KING EDWARD VII SCHOOL MAGAZINE

VOL. XVI

SPRING 1965

No. 3

CONTENTS

SCHOOL NOTES 111 CONTRIBUTIONS
131
SPEECH DAY 113 SENIOR SCOUTS
133
LIBRARY NOTES  115 SCOUT TROOP
134
MUSIC 115 SCHOOL SOCIETIES
135
THE WINTER'S TALE 117 SPORTS
145
LOOKING OUTWARD  119 HOUSE NOTES
157
MISCELLANY     121 OXFORD LETTER 
163

ILLUSTRATIONS

THE WINTER'S TALE   .Satyrs' Dance
118
    Act II Scene 3
119
    Stage Design
.facing 121
CLIMBING    
facing 126

SCHOOL NOTES

THE first two terms of the School year have seen no changes of staff. At the beginning of December the Headmaster entered hospital for a course of treatment which unfortunately proved longer than had been anticipated. He did not return to us until the last weeks of the Lent term, but we sincerely hope that the treatment has resulted in a complete and lasting cure. In his absence Mr. Jackson undertook the day to day administration of the School.

The year 1965 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the foundation of the School in its present form. A plaque in the vestibule records that it was on March 13th, 1905, that the order of the Board of Education was sealed establishing a scheme under which the Sheffield Royal Grammar School was acquired by the Corporation of Sheffield for £12,000. This led in turn to the establishment of a new school, in buildings acquired from Wesley College, and it was this new school which took our present name. We hope to publish some historical notes on the School and its precursors in the next issue of the Magazine.

Among the public events of the year the first was the annual Speech Day and Prizegiving, held as usual in the Victoria Hall, on the evening of 19th November. A full account is given at the end of these notes. The other major occasions of the winter have been the Carol Service at St. John's, Ranmoor, in December, and a production of "The Winter's Tale" on the first three nights in April. A review of this production will also be found in the following pages.

The Lent term brought the School some unwonted publicity, chiefly in connection with the Local Authority's proposals for educational re-organisation. Two full-page articles in the local Press were devoted to the School, and a vigorous correspondence has been conducted intermittently in both local papers. More recently we have found ourselves mentioned in some sections of the national Press. But perhaps the most educative experience of all was the visit of a Granada T.V. team in the week after half-term. Many a remote corner of the School echoed with professional film-maker's jargon. The orchestra benefited by a double length rehearsal, and several members of the staff learnt something of the public image of the Schoolmaster at Work. Their pupils, we may hope, learnt that seeing should not always be believing. We expect to see the results `on the air' one day, and to receive a film version for our own use.

In the midst of these distractions the busy life of the School has gone on unabated. Many of the less routine activities are described in the later pages of this Magazine. Visits have also taken place to dramatic performances at the Sheffield and Nottingham Playhouses-we are lucky to have two such reputable companies within striking distance. At the end of the Autumn term the usual visits were made by parties from the fifth and sixth forms to various local industries. And, finally, on a less official footing, during the Easter holidays a number of boys took part in the excavation of the Bronze Age stone circle known as Barbrook II under the direction of Mr. Geoffrey D. Lewis, Deputy Director of the Sheffield City Museum. The circle is on an exposed site on the moors between Owler Bar and Baslow. Two of the boys were members of the sixth form, the remaining nine from first and third forms.

We very much regret to report the recent untimely deaths of two Old Edwardians. R. F. J. Martin was killed in a gliding accident in March, and M. J. Harrison died as a result of a motor accident in May.

We warmly congratulate M. A. Hall, now in his third year at Merton College, Oxford, on the award of a Charles Oldham Scholarship in Classical Studies for 1965.

We are also very pleased to congratulate M. D. Shaw on being one of the winners in the British section of the European Schools' Day Essay Competition. This is the fifth successive year in which a boy from this School has achieved this distinction.

WE congratulate the following, who as a result of the examinations held in November, obtained awards and places at Oxford and Cambridge:

OXFORD AWARDS:

P. B. HALL

Open Scholarship in Modern Studies at Corpus Christi College;

A. P. HAWS

 Major Scholarship in Mathematics at Wadham College;

D. W. MORLEY

Open Matthew Hale Scholarship in Natural Science at The Queen's College;

C. E. RAWLINS

Hastings Exhibition in History at The Queen's College;

M. D. SHAW

Open Scholarship in Geography at St. Edmund Hall;

J. G. SKIDMORE

Hastings Exhibition in Natural Science at The Queen's College.

CAMBRIDGE AWARDS:

R. W. ALLEN

Arthur Sells Exhibition in General Studies at Sidney Sussex College;

D. M. BEHREND

 Open Scholarship in Mathematics at Christ's College;

C. M. COLLEY

 Open Exhibition in Natural Science at Gonville and Caius College;

R. H. EDWARDS

 Open Scholarship in Mathematics and Physics at Peterhouse.

OXFORD PLACES

Balliol College: D. D. JONES.

Corpus Christi College: A. B. C. COULDWELL, C. I. WRIGHT.

Exeter College: D. A. SHORT.

Keble College: D. C. WINTER.

New College: R. CROWSON.

St. Edmund Hall: S. K. OSBORNE.

St. Peter's College: G. PURSGLOVE, G. UNDERWOOD.

Wadham College: J. C. TOWNSEND, A. E. VAUGHAN.

CAMBRIDGE PLACES:

Gonville and Caius College: S. R. MARSH.

Trinity College: R. A. SWALLOW.

We also congratulate the following on their awards:-

D. KNIGHTON

 Entrance Exhibition in Mathematics at the Imperial College of Science;

A. J. WOOD

 Scholarship in Engineering at the University of Manchester.

SPEECH DAY

19th November, 1964

THE prizes were presented at Speech Day by the Revd. Professor Henry E. W. Turner, an old Edwardian who is a Canon of Durham Cathedral and Van Meldart Professor of Divinity in the University of Durham. Opening his address to the School Canon Turner admitted taking comfort from the fact that he could not remember a single word from the nine Speech Days which he had attended as a pupil. He then recalled three masters of his day who in their very individual ways had left a lasting impression on him, exemplifying the debt which the School has always owed to its staff, whether outstanding personalities or not.

Apart from these personal influences, he saw the debt which he owed to the School as lying along three main lines-"the inculcation of habits of hard work, respect for integrity of mind and character, and the recognition that, to find a niche in life was more than a matter of getting by at a push". Hard work had been so much a part of the tone of the School that he had not appreciated its value fully until meeting those with a different pattern of life at University and later. It had perhaps been taken to excess at the School in his day, at the expense of outside interests and School societies. But of equal importance was the fact that he and his contemporaries were taught positively how to work: the precept of one of those masters he had recalled earlier, "You've got to get your points down", still stood for a book, a university lecture and a sermon. "To suspect padding, to go for essentials, to aim at and sometimes achieve clarity, these are the lessons which have a far wider application than the achievement of good examination results. Translate them into a hatred of humbug and pomposity, the power to seek the heart of a problem and to take it from there, a horror of jargon in speech or in thought, and you will see what I mean."

Of integrity Canon Turner stressed the value of having been taught to "go for the facts" and "never to shirk a difficulty or evade an issue". It was much easier to bow to prevailing fashion, but one could not be a true man, a scholar or a Christian if one was unwilling to swim against the stream.

While he could not recall ever being given explicit advice about the choice of a career while at school, Canon Turner claimed that he had been left in no doubt that the choice was important, and his generation still believed that what we do with our lives can count for something in the world. "We must look askance at those who try to convince us that we are less than persons. We are not solely units in a statistical survey or pawns to be pushed about at the behest of a master planner, however powerful or well-intentioned he may be".

Canon Turner concluded by wishing all members of the School well in their life at the School and beyond. "If your recollection of your school brings with it the same pride and pleasure that it does for me, it will be a sure sign that King Edward's School in 1964 is the same place as it was in 1925, that, despite radically different conditions, it can still supply what we old boys expect of it-the education of a boy which he will be proud to recall as a man. No old boy can say more, no school can aim at less."

The Headmaster, after welcoming Canon Turner and outlining his brilliant academic career, opened his report on the School by expressing some doubts about the system of School prizes. Of all the prizes he felt that those offered for competitions were in some ways the most satisfactory, and some extension of these was desirable, if pressure of work for external examinations would allow.

He went on to describe some of the difficulties resulting from constant changes in the system of entry to universities, and the restriction of opportunities of competing for university awards. The candidates were increasingly faced with demands for detailed information and "a multiplicity of courses, grants, scholarships and indeed universities and institutions of equal status". Choices must be made earlier, and in all this the onus tended to fall almost entirely on the applicant.

Summarizing the academic achievements of the past year, the Headmaster pointed out that the sixteen awards at Oxford and Cambridge ranked equal to our best year. In addition fifteen places were gained at Oxford and Cambridge, and thirty-one at other universities. Of the sixty-two boys proceeding to universities or places of university level thirty-seven were entered for non-scientific courses, twenty-five for some form of science. Of 105 boys who left the School during the year seventy-one were proceeding to universities, training colleges or technical colleges, thirty-four were entering employment. For the fourth year in succession a boy from the School had won a prize in the European Essay competition.

The "A" level results had been the best since 1955, in terms of percentage with pass, and over fifty per cent of the passes were in the two highest grades. At "0" level on the other hand the results were worse than for any year since 1956.

In sport the Headmaster was able to report an all round improvement which he hoped would continue. Particular successes had been achieved in cross-country, swimming and chess. School societies, music and scouting had also played their part in a busy school year. He particularly commended the successful activities and responsible attitude of members of the Scout troops, and recommended to all active participation in school affairs as a part of the general education offered by the School. Thanking all those responsible for the successful running of the many sides of school life he concluded by summing up the year 1963-64 as "a very sound one for us-perhaps nothing spectacular, but one full of activity and general progress".

LIBRARY NOTES

IN the Autumn term 2,250 books were circulated; the figure for last term was 1,800.

At the December stocktaking there were only three missing books, all on the same restricted field in medieval history, so it is safe to assume that there was but one gentleman involved in the disappearance of all three. Nowadays, when brave astronauts step forth alone into the unknown, it is interesting to know that we too can produce our odd man out, ready to risk being withered from within by the rays of publicity.

We are grateful to the following for their gifts of books:

I. H. Batty, C. M. Beale, A. M. Dungworth, P. Hardcastle, S. S. Housley, I. M. Kirk, M. J. Lilley, C. J. H. Linfoot, C. J. Marsh, H. Middleton, D. G. Parrish, D. M. Peter, C. E. Rawlins, I. C. Sallis, R. Shepherd, D. A. Short, J. Siddall, R. A. Swallow, J. C. B. Turney, P. B. B. Turney, K. A. Wallis, D. W. Williams, J. M. Wilson, The School Prefects.

J.O.

MUSIC

THE first musical fixture of the season was Speech Day, at which the Orchestra played Vaughan Williams' "Sea Songs" March and were joined by the Choir for two Sullivan choruses and Quilter's "Non nobis Domine". The Madrigal Group sang Finzi's "My spirit sang all day" and Hely-Hutchinson's "Old Mother Hubbard". Instrumental items were B. Wragg's performance of Liszt's D flat Concert Study, and Duos for Two Violins by Bartok exquisitely played by J. Crawford and L. M. Jenkins.

Two days later, forty trebles, still in voice, distinguished themselves in the first Sheffield performance of Britten's War Requiem-an experience which well rewarded them for the extra time put in for rehearsal.

The Carol Service at St. John's Ranmoor again drew a capacity and appreciative congregation and was followed the next day by our contribution to the City Centre Carol singing outside the Cathedral. This year a woodwind group accompanied the Choir where necessary and did valiantly despite frozen fingers and the varying effects of the cold on their different instruments.

The invasion of an orchestral rehearsal by an ITV camera and recording team provided an exciting hour and a half (and the fullest attendance at a rehearsal we have ever known!); but two incidents gave us grave doubts about the outcome. There was the moment when the producer said to the camera man: "I want you to pan first on the flutes, then on the oboes, then on the clarinets and then on the . . . what ARE those things?". The other was the selection of the accompaniment to Brahms' "How lovely are thy dwellings", and the decision, when it was pointed out that the choral parts were missing, to record the Choir separately the following day and put the two together. We tried to get the same tempo. But did we?

A group of trebles again helped the Bach Society with their "St Matthew Passion" at Ecclesall Church, and a Lunch-hour Concert was given at the University by the Madrigal Group, the Clarinet Quintet (J. A. Heathcote, J. Crawford, L. M. Jenkins, P. Boyling and R. Beale), P. B. Huston (Bassoon) and B. Wragg (Piano). At the Annual Schools' Concert in the City Hall the Orchestra played the lolanthe Overture, and the Madrigal Group sang madrigals and Mr. Sam Wesley's Gavotte "Swingled" (of our own devising, with side drum and pizzicato Bass). The latter piece received an enthusiastic encore. They also gave strong support to the Senior Schools' Choir.

The music for "The Winter's Tale" was played by Crawford and Jenkins (violins), Dammers and Huston (bassoons) and Hartley (side-drum), Huston himself composing the Satyrs' Dance. Sweet singing, in their various roles, was heard from R. W. Allen, J. V. Ellis and A. Hill.

Among all these excitements the Music Club has held fruitful meetings, which are mentioned elsewhere, and preparations have gone on for the Concert on May 20th in the Victoria Hall, which will bring together all the school's two hundred or so performers and (we hope) our usual audience of around a thousand.

N.J.B.

THE WINTER'S TALE

1st, 2nd, 3rd April, 1965

Cast in order of speaking:

Camillo, courtier to King Leontes

 R. M. Price

Archidamas, courtier to King Polixenes

 J. A. Ramsden

 Polixenes, King of Bohemia

 P. B. Hall

 Leontes, King of Sicilia

 D. D. Jones

Hermione, wife to Leontes

 P. N. Brierley

Mamillius, son to Leontes

 D. Thomson

Ladies

 M. J. Fair, N. D. C. Clark, N. S. Maxwell

Lords

 P. K. Beighton, A. Smith, T. C. Ramsden, A. J. Robinson

Antigonus

 S. R. Harrison

 Paulina

 S. R. Gibson

Gaoler

 P. G. Howard

 Emilia

 A. S. Johnson

Servant

 P. J. Greatorex

 Cleomines

 P. J. Woodhouse

 Dion

 A. E. Vaughan

Officer of Court

 P. Bradley

 Mariner

 A. G. Knox

Shepherd

 C. M. Colley

Clown

 R. E. Shelton

 Time

 J. L. Wragg

Autolicus

 R. W. Allen

 Florizel

 D. M. Hodgkin

Perdita

 A. R. Wyatt

 Dorcas

 J. V. Ellis

 Mopsa

 A. Hill

 Servant

 P. M. Holmes

 Gentlemen of the Court

J. D. Everatt, D. C. Buckley, D. D. Speight

 Shepherds

 R. I. Anderson, M. J. Henty

 Satyrs

 J. H. Taylor, C. B. Wilson, D. R. Twigg, R. Bollington, D. W. Gaunt, J. P. Woodhouse, R. A. Bramwell, J. C. Smith, J. R. Baxter

 Fiddlers

 L. M. Jenkins, J. Crawford

Bassoons

 P. Huston, L. H. Dammers

 Drummer

A. Hartley

The Play produced by Mr. M. T. J. Axford

Assistant Producer: Mr. C. I. Cook Music arranged by Mr. N. J. Barnes

Set Design: R. W. Allen and G. J. Gent

Shepherd's Dance arranged by Mr. D. B. Harrison Costumes: Mrs. M. T. J. Axford and mothers of the cast

Programme Design: Mr. C. Helliwell Make-up directed by Mr. J. C. Hemming

Tragical -comical? Comical -pastoral? Tragical- comical - historical-pastoral? Polonius himself would have been exercised to define "The Winter's Tale". We have lamented the unnecessary death of Mamillius, and laughed at that of Antigonus as we heard the very crunch; we have witnessed with horror the warped judgements and perverse mistrust of two kingly powers, and have smiled at scenes of pastoral life so foreign to our own; we have reeled before the poet's superb disdain for chronology, that has combined in less than three hours' span the superstitions of ancient Greece, the theme of a Roman comedy, the foibles of two medieval kingdoms and an allusion to Renaissance sculpture. The whole conglomeration was symbolised by Shakespeare's fusion of oracular Delphi and the Holy Isle of Delos in the convenient combination "Delphos".

What first seemed so formidable a choice of play proved an ideal vehicle for the purpose. The poet, near the end of his working life, produced little more than a framework, in which the actors could disport themselves free from the graver responsibilities of plot and moral character. To provide such an experience is a proper aim for a school Dramatic Society. Yet this very freedom is a stern challenge: not only must many of the cast throw off their daily inhibitions and assume the panache and proud bearing of a courtly world that lies beyond their experience: they may also have to portray characters whose very conception is insubstantial. D. D. Jones faced this problem well and gave a convincing interpretation of neurotic, self-deceiving Leontes. S. R. Gibson portrayed Paulina faithfully and with great confidence, as she bluntly and fearlessly spoke her mind to her superiors. A. R. Wyatt gave a delicate and most attractive performance as that toy of Fate, the modest Perdita. D. Thomson's young Prince was full of impish humour and promising acting. R. M. Price as Camillo spoke and moved with graceful fluency but lacked a little in variety of voice: his enunciation, however, was a model of clarity. As Polixenes, P. B. Hall, too, spoke clearly and acted with growing authority. Predictably, several could with advantage have cast off restraint and aimed for yet more cavalier pride in voice and gesture.

 


Self-confidence is indeed both the essential ingredient and the raison d'être of schoolboy drama: and success comes more readily to the comic. Eagerly accepting their opportunity, R. E. Shelton employed the loud tones of "city" Yorkshire and C. M. Colley the milder manners and gentler voice of "country" Yorkshire; they made an immediate appeal to the audience as clownish son and shepherd father. And here, insinuating himself in Court and country alike, comes Autolicus. R. W. Allen took full advantage of this favourite part, playing with maturity and confidence and captivating us from the moment of his initial descent with gesture and song, swagger and leer and instantaneous slyness.

Mr. Axford's production sustained the illusion, boldly adapting "Arena Theatre" techniques to the exigencies of the School Hall. This magnifies the inherent problems of the method: an entrance that is quick enough for the Gallery is absurd for the Stalls. Indeed the solution may lie in the ultimate degree of audience participation, with waiting actors sitting amongst us in the auditorium. The producer was loyally supported not only by a cast of more than fifty actors, musicians and mysterious Satyrs, but by a host of stage and lighting designers and technicians, by masters and masters' wives who undertook the theatre's many "back-stage" tasks especially the excellent make-up, and by those makers of admirable costumes, the mothers of the cast.

G.W.T.


LOOKING OUTWARD

IT is at once a virtue and the besetting vice of a large and busy institution to cocoon its members in an inward-looking society. We dwelt in the last issue of this magazine on the benefits to be obtained through membership of School societies, and these arc many. But for all of us in some sense School is a place that only exists to be left behind. The satisfaction that we feel as members of an active community should not lead us to be blind to the importance of events outside its walls, but should rather give us the necessary mental and moral support to face these events and take our part in shaping them according to our own convictions.

The world to which we belong is a dangerous place, as it has always been: but one in which the greatest dangers now lie in the control of man himself. Whereas in the past the survival of man could be seen to depend on that competitive drive and ability to develop faculties of mind and skill which enabled him to conquer nature and increase the material comfort of his life, we now find ourselves threatened by these very powers used against each other. All the vast arsenals of the great powers would be of as little consequence as a few bows and arrows if it were not for man's fatal tendency to see his neighbour as so much fodder for his own ambition. A new force is needed in human relations at every level to counterbalance and redirect the old instincts. Men must relearn to accept their common nature and interdependence beyond the narrow limits of family and friends, and even of parties and nations. This extension of the impulse to share, to serve, and to sacrifice ourselves for others, whether urged in the name of religion or of mere humanity, now seems a necessity for the survival of our race.

No doubt many members of this School have in the past shown, and will continue to show, this spirit of service both in a local and in a wider sphere. They have recognized that a vague feeling of benevolence towards the world in general is of no value unless translated into action. So it is particularly pleasing to see that there now exists in the School a group of boys who are taking part in the work of an organisation recently formed in Sheffield to serve the community in practical ways. This may seem a small effort in comparison with the powerful forces of competitive hostility which still dominate our world. But it is a beginning of action, and one which can easily be carried on in a world context through organisations like Voluntary Service Overseas. Charity may begin at home, but the future for all of us will be bleak unless we take our charity out with us wherever we go-to school, to work, to the ends of the Earth. For the Earth, after all, is the home we must all share in the end.

MISCELLANY

As It Was And Is Now

IT must be some 42 years since I attended my first Speech Day at King Edward VII School and I have been present at every one since then.

In those earlier days Speech Day was held at "home" in the Assembly Hall of the school. The number of boys was more than 200 fewer than it is now, but it meant boys sitting on the gallery steps and in the organ loft - the organ was not there then. By so doing places were provided for parents and some sat on seats arranged in the vestibule and corridor.

Speech Day was held in the Summer, sometimes in the afternoon and occasionally in the evening and took the same form as it does today.

In this time I have heard reports from five headmasters, much on the same theme but with an individual arrangement of stresses and interests. Progress of the school, the games, examination successes, changes in organisation, and gradual improvement of the school in all fields, provided the topics.

It was about fifteen years ago that a change of venue was made. The school had grown too large, so Speech Day was transferred to the Victoria Hall and was held in the evening to give a greater opportunity for parents to attend.

This year I noted the discipline and general behaviour of the boys were as good as ever. Every boy seemed to be taking part in the day and gave his attention to the report and speeches. The list of successes and prizes awarded showed very truly that "opportunity", mentioned in the address, had already been taken and that hard work had been done in the school.

There was an evident confidence in the large choir and orchestra, who gave an interesting programme of music.

However, I did not think the prize winners walked up with pride to receive their awards. The drill was observed, but head up, back straight, and a confident look into the speaker's eye were not apparent. Blazers and jackets were not buttoned across and swung open, giving an untidy appearance in a few cases.

Still, I hope you boys, as you sit and hear the proud words of appreciation, encouragement and wise advice, think as I do, "I am proud to have been listed as a member of the King Edward VII School."

S. V. CARTER.

Mock Politics

AS, in early October 1964, election fever gripped the nation, and the politicians prepared themselves for the last fortnight's sprint, the School also had its election, with all the usual trappings and formalities. When the school politicians had arranged themselves, four candidates emerged to lead the fight for their principles and ideals: A. Wigget for the Conservatives, I. S. White for Labour, P. B. Hall for the Liberals and one Independent candidate, R. Shelton.

The great bustle of a massive political campaign was on. Manifestos were produced and distributed; the corridors of the School were ablaze with posters, criticising and boasting, attacking and defending, each party struggling to obtain any uncovered inch of space. On their allotted days the contestants clamoured from the hustings, established on the Front Steps or the L.L.R. The Conservative candidate and his assistants, Messrs. Galley, Ramsden and Bell, flanked by the Union Jack and portraits of their hero, Sir Alec, thundered against the dogma of socialism, scorned their so-called "New Britain", and defended conservatism. Meanwhile the Labour spokesmen, Messrs. White, Batty and Cooper, described their vision of a socialist paradise and railed against "thirteen wasted years". With dreams of a revival the Liberals presented their policies and attempted to demolish all the others, and the Independent candidate, with the good fortune of being able to make up his own policies, presented his remedies and criticised everyone else.

After the bustle and exhilaration of the poster-war and the twice-daily meetings, with all the shouting, cheering, clapping, banging and stamping, the campaign tapered off to a more civilised conclusion. On a convenient wet games day the fifth and sixth forms were summoned to the Assembly Hall, and had the opportunity of firing questions to each of the candidates, who were each accompanied by one supporter. This was the last opportunity for doubters to make up their minds, and on the following day, October 15th, in the two polling stations, the Upper School voted. Out of a total electorate of four hundred and thirty-eight, four hundred and eighteen voted, giving the Conservative candidate one hundred and sixty-three votes, the Labour candidate one hundred and twenty-two votes, the Independent candidate seventy-two, and the Liberal candidate sixty-one; a slender victory for the ideals of conservatism and capitalism.

Political activity, however, did not end here. The autumn term ended with a Mock Parliament. The Upper School was provided with a morning's political entertainment on the last day of term. The Assembly Hall was converted into the House of Commons, with table, despatch box, and Speaker's chair. The seats were distributed in proportion to the mock election votes, although the Labour party had to be awarded several extra seats in order to form a government.

The first half of the proceedings consisted of a Question Time, when the Labour cabinet of nine had to deal with a barrage of questions on subjects ranging from smokeless fuel to the import surcharge, and from the Crathorne Report and the Church of England to the United Nations. The business then proceeded to a debate in which R. Galley proposed the motion; "That this House has no confidence in the capacity of the present government to deal with the pressing problems facing the country at home and abroad." After the summing-up by the leader of the opposition, Mr. Wiggett, and the Prime Minister, Mr. White, the Speaker, Mr. J. G. Skidmore, gave way to the opposition's demands for a division. The M.P.'s filed out into the lobbies anxiously awaiting the result, as the Conservatives and Independents went through one door, the supporters of Labour out of the other, and the Liberals split down the middle. All was silence as the Speaker announced the result: thirty-six for the motion, twenty-six against the motion. The government was defeated and left the Chamber to violent cries of "Resign!".

It only remains to be said that the whole episode was thoroughly enjoyed by the participants and by most, if not all, of the electorate.

R.G.

Youth Action Sheffield

WHAT is Youth Action Sheffield? A project to establish a scheme of Community Service amongst the Youth of Sheffield.

What is Community Service? A method of voluntarily helping the Community, the poor, the disabled, and any others in need.

Late last year under the leadership of a Sheffield Headmaster, Mr. Wilson, a meeting of masters and mistresses of Sheffield Schools decided that the city was sadly lacking in community spirit amongst the youth of the city. It was thought that something must be done to improve this position. The result was a meeting of all interested fifth and sixth formers at Abbeydale Boys' School, late last year. The meeting was called "Youth Action Sheffield", the title which the scheme has adopted. At the meeting the audience were introduced to the leader and co-ordinator, Mr. Peter Furniss, who has just finished a course at University.

This meeting aroused interest in the School, small at first, but gradually growing. It was then decided on the initiative of the boys to form a group willing to help the community by voluntary service. The scheme has begun on a small scale, with about fifteen people participating in various ways. Although the activities may sometimes be exhausting, they are generally enjoyable, for boys are chosen for service in a field in which they are interested.

The range of activities is very wide, as can be shown by some examples there are boys helping a young girl (from a broken home) to learn to swim; a group of four boys are helping to repair bicycles at the School for Blind Children; many boys are visiting handicapped teenagers (chosen so as to have similar interests); and the final example, a very exhausting one to the person involved, is refereeing five-a-side football matches at the Croft House Settlement.

I hope that this article will stir people into noticing the general lack of community spirit in the city, and help us to draw our volunteers from a wider range of people, not just from a small select group.

S. NORTCLIFF

London '65

A PARTY of twenty-nine boys and three masters left Newbould Lane at 7 a.m. on Friday of the Lent half-term for the annual pilgrimage to London. Arriving in the metropolis at one o'clock we made for the Ford motor works at Dagenham. All were impressed by the size and efficiency of this huge industrial unit. After surviving the perils of the London rush-hour, we reached the Youth Hostel, where most were pleasantly surprised by the accommodation offered: though when the warden chose to raid our dormitories at 11.45 p.m. to "check on sleeping-bags" there was cynical talk of Gestapo raids, and mention of concentration camps. There was also the shock of being roused before seven o'clock the next morning, when subtle hints were dropped (and patently ignored) about the merits of early rising and a thorough wash before breakfast.

On Saturday morning we visited London Airport, and found much to interest us. After a free afternoon we reassembled for a visit to the Westminster Theatre to see "Mr. Wilberforce, M.P.". The Times' reviewer had described it as "unintentionally, the funniest play in London", and this was the view of our party. The Theatre's hoardings had quoted The Times as calling it "The funniest play in London", and doubtless at some future date this will appear in an economist's essay about the advertising industry.

On Sunday we visited places of general interest, and those going on newspaper visits in the evening were lucky enough to witness panic at the Daily Express when a late newsflash of Malcolm X's assassination came through.

Monday was a busy and varied day. At the Post Office Workers' Union an official gave an instructive talk, and after the ensuing discussion Mr. Norman emerged protesting loudly about the views of Trade Unionists. Moving on to the Stock Exchange we saw a film and watched the action on the market floor. Someone also found a document certifying that an official of the Stock Exchange had once beaten the panel on "What's my line?". Upon reflection it is perhaps surprising that no-one thought of starting a rumour that the pound had been devalued, to disturb the calm which had settled on the market when we arrived. Other places visited were Lloyd's Bank, the F.A. Headquarters and the Financial Times.

Despite the assertion of one member of the party that the Department of Economic Affairs did not really exist, but was a massive confidence trick, we soon found it on Tuesday morning. The Press Officer faced a barrage of questions: one loyal Sheffielder wanted to know why Sheffield had not been made a regional capital, and someone else asked (in more tactful terms) if George and Jim really hated each other. Afterwards Mr. Osborne, M.P. for Hallam, conducted us round the Parliament buildings, and we decided that he, at least, was worth his extra salary. Finally we saw the House in action, and watched Mr. Wilson and Sir Alec battle it out. We also observed Mr. Hogg's boots, and noticed the massive exit of M.P.'s as soon as debate started on subjects no less important that the Church of England (National Assembly) (Measures), and the Civil Defence (Emergency Feeding) (Amendment) Regulations.

Special mention should be made of our coach-driver. In the face of the whole repertoire of the King Edward VII Male Voice Choir, from "Ten Green Bottles" to "I will if you will", he maintained a quite remarkable calm. Finally we extend our thanks to Messrs. Robinson, Norman and Lockett for a most instructive and enjoyable visit.

J.P.

Climbing

CLIMBING at K.E.S. began about a year ago when four of us timorously approached Stanage Edge and ascended a few of the easiest routes. After numerous such visits two of our number borrowed a tent and made for the Lakes, where they succeeded in scaling a 500 ft. piece of rock known as Pillar.

Shortly afterwards the group (John Trythall, Andy Smith, Alan Knox and Robert Platts) were joined by Andy Couldwell and Steve Nortcliffe. The summer term was spent visiting most of the local edges, where much valuable experience was gained.

The summer holiday saw an expedition to Skye. The party of four hitch-hiked there in pairs, the journey taking two days. On arrival the English-speaking natives were found to be friendly, especially a character called Willy Sutherland, who was doing all right. Camp was set up near the beach at Glenbrittle, with the dreaded Black Cuillins towering above us. The first three days were spent in serious fester, much time being devoted to murdering the midges, who did not seem to like us at all.

For the first week the weather was nice, and we did a jolly 1000 ft. route called Cioch West. Shortly afterwards the weather broke, and we returned from an enjoyable evening to find one tent standing, one wrecked, and one elsewhere. After an excellent night's sleep we surveyed the damage, and were obliged to retire to the climbing hut owned by Willy Sutherland, who was doing all right. As the weather remained undecided we were only able to do one more climb, the 1000 ft. Cioch Direct (Mild Severe), which turned out to be rather interesting. An early shower resulted in much of the route being shared with a man-sized waterfall and owing to an unfortunate slip on the wet rock the leader was obliged to climb one pitch twice. The view from the top was pleasant.

The party then set off for Wales, reaching the Scottish mainland early in the morning. Ten hours, 629 cars, five cycles and one tramp later we obtained the first lift. Several days thereafter we reassembled at Capel Curig, near Snowdon, with the exception of Andy Couldwell, who had a pressing engagement in Arran.

At Capel we joined three kindred souls from Sheffield, one of whom sported an elderly Ford. After the first outing the car broke down in a big way, and the engine was replaced by a similar one purchased from a generous Welsh farmer. This proved to be worse than the one we had, but after a week's work with a few spanners, a large hammer and a file, the car was restored to working order, although, alas, at the cost of much climbing. Before we returned to Sheffield we managed to surmount the apparently overhanging Clogwyn y Wenallt by a route called Oxo.

Nothing of note happened during the autumn term, with the exception of a very successful trip to the Sheffield University climbing hut in Grisedale (Lake District), with the Senior Scouts, under the able leadership of Mr. M. S. Wild.

At half-term (Feb. 1965) a party, accompanied by Trevor Laundy, who wanted to climb, went to Keswick, and enjoyed some good climbing locally.

Taken as a whole, it has been a most successful year, and a great time has been had by all.

FOOTNOTE

Although rock-climbing is widely thought to be a dangerous sport, none of the group has suffered any injury ... we think climbing is, approached properly, a safe, and very satisfying sport.

A. G. KNOX

J. E. TRYTHALL (who also took the pictures)


 

Abseiling

 

Via Media - A very severe climb on Stanage


Without Comment

Being a series of quotations from the Wesley College Journal for 1888-9

"The Prefect System and the scheme of dividing the College into so-called Houses are possible innovations. Another rumour, and one with much more foundation, is that the staff of Masters will be considerably diminished."   July 1888

"The circulation Library is already in a fairly flourishing condition, and in connection with the Reading Room only needs the purchase of new books to keep up with the times."                                     November 1888

"Among the new improvements may we not suggest a new Laboratory, a Gymnasium, an improved Cricket and Football field, and so on? We hope that the time is not far off when `all these things shall be added unto us'."     July 1888

"The Half-Mile Handicap proved an interesting race; to observe the competitors dropping out one by one at the bottom of the hill or half way up it, afforded interest to the spectators; but to see the man before him suddenly come to a standstill right in his course was a considerable annoyance to anyone steadily endeavouring to gain ground." August 1888

"We are glad to see that parents of present pupils are thoroughly well represented on the list of newly elected County Councillors. We feel sure that it will greatly add to the efficiency of the new office for this to be the case."   February 1889

"It seems probable that Chaucer is destined to be studied little in future."       July 1888

"We are glad to see that there has been skating for some days in and around Sheffield. Our own bath in the grounds has been utilized as a retired skating ground for some two or three days."                       March 1888

G.P.

Mutatis Mutandis

There was a young lady named Bright,
Who travelled much faster than light;
She set out one day
In the relative way,
And returned on the previous night.

Gente erat ingenua virgo cui Candida nomen,
quae citius multo luce movebat iter:
olim ubi collata celeris ratione profecta est,
inde suam rediit nocte priore domum.

art society's visit to London

So it's half term
on the locomotive
sheffield
chesterfield
nottingham leicester
luton no more little bitty towns rushin by till she hit ... London stop.
Iniogojonis banquets in a house with a smashin coloured roof muralised
by Rubens-great stuff.
Tate national academy Guggenheim ...
Art till saturated hot galleries dripping oil
oozing scobs of paint-the masterpieces of a nation
in a day too much too some larger some smaller
all altered in stature should we stand at a distance
or is
the flesh alive where chemistry is not
too short too short preraphaelites mucky with
 whitewalled vestibule at the academy
is it right
homeward bound
clichy
luton leicester
nottingham vicar's spring
chesterfield
no more little bitty
towns rushin by till you
hit
bed. like a passing drip wet what wet
talked is.

R.W.A.

" Just William "

ON the 3rd and 4th of December the Lower School were privileged to see "Just William", a quatercentenary look at Shakespeare, in which, as the programme warned us, another William was to be much in evidence. As well as producing the show Mr. Scobie accompanied it with a very lively and informative commentary. The entertainment consisted of many items -three scenes from plays being supported by short readings and pieces of music.

The first of these scenes was "The Rehearsal', an amusing satire of such an Elizabethan occasion, in which Shakespeare was made to rewrite part of Macbeth for the temperamental and complaining actors. Also performed was Nahum Tate's version of the last scene of King Lear, a seriously intended but farcical attempt to `brighten up' this great tragedy with a happy ending. Unfortunately the audience's appreciation was only proportional to their knowledge of the original. The third dramatic interlude consisted of the recruiting scene from Henry IV (part II), which represents the best of the less sophisticated side of Shakespeare's humour. This came off very well, with the help of an unusually thin Falstaff.

A long lute introduction by John Dowland showed that music was to play an integral part in the proceedings, and Elizabethan songs and a modern jazz `equivalent' by Ottilie Patteson added much variety. The remainder of the programme comprised various readings connected with Shakespeare, including four on the theme of Cleopatra's barge, progressing from the original by Plutarch through versions by Shakespeare and Dryden to a much appreciated modern variant written for the occasion by Messrs. Ainsworth and Higgins.

R.B. C.H.D.

(We regret that for reasons of space, time, etc. the following House Report could not be included among those to be found elsewhere in the Magazine. We apologize to those who may feel in any way concerned).

WELWORTH

IN the field of football, the last two terms have seen performances of little success and small achievement. The soccer eleven were unlucky not to make up in enthusiasm, keenness, determined effort, endeavour, devotion and loyalty what they lacked in ability, but in losing all their matches unfortunately did not taste the fruit of their desserts in the league table. It was therefore difficult to get a regular team, in spite of efforts to loosen their mid-field play and so much determination, effort and House spirit. The rugby knock-out was a heavy blow to the House Captain who, under our House Master, has had to bear a heavy load. However, the cross country team must be congratulated on gaining the highest number of points in the championship and conceding none.

We note with regret that our Chess Captain has left us, to whom are extended our warmest congratulations on his academic successes and best wishes for his loyal if little noticed service to the House. We all look forward to next term, with confidence that continued effort, devotion, keenness and enthusiasm will enable us to maintain that standard of perseverance in defeat which Welworth has for so long been able to claim as peculiarly its own.

A Supporter's View of the First XI

ENGLAND: Regards himself as a goal-scoring forward and frequently showed how to score as goal-keeper. His punching improved steadily as shown when he knocked-out a member of staff.

BENTLEY: Led the fashion of spectacular headers off the line-in fact led the fashion generally.

WARN: Needs to perfect the technique of putting wingers out of action earlier in the game. Suggest one foot for the ball, one for the man. His wit exceeds his skill.

CROWSON: When intact made a good tank owing to skilful use of hind-quarters. He captained the Side at least half the games.

JEPSON: His fly kicking is steadily improving, but he is still known to miss his man. His tally of own goals exceeded those in our favour by a satisfying margin.

PRIESTLEY: Can throw himself round the enemy's leg from a greater range than any other member of the team-a sure sign of improvement.

WOSSKOW: Quickly sizes up his back and shoots to kill. Fights to the last whistle, even with broken bones.

WIGGETT: Frequently christened by the opposition as "little". His knee-length shorts hamper movement, yet fail to hide his bow-legs, capable of fooling (and amusing) both friend and foe.

BARRACLOUGH: Runs around shouting for passes from both sides. Throw-ins reminiscent of a bad bowling action, and is frequently no-balled.

BATTY: Shoots only when he sees the whites of the enemy's eyes. His greatest success was flooring the team manager in a match against the staff-he was thus promoted to the 2nd XI.

KIPPAX: Proved frequently that he can beat a defender ten times but relies on penalties for fame.

STEINMAN: His size enables him to score unnoticed by the foe. He had several good runs down the wing-suggest he takes the ball next year.

Thirty Years Back ...

(from the Magazine for July, 1935)

THE Swimming Sports have taken place for the last time, we hope, at Glossop Road Baths. With the transference of the event to our own (?) baths, we may perhaps look forward to further developments and innovations. The suggestion has often been made that the Sports lack variety, and we heartily agree with past swimmers that the Swimming Sports would be greatly enhanced by a polo match or some sort of comic race. Perhaps, too, the system which has been recently introduced into the Athletic Sports of awarding points for races completed in a standard would give a more even chance to those Houses who have not a champion in their ranks. One thing is certain, that the members who now hang back owing to their inability to gain places in a race will probably be induced to try a "standard time".

CONTRIBUTIONS

9.30 p.m. 8th October

I walked, my feet ringing the pavestones
The stars shone and stilled my soul But I
thought, thought of tomorrow Tomorrow,
dry and numbing.

I thought of the things to be said because they were expected
I thought of the things to be done because it is expected
they shall be done.
I thought of the grey dust of days filling me.

The night was still and warm, the silence
Brooded on the houses and dark streets.
I thought of tomorrow; but then
I felt the night, feathered on my face;

I smiled at a passing stranger.

Dawn and Dusk

At morning, sitting by the Black Cuillin,
When the sun from the East, beyond Mallaig, beyond the
mountains of the mainland,
Rises, and the world is shadowed with light;

When, haunted by swirling forms of mist,
The new light slants diffusely to the gully;

Look up at the eagle, magnified by mist,
Poised between the day and the night.
The eagle, dark lord of the Cuillin.

A dwarf rowan gloves the gully's barren sides,
Its white blooms translucent in the dawn.

Shapes, light as thistledown, float on the morning breeze,
Like snowflakes slowly falling, lit by the eastern light.

Petals?
Never petals! Fur-blood-stained, blood curdling fur,
Torn bit by bit from defenceless lamb.

Eagle!
Strength drawn from a thousand innocent lives,
Fashioned from merciless might.

At evening, relaxing in Portree,
When the sun from the West, beyond Glamaig, beyond the distant Cuillin,
Withdraws its last faint glow;

When the sea glooms greyly across to Raasay,
And night casts its dark net over Ben Tianavaig;

Then the walker, returned ravenous from Skye's solitudes,
Cocooned in comfort, desiring dinner, hears
"The lamb's delicious tonight".

Lamb?
Never lamb! Morning's memories sicken,
Spring's sullied petals of plucked wool,
Drifting to ground where moulder the bones of innocence.

Eagle,
Wrought for ruthless power, void of man's duality.

But man?
Reveres the Lamb, devours the lamb, Animal-fettered, dreamer of dreams.
What of man?

R. I. NICOLSON.

Summerlove

Summerday highblue;
The warmwind blows the trees
Blows the corn and the corngreen;
The grass looks up and sees;
Dearsweet summerday.

Summerblue highday;
The skyvault flies the clouds
Flies the birds and the warmwind;
The buds throw off brown shrouds;
Dearsweet summerblue.

Summerrain freshwarm;
The wild drops wash the air
Wash the dust and winterdeath;
The earth breathes green and fair;
Dearsweet summerrain.

Summerrain summerblue summerday
Sweetblue dearday sweetrain;
Summerwind has blown me
Through the day long and clear
Summersun has burned me; Summerbluesweet and summerdaydear.

Summernight warmwild;
The moonclouds silver the sky
The wind blows warm raindrops, gentle tears;
I stand high up and cry;
Dearsweet tears weep
My Love.

D. M. N. HIGGINS.

SENIOR SCOUTS

THE PAST two terms have been busy for the Senior Scouts, with an emphasis upon outside activities rather than indoor meetings which has tended to produce two major groups, the climbers and the footballers.

At the beginning of January a party of ten went to Ruthwaite Lodge near Patterdale, an isolated hut in the heart of the Lake District, where some enjoyable climbing and hiking was attempted. Since then a hard core of the keener climbers have been going out regularly to climb on Stanage Edge and helping in a cliff rescue scheme organised by the division.

Our football team has shown great potential in its unbeatable run of four games over other troops, although this is largely due to the regular guest appearance of Frank Parker to provide most of the goals. Most of our indoor activities have been spent playing original games organised by Mr. Wild.

We have been taking part in voluntary service organised by "Youth Action-Sheffield", especially the work undertaken at the blind school on Manchester Road mending the equipment. We have also taken part in many of the events organised by the city headquarters, including the all-Sheffield weekend camp at Whiteley Woods Hall, the overnight Holmstrom Trophy competition, which we failed to retain, and the Westbourne Cup, in which our patrol came second.

We are pleased to congratulate D. R. Barraclough and W. D. Wilson on gaining the Queen's Scout badge, and hope that our younger members will try to emulate them. In addition to Scout badges there is also a keen participation in the Duke of Edinburgh's award scheme.

This year's summer camp will be in Cornwall, in the last fortnight of the summer holidays.

D. C. BUCKLEY

SCOUT TROOP

A VARIETY of both indoor and outdoor activities has been held during the winter months. Outdoor activities included two weekend camps for Patrol Leaders, one at Alport and one near Stanage, a Troop wide game and St. George's Day Parade during the Easter holidays. During the Autumn term the Troop was very successful in the District Swimming Gala, and we entered the Loxley District football knock-out, which we won convincingly, in four rounds scoring 41 goals while conceding only ten. A party of boys again spent a sightseeing weekend in London where they visited the Scout Gang Show.

Forthcoming events are a visit to Samuel Fox's Stocksbridge Works, Whit Camp at Barlow near Holmesfield, and Summer Camp at a pleasant site at Dhoon Glen near Laxey, Isle of Man.

Parents of Scouts played their usual willing part in running two successful Jumble Sales, a Military Whist Drive and two Slide Shows, which were entertaining as well as profitable. Boys played their part in boosting funds by earning money during "Bob-a-Job" week. £7/10/0 was also raised for Oxfam by singing Christmas carols at parents' homes.

Training is now conducted on a Tuesday evening and provides all boys with good opportunities of progress. Congratulations to W. J. Holland, G. Slack, K. Harrison and A. Bridges on gaining First Class badges.

Thanks are due to Senior boys who help, particularly Peter Thomas, who recently became an Assistant Scout Master, Mr. Baker, a newly recruited helper, and especially Mr. Anderson for their unfailing efforts in organising activities.

D.B.

SCHOOL SOCIETIES

Junior Art Society

THE Junior Art Society has continued to thrive on the good attendance and keen interest of its members. A healthy sign has been the ability of members to preoccupy themselves with a variety of personal interests without too much reference to the Art Master. Whilst help and instruction are at hand for the asking, it is a good thing to develop an independent mind and spirit, and, where this touches on originality, it is the necessity and very essence of art.

Many possibilities are open to the Society, and in the summer term perhaps out-of-door activities may be quite frequent.

Bible Study Group

A "GEN-BOX" about Christian work in the Middle East formed the climax of the autumn term's programme. This box, the second we have used, provided another overwhelming collection of facts, but we find meetings of this kind, for all their educational value, are a little inconclusive. The Lent term included two memorable talks, one by Mr. Lefroy-Owen, Northern Secretary of the Inter School Christian Fellowship, about "The Purpose of a Christian Group in School", the other by the Rev. W. Hudson, Northern Secretary of the Church Missionary Society, who introduced the film "Journey into India".

Regular weekly meetings have continued, including several discussions and two series of Bible studies-St. John's Gospel and the books of Joshua and Judges. The Old Testament books presented more difficulties of interpretation, but for those who persevered both series gave ample reward in knowledge and inspiration. We especially thank Mr. Reaney and Mr. Wrigley for their support and their advice.

C.E.M.

ONLY two meetings have been held this year. Neither was well attended but both were very interesting, and lively discussions developed at both of them. Mr. Baker spoke on Anglo-Catholicism, giving us the benefit of his experience of the ways of this group within the Anglican communion. Some very interesting facts came to light and one or two wrong ideas were put right by this talk. The other was by T. C. Ramsden on Christadelphianism. Here again the group learnt a great deal about the beliefs of this sect.

An inter-schools meeting was held at the School in the Autumn term, at which Professor C. A. Coulson of Oxford University spoke on "Science and Christianity". This was very good indeed and was well attended. He gave us much to think about.

Chess Club

THIS has been another successful season for the Chess Club. Attendances at meetings averaged about 50 during the Autumn term, but fell to slightly more than half that number in the Lent term. As usual the junior forms provided the greatest support, with relatively few middle and senior school boys attending. This is a pity, as it does not give the younger players a chance to improve their performance by playing more experienced opponents.

Nevertheless the chess team has had a solid nucleus of senior players to call upon, and it is mainly due to this wealth of experience that the team has had so much success. In the league, the team looks like winning the championship for the third year in succession, though this year the honours may have to be shared with Ecclesfield G.S.

Results so far are

Played 7, Won 6, Drawn 0, Lost 1, Points 12

Outside the league, the school was successful in winning its section of the Yorkshire Schools Chess Jamboree.

In the Sheffield Junior Individual Tournament, the club has had the distinction of providing the runner-up for the fourth successive year, and J. A. Hempshall is to be congratulated on his performance in this event.

Senior Classical Society

DURING this school year the Society has covered a wide range of interesting aspects of Classical civilisation in a series of lectures. Early in the Autumn term, Mr. Taylor, making his debut at a joint meeting of the Senior and Junior Societies, spoke on a Visit to Athens, Delphi and Ephesus. Mr. Taylor showed slides and a film in speaking about the sort of Mediterranean cruise that school parties undertake.

This was followed by a talk on Greek Architecture by S. J. Paramore, in which, with the assistance of numerous illustrations, most types of Greek buildings from fortifications to gymnasia were discussed. J. D. Everatt, next in the line of speakers, addressed us on the subject of Early Greek Settlements in the Eastern Aegean, describing the activities of the Ionians, Aeolians and Dorians in Asia Minor and the off-shore islands. A film-strip describing the Roman conquest of Britain was presented by E. R. Hemming. This covered the whole period from Caesar's invasions of 55 B.C. and 54 B.C. to the fall of Britain to the invading barbarians in 410 A.D., and gave considerable insight into the lives and affairs of our very distant ancestors.

In the only meeting of the Lent term, R. Galley as president introduced slides of Pompeii and Herculaneum. These shed some light on Roman life and customs at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Various avenues are being explored to increase the appeal of the Society and to enlarge our audiences. Interest in Classics is limited, although there is much to offer to other branches of learning, and it is hoped that more people will in future attend these meetings.

In conclusion, we should like to congratulate R. M. Price on taking second place in the senior section of the local Classical Association's Latin Reading Competition in March.

Junior Classical Society

THE Society has had a most enjoyable, if not astoundingly outstanding, two terms since September last. The meetings have consisted mainly of talks, on subjects ranging from ancient coinage to Hadrian's wall, interspersed here and there with the occasional quiz and outing. Owing to various unforeseeable circumstances many of the meetings had to be changed round, postponed, or altered slightly, but fortunately we managed to fit them all in.

The start of the new school year was heralded by the election of the Society's officers for 1964/5. The ballot was the closest in our history, but after several votes and recounts the presidency fell to J. C. Smith, the post of secretary to S. R. Gibson, and the office of publicity agent to P. G. Meredith.

Mr. G. W. Taylor's talk early in the Autumn term, entitled "A Journey to Greece", was unusual in that it was illustrated by both colour transparencies and a cine film. As it was a joint meeting with the Senior Society it had a large attendance, but the Junior meeting with the highest indigenous attendance was the talk given by Mr. Braunholtz in December on the origins of Classical languages. Mr. Braunholtz was unable to complete his talk in the space of one meeting, so it was continued in February, and we can look forward to part three some time in the future. Another meeting in the Autumn term consisted of a joint talk on ancient coinage by M. E. Newman and J. C. Smith, the former providing a general survey, the latter filling in some of the more Classical details.

Talks were given in the Lent term by L. M. Jenkins on "The Etruscans", based on and well illustrated by his prize-winning Classical Project essay; and by C. J. Stones on Hadrian's wall, using excellent slides taken on an informal expedition in the Autumn.

Apart from a quiz and a trip to Lincoln organized by the local Classical Association branch, the other important item on the agenda has been the planning of the weekend expedition to Hadrian's wall this summer. We should also like to congratulate those three members of the Society who all reached the semi-final of the local Classical Association's Latin Reading Competition, and in particular M. P. R. Linskill who took first place in the junior section.

Finally our sincere thanks are due to all those who have given up time to give talks to the Society, and especially to those members of staff whose indefatigable assistance has at all times proved both helpful and stimulating.

Craft and Construction Society

THE Christmas term was concerned with personal projects, these being carried out on Friday nights and alternate Saturday mornings. The Saturday morning meetings were introduced fairly recently, but have proved very successful, as they provide opportunities for more ambitious work, including original work on apparatus for the Physics Department.

Stage construction occupied the whole of the Lent term mainly because the stage design and construction was one of the most ambitious yet tackled by the Society. Utilising the shape and design of the Assembly Hall, the stage was modelled on the Jacobean theatre, or "theatre in the round". This incorporated other new features, such as a cyclorama and a recessed tomb. Despite many hectic moments, these provided a great deal of very interesting work.

During the construction of the stage it was very encouraging to see such a high attendance of junior members. Their enthusiastic and invaluable work shows great promise for the future.

As always, our thanks go to Messrs. Surguy and Bray, without whose invaluable advice and assistance much of the work could not have been done.

Geographical Society

THE Society has not maintained its frequency of meetings during the last two terms. There was a business meeting early in the Autumn term when P. J. Woodhouse was elected Chairman and M. D. Shaw Secretary. The founder-members, now in their second year in the sixth form, have been concentrating on economics since "A" level, but some geologists in the science forms continued their construction of rock slides during the winter months.

Several suggestions for trips were abandoned because of the short daylight hours and inability to reach agreement as to destination. It is hoped that the present fifth and sixth forms will restore the Society to activity during the coming year.

Senior History Society

THE first meeting of the Autumn term was a well-attended lunch hour talk by P. J. Jepson on the "Sheffield Chartists" which certainly showed the audience that historical Sheffield has much to offer. The talk was well delivered and favourably received by a critical audience.

The next meeting was a lecture by J. A. Ramsden on Marlborough in which the speaker showed his considerable knowledge of the subject. The diagrams, maps and models all added to the interest of this talk.

I. A. Siddall and Patnick delivered an after-school lecture on "American blues and folk music" which was excellently illustrated by many records. Possibly the highlight of the term was the visit to Lincoln, which was greatly enjoyed by the large party, even though some time was spent on Lincoln Station!

Internal exams restricted the number of meetings in the Lent term to two, the first of which was a lecture by Professor Potter of Sheffield University on "The Reformation in Switzerland" and provoked much discussion amongst his large audience. The second meeting was a talk by P. B. Hall who gave "A Marxist view of the Renaissance". The only visit of the term was a combined history/art trip to Manchester Art gallery to see one of the finest exhibitions of art in the North for many years.

The rather sparse programme was supplemented by several lectures at the University Historical Association; one of the most interesting of these lectures was an "illustrated" talk on Malthus and the English Birth Control Movement by Dr. Peel of Manchester University.

Junior History Society

THE Society has begun the year successfully and the attendances at all the meetings have been very good.

In October there was only one meeting; a joint one with the Middle School Literary and Debating Society which took the form of a discussion on the subject of the General Election. Later in the term there was a trip to Leeds by train. We visited a number of places including Kirkstall Abbey and Temple Newsam. The trip was very interesting and was enjoyed by all.

A talk was given by J. C. Smith in December on his visit to Italy, which he illustrated with slides. The term was concluded with a light-hearted speaking competition.

At the beginning of the Spring term, J. A. Ramsden gave a talk on Richard III, illustrated by diagrams and a model of the battle of Barnet. There were three meetings in March in which films were shown. In the first meeting R. W. Allen introduced a series of films on the beginnings of history and in the second he continued his talk by explaining archaeology and giving information on digs in the Sheffield area. A continuation of the film was also shown on the Bronze and Iron Ages. In the third meeting, films were shown on Stonehenge, the signing of the Magna Carta and life in Elizabethan England. A study group has also been meeting on Wednesdays to study documents of the eleventh to eighteenth centuries.

I am sure that all the members of the Society will join me in thanking Mr. Cook, the staff and all the speakers for enabling the Society to hold these meetings.

International Literary Discussion Group

IN THE early part of the Christmas term there were no meetings of the Society as its members were heavily committed in the School Mock Election. After the tense events of October 15th, the first meeting of the group was held on the controversial topic of Immigration, and R. W. Allen in an eloquent address advocated uncontrolled immigration. This provoked a lively discussion in which the contribution of Mr. Axford, who had personal knowledge of the Smethwick area was particularly useful.

P. Collier introduced the subject of Southern Rhodesia at the second meeting of the term. In a carefully prepared talk he outlined the development of the area and its relations with Britain and he posed the dilemma facing the present Rhodesian Government after the break-up of the Federation in considering whether to move towards unilateral independence or not. The complexity of this problem somewhat daunted members, who had not much to offer in discussion as to how it should be tackled.

The opening meeting of the Lent term was addressed by the Chairman of the Society, I. S. White, on another potentially explosive area - Indonesia. Again, the speaker was concerned to explain the background to the present position of the country and its confrontation with Malaysia, and he brought out the dangers of excessive nationalism in an under-developed area, especially associated with demagogic leadership.

It was no surprise when this meeting was followed by one devoted to the Vietnam crisis at which the speaker was R. S. Jessop. He outlined the American attitude towards the present situation and give a tragicomic account of the instability of the government in South Vietnam in the last few years. His views did not entirely accord with those of the more radical members of the group, who felt that he should have been much more critical of the American approach to the question.

The final meeting of the session was concerned with the question whether Britain should make a fresh approach in the near future to join the Common Market. The speaker, G. Davy, in a lucid and closely reasoned paper seemed to take the view that an initiative of this kind was doomed to failure so long as President De Gaulle held such a central position in the political scene in Western Europe. Perhaps the most significant feature of this meeting was that no voices were heard strongly criticising the very idea of a fresh British approach-a noticeable change of front amongst those members of the Society who were advocating contrary views at the Mock Election last Autumn.

Finally, we thank Mr. Robinson for his enthusiasm and encouragement and for the time which he generously gives to our activities. The Society in the future would benefit from a greater participation by non-economists who must have interesting opinions to express on the wide range of topics which the group discusses in the course of a session.

Senior Literary and Debating Society

THE Society has been moderately successful in the past two terms, and several interesting meetings have been held.

Our meetings started with a talk from Messrs. Cook and Axford on "Method Acting" which inspired several members to give their interpretations of the method. This was followed by a very interesting exposition entitled "Vanbrugh and the Baroque", given by Mr. Scobie. This meeting was copiously illustrated and well merited the large attendance which it drew.

The remaining meetings were devoted to debates. On the whole the standard of debate has been disappointing. A debate on capital punishment produced several lurid descriptions of various atrocities perpetrated both by hangman and murderer. The motion that "this house welcomes the abolition of capital punishment" was eventually defeated. At another debate we discussed the advantages and disadvantages accruing to society from the existence of Mr. James Bond. After a discussion which ranged from the limited topic of secret agent 007 the house came out heavily in favour of his existence. The last meeting was on the subject of commercial broadcasting, and succeeded in eliciting some lively debate. Various factors, including exams and the School Play, have prevented further meetings.

Attendance has, generally speaking, been relatively good, mainly due to the policy of holding lunch-hour-as opposed to after-school-meetings. One pleasing factor has been the number of fifth-formers present at most meetings, although this could still be improved.

Finally, our thanks are due to Mr. Axford for his help and assistance, and to all those who have organised and participated in the meetings.

Middle School Literary and Debating Society

THERE appears to be a sad lethargy in the Middle School which has prevented meetings being held on several occasions. So far a joint meeting has been held with the History Society. It is hoped this term to hold several meetings, provided that sufficient interested boys can be found from the third and fourth forms to form a nucleus. The possibility of lunch-time meetings is being considered.

Junior Literary and Debating Society

THE Society has, for one reason and another, only been able to hold two meetings. The first was the Junior Interform Quiz which 2P, after a hard battle, won. The members of the winning team were R. Hannam, A. J. Fowles and N. S. West.

The second meeting was a debate on capital punishment. The motion was proposed by Mr. Jay and seconded by Mr. Fowles. Opposing the motion were Mr. Maxwell and Mr. Lutz. Mr. Lockett, the President of the Society was the Chairman. After a heated argument the motion was carried.

Maths Society

THIS term has seen the birth of a new School Society. It was at the suggestion of W. D. Manville and A. A. Rogers that the Mathematics Society was formed. The purpose of the Society is to introduce members to some of the interesting sections of Mathematics which are not covered in the school curriculum.

At the most recent meeting we were fortunate in having a talk given by Mr. Lutz, a lecturer at the University. His subject was "Statistics and Market Research". He illustrated his talk with examples from the fields of biological and industrial research.

As the Society was formed this term, there have only been three other meetings. The subject of the first was "Computers" and the talk was given by W. D. Manville. The next talk, given by A. A. Rogers, dealt with an "Axiom System". This is a part of non-Euclidean geometry, which was the subject of the talk given by D. M. Behrend. In his talk he dealt mainly with hyperbolic and elliptic geometry.

We are indebted to Mr. Birkinshaw for his help in the founding and running of the Society.

Model Aero Club

WE HAVE had few meetings during the last two terms. This is regrettable, but the lack of meetings has been more than made up by the recruiting drive which has become a yearly club pastime. Even so it is unfortunate that administrative difficulties should hinder the number of meetings held, for the attracting of new members is not so much in the recruiting, but in the maintaining of their interest. This seems a point worth working on.

Even though the meetings were few they were outstanding. One in particular springs to mind, being held in March. This was a discussion on radio control which was a great success. Pearson brought his radio-controlled boat for a demonstration and a detailed talk was given by P. H. Williams on the construction, operation, and installation of radio control systems in model aircraft. Some new ideas on construction in general were also introduced, centered on the use of a plywood box-girder as the main structural strength of a model plane. This is as yet a largely untested idea, but one worth investigating.

On the constructional side inactivity reigns, but I have no doubt that the pre-flying-season rush to construct some sort of model will soon begin. One member, Reed, is worthy of note for his advances in the engine field. His tales of attempts to make a backplate for the model aero-engine he is making in metalwork have long amused us. Perhaps we shouldn't laugh as the job requires considerable skill.

Our best wishes for future success go to Roberts and M. Lilley who have left since the last report. We also thank Mr. Bridgwater for his patience and endeavour on our behalf.

Music Club

THE Music Club has again succeeded in providing a greater insight into music past and present. This closer examination of various musical aspects is only really possible outside the normal school curriculum, and we have been grateful in the past two terms to all the contributors who have given us the benefit of their specialised knowledge.

We had many welcome contributions from varied sources. At the first meeting, a joint one with Grange Grammar and the High School, Mr. Barnes played organ music of all periods at St. John's, Ranmoor. Mr. C. I. Cook provided us with a rather unusual item in the form of a Victorian Musical Box, which intrigued us for a long time after the speaker had finished his talk and demonstration. Humour in Music was covered by recordings lent by several boys. M. P. R. Linskill's talk on Palestrina was remarkable for its erudition and the skill of four boys who sight-read examples. D. J. Hope gave us a comprehensive survey of Church Music from Stanford to the present day. The Christmas Quiz was, as usual, very popular, and we were pleased to receive suggestions for two further quizzes from an Old Boy who was present. Two Composers' Forums proved very successful in showing us the practical and other talents of our young composers.

T. Ramsden provided us with some of our most interesting meetings, with his three talks on Wagner, Stereophonic Reproduction and "West Side Story", all very well illustrated by his record collection. Our thanks must go to Mr. N. J. Barnes, who has inspired us and helped us maintain the high standard, not only in the Music Club but in all the School's Music.

The Natural History Society

THE programme of the last two terms has been evenly balanced between films, internal speakers, and external speakers. In the Autumn term, we had two speakers from the University. Dr. Highnam gave a detailed talk, well illustrated by slides, on his research at the University into insect reproductive hormones. This gave us all a valuable insight into how technical and involved research can be, though, unfortunately, members of the lower forms were confused by some of the terminology. Mr. Rackham gave a talk, that was easier to follow, on insect behaviour, describing some of his experiments on insects' sense of smell. There were also two very good talks by Colley and Swallow. Colley gave a talk on microtomy, with practical demonstrations, while Swallow gave a talk on viruses, the subject of his A-level project, illustrated by an excellent film on immunity. The term was ended by a biological quiz, modelled on "University Challenge", which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

At the beginning of last term, Mr. Wild gave a most interesting talk on "Anthropology", a subject that all of us (except Mr. Wild) knew little about. An excellent talk was given by Mr. Martin, a radiologist, on X-rays. This was a comprehensive, well -illustrated talk on the subject, that had the advantage of not being too technical. Roberts gave a useful talk on Chromatography, illustrated by several practical demonstrations and a film.

Thanks are due to all the speakers, especially the external visitors, and to Mr. Fordham and to Mr. Wild, for giving up their valuable time to the Society.

Scientific Society

PHYSICS.-Several of our members have been engaged on vital work for the School play, so that less progress has been made than normally. However, one major piece of research on the persistence of ionisation of air has been satisfactorily completed, and a very successful standard sonometer has been finished and tested.

Stamp Club

THE Stamp Club has met ten times since the last report. Many different types of meetings have been tried this year and, strangely, two of the most successful of them were those which were not illustrated with stamps. The first of these was by A. V. Bramwell, who gave an excellent talk on how stamps are made. Starting with the impression of the watermark on the paper, lie went on to the photogravure printing process and ended with the methods of perforating the printed sheets of stamps. The second of these talks was by A. A. Rogers and dealt with forged stamps of two types: those to defraud the philatelists and those to defraud the postal authorities.

Another unusual type of meeting was tried recently when, instead of giving a talk, P. E. Robinson brought his collection to school and gave members the opportunity of looking at it. Robinson also gave a talk on British postmarks of the Victorian era at a meeting earlier in the year. Some more recent postmarks and peculiarities in them were dealt with at the most recent meeting by both C. D. Gilson and W. D. Manville.

During the year there have been three of the more usual meetings dealing with stamps of particular countries-two dealing with Indian stamps of different periods, given by A. S. Morris and C. D. Gilson, and one dealing with Maltese stamps, given by W. D. Manville. He also gave a talk about the designs on British Commonwealth stamps.

The attendances at this year's meetings, although small, have been greater than last year's, on the whole. I would like to thank Mr. Scobie for his help and support in running the Society and also all members who have given talks.

SPORTS

FOOTBALL

FIRST XI

ALTHOUGH the first eleven has had a satisfactory season, the team did not wholly fulfil its promise. In many games, territorial supremacy did not produce the goals required to turn draws into victories. An unusual number of injuries necessitated the use of twenty-four different players at various times during the season, rarely leaving an unchanged XI in successive games. This had an unsettling effect and was partly responsible for the lack of confidence sometimes shown in the team.

The defence was sound, although in the mud the lack of strong clearances sometimes caused unnecessary pressure. On the dry grounds, at the beginning and the end of the season, few goals were conceded. At full-back Bentley tackled very hard and the use of his head, especially on the goal-line, was memorable. Warn showed excellent timing in his tackles and when he becomes stronger, should prove an excellent player. With Paramore, who was introduced at the end of the season, he should form an accomplished full-back pair. Jepson, at centre-half, used his strength and height to good effect and dominated the middle. Priestley, although tried on the forward line in an attempt to provide more goals, proved most effective as an attacking wing-half. England was very sound in goal, making several brilliant saves and only few mistakes.

The forward line was less settled. The lack of recognised wingers was not solved until Wosskow and Fielding were tried: Wosskow had earlier put in sound work in midfield while at wing-half. Throughout the season, Kippax was the schemer of the side. He is a brilliant dribbler and on several occasions was able to dribble straight through a defence. He created many chances but only a small amount were taken. Batty's loss of form left a serious shortage of goal scoring power. This was partly solved in later matches, by Drew, who showed enthusiasm and opportunism. Wiggett, after a period on the left-wing, played at wing-half and inside forward, working tirelessly. Barraclough also worked hard and was called upon to play in several positions. Other players, such as Cowley, Steinman and Shepherd, formed a reliable and well used reserve.

I should like to thank Mr. Lunn and Mr. Bray for their help in the training of the team and the refereeing of matches and to wish those of the team remaining good luck for next season.

R. C. [Roger Crowson]

Goal Scorers

Batty (11); Wosskow & Priestley (7); Kippax & Drew (5); Steinman (4); Fielding & Barraclough (3); Wiggett & Cowley (2); Bentley, Hempshall, Shelton, Hodgkin, Bradbury (1); o.g. (2).

Played 26, Won 9, Drawn 9, Lost 8, Goals for 56 against 50.


v. De la Salle  
v. Manchester G.S.
v. O.E.'s '
v. High Storrs  
v. Chesterfield  
v. Huddersfield N.C.
v. Bolton G.S.
v. Mexborough
v. Falcons  
v. Bootham  
v. Barnsley  
v. Manchester G.S.
v. Queen Elizabeth's
G.S. Mansfield
v. Abbeydale  

(A) drawn 2-2
(H) drawn 1-1
(H) won 4-3
(A) lost 1-3
(A) won 2-1
(A) drawn 2-2
(H) won 4-1
(H) lost 1-2
(H) drawn 0-0
(H) won 7-0
(A) won 4-1
(A) lost 3-7
(A) drawn 3-3

(H) lost 1-3

v. O.E.'s  
v. King's School Pontefract
v. High Storrs  
v. City Grammar
v. Abbeydale  
v. Wintringham G.S....
v. Barnsley G.S.
v. King's School Pontefract
v. Doncaster T.G.S.
v. High Storrs  
v. Queen Elizabeth's
G.S. Mansfield
v. D. M. Meredith's XI

(H) lost 0-5
(H) won 2-0
(H) drawn 1-1
(A) lost 1-3
(A) lost 2-3
(H) won 1--0
(H) won 4-2
(A) lost 1--2
(A) drawn 2-2
(A) drawn 1-1
(H) won 5-1

drawn 1-1

SECOND XI

THE Second XI was fortunate this season in having the services of at least eleven men with First Xl experience, and willing reserves who deserved to retain their position, and would have done in years when the School has not had such large numbers of competent footballers. In all, 29 players turned out for the team, and consequently it took all the Autumn term to settle down. Both the standard of play and morale were high throughout a successful season during which no home game was lost and the team remained unbeaten after Christmas. 98 goals were scored and 37 conceded. In accordance with tradition, two games were played against the Old Edwardians and both lost, 1-4 and 0-5. Once again strength and weight told in the mud. The captaincy was in the capable hands of Paramore S. J. whose example and verbal encouragement on the field played a not unimportant part in their success. In goal Hudson, the vice-captain, distinguished himself by the ability to make first-class saves and the inability to see for any distance. However, the defence's vociferous early warning system usually averted disaster from the long shot. Normally the fullbacks were Paramore and Shepherd who together with Hempshall, Hogg, Cowley, or Tew formed a reliable and skilful defence. On occasions by his determination and tenacity Hempshall almost won games by himself. Perhaps, however, his most effective role was at The Bolton School where the rumour is that he played centre-half for the opposition and helped them to draw. The forward line was selected from Bradbury, Richardson, Whalley, Batty, Drew, Steinman, Hodgkin, Fielding, Dunsford, or Shelton and any combination was a source of trouble to the opposing defence. Many of the younger players can deservedly look forward to a regular place in the First XI next year when we hope they will be equally successful. We trust that the leavers enjoyed their football.

M.N., A.G.J.

Leading goal scorers: Richardson 15; Fielding, Steinman 14; Batty 12.
Played 23, Won 16, Drawn 4, Lost 3.

RESULTS:

v. De la Salle

(H) Won 5-1

v. K. S. Pontefract

(A) won 3-2

v. Manchester G.S.

(A) lost 1-2

v. High Storrs

(A) won 2-1

v. High Storrs

(H) won 5-4

v. Abbeydale G.S.

(H) won 3-0

v. Chesterfield G.S.

(A) lost 0-6

v. Gregg School

(H) won 13-0

v. Huddersfield N.C.

(H) won 9-0

v. Wintringham G.S

(H) won 4-2

v. Bolton School

(A) drawn 2- 2

v. Barnsley G.S.

(A) won 7-2

v. Mexborough G.S.

(H) won 3-0

v. Huddersfield N.C.

 (A) won 11-1

v. Barnsley G.S.

(H) drawn 1-1

v. K.S. Pontefract

(A) drawn 2-2

v. Manchester G.S.

(H) drawn 4-4

v. Huddersfield Am.

(H) won 5-2

v. Queen Elizabeth's G.S. Mansfield

(H) won 3-0

v. High Storrs

(H) won 4-2

v. Abbeydale G.S.

 (A) lost 1-2

v. Queen Elizabeth's G.S. Mansfield

(A) won 6-1

   

v. Firth Park ...

 (H) won 4-0



THIRD XI

THIS season has been a reasonably successful one. The Christmas term provided good results with five matches won and only two lost, the most notable feat being an 8-2 victory over Ecclesfield G.S.

After Christmas, despite having a more settled team, only one further win was recorded in five games with two being drawn and two lost.

The twin highlights of the season were firstly the excellent goalkeeping of Woodcock, who settled down to give brilliant displays after an erratic start, and secondly, the strong full back play of Nicolson and Warburton, who would surely have secured promotion but for the consistent form of the 1st and 2nd XI full backs.

Johnson assumed the captaincy after the promotion of Drew.

The team would like to thank Mr. Slattery and Dr. Knowles for their encouragement and guidance.

Results: Played 12, Won 6, Drawn 2, Lost 4.

B.R.J.

UNDER 15 XI

ALTHOUGH the team began with three defeats in its first four matches, its displays then began to improve dramatically and with its success came increasing confidence. The speed, physical strength and covering of the defence improved as the season continued, except for one disastrous match against Abbeydale Grammar School. This heavy defeat was reversed two months later with a convincing 7-2 victory. The forward line was the weakest part of the team, though the introduction of Woodhouse at centre forward increased its scoring power considerably. The conduct of the team, on and off the field, was of the highest standard, and the team spirit was a very pleasant feature of the season's play. The intelligent captaincy of Milner helped to bring out the best from his team, and several players on the fringe of selection, who stepped in to play, often at short notice, are to be commended for their readiness to play and support the team at all times.

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

RESULTS:

Played 19, Won 9, Lost 7, Drawn 3, Goals for 44, Against 45

Team from:
Tattersall; Rotchell; Hill; Longstaff; Wilson; Milner; Dungworth; Broome; Woodhouse; Turner; Woollas; Fogell; Nicolson.

Scorers:
Turner, Woodhouse (10); Fogell (7); Milner (6); Longstaff (4); Dungworth (2); Hill, Rotchell, Woollas (1).

UNDER 14 XI

THE ability to play well in very bad conditions is essential for a winter game like soccer and unfortunately this year's Under 14 side lacked this invaluable asset, because again, the team did not have sufficient strong, heavily-built lads.

In favourable conditions, at the beginning and end of the season, the team played most attractive attacking football, seen best in the 8-0 and 7-1 victories over Manchester Grammar School and Huddersfield New College. But the muddy pitches of mid-winter saw them lose five successive matches.

With a side characterised by its fine team spirit, it is perhaps unfair to single out individuals for special praise, but goalkeeper Davies, and centre-half Repen, who took over the captaincy from Hyatt in mid-season, showed great promise.

The team was chosen from the following:
Davies, Barlow, Capper, Clarke, Repen, West, Thorpe, Hyatt, Thompson, Wood, Lee, Peace, Lightowler, Bramhall, Slack, Jackson.

RESULTS

Won 9, Drawn 5, Lost 5, 1 match abandoned at 1-0 in our favour v Pontefract. Goals for 60, Against 36.

M.F.A.E., D.A.A.

UNDER 13 XI

THIS season has been rather disappointing for the Under 13 XI which has only won 6 and drawn 2 of the 18 games played; one double victory, however, was recorded against Barnsley but both Manchester G.S. and Mansfield took maximum points from us. Nevertheless the players gained considerable experience of inter-school football and the standard of their play improved considerably as the season progressed.

The team has been chosen from Smart, A. D., Walker, J. M. F., Gillam, S. C., Mower, J. M., Maynard, R., Burrows, W. J. R., Loukes, D. G., Aplin, J. D., Ashdown, P., Sampson, J., Allen, P. S., Watson, J., Sellars, P. C., Thomas, R. R. G., Sherwood, R., Long, P. A., Peterkin, A. W., Murfitt, P. J. C.

Gillam has shown himself to be a responsible and reliable captain, capably assisted by Loukes, the vice-captain, who was the leading goalscorer with 17 of the team's 36 goals to his credit.

RESULTS:

Played 18, Won 6, Drawn 2, Lost 10, Goals for 36, Goals against 66.

J.E.T., M.S.W.

RUGBY

FIRST XV

AT THE outset of the season the 1st XV suffered two major setbacks. Towards the close of an evenly fought game with the Old Boys, Roger Williams, one of the many promising newcomers to the team, sustained a leg injury which kept him from playing for the rest of the season; and three days later a very strong Worksop College side handed us a crushing 53-0 defeat.

Although the former could only be regretted, the latter was turned to good account. First class fitness became the aim of every player, team-work became the watchword and of the next eight games seven were won, reducing each time our debt of points until it stood at only 7 points. Then, however, a crop of minor injuries robbed the side first of one and then another of six key players, and our slender resources could not carry the burden. The spirit truly was willing ... Nevertheless, it has been a good season, with team spirit rising to new heights and many memorable games lodging themselves in our personal histories.

Who, for instance, of those involved, will ever forget the recovery that robbed Dronfield on their enormous snow-strewn pitch, the generous applause of Wakefield when at last we proved ourselves capable of winning, or the rampant forward play that all but successfully assaulted Mount St. Mary's first half lead.

It is usually unwise in a game that depends as much upon teamwork as rugby does to mention individuals, but I am quite sure that the whole club would regard silence as unjust in the case of a few. Paul Timperley has proved himself a strong and dependable captain and been both the inspiration and the outstanding example of the team's high standard of play. Tom Cooper has lent a refreshing trans-atlantic flavour to the game and become a true "character" in the team, whilst M. G. "Fitness" Bilson has led his pack with both visible and audible encouragement.

Finally, of course, our thanks must go to the admirable Sanderson who has worked behind the scenes as tirelessly as he has done on the field, to ensure that both we and our opponents arrive on the same pitch at the same time.

J. S. F.

FIXTURES AND RESULTS:

v. Dronfield G.S.

(A) won 8- 6

v. Dronfield G.S.

(H) lost 0 - 10

v. Maltby ...

(A) lost 0-13

v. Doncaster T.H.S. (H)

lost 5- 6

v. Central T.S.

(A) lost 5-16

v. Old Edwardians

(H) drawn 13-13

v. Lady Manners G.S.

(A) lost 0- 8

v. Worksop College "A"

(A) lost 0-53

v. Sheffield Colts

(A) lost 5-15

   

v. Mt. St. Mary's 2nd XV

(H) lost 6-14

v. High Storrs G.S.

(H) won 12-10

v. Don Valley H.S.

(A) lost 0-50

v. City Grammar ...

(H) won 19- 5

RESULTS:
Played 18, Won 7, Lost 10, Drawn 1.
Points for 142, Against 247
NOTE: Of the 33 boys in the senior school who play rugby, 26 have represented the School in the 1st XV this season.

v. Rowlinson T.S.

(H) won 15-11

v. Q.E. Wakefield 3rd XV

(H) won 11- 6

v. Mt. St. Mary's 2nd XV

(A) won 19- 0

v. Don Valley H.S.

(H) lost 3-11

v. City Grammar

(A) won 21- 0

UNDER 15 XV

ALTHOUGH potentially we had a good side only five players played in every game and we ended the season with only a moderate record. Generally we were stronger in defence than in attack where our ideas were rather limited. However, when we were at full strength, centres and wings ran strongly and it was from these positions that most of our tries were scored. We were probably at our best in the home fixture against Mount St. Mary's

when forwards played with zest and spirit to win control of the game.

L. M. Jenkins captained the side well from scrum-half, and A. C. Scott led the forwards to good effect.

RESULTS

Played 10, Won 5, Lost 5, Points for 100, Against 110.


 


UNDER 13 XV

A SUMMARY of results does not necessarily tell the full story of the season. Though the points for and against suggest success, certain matches were particularly memorable. The eleven points against Wakefield, were the first ever scored by an Under 13 XV against that school; two wins were recorded over Mount St. Mary's, and 48 points scored by the team at Maltby.

But scores are not everything and the most important feature of the season has been the spirit which has infused every player. All have worked hard and the attacking has been particularly vigorous. The forwards, ably led by Mawson, have been quick to break through and to take advantage of opponents' mistakes. The backs have responded well to the winning of the ball from scrum and line out. Clark, the captain, at scrum half, showed tremendous resource and penetration.

In the last match, against Mount St. Mary's, played in a snowstorm, R. Brown and the forwards showed tactical skill worthy of a much more experienced team in subjecting their opponents to a barrage of tactical kicks supported by forward rushes. The use of intelligent tactics and zestful opportunism and dash have been the team's notable characteristics.

RESULTS

Played 10, Won 5, Lost 4, Drawn 1. Points for 141, Against 78.

T.G.C., A.H.W.

SHEFFIELD RUGBY NINE-A-SIDE KNOCK-OUT TOURNAMENT

On 27th March a team of nine members of the Under 13 competed. Beating successively High Storrs B, Waltheof, Myers Grove A and finally Hurlfield and scoring in all 27 points against 3, they won the Luther Milner Shield. This is the first time the School has won this Shield.

Team: Clark, Mawson, Anderson, Barker, Belton, R. Brown, Childs, Cooper, Hopkinson.

T.G.C.

UNDER 12 XV

THIS year, for the first time for four years an Under 12 XV was formed and played two matches.

The first game, away against Mount St. Mary's College, Spinkhill, was played in a blizzard with appalling conditions underfoot. The team, however, playing with tremendous and noisy enthusiasm managed to overcome the inclement weather and just managed to win an enjoyable hard fought game by 6 points to 3.

The second game, in contrast, was played at Castle Dyke against Newfield School in blazing sunshine on a hard ground and the team, playing very promising rugger, won by 20 points to 3.

In both games the team spirit has been extremely encouraging and bodes well for next year. I would like to commend the captain Buddery for his spirited leadership, and Hadley the vice-captain, who was a tower of strength in both games.

RESULTS

Played 2, Won 2, Lost 0, Points for 26, Against 6.


 


CROSS-COUNTRY

ON paper the Senior team was fairly strong, although not up to last year's exceptional standard. However, after a promising start, the standard was not maintained, partly due to a crop of injuries which reached its peak at the beginning of the Spring term. The very full fixture list served only to aggravate the problem. In one new fixture, the four-man Bolton Road Relay, we were able to field only one of our best runners, since Skidmore was running in the Sheffield Trials, and the other three were injured. Consequently, the team failed to do itself justice.

Skidmore has run consistently well, coming first in all but two team matches. On these two occasions he was beaten by Lickorish of Aston-Woodhouse, but he succeeded in avenging these defeats later in the season. Hoyland must also be congratulated on the way he has steadily improved throughout the season, until, by the end of the season, he had become the team's third counter.

In the Unofficial Sheffield Championships we were fifth of eight teams, an unusually poor result. Skidmore was placed third in the individual race. In the Northern Schools Championships, held at Disley in unpleasant conditions, we were placed 24th of 95 entrants, and were, surprisingly the first Sheffield school to finish. A week later, in very warm conditions, we were placed eighth of twenty teams in the North Midlands Championships. Skidmore again did well, finishing second.

The Junior teams have had a less successful season, winning few matches, although Atkin of the U-15 team has run consistently well. The U-13 team has been composed mainly of first formers, and some of them have deserted us in favour of other sports. G. C. Woodhouse has proved, however, a promising substitute in their absence.

Next year's Senior team will be weakened by the departure of several of this year's regular runners and the fifth form has so far failed to provide any suitable replacements.

Finally, our thanks are due to Pursglove for his work as secretary and to Messrs. Reaney and Allen for their help and assistance. This has been their first season in charge of Cross-Country, but they have quickly accustomed themselves to their new roles.

P.J.W.

P. J. Woodhouse has proved a very capable and dependable captain, and has set a fine example to others with his enthusiasm and hard training. He himself has organised many training sessions and run consistently well throughout the season.

J.A.R., J.C.A.

House Championships, 1965

THE senior championship was won by Chatsworth, who had three runners in the first five. Skidmore was the individual winner with Paramore of Arundel second. Hoyland (Chatsworth) ran particularly well, largely as a result of his regular training throughout the term.

The middle-school race, held in perfect conditions, was very closely contested and was won by Lynwood with Arundel three points behind. Gregory of Lynwood was the individual winner, hotly pursued by D. A. Atkin of Arundel.

The junior championship ended in a comfortable victory for Arundel, with Welbeck second. The race was won by C. M. Atkin, with Maynard second. Atkin showed by an excellent performance how keenness and hard training can overcome a disadvantage in size.

HOCKEY

THE TEAM did not have a very successful season, due, mainly, to lack of experience. The season started with experimentation with different combinations of players, and only towards the end of the season was a stable formation achieved.

In the first half of the season we were rarely able to field a full team because of injuries and illness, but after Christmas these did not affect us so much. However, the side seemed to lack co-ordination on occasions but at other times the standard of play was high. This usually occurred when we played a team considerably better than ourselves. At all times the morale of the team has been high, and they have given of their best.

This season found several promising newcomers; Wilkinson who had never played hockey before this season has proved invaluable on the right wing; Ball shows considerable promise at half-back, and Wilson has played as 'keeper with spirit if not complete success, and has proved to have a powerful kick; Wood, though a little erratic, has been a mainstay of the defence, and his flying, one end to the other, free hits have become a part of the hockey legend.

An under-15 team was started this year, under the auspices of Mr. Baker, but did not have any great success, losing both the matches they played.

Out of twelve matches, the first team won two, drew one and lost the rest. The draw was against City Grammar, against whom draws seem to be becoming traditional.

Our thanks are due to Mr. Robinson for running the team, and to Messrs. Jackson and Baker for umpiring on occasions.

Regular players: Wilkes, Colley, Ball, Wood, Glossop, Nixon, Speight, Wilkinson, Milburn, Wragg, Wilson, Humphrey, Gloag.

Goal scorers: Wilkes 6, Wilkinson 4, Colley 2, Wragg 1.

C.M.C., M.J.W.W.

BADMINTON

THIS has been a very lean season for team matches, with three played of the five fixtures arranged between October and February. Our main inspiration, Osborne, the team captain, was soon to leave and it proved impossible to rearrange the matches previously cancelled or to obtain further ones. The school club continues to provide equipment for large numbers using the gymnasium during the lunch hour. The finals of a competition among its members have yet to be completed.

RESULTS

v. Ecclesfield G.S.

lost 4-5

v. High Storrs G.S.

lost 2-7

v. The Staff

won 5-4



HOUSE NOTES


ARUNDEL

THE Autumn and Lent terms have been moderately successful for Arundel, with a few remarkable wins. The Senior football team has played consistently well; having won their half-league, they were unlucky to lose to Welbeck in the final by one goal to nil. However they won the Seven-a-side knock-out, beating Welbeck in the final by eight points to five. The middle school team also played well, often making large scores, and came second in their league on goal average. The junior team was not quite so successful.

The water-polo season was rather disappointing, mainly because of a young and inexperienced team, but their practice during this year should equip them for next season.

We have had outstanding success in the cross-country championships. At the time of writing, the senior championship has not been held, but the middle school and junior teams have run magnificently. The former were second with 176 points to Lynwood's 173, and the latter won their championship by a large margin. Congratulations especially to the Atkin brothers, D. A. and C. M., who came first and second in their respective events.

This Easter we shall be sorry to lose several members of the House particularly our House Captain, S. F. Drew, who has made a remarkable contribution throughout his career, and W. D. Wilson, our Secretary for the last two years and Swimming Captain this year, who has earned our gratitude by his patient and loyal service throughout. To all leavers we offer our warm thanks and we wish them well, with every success in their future careers.

CHATSWORTH

THE junior section has set an example for the rest of the House with their outstanding performance. In football the second form won the rugby seven-a-side knock-out, and reached the soccer knock-out final and were league champions with thirteen out of a possible fourteen points. The football performances of the rest of the House have been, on the whole, not outstanding.

In cross-country, the first form led the way with an excellent win. The middle school team also ran well, and the senior team has never been stronger. We are fortunate to have as our captain Skidmore, whom we congratulate on coming second in the North Midland Schools Championship.

The water-polo team played very well under the able and most enthusiastic leadership of Bilson, coming second in both league and knock-out. It is pleasing to see that thanks to Bilson the support for Chatsworth at these evening matches has grown considerably.

Academic achievements have been very satisfactory. In particular Skidmore is to be congratulated on the award of a Hastings Exhibition.

We thank the House Tutors and Officials for all their hard work, and we extend our best wishes for the future to all those who are leaving this Easter.

CLUMBER

THE Autumn and Lent terms were periods of steady progress for Clumber. There were no spectacular results, but the all-round sportsmen (especially those of the lower school) have done well in rugby, football, and cross-country.

In the junior school, Maynard has been an excellent and enthusiastic captain of football, and his team came third in the league, losing only two games and finishing with seventeen goals for and only seven against. In the knock-out we were beaten in the semi-final by Lynwood who went on to win the competition. In the middle school we finished fifth in the league, but the team-ably led by Milner-deserved more than this. Football in the senior school has been less consistent, the most notable achievement being the reaching of the semi-final of knock-out.

The most successful rugby efforts were in the middle school. The team, captained by Cocker, beat Chatsworth and Haddon - Carr being our most valuable scorer. In the final, however, Wentworth won 8-0. The seniors fought the first round against one of the finalists and lost somewhat decisively.

Cross-country seems to be one of our stronger sports, and in the junior championship we were placed third. Maynard finished second. The middle school finished fourth in the table-Milner was third.

We must thank Batty for his very efficient and enthusiastic captaincy and wish good luck to him and to Shaw the House Secretary who is also leaving, and we are grateful to both for the gift of a bible to be used for House assembly.

HADDON

THE House has had only limited success so far this year. The senior football team have been most successful, reaching the final for the third time in four years. In the final we were defeated by a very good Welbeck side, to which we also finished second in the half-league of the senior league. In the seven-a-side knock-out we were once again, somewhat unluckily, beaten by Welbeck, this time by a single point.

The water-polo team enjoyed a moderately successful season, Billingham eventually playing for the School. In the knock-out we were only defeated after extra time. The cross-country championships resulted in our usual high totals and low placings.

LYNWOOD

THE Seniors have been passing through two of their less successful terms. The middle school, however, are to be congratulated on winning the cross-country championship, and especially Gregory, the individual winner. The remainder of the cross-country proved disappointing, particularly after our hopes for victory in the first form and senior championships. Nevertheless we wish to congratulate Lavender on winning the first form championship.

Our only other success has been in the junior seven-a-side football knock-out competition. The remainder of the football has been very poor, although the senior team was unlucky not to reach the knock-out final, losing by the only goal to Haddon in the semi-final. The water-polo team played satisfactorily, but never looked like beating Chatsworth or Welbeck.

Next term's prospects are brighter, particularly in the athletics and tennis fields. The junior school holds much promise for the future, and we look to them to put the House on the road to success again.

SHERWOOD

THE first two terms of this year have been disappointing for Sherwood. The senior football team was eliminated in the first round of both the eleven-a-side and the seven-a-side knock-out competitions and the middle school team was narrowly beaten in the seven-a-side final by Wentworth. The rugby "sevens" also brought no success, the only consolation being that the senior school seven lost to the eventual winners, Wentworth.

Our results in water-polo have however shown a marked improvement and the team, a young one, did well to finish third in the league. In the knock-out Haddon were beaten in the first round but we lost to the strong Welbeck side in the semi-final. With the experience gained this year and with more vocal support even better results should be achieved next season.

We congratulate all who have gained University places and wish all leavers every success, especially A. Wiggett who has proved a most capable House Captain. Our thanks are due to Mr. Hemming and the House Tutors for their services and it is hoped they will be better rewarded during the summer term.

WELBECK

A PERIOD of tremendous success must surely be the verdict on Welbeck's results during the last two terms. After many years of only mediocre results the senior football team at last come into its own, winning both the senior league and knock-out competitions. In the final of the knock-out the House won a resounding 8-0 victory over Haddon. The senior team also reached the finals of the soccer and rugby seven-a-side competitions, but in each case was then narrowly beaten. Unfortunately the middle school and junior teams were not as successful as the senior team, but the junior team was placed second in its league.

Once again this year Welbeck has gained overwhelming superiority in water-polo, easily winning both league and knock-out competitions. In these two competitions the House scored a total of fifty-five goals and conceded only two.

Finally we must thank all those members of the House who have helped to provide Welbeck with such splendid results.

WENTWORTH

ON THE sports field the last two terms have brought mixed success for the House. The senior team, although beaten in the first round of the soccer knock-out and seven-a-side competitions, narrowly missed a place in the final of the House league, and the rugby team, under Timperley, convincingly won the seven-a-side competition defeating Welbeck in the final.

The middle-school soccer team, captained by Longstaff, has been the most successful for several years. They carried off two trophies: the seven-a-side competition, and the House league, losing only one match, scoring 41 goals and conceding seven. Jenkins' rugby team also won their seven-a-side competition.

Compared with the successes on the rugby field, the House cross-country results have so far been disappointing, since we failed in every case to finish in the top half of the ladder. The House was placed fifth in the water-polo league, Beman being outstanding.

Finally, congratulations are due to those members of the House who have obtained scholarships and places at universities. We wish them luck as they leave school and give our appreciation of the services they have performed for the House.

OXFORD LETTER

OFFICIAL activities of the Seventh Club have been reduced to a bare minimum in the last year, and have consisted only of the termly meeting and the annual dinner. The soccer match against the School could not be fitted into the school term, which left the cricket match as the only sporting fixture in which we engaged. We can only console ourselves by reflecting that university life should be a time when old school ties are cast away and new contacts made. The dinner remains as our only official link when in Oxford.

The School enjoyed the rare distinction of providing two soccer players for the Wembley encounter with Cambridge, when Richard Nosowski and Frank Parker gained their second blues. Both played also in the Oxford side which was second in the recent inaugural British Universities Tournament. Scott Housley has joined the long line of school swimmers representing the University, and Chris Brearley was awarded our only First last summer. Brad Amos has gained fame in the world of art with a recent popular exhibition at Queen's.

Summer term is upon us again, and those who have not yet given up hopes of a First will be starting to sweat, while the rest of us enjoy the fine southern weather and forget Schools. John Bows is now an expert punter and hopes to eke out his grant by running trips on the Cherwell. Chris Banner, now captain of Mansfield College cricket, will be out to repeat his famous century of last season, and there will be the usual number hoping to make the difficult transition from Graves Park rowing boats to participation in Eight weeks. We still await our first member of "Isis".

"Septimus"