|VOL. XV.||MAY 1963||No. 11|
|"OEDIPUS THE KING"||315|
|HOUSE NOTES ..||333|
We congratulate the following on their University awards:
R. A. Ainsworth—Ellerton Scholarship in French at Durham University.
B. W. E. Argent—Open Scholarship in Mathematics at Leicester University.
A. J. Beasley—Open Scholarship in Natural Science at University College, Oxford.
C. M. Dolan—Holroyd Scholarship in Music at Keble College, Oxford.
J. G. Fells—Major Scholarship in Classics at Trinity College, Oxford.
P. Goldfinch—Kitchener Scholarship in Mathematics at St. Catherine's College, Oxford.
R. A. Hague—Hastings Scholarship in History at The Queen's College, Oxford.
P. S. Mattam—Open Scholarship for P.P.E. at University College, Oxford.
D. Mingay—Arthur Sells Exhibition for English at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
G. M. Nosowski—Hastings Exhibition in History at The Queen's College, Oxford.
J. S. Parson—Open Scholarship in Mathematics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
M. J. Platts—Bristol Siddeley Scholarship for Engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge.
J. R. Shutt—Open Scholarship in Chemistry at Leicester University.
v. L. Smith—Open Exhibition in Economics and Statistics at Exeter University.
M. Whitley—Open Scholarship in Natural Science at Pembroke College, Oxford.
The following have obtained University places to date:
OXFORD : J. M. Booth, J. H. Kirkman (Keble) ; G. L. Porter, J. S. Pressley (Pembroke) ; I. Young (St. Peter's) ; C. J. W. Banner (Mansfield).
CAMBRIDGE : G. Eggington, S. A. Morant (Gonville and Caius) ; N. P. A. Jowett (St. Catharine's).
DURHAM : J. Goodwin.
KING'S COLLEGE, NEWCASTLE : E. Dorling.
LONDON : J. R. Brayshaw (L.S.E.). BIRMINGHAM : R. J. Wheatley. EDINBURGH : J. R. Machin.
EXETER : P. M. Croxford, A. J. Thompson. NOTTINGHAM : B. Reynolds. SUSSEX : A. S. Gunn.
Full-scale dramatic productions were resumed this year with four performances of Shakespeare's " Richard II " on the nights of March 29th—April 2nd. An account of this production appears on a later page of this Magazine.
At the end of the Autumn term 220 boys of the fifth and sixth forms paid the
customary visits to local industry. These visits are a valuable and instructive
experience for all, and we are grateful to the following firms for making them
English Steel Co., Firth Brown Tools, Howell and Co., Laycock Engineering Co., Orgreave Coke and Chemical Plant, Samuel Fox, Samuel Osborne, Steel, Peech and Tozer.
Entertainment was provided for the remainder of the School by films, of which the main item was " Father Brown," starring Alec Guinness. At the end of the Lent term the whole School enjoyed the magnificent photography of Walt Disney's "Living Desert," supported by an effectively animated Ronald Searle cartoon on the subject of Energy.
IT is liable to come as a gratifying shock to fifth and sixth formers, after years of trying to sell their talents to reluctant examiners, when they suddenly find themselves treated with all the attention due to potential buyers. Such at least seems to have been the impact on the four participants from the School in three different three-day courses in the Easter holidays. Two of the courses were organised by local steel firms, Firth Brown and Steel, Peech and Tozer, the other by Barclays Bank.
This last course was held at Wimbledon, and certainly provided the most lavish entertainment, including in its programme a visit to the theatre and a filmshow. Its members came from all over the country, 90% from Public Schools. This course seems also, perhaps inevitably, to have been the only one to give its members the feel of the job by putting them to work under training conditions at running a model bank.
The other courses took the form of a mixture of observation and talks. Every department of the firms concerned was visited, with special attention to the laboratory and research sides. Talks dealt with the structure of the firms and their processes and products. All three courses provided opportunities for questions and discussion, whether informally or with an organised panel of experts.
Our four informants were emphatically agreed that these courses had been an interesting experience, and one of great value for anyone contemplating a career in their respective fields. One cannot but remark again the contrast with the bargaining methods of our seats of higher learning shown in the fact that these boys were able to go and see the intimate workings of Finance and Industry, and come away, if not uninfluenced, at least uncommitted to any specific form of career.
22nd November, 1962
THE prizes were presented at Speech Day by Dr. Renwick Vickers, an Old Edwardian, who holds the posts of Consultant to United Oxford Hospitals and Lecturer in Diseases of the Skin at Oxford University. Dr. Vickers opened a speech of notable wit and wisdom by thanking the Head Prefect for delivering the Latin address of welcome; recalling how, under one of the School's early Headmasters, he himself, as Head Boy, had been relieved of this duty. He nevertheless went on to plead for the continuation of the custom, if only for the sake of the conversational opening which it gave to the prizegiver. He concluded his introductory remarks with a graceful acknowledgement of the honour which he felt was being done through him to the many old boys of the School engaged in the medical profession.
Dr. Vickers went on to address in turn the four main categories of " patients " in his audience. In thanking the parents for " helping to maintain the supply of boys of the required standard " he also reminded the boys that parents want from their children, not thanks, but recognition of their readiness to help when difficulties arise.
Turning to the Governing Body, he recalled the part played by the Chairman (Alderman Ballard) in the early days of the National Health Service in Sheffield. Then, after congratulating the masters on the School's scholastic successes, Dr. Vickers addressed the remainder of his speech to the boys. Dismissing as "absolute nonsense" the old adage about "the happiest days of our lives," he stressed the importance of working out a philosophy of life. His experience in medical practice had convinced him that happiness depended on the full development of mind, body, and spirit. The academic and athletic sides of school life needed to be supplemented by activities embodying, if not religion, at least some " spirit of service," in which the question to be asked was not, "What can I get out of it ?" but rather "What can I put into it ?" In commending the School's tradition of service he particularly mentioned Miss Hutson's example of devoted work for the School and her remarkable knowledge of the later careers of Old Edwardians.
Finally, congratulating the School on its continuing high reputation, he expressed his confidence for the maintenance of this good name by the present generation of its scholars.
The Headmaster had prefaced his review of the year by welcoming Dr. Vickers, referring particularly to his remarkable versatility while at school, as sportsman, scientist and musician.
He went on to report new record totals of 24 University awards and 72 University entries obtained during the year. G.C.E. results at both `A' and '0' levels, however, showed some decline from the preceding year, although they could still be described as satisfactory.
Admitting that the latest Scholarship results would probably remain as a peak, the Headmaster saw grounds for the abolition of competitive Scholarships in the generosity of Local Authority grants and the concurrent decline in the monetary value of University awards. Changes in the systems of examination and entry at Oxford and the provincial universities were presenting new problems for those seeking University places, while the foundation of new universities showed no signs of checking the continued increase in competition.
Referring to the new examinations in the Use of English and General Studies, the Headmaster regretted the lack of realism in the minimum standards often set for University admission, and the development of yet more examinations in the attempt to combat specialization.
Surveying the year in school games, the Headmaster particularly mentioned the outstanding success of the Under 15 soccer team and the overall satisfactory performance at cricket. In lighter vein he referred to the devotion of all ages in the School to shove ha'penny, and the mixed fortunes of the prefects' tiddly-winks team.
In spite of the number and variety of school societies, the Headmaster found cause to complain of the lack of participation of some boys in any such activity. Nor had support been as full as might have been hoped for the musical events of the year and the dramatic productions for the benefit of the games fund.
After expressing appreciation of the contributions to the School made by the staff who had left during the year, the Headmaster paid a warm tribute to Miss Hutson, whose retirement after forty years at the School had taken place in March. In his concluding remarks he also made special mention of the success and efficiency of P. M. Hetherington as Head Prefect for the year under review.
|King Richard the Second||
|John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, uncle to the King||
|Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford, son to Gaunt||
|Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk||
|The Lord Marshal, Duke of Surrey||
|The Duke of Aumerle, son to the Duke of York||
|Sir Henry Greene||
|Sir John Bushy||
|Sir John Bagot||
|Edmund of Langley, Duke of York, uncle to the King||
|Isabel, Queen to King Richard .||
|Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland||
|Lord Ross .||
|The Duke of York's Servingman||
|Harry Percy, son to the Earl of Northumberland||
|A Welsh Captain||
|The Earl of Salisbury||
|The Bishop of Carlisle||
|Sir Stephen Scrooge||
|Lady attendant upon Queen Isabel||
|Sir Piers Exton||
|A Groom of the Stable to King Richard||
|The Keeper of the Prison at Pomfret||
J. Baker, D. Beman, G. Clark,
B. R. Edwards, R. Harrison, P. Jepson,
J S. Ridgway, J. R. Shutt, M. Wosskow
Produced by Mr. P. D. C. POINTS
RICHARD II was too clever for his opponents. He was an intellectual who took for granted the divine responsibilities of monarchy. But he lacked practical wisdom. His contemporaries knew him as the king who was afraid to go to the French Wars. Shakespeare was concerned to probe Richard's fatal weakness, and its effects. Writing for an audience geared to the autocracy of the Tudor despots, he had to demonstrate that human frailties could destroy even Christ-centred kingship.
In some ways, Shakespeare's " Richard II " is not the ideal school play. There is little of the violent action which can distract an audience from the inadequacies of a school production. This is not just another Elizabethan spectacular —it is a study in self-knowledge, which demands acute psychological insight from both producer and players.
Patrick Birks dispelled these apprehensions. His Richard was vain and petulant until the moment of self-knowledge outside Barkloughly Castle. Then, with sensitivity and intelligence, he managed to engage his audience's sympathies until the black tragedy of the murder made its full impact. Throughout, his verse speaking was faultless. Only the occasional uncertainty of gesture marred an otherwise mature performance.
Others responded to this magnificent lead. Richard has to be set against the background of a restless nobility, exasperated to the point of open rebellion. As Bolingbroke, Bernard Argent gained strength after an unconvincing start. From the beginning, he had looked the part ; but his confidence developed and, in the last crucial scene, he played with considerable power. Northumberland was a sinister and impassive schemer. Martin Wilson assumed this role with fine deliberation and frightening conviction.
Both Gaunt and York were surprisingly successful studies of the weakness of old age. Derek Williams had the most difficult speech in the play and, to his credit, there was no awkwardness.
David Mingay managed to make Mowbray more than a cardboard Feudal Noble. The Lord Marshall (David Allen) and the Bishop of Carlisle (Nicolas Jowett) acted with confidence and discretion. Aumerle (Paul Goldfinch) should have been more decisive, and the Queen (Dirk Higgins) occasionally mangled her lines. But every member of the cast knew what he was doing and why he was doing it. This was the great merit of the production.
Alas !—few wore their costumes with complete ease. This embarrassment is a traditional feature of K.E.S. productions. It becomes particularly obvious in such a static play as " Richard II." The audience only notices mistakes. To avoid these it is best to avoid unnecessary movements. All too often, the fumbling half-gesture reveals the actor's uncertainty. Northumberland and Bolingbroke set the right example in this respect.
