacitate his full-back early in the game.
The house has had moderate success this year. There was no senior football league, and we failed to distinguish ourselves in the 7-a-side competitions. The intermediates, while finding their form too late, were unlucky to be robbed of victory in the Knock-out final by Lynwood's last minute goal, and a creditable performance was put up by the juniors, who finished a close third in the league. In cross-country, the seniors did not fulfil the promise shown in the practice, finishing seventh, and again, the Middle and Lower school teams saved our reputation by coming first and second respectively. Paramore is to be congratulated on winning the junior championship. Our victory in the Rugby Sevens, after a closely fought final against Lynwood, has been our major success, though we were narrowly defeated by them, 3-2, in the deciding game of the Water-Polo league, thus finishing second to them. We congratulate Abbott and Kingman on their Scholarships at Oxford and Leicester.
The last two terms have been eminently successful for our Middle School section. They won their Football League, the 3rd Form section of Standard Sports, reached the final of the Rugby Sevens, and came third in the Cross Country Championship, with Skidmore fourth in the individual placings. The Chatsworth cupboard should be full of cups in a couple of years' time.
The Seniors' performance is far from note-worthy, apart from the academic successes at Oxford of R. H. Smith and A. R. Williams. The entreaties of our valiant House Captain went unheeded-no one trained for the Cross Country Championship, as the result revealed. It would be tactless to list our many failures, but our victory in the House League Seven-a-Side was a solitary redeeming feature.
The Junior School has also been disappointing, coming seventh in almost every House Competition. We must hope that in the cricket season the rest of the House will follow the example which has been set by the Middle School.
Football has never been Clumber's forte and this year has shown little exception. We lost in the semi-finals to Lynwood in the Senior knock-out after beating Haddon r o in a scrappy game. Cockayne, however, has led the team well and is the first Clumber man for some years to be a regular member of the 1st XI. The Juniors also had little to show for a mediocre season and one must here level criticism at the Second Form which is remarkably apathetic in House affairs as a whole. The First formers have had little chance to shine for the House but one hopes that they may, in future, bring successes. Meanwhile, we can reflect on some creditable Cross Country performances, with the second place of the Senior team in the Championship and Battye's individual second. The Middle School also did exceptionally well with Rees and Hughes again in first and second place.
Water-polo, long the House's pride, has at last taken a fall. Lynwood reversed the result of years past and took the League Championship. The team has lacked cohesion.
On the whole, one is disturbed by the lack of spirit pervading the lower House and the senior forms. This is reflected in the exceptionally bad House Sports performances. Most occasions for congratulation are academic and we commend those successes of Clumber members at Oxford and Cambridge which are listed elsewhere in the Magazine.
We welcome as House Tutors Mr. Knowles and Mr. Earle.
Football results this year are rather disappointing. The knock-out team, though potentially strong, lost r-0 to Clumber in the first round on a blustery day at Castle Dyke ; the Junior League table showed us well down, contrasting with the Middle School, ably led by Seymour, who were finally defeated by a penalty in the play-off for the League Championship.
In Cross Country the Seniors achieved an unusually creditable second place by good packing ; the Middle School and Junior teams disappointed. On the Rugby field the Sevens team, blatantly ignorant of the rules, went down to Arundel, eventual winners, in the semi-final. Stringer's water-polo team is well placed in the League, and in unfinished Athletic Standard Sports results are encouraging, though the Juniors appear to be lowering the high standard of the rest of the House.
We congratulate A. Grace, R. J. Thompson and W. E. Timms upon their awards at Oxford.
After being runners-up in the water-polo League for three successive seasons, the team managed to secure the Championship for only the second time in the history of the House. Congratulations go to the team and thanks to our lusty supporters.
The senior football team also recorded a success in the knock-out. After an easy passage, the team, playing in House shirts, started the final as underdogs, but in the end Wentworth were beaten 3-r. As in the swimming matches, Mr. Twyford's " Come on Lynwood!" acted as inspiration and Horwood's renderings on the bugle will long be remembered.
