|VOL. XVI||SPRING 1966||No. 5|
"THE STRONG ARE LONELY"
FELL WALKING CLUB
INTER HOUSE COMPETITIONS
THE PAPER BOY
RUPERT AND THE COW
TEA AND BISCUITS
THE FAMOUS FIVE
FRAGMENTS OF A VISION
NOTES ON THE SCHOOL STAGE
VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY SERVICE
HAVING A LOVELY TIME
THIRTY YEARS BACK
THE STRONG ARE LONELY
FOOTBALL SEVEN-A-SIDE TEAM
FOLLOWING the retirement of Mr. Clapton at the end of last summer Mr. Jackson held the position of Acting Headmaster during the Autumn term. In January we welcomed our new Headmaster, Mr. Russell Sharrock, who comes to us after three years as Deputy Headmaster at Malory School, Bromley. Mr. Sharrock holds an M.Sc. in Mathematics at London University, and his previous teaching appointments have been at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, the John Ruskin Grammar School, Croydon, and at Sir Walter John's Grammar School as Head of the Mathematics Department.
We also welcome this year three new members of the staff, two of them Old Edwardians. Mr. A. Grace, who joined us in the middle of the Autumn term, was at the School from 1954 to 1961. He comes from Jesus College, Oxford, to teach mathematics, physics and chemistry. Mr. R. F. Stittle came in January to be Head of the History Department, having previously held a similar post at Ashford Grammar School. Mr. E. E. Styring, who also joined the staff in January, was at the School from 1955 to 1962. He holds a degree in Sociology at Nottingham University, and takes Mr. Norman's place in the Economics Department. We hope all three will find their time with us happy and rewarding.
Three members of staff left us at the end of the Autumn term - Mr. H. T. R. Twyford, Mr. T. G. Cook, and Mr. M. Norman. Mr. Twyford came to the School in 1935 to take Junior School games, P.T., and general subjects. From August 1939 to August 1945 he served with the R.A.F., returning to K.E.S. in September 1945. From January 1946 to July 1947 he was Headmaster of the Junior School, and following its closure in that year he has taught French and Mathematics in the School for eighteen years. Mr. Helliwell writes:
"One of my earliest recollections of H.T.R.T. was shortly after the British Expeditionary Force returned from France after Dunkirk. He returned to the Common Room in Air Force uniform, his chest very squarely filling out the smooth grey cloth. Those were hectic days, and all were eager for first hand news. There had been much in the press about the "fifth column", the agents behind the lines, and H.T.R.T. mentioned how he had come across someone suspiciously signalling with a lamp, whom he threatened - perhaps some with a romantic idea of war and power were all attention for something dramatic: but H.T.R.T. gave us a quick glance and repeated his words - "I'll smash the lamp!".
Now this story has been told as an example of the level-headed personality, for here also was the voice of the umpire and the schoolmaster, a character that did not shoot on suspicion.
And surely one of his major contributions to School life has been on the field in charge of first and second year games and Second XI cricket for many years. He had an uncanny eye for the outstanding player at a very early age, and it was quite remarkable how he could spot in a single afternoon a talent that later proved itself, taking particular delight in left arm slow bowlers. As coach and umpire he was as famed for his comments as his decisions, and always quite vociferous for Lynwood. To his credit are also several occasions as a player, including the Wesley College Centenary Match, and he last played soccer for the Staff XI in the early fifties.
Of his qualities as a schoolmaster one was very much aware of his painstaking thoroughness, of his essentially benevolent and genial authority coupled with the stubborn and rocklike persistence so frequently necessary for the guidance of youth. He presented a strong, dignified and fatherly figure, the memory of which will remain for a lifetime with those who came into contact with him.
It may not be every schoolmaster who is also a wise parent, but in this also he has proved consistent in good sense and judgement by perceiving that his son, a one-time pupil of the School, was naturally destined for an artistic career, now thoroughly justified by success as sculptor and lecturer. Indeed, it might well be that this ability bears some direct relationship to the family tradition from the potteries, where the highest craftsmanship and sound business were established by their forebears.
Of course he is missed in the Common Room, where he was so familiar, central to the pyramidal figure composition that hovered daily over the "Times" crossword puzzle. On his retirement last December the School gave him a very warm farewell and parting gift, since when he has received many written tokens from old boys of good memories on the games field. The Director of Education paid tribute to such long service by the gift of a certificate with a personal touch.
Photo by G.M.
Only the other day I was enquiring my way "With your back to Mr. Twyford's Room, go straight forward " said a third-former. Mr. Twyford's Room! And as I glanced at the door I realised that, however Mr. Twyford is spending his well earned retirement, he is already one of the Great Benevolent Ghosts of K.E.S.
To him and Mrs. Twyford we send our warmest wishes for a long and happy retirement."