My only major criticism was that we needed more pageantry. If this deficiency was deliberate, I think it was mistaken. Both Shakespeare and the Richard II of history would have been fully conscious of the need for display and magnificence in theocratic kingship : Steven Morant's set offered more opportunities than were in fact taken. Perhaps the limitations of the School Hall make this inevitable and the criticism unjustified. But the audience might have been given more help in understanding the enormity of Richard's fall.
This is to judge by high standards. I have never seen a school play in which so many of the actors seemed to grasp the full significance of their parts. With the abundance of good things, there is reason to expect excellence in every department. Thus, I should like to see next year's producer encourage all his actors to make the fullest use of their obvious gifts. Self-assurance is all that is lacking. Richard Roxburgh's minor triumph as the Welsh captain proves that there is no call for any assumption that quality is the prerogative of the few.
These observations are the highest tribute I can pay to those who made this production possible, and, in particular, to Mr. Points. In every aspect, the professional feeling for style and timing was such that any lapses from grace were more than usually apparent. Most of the basic lessons have been thoroughly learnt. The many excellences suggest that next year's play could be even more exciting.
SPEECH DAY, the first public musical engagement of the year, saw some two hundred and fifteen boys involved in Choir and Orchestra—a good proportion of the school to be actively musical, and, indeed, as many as we can deploy at the business end of the Victoria Hall. The Orchestra played Dvorak's 8th Slavonic Dance and supported the Choir in the Finale—'The Admiral's Song' from H.M.S. Pinafore. The Choir sang two Spirituals and the Madrigal Group Phyllis Tate's arrangement of " Dry Bones."
In place of the usual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols we tried a new form : Music and Verse for the Feast of Christmas. This proved most successful, and the Cathedral was filled to capacity for the occasion. A scheme of four topics : Advent, The Nativity, The Shepherds, and The Wise Men, enabled us to introduce a few larger pieces such as part of Bach's "Sleepers Wake !", Handel's " And the Glory " and Crotch's " Lo ! star-led chiefs " ; and to have some instrumental items as well as the readings of verse. A woodwind group played Brahms' " Es ist ein' ros' entsprungen," Strings and Harpsichord the Pastorale from Corelli's Christmas Concerto and John Ireland's " The Holy Boy " ; while Brass and Drums lent a regal atmosphere to two of the choral pieces in the Three Kings section. Music and verse, with the texts and hymns, seemed to illuminate each other, and the whole proved a most satisfying experience. After our Cathedral rehearsal we made our contribution outside to the open-air carol series, and during our performance the Crib in the Cathedral forecourt was dedicated.
The Orchestra made our contribution this year to the School's Concert in the City Hall, playing the Dvorak Slavonic Dance, accompanying the Senior Choir in Hoist's " Turn back, 0 man," and playing so vigorous a National Anthem that, as the last chord reverberated round the hall, a tubular bell came adrift and hit the platform with a satisfying ` clang.' Members of the orchestra recorded D. W. Williams' most accomplished and apt music for the Play which closed the Spring term.
At the time of going to press arrangements are well forward for our own Concert, which as usual involves all musical groups large and small. The Orchestra grapples well with Chabrier and Aaron Copland, and the orchestral share of a Choral Fantasia on Wagner's "Master-singers." The Choir, too, have taken to their Wagner with gusto and enthusiasm. The programme this year features two of our organists—D. W. Williams in a solo spot, and C. M. Dolan, our A.R.C.O. and Holroyd scholar, in an item for organ and Brass. Brass, Woodwind and Madrigal Groups have met regularly to prepare their contributions.
In a quiet way Chamber Music is beginning to find a regular place in the crowded school activities. A devoted band of string players and a pianist form two groups, meeting weekly in different lunch hours, to cultivate a repertoire of trio sonatas and string quartet music respectively. So far these activities have been purely for the pleasure of the performers ; but it is rumoured that a home-grown chamber-work is approaching fruition, and no doubt one day the groups will find themselves lured into the heady air of public performance !
DURING the Christmas term 2,350 books were circulated ; last term's figure was 1,750.
We are grateful to the following for gifts of books:
J. R. Bagshaw, J. W. Bows, Dr. E. C. Chappell, I. T. Colquhoun, J. A. Cunningham, M. A. Hall, Mr. T. H. Hawkins, M. Hill, R. Holden, D. G. Ollerenshaw, I. M. Whitehouse, P. R. Whyman.
As Timmy and Eddie cautiously moved forward there was a sudden patter of feet and out of the gloom rushed a wild figure in a boiler-suit. " The Krakadoom ! The Krakadoom ! " the man yelled, "It's coming ! Run ! Run ! " Instantly he sped on towards the library. " Me old China was in such a state that he forgot to keep his red flag flying. But I'm not going back," said Timmy stoutly. "This is just what we had to put up with at school. You couldn't nip out of Private Study in the library for so much as a second without running into something."
It came. They heard a distant rumble, felt a hot blast come up the passage. With a sudden crescendo of sound, heat and smoke there burst into view a mighty grey shape, a bare inch of clearance between it and the corridor sides. On legs like tree-trunks it stumped forward, its baleful eyes the size of traffic-lights, one green, one red, its sooty nostrils like twin chimney-pots ; from its maw sabre teeth criss-crossed and between them lolled an orange tongue the size of a table-cloth. It halted a few yards from its prospective victims, licking its chops. " He's one of those ginger-jar dragons. Pretty hot-tempered they are. Timmy, we shall have to decide quickly. Do you think you could amuse him somehow and gain time ? Why not read him something ? Try one of those pilfered library books." Timmy pulled out a volume of poems. " Let's have the one Mr. Slodger said was the only poem to bridge the gap between Ophelia's song and Les Fleurs du Mal. We shall see what his taste is worth."
The Krakadoom put its head between its paws and pricked up its huge hairy, leathery, spoon-shaped ears. Its inner fires moderated to a gentle crackle and its eyes switched to yellow. Timmy took just a tiny step forward, watched the dragon warily and started
" Ode on a Grecian Fern
(translated from the original by Aborigines Thryvon Kangarous).
Herbarium-bound, Frond Grubbed from ancient ground Spangled by dews, Rarest of pickups By yews Which paunchy Satyrs' hiccoughs And Bacchic pranks Still disgrace, Thanks To the quiet of the place, Wilt not away. Though lacking a brain, Say, Can you stand the strain Of life in this box Where bread and spare Socks Compete for space and air ? Stop hanging your head And looking quite Dead. Try and get this right When bottled in brandy, Cognac, Gin or Shandy You'll make a botanist's winner. Your Life to Come's No place for spleen. Rum's The stuff to keep you green." " Stop ! It's affecting him the wrong way ! " The Krakadoom's eyes were screwed up, his fangs were clenched, he convulsively clawed the ground and shudders shook his bulk. There was a rending sound. His body gave a great heave, and the monster's warty hide peeled right off in two pieces which promptly shrivelled to a tiny heap of ashes. In front of them stood a handsome prince in Pharaoh's garments, a sceptre in his hand.
" I am Rhabad-Chnazzar II (say it ' Rapid Sneezer ')," he explained. " Do not be taken aback. Come, and I shall see that no harm befalls you."
They went down the passage until it opened out into a vast damp-smelling vault hewn out of the solid rock. " This crypt," said the Prince, " lies directly beneath the eight temple columns atop the great Ziggurat situated in the angle of the canals named on Earth after your two famous astronomers, Glosbould and Newsop. It was here among the sarcophagi that Kwit Fu-Ling kept me a prisoner. But the prophecy has already been fulfilled in part that " Paper words shall sound the Gong of Liberty." Though warned of this prophecy by his astrologers, Fu-Ling in his shallow cunning sought to defeat fate by admitting only those of low intelligence to his Library. Paper words, he thought, could thus be rendered quite harmless. But he shall soon be exposed for what he is, false right through from his tinted wig to his flabby principles. Beneath the temple roof in a secret chamber hangs a gong. I have but to strike it once and Fu-Ling and all his works will be utterly swept away ; again, and time will roll back to the joyful days of good Queen Bessemah, before the continuous stripmills and the great yellow press reduced the steel nerves of our teeming population to a smoking scrap-heap of unhinged cranks and jangling eccentrics. A people cast in this mould was galvanised by the glamour and scale of Kwit Fu-Ling's promises, all of them beyond his capacity. Now there is no salvation until we have all been purged in the melting-pot, and that I bring on outstretched hands. Not for nothing did Good Queen Bessemah make me a Beknighted Companion of the Star of Bedlam."
" Sir," said Eddie, " we are sorry the iron has so entered into your soul, but can't you-I mean we--get back to Earth ? You see, our friends must be ringing up the Administration Centre about us already, and one can never be sure how that will turn out. They have installed a maladjusted computer that answers the phone in a tape-recorded voice. Last time my family enquired about Speech Day it replied in sepulchral tones, " Seek-and-Pray on Thursday next. Despair seats are in short supply. The Gods have all been sold to the highest bidders. The Gates of the Pit will open at 6.30 p.m. Sheep tickets on sale at the door ; goats must be left in the cloak-room." My father was quite incensed by the odour of unconcern surrounding this whole calculated sermon."
" I owe you a great debt of gratitude," smiled the Prince, " come hither." From under a heap of mouldy wreckage in the far comer of the Crypt he pulled a small wooden boat. " This is one of the ships used by the ancients when their spirits journeyed into the Beyond. They are manufactured by the skilled craftsmen of Nepherias Praktises, Ltd. in workshops adjoining this Crypt. The offices are on the floor directly above. Regular examination and a high throw-out rate have preserved the good reputation of the firm's product. Now, these ships travel with the speed and power of thought. I am sure you will find that the vehicle you came in is quite outclassed by this powerful model." Eddie climbed on and Timmy mounted the pillion seat.
There are no controls, just hold tight and say ' go.' Farewell for now."
" Go ! " shouted Timmy and Eddie in eager unison. Instantly they were plunged into splendid depths of purple silence pierced by the glittering colours of outer space. They sped through a hailstorm of stars. "Friendly old wind-bag, Sneezer," said Timmy. " We could have used that dinky gong of his in our Pneumatic Guitar Group." Galaxies whirled past, nebula dropped astern until they dwindled to vanishing point. Vast luminous clouds enveloped them and cleared again to reveal fresh landscapes of light. " It's just like that time we borrowed Thugger's motor-bike and went to Blackpool." " Yes, I know, Timmy, but something's gone wrong this time too. We've overshot the mark badly." After a moment's reflection Timmy replied, " Do you remember how Mr. Slodger used to shout, ' Boy, stop thinking and do as I say' ? Well, he was right again. Sneezer said this thing works by thought. So you see, the more you think, the further you get taken. When I say ' stop,' just stop thinking. STOP ! "
There they were, back in the School Library in time to hear the bell ringing for Morning Break. " It's no use telling our story," said Timmy, " they'd call it far-fetched." " But we have the books to prove it." " That wouldn't do either, they might get the wrong impression. The wisest thing by far is to put them all back on the shelves, the way Mr. Slodger used to say we should. Who could have thought the old crock's lessons would come in so useful ? "
(We are able to make the following attractive offer to bona fide readers : Paper patterns for your own felt Krakadoom, send threepence stamps to this Magazine, Dept. BU/ZOF. We have some good pairs of eyes, stamped " Made on Mars," also squeakers, twopence extra each. Recently imported genuine plastic Grecian Ferns, now on sale at leading Department Stores).
THIS Census, carried out in the middle of the Lent term by the Prefects, followed the basic pattern of those of 1955 and 1957, though several new questions were added. The number of boys involved was 173. 1960 figures are given in brackets.
GAMES.—50% prefer Soccer (54%) ; 13% Rugger (12%) ; 14% Cross-country (16%) ; 10% Hockey ; 13% none. 49% Tennis (48%) ; 39% Cricket (34%) 8% none.
NEWSPAPERS READ REGULARLY.—35% Star (42%) ; 27% Sheffield Telegraph (37%) ; 22% Guardian (21%) ; 20% Times (21%) ; 13% Daily Express (9%) ; 13% Daily Mail (8%) ; 6% none (6%).
PERIODICALS READ REGULARLY.—19% New Musical Express ; 15% Punch ; 11% Private Eye.
POLITICS.—36% Conservative (55%) ; 27% Labour (17%) ; 13% Liberal (9%) ; 1 Communist ; 17°o none. 53% have same political opinions as parents. 24% support C.N.D. ; 74% oppose.
GIRL FRIEND.—37% one regular G.F. (37%) ; 11% several (13%) ; 50% none (55%). Preference of Brains to Beauty : 7% prefer Brains ; 45% Beauty ; 36% both. Of G.Fs : 34% at School ; 4% at College ; 1% at University ; 10% at Work. Of those at school : 24% attend High Storrs ; 17% Abbeydale ; 17% King Egberts ; 9% S.H.S.
SMOKING.—19% regularly (25%) ; 24% occasionally (30%) ; 63% never (45%).
RELIGION.—48% Anglican (50%) ; 18% Methodist (24%) ; 8% Agnostic, etc. 48% attend place of worship regularly (46%).
LEISURE.—29% Youth Clubs (38%) ; II% Scouts ; 32% none. 94% have a T.V. ; 83% receive both channels. 23% go out 1 night a week ; 32% twice ; 22% three times ; 17% oftener ; 6% never. 43% play a musical instrument (38%) ; 17% paint for pleasure (11%) ; 12% compose poetry (9%).
DANCING.—27% can quickstep ; 51% waltz ; 54% jive ; 34% none.
TIME ALLOWED TO STAY OUT.— On Saturdays 36% before midnight ; 52% before 12-30 a.m. ; 8% after 1 a.m. On weeknights : 29% before 11 p.m. ; 60% before midnight ; 5% after midnight. 1 boy cannot go out.
DRIVING.—13% have a car driving licence ; 17% have provisional licence ; 5% motor cycle licence ; 5 boys have their own cars. 43% cannot ride a bicycle.
DRINKING.—21% regularly (8%) ; 55% occasionally (67%) ; 24% never (25%).
INCOME.—5% less than 5/- ; 28% 5/- to 10/- ; 28% 10/- to 15/- ; 17% 15/- to £1 ; 22% £1 or more.
FUTURES.—74% intend to go to the University (82%) ; 34% definitely decided on a career (34%) ; 51% find the prospect of emigrating appealing and of these 51% would prefer Australia. Of careers chosen, doctors and engineers top the list with 6.3% each.
SCHOOL ACTIVITIES.—28% support the Scientific Film Society ; 23% Film Society ; 20% I.D.G. ; 20% Choir ; 19% Economics Society ; 17% Literary and Debating Societies ; 10% none ; Average per boy 2.3 (1.94)•
VARIOUS.—77% use the Public Library regularly ; 25% wear glasses permanently ; 11% occasionally ; 63% never. 53% have been abroad (49%) and of these 33% to France. 72% born in Sheffield. Favourite T.V. shows: TWTWTW 75%, Steptoe 47%, Z Cars 32%.
Of the few marked differences from the Censuses of 1957 and 1960, the most startling come in world affairs, where the 'Star' and ' Telegraph' have considerably declined, perhaps from the same lack of interest in local matters which has caused the drop in youth club attendances. It is, however, still more remarkable that Tory support has so sharply fallen in this traditional Conservative bastion ; yet only one form, 6MS2, contained a majority of Labour supporters.
The number of girl-friends has changed little, though some interesting points have emerged : very few of 5Sc had girl-friends, whereas 5MS were notable for many boys having several. Also 68°,0 of the Fifth preferred beauty to brains, where 58% of the second-year Sixth preferred both ; experience clearly brings selectivity.
Regarding nights out, the average number has risen sharply since 1957, though surprisingly there has been little corresponding increase either in incomes or girl-friends. Smoking, too, has definitely lessened. It is, however, strange that the 6MS1T, the second richest form (after 6MS2) and the second widest travelled, confessed to be, on average the least contented with its home life, yet the other 6MS form was the happiest.
More interesting, perhaps, is the progressively shrinking proportion of people intending to go to University ; the number has fallen from 90% in 1957 to 74% today ; the severe competition is clearly telling. Nevertheless, the number of School societies attended on average has increased perhaps as a result of Speech Day addresses, but more probably because of the popularity of the new film societies.
Those questioned also decided by a margin of 1%, against making the School co-educational, largely through the efforts of the segregationalists of 6Sc ; a little reactionary, perhaps, considering that 6Sc2 is the School's most travelled form. 91% however, opposed the School's being made comprehensive.
A new feature of the Census was asking for suggestions, and, barring the inevitable incitements to red revolution, the following trends appeared : 30% were in favour of improved heating, ventilation and washrooms, etc. ; 25% wanted the House system to go, and a similar proportion voted for new changing rooms ; 18% advocated more general subjects in the Upper School, but only 6.3% wanted sex education.
P.N.B., J.S.P., P.G.
IN February a party from the School went to a performance of Sophocles' " Oedipus the King " at the Guild Hall, Cambridge.
It proved, on the whole, an intelligent and interesting production. Its chief weaknesses were those inherent in producing a play over two thousand years old. What value is there in producing such a play ? The answer must surely be that any play which contains appreciations of universal human truths is worth reproducing in any generation. The truths contained in this play concern chiefly man's blind attempts to control his destiny, and the self-inflicted tragedy of an imperious temper. But all plays are created for contemporary audiences, and the producer's problem is how to get across the meaning of a Greek tragedy, written in accordance with special theatrical conventions, to a modern audience, while still retaining as much as possible of the original atmosphere. Somehow a Golden Mean between unintelligible archaisms and complete modernisation must be found.
This problem is most acutely posed by that peculiarly Greek convention, the chorus. This was originally a dignified assemblage, in splendid costume, dancing in ritual fashion as it chanted its odes. This production failed miserably in capturing any of the original effect. The chorus was dressed in drab, ragged tunics (20th Century realism ?), and was almost static. The technique of allowing individual members of the chorus to speak groups of lines in turn, instead of chanting in unison, gave some additional vigour ; but any idea of musical interludes or distinction between the choral odes and the dialogue was lost. Lines which were intended to make a unified ode were split into dialogue and thereby given false emphasis.
Nevertheless, the play was impressive as a team-enterprise. The music, text and action were well fitted together. Unity of conception was particularly apparent in Oedipus' symbolic descent, concurrent with his downfall, from upper to lower stage, and in the huge eye of the sun-god Apollo (contriver of Oedipus' ruin) which stared down relentlessly on the unfortunate's head. The plot, involving Oedipus' gradual discovery of his unknowing parricide and incest, built up to a terrifying climax, followed by the pitiful revelation of the self-blinded king, his eyes dripping gore. It is this magnificently compelling plot that gives Sophocles' masterpiece its sustained appeal.
C.M.B., J.G.F., G.L.P., I.R.S.
MANY people have co-operated in producing a varied programme of activities. There have been Troop Meetings in the Hut, hikes, pioneering and other outdoor meetings. The most memorable, the longest—and the best attended —was the ` Night Tour' of Sheffield, fully reported below.
We congratulate P/L R. Pilley on being selected as one of the City representatives to attend this year's jamboree in Greece. Congratulations also to P/L R. Pilley, A. Knox and S. E. Varley, who won the Rivelin District round of the Charles New Trophy Competition.
A LARGE group of School Senior Scouts and two Scoutmasters assembled outside the Sheffield Telegraph and Star buildings at 10-50 p.m. on the evening of Friday, March 1st for the start of an all-night conducted tour of Sheffield.
We first visited the Sheffield Telegraph and Star, where we saw everything from the collecting of news in the teleprinter office to the setting up and the printing of the next day's Sheffield Telegraph.
Our next port of call was the Central Fire Station. Here we were informed of the organisation of the Fire Service in "Sheffield, what happens when an emergency call is made, and how each problem is tackled with expert efficiency.
By now it was 1 a.m., so as we passed through the City centre we attracted the stare of every policeman we met. However, we arrived at the Police Station, whistling the theme tune to ' Z Cars.' We were admitted through the Charge Room and the Cells to the Communications Room where the operations of the Police Force were explained to us.
From there we went to Victoria Station where we were shown round the Control Tower and a tireless propagandist for W. H. Smith and Sons explained in great detail how the national newspapers arrive at Sheffield and are then sorted and delivered.
Then at Olive Grove Road Bus Station we were shown the cleaning and repair of service buses, and the public transport system was explained.
By now (5-45 a.m.) we were tired and weary, but we carried indomitably on to Neepsend Power Station where we (though some apparently were too sleepy to realise what was happening !) witnessed the switching on of the turbines.
We are deeply indebted to all the establishments that made our night out so enjoyable ; also to Messrs. Vout and Anderson for conducting us round and to Dr. Jameson for arranging it.
J. R. Shutt.
THE only sounds to be heard were the long whistles of indrawn breath followed by the sharp staccato sounds of chattering teeth as one after another we emerged from the icy atmosphere of our temporary canvas homes into the still more icy world outside. Socks hung to dry the night before now resembled hard frozen codfish on mongers' slabs, and our usually pliable footwear needed thawing out considerably before it could be effectively drawn over feet swathed in innumerable pairs of socks.
This was the delightful scene at our enjoyable November half-term camp, for which we were lucky to find a few days when a mere fifteen degrees of frost settled during the night.
This troop activity was closely rivalled for the position of `most memorable' by a C.O.H. 1962-63 hike, when liquid refreshment proved potent to revive the flagging spirit of our P.Ls. We believe that this was the first time that the New Year had been welcomed in on Froggatt Edge with mugs of ' champers.'
These are just two of the highlights of the past six months, during which time a good time has been had by all. Our future camps have now been decided upon and will make use of the ever popular Newstead Abbey site for Whit, whilst we wander further afield to new grounds at Bodtacho Ddu in North Wales for the summer. The C.O.H. are visiting the Broads at Easter, when we hope for mild, dry weather.
R. J. Holder.
In the Autumn the Patrol Leaders and Troop staff spent a weekend in the walkers' hut at Alport. The purpose of the visit was to train the Patrol Leaders in better methods of training their patrols. A second visit this term provided a more relaxing programme. On November 5th the Patrol Leaders had another expedition, this time at night, with fireworks.
The Westbourne Cup for the Rivelin District Competition was presented to the Peewit Patrol at the District Swimming Gala in October, at which the Troop won nearly every event entered.
Troop competitions of various types have been held for training and for amusement value, and the lead is at the moment held by the Hawk Patrol, P/L Shelton. There have been new ideas : a film show at the Christmas Party ; and the formation of a band, which is still at rehearsal stage. Our superiority over our rival Troop could only be shown at football where we won 13-2 : we also had a joint meeting with them.
Our `B' Troop candidate for the World Scout Jamboree in Greece this Summer, P/L Barraclough, was chosen as a reserve representative.
Camping for the season ahead is now being planned. Patrol Easter Camps are organised ; the Troop will have a 5-day camp at Barlow at Whitsun, and a fortnight at Castle Goring, near Worthing, Sussex, in August.
We have been very pleased with the results of our Parents' Committee's efforts : a most successful Military Whist Drive before Christmas was followed up by another in April, and a Jumble Sale is planned for May. These events help to provide the equipment without which no camps could be held.
As I have been unable to attend all meetings this term, I would like to extend my thanks to D. Simmonds who has acted in my place as Troop Leader during the Lent Term.
J. C. Mould.
OVER the past few terms the society has been faithfully attended by the art specialists, yet these talks are aimed at sixth formers in general. To many sixth formers a knowledge of painting and architecture can be of value in further education, but this opportunity of gaining first-hand opinions is not being taken.
However, for those regulars who do attend these lectures there has been a varied selection of topics. The lectures cover European art in general, and the aim of each is to give a good representation of the period under discussion. In the Autumn term there was a series of paintings from the National Gallery, reproduced on a newly acquired set of slides. These showed the development of European painting from the Renaissance to the modern schools. A meeting on the latter subject was better attended than most others, and some enlightening comments were made.
The Lent term saw the acquisition of a series of film-strips which trace the history of architecture from the Greek temples to the modern " functional " structures of today. From what we have seen of these so far, the future meetings should be very instructive. Should there be a development of support for the society, however, I feel that the meetings would benefit greatly, as would the members, from more discussion about the topics.
I should finally like to thank Mr. Helliwell who conducts the meetings, and who provides us with some valuable opinions, and amusing marginal comments.
THE Bible Study Group is un-denominational and aims to further the knowledge of the Bible among its members. Attendance at the weekly meetings, held during Thursday lunch-times and open to all above the fourth forms, has averaged about ten with everyone taking an active part in discussion.
At the beginning of the Autumn term, the Rev. A. B. Martin presented a filmstrip and tape recorded talk entitled " The Voice Cries " and during December, a Fact and Faith film entitled " The Professor and the Prophets " and a missionary film, " Three Men, Three Ways " were shown.
Bible studies have been led by members of the committee and have provoked discussion of the passages which were selected from St. Matthew's gospel in the Autumn term, and from Hebrews and Deuteronomy during Lent term. Bible studies on the epistle of James are planned for next term.
During the Christmas holiday, one member attended a profitable Leaders' Conference. Two members have been to a Round Table Conference for Sheffield Schools and several members have attended the stimulating meetings of the Sheffield Schools Scripture Union, held periodically at Nether Chapel.
Messrs. Johnston, Hall and Reaney are thanked for their unfailing help and encouragement to the group. We are also grateful for the help of all those who have led Bible studies.
THE Chess Club this season has been more successful than for a long time past. The attendance at every meeting has been much higher, and the general standard of play has improved.
Very early in the season, Mr. J. E. Scholes, the Universities' Champion, provided a simultaneous display on ten boards, of which he won seven, drew three, and lost none. Among those who drew special credit must be given to R. Nicolson, who is still in the second form.
Soon afterwards a Swiss Tournament was organised. It was not finished until the end of February, but it proved very successful. Very few of nearly two hundred games were not completed on time. As a result of the improvement in the standard of play among those who took part we found that, instead of having no reserves for the team who could do other than lose, it was difficult to make room for everybody who was capable of winning.
The team was even more successful than was hoped last year, and won the Sheffield Junior League without losing a match. Towards the end of the season the profusion of players of promise enabled us to play the last four home matches on eight boards. Apart from the matches in the League we played a friendly match against De La Salle, which we won on all six boards.
LEAGUE RESULTS: Played 10, Won 9, Drawn 1.
v. Abbeydale G.S. won 3.5-2.5
v. High Storrs won 4-2
v. Ecclesfield G.S. "A" won 5-1
v. Dronfield G.S. won 3.5-2.5
v. High Storrs won 4-2
v. Abbeydale G.S. won 5.5-0.5
v. Ecclesfield G.S. "A" drawn 3-3
v. Ecclesfield G.S. "B" won 4-2
v. Dronfield G.S. won 6-2
v. Ecclesfield G.S. "B" won 4-2
During the past two terms six meetings have been held, including two day trips, one to Chester and one to Cambridge. The year's activities opened with an exposition on life and society in Homeric times, given by P. N. Bell, the newly elected president of the society. On the day after this meeting, a Saturday, members of the society assembled outside the City Hall, together with classicists from other Sheffield Schools, with the purpose of visiting Chester. On arriving at that city the party was addressed by the curator of the Chester museum on the subject of " Roman remains in Chester " ; and afterwards split into small groups in order to see the remains in situ. J. G. Fells addressed the society at the third meeting of the year ; his subject was " The Greeks in Asia Minor," and he dealt with the settlements of the Greeks in various parts of Asia Minor and the Dorian and Achaean invasions. The term's activities ended with a reconstruction of the trial of Verres ; this was based on Cicero's " In Verrem," and was given by 6L1.
The Easter term's meetings began with a talk by Mr. W. D. L. Scobie on the " Theory of Tragedy." The speaker dealt largely with the French imitations of classical drama and with the development of the theatre building from classical times to the modern day. The term's second meeting was a trip to Cambridge to see a performance of Sophocles' " Oedipus the King." An account of this production appears elsewhere in the magazine.
Attendances have not been as large as one would have wished, but one hopes that they will improve at subsequent meetings.
THE two illustrated talks which have been given during these last two terms, one by Mr. Braunholtz on the Elgin Marbles, the other by Mr. Prescott on the Roman Army in Britain, drew large and enthusiastic audiences. The Society also enjoyed some lighthearted fun in a Classical `Dumb Crambo ' quiz.
The highlight of the Autumn term's activities was a performance by members of ' 4-Greek' and others of excerpts from Aristophanes' " Clouds." This proved so popular that a second performance was held, and only the impossibility of finding a date to suit all the members of the cast prevented a third being arranged. Over a hundred boys saw, and clearly enjoyed, these excerpts from an interesting play. Perhaps they appreciated the defiant rejection by a young man in the play of his father's old-fashioned ways, and they probably watched with envy the burning down of a school and the belabouring of its staff with which the play ends !
Many meetings in both the Autumn and Lent terms have been devoted to two inter-related long - term projects, launched and generally supervised by Dr. Jameson. A survey of the Romans in the Sheffield area involves library-investigators, cartographers and scribes ; while a team of model-makers is constructing a Roman camp, Roman soldiers and artillery. Almost all the members of the Society have been able to participate in these activities ; and we hope that the local study will soon provide us with a coherent picture of the history of this area during the period of Roman occupation.
AT the beginning of the year the committee decided to give the meetings a connecting theme. The then topical and controversial issue of Britain's proposed entry into the Common Market provided this.
The meetings have nevertheless been on varied and interesting topics. D. G. Parrish and J. C. Mould introduced the first meeting, putting forward their views on the general subject " In or Out Parrish, armed with literature from the Anti-Common Market League, provided staunch opposition to Britain's entry into the E.E.C. This controversial issue provoked many questions from an interested audience. Two meetings followed on this theme, J. R. Gregory speaking on " The Motor Industry and the Common Market " and S. S. Housley on " British Agriculture and the Common Market." Owing to the collapse of negotiations, the remaining meetings have been on more general topics.
P. Bower introduced a discussion on " British Railways," and F. J. Blake and J. R. Gregory introduced a discussion on " The Eleven-Plus and Secondary Education." This attracted the largest audience of the term, and the advantages and disadvantages of the eleven-plus and comprehensive schools were outlined. Such was the interest, that the discussion was continued the following week.
Attendance has been generally quite good, but it has been disappointing to see very few fifth formers present.
Once again we must thank Mr. Phillips for all his help in organizing and supporting the Society.
THE Film Society is a new society formed at the beginning of the present school year as a companion to the more specialised Scientific Film Society. There have been five meetings ; at four of these films were shown and at the fifth Mr. Scobie gave a talk on the Russian director, Sergei Eisenstein. The society has over one hundred members, despite the membership fee of 2/6d, which is necessary to pay for the hiring of films.
At our first meeting the American film, " 12 Angry Men " was shown. This film shows the way in which a murder jury arrives at its verdict. At our next meeting we saw the Israeli film, " Hill 24 doesn't answer," in which the director shows how people of all nations became involved in the birth of a free Israel.
The February meeting was a showing of Carol Reed's masterpiece, " The Third Man." The short film shown at this meeting was the award winning " Giuseppina." This charming film showed, in a series of witty episodes, how people of different nationalities affected the life of a small girl in a quiet Italian village.
Our last film was " The Prisoner." This was the most moving of the films so far shown and the way in which the prisoner was broken was magnificently portrayed.
Mr. Scobie's talk on Eisenstein was most informative and showed the brilliance of Eisenstein's work. The talk was illustrated by several extracts including the famous sequence from the film, " Battleship Potemkin," showing the massacre on the Odessa steps.
Thanks are given to all those who have helped the society in its first year.
THE beginning of the school year witnessed the long awaited renaissance of the Senior History Society. Happily the Society has fully justified its existence by the number of its meetings and the support it has received not only from History specialists.
In the Autumn term J. M. Booth gave a paper on ` The Fitzwilliams,' while there was also a trip to the Cistercian Abbey of Mount St. Bernard partly arranged under the auspices of the Society and incorporated into the end of term visits.
Lent term proved the more popular for meetings. We were very pleased to welcome Mr. J. M. Bestall, M.A., from the Department of Extra-Mural Studies, Sheffield University, who gave us a very entertaining lecture on the ` Origins of the Sheffield Police Force,' additionally useful because it illustrated the way the professional historian works. There was also a talk by G. M. Nosowski, the Society's retiring Chairman, on ` Welbeck Abbey' which was particularly advantageous to the History Sixth. The last official trip was at half-term to Hardwick Hall, where there is an excellent collection of Elizabethan furniture and tapestry.
I would like to thank all who have spent much time in making the Society a success, especially Mr. J. S. Anderson under whose direction the Society functions.
THERE were three meetings in the Autumn term, and also a tour of some places of historical interest in North Yorkshire. On this excursion a party of about thirty Society members, under the joint supervision of Mr. Cook and Mr. Anderson, visited Easby Abbey, Richmond Castle, Middleham Castle, Ripon Cathedral and Conisbrough Castle.
The first two meetings of the term both took the form of films and film strips, about a wide variety of subjects.
At the third meeting in December, P. N. Bell spoke on " Western Europe." The talk was an account of his tour of the Western European countries, which he made after winning the European Schools Essay Competition. He supplemented his talk with his own slides. The attendance for this meeting was unfortunately low, but those present thoroughly enjoyed a most interesting account of his tour.
This term has also seen three meetings. At the first, four more films were shown. Then, on March 6th, Galley spoke on " Rural Attercliffe and Darnall in the Eighteenth Century." This was based on the essay with which he won last year's History Competition.
Finally, on March 27th, Mr. Vout gave a talk about " Brass Rubbings." He brought many of his own rubbings and pointed out interesting features on each of them. He also explained how he went about making a rubbing, and summarised the history of monumental brasses.
We should like to thank Mr. Cook for giving up so much of his time towards organising and presenting the Society's meetings.
THE Society can claim only a moderately successful year. Though the discussion of international affairs should ideally attract support from all sectors of the School, the group has relied increasingly this year on the solid, and some might even say stolid, support of economists. The Autumn term was taken up with meetings on the European Common Market in general and then France, Germany and the Benelux Countries in more detail. The Easter term meetings have been more varied though internal and external exams have made these few and fat between.
There was a School collection for the Freedom from Hunger Campaign towards the close of this term but members look forward to giving more active support to the Campaign in the Summer term.
Inter-school C.E.W.C. meetings have, as usual, been enthusiastically supported particularly by the older members of the group ; four members even managed to crawl unwillingly to the Social. Nine members of the School attended the Christmas Conference of the C.E.W.C. in London. The relative attraction of London and the Conference cannot properly be estimated in this report, but it can safely be said that a good time was had by all. It need scarcely be added that the concentrated theatre-going of our more avid ` culture vultures' did not prevent the party from playing an active part in the discussion groups of the conference.
The Society is indebted to Mr. Robinson for his unfailingly enthusiastic support and to G. Eggington for his competent chairmanship.
THE society must surely be judged by any standards as one of the School's most successful, owing probably to the nice balance maintained between the two aspects of its activities : the purely ` Literary,' and the Debating. In the first category, any talk on D. H. Lawrence was sure to prove a great attraction, but when the speaker was such a noted connoisseur of Lawrentiana as Mr. R. C. German the success of the meeting was naturally absolute. Nor, of course, could the initiated fail to respond to the provocative remarks of Mr. O. R. Johnston on `Literature and the Moral judgement '-a field day for all the School's aspirant analytical philosophers ! When the society turned, however, to debating, success was less easily achieved, though the heated exchanges of a Mock Parliament provided both a huge attendance, and an unprecedented degree of audience participation. Otherwise, the Society's debates, though well attended, did not always reach the desired heights, despite the gifts for parody of some members ; among which J. W. Bows' imitation of the Prime Minister was a true classic. Apart from this, the House was content to prefer Sunday Morning to Saturday Night and to lament the failure of Guy Fawkes.
Lastly, the Society wishes to congratulate P. N. Bell and D. Mingay on gaining the second place, against severe competition, in the recent Public Schools' Debating Competition at York.
ATTENDANCES have ranged from too many (73), to too few (8), the audience varying in number and quality according to the subjects proposed. The first meeting, involving Stump Oratory, was dominated by the committee in striking contrast to their reticence on other occasions, Price being the winner and Beale the runner-up. A debate followed on the motion 'That this house believes that there should be a radical change in male costume,' proposed by Mr. Jones, seconded by Hoyland, opposed by Mr. Earl, seconded by Moorwood. Apart from the principals', the speeches were of a low standard. Speakers either knew what they wanted to say but were unable to say it ; or they waited for inspiration to come to them in mid-sentence ; it rarely arrived. The motion was defeated by 21 votes to 8. A quiz was held at which two points were awarded for a correct answer and one for an ingenious one. Many of the competitors thought their answers ingenious. We decided to send the balloon up again ; candidates for survival ranged from Oona Chaplin to Prince Leopold of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Galley who had chosen most of the names the other competitors did not recognise was, not altogether surprisingly, the winner. A record attendance favoured the meeting where teams from each of the eight forms eligible had to talk themselves out of embarrassing situations. The marking system defied analysis and the result, a tie between 4A and 4S, was a tribute to the diplomacy of the committee. Finally the assizes arrived, and presented us with the mock trial of Speight. Incompetently defended by a counsel who failed to make the most of the manifest weakness of the prosecution's case, he was found guilty by a vindictive packed jury on three of the five counts and was sentenced to have his hair combed, to make three salaams to the court, and to sing one verse of any song he chose. The session closed to the strains of ' Three Green Bottles'.
THE Society's meetings opened with an inter-form quiz, which was rather surprisingly won by a first form team. The winners, 1(2), were represented by Banham, Brierley, Gibson and Slack.
With the noise of rockets still deafening our ears, a debate on the merits of Guy Fawkes and the desirability of upholding his memory, produced a decisive majority in favour of retaining the annual ceremony. Falk, Bramwell, Cross and Broughton were the principal speakers.
Our next meeting gave scope to the smooth tongues and quick wits of the junior forms. With obvious experience to spur them on, many commendable efforts were made to talk themselves out of certain strange situations. Falk was adjudged the winner.
Despite the hopes of many people in the courtroom, Gittins was duly acquitted of the charge of murder. Cross was the successful counsel for the defence, whilst Bramwell fought hard to secure the accused's conviction. A good attendance was recorded, despite the severity of the weather.
An individual knock-out quiz produced another victory for the brains of 1(2). This time Wilson triumphantly scattered the opposition with a fine display of rapid thought and general knowledge. After five rounds he defeated Day in the final.
Attendances have been satisfactory throughout the winter, and much genuine interest and enthusiasm has been shown. Bramwell and Cross have proved to be very efficient and enthusiastic committee members, and the Society has a hard core of support in each first and second form.
THIS year there have been few flying meetings because of the bad weather, but on these occasions the Close has claimed its usual toll of flying machines, adding much to the entertainment of the spectators (including certain members of the staff who prefer to view from the safety of the School buildings).
Lectures on " Starting in Control Line " and " Aerofoils " have been given by Pressley and Platts. It is hoped that these will induce younger members to partake more in the flying meetings.
Our thanks go to Mr. Bridgewater, our faithful supervisor, who, although he still will not be persuaded to fly a model, passes many helpful comments, like ' Is it broken ?'
OWING to the illness of Mr. Bramhall,-the term's activities have been restricted to two meetings. These, however, proved interesting and enjoyable occasions, as the gratifying attendances and enthusiastic receptions bore witness. In the first of the meetings, " Barcelona Province Remembered," I. J. Ford reminisced freely and fascinatingly on a visit to that city and gave proof to his words with coloured slides, maps and photographs. Those many of us who did not know the city were given a comprehensive introduction to it ; from the awesome individuality of Gaudi to the somewhat depressing sameness of the inevitable touristic straw-hats.
A gramophone recording of part of Corneille's " Le Cid," played by the Thēātre National Populaire, was most kindly brought by Mr. Bramhall and provided the second meeting, where the dramatic and poetic life of yet another French work was allowed to penetrate the rather dry appearance of the school texts. We have promise of hearing the rest of the work as soon as is possible.
We must thank Mr. Bramhall not only for providing us with this latter meeting, but also for performing the thankless task of integrating and organising the Society.
THIS School abounds in musicians who are able and willing to prepare talks and recitals of the highest order ; but the apathy which reigns among the vast majority of their fellows, who should make up their audiences, all too often renders their efforts fruitless. Hence that inevitable combination of adjectives, " small but appreciative," which must be used to describe the attendances for Mr. Braunholtz's excellently prepared discourse on Mozart's G minor String Quintet ; Mr. Johnston's enthusiastic survey of Wagner's " Mastersingers " and the lucid and erudite introduction to Bach's " St. John Passion " by Mr. Barnes.
Even a joint meeting with the Poetry Society at which D. W. Williams talked about Walton's (and Sitwell's) " Facade " was little better attended.
Live concerts during the lunch hour normally find a much larger audience, and one hopes that this comes from a desire to listen to music rather than to seek a tolerably pleasant alternative to football or the library. Over the past two terms there have been several such concerts from all age groups, including the staff, displaying a greater or lesser degree of talent.
D. D. Jones on Twelve Note Music and A. J. Beasley on Modem jazz provided two rather unorthodox topics, with, in both cases, very unorthodox treatment. Finally, one hopes that the ever-popular Christmas Quiz, devised by the Three Immortal `W's, may become an annual event.
AT the beginning of the Autumn term, D. B. Cook gave a talk on marine mammals, outlining the difficulties of aquatic life, adaptations to and methods of overcoming environmental problems, with particular reference to dolphins. The evolution, development, and structure of the nose and the physiology of the sense of smell in man were described by B. R. Edwards. P. B. Anderson's talk dealt with the effects of liver flukes and parasitic worms on their hosts and the methods currently used to treat these effects in man. S. O. Ridgway gave a talk investigating the behaviour of animals and showing the extent to which their actions are the products of reasoned thought as opposed to pure instinct. A somewhat more light-hearted talk on " Scientific Method " was given by J. A. Hensby, summarising a book of the same title.
The term's highlight was a lecture on the anti-pernicious anaemia vitamin, B12, delivered by Dr. J. Peel, a biochemist, from Sheffield University and illustrated with slides and models. He made us aware of the problems encountered by the biochemist and the difficulties to be overcome in extracting such an easily destroyed substance as vitamin B12 from its highly impure sources, and in determining its chemical structure.
Although there has been a satisfactory average attendance of about fourteen, it is a pity that these have been mainly biologists, because the talks are not so specialised as to prohibit other science students.
We are grateful to Messrs. Head and Edwards for their organisation of meetings and for the time and support which they have given to the society.
IN the Autumn term there was a drop in membership from the record of the previous year. In the Lent term, however, the numbers picked up again, and have exceeded those of the same term last year.
The dark-room has been used fully, and the new 35 m.m. enlarger which was obtained at the end of last year has been in continuous use.
In the Lent term we have had two meetings. The first was a demonstration of print-making by Mr. P. Downs (once secretary of the Society) in which he printed negatives brought by members. The results obtained by Mr. Downs were in every case an improvement on those with which we had previously been satisfied. The attendance at this meeting was rather disappointing.
At the second meeting the attendance was much better. Mr. Mackay gave an exhibition of his prints. During his discussion of these prints Mr. Mackay continually extolled the advantages of a 2,1 inch square format over the 3S m.m. size. These were clearly demonstrated by the marvellous quality of his pictures.
At the moment we have very few members in the Junior and Middle Schools. This must be due to shyness, as there appears to be a large number of photographers in the lower forms. Everybody from the second form upwards is welcome to join.
THE Society, which could be said to cater for a minority, has provided a very lively series of meetings of wide interest, proving that a serious but adventurous approach is the best policy. Especially encouraging has been the large number of speakers who have introduced the meetings. Thus it appears that the way to run a minority society is to refuse to admit that it is such, and, using the advantage of small numbers to make all members active, so to maintain a regular and interested audience.
The accent has been on modern poetry, including T. S. Eliot, Thom Gunn and Ted Hughes, Edith Sitwell's ` Facade,' the Scots ` poet' McGonegal, and the American Beat poet, Allen Ginsberg. In contrast were the meeting on the Elizabethan love lyric, with some excellent recordings of madrigals, and Beasley's persuasive defence of Tennyson.
THE Radio Society which has barely completed one year since its re-formation, meets every Wednesday evening after school. There are two sections, one instructional for complete beginners and the other for more experienced members.
At first the number of prospective members topped the fifty mark and the beginners' section had to be split, each half meeting in alternate weeks. But now the numbers have declined sufficiently to enable the enthusiastic core to meet every week.
The advanced section, which is by no means isolated from the beginners, has not yet settled down to the serious projects and lectures that were promised in the first rush of enthusiasm (though there is a current rumour that plans are afoot for building a small computer). Nevertheless several projects were attempted by some lone intrepid members and a few pieces of experimental apparatus have been constructed, but unfortunately with no major successes. A Kerr - Cell (electronic non - mechanical light shutter) has yet to yield results, as has a pulse counter, the main part of which came out of discarded equipment from the University.
Some members have spent considerable time giving advice and help to the beginners and Committee members seem to be acquiring a reputation as repair-men after successfully repairing several pieces of commercial equipment belonging to members of the Staff, and also two discarded radios and a television set. Several members, more concerned with their own experiments, seem to have spent a large amount of their time staring at the pretty patterns they could produce on an oscilloscope. I wonder if this is yet another manifestation of the hypnotic effect of the " tele " screen.
Beginners' Section.-In the beginners' section under the supervision of Dr. Knowles and Mr. Lunn small transistor sets are being constructed. The first model was a simple one-transistor receiver costing about seven shillings. More components were added and now we have just completed a two-transistor set. A one-transistor set of the regenerative type is in experimental stages ; this is the first of our receivers to use a ferrite rod aerial. Most members have constructed models which work quite well, but a few unfortunately do not. However, these are only the beginnings, and eventually we hope to make a fully portable set.
D. A. Pollard gave us a lecture on the transistor and its uses. Although the subject is extremely complicated we were able to get an insight into some of the principles underlying the working of the transistor.
Chemistry Section.-Regular meetings have been held during the past two terms under the guidance of Mr. Mackay and Mr. Hall. The activities of the Society have been mainly concerned with more interesting and spectacular experiments. One notable member of the Society who set himself up as a large scale manufacturer of plastics was unfortunately unable to make any impression on the plastics industry as a whole.
Physics Section.-The Society continues to supply the physics department with a large proportion of its equipment ; home-made apparatus has the double advantage of being constructed to individual requirements, and also being cheap. Additions to stock over the past few months include an electrical version of the standard Lees' and Chorlton's apparatus for measuring the co-efficients of thermal conductivity of poor conductors and various items of equipment for use with 3 cm. wavelength radio-waves to demonstrate reflection, refraction and interference effects. These last items include a large scale model crystal, whose internal structure can be determined by using radio-waves, as Bragg and others using X-rays investigated the atomic structures of crystals. The use of radio-waves should prove very helpful as a model in the teaching of wave motion.
Apart from the construction of new apparatus the Society provides members with the opportunity to perform a variety of experiments. Such an experiment was an attempt to measure the velocity of light by measuring the time taken for a light ray to travel the length of the bottom corridor and back. This was progressing satisfactorily until the coming of lighter evenings, when it became impossible to distinguish the ray. Consequently the experiment had to be suspended until next winter. Another experiment was the measurement of the acceleration due to gravity by photographing a falling object, in this case an illuminated electric light bulb (suitably protected against breakage) against a scale as background.
Such experiments as these present a challenge to ingenuity, as well as demanding practical skill. The staff of the physics department have been, as always, very helpful in solving the various difficulties encountered.
THE Society has now passed its experimental stage and is a firm favourite with about seventy members of the upper school. Fortnightly showings are given, and although other school activities caused some postponements during the Lent term a large and varied range of films has been shown.
This year we have concentrated even more than before on the more basically scientific film, though this policy has still left room for such interesting films as " Fire at Dunham," about the quenching of an oil-well fire, and " Engineers in Steel," dealing with the manufacture of special steels at the Sheffield works of the English Steel Company.
The " basically scientific " films included " Light in Nature," an exhilarating account of modern research in many fields, and the more specialised " Electron Microscope," which described one section of this research. Away from the laboratory, the sometimes elusive secret of the internal combustion engine was revealed in Ford's " Story of the Motor Car Engine." The complicated transport system of newspaper delivery in Scandinavia was also spotlighted in " Newspaper Run."
THIS has been a very successful year for the Scripture Searching Group. We have arranged more meetings than ever before and our attendance has slightly increased. Although we are still smaller than most other School societies, we enjoy our meetings, and few members have missed a meeting yet.
If people seeing the name of our group think that searching the scriptures is boring, or that it is the only thing we do, they are seriously mistaken. During the year we have had several interesting films, and in particular a very good film from the British and Foreign Bible Society about missionary work in Ethiopia.
Another very interesting film-strip, called "Mid-Century Martyrs" told the story of five missionaries who flew to South America, to the Auca Indians, only to be mercilessly slaughtered by these hostile people after making a first friendly contact with them. Such was the faith and courage of the wives of these missionaries that they continued to seek out and finally made contact with these savage Aucas, even to the extent of living among them and learning the Auca language and tribal customs.
For the future we have thought of having an essay competition and several debates and discussions. Searching through the scriptures is a very absorbing form of detection in which everyone should be able to find some interest. We are grateful to Mr. Hall for kindly arranging our meetings.
A FLOURISHING Student Christian Movement has never in recent years been the boast of the School. This last has been a disappointing year ; in fact were it not for a core of faithful agnostics the Society would have collapsed completely at the trying exam period around Christmas. The Society has, however, shown its adaptability by joining with the Economics, Literary and Debating and Poetry Societies respectively in its regular lunch hour meetings. Talks with topical attraction, such as that on the Report on Conversations between the Methodist Church and the Church of England, have at times also helped to swell our audiences ; but in general the society has exclusive tutorial-type discussions at which the boys present barely outnumber the masters.
Inter-school S.C.M. meetings, mainly conventional in content, have nevertheless been adequately supported, and the attendance of scientists has been especially appreciated. The School also played an important part in the organisation of the Christmas Social, in spite of the fact that it clashed with an important scholarship group.
In short the Society has provided many interesting meetings for its small membership but has made little impact on the apathy of Christians and non-Christians alike, particularly in the fifth and first year sixth.
FEW of last year's team remained for the new season, and our most serious lack was of an experienced goalkeeper. Hudson, England and Lewis were all tried in turn but none inspired the confidence in his defence which is the hallmark of a good goalkeeper. Lewis was the most consistent but even he made simple errors which cost us goals.
A remarkable victory over Barnsley in the first match caused a momentary flash of exhilaration but Manchester began a sequence of defeats relieved only by a win over the Old Edwardians and an excellent draw with Bolton. The chief fault was carelessness and lack of concentration which led us to pass time after time to opponents. Combined with a lack of physical power sufficient to overcome the heaviest conditions at the end of the Autumn term, this resulted in a series of heavy defeats against stronger and more determined teams.
It was expected that last year's very successful Under-15 side would challenge hard for places in the team. Few of them, however, made as much progress as we hoped. Batty scored some fine goals, including, against Barnsley, the only hat-trick of the season, but he was seldom constructive and his confidence suffered after an ankle injury. Bentley became a great asset to the side, gaining vigour and enthusiasm with every match. Stopford was easily the best of the new generation. He often played brilliantly, always intelligently, and his skill was rewarded by his being chosen for South Yorkshire Grammar Schools.
Cockcroft was outstanding at centre-half. He headed and tackled with strength and determination, and was always ready to cover his colleagues. The rest of the defence was tenacious, with everyone outstanding on his day, but it never linked up effectively with the forwards. The wing-halves and inside forwards had a tendency to over-elaborate which slowed up the game and caused us to lose initiative in attack, so that too often we failed to make use of our main assets, speed and directness. Most of our goals and our victories came when we converted defence swiftly into attack, the most effective way of using Blake's energy and skill.
The team would like to thank Mr. Cowan and Mr. Bray for their help, advice and enthusiasm ; and the captain personally owes a great debt to Meredith for his never-failing support.
Matches Played 22, Won 7, Drawn 1, Lost 14, Goals for 47, against 81.
|v.||Barnsley G.S.||(Home), won||6-1|
|v.||Manchester G.S.. .||(Home), lost||0-4|
|v.||Mexborough G.S.||(Home), lost||1-4|
|v.||Old Edwardians . .||(Home), won||4-3|
|v.||Chesterfield G.S.||(Home), lost||2-3|
|v.||De La Salle||(Home), lost||1-6|
|v.||Bolton G.S.||(Home), drew||2-2|
|v.||Ecclesfield G.S.||(Away), lost||3-5|
|v.||Huddersfield New College||(Away), lost||2-3|
|v.||Bootham School . .||(Home), won||4-1|
|v.||Mansfield G.S.||(Away), won||4-3|
|v.||Manchester G.S.. .||(Away), lost||0-4|
|v.||Huddersfield Amateurs||(Home), lost||2-6|
|v.||Old Edwardians . .||(Home), lost||4-6|
|v.||P. S. Wileman's XI||(Home), lost||0-6|
|v.||Mansfield G.S.||(Home), won||2-1|
|v.||Seventh Club||(Home), won||3-2|
|v.||Abbeydale G.S. . .||(Home), lost||1-5|
|v.||De La Salle||(Away), lost||1-6|
THE team has had a poor season. Twenty-seven different players have played in fourteen matches, but the fact that we were never able to field a settled side cannot be used as a complete excuse.
Throughout the season the half-back line has been our strongest section. Crowson, as centre-half, has been the team's outstanding player. His strong enthusiastic tackling has been an encouragement to the whole team. Simpson and Brook could always be relied upon to get the ball moving, and opposing forwards have found them difficult to beat. The main weakness for most of the season has been the forward line. Owing to innumerable changes it has not been able to settle down, and further there has been an obvious unwillingness to shoot from scoring positions. Only Bird as centre-forward was able to score consistently, but he too has missed good chances. Late in the season Batty and Seymour with experience of First XI play set a good example to the other forwards.
Very few players have been physically fit enough to last a whole game. Many of the matches were lost in the last quarter of an hour owing to tiredness on our part. Training is the only answer for this. Nevertheless team spirit has never been low, and we have always been able to rely upon a large number of useful reserves, especially Dolan, Holder and Sallis.
On behalf of this season's team I should like to thank Mr. Jones and Mr. Phillips for all their help and encouragement in spite of the disappointing results.
The final results do not reflect the good play and spirit on many occasions. Most of the team have gained valuable experience which will stand them in good stead next season. Thanks are due to Cook for his encouraging and competent captaincy.
|v.||Barnsley G.S.||(Away), lost||1-4|
|v.||Manchester G.S...||(Away), lost||2-6|
|v.||Mexborough G.S.||(Away), lost||1-2|
|v.||Old Edwardians ..||(Home), lost||0-3|
|v.||Chesterfield G.S.||(Home), lost||1-5|
|v.||De La Salle||(Away), lost||2-5|
|v.||Bolton G.S.||(Away), lost||1-9|
|v.||Ecclesfield G.S.||(Home), won||4-3|
|v.||Huddersfield New College||(Home), won||6-0|
|v.||Mansfield G.S.||(Home), lost||4-5|
|v.||Doncaster Tech...||(Home), lost||0-9|
|v.||Old Edwardian||(Home), lost||0-6|
|v.||Mansfield G.S.||(Away), won||5-2|
|v.||Abbeydale G.S. ..||(Away), won||4-1|
|v.||De La Salle||(Home), drawn||3-3|
THIS season the Siberian winter only permitted the playing of a handful of games. These unfortunately revealed the same pattern of play as last year-sterling defensive work eventually overwhelmed most dishearteningly through lack of a forward formation able to maintain equally effective pressure on the opponents' defence. Brilliant as ever in ball-play and approach work, the forwards once more lacked effective bite and few goals were recorded. Experimentation was made at centre-forward in the later games, and there were signs of a revival, culminating in a tough win over Chesterfield. After the promotion of Linfoot to the Second XI Cowling took over the captaincy and gave a good lead to his colleagues with dour and remorseless defence.
ALTHOUGH a greater number of defeats has been sustained than victories recorded this season, the situation could very easily have been reversed. In several matches a little more determination or luck would have given us victory, and the margin of defeat was rarely large. A lack of urgency and determination was noticeable in all departments of the side on different occasions, though above all we lacked strong and clever inside forwards. Our defence, though strong on paper, often covered badly or left gaps by moving upfield injudiciously. The forward line was not a strong unit, and yet scored quite well throughout the season.
Everyone who played, however, reflected credit on the School, in defeat or victory, and the season ended on a pleasant note with victory over De La Salle 3-1 at Beauchief, sweet revenge for a 10-3 trouncing earlier in the season. It was fitting that the captain, Wosskow, should score the final goal of the season with the last kick of the match.
Played 14, Won 4, Drawn 1, Lost 9. Goals for 36, against 54.
AFTER a rather uncertain start the team settled down to play quite entertaining and successful football. Apart from proving themselves individually they have blended very well into a compact and hard-fighting unit. Since December, 1962, the team has won all its six games, and if so many games had not been cancelled because of the weather the results would certainly have looked even more imposing. The season ended in a burst of goal-scoring-beating Abbeydale 11-0, when all the forwards scored twice, and De La Salle 8-3, of which Dunsford scored four. This last result was particularly pleasing since earlier in the season they had beaten us 7-2.
It would be unfair to mention particular players in such an all-round and well-knit team, ably led by Tew, a quiet and efficient captain ; but I must add that it has been a pleasure to pick a team with the confidence that if any reserves were needed we had good replacements in abundance.
Played 17, Won 10, Drawn 2, Lost 5. Goals for 66, against 33.
ALTHOUGH the results of the Under 13 XI appear to be rather disappointing, they in fact compare quite favourably with those of previous years. Because of the long, severe winter nine games had to be cancelled. This represents a serious loss of valuable playing time in an experimental year, when players are tested in various positions.
Both Hill, who has proved his worth as a talented footballer and able captain, and Chapman have been strong pillars of defence, while our leading goal-scorer, Fogell, a quick moving, sharp shooting inside forward with six goals to his credit, and Woollas have been the engineers of many an attack. These four players have formed the nucleus round which many changes of player and position have been made.
The team should now continue to gain in confidence with more experience of inter-school football.
Played 13, Won 3, Drawn 2, Lost 8. Goals for 19, against 40.
WE opened the season with a little more confidence than usual. The ability to tackle, which has always been lacking in the School XVs, was more apparent in this one. The forwards looked rather light but not excessively so, and the backs, when they overcame a tendency to take the ball while stationary, seemed capable of good running.
Alas, the two essentials were missing—speed and stamina. What had been increasingly obvious for the past few years was suddenly exposed in this one team. A school team cannot exist on technique alone ; there must be a background of physical prowess gained in out-of-school exercise. There must be a zest for sport, an exuberance of spirit which manifests itself on the field.
Where scholarship is all-important and hours of study so long that little time is available for physical development, then it would be better to withdraw from competition in sport. The team played as hard as they knew. In every game they tried, but without success. Probably their best performance was against the touring team from Dame Allan's School, Newcastle. They held this fast, determined side for three-quarters of the game, tackling, covering, and performing well above themselves. In the last quarter weary legs could not respond quickly enough. The spirit was willing but the flesh so very weak.
One night a week for half an hour is not sufficient training for boys who do not seem to get any exercise out of school. In most of the matches chances were there but no one had the speed to take advantage of them. In the later stages of each game there was a sad lack of stamina. Most of this year's team have ability ; they know and understand the game, and perhaps some day with more free time they will be able to train often and suddenly find within themselves the zest for sheer hard physical work which is essential in a good player.
Congratulations to R. D. Harrison, the School captain and hooker, and to K. M. Crouch, scrum-half, on being chosen to represent South Yorkshire Under i9 schoolboys against Paris schoolboys on Easter Saturday. Sincere thanks to J. S. Parson for being an efficient secretary.
Finally to this year's team-you have the ability, the rest is up to you.
Played 11, Won 1, Lost 9, Drawn 1.
THE opening of another season failed to deter the hearts of the brave at Castle Dyke. The matches played during the first half term were closely contested, the third game resulting in a narrow win. Following this, our only victory, the team faced a series of more difficult (not to mention some impossible) fixtures. To some extent, failure to tackle in mid-field accounted for the resounding defeats which were suffered. Members of the team gave determined support to Harrison, who has captained capably throughout the season. The enthusiasm of younger players in the side promises well for the future.
Played 6, Won 1, Lost 5. Points for 33, against 136.
THE elements have duly left their lopsided mark on our season. It is hard now to remember the first dim days of autumn when we painfully found our legs (too rarely those of our opponents) against teams whose superiority in weight, dexterity, mobility, confidence-even it seemed at times in numbers-was brutally demonstrated by their scores against us. We were indeed a lightweight team, keen enough and with some promising ideas, but blessed with few fast runners, no good passers, no tacklers of any description, and only one or two fair kickers. However, by dint of hard practice, some progress was made before Christmas in reducing the rate of loss, if not in opening a profit account of our own.
During the winter enthusiasm was maintained, and perhaps some skill in scrumming was imparted through the new secret weapon in the gym. A match lost by a moderate margin served as a spur for the last game, against an untried High Storrs team. With desperation in our hearts we found ourselves suddenly masters of the field. The enemy line was crossed at last, and there followed a dramatic reversal of our earlier performances. Some admirable tackles (as well as some less artistic), several superb kicks, a little real passing, and two picture tries were seen. What is more important, we played as a team. The taste of victory was sweet in our mouths long after the game was over.
It remains to say that throughout the season we have greatly appreciated the support of those parents who have braved wind, rain, and mud to see our efforts.
Their presence and encouragement has played a real part in our eventual success.
Played 7, Won 1, Lost 6. Points (Autumn term) for 0, against 141 ; (Lent term) for 20, against 17.
ALTHOUGH the fact cannot be disguised that this cross-country season has been a disappointing one, we can fairly lay the blame on the weather and a variety of misfortune, rather than on poor performances by the team.
The results of the first three matches upheld our best hopes, the senior team winning every match. The following match, scheduled as a straight fight with Roundhay, turned out to be a five-team match. This surprise seemed to affect our runners, and the team finished second. Subsequently, in a three-cornered match, we came second again, beaten by a very strong Manchester G.S. team who had four runners equal first !
This run of good performances then ended. After losing to Mansfield in rather dubious circumstances we were unable, owing to injuries and illness, to field our strongest team in the three following matches, all of which we narrowly lost.
The weather now intervened and caused all ten of the Lent term's inter-school matches to be cancelled. When at last the weather permitted us to resume training, only Rees matched early season form. The Seniors were third in a five-team match at Woodhouse, 33rd at the Northern Schools Championship, and fifth at the North Midland Championship.
Rees, Hughes and Skidmore have always run hard and well, each regularly being in the first five or six runners home. Rees must be praised for his outstanding achievement in being the first School runner home in every match he ran. Gunson, Shutt, Cawthorne and Woodhouse have supported these runners well and have played their part in the victories.
The short season has meant that the other teams have had only a few races. This, perhaps, was fortunate, for their results make dismal reading. The individual performances of Pringle, Hempshall and Roberts have been promising, especially as they were running against older boys.
Next season's prospects for the senior team must be bright, for with only two first team runners leaving and several promising younger runners ready to take their places we should have no difficulty in bettering this season's results, and may even hope to win the North Midland Championship.
Mr. German must be thanked for giving his time to managing the teams. His training and encouragement have played no mean part in the achievements of the team.
v. De La Salle (H.)-Won 21-68
v. High Storrs and Woodhouse GS. (A.)-Won 42-50-90
v. Woodhouse G.S. (H.)-Won 35-48
v. Roundhay G.S. and Wakefield G.S. and Army Apprentices School, Harrogate (A.)-2nd.
v. High Storrs and Manchester G.S. (A.)-M.G.S. 25, K.E.S. 55, H.S. 104.
v. Mansfield G.S. (A.)-Lost 17-19
v. Abbeydale G.S. (H.)-Lost 38-41
v. Rotherham G.S. (H.)-Lost 31-48
v. Bradford G.S. (H.)-Lost 32-46
Under 16 team : Played 2, Lost 2
Under 15 team : Played 4, Won 1, Lost 3
Under 14 team : Played 1, Lost 1
DURING the 1962/63 season the School Hockey team had several fixtures cancelled because of bad weather, and as a result, only one match was played. This game-against Percy Jackson Grammar School, Doncaster was lost by five goals to nil.
It is hoped to arrange more fixtures next season, and although some of the more experienced players will no longer be available, the remaining -members of the team, with new young players, should help to make Hockey a major School game.
During the Easter holiday, a team took part in a six-a-side Hockey Tournament at Percy Jackson Grammar School, Doncaster. Out of five games played, one was drawn and four were lost but the team was outplayed in only one game, and with the same enthusiasm and a little more match practice should be able to do considerably better.
|v.||St. Peter's, York||Lost||2-1|
|v.||Percy Jackson G.S.||Lost||3-0|
Scorers : Colley (2), Gunn.
|v.||Leeds G.S.||(Home), lost||1-8|
|v.||City Grammar School||(Home), won||6-3|
|v.||Abbeydale G.S. ..||(Home), won||6-3|
|v.||High Storrs||(Home), lost||3-6|
|v.||Ranmoor ..||(Home), lost||0-9|
|v.||City Grammar School||(Away), lost||4-5|
|v.||Firth Park G.S. ..||(Home), lost||2-7|
|v.||City Grammar School||(Home), lost||2-7|
|v.||Bents Green||(Away), lost||0-9|
|v.||Bents Green||(Home), lost||1-8|
|v.||High Storrs||(Away), lost||3-6|
WE began the year with a team containing none of last year's members, so outstanding results were not to be expected. However, some matches were lost which we should, and could have won. The difficulties have been lack of match experience and a coach. Enthusiasm was very great, but we have not acquired the necessary skills and match techniques.
We defeated City Grammar and Abbeydale before Christmas, and hoped for good results in the Easter term, but we have lost all nine matches. There has been no outstanding player this year, although Harrison and Ainsworth managed to win the majority of their matches, and Booth has made excellent progress since he took up the game in September. The team has been chosen from Ainsworth, Harrison, Booth D. A., Edwards, Cowling, Baker, Osborne. Edwards was always staunch and reliable, and the third pair from Baker, Cowling and Osborne caused sufficient amusement to compensate for their lack of success. In the final of the Knock-Out Ainsworth defeated Harrison in a close game played at a furious pace.
Despite the results, the team have all enjoyed playing, realizing that the result is not of prime importance in school badminton. Consequently a very strong team spirit has been built up. Baker has been a very active secretary, and the prospects for next year are quite good. Finally, I would like to thank all those masters who have given given up evenings to see us lose, and afterwards said how well we played, even though the other team played better !
THE outstanding feature of the House's achievements during the Autumn and Lent terms has undoubtedly been the unexpected success of all the football teams against opposition which has often had more ability. This has been achieved by a combination of teamwork and enthusiasm, and, although we were naturally disappointed that our efforts did not bring so much material reward as in previous years, the general standard has clearly been the highest for some time.
No senior league was held, but the senior knock-out XI, including several Rugby players, did very well to beat Sherwood convincingly before itself being narrowly defeated by Haddon, the eventual winners. Similarly the Middle and Junior School teams narrowly failed to win their leagues, both having to be content with second place.
Our strong water-polo team, however, which had been clear favourite to win the league, did not fulfil our expectations. This was mainly due to the lack of consistently constructive play among the forwards, which proved disastrous in the vital match against Welbeck, when we lost 2-1.
In the Summer term we look forward to maintaining our reputation in cricket, swimming and athletics. Already the second formers have been rewarded for the enthusiasm they showed in training by winning their cross-country championship. Let us hope that the others will follow their excellent example.
THESE last two terms have been only fairly successful for the House.
In football the Juniors and Middle School did only moderately well, whereas the Seniors did quite well in the league but not so well in the knock-out competitions.
With better swimming support in the Seniors the water-polo team did not sink quite so low as usual. The House has excelled this year in cross-country. The second form team came 2nd in their championship, only a very few points behind the winners-Arundel. The Middle School did moderately well. The Seniors won their championship owing to some excellent packing and to the individual performances of Skidmore who finished 2nd and Brook who came 3rd.
Finally, we welcome Mr. W. D. L. Scobie to the House and say farewell to G. Eggington who has ably led the House in swimming and rugby.
THE year so far has been one of mixed success. In soccer the Juniors lost only one match in the league, and achieved a 14-1 victory over Haddon. This bodes well for the future. The Middle School have also done well, whilst the Seniors, after a creditable performance in the seven-a-side league, went on to reach the final in the eleven-a-side knock-out competition with a magnificent victory over a very strong Chatsworth side. This form, unfortunately, was not maintained in the final. We also reached the final of the seven-a-side knock-out, but this match could not be played off before the end of term.
Water-polo was once Clumber's unchallenged domain. This, alas, is not so now. At the beginning of the season we could raise few members with both skill and experience, so it was decided to build the team with the future in mind by including several third and fourth formers, whose keenness shames many seniors.
We congratulate Rees on winning the senior cross-country championship. It is a pity that as a team we could achieve no better than sixth place.
THE first two terms of this year have seen a varied standard of performance on the games field. None of the football teams did well, apart from the senior knock-out team, who, after beating Wentworth and Arundel, defeated Clumber in the final more easily than the 4-3 result suggests. The senior seven-a-side team, partly because four ist Eleven players were ineligible, fared only moderately well, as did the Middle School team. The Juniors have shown energy and enthusiasm but lack the cohesion and staying power of some of their opponents. As a result, they did not distinguish themselves, but perhaps there is still hidden talent waiting to be revealed ready for next season's competitions. We hope, too, that useful cricketers and athletes may be awaiting their opportunity during the coming term.
The water-polo team, after losing six of last year's outstanding team, performed keenly without much ability and were unable to gain a single point. However, it was a notable accomplishment to keep the defeat by an experienced Arundel side down to t-0.
It must be appreciated that everyone should be prepared to exert himself and make all necessary sacrifice and effort if the House is to perform creditably in the various sporting and other activities. There is something every member can do to put Haddon in the forefront. A spirited and all-round effort is required next term so that Haddon can be well represented in the swimming and athletic sports and can give a good account of itself on the cricket field.
Finally, we must congratulate those members of the House who have achieved academic successes during the year and wish them further success in the future.
THIS year has not been a particularly successful one for the House. There have been a number of individual achievements but little success in activities where team spirit is needed.
Hempshall, Shelton and Pringle gained the first three places in the Middle School cross-country but owing to lack of support from the rest of the team the House was placed second. The seniors were placed third and the junior team ran poorly to be placed sixth.
Football results have not been very good. The senior team did well to be placed third in the league but their performance in the knock-out is best forgotten. The Middle School team reached the final of the seven-a-side but were beaten by a strong Welbeck side.
The water-polo team has had moderate success, being placed third in the league, but was unfortunately beaten at an early stage in the knock-out. It is to be hoped that a greater effort will be made next term in the athletics sports and the swimming sports.
This year has seen the return of a former house-captain Mr. J. A. Reaney as a house tutor and we trust he will have a long and happy stay with us. Finally, we have to congratulate those members of the House who have won academic awards during the year.
THE Autumn and Lent terms have been marked for Sherwood by only moderate achievement, and in only one event has the House emerged at all successfully. The senior football team was eliminated in the first round of the knock-out competition, and in the seven-a-side league won only three out of seven games, finishing sixth in the league. The bad weather meant cancelled games for much of the Lent term, but after half-term the House reached the final in the seven-a-side knock-out competition. Disappointingly Sherwood came bottom in the cross-country championship, in spite of much endeavour by the team.
The Middle School football team came third in their league, winning three matches, drawing two, and losing two, and were eliminated in the first round of the seven-a-side knock-out competition. The House is unlucky not to have done better, for although Sherwood has few outstanding footballers, it has a number of very useful players. Ridal has led the senior side with enthusiasm in the face of adversity, and Wiggett has played well.
It is to be hoped that in the remaining events of the year Sherwood will do better. In the swimming sports particularly the House can muster a number of good and enthusiastic young swimmers. With more overall enthusiasm and endeavour the House could show a much better result.
AT last, the long awaited and oft prophesied success of Welbeck is being achieved. This we owe chiefly to the Middle School, who laid indisputable claim to the football league and seven-a-side football cups by winning all their matches ; and then carried off the Middle School cross-country championship cup with a magnificent display of packing, all eight runners, headed by Barraclough and Bradbury, being within the first twenty. Continuing in this happy vein of success, the swimming team, ably led by house captain R. Ainsworth, won all its matches in the water-polo league, thereby acquiring yet another cup, and has reached the final round of the water-polo knock-out, which seems very promising.
In unfortunate contrast, the juniors lost all their matches in the junior football league and were placed third in their cross-country championship. The senior seven-a-side competition has not yet been completed and in the cross-country championship, the house was placed seventh.
Former house captain, J. W. Bows, who left at Christmas is thanked for all his services to Welbeck and we wish him success when he enters Brasenose College, Oxford.
The many members of Welbeck who have achieved academic success this year are congratulated and we thank the house tutors, officers and team captains for their work, which has proved so fruitful.
THE unprecedented spell of bad weather which wiped out the first nine weeks of games in what is sometimes called the Spring term has made a balanced assessment of the House's achievements impossible. So although we cannot point to outstanding success during the winter months, there are grounds for expecting better things next term, in particular the retention of the Distance Swimming Trophy if the admirable combined effort of last year is repeated.
The most successful of the House teams have been the juniors, who, under the captaincy of Longstaff, have won the majority of their matches. The performances of the Middle School have been sound rather than spectacular, and that of the Seniors most disappointing, with a first round defeat in the knock-out and defeats in all but one of the seven-a-side league games. Reynolds' water-polo team, several of whom had never played before this year, are to be congratulated on successive victories against Chatsworth and Sherwood.
At the present time the House has several fine individual swimmers and cricketers ; if these boys can be supported by determined efforts from the rank and file of all ages, there is no reason why our results should net be good instead of merely average, and the House add to the cups which it already holds.
(President S. Credland, Esq.)
AT the Annual General Meeting of the Association held on Friday the 3rd of May, 1963, Mr. Stanley Credland was elected President in place of Mr. Eric Sivil who had expressed a wish to retire after 3 years of office. Mr. Sivil's services are not, however, to be lost to the Association as he has agreed to serve as Vice-President of the Association.
THE Cricket Club are pleased to welcome several new members this year including one or two recent members of the School First XI and if any members of the present School 1st or 2nd XI would like to play during the Summer Vacation they will be very welcome. The Secretary of the Cricket Club can be contacted through any of the Masters running the School Teams.
Old Edwardians' Association Football Club THE Soccer Section has had rather a disappointing season, both teams have finished close to the bottom of their respective divisions.
By mid-season both teams were in last place, but following the three month lay-off occasioned by the wintry conditions, all the players have made a tremendous effort and relegation to lower divisions has been avoided.
The league results for the season are as follows :—
Friendly matches have also been played and the results have been quite encouraging. More school leavers are required so that the Club can re-establish itself nearer the top of the tables. Owing to the curtailment of the season the Club's finances have suffered. We are hoping however that our Vice Presidents will as usual help us out of our difficulties. The spirit of the Club is as good as ever and we are looking forward to next season when it is hoped that better results will be achieved.