Apart from these victories, Lynwood has had little success. In the football Leagues, the senior team were placed third, the juniors fourth, and the position of the middle school is best forgotten. We reached the final of the Rugby Sevens, to be beaten by a strong Arundel side. An enthusiastic but not very skilful middle school side went down fighting in the semi-final. The Cross Country championships brought little reward, for although Parker won the race, the team, weakened by Nosowski's absence was placed only fifth. Both middle school and second year teams came fourth, but the position of the first year is not worth mention. More effort is needed in both the junior and middle school sections if we are to be successful next term.
Several Lynwood names appear in the list of University awards this term, and these are to be congratulated. We say goodbye to M. S. Horwood who has played an active part in House affairs, notably in swimming and Rugby and we wish him well in his career at Durham University.
In spite of numerous representatives in School teams, the House has not had a successful year so far. There has been a steady departure of cups won last year, and we shall have to fight hard to retain the cricket, tennis and athletic trophies still adorning our shelves ; we must, further, win more to compensate for those which have already left our grasp.
The knock-out XI was beaten by Wentworth in the semi-final, despite Ridgeway's forceful leadership, but the Senior League team came second to Chatsworth on goal average. Our Middle School XI have had a very mediocre season, but the Juniors finished in second place in their House Competition. Water-polo and Cross Country results have been disappointing, and in spite of several regular players the House was beaten in the first round of the Rugby Sevens.
We must thank P. J. Quarrell for his activities as House Vice-Captain and Swimming Captain and A. J. Bomber, our House Secretary. Both have our best wishes for their University careers, and we congratulate them and all other Sherwood members who have had academic successes this year.
So far the year has been most encouraging ; the senior school has several times pulled its weight to an unexpected degree, while the juniors have maintained last year's promise. Welbeck emerged undisputed champions of the second year League, but in various knock-out competitions in the middle and upper school our successes were not widespread and in a senior Sevens football league we failed to win a match.
In the 2nd year Cross Country Championship Welbeck came first (so we retain the 2nd year Cup) with good individual efforts from Adams, J. and Ware. Bradbury is also to be commended on coming first in the 1st year race.
The last events of the terms have been Standard (now House) Sports, and Welbeck was doing phenomenally well until the 4th Form competed and we finished third. In individual years the First Form were 1st and the Second and Third Forms both 2nd.
We congratulate those members of the House who have achieved academic distinction this year (names appear elsewhere), and welcome Mr. Prescott on becoming a House Tutor and Mr. Bray on returning after a year's absence.
Wentworth can be well satisfied with its performances in the Christmas and Lent terms; the Seniors and the First Formers have contributed greatly to our share of success.
The highlight of the Christmas term was the fine performance of the Senior knock-out team. After defeating Arundel 6-0 and Sherwood 6-0, we lost 1-3 to Lynwood in the final, after a very even game. Tranmer was an inspiring captain, and although team-work was the main feature of our play, Kelly deserves praise for scoring a hat-trick in each of the first two rounds. The Seniors also finished fifth in a seven-a-side football league after winning the first three matches. However, neither the Junior nor the Middle School teams was outstanding in their respective leagues, and the Seniors were soon knocked out of the Rugby Sevens Competition. We looked forward to better achievements in the Lent Term.
This transpired, when the House gained several noteworthy successes. The Seniors won the Cross Country Championship by fifty points ! This was due to excellent " packing " by the team, the last four coming in together. The First Form team also won their Championship in great style. The Middle School and Junior teams both finished fifth. This is a better Cross Country performance than we have seen for many years. Although our Middle School and Junior teams finished well down in their final league tables, the Seniors gained another soccer success by winning the House seven-a-side knock-out competition, Scholey's fine performances being a great advantage to the team. The Water Polo team failed to do justice to itself, but at the end of the term the House received great encouragement when, at the time of writing, the House lies second (only five points behind) in the new House Sports Competition.
This term we say good-bye to our House Captain, Tranmer. We thank him for his fine leadership and hope that he will be successful at Oxford. We look forward to the cricket season in the hope that we can retain the knock-out Trophy. Furthermore, our success in the House Sports augurs well for the Athletic Sports.