KING EDWARD VII SCHOOL MAGAZINE

VOL. XVI

SPRING 1964

No. 1

CONTENTS

SCHOOL NOTES

3

 

CONTRIBUTIONS

14

H. A. SCUTT

5

 

SCOUTING

18

SPEECHDAY

6

 

SOCIETIES

20

LIBRARY NOTES

7

 

SPORTS

31

Music

8

 

HOUSE NOTES

41

PLUS CA CHANGE

9

 

OLD EDWARDIANS

45

VARIA

10

 

OXFORD LETTER

47

SCHOOL NOTES

We welcomed to the staff at the beginning of the Lent term Mr. M. T. J. Axford, who has come from King Edward VI School, Birmingham, to be Senior English master.

At the end of the Autumn term we were sorry to have to bid farewell to Mr. O. R. Johnston, who has gone on to teach in the Department of Education at the University of Newcastle. At one time and another in his twelve years at the School he was involved in Scouting, the Bible Study Group, and the Choir; and apart from his duties as a Modern Language and General English master, and as Housemaster of Wentworth, he played a prominent part in several staff entertainments. In him the School has lost a man of conscience and rare breadth of interests. We wish him every success and satisfaction in his new post.

We congratulate the following on their University awards:
A. J. Anderson - Nuffield Medical Scholarship at Worcester College Oxford.
C. M. Beale - Hastings Exhibition in Classics at The Queen's College, Oxford.
G. M. Bryars - Open Minor Scholarship in Natural Science at Wadham College, Oxford.
J. R. Gregory - Open Exhibition in Modern Subjects at Jesus College Oxford.
J. I. Hall - Open Scholarship in Natural Science at Worcester College Oxford.
A. J. Hartley - Open Exhibition in Modern Subjects at The Queen's College Oxford.
T. D. Hawkins - Open Scholarship in Natural Science at St. Edmund Hall Oxford.
A. M. Hughes - Hastings Exhibition in Natural Science at The Queen' College, Oxford.
J. R. Levick - Hastings Scholarship in Natural Science at The Queen College, Oxford.
D. A. Pollard - Open Scholarship in Natural Science at Pembroke College, Oxford.
G. M. Searby - Open Scholarship in Natural Science at St. Peter's College, Oxford.
D. Simmonds - Open Exhibition in Modern Subjects at Hertford College, Oxford.
J. R. Taylor - Open Scholarship in Natural Science at Brasenose College, Oxford.
A. C. Wager - Open Scholarship in Natural Science at New College, Oxford.
D. W. Williams - Organ Scholarship at Selwyn College, Cambridge.
J. M. Wilson - Open Scholarship in Modern Languages at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

We congratulate D. M. Bows, of Brasenose College, Oxford, who won an Exhibition in Classics to the College in 1959, on being awarded the Winter Williams Law Prize for 1963. We also congratulate M. A. Blythe, who won an Open Scholarship in Classics to University College, Oxford, in 1961, on being awarded the Gibbs Scholarship in Law.

We regret that in the Speech Day Honours List we omitted the following result
J. A. Bainbridge, Class II in the Honours School of Literae Humaniores at Oxford.

We congratulate M. A. Hall on obtaining a First in the Classical Honour Moderations, 1964.

We wish to offer our grateful thanks to the anonymous donor of five guineas to School funds.

Holiday Courses - Easter 1964

Short courses in the Easter holiday seem to be increasing in popularity. Courses run by the following firms and bodies were attended by members of the fifth and sixth forms this Easter:
SAMUEL FOX (J. T. Hunt, E. D. Faulkner).
BRITISH RAILWAYS: Civil Engineering (S. J. Blake, T. E. Cooper), Mechanical Engineering (R. Crump, J. S. Plant).
BARCLAYS BANK (D. I. Jones).
YORKSHIRE ELECTRICITY BOARD (R. Crump, M. P. Boyce, D. J. Roberts, J. A. Ramsden).
STEEL, PEECH AND TOZER (M. G. Bilson, C. Hinsley).
CENTRAL ELECTRICITY GENERATING BOARD (A. A. Rogers, C. R. Brown).
ENGLISH STEEL CORPORATION (J. H. Nixon, A. S. Morris).

Terminalia

Once again this year our fifth and sixth-formers have enjoyed the hospitality of local industry. At the end of the Autumn term members of the fifth forms visited Samuel Fox, Steel, Peech and Tozer, Davy & United, and the Yorkshire Electricity Board. At the end of the Lent term parties drawn mainly from the sixth forms visited Laycock Engineering Co., Firth Brown, Daniel Doncaster, United Coke and Chemical Plant, Orgreave Colliery, Brown Bayley, and the English Steel Corporation. We are indebted to the firms concerned for arranging the visits, which were of value and interest to those who participated.

On the last day of the Autumn term a 6MS Revue was provided, in which national, civic and school institutions were undermined to the delight of all sixth-formers present. It is to be hoped that the evident success of this venture will establish a precedent for future years.

Films shown to the remainder of the School were, at the end of the Autumn term, " Our Relations " (starring Laurel and Hardy) and, at at the end of the Lent term, Jules Verne's " 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ", rendered even more eerie than intended by a voltage reduction resulting from the Electricity Supply men's " work to rule ".

H. A. Scutt

Harry Allison Scutt served on the Staff from 1918 to 1950 as Senior Modern Language Master. To new colleagues in his department, to new boys, and to the less able, he was kindness itself, but no slackness escaped his condemnation, whether at work or play. In the strictness of his methods, particularly with the older boys, he was a schoolmaster of the old type, but these methods, fairly applied, won him the admiration, respect and affection of his pupils.

In the Common Room he was a witty and lively companion, with an impish delight in punning - the more outrageous the pun, the greater his glee. He was an indefatigable marker, and was always surrounded by piles of exercise books through which he plodded quietly and conscientiously, and, because of severe and long-standing arthritis in his hands, not without much personal discomfort.

On matters of right and wrong he was almost puritanical in his outlook, and if a question of principle arose he was firm to the point of inflexibility. He was slow to anger, but injustice roused him to instant protest and he would defend the victim of it. Pomposity, pretentiousness, and the corruption of power were anathema to him.

In the modern world of casual informality, he was outstanding for his benign good manners and his appreciation of kindnesses shown to him. In all he did he was the courteous and gallant gentleman.

On his retirement, his colleagues presented him with an elaborately illustrated parchment extolling his powers in gamesmanship, and this remained one of his most treasured souvenirs. Since his retirement he had been a frequent and welcome visitor to School functions and to the Common Room. He died during the Easter holidays at the age of 83.

SPEECH DAY

29th November, 1963

The prizes were presented at Speech Day by Professor A. Goodwin, an Old Edwardian, who holds the post of Professor of Modern History in the University of Manchester. Professor Goodwin, taking his cue from the Head Prefect's invitation, in the Latin address of welcome, to " prove by some words of guidance that historians can make boys, parents, and even masters a little wiser ", made it the burden of his speech to stress the importance of three qualities - curiosity, a sense of adventure, and enterprise. Both at school and in later life these qualities, combined with moral courage, could prove the key to the enjoyment and fruitful use of life's opportunities. He added that this was an age of rare opportunity, especially in the field of university education, where he foresaw a great increase in the numbers finding places at universities like his own Manchester in the years to come.

The Headmaster opened his review of the year by expressing misgivings that the publication of the booklet containing examination results and lists of prize-winners might only add to the School's " dreadful reputation of being a sweat shop." He was, however, reassured by finding in past issues " the names of many old boys who now occupy prominent positions in all walks of life." He hoped that present and future members of the School would never " be ashamed to say that they had attended King Edward VII School, Sheffield, one of the most maligned and outmoded Grammar Schools."

The figures for University awards and places showed a drop from previous years, a reflection of intensification of competition; but the record of university degrees showed some very good results - a further refutation of the " sweat house " accusation. After describing the G.C.E. results as very satisfactory the Headmaster went on to outline the new gradings in " A " and " O " levels, and the new system of entrance examinations at Oxford, which he regarded as " a vast improvement on the old." One of its effects was to enhance the importance of the first " A " level results. Among other new developments he particularly commended the broadly based, less orthodox courses at the new universities, for which he would have liked to see more applications from boys at the School.

The sports record for the year was, generally speaking, disappointing; but team spirit had been good and there was promise for the future in some of the younger teams. The swimming sports had been especially enjoyable, and sports day had for once been blessed with fine weather.

In describing the other activities of the School, the Headmaster particularly mentioned the new and highly successful Service of Music and Verse for the Feast of Christmas which had been held in the Cathedral, and the production of Richard II in the Lent term. The " new library " had celebrated its tenth birthday, with a continuous record of increasing use and much assistance from the voluntary librarians.

In concluding the Headmaster recommended early attention to the question of future careers, and more investigation of the possibilities of industrial and technological scholarships. He also stressed the importance, whether for interviews or for more general purposes, of good manners and smart appearance, remarking that " in these days it behoves to keep all our standards as high as possible."

The proceedings ended, as usual, with a musical performance, which is described elsewhere.

LIBRARY NOTES

In the Christmas term 2,200 books were circulated; for last term the figure was 1,550.

It is distressing to have to return to the theme of books missing without trace. The last published lists included books lost up to July, 1961. The following is a further casualty-roll up to date as far as July, 1963. It represents two years depredations.

Camus: La Peste. Cranston: Sartre.
Davis: A Picture History of Furniture. Dobby: Malaya and the Malayans. Evans: South with Scott. Ford (ed.): From Donne to Marvell. Geary: The Background of Business. Golding: Pincher Martin. Huxley: Crome Yellow. Huxley: Brave New World. Jacob: How to Read a Score. Lawrence: Men and Atoms. Machiavelli: The Prince. Marshall: Industry and Trade.
Meyer and Anderson: Plant Physiology. " More Stories from the Arabian Nights ". Pares: A History of Russia. Peel: Physical Geography. Penguin Book: Science News No. 20.
Pevsner: An Outline of European Architecture. Poe: Tales, Poems and Essays. Reid: The Colditz Story. Renier: The Dutch Nation. Ritchie: France.
Scott: Correggio.
Stamp: Applied Geography.
Stamp: Britain's Structure and Scenery. Stebbing: Thinking to some Purpose. Stevenson: Kidnapped. Unamuno: Abel Sanchez. Waugh: Decline and Fall. Wells: Kipps.
Williams: The British Empire.

We are grateful to Mr. T. H. Hawkins, Mr. E. Housley, and Mr. A. Searby for generous gifts which will be used for purchasing pictures for permanent display. We are also grateful to the following for their gifts of books:
A. J. Beasley, P. N. Bell, P. Birks, J. R. Brayshaw, M. J. Bryars, The Derbyshire Miners' Union, C. Dolan, T. D. Hawkins, J. R. Levick, P. S. Mattam, A. J. Penney, G. L. Porter, The School Prefects, J. R. Taylor, M. Whitley, I. Young, A. M. Hughes, D. Watson.

J.O.

MUSIC

The year has seen some two hundred and twenty-five boys actively engaged in week by week rehearsal in Choir and Orchestra, no less than thirty-five of them being in both bodies. Quality has been excellent as well as quantity. New members of the Orchestra are: Hickling, Haywood, Kingsley and Mr. Carstens (unfortunately only temporarily) — violins; Higgins, Ainsworth and Mr. Baker — 'celli; Cowley — clarinet, J. L. Hall — horn; and Wells — trumpet.