Mr. J. S. Fordham, Mr. Twyford's successor as Housemaster of Lynwood, adds the following tribute:
"In 1940 Mr. F. T. Saville, who was known by all in the School as "The Man", was succeeded as Housemaster of Lynwood by Mr. H. T. R. Twyford. He was certainly "the man" for the job. For twenty-six years, until his retirement, H.T.R.T. led Lynwood with the easy authority of a giant. Few school masters can ever have been more revered by their junior pupils, more respected by their senior students and more often remembered with genuine affection by those who became their "former pupils". Lynwood House knew great achievements under his leadership, and in this day and age, when fine traditions, like high ideals, are so often derided by those who lack them, we of Lynwood House are proud of all that this great man has handed on."
Mr. T. G. Cook joined us at the beginning of the Summer term, 1955, as Senior History Master, having come from Wellingborough Grammar School, Northants, where he had also been in charge of his department.
He has taken an active part in all departments of School life. He was Housemaster of Wentworth and Group Scoutmaster of the K.E.S. Group (167th Sheffield); for many years he was the announcer at the Swimming Sports, where his powerful rolling Scots voice produced instant silence in the excited competitors and spectators. A keen and enthusiastic player of rugger, he was the coach and referee of the Under 13 Rugby XV (and was also a member of the Staff football team). As master in charge of the Junior History Society he was the original organiser of the famous "Cook's Tours" to places of historical interest. For many years he was a member of that awe-inspiring group of masters who were in charge of the `O' and `A' examinations, and in this capacity he was a tower of strength to us.
In all he did he was brisk, vigorous, quick-moving, energetic and efficient. He was cautious in the midst of educational controversies, and as befits a historian, moderate and thoughtful in expression. His unfailing enthusiasm, cheerfulness and courtesy were appreciated by all, not least by his colleagues, who held him in such high regard that for many years he was the Common Room Secretary.
He leaves us to become Lecturer in History at the Institute of Education, Cambridge, and we wish him every success in his new career.
Mr. Norman joined the Economics staff in September, 1964. Apart from his work in the department and with the Economics Society, he helped coaching the Second XI football in his one full season, and a junior team this year. He left a marked impression as a man of genial commonsense and initiative, with no use for dogma or sentiment. He goes to a post as Assistant Lecturer in Economics and Government at Doncaster Technical College. We wish him well for the future.
Towards the end of the Lent term Mr. J. Oppenheimer retired from the office of School Librarian, in which he is succeeded by Mr. W. D. L. Scobie. It must be clear to all who have been at the School during the last thirteen years how much we owe to Mr. Oppenheimer for the time and devoted care which he has lavished on the organisation and maintenance of our Library. That it has retained so much of its original elegance-and so many of its original books-is very largely due to the meticulously high standards of use on which he has always insisted. On behalf of all its users we would like to thank Mr. Oppenheimer for this achievement, and to recommend future generations to respect the traditions he has worked so hard to establish.
The winter has seen all the usual School activities flourishing, some perhaps at an even more fevered pitch than ever. Certainly it seems to become progressively harder to organise meetings or weekend trips without risking a clash with some potentially competitive activity. There has also, of course, been the usual round of public occasions which grace the winter terms-Prizegiving on November 4th in the Victoria Hall, the Carol Service in St. John's Ranmoor, on December 21st, and (since it does at last seem to be re-establishing itself as an annual event) the School Play at the end of the Lent term. There has also been another Mock Election, conducted in the wake of the General Election in March. We trust this is not likely to become an annual event. All these receive further mention in the later pages of this Magazine.
But there has been, too, a number of less usual events, of which we may perhaps mention particularly the two Parents' Evenings held for the benefit of parents of members of the First and Second Forms and Fourth Forms respectively. The first of these was enlivened by a dramatic performance by boys from the forms concerned, the second devoted more exclusively to matters of immediate academic importance. Both occasions appear to have been enjoyed and valued by both sides. Boys need not fear that it is a main object of these evenings to check the accuracy of the tales they tell to parents about masters, or vice versa, even if this does occasionally happen. It is much more to the point that boys should less often find themselves the only link between home and school. It is to everyone's advantage that all three parties to the business of education-parents, boys, masters-should know each other as well as possible.
Four fourth and fifth form boys with Mr. Anderson joined eighteen boys from Wolverhampton Grammar School on a holiday in Switzerland this Easter. The weather helped to make the ten days an unforgettable experience. An ascent of Pilatus was included from the first centre at Vitznau, while from Brig the party ascended by the highest open-air railway in the world to Gornergratt where they had a spectacular view of the Matterhorn range.
Among purely internal events we have been glad to witness another resuscitation of "Phoenix". The editors, S. A. Hoyland and S. A. Walker, were able to produce an interesting pot-pourri of prose and verse, revealing some unsuspected talents. The stimulus given to original writing is valuable in itself, and this Magazine has profited both directly and indirectly from the results. We wish "Phoenix" many happy-and more frequent-returns.
No account of this winter would be complete without some reference to the weather. In particular, the first of the season's many snowfalls, on a Sunday night in early December, brought a day of rare chaos. The almost total failure of public and private transport resulted in a morning largely devoted to registration. Assembly at the end of second period was still only thinly attended. But adversity brought its own spirit of heroic excitement, and some remarkable feats of endurance were recorded: the first-former who arrived shortly after ten o'clock after walking all the way from Totley was one of many. A memorable day indeed.
Finally, trespassing on what should strictly be the territory of the next issue of this Magazine, we note with pleasure the arrival of Civilisation in the Dining Hall, in the shape of formica-topped tables and tubular-frame wooden-backed-and-seated chairs. After some initial confusion we seem to be getting used to our new elegance. It remains to be seen how this type of furniture will stand up to the varied uses to which Dining Hall property is subjected in the course of a hard year's work. But at least our ears are now spared the recurrent crash of collapsing benches-the new sound of bodies tripping over chair legs is considerably less nerve-shattering to the uninvolved diner. And we even hope-being professional optimists-that the more dignified furnishings may perhaps encourage a less rudimentary manner of eating in some of our number.
We are pleased to hear that Mr. Norman Siddall, O.E., has been appointed by the National Coal Board to the new post of Chief Mining Engineer, Production Department.
We congratulate D. W. Williams (Organ Scholar of Selwyn College, Cambridge) on the award of a John Stewart of Rannoch Scholarship in Sacred Music.
We regret that, in the last issue of the Magazine, among those to be congratulated on obtaining Firsts we omitted to mention M. Hill, who obtained a First in Sociology at the London School of Economics.
UNIVERSITY & OTHER AWARDS 1965-66
M. J. H. Anderson
- Kitchener Scholarship, St. Catherine's College, Oxford (Modern Studies for Law)
W. H. Bailey
- Bristol Siddeley Scholarship, University of Birmingham (Mechanical Engineering)
C. R. Brown
- Open Exhibition, Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Maths and Physics)
E. D. Faulkner
- A.E.I. Scholarship, Imperial College, London (Mechanical Engineering)
P. W. Ford
- Ellerton Scholarship, St. Cuthbert's College, Durham (Spanish)
P. J. Groom
- Beresford Hope Scholarship, New College, Oxford (Natural Science)
- Hulme Major Scholarship, University of Manchester (Modern Languages)
P. H. Main
- Open Scholarship, Christ's College, Cambridge (Maths and Physics)
D. M. Nicolson
- Open Scholarship, St. John's College, Cambridge (Maths and Physics)
J. E. Trythall
- Open Scholarship, University College, Oxford (Natural Science)
The following sub-prefects were appointed on 28th February:-
T. J. Gloag, M. E. Orton, P. R. Reed, J. S. Richardson, S. A. Roberts, I. S. Wade
"Images" are the fashionable things to foster; P.R. men grow rich on them, politicians take gallup polls on them and even "The Times" has recognised its need for a contemporary image and has boldly settled for news on its front page.
So it is not surprising that the search is on for a new image for school magazines. Pop art illustrations instead of traditional arms-folded rows of School teams? Sick jokes instead of schoolboy howlers?
I think the answer may lie in a much earlier kind of image-the conception of Shakespearean drama as a mirror held up to nature. If this publication is a true reflection of the stimulating diversity and quality of the life of the School, then the Spring 1966 edition of the magazine well have found its modern image. My expectation is that this well be so and I confidently offer the Editors and all contributors my congratulations on their achievement.
The Magazine is now in the hands of a Committee, composed as follows
General Editor: Mr. R. A. Braunholtz
Literary Editor . Mr. M. T. J. Axford.
Sports Editor: Mr. D. A. Ayres.
Business Editor . Mr. J. Wrigley.
Chief Assistant Editor: P. Horner.
Assistant General Editors . J. R. G. Armytage, R. Bollington.
Assistant Literary Editors . M. Freedrich, A. T. Sutherland.
Assistant Sports Editor: D. M. Hodgkin.
Assistant Business Editor: M. E. Orton.
Junior Assistant Editor: K. B. Sykes
All enquiries, suggestions or complaints may be addressed to any of the above. We well be especially glad to have ideas for use in future editions.
In particular, we are in search of a NAME, and in conjunction with et a new DESIGN for our cover. A COMPETITION is therefore being launched in the following terms:
Prizes of 5/- each are being offered for
(a) a name for the Magazine;
(b) a cover design incorporating the name.
These prizes may be awarded separately or together. If the winning cover design does not include the winning name, the winner of the cover design prize well be invited to design a new cover for the winning name, to appear on the next issue of the Magazine. Designs must be for the present format of the Magazine, and may include both front and back covers. All entrees, with name and form of entrants attached, should be handed to any member of the Editorial Committee on or before Friday, July 1st.
AT this year's Prize Distribution-the last to be held in the Victoria Hall before its reconstruction-the prizes were presented by Professor D. N. de G. Allen, an Old Edwardian who holds the post of Professor of Applied Mathematics in the University of Sheffield. In his address to the School Professor Allen recalled his long acquaintance with the School, beginning with his probably record-breaking thirty-four terms as a pupil. He paid a special tribute to Dr. Hichens as the Headmaster who had taken control at the School's opening in 1905 and laid the firm foundations of later successes.