At Speech Day the Orchestra played Moussorgsky's " The Great Gate of Kiev " and accompanied the Choir in the Finale, Holst's " Turn back, 0 man ". The Choir sang Lang's effective arrangement of " De battle ob Jericho ", and the Madrigal Group showed a ready grasp of contrasted styles in Lassus' Echo Madrigal and Chappell's " The Daniel Jazz". Instrumental items were a Dvorak Bagatelle played by J. M. Wilson (violin), and Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu given a stylish performance by B. Wragg.

Because of rebuilding at the Cathedral the Carol Service was held at St. John's, Ranmoor. Hoarders of old school magazines will remember a photograph of the 1948 Choir and Orchestra doing Handel's St. John Passion there, with the forces of those days comfortably contained at the East end. Fitting in today's Choir of two hundred proved a problem. We therefore reverted again to the Nine Lessons and Carols pattern and dispensed with the instrumental items. This beautiful church with its new organ, new lighting, lighted Xmas tree, and with floodlighting and bells without to welcome and disperse us proved not only a perfect setting but also gave the music a better chance to make its effect.

Our contribution to the Annual Schools Concert was made by the Orchestra who gave " The Great Gate of Kiev " another airing and accompanied the Senior Choir in Handel's " And the glory ", Mozart's " Ave verum " and Vaughan Williams' Old Hundredth.

For our own concert we have worked on a generous selection from Messiah, a March by Malcolm Arnold which calls on all the resources of the Orchestra, and a number of smaller items including a Sonata for solo 'cello (A. Wing) and strings, and an indigenous composition for two bassoons: D. W. Williams' " Nellie Dean Goes to Town ".

In school music, activities which go on, but may not reach the public ear are of equal importance with those that do. The Woodwind, Brass, and String " Concerto " Groups have met weekly for their Concert items, but two Chamber Groups, guided respectively by Mr. Wilcock and Mr. Braunholtz have also been active. In a Music Club concert they showed that they have reached a high standard. We can never forget, either the debt we owe to Mr. Williams, Mr. Bradley, and Mrs. Deas for their weekly ministrations to the brass, violins, and 'celli, respectively.

Our heartiest congratulations go to D. W. Williams both for his A.R.C.O. and for winning the Organ Scholarship at Selwyn, Cambridge. A younger musician must also be congratulated - J. Crawford for a successful audition for the National Youth Orchestra and the prospect of some lessons from Yehudi Menuhin.

N.J.B.

PLUS CA CHANGE

The idea that change is a necessary concomitant of a vigorous life may not, even when couched in more down to earth terms, commend itself equally to every member of our community. In a school, however, where life tends to go on in the same routine day in day out, from week to week, term to term, and (for staff at least) from year to year, there is surely much to be said for an occasional deliberate jerk out of old ruts, so long as this can be managed without damage to the framework of organization and curriculum within which we must all run our scholastic course.

Where, then, should we more appropriately took for change than in our School magazine? In a heady mood of quatercentenaritis one might be tempted to compare this publication to a vessel riding on the surface of school life; which, while it is perforce carried to and fro by the tides and currents of our society, can still put out sail and steer a course of of its own by whatever wind may be blowing in the outside world. We are not unaware of the gales of reforming zeal blowing from certain quarters of the school magazine compass, and regular readers of this magazine will already have noticed some small differences in the appearance of this issue from those of recent years. Some new features will also be found in its content: notably the fruits of a competition for literary contributions to our pages. Perhaps we shall find further scope for innovation before we settle down again comfortably into our new rut. Any readers who have comments or suggestions (preferably constructive and couched in moderate language) are warmly invited to address them to the editor. But we would add a word of warning.

For there appears to be a law of nature opposite to that suggested above, which may be summed up in the proverb " there is nothing new under the sun ". So at least we have found in our attempts to give our magazine something of a " new look ". Some minor alterations in type face in the last issue proved to be merely a reversion to the practice of a few years back; and when contemplating a reduction in size, we found that until 1946 the magazine had always been of even more modest dimensions than our present format. For the new cover lay-out we can, perhaps, claim some originality, within this School at least. But then we have been able to refer to back-numbers only as far as 1927. No doubt here, too, we have been anticipated: possibly in the days of one of our constituent foundations, in some elegantly printed eighteenth-century record of the prowess of the Scholars of Sheffield, probably in Latin.

Be that as it may, in introducing " pure " literature we are making a deliberate return to ancient practice. Indeed the general level of competence of the literary contributions of past generations offers a severe standard for emulation, and one with which few of the entries for our new competition could bear comparison. It is partly with such reflections in mind that we have sought a direct reminder of the daily life and pre-occupations of our precursors in the extracts from magazines of " Thirty Years Back " of which the first appears in this issue. Perhaps some Old Boys may find this item a pleasant source of nostalgic reminiscence. At all events we hope that it will reassure them that, however much times and manners may appear to change, we still derive from our vigorous tradition inspiration for meeting the uncertainties and opportunities of the future.

VARIA

O.R.J.

by one who knew him well

What went on in 44 was nobody's business, which was perhaps as well for all concerned. For this reason details cannot be given of the white-hot annual " discussions " on the nature of punishment in which he fought a rearguard action against the whole of 6MS2 in defence of the traditional view, nor of plans hatched in room 44 to demolish the library beneath (or even alter it for normal use), nor of the marathon joke-a-lesson run which lasted almost until Easter one year, nor of readings from the great authors (like Thurber), nor of the various vivid demonstrations (ranging from manual dexterity with school chairs to the removing of a waistcoat without taking off the jacket above it), nor of linguistic aids of unbelievable complexity in which he retained a pathetic faith until the very end. More might perhaps be said of his occasional heated outbursts against the current corrosive sixth-form cynicism; and much has often been said about those choir-convulsing comments from the bass section during Mr. Barnes's relaxed rehearsals. But for those who knew him, what need to recall? And for those who did not, what hope?

A PARABLE

And it came to pass that the child Phred waxed old and did increase to stature, and his father said unto him, Phred my son, thou hast grown in years and in wisdom, and Behold, the time is at hand when thou must do that which is required of thee, and be tried according to the law of EI-Ev-Enp-Lus; thou knowest the scripture what it saith: That all young men and maidens must put aside their childish instruction (that which is called Prym), and deck them with the raiment of See, each according to his talent, either Mod or Tech or Gram, for as yet had not the High Priests seen the scripture fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: All are the same and all shall be the same, and the light of learning shall shine likewise upon all, and they shall enter into a land flowing with milk and honey, and the land shall be called Rejun-El-Kompri-Hen-Shun; and the Lord shall bless it and make it to prosper. And it came to pass that it was bestowed unto Phred that which he wholly desired, that was to ascend in his time unto the House of Pillars in the land of Brum-Hil, and there to receive knowledge. And Lo, when the day was come, he came nigh unto the very place, and he was shewn that which was like unto a great temple in the midst of green pastures, and the temple was builded of stone, and the walls thereof were very high, and round about the temple were cedars and pine-trees, and the temple was girt in front with pillars of stone, upon the West four and upon the East four, and in the centre thereof eight; and in the midst were four doors of precious woods, into the which was set clear glass which did shine at the rising of the sun like unto burnished gold. And after he had beheld and marvelled, he went into the temple, and Lo, he knew not what he might speak when he entered the inside thereof. For he did walk in great halls upon a marble floor garnished with precious stones, and there were round about tall pillars of alabaster, and upon either hand were arrayed cups of silver, which were the spoils of great wars. And before him was a greater hall into the which he gazed through clear glass and beheld a multitude which no man could number, praising God in Psalms and Hymns and Songs of Thanksgiving; and at the fore did stand four and twenty elders, twelve on the one hand and on the other twelve, and those upon the one hand were clothed in raiment of rich cloth, edged with the blue of kings, and upon the breasts of the multitude did sit likenesses of raging lions, and Phred beheld all this and did marvel greatly. And it came

And it came to pass after many months that Phred did mingle with the brethren of the temple and became as one of them, and did take unto himself their ways, how that they did speak one with another not as other men speak, but strangely, saying, How poor, that is to say, What wondrous things are come to pass; and how that there was an holy place of knowledge called Lib-Rari (which being interpreted is the House of the Closed Doors) in which were kept many books and learned writings; and how that the brethren were wont to wander by the brook Port-Tah. Wherefore did Phred grow old and live righteously and soberly. But it came to pass that Phred did fall in with evil tempters who, for jealousy, did seek to destroy his fair name, and he did heed them and turned himself unto his own way. And he performed no work, and did take unto himself a young maiden, and he did drink wine and strong drink, worshipping the gods Booz and Beer-Izgud, and did offer burnt-offerings at the shrine of the god Hari-Draguz: for verily he was sick unto death and was tempted sore. And the Chief Priests and Elders all did rail on him and say unto him, Thou wilt not even pass the gates of Ol-Evel. Now there was amongst the brethren a youth, strong in body and soul, and he did chide him, saying, O thou fair youth, knowest thou not that thou art cursed above all yobs, yea, even as a newly washed fag? Hast thou not been foolish and fainthearted? I tell thee, thou must forswear thy foolish ways. And Behold, Phred did heed his words, and did cover himself with sackcloth and did repent, and he became like as a new man, and he did go from strength to strength, and did triumph in the fields of Waag. And Behold, the Chief Priests and Elders did endue him with honour and riches, countless in number, even as the blades of grass which are upon the pastures of Klos or the drops of water in Bath-Ingpul. And he was taken into the company of the Elders of the Blue Raiment of Kings; and great was the joy in Komon-Rum.

D.W.W.

C.E.W.C. VISIT TO BERLIN - EASTER 1964

In the early hours of Good Friday, a party of seventeen sixth-formers from all over Britain, of which I was fortunate enough to be a member, arrived at Berlin Zoo Station to begin a fortnight's visit to the German capital. Once I had recovered from the 36-hour journey, the holiday succeeded in providing me with a deeper insight not only into the political problems in Berlin but also into all aspects of life in both sectors of this divided city: for the programme, arranged by the Deutsch-Englische Gesellschaft, included discussions with leading political figures in Berlin, visits to the theatre and opera, and tours of industrial plants, as well as the customary sight-seeing trips. And there was still enough free time to wander through museums and art galleries, go walking in Berlin's famous Tiergarten or Grunewald, or visit theatres and night spots, as one wished.

Outstanding in the fortnight's stay were the trips into the Russian Zone, and I personally found East Berlin more impressive than I had imagined. Skyscrapers are emerging in the city centre; the food is cheap and apparently plentiful; housing, health, education and other public services compare more than favourably with those of West Berlin and the theatres provide an excellent selection of productions. The only great differences from West Berlin apparent in the East Sector are the lack of luxury articles-most noticeable in the absence of motor cars (the Wartburg, a 4-seater saloon, costs 1,500), the shabbiness of the clothing (one suit costs a month's wages) and the survival of derelict bombed buildings away from Karl Marx Allee or Unter den Linden. However, most of the East Berliners I spoke with seemed satisfied with the conditions, though they pointed out that they thought they would prefer it in the West, where they would be free of political pressure, and that East Berlin certainly was not a true reflection of the conditions in East Germany.

West Berlin itself is like any other West European city, brimming with life, during the day in its ultra-modern shopping centre in Kurfurstendam and Tauentzienstrasse, and at night in the theatres, opera houses, night clubs, beer halls, street cafes and dance halls. Germany's traditional passion for the dramatic and musical arts is revealed by the consistently full houses in the theatres and opera houses, which provide a great variety of productions on their magnificently constructed sets; yet the dance halls and cellars are also packed nightly with sweating teenagers shuffling to and fro. In this atmosphere nobody seems aware of West Berlin's unique situation, though, when asked, they will talk and talk, cursing the Russians and Walter Ulbricht.

The Wall-21 kilometres long - is the only conscious reminder of the tension in Berlin. It is quite incredibly ugly, being built of porous concrete brick and adorned with red and white barricades, rusty barbed wire, watch towers, loudspeakers, searchlights and a string of wooden crucifixes, wreaths and blood stains on its Western side marking the spots where the fifty or so unsuccessful escapees have met their deaths. Splitting the city and the world in two, the Wall not only keeps people out, it also keeps them in, as if they were cattle. This monstrosity is the object which remains fixed longest in one's mind and which forms one's first thought when Berlin is mentioned.

One last observation: it can rain as much in Berlin as it does in Britain. At least it did so continuously for the two weeks I was there.

J. K. BAKER

LONDON VISIT 1964

At 4.40 p.m. precisely, on Sunday February 16th, the Thames-Clyde Express steamed majestically backwards out of the Midland Station, bound northwards for London, and the 8th annual London Fun and Games were under way. Competitors soon found that events were to consist mainly of walking, and aural endurance tests. Outstanding among the athletic events was the notorious " Dagenham Marathon ", while sprint events were mostly races against the Warden's clock, in order to beat a deadline of 11.30 p.m. (lights out). However, the competitors' slumbers were rudely

disturbed by the nocturnal perambulations of a silent, bearded individual who came, looked and went, leaving behind a dormitory full of indignant mutterers. It was, somewhat cynically, noted that he bore a distinct resemblance to Rasputin.

Other events included a form of advanced gymnastic competition, closely akin to all-in wrestling, to which Londoners, to whom it is peculiar as a daily pastime, refer fondly as " Travelling on the Tube ". It seems that certain high ranking politicians also undergo this tiring ordeal, as they were seen on the Tuesday afternoon in a somnolent attitude, with their feet up on the Table of the House of Commons. Initiative tests ranked high on the list of spare-time activities, the record number of Underground stations visited on one Threepenny Ticket being thirty-seven.

For the most part, however, the visit proved an extremely enjoyable and instructive experience. It is doubtful if half as much could have been seen on the same budget during a private visit, even supposing that such a wide and varied programme could have been arranged privately. On behalf of the boys who participated we should like to thank Mr. Robinson and Mr. Phillips for the time and trouble they had obviously taken in preparing the visit, and for providing a discipline which was never irksome yet always ensured that visits and travel were carried through in the most efficient and safe manner possible.

M.G.B., D.J.H., T.F.J.

Thirty Years Back

(from the Magazine for MARCH, 1934)

On Friday, March 8th, a small and select body debated the question, " That this House deplores the growing influence of the Co-operative Stores."

Mr. JAMES, in proposing the motion, did full justice to the beneficial work of the Stores in the past, but warned his hearers against the evil tendencies ready to develop in them. He insisted that their political and social influence must be carefully watched. Mr. SMITH, who opposed, maintained that the Co-operative Stores were really threatened not by the small shopkeeper but by the selfish and parasitical chain-stores. Mr. LAUGHTON took the high spiritual line to protest against the soul-destroying standardisation of the Co-ops. Mr. DAWTRY admitted some defects in the Co-ops., but pointed out that it was unfair to single them out for attack and spare the chain-stores and other large concerns. Mr. BOLER defended the efficiency of the Stores as warmly as Mr. LAUGHTON had attacked them. Mr. GILPIN disliked their sectional interests. Mr. POGSON wanted to know how the dividend agreed with Marxist doctrine. Mr. HOLLOWAY poured scorn on all previous speakers.

The Motion was lost.

CONTRIBUTIONS

(For the first time, in recent years at least, prizes have been offered for original prose and verse contributions to the Magazine. Certain limits were set for the length of entries, and subjects were suggested for prose entries for the junior forms. In all other respects the choice of form and subject was free. Regrettably few prose entries were received, and of these only one was judged worthy of publication. This, however, has been withheld in favour of the poem by its author, D. M. N. Higgins, which appears below. Prizes, which have been awarded with some regard to the age of entrants, go to all the authors of the poems printed. We also wish to commend the efforts of K. Bream, N. D. C. Clark and P. Cook, and hope we shall see work from their pens in future editions).

Reflections

The memories come flooding back
Of the town where, long ago,
I used to play with Bill and Jack,
And all along I used to know
That one day I would have to leave
The towering walls, the cobbled streets.
Now, late in life, I start to grieve
For childish joy and youthful feats,
Like shooting panthers (Mum's black cat)
With high-powered guns (a few old sticks);
And crocodiles (the front door mat)
We'd shoot and, with feeble flicks,
They'd die and leave us on our own.
Then we'd go and play around
Old Johnstone's shop and hear him groan
As his best onions hit the ground.
We'd run and play, till sunset came,
And then we'd walk with weary sighs
Past rows of houses, all the same,
Sprawling under leaden skies.
But now I'm weak and growing old,
The youth that once possessed me now is gone;
But time and time again I have been told
That there are more, I'm not the only one.

K. B. SYKES

An Autumn Day

As I walk along the path,
The yellow-brown leaves
With fragile veins
Drop gently, as they cleave
Through the sweet thin air.

A squirrel, high above, drops,
And spreads out its fanlike tail
As it parachutes down,
And a mole quickly quails
Down its run of dank and brown.

A shower of dust
From the bark of the oak
Settles upon my head,
And when I look up
A woodpecker with bright beak is there.

It is a day not to be missed,
For the sun shines down and kisses
The dry wrinkled ground,
And all around is bright,
Far from the darkness of night.

P. A. LONG

Frantic Movement and Slow (or Sticking to the School Motto)

Along the corridors the boys rush by
Careering round the corners in their race;
Rushing from place to place, their locks awry
Eager to reach the queue outside that place
Concealed wherein are legion sweet delights—
The tuck shop. By its portals fair they crowd,
Elicit from their pockets at these sights
New purses, for to buy none is too proud.

If only this exuberance would stay,
Let them move rapidly from class to class;
Take them 'twixt rooms as swiftly as to play
Instead they linger, so that time may pass.
Mayhap they think to be, by doing so,
Edwardians true and learned, as they grow.

C. M. COLLEY

Autumn Stream

Another world; a blue, and cold, and clear
Infinity, an aimless, fluid, glide
Intangible; remote, however near,
A deep and dank autumnal tide,
The cheerful, boisterous, bubbling summer sprite
Transformed to death, in slow liquidity,
The loneliness, the seeming loss of light
A vacuum covered by opacity.
The leaden sky thrusts death into the stream
The cadence of a dead grey leaf; these things
Are one small part of one vast dying dream,
A dream where death drifts past on mist-grey wings;
The dying, surely, is more sad than death;
The last few gasps more painful than no breath.

D. M. N. HIGGINS

Tomorrow

Tomorrow I will leave
the towns and the cities
and the villages
thick fuming air
of fire filth brimstone
and dirt
of endless grey streets
of dirty grey streets
of dirty grey
toneless buildings
straight sided monsters
sprawling eating killing
destroying all beauty and freedom
Jailers of we
the civilised
locked and entombed
while the black pall
of smoke and grime and dirt
rises rises
higher

Tomorrow I will leave the hurt and pain
anguish
and pain
not clear pain
but pain
of the dog that moans
howls
cries
in hopeless protest at
six feet of leash
and twelve inches of collar
hungry

Tomorrow I will leave the
anthropologists etymologists
apologists entomologists
astrologers astronomers
people clamouring
machines shouting
benevolent biographies
malevolent autocracies and democracies
politicians welfare states
lunatics communists

Tomorrow

Tomorrow

Tomorrow I will tread the fresh earth
smelling of fresh earth
fresh like the snow
clean and white
fresh like the rain
clean and shining
the earth
where sleep the mouse and mole
waiting patient

Tomorrow for them will be spring
when trees are green
green not grey
life starts afresh
clean and shining

Tomorrow I will see the sunrise
and life will start
fresh
clean and shining

0 for the day when tomorrow will arrive

tomorrow

D. A. POLLARD

Autumn Woods

Now burns the flame of Autumn through the wood,
Unquenched by damp and swirling wraiths of mist
And groves of living green where Summer stood
With leaf and blossom garlanded, and kissed
By sun, and soothed by ecstasy of song,
Now silent lie, midst red and gold and brown.
Subdued, all life awaits, in dread, the long
Siege of Winter; the birch now weeps in gown
Of fire. From death the fungus springs, and weaves
Festoons on high, or oft descends to build
Enchanted rings from slime of rotting leaves.
Thus Life's essence is but recast, not killed;
From bed of mould it shall awake, and bring
A living tapestry to deck the Spring.

R. I. NICOLSON

SCOUTING

SENIOR TROOP

This year, owing to greatly increased numbers coming up from the junior troops, we have been able to form four patrols under the leadership of R. Dodd, D. C. Buckley, S. E. Varley and A. B. C. Couldwell. We have been able to produce a widely varied programme of activities to suit all tastes, thanks mainly to planning by the newly created Senior Scout Council, which has done valuable work in originating new and ingenious proposals.

In the Autumn term an interesting and informal talk was given by Mr. Wild, which was illustrated by slides taken on various rocky peaks throughout England. He has promoted keen interest in rock climbing amongst many members by his example. He further assisted the troop by taking seven members on a three-day winter expedition, camping and hiking through North Derbyshire from Stocksbridge to Hathersage.

Throughout the Lent term Seniors have been attending an ambulance badge course run by the St. John's brigade. Mr. Scobie presided over a musical evening in February, when he played his favourite records, ranging from Beethoven to the Beatles, and stated his reasons for the choice, receiving appropriate criticisms according to the popularity of his selections.

Night activities have been prominent, with midnight bowling at Firth Park at half-term, and the highlight of the term's activities, the Night Tour of Sheffield, organized by A. P. Smith. The tour began at 11 p.m. with a visit to the Sheffield Telegraph and Star building to see the production stages of a thriving provincial newspaper, which was followed by visits to the control centres of the fire station and police station. Arriving at Victoria station we saw the skilful W. H. Smith organization at work getting the newspapers out on time from the 3 a.m. newspaper train. Here also we saw railway workers plotting complicated multi-coloured graphs of train departures and delays. The tour was concluded by a visit to the East Bank 'bus garage, where we were driven under the automatic 'bus washer and saw the arrival of the 'bus crews for the early Saturday shift. At the end of the tour we were all tired, but it had been well worth it.

Service groups organized by the Troop have been well attended, with work done at the Hesley Wood County Camp and on the Longshaw estate. In District Competitions we have scored a marked success. In the Holmstrom trophy overnight competition a three-man patrol of C. M. Colley, A. B. C. Couldwell and W. D. Wilson were winners out of an entry of 82 patrols from the whole city. Recently in the " Bone of Contention " initiative test our efforts were publicised in the local press.

Our thanks must be given to Mr. Cook and Mr. Anderson for their friendly and impartial advice in Council meetings, and for unselfishly giving up their precious time to run meetings.

D. C. BUCKLEY

" A " TROOP

Despite the lack of a new Scout-master, " A " Troop has continued to prosper, and we had a larger intake of recruits than has been usual for several years.

The P/L's started the term with a training camp with " B " Troop at Alport, the outstanding feature of which was the most complicated wide game yet seen in the Troop.

Training and badge work is progressing steadily, if somewhat slowly, and it is hoped that the five First Class badges in the Troop will soon be increased. A very successful Jumble Sale was held, owing to the organization by the Parents and the enthusiasm of the Scouts.

Plans are now well in hand for Whit camp at Heathy Lea, and Summer camp in Ireland.

During what may be termed a " crisis year " the Troop has fared well, and extends its grateful thanks to all who have helped the troop, especially Mr. Cook and Seniors Pete, Andy, Steve, and Snort.

D. J. ROBERTS

" B " TROOP

During the Autumn term the new Patrol Leaders and Troop Staff combined with " A " Troop P.L.'s for a training week-end at the Alport hut. Some of us again returned last term but the rain was only replaced by snow, so we came home early, livened up only by seeing our Acting A.S.M. J. C. Mould for the first time since he left school at Christmas.

At the Annual District Swimming Gala the Troop maintained its usual high standard, several of our younger members showing considerable promise and we hope to show our versatility by winning a forthcoming football match with a City Troop. Also during this term, some of the Troop spent an enjoyable week in London where they attended the Scout Gang Show. The Troop repeated its carol-singing event and so managed to raise 5 for OXFAM.

Within the Troop itself training has continued satisfactorily and a First Aid Badge course has been held. In the Patrol competition, Peewits (P./L. Haworth) have a narrow lead and C. W. Alsop, J. M. Haworth, M. J. Cocker and D. R. Whalley have gained their First-Class badge and Scout Cord.

It is hoped that Bob-a-Job efforts this year will be successful since more money now goes to Headquarters, and we depend largely upon these funds to help run the Troop and Camps. This season we plan to camp at Newstead Abbey over Whit week and in the Wye Valley in August. The Patrols have had Easter camps at various local sites.

Our thanks go to our Parents' Committee which has organised two successful Military Whist Drives and is planning a Jumble Sale to be held in May.

D. R. BARRACLOUGH.

SOCIETIES

Art Societies

SENIOR. The format of the terms' activities has changed little, with Mr. Helliwell continuing his illustrated lectures on the history of painting and architecture. However, attendance has risen a little, with more non-specialist members appearing. The highest attendance was for a joint meeting with the Poetry Society, when Mr. Helliwell spoke on Browning's philosophy of art, illustrated by reproductions and readings from " Fra Lippo Lippi " and " Andrea del Sarto ".

The highlight of the year, however, was a visit in the Lent term to the Goya Exhibition at the British Museum and the Royal Academy, London. Accompanied by Messrs. Helliwell, Scobie, and Anderson a small party of sixth-formers visited the exhibition at half-term, also visiting the Tate Gallery. Unfortunately, the Academy was crowded thus spoiling the exhibition, whereas the British Museum showing the Goya etchings was comparatively deserted.

JUNIOR. At the end of the Autumn Term it was decided that some sort of society should be set up for junior boys. For the moment these boys are looking at pictures from the Renaissance, but when things are more organised they hope to go on to more practical, rather than academic work.

Finally, I should like to thank Mr. Helliwell for giving up his time to organise the societies, and for arranging the visit to London. Perhaps this could be the first of many visits to galleries and exhibitions outside Sheffield.

Bible Study Group

Meetings this year have consisted chiefly of Bible studies on Luke, Colossians and 2 Timothy. They have been well prepared, profitable and instructive. Other activities have included the visit of Rev. W. S. Upchurch, who gave an interesting and comprehensive illustrated talk on missionary work in Malaya, two meetings using film-strips and display material relating to the spread of Christian literature on a world-wide basis, and a discussion on the problems involved in Christian Unity, preceded by an enlightening talk from Mr. Baker. These have been particularly well attended, though we wish more of those attracted by such meetings would take an active interest in the weekly Bible Studies. Only the few regular members have supported these, in spite of the value to be gained from them.

Two members attended a New Year Leaders' Conference near Harrogate and we hope their experiences will greatly stimulate the group during the year.

We were sorry to lose Mr. Johnston at Christmas. He was a valuable member of the group and was always willing to discuss personal problems with individuals. We are indebted, however, to the consistent, helpful support of Mr. Reaney, particularly since Mr. Johnston left us.

Chess Club

The Chess Club has again flourished this season, with regular attendances of over forty, but with varying standards of play. Mr. J. E. Scholes again provided a simultaneous display early in the season, defeating the Club by 7 games to 3, but a closer encounter was enjoyed with last year's captain, G. L. Porter, before he finally won 4.5 - 3.5.

Activities have, however, naturally centred upon the very successful School team. For the second successive year, captained this season by Kington, the team won the Sheffield Schools' League without losing a match, despite strong competition at times.

For the first time the team entered the Sunday Times National Schools' Tournament, in which 600 teams were divided into zones. After four victories the team was ultimately defeated in the zone final by the Bemrose School, Derby, who were recent runners-up in this competition. Nevertheless it was an achievement for the team to reach the last thirty-two of this tournament, and we still remain unbeaten in league matches since April, 1962.

The team has consisted of Kington, Frost, Willner, R. Nicolson, Middleton and Bailey, with Hempshall as reserve, all of whom have proved reliable players.

RESULTS: Played 17, Won 13, Drawn 3, Lost 1.

League:

Home

Away

Dronfield G.S

Won 3.5-2.5

Won 5.5-0.5

Carter Lodge

Won 6-0

Won 6-0

Abbeydale G.S

Won 3.5-2.5

Drawn 3-3

High Storrs

Won 3.5-2.5

Won 5-1

Ecclesfield G.S. " A "

Drawn 3-3

Won 3.5-2.5

Ecclesfield G.S. " B "

Won 6-0

Won 6-0

Sunday Times

Dronfield G.S. - Won 5.5-0.5
Chesterfield (W. Rhodes Secondary)-Won 5.5-0.5
Ecclesfield G.S.-Drawn 3-3 (won on handicap)
King's School, Pontefract-Won 4-2
Bemrose School, Derby-Lost 1-5

Classical Societies

SENIOR. The Autumn term produced a considerable amount of activity on the part of the Society, beginning with the Sheffield Classical Association annual visit in October, on this occasion to Leicester. There followed a series of interesting and informative lectures, with three contributions by members of 5-Classics. The first of these took the form of two short talks, one, on Minoan civilization, by J. F. Jefferis, and the second, on Mycenaean civilization, by R. Galley. The next meeting was a joint effort by S. J. Paramore and Mr. Cowan on the subject of Troy. The term ended with an illuminating illustrated talk by N. P. A. Jowett (O.E.) on his experiences while travelling in Greece.

In the Lent term the only meeting was a lecture provided by our illustrious President, I. R. Sarginson, entitled " Who were Homer's Greeks? ".

JUNIOR. In the Autumn term the two talks given by Messrs. Jones and Prescott drew the largest attendances. Mr. Prescott gave an illustrated talk on " Rome and Ostia ", which all present thoroughly enjoyed; and Mr. Jones talked authoritatively on the subject of " Roman Games ". Great fun was derived from a quiz bearing the intriguing title of " Temptation Quiz ". The other meeting was a talk given by Linskill and Haworth based on their entries for the Classical Project competition, on " Greek Cities " and " The Golden Age of Greece " respectively. Again, this was most interesting and informative.

The highlight of the Autumn term's activities was the expedition to Leicester on 5th October. The first place to be visited was the museum, where some time was spent happily browsing in the Roman sector, as well as among such marginally classical exhibits as Egyptian mummies and tropical fish. Going out on foot we visited the Newarke Houses, a group of ancient houses now used as a museum of life in Leicester through the ages. Members were fascinated by rooms full of clocks, a seventeenth-century room, war equipment, and a nineteenth century cobbled street. Then we looked at the forum foundations, and lunched under the shadow of the massive " Jewry Wall ". After this we called at the medieval Guildhall; and finally, on our way home, inspected the Georgian Belgrave Hall. It was unfortunate that damp and very dull weather slightly spoiled the trip.

Early in the Lent term another quiz was staged; but the term's largest attendance was at a meeting on the last Monday of the term when members of 4-Greek gave impressions of " Roman Television ", much to the entertainment of the audience.

The Survey of the Romans in the Sheffield area and the associated model-making still progress successfully, if slowly in the hands of a faithful few. In the summer we hope to arrange at least one expedition, perhaps an attempt to follow the line of the Roman road over the moors beyond Lodge Moor.

Craft and Construction Society

The membership of the Society has shown considerable improvement over the past two terms, especially among junior members. There is now a considerable group of enthusiasts attending most of our meetings.

The new Saturday morning meetings have met with great success. Their chief advantage lies in the possibility of working for a continuous three hours from nine o'clock to twelve, which provides an excellent opportunity for the more ambitious and time-consuming projects.

The private work done by members has been of a varied and interesting nature. In addition to the many orthodox pieces of work, such as turning wooden bowls on the lathe, four members have made their own electric guitars and other equipment for a new group, and one young member is now constructing a single-seater canoe.

During the Summer term work will start on modifications to the present Dramatic Society's stage. The Society has also been asked to make a model of the Globe Theatre for the exhibition marking Shakespeare's quater-centenary--a project that should offer an interesting challenge to some of the senior boys.

It is hoped that some members of the Junior and Middle Schools will help with the work concerning the stage and lighting, since most of the present team are in the Senior School and will be leaving within a year.

Our thanks are due to Messrs. Surguy and Bray for the help and advice which they are always willing to offer.

Economics Society

All the meetings of the Economics Society this year have been in the Autumn term owing to the length and pressure of the examination term. Although there were only three meetings, they all enjoyed very good support. The most popular meeting was the talk given by Housley on the topical subject " The choice of Lord Home as Prime Minister ". The other two were a discussion on " Trading Stamps ", opened by Roxburgh and Hutchinson; and a talk by Gregory on " Personalities and Policies of the Labour Party ". Questions were plentiful and searching, showing the considerable interest in the subjects. The average attendance was between thirty-five and forty, but disappointing in that these boys were mainly sixth-formers. More support must be forthcoming from the fifth form if the Society is to continue to flourish.

Our sincere thanks are due to Mr. Phillips for his unfailing support, his organization, and for publicising the meetings in the form-room, thus helping to swell the audience.

The Film Society

During the last two terms the Film Society has had five entertaining films.

The first was an old classic, The Private Life of Henry VIII, starring Charles Laughton. The second meeting featured " Way out West ", starring Laurel and Hardy. It was a good " funny " film and the comic situations were the topic of many conversations around the School for several days afterwards. We were also fortunate to witness the award winning film " Terminus ". It was a film about a day in the life of a large railway station, the actors being the passengers caught by hidden cameras.

Our next film " Mysterious Island ", was thrilling science fiction. It was watched by an appreciative audience who laughed at the tragic parts and argued how the special effects were made from stage props!

" Citizen Kane ", starring Orson Welles, was shown at our penultimate meeting. Unfortunately its popularity was marred by the recent showing of the film on television.

Finally we saw " Fires Were Started ", a powerful and sensitive documentary of the Fire Blitz in London during 1940-1941, and in complete contrast a film starring the Keystone Cops. We challenge any modern film producer to produce a film funnier than " the good old silent comedies".

Scientific Film Society

Several outstanding films were shown this winter, but not all dealt with specialist subjects. The most spectacular general scientific film was " Captive River," a colour film recounting the construction of the Kariba dam across the Zambesi river. It showed how the hazardous job of directing the Zambesi's main stream was accomplished and how the gigantic dam wall was erected amid the subdued but still turbulent waters. The power and scale of the project were vividly portrayed by the skilfully positioned sequences of the work in progress. The film closed with Project Noah, the rescue of animals from the extensive artificial lake formed by the dam.

At the same meeting a colour film, " Food or Famine? ", was shown. This examined the problem of undernourishment in the world and reviewed some of the more recent plans for overcoming it.

One of the scientific topics covered was the Schlieren technique, a means by which differences in refractive index occurring in transparent substances are made visible as coloured areas. Films about this inspired experiments in the physics laboratory, and an intriguing array of lenses, colour filters and razor-blades was successfully contrived to reproduce the effects seen on the film.

Three careers films have been shown at a special meeting, indicating the part played by the engineering trades in industry. It is hoped that these meetings will provide information about the scope of jobs available. It should be noted that no charge is made for admission to careers meetings.

Geography Society

Since its formation last year, the Society has become one of the busiest in the school, and regular and frequent meetings have been held. Weekly lunch-hour meetings continued throughout the Autumn term and were well attended by Fifth and Sixth Geography specialists. Mr. Rhodes began the term's programme with a talk on the Cutlery Industry in Sheffield, and followed it up by arranging an after-school visit to the renovated Shepherd's Wheel in Whiteley Woods. The programme also included a film on Iron and Steel, and a demonstration of how to make rock microscope slides. The Sixth Form were again the main contributors to the Society, P. J. Woodhouse giving a most enjoyable account of his rather non-geographical experiences on British Canals. The Fifth and Sixth Forms' end-of-term trip before Christmas was to the Holmfirth-Meltham woollen area and, in the afternoon, to the Washpit Mill in Holmfirth.

The Fourth and Fifth Forms play an ardent part in the Society's functions and are responsible for extending the Society's sphere further than just the weekly meeting. J. C. Elliott and his group of geologists from the Fourth Form work over on Friday nights continuing the production of rock slides, while the Fifth have formed a Local Geography Group. This sub-section met regularly on Friday nights preparing maps of the Don and Porter valleys, and completed the project by a trip up the Porter from Endcliffe Park at Half-Term. The Fifth Form also keep the School's weather records-a valuable and interesting addition to the Society's notice board.

To round off the Lent Term, D. Brook gave a survey of the troubles in Cyprus, and this was followed on the last day by a trip to the Sheffield reservoirs.

Senior History Society

During the Autumn term we had a varied selection of topics ranging from monasteries to ancestral homes. The first meeting took the form of an illustrated talk, given by P. S. Maxwell, on the history of Caerlaverock Castle, the former home of the Maxwell Clan. The slides of the castle were photographed and prepared by Maxwell himself. The next meeting was also concerned with a building. At half-term about twenty-five boys visited York, calling at the Minster and Clifford's Tower, and then went on to visit Fountains Abbey. This was in connection with the special subject of Monasticism which is set as a part of the history examination.

Mr. F. S. Scott, formerly Reader in English at the University, came along to speak to us on Anglo-Saxon art and literature. We were very fortunate indeed to hear this highly interesting talk, for Mr. Scott was about to leave for New Zealand to take up a post as a professor there. At the end of the Autumn term R. W. Allen spoke to us about the excavations at Barlow, where he and other young archaeologists had been uncovering historical remains. His account was most interesting and may have prompted others to take up digging.

The meetings in the Lent term were cut to two because of the short term and the time taken up by examinations. A. J. Hartley talked about various cases which had appeared before the Star Chamber, and also gave us a short history of this famous court, both invaluable for examinations. Our final meeting was given by Edge, who talked about archery and showed us some examples of both old and modern bows.

My thanks go to Mr. Anderson for giving up his time to arrange and supervise the meetings, and to all those who came along, whether to speak or to listen.

Junior History Society

This year has so far proved a fairly successful one for the Society. Original and interesting ideas for meetings suggested by the Committee and regular attendance by members of the second forms have resulted in good attendances of thirty or more at most meetings.

Two meetings were held in October, at the first of which a game based on " What's my line? " was played, in which some boys mimed famous personalities whilst a panel tried to discover who these were. At the second meeting a debate was held on the motion that " This House approves of Henry VIII ". Despite very forceful reasoning by the proposers, the motion was rejected.

In November we had perhaps the most original and interesting meeting of the year. Information had been collected about the " Gunpowder Plot ", and a short play based on this information was recorded on tape at the meeting. Thanks are specially due to Hopper for his hard work in collecting information.

At the last meeting of the Autumn term, in December, M. E. Orton and P. J. Thorpe read the projects for which they received prizes in last year's Junior History Essay competition.

The only meeting in the Lent term consisted of a showing of four films. The most interesting of these was a very exciting one on Sir Francis Drake.

I am sure all members of the Society will join with me in thanking Mr. Cook for his interest and hard work, which have made these meetings possible.

International Discussion Group

The Society has had a moderately successful year and attendances have been reasonably good, with first-year sixth-formers at last taking an interest. But still very few fifth-formers attend, although they are very welcome. Unhappily members still tend to be economists rather than boys from all sections of the School, which should be the ideal.

There has been a tendency for boys to give talks rather than for discussions to take place. This is partly due to the limited time available, and partly to the apparent shyness of the audience.

J. C. Mould talked on " The Organization of U.N.O.", P. B. Turney discussed " The Problems of U.N.O.", D. Simmonds and D. G. Parrish both discussed " The Two Faces of Communism ", and J. R. Gregory talked on "World Poverty". A fairly high standard has been maintained, but the limited time regularly prevented the development of a discussion.

The two talks on United Nations were complementary to two C.E.W.C. talks. These inter-school meetings are only supported by a small nucleus of boys, which is unfortunate because the talks are generally interesting and informative. A new venture was the C.E.W.C. Dance, which proved more successful than had been anticipated.

The World Affairs lunch-hour lectures are well supported by both science and arts students. Why the same interest is not shown in the I.D.G. or C.E.W.C. is something of a mystery. The standard of oration at these meetings varies considerably, but both are generally considered to be interesting and worthwhile.

The Society must again thank Mr. Robinson for all his help and enthusiastic support.

Senior Literary and Debating and Poetry Societies

The Societies have both attempted to attract larger numbers by choosing subjects and speakers of wider appeal than previously for their meetings. This can be done only if potential members are prepared to voice their opinions, and contribute in some way, especially in debating speeches from the floor. Several meetings this year have been worthy of far larger audiences than were forthcoming. One of the best-attended was highly experimental; it consisted of a demonstration and discussion of a Happening, the controversial art form which received extensive publicity at the Edinburgh Writers' Conference in 1963. Its essence is spontaneity, and it attempts to encourage the audience to a more active role, often controversially.

Equally topical, in view of the quatercentenary of Shakespeare's birth, was a talk by Bailey on Shakespearean authorship in which the case for one of the claimants, Christopher Marlowe, was examined. Other talks were given by Wilson on " Some Aspects of Contemporary Poetry ", illustrated by readings including some from his own work; Colley on " Humorous Verse ", and Jones on Stockhausen's " Song of Youth ".

The four debates have contained several paper speeches of rare quality, particularly the final one on " Life-is it worth it? " The choice of popular speakers drew a large attendance which was not disappointed; yet once again even this vital subject failed to produce the vigorous floor speeches which are the essence of debate. Of the masters, Messrs. Helliwell and C. I. Cook have spoken on Browning and " Some Modern Novels " respectively. We are grateful to them and to Messrs. Axford and Scobie for their assistance in the Societies' affairs.

Middle School Literary and Debating Society

Attendance has varied, as usual, according to the weather, the prospective entertainment, and the degree of intelligence required for its appreciation.

At the first meeting imaginary situations were provided for members to " talk their way out of ". Marks were awarded according to the plausibility and ingenuity of the explanations. 3L were worthy winners. The second meeting provided a debate on the motion that " This House believes that schoolmasters are preferable to teaching machines ". After a lively start speeches became rather repetitive; somewhat surprisingly the motion was carried, largely, it appeared, because it was thought difficult to torment teaching machines.

A further debate, this time on Pop Music, was enlivened by the appearance of Mr. Scobie and Mr. Braunholtz, suitably disguised. Mr. Scobie and Beatles proved superior to Mr. Braunholtz and logic. The mock trial of Hull (4L) was marked by some baffling cross-examination by Hill (4L), the defence counsel, who succeeded in bamboozling the jury into a verdict of " not guilty ". A Brains Trust discussed various problems, such as traffic and whether they were afraid of their mothers; one hopes the audiences were enlightened. Three candidates offered themselves for mock election: Armytage (4L), Burkinshaw (4B), and Dunsford (4A). A series of brilliant, if inconsequential speeches put forward entertaining policies, including the independent detergent and compulsory death at sixty-five, at which the chairman was observed to blench. Dunsford was elected, for better or worse.

Junior Literary and Debating Society

The meetings this year have attracted a good attendance and most members have been willing to contribute their comments and opinions in debate, or have volunteered to take part in the spoken competitions.

As usual the opening meeting was an inter-form quiz, to introduce first-formers to the Society. An exciting contest resulted in a victory for 1(1), the losing finalists being 1(3). Fowles, Hoskison and Sorsby were the members of the winning team.

The respective merits of the B.B.C. and I.T.V. television channels were strongly debated and much expert knowledge was revealed by the gathering. Those without knowledge or the ability to express their ideas took refuge in the vigour of their partisanship.

A mock trial led to the easy acquittal of the accused, despite the avid prosecution of " Ham Burger " Bacon. Even the personal dislike felt by all the assembly for the accused did not overcome the innate sense of justice in the hearts of the British jury.

A " Talk yourself out of this situation " competition led to some very tall stories from some very small boys, but Thorpe's version of the archbishop in full regalia planting potato crisps on the football pitch at Bramall Lane was a masterly piece of rapid thought.

The debate that followed, on the subject " This House believes that schooldays are the happiest days of your life ", surprisingly failed to attract a very large audience, and, even more surprisingly perhaps, was supported overwhelmingly by those who came.

I should like to thank Bacon and Thorpe of 2P for their vigorous efforts this year for the Society, and also the hard core of first and second-formers who have been faithful attenders.

Model Aircraft Club

During the past two terms there have been few meetings, flying meetings having to be postponed because of bad weather. There have been only two indoor meetings, a talk by Pilley on his experiences learning to fly, and a talk by Williams on scale modelling.

Both meetings were interesting and entertaining, but unfortunately attendance was small. Nonetheless those who attended the meetings showed great enthusiasm and we are pleased to say that our Society has attracted some first-formers to join.

Next term we are gong to continue our present project for streamlining organization and administration. This will mean that there will be many more meetings, both flying and indoor, and we hope to start having Term General Meetings to plan ahead.

Our thanks go to Mr. Bridgewater for giving up his valuable time to supervise the meetings. In return for his help we are going to give him a free course of flying lessons next term.

Music Club

Activities over the last two terms have followed the usual pattern of recitals and talks, yet the work put into these, and the interest engendered in talkers, players and listeners alike, show that this could in no way suggest stagnation. Talks, always amply illustrated with recorded music, have covered topics ranging from Bach's Organ Music to Stockhausen's " Gesang der Junglinge "; and two solo recitals, by J. M. Wilson (violin) and B. Wragg (piano), have produced accomplished, musicianly performances. The less formal Lunch-Hour Concerts by groups of boys continue to attract large audiences whose keenness often vies with that of the performers. Particularly encouraging of these were two given by first and second forms. A concert by two of the School's practising chamber groups was perhaps the most gratifying event of all, not only because of their performing skill and the hard rehearsal which had obviously been invested, but also for the enjoyment evident in performers and listeners alike. A joint meeting at Ranmoor Church with the High School Music Society, at which Mr. Barnes played and talked about the church's rebuilt organ, proved that external meetings, despite the extra transport involved, are particularly popular.

Audiences, though appreciative and loyal, still tend to be composed of those who are already confirmed musicians. This seems a pity, since Music Club meetings would be enjoyable and of use to anyone who prides himself in having wide interests. Perhaps, then, an open invitation may now be extended to any who lay claim at least to having some interest in Music, to develop this in patronising the Club.

With so much of School musicians' time spent on " official " music making, a society programme which would be full by any standards shows an extraordinary enthusiasm amongst its regular supporters, an enthusiasm which is entirely due to the indefatigable efforts and stimulating lead of Mr. Barnes-for which we thank him very much.

Philatelic Society

Members of the newly formed Philatelic Society were welcomed to the first meeting on 24th February, when P. E. Robinson gave a display of the stamps and postal history of Great Britain during the reign of Queen Victoria. This was followed on 9th March by a display by J. M. Tuckwood on general commemorative stamps, and an illustrated display of Australian stamps was given by C. D. Gilson at a later meeting on 23rd March.

It is intended that further meetings will be held in the Summer term. We wish to thank Mr. Scobie for his assistance in forming the Society.

Photographic Society

In the last two terms the Society has given three demonstrations for beginners, on developing, printing and enlarging. As a result the darkroom has been in constant use throughout the dinner hours.

We were to have had an illustrated talk by an old boy about his trip to America. Unfortunately he was called for trail at the last moment and we had to cancel the meeting. Next term we hope to have several slide meetings devoted entirely to Switzerland. They will be given by the much travelled members of the Society.

Congratulations to our Secretary, C. Hinsley, on his " Highly Commended " entry in the " Junior Photographers of the Year " competition for 1963, which was open to members of school photographic societies throughout the British Isles and for which over 900 entries were made.

Radio Society

The Radio Society has continued to flourish in its two sections, the Beginners' Section for novices and the Advanced Section for boys with a self-acquired knowledge of the subject or who have completed the beginners' course.

The Advanced Section, which meets every week under the watchful eye of Mr. Mace, found itself a number of interesting jobs over the past two terms. It has repaired and serviced a number of pieces of the School's electronic equipment, including two oscillators and a valve voltmeter, and also several items of masters' personal equipment.

Although it has not yet received recognition as part of the Society's official activities, there is a growing interest in the radio control of models. This hobby is rapidly becoming cheaper, and members often bring home-made equipment to the Society to test.

Probably the most spectacular achievement, however, has been due to the efforts of four senior boys who have designed and constructed from scratch a scalar (pulse-counter) and a rate-meter for use with a Geiger-tube in the teaching of radio-activity. The scalar can count from 0 to 1,000 pulses per second and has an internal arrangement whereby it can use mains frequency as a standard and be used as a stop-watch accurate to one-hundredth of a second. The rate-meter can be connected to any source from 0 to 3,000 cycles per second, and gives the average frequency as a direct reading on a meter.

The Beginners' Section, run very efficiently by Dr. Knowles and Mr. Lunn, has again been so popular that its membership has had to be divided into two, each half meeting in alternate weeks. Its aim is to give its members a basic theoretical and practical course in electronics, starting with the simplest possible circuit and building up over the year to a portable transistor radio whose performance should be similar to that of some commercial miniature radios.

Scientific Society

CHEMISTRY SECTION. This section was well attended throughout the two terms and the experiments performed included such things as the preparation of various plastics, organic syntheses, the investigation of fractional distillation, and an abortive attempt to remove the roof of CLI.

PHYSICS SECTION. The most spectacular achievement this year was a demonstration of the Schlieren technique, inspired by a film on the subject seen at the Scientific Film Society. Our experiment enabled the different temperatures in a beaker containing hot and cold water to be seen as different colours on a screen.

Another experiment has involved the building of a reproduction of an early spark transmitter and receiver. Unfortunately the apparatus is extremely temperamental, despite all the aids of modern science. We admire, all the more, the tremendous achievements of the first experimenters in this field at the beginning of the century.

Finally we are pleased to announce that the new sonometer and resonance tube for the School are nearly completed after many weeks of devoted work.

Scripture Searching Group

In the Lent term there have been four meetings, consisting of a film, a tape recording, and two quizzes. The film seemed to be the most interesting, dealing with how a Bible is made, from the chopping of the tree to the selling of the finished product. The discussion and tape-recording proved rather a disappointment. The tape dealt with the Churches' attitude to Europe, and especially how Roman Catholics regarded France as a mission-field.

The attendance this term has not been good, mainly because this year's third form have not attended as regularly as last year's did.

S.C.M.

There have been two inter-schools S.C.M. meetings, one in the Autumn term at K.E.S. and one towards the end of the Lent term at Abbeydale Girls' School. The latter took the form of a Brains Trust. These meetings had good attendances.

The S.C.M. in the School is still not very strong, but a study group has been started, and is at present following a course based on " Honest to God ".

Our thanks are due to Mr. Baker for running the meetings.

SPORTS

FOOTBALL 1963-64

FIRST XI

After an undistinguished start to the season, caused mainly by a crop of injuries which forced us to call on eighteen players in the first five games, the team became more settled and finished the season with quite a satisfactory record. Some most convincing victories were recorded, among them an 8-0 away win at Bootham and a 6-I defeat of Huddersfield New College. Of the matches lost against other schools, only three times has the margin exceeded one single goal, but heavy defeats were incurred in matches against the Old Edwardians and the Falcons, the main feature of these games being the muddy conditions in which they were played.

Throughout, the season the forward line has been quite effective, failing to score in only two matches. The task of actually scoring the goals has fallen mainly on the shoulders of Batty, who has put in some fine performances, twice scoring five goals in a match. His superb second goal against Ecclesfield will be remembered for a long time by all who saw it. Wiggett and Blake have been a thrustful pair of wingers, despite Blake's unfortunate habit of slowing down after beating his full-back, allowing himself to be caught and tackled a second time, and Burgin and Barraclough at inside forward have grafted well in mid-field.

The defence has played well together and has been sound. The conversion of Sleigh and Brook to full-back had an overall steadying effect, and Cockcroft dominated the middle, except in the unfortunate game against Chesterfield, in which we sustained our heaviest defeat. Crowson played well at wing-half until his injury two weeks before Christmas, and though his deputy, Wosskow played competently, Crowson's drive and fire were missed after Christmas. Lewis, in goal, struck up a good understanding with the rest of the defence, and except for one or two minor lapses played consistently well.

Team spirit has been very high, and a general air of joviality has prevailed in the dressing-room, at practices, and during the journeys to away matches.

Our thanks are due to Cave and Bailey, our linesmen, Mr. Knowles, who could always he relied on to see the brighter side of things even when we had lost, Mr. Bray, for his services as referee, Mr. Cowan who has devoted a tremendous amount of time to the activities of the 1st Xl, and to all others who have helped and encouraged us through the season.

D. M. M.

The team owes much of its success and spirit to Meredith, the best captain I have had in my period of office with School Soccer.

Goal-scorers: Batty 27, Wosskow, Blake 6, Burgin 5, Barraclough 3, Wiggett, Crowson, Meredith 2, Kippax, Bentley, Hardwick, Stopford 1. Own Goals 3.

RESULTS:
Played 26, Won 10, Drawn 5, Lost 10, Abandoned 1. Goals for 64, against 54.

v. Barnsley G.S.

(A) drawn

1 -1

v. Barnsley G.S.

(H) lost

2-3

v. Manchester G.S.

(A) won

1-0

v. City G.S.

(H) drawn

2-2

v. G. M. Nosowski's Xl

(H) lost

3-4

v. Chesterfield G.S.

(H) lost

1-0

v. Doncaster T.H.S.

(A) lost

2-3

v. Doncaster T.H.S.

(H) won

5-6

v. Abbeydale G.S.

(H) drawn

3-3

v. Abbeydale G.S.

(A) won

4-0

v. Chesterfield G.S.

(A) lost

0-1

v. City G.S.

(A) won

2-1

v. De La Salle

(H) lost

1-3

v. Wintringham G.S.

(A) won

3-1

v. Bolton School

(A) won

2-1

v. Prefects

(H) drawn

4-4

v. Old Edwardians

(H) won

4-1

v. High Storrs

(A) lost

0-3

v. Bootham School

(A) won

8-0

v. Ecclesfield G.S.

(A) drawn

2-2

v. Mansfield G.S.

(H) won

3-0

v. Rotherham G.S.

(H) lost

1-2

v. Falcons

(H) lost

2-6

v. Maltby G.S.

(H) abandoned,

 

v. Huddersfield N.C.

(H) won

6-1

 

K.E.S. 1, Maltby 0.

v. Old Edwardians

(H) lost

1-6

 

 

 

SECOND XI

The Second Xl has enjoyed its soccer this season. This has been the result of a very high team spirit and the ability to play hard and skilful football. The team normally has to endure many changes during a season. However this season has been somewhat of an exception, and members of the team have had the opportunity to get to know each other's play. Effective teamwork has been the result.

The brilliance of England in goal has on several occasions prevented our opponents from amassing a large score when we played superior opposition. He is a most capable goal-keeper, and should not let the First XI down next season. In general the defence has been reasonably sound with Shepherd and Paramore, a pair of dependable and consistent full-backs. Jepson deserves special mention for his successful conversion from back to centre-half, where his tackling and clearances have been of admirable quality. He should do well in the First XI next season. After Bentley joined us, he added enthusiasm, skill, and determination to the defence. His flair for attack provided the necessary link between defence and attack.

The forwards possessed qualities not often found in a Second XI. Richards averaged two goals a match as centre-forward. His heading was outstanding and more effective than his shooting. Sallis was a great worker with sound distribution and forceful tackling, especially when using his elbows and war-cry. Kippax, though. hardly a glutton for work, was a delightful ball-player. His reading of the game improved as the season progressed. Siddall and Taylor were two fast and tricky wingers. Siddall sometimes tried to do too much and should have made better use of his strong shot. Hunt on his few appearances showed spirit and not a little skill. He, together with Bentley and Taylor, provided the humorous comments which made coach trips somewhat amusing.

The whole team wishes to thank Mr. Jones and Mr. Phillips for their patience, advice and support.

C. J. H. L.

RESULTS

Played 18, Won 6, Drawn 4, Lost 8. Goals for 47, against 43.

v. Barnsley

(H) lost

1-2

v. Manchester G.S.

(A) lost

1-2

v. Manchester G.S.

(H) lost

2-4

v. Huddersfield N.C.

(A) drawn

2-2

v. Doncaster

(H) won

4-0

v. Old Edwardians

(H) lost

3-4

v. Abbeydale

(A) lost

2-5

v. Barnsley

(A) won

3-1

v. Chesterfield

(A) drawn

3-3

v. Chesterfield

(H) won

4-0

v. De la Salle

(A) won

3-1

v. Doncaster

(A) won

5-0

v. Bolton

(H) lost

0-2

v. Grimsby

(A) lost

2-4

v. Old Edwardians

(H) lost

2-5

v. Ecclesfield

(H) drawn

4-4

v. Mansfield

(A) won

3-1

v. Rotherham

(A) drawn

3-3

THIRD XI

The general trend of performance this season has been the same as in all recent seasons-excellent defence and clever but ineffective forward play. Defeats were suffered or only narrow victories recorded after the team had dominated the whole play. The deficiency has always been caused by the absence of a dangerous forward with a powerful shot. In the later games we were fortunate to receive the services of Hutchinson, who after losing his place in the second team defence was converted to centre forward. His powerful physique, bustle, and powerful shot provided the team with the lethal power it had lacked and the last two games provided runaway victories with sixteen goals in the bag. Marsh was captain throughout the season, and rarely put a foot wrong in defence.

L.J.S., B.K.

RESULTS

Played 9, Won 4, Lost 5. Goals for 28, against 24.

UNDER 15 XI

This has been a very successful season with a team playing attractive and powerful football. To the advantages of size and weight they have added skill and enthusiasm and it is a pity that in many matches they were not more fully extended.

There have been few changes of personnel in the side and the only real difficulty was in finding an adequate replacement at centre forward when Dunsford was injured after a very promising start in that position.

Cartwright, Hemming, Warn, Tew, Roberts, Priestley, Bradbury, Steinman, Whalley, Cowley and Hodgkin have been the regulars, with Tew as an able and enthusiastic captain.

A glance at the list of goalscorers shows their success to be that of a team and not that of two or three individuals. There are the makings of a very good First XI in a couple of years' time.

J.B.L., J.C.H.

RESULTS

Played 18, Won 14, Drawn I, Lost 3. Goals for 104, against 42.

UNDER 14 XI

This year the Under 14 team was the smallest for at least five years, and they started off very shakily indeed, losing eight of the first nine games. The other game was a draw, and it was here that they first showed that they had the grit and determination to fight. Indeed it was this quality which gained them the fighting victories that they definitely deserved. These five wins were all against teams that were much bigger in stature than they were, and it was the determination not to give in that pulled them through.

A great deal of credit is due to the captain, Milner, who always set a good example, and indeed contributed largely to our first victory with a spectacular hat-trick. At all times he was an inspiration to the side.

M.F.A.E., I.L.

RESULTS:

Played 17, Won 4, Drawn 1, Lost 11. Goals for 34, against 72. One match abandoned at 3-1 in our favour.

UNDER 13 XI

The Under 13 XI has enjoyed a fairly successful season, having won and drawn more games than it has lost. A double victory was gained against Doncaster T.H.S., while Manchester G.S. took maximum points from us.

The team has been chosen from: G. D. West, J. M. Hyatt, J. B. Clarke, J. G. Repen, R. S. Bramall, R. Bulman, J. Capper, E. Lightowler, J. A. Thorpe, R. M. Lee, L. W. Davies, G. E. Wood, J. S. Kenning, A. C. W. Taylor, R. F. Hague, J. P. Holt, and M. D. Lockwood.

West has been a reliable and capable captain. Hyatt, an industrious and thoughtful vice-captain, is the leading scorer with fourteen goals to his credit, closely followed by Lee with thirteen and Lightowler with ten. Thus Hyatt and Lee together formed a formidable left wing partnership, scoring almost half of the team's goals.

The team's strength lies not only in itself but in some very promising reserves who have played well in the absence of regular " first team " players.

RESULTS: J.E.T., R.W.P.

Played 14, Won 7, Drawn 2, Lost 5. Goals for 58, against 39.

RUGBY-1963-64

FIRST XV

The mild weather has allowed us to complete a fairly full fixture list, but unfortunately the results are not very good. On analysis, however, it appears that only four schools gave us a heavy defeat. Many of the other matches we lost were quite keenly contested, and the School team improved towards the end of the season.

The problems affecting the First XV play are still the same - a lack of training time, a lack of speed and poor covering in defence. It is disappointing to see only half a team turning out for practice on any one night. The team needs the practice and a full turn out should be top priority. Speed can be improved upon with regular training, good tackling can be learned.

As the season lengthened the forwards improved in scrumming and line-out work, but they were still slow in breaking and covering. The three-quarters failed to show enough determination in forcing a way through the opposition. Of the twenty tries scored thirteen were claimed by forwards. P. S. Timperley and the captain, J. K. Baker, have worked hard contributing ten tries and 56 points between them.

We have been fortunate this year in obtaining the services of two new members of staff to help with the First XV, Mr. Fordham and Mr. Axford. I hope they will receive full support from next year's XV.

Finally a tribute to P. A. Hardcastle for coping efficiently with the many duties of First XV secretary.

D.B.H.

RESULTS

Played 19, Won 5, Drawn 1, Lost 13. Points for 86, against 275.

v. City G.S.

lost

3-17

v. Mount St. Mary's

lost

3-12

v. Doncaster T.H.S

lost

0-27

v. Central Tech.

lost

0-9

v. Dronfield G.S.

won

13-11

v. Doncaster G.S.

lost

0-41

v. Chesterfield G.S

won

11-0

v. City G.S.

won

3-0

v. Pontefract G.S.

lost

3-38

v. Mount St. Mary's

won

8-6

v. Worksop College

lost

3-23

v. Don Valley H.S

lost

5-14

v. Wakefield G.S.

lost

8-17

v. High Storrs G.S.

lost

3-17

v. Broadway T.S.

lost

5-15

v. Sheffield Colts

lost

6-8

v. Dronfield G.S.

drawn

3-3

v. Lady Manners G.S.

lost

0-9

v. Rowlinson T.S.

won

9-8

 

 

 

UNDER 15 XV

Success, to this team, would be legendary. Despite efforts of sheer bravery in face of the strongest adversaries marginal victories were won only, and these in the battles with lesser foe. In these a return match usually provided the reversal of fortune.

The team has been fairly constant throughout the season. The forwards often had a tough assignment in the game. Outstanding courage and determination were unfailing from the team captain, Winter, and Hallam performed some very good goal-kicking.

We offer our appreciation and thanks to parents and friends who have supported us from the touch-line.

A.H.W.

RESULTS

Played 12, Won 4, Lost 8. Points for 73, against 152.

UNDER 13 XV

This has been the most successful season since the team was started. We won more often than we lost and despite being cruelly crushed by Wakefield our total of points was greater than that of our opponents.

Whilst our main strengths were a powerful front-row, a tireless open-side wing-forward and sparkle and ingenuity at scrum-half, it was the enthusiasm of the whole team that caused most satisfaction: forwards and backs defended with great determination and seized most opportunities in attack. A weakness was a reluctance to pick up a loose ball and go for the line.

It was disappointing that we were seldom able to field our strongest side; we did, however, remain unbeaten in Sheffield, often winning comfortably. Sometimes it was a near thing: we were lucky to beat High Storrs and their mud (12-9) in the last match of the season, and on a wind-happy morning at Castle Dyke it was a thrilling conversion by Greenwood the captain that enabled us to beat City Grammar 5-3.

RESULTS

Played 13, Won 9, Lost 4. Points for 128, against 124.

J.E.T.P., T.G.C.

CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNING

The senior team has not had such a successful season for many years. Although the team was sometimes beaten, its record is very impressive. This success is the more remarkable in that the team suffered many injuries and illnesses. No one ran in every match and fourteen different boys ran for the team.

There is an increasing tendency to run more than two teams in one match, and consequently the number of matches " won " or " lost " bears no relation to the number of teams beaten. The senior team ran 17 matches and won 13; on three occasions the team was 2nd with more teams running. Only Bradford G.S. defeated the School in a straight match. The senior team ran against 30 teams and defeated 26. Only Bradford's victory was decisive; Manchester G.S. won by two points, a strong University team not unexpectedly won, and the team only lost a match at High Storrs because four runners were absent representing Sheffield at the County Championships. But the outstanding match of the season was against Aston Woodhouse H.S. The first three of our team beat the old course record and every member achieved a personal best time.

The team trained hard for the North Midland Championship and hoped to win it, but in the preceding week three boys were injured. The team was placed fourth, but with a full team there can be little doubt we would have won. The team ran exceptionally well at the Northern Schools Championships finishing second out of 84 schools, narrowly beaten by Didsbury T.H.S. It was the School's best performance in these championships.

These successes were achieved by team-work. Skidmore was the outstanding individual and Rees backed him well, but suffered several injuries and illness. Brook, normally a footballer, ran brilliantly in the two championships and this effort was responsible to a great extent for the team's success.

The Under 16 team has had a poor season, but Hempshall, Roberts and Saunderson often ran for the First VIII instead of this team. The Under 15 and Under 14 teams were also generally unsuccessful, but many of the boys were younger than their opponents and should do better next year. The Under 13 and Under 12 teams have been composed entirely of first-year boys. This enthusiastic team remained unbeaten throughout the season.

Next year's team will not be quite so strong, but nevertheless it should maintain the high standards set by this team.

J.R.G.

Gregory has contributed largely to the team's success, not only by his running, but by the example he set at training sessions and the unfailingly cheerful encouragement he provided. We wish him every success in his future athletic career.

R.C.G.

The Cross-Country Championships

In the senior championships the absence of Rees deprived us of a fine race for first position, Skidmore winning by a comfortable margin. But the struggle for places and the house competition were very interesting. Gregory and Jenkins unexpectedly got away from Brook to take second and third places. Chatsworth won a keen house struggle from Arundel and Clumber, both of whom were handicapped by absentees. Rather unusually the cross-country team provided six of the first seven runners.

The third and fourth year championship was marred by the dishonesty of some of the competitors who took short cuts and then accepted high positions on their return. This led to the championships being declared null and void.

The second-form championship was held under ideal conditions and a fast time resulted. Hyatt of Clumber was a comfortable winner and Lynwood secured the house championship.

The first-form race was marked, as usual, by the enthusiasm of the runners. Thomas of Lynwood was the individual winner and Haddon became house champions.

R.C.G.

HOCKEY

In view of the inexperience of the players, the School hockey team has enjoyed a successful season, losing only three matches of the ten played. After a poor start to the season, when lack of skill and training resulted in heavy defeats, performances gradually improved. As a result, of the four games played in the Lent term, three were won by large margins. The fourth, a draw against Percy Jackson G.S., who had previously scored eight goals against us, produced a fast, even game and showed the improvements made by the team in the course of the season.

It was hoped that the team would do well in the North East Schools' six-a-side tournament, but performances were a little below top form, probably because of the terrible conditions. Nevertheless seven points were won out of a possible twelve, giving the team third place in a league of seven.

Contrary to early expectations the forward line proved to be the stronger part of the team. Once D. I. Jones was moved into the centre-forward position goalscoring problems were solved. He was very well supported by Wing and Wilkes, who are by now experienced wingers. The forward line was usually completed by Welland and Colley. The defence played with determination, but some inconsistent performances and slack marking too often presented opponents with easy chances. Fortunately the exceptionally good goalkeeping of Moore prevented goals on many occasions. Grist, Wood, Hall and Levick have played competently, while Searby, Pollard and Varley have produced some good performances.

Any criticisms must be restricted to technique, as the enthusiasm of the players survived early defeats and was duly rewarded later. This is to the credit of all those boys who worked hard to improve their own and the team's performances. After the successes of the first full season it is hoped that School hockey will continue to improve sufficiently to justify an extended fixture list next season.

D.G.P

Parrish has modestly refrained from mentioning his own part in the success of the team. He has been an outstanding player and captain, and has given hockey an excellent start in the School.

T.K.R.

RESULTS

Played 10. Won 4. Drawn 3. Lost 3. Goals for 28, against 26.

v. Percy Jackson G.S.

(A) lost

0-8

v. Ecclesfield G.S.

(A) won

7-1

v. City G.S.

(H) drawn

0-0

v. Tapton Secondary

(A) won

9-1

v. Huddersfield New College

(A) lost

0-7

v. Thornbridge G.S.

(A) won

6-1

v. Ecclesfield G.S.

(H) won

2-0

v. Percy Jackson G.S.

(H) drawn

2-2

v. City G.S.

(A) drew

1-1

Scorers: D. I. Jones 13, Wilkes 6, Colley 5, Wing 2, J. Siddall 1, Welland 1.

v. Huddersfield New College

(H) lost

1-5

BADMINTON

Despite difficulties in arranging fixtures, the Badminton team has had a fairly full fixture list and has succeeded in winning the majority of matches played-a feat not achieved for a number of years. At the beginning of the year only two out of last year's team remained, and the prospects did not seem very good; yet a nucleus of eight players was soon formed, who all practised hard and enthusiastically to improve their game during the season, and there was keen competition for the six team places.

Of the three pairs, Martin and Lewis proved the most successful, playing intelligently and attractively. Greaves and Marsh won many games without always showing a complete mastery of their opponents or shots, whilst Osborne--the best player technically--and Baker proved inconsistent in their performances. Morley and Cockcroft were capable reserves, playing well when called upon. Nevertheless some of the basic principles still have to be mastered by most of the players, although only a strong Leeds team was superior to us in technique and ability.

A singles knock-out competition was arranged during the Lent term attracting 37 entries. The team members dominated, and Osborne defeated Greaves 15-8, 15-7 in an exciting final. Other notable features of the year included a double victory over the quickly-tiring, yet vociferous Staff team, the increasing preference for tiddlywinks amongst some players during home matches, and the acquisition of a new net. The team would like to thank all those masters who have helped the team in any way during the season, especially Mr. Prescott for giving up his valuable time to encourage and advise the team.

J. K. B.

RESULTS

Played 13, Won 9, Lost 4. Rubbers for 65, against 52.

v. Henry Fanshawe School, Dronfield (A) won 6-3 v. The Staff (A) won 6-3
v. The Staff (H) won 5-4 v. Bents Green B.C. (H) won 6-3
v. Henry Fanshawe School, Dronfield (H) won 6-3 v. Leeds G.S. (H) lost 7-2
v. Bents Green B.C. (A) lost 7-2 v. Abbeydale G.S. (H) won 8-1
      v. Leeds G.S. (A) lost 6-3
v. High Storrs G.S. (H) won 6-3 v. Ranmoor B.C. (H) lost 6-3
Abbeydale G.S. (A) won 7-2 v. High Storrs G.S. (A) won 5-4

HOUSE NOTES

ARUNDEL

The Autumn and Lent terms have seen our teams often just failing to reach first place. The junior football team, however, must be congratulated on an outstanding win in their league, scoring 47 goals in four games and conceding only 5. The Middle School team lost most matches in the league and in the seven-a-side knock-out. After playing well in the earlier matches, the senior team lost in the final of both the league and the knock-out. They had little success in the seven-a-side knock-out.

The rugby sevens team reached the semi-final of their competition and the senior cross-country team were placed second. The water-polo team played well, finishing third in the league, but were unlucky to lose in the first round of the knock-out.

This Easter we have regretfully to see the departure of many important members of the House, in particular Gregory, who has played an excellent role as an athlete, Baker, a rugby player and House secretary, Housley, an outstanding swimmer and House vice-captain, and Meredith, who has made a remarkable contribution to the House throughout his career, on the field and as House captain for the last two years. We give to all these out warmest thanks and extend to them every good wish for the future.

CHATSWORTH

The last two terms have not been very successful for the Junior section of the House, but the performance of the Senior section has well made up for this. In both the football knock-out competition, in a replay, and in the cross-country championship, Skidmore being the individual winner, the House was placed first.

A best performance for some years was achieved in the water-polo league, the team coming second to Welbeck. We lost the knock-out competition to Welbeck in the semi-final.

In the rugby sevens knock-out, we were defeated in the semi-final by Wentworth, the eventual winners.

For individual results, the House contains the badminton champion and the tennis singles champion. Academic results have also been good.

Our best wishes are extended to those members who are leaving this term.

CLUMBER

in sporting events Clumber has been fortunate in that there have been several outstanding performances. The general standard, however, has not been up to the same high level.

In the house football leagues only the Middle School has had any success, finishing top of their league. Richardson scored 15 goals during this competition, but credit must go to all the players who contributed to this victory.

All the cross-country teams produced moderately good results, both the first-year and the senior teams finishing third in their races. The outstanding performance in this sport was the victory of Hyatt in the second-year race, and it was unfortunate that the team as a whole could only manage fifth place.

The Seniors' rugby sevens team easily defeated Welbeck and Arundel without conceding any points, but they were defeated in the final by Wentworth after a very good game.

Members of the House have helped the School to maintain its high academic standards by winning two Oxford scholarships and obtaining three other university places.

HADDON

Although recent terms have shown little increased effort in the House, the senior soccer seven-a-side knock-out competition was deservedly won, when we defeated a strong Welbeck team in the final by four points to one. This was the only soccer trophy won, the other departments having mediocre success, with the Middle School league team alone being well placed.

As usual the cross-country course proved too much for the majority, although the first form team showed up extremely well by coming first in their competition. The Middle School team also ran hard to earn a third placing, but the race was declared null and void after certain individuals took a short cut.

The accomplishment of the water-polo team was perhaps the most outstanding achievement in this period. P. B. Hall did very well to build up such an efficient team almost from scratch, and led us to fourth position in the league table. The House was eliminated, however, in the knock-out competition in the first round by one of the eventual finalists.

Best wishes are extended to those who are leaving and congratulations to the newly appointed Sub-Prefects.

LYNWOOD

The House has suffered this year from very inadequate Senior School representation. A small group of Seniors has had to bear the brunt of the House activities. However, the Junior School shows considerable promise, and our prospects for the future look correspondingly brighter. House spirit has remained high under Mr. Twyford and the leadership of Pilley. It is unfortunate that no cups are awarded for flying.

Not surprisingly we have little to show for the year's effort so far. J. Siddall has generalled the soccer team from centre-half, but has been unable to field a regular team because of the chronic shortage of players. The best performance was in the seven-a-side games. Congratulations go to Pilley for winning the table-tennis knock-out cup.

The water-polo team has made up in enthusiasm what it has lacked in skill. With a greater consistency we might well have won the knock-out. We reached the semi-final with a win over Arundel, but narrowly failed to reach the final.

Our greatest hope would appear to have been in the Senior cross-country championship. We failed to win, despite a determined effort by Pringle, Hempshall and Woodhouse. In the rugby sevens we fought in vain to hold our lead against a much stronger Arundel. We had very little chance with only two regular rugby players in the House. We hope the picture will be brighter in the coming term.

SHERWOOD

The great success of the two terms was without doubt the winning of the senior soccer league-the first time for Sherwood since 1950/51. Wiggett and his team are heartily to be congratulated, not so much for individual skill as for all-round determination and quiet effort, integrated by co-operative team work and good spirit. We had less success in the senior knock-out and rugby sevens, which we left after a prodigiously long and gruelling first round. Our placing of fifth in the senior cross-country championship, whilst being in no way outstanding, was quite satisfactory, showing as it did, excellent use of packing. In the Middle School, Priestley and his soccer team did well in coming second in the league.

The indifferent results of the water-polo team were perhaps largely due to its comparatively young age; a year or two's growth should provide us with a very strong team. Indeed, the keeness of younger boys in the House, both to partake in and support activities, is most encouraging and offers a good example to older members.

We thank, for their work in the House, those who have left this term, particularly, Hartley, Deputy Head of the House, for his contribution to rugger, soccer, cricket and water-polo, and Bryars, for his capable handling of House records as Secretary. We also thank especially Mr. Hemming and our House tutors for their hard work and firm guidance.

WELBECK

Welbeck's greatest success this year has been, as expected, at water-polo. The team, ably led by P. D. Jackson, swept all opposition before it in the water-polo league, amassing a total of over forty goals whilst conceding only four. The team has also reached the final of the water-polo knock-out.

On the football field the Autumn and Lent terms have generally been a period of narrow defeats. The senior football team was beaten into second place in its half league on goal average only, and was defeated in the final of the seven-a-side knock-out. The junior team, although scoring altogether eleven times as many goals as it conceded, was placed second in its half league. The Juniors made up for this, however, by winning the seven-a-side knock-out with the greatest of ease, giving the House its only football trophy this year.

The lack of outstanding cross-country runners in the Senior and Junior Schools was the cause of only mediocre results in the cross-country championships, the Middle School championship, in which Welbeck might have shone, being annulled.

We congratulate those members of the House who have achieved academic success, and thank all the House tutors, officials and team captains for their work during the year.

WENTWORTH

So far this year we have been remarkably lucky with the weather, but despite the full sporting programme, Wentworth's results have been generally rather disappointing.

The only success has been the victory of our formidable Seniors in the rugby sevens competition, which duplicated last year's result. Beating Haddon and Chatsworth in the early rounds, we defeated Clumber in the final, scoring 38 points in all and conceding only 3. House football, however, has not provided such pleasing results. Only the Juniors showed any real distinction, but unfortunately they were beaten decisively by Arundel in the league play-off. The other sections of the House have secured only average results, neither passing the first round in the knock-out competitions.

Cross-country has been similarly depressing, although Jenkins is to be congratulated on coming third in the senior championship.

Finally, the House notes with regret the departure of Mr. Johnston at Christmas to take up a new appointment. He was a popular and cheerful House-Master and always provided an inspiration to do better. We extend our best wishes to his successor, Mr. T. G. Cook, and hope his period in office will be a rewarding one. We also welcome Mr. M. S. Wild to the House and thank all House tutors and officials for their hard work, hoping that their devotion will be rewarded by better results in the Summer term.

THE OLD EDWARDIANS' ASSOCIATION

(President: S. CREDLAND EsQ.)

THE ANNUAL DINNER DANCE was held at the Maynard Arms Hotel, Grindleford, on Friday, the 31st January, 1964, and was again well attended and-for a change-favoured by good weather (shades of last year's blizzard!).

THE ANNUAL DINNER was held on Maundy Thursday (26th March, 1964) also at the Maynard Arms Hotel. There were over one hundred members and guests present and the principal speakers were Mr. Hugh Cameron, Mr. P. M. Baker and The Head Prefect (whose speech was very well received).

A minute's silence was observed at the start of the evening in tribute to the late Mr. H. A. Scutt, who died the day before, and who was to have been one of the guests at the Dinner.

THE CRICKET CLUB is again running two teams this year, and is breaking fresh ground with a three match tour in Cambridge in mid-July.

If any of the present School teams would like to play for the Association during the holidays they will be very welcome (names to Mr. J. C. Hemming please!).

OXFORD LETTER

There are this year some eighty Old Edwardians in Oxford, scattered among all the colleges but two-Hertford and Exeter-with Queen's having most representatives, though not a shadow of its former glory. Only some fifty per cent of O.E.s are in the Seventh Club (President: C. J. S. Brearley, Secretary: P. M. Hetherington), which gives us, perhaps, some cause for dismay at the eagerness with which some people break their links with the School.

In fact, the Seventh Club has been quite lively this year. Its activities have included a freshmen's meeting, at which a motion to wear evening dress at the dinner was rejected yet again, and the absence of Newcastle Brown was regretted; a couple of tiddleywinks evenings, allowing Barry Bennett to show his prowess, but regarded by some with disdain; and, of course, the annual dinner, held in the Eastgate Hotel. Guests were D. W. Williams, Mr. T. K. Robinson and Mr. P. D. Arculus: speeches were excellent and a most enjoyable time was had both at the dinner and afterwards in Queen's; but rumours were heard that freshmen no longer had the capacity of old. Now, in the Trinity term, cricket, bowls and the A.G.M. are promised. Also, the Club had much pleasure in making Mr. V. A. Vout an Honorary Member while he is in Oxford.

Individually the most notable successes have been, academically, the firsts of Dave Bows and Roger Laughton last June, and M. A. Hall's first in Mods this year; and, in the sporting world, Frank Parker gained his soccer blue and captained the O.U. Centaurs throughout the season. Otherwise one has no doubt that people are making their mark in their own spheres. For the moment journalism and politics seem devoid of Sheffield figures, though Peter Bell has made his maiden speech at the Union.

To end on a personal note: I think it is not always realised what an art it is for the undergraduate to steer a course between too much work and too much socialising. The effort to strike the correct balance ages most people considerably-and not least those who have struck the wrong balance for far too long.

SENEX