Having advised the present pupils to adopt as their philosophy that the best days of their lives should always lie ahead, he went on to speak of the situation in the universities. He stressed the continuing need for both pure and applied scientists, and invited any boys, or their parents, to come to the University to find out about the opportunities in science there. Finally he contradicted the predictions of "many Jeremiahs" that university expansion could only be achieved by a sacrifice of quality to quantity, and even went so far as to suggest that, if anything, the reverse was true.
The Acting Headmaster, Mr. A. Jackson, after welcoming Professor Allen, paid a warm tribute to Mr. Clapton, who was present in the body of the hall. Referring to the sixtieth anniversary of the School's foundation he said: "In spite of many vicissitudes I believe the School has served Sheffield well. It has built up a reputation as one of the most successful maintained schools in the country. So long as there is a King Edward VII School in Sheffield, we must strive to preserve the highest standards in work, in play and in conduct." He went on to note the interesting fact that the number of boys in advanced courses is now almost as great as the total School roll of 317 sixty years ago.
The Diamond Jubilee year had been marked by the regrettable illness and unexpected retirement of Mr. Clapton. There had also been published and adopted by the City Council a document including definite proposals for the future of the School. While declining to comment on these, Mr. Jackson did point out the disturbing effect of these proposals and the attendant publicity on the School, and in particular on the staff.
The record of examination results was "solidly satisfactory." The '0' level percentage pass was fractionally worse than the preceding year, but 4L had achieved a record overall percentage of 97%. The `A' level overall percentage pass at 80.6 % was over 10 % below that of the previous year, and the lowest since G.C.E. started. On the other hand the number of very good performances on `S' papers was higher than in the previous year.
Of 127 boys who left during the year twenty-two transferred to other schools-"a new form of Brain Drain." Seventy entered universities and colleges of advanced technology, and six others technical college degree courses or industrial sandwich courses. University entrance was spread over twenty institutions, including some of the more recent foundations. Twenty-four of the university entrants gained places at Oxford and Cambridge, ten with college awards. Among the effects of changing administrative procedures could be seen a partial swing to Cambridge from the previous strong Oxford bias. It was pleasing to see a few boys being adventuresome in their choice of course. Sometimes this brought easier admission: but experience showed that those institutions to which admission was relatively easy were also those from which it was relatively easy to be turned out. Finally, remarking on the increasing difficulty of advising adequately on university entry, Mr. Jackson threw out the suggestion that Sheffield might pioneer the appointment of a full-time University Liaison and Advisory Officer!
Turning to activities within the School, Mr. Jackson emphasised the rich opportunities ahead for any boy who came to the School prepared to do his best, no matter in what form he might find himself. A successful experiment had been conducted in making 2Y a non-Latin form. Extra attention was given to other basic subjects, and six boys from the form had been able to begin German in the third year.
Foreshadowing possible changes in the organisation of courses, including the introduction of a five-year course to `O' level for one or more streams, Mr. Jackson stressed his conviction that three principles would continue to be maintained: "The maximum individual consideration will be given to every boy's need; options will be arranged so that all boys have equal opportunities for a worthwhile advanced course, and all forms will continue to get their share of senior and more experienced staff."
Mr. Jackson continued with a review of the year's sporting and other recreational activities. He particularly mentioned the establishment of a Senior Scout Troop and the growth, in connection with the flourishing activities of clubs and societies, of weekend outings of varied form. He went on to thank the staff for their part in the School's activities and achievements, and mentioned in particular the recent or impending loss of three senior members of the staff-Mr. T. K. Robinson, Mr. T. G. Cook and Mr. H. T. R. Twyford. Of the last, amid laughter and applause, he said, "There will be a vast empty space when he leaves, and it is difficult to think of Thursday games without him."
In conclusion Mr. Jackson thanked all the School ancillary staff, the officers and staff of the Education Office, and the Chairman and Governors for their services and support throughout the year.
IN THE Christmas term 2,350 books were circulated. Last term 1,587 books were circulated.
The list of losses from the Library for the period September 1964 to July 1965 is as follows
Ingram (transl.): The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
Earle (transl.): The Deeds of Beowulf
Ingulph (transl.): The Chronicle of the Abbey of Croyland
Tillyard: Shakespeare's History Plays
Innes: Leading Figures in English History
Hunter: The Blackboard Jungle
Gifts are gratefully acknowledged from the following:
J. Chambers, J. N. Chapman, K. Harrison, R. S. Jessop, B. Knighton, S. R. Marsh, S. Nortcliff, R. M. Price, G. Pursglove, I. C. Sallis, Mr. W. D. L. Scobie, P. J. Woodhouse, 1964-65 Prefects.
The present School Library was founded in 1953 and has been developed to provide the necessary materials for the serious scholarship for which the School's name has stood. The great bulk of the borrowing has been by boys in their last three years at school, and they have not been slow to acknowledge the help that the Library has given them. The numbers of books borrowed and the growth of the collection itself have shown a close connection with a steadily rising academic standard over the period of Mr. Clapton's headmastership.
Mr. Clapton always showed a keen interest in the running of the Library and as School Librarian for thirteen years I always knew that in him I had a wise counsellor in emergency and a single-minded helper in carrying out Library policy. This was no small matter, for a Librarian's task is in many ways a thankless one, as any person will easily see who has lent books indiscriminately to his acquaintances. The remiss and the wayward as well as the self-important and the easily tempted have to be dealt with just as much as the law-abiding, the self-disciplined and the considerate. When all this has to be done in the intervals of a normal teaching timetable the awkward customer can only be treated briefly and briskly. Indeed the task would be quite beyond the powers of one man.
But good causes have a way of attracting good people and it has been an inspiration to see how many boys have volunteered to be Librarians. The call for help has regularly found a response from between fifty and sixty boys each year in the fifth form alone. The example of their subsequent devotion and patience has often restored my own when sorely tried. I can say that of over two hundred boys who have been on the Library staff during these years, I can think of only three whose choice I regretted.
Book losses have often been referred to in these notes, sometimes perhaps too sourly or too teasingly, so it is only right that I should put the problem in its proper perspective. Over twelve years the Library has lost 109 books in all, an average of only three per term. It is important that this figure should be present in our minds as the usual loss for this school. It would be only too easy to point to other schools, or to the experience of the public libraries, and then to say that a figure for losses ten times as high as ours would still be "normal". But should one ever think of "normal" as good enough? To do so would come too near to thinking that we can do anything so long as we all do it together and so can call it "normal".
My affection for the School Library is the result of many years of familiarity with it. I know how many hours of effort many boys have put into its arrangement and indexing and how many others have been grateful for its existence. All this makes it precious and in handing over the running of it to Mr. Scobie I am glad that in him it has found a confirmed bibliophile to guide its fortunes.
FROM Profane to Sacred ranged our music in the Autumn term. Speech Day was neither, exactly. The Orchestra opened with a Mozart German Dance, the Sleigh Ride, where we used chime bars instead of sleigh-bells. The Choir roistered in Holst's arrangement of "Swansea Town" and were joined by the seventy-one strong Orchestra in Armstrong Gibbs' "0 Praise God in His holiness". The Madrigal Group contrasted Farnaby's "Simkin said that Sis was fair" with Aaron Copland's "Ching-a-ring Chaw". Distinguished solo contributions were made by Crawford and Jenkins (Bach's Double Concerto for Violins), Bunce, Gaunt, and I. C. A. F. Robinson with pieces for oboe, flute and piano respectively, and Jeffrey Briggs with songs by Handel & Rubbra.
A week later we provided the Boys' Choir for the first Sheffield performance of Orff's Carmina Burana (profane goings-on if ever there were any) with the Philharmonic Choir and Halle Orchestra. The Choir were heard twice this year over the loudspeaker system in the city centre-from the City Hall steps at the switching on of the Illuminations, and from without the Cathedral with the usual lunch-time Carols contribution. For the former the weather was foul, while for the latter we sang about the winter's snow in what seemed to be warm Spring sunshine.
St. John's, Ranmoor, was again packed for the Carol Service, at which, among general excellence, many seem to have been impressed with two "novelties" (the Spanish Carol-"Fum, fum, fum", with its finger-clicks, and Malcolm Sargent's "Mary had a Baby") and with the group of carols, including Britten's "Hymn to the Virgin", where we added the magic of an echo choir situated at the west end. Enchanting, too, was the two-part Kodaly carol accompanied by Gaunt's skilful flute-playing.
The Madrigal Group were honoured to be invited to sing at the concert at the Northern Education Conference in Harrogate, and this proved an enjoyable if somewhat chilly Christmas holiday outing. Our only public performance of the Spring term was at the Annual Schools' Concert where the Orchestra played Rimsky-Korsakov's Dance of the Tumblers and the Madrigal Group sang a madrigal, a plantation song (to the deft piano of Robinson) and spoke, whispered or shouted, as required, in Toch's Geographical Fugue for Speaking Voices. Top Sacred was the sound of the monks' Plainsong in the school Play, authenticity being guaranteed by the erudite guidance of Linskill.
Throughout the year the Music Club has pursued its activities (recorded elsewhere), Mrs. Deas, Mr. Bradley, Mr Ralph Williams (with the valuable assistance for a term of Mr. Philip Watson) have continued to inspire cellists, fiddlers, brass-players respectively, and as we go to press the School Concert is only days away-when a year's work will, we hope, come to satisfying fruition.
Crawford's 147 marks out of 150 in the Grade VIII Violin examination must surely be a record for this School and won him a Gold Medal for the highest mark in the country in this examination. Of those who left last summer we hear that Patrick Huston, studying at the Northern School of Music, played bassoon in the orchestra for a performance of the Royal Ballet, and that Beverley Wragg at Birmingham has secured the L.G.S.M. Diploma. At Cambridge Derek Williams was awarded a John Stewart of Rannoch Scholarship in Sacred Music.
IN these days of instant entertainment, and especially at a season when the leading personalities in the drama of current political reality were being paraded nightly before our very hearths, it may have seemed foolhardy to demand the attention of an audience for nearly two hours in something less than fireside comfort to a performance of a twenty-year-old Swiss play about the fate of Jesuit settlements in South America in the mid-eighteenth century. But for anyone who saw this play it hardly needs to be pointed out that here was no mere historical narrative. One might even detect a subtle irony in the fate which sandwiched a general election between the first and second nights of this production. For the conflict which forms the central theme of this play lies between two totalitarian systems, neither of which could have seen much good in our pragmatic modern democracy. And we are forced to admit that, for all its cruelty and distortion of values, an age of authority and absolutism rouses deep echoes in our human nature, which make it a peculiarly favourable setting for powerful dramatic argument.
The historical setting enables the playwright to present the forces of human and divine power in their most unyielding aspect through the medium of the imperious Spanish temperament. Their stark conflict is built into a tragedy on Aristotelian lines. The manifestations of tortured loyalty are followed through in character after character. Natural justice is shown at odds with the logic of temporal power. The idealist's pursuit of spiritual ends by worldly means leads only to disillusion and catastrophe. Finally the playwright turns his dying hero into a prophet, voicing his own solution of the tragic dilemma: "The kingdom of God is within you-that is the truth."
It is hardly surprising to find a play published in the year after the end of the second world war devoted to such a theme, and it must have been his own recent experience that led the playwright to this personal intrusion in the final scene. But the descent from drama to homily certainly weakens the play's conclusion. Moreover, in his determination to sanctify his message the playwright seems to have overlooked the need to create a more coherent sequence of events leading up to the death of the Father Provincial. The result is that we feel a gap, or at least a strain, in the chain of tragic inevitability, and the final scene comes less as a climax than as in arbitrary and disappointing betrayal of much that has gone before. Deathbed scenes are treacherous material, dramatically tedious and, in a rationalistic age, ill-suited for conveying visionary aura. We can only wish that the playwright had kept his dying hero off the stage, entrusting any necessary account of his martyrdom to some appropriate "messenger." Then we would have been spared the disintegration of the Father Provincial's finely-wrought character into a commonplace sermon, and been left to face the situation he faced more honestly for ourselves.
Cornelis (J. R. Baxter) Father Provincial (A. J. Robinson) Father Clark (D. D. Speight)
To say so much of the play before mentioning the performers may seem disproportionate, if not actually discourteous. But the reviewer has felt it necessary not only to unburden himself of the sense of dissatisfaction left by the final scene but, more importantly, to sketch an interpretation of the whole drama against which the effectiveness of the individual performances can be measured. Interpretations will, of course, differ. But it may be hoped that this one, based as it is largely upon the impression left by the performance under review, will provide a fair criterion of success on the production's own terms.
It was apparent from the start that austerity was to be the keynote of this production. The spare white set, black and white habits of Jesuits and Indians in the opening procession, the subdued monochrome of the plainchant-all these created an atmosphere in which mere histrionics must immediately appear false and exaggerated, and true feeling could only be expressed by the most economical of gestures or modulations of the voice. This demand, implicit in the very nature of the play, was a harsh discipline for amateur actors, and not all proved equal to it. But it was a measure of shrewd casting that among those who most nearly succeeded the three or four leading actors were outstanding. Perhaps most memorable was A. J. Robinson's sensitive study of the Father Provincial. In dignified carriage and ascetic features he was naturally suited to the part; but he added to these advantages a fine impression of burning conviction under a gentle exterior, and conveyed to a remarkable degree the spiritual and mental anguish both of the exercise and of the surrender of his lonely authority. Never at any moment did he yield to the easy temptation to play the sanctimonious priest. Possibly he allowed himself to betray, by nervous movements of hands and face, more of his inner tension than a seasoned Jesuit might have done; but this was a small matter beside the general excellence of his interpretation. It was the greater pity that such a creation had to be sacrificed to the playwright's misjudgement in the final scene. But even this aberration was handled with such refined devotion that we were almost persuaded of the therapeutic value of mortal wounds and the supernatural significance of deathbed utterances.
As the other `strong man' of the play J. A. Ramsden's Don Pedro was no second fiddle to this performance. The first and most dramatic posing of the central dilemma at the end of the First Act depended above all on his ability to sustain tension and authority throughout the long and sometimes dangerously thin `enquiry', and finally, having established the moral vindication of the Jesuit cause, to demonstrate without loss of integrity the irrelevance of the whole proceedings in the face of the realities of power. This was certainly the most powerfully conceived and best written part of the play, and Ramsden's impeccably civilized and humane but wholly worldly Don Pedro was the perfect match for the intense idealism of the Father Provincial. As he confronted the Father Provincial with the fait accompli of his mission and sketched its cold practical justification a gulf of blank incomprehension yawned between the two men, each possessed by his allegiance to a higher power, and linked now only by the tenuous bond of fine Spanish breeding. The vividness of this moment of estrangement owed much to clear and convincing characterisation throughout the preceding scene.
Among the supporting parts R. M. Price's Querini was as convincing in manner as in appearance, and in both exploited fully the sinister ambiguity of the part. His meticulously cool and impassive delivery precisely fitted his role as the agent of an external fate, relentlessly driving the Father Provincial to his knees. Beneath the exquisite silk glove undoubtedly lay a fist of iron, and beneath the courtly sophistication of his disguise could be sensed a man whose spiritual idealism was tempered rather than corrupted by worldly wisdom. Nonetheless, our human sympathies recoiled from this disquietingly impersonal calculator of spiritual profit and loss, and many questions raised by this sombre scene remained unanswered at the end.
Of a very different kind but equally effective was J. R. Baxter's whole-hearted study of the trader, Cornelis. Blowing like a gale of healthy materialism through the clinical calm of the Jesuit retreat he made this blaspheming Dutch Calvinist memorably his own, and provided an admirable foil to the tensions of the First Act. It is perhaps a fault in the play that the expectations roused by this early outburst of earthy humour are never later fulfilled. But without Cornelis the play would be heavy going indeed, and we were grateful to Baxter for giving us such an attractively full-blooded performance.
The remaining parts offered little reward for anything more than competent and disciplined acting. Most significant was that of Oros, whose too literal zest for the divine "kingdom" reflects and magnifies the fatal flaw in the Father Provincial's idealism. D. J. Roberts brought to the part a suitable energy and soldierly bearing, but lacked something in effective management of gesture. His companions, J. R. Beale (Father Liebermann) and D. D. Speight (Father Clark), performed conscientiously, but could make little of their flat and mechanical lines.
Of Don Pedro's attendants, C. J. Beck's Arago was a nice study in the seamier side of diplomatic life, which served well to underline the greater nobility of Don Pedro's worldly philosophy. As Villano J. D. Everatt perhaps overstressed the comic elements in his part, but with his dogged professional acceptance of distasteful duty succeeded in representing yet another dimension of loyalty at that ironic inquisition.
As the only witnesses with a possibly genuine case against the Jesuits it seemed at first unfair that Bustillos (S. A. Hoyland) and Catalde (J. H. Taylor) should have given so villainous an impression as to damn their cause outright. But such were the demands of the drama, and the actors provided only what was required. Painful echoes of Rhodesia hung about their words, but we could not look for a more balanced discussion of the settler problem here: this was one thing that this play was emphatically not about.
Among the Indians, R. M. Dixon and J. R. A. Cook did their best to make some dramatic sense of the appalling lines given to Candia and Naguacu. They may reasonably hope never to be burdened with such ungrateful parts again. In high drama the inarticulate are best served by silence-as was again proved by the impossible riot scene in Act Il. By contrast, the opening procession of priests and Indians was a moving spectacle, as were the Indians mute and kneeling before the Father Provincial after their calamitous outcry. One might perhaps criticise the production for emphasising the inherent weakness at this point by allowing the stage to become absurdly crowded with these incongruous forms, and subjecting them to too close a scrutiny under brighter lighting than their disguise could properly bear. The body of priests, on the other hand, was skilfully handled, and their disciplined movement in procession and round the Father Provincial's deathbed created no sense of spatial restriction. Their dignified rendering of the plainchant, led with musicianly skill by M. R. Ainsworth, their remotely placed Cantor, would surely have done credit to many a monastery choir.
Villano (J. D. Everatt) Arago (C. J. Beck) Don Pedro (J. A. Ramsden)
The difficulties of production in the School Hall are patent, and this above all in a play written, with much specific detail, for a conventional curtained stage. On the whole this production succeeded in avoiding any sense of inappositeness, and exploited the spaces around the stage to good effect. But it must be admitted that the sequence of events in Act 11 was not clarified by the diversity of exits and entrances, and in particular the curious placing and incongruous timing of the `noises off.' Tomtoms were beaten spasmodically, and rather too loud, backstage, while sporadic shots rang out unnervingly behind the audience, and figures rushed on and off through our midst. Again, although it was clearly not possible for all the actors to face all the audience all the time, one felt that some further concessions to the common prejudice against prolonged back views might have been possible. As it was dramatic impact seemed sometimes to be lost in favour of three-dimensional realism. But this was purely a visual matter: the standard of audibility was high throughout, and we are aware that this was no accident.
Finally, then, it must be said that the efforts of all concerned-and not least those unseen genii who ruled the elements of light and darkness with complete efficiency; those who achieved such startling transformations with greasepaint and powder; and those whose strenuous and imaginative labours had produced so economically effective a setting and costumes to match-combined to produce no meagre performance, nor one for which excuses need to be found. Its moments of weakness were more than offset by episodes in which tension and credibility were splendidly maintained; and at the end no one could doubt that, whatever its dramatic or moral acceptability, the playwright's message had been honestly and clearly delivered.
Note:-We are grateful to J. M. Sanderson, secretary of the Photographic Society, for allowing us to use his photographs to illustrate this review.
THIS year we had a junior play. Mr. C. I. Cook produced a rollicking translation of this rustic piece by Sophocles. The adaptation from the Greek was lively and the story of the search for some stolen cattle belonging to the god Apollo had several telling contemporary references. The search was conducted by the family of a terrible old crook called Silenus, and they are successful-but the culprit is a newly born god, Hermes, which is rather like discovering a double agent-you can't punish a god. It looked as if no one won, except the audience who thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The cast also seemed to be finding it fun and their enthusiasm was contagious. It is always difficult to stage choral action and this little play has both a choric group and a chorus. The sons of Silenus managed to act as a unit while still producing individual pictures over a wide range of expression. M. H. Gatti's facial expressions and the nicely timed fooling of the Fowles twins were particularly noticeable, but all were good. The Chorus itself spoke well in unison and were excellently drilled, no easy matter when you regiment such a high-spirited group. They were enjoying themselves hugely despite some difficulty in retaining dignity while hitching up slipping togas-they even contrived to dance in the clumsy things. The principals were well chosen and performed admirably. Romanski gave us an arrogant and slightly pompous Apollo, a good contrast to the ingenuous innocence of A. R. Wyatt's Hermes. W. J. Taunton was a calm and formal nurse-nymph and J. L. Baggaly was so unsavoury a Silenus that we had no difficulty in seeing him as the father of his unruly brood. The production was backed by lively music and intelligent lighting, it was fast moving and carried the audience with it through the long choral speeches as well as the more rumbustious action.
Greek drama, but not to be taken too seriously, the sense of fun, wit and even irony, was transmitted to the audience through the enthusiasm of the young cast. It is to be hoped that the junior play is here to stay. Mr. Cook has shown us that there is a good deal of talent and much goodwill to be tapped in the junior school.
W. D. L. S.
OVER the past few months the troop has enjoyed both indoor and outdoor life, with the staff still attempting to find the "perfect" meeting. Outdoor activities have included a weekend camp at Bradfield for patrol leaders, an excellently manoeuvred wide-game by four patrol leaders on the ever popular November 5th, a wide-game on Stanage Moors with which the weather played havoc, and the recent St. George's Day parade. The troop football team is once again in the final of the Loxley District Knock-out Cup (which we won last year).
Whit camp is to be held at Newstead Abbey, and summer camp in the mountainous district of Galloway in south-west Scotland.
This opportunity must be taken to thank Mr. T. G. Cook for the excellent service he rendered to the group during his years at the School, and especially for running the troop at times when we were without a S.M. Thanks are also due to Mr. Baker for agreeing to take on the post of G.S.M. so readily, and to Mr. Anderson, whose invaluable work and effort often goes unnoticed and unthanked.
Congratulations to G. Slack on gaining his Scout Cord, and to M. J. Henty, J. Ward and C. Wilson on gaining their First Class badges.
S. J. W.
THERE appears to be only a limited number of people who are willing to take part in extra-curricular activities, and so, while this year has seen the advent or resurrection of several societies, the membership of some of their ageing rivals has declined.
The new societies, which cover many subjects, range from the aesthetic Poetry Society to the athletic Climbing Club. Between these extremes the Wayfarers, the Geography Society, and the Economics Society find a place, and, if certain people get their wishes granted, these could be joined by an Origami Society.
Aesthetes were entertained by such gems as a talk on Nursery Rhymes and surveys of various poets. The athletes in the Climbing Club had their first meet in the Lake District, although the rocks were treated to their jokes rather than to their boots and ropes. Some members went to Scotland in the Christmas Holidays, but it was in the Lent term that the Club got into full swing, when there were classes for beginners and practices on Burbage, Stanage and Rivelin edges. The Geography Society, which was revived mainly through the initiative of the present sixth form, has had an encouraging reception. It had lectures on "Japan," "North Sea Gas," "Weather Cycles," and "A Journey of Mr. Lockett in Ulster," but the highlight of its short existence was a wet trip, in co-operation with the Fell Walking Society, to Malham.
After the demise of the I. D. G., the Economics Society has become responsible for all branches of politics and current affairs. It has been fortunate in hearing Professor Reinders talk about the Civil Rights movement, and Mr. Heathfield, a union official, defend trade unionism. The esoteric Wayfarers seems to be the most intriguing of these new societies. It is intended for boys in the lower school who have witnessed the "Fact and Faith" film-"Mystery of Three Clocks," and taken part in a treasure hunt, in which clues had to be deciphered, a password unjumbled, and a map pieced together, besides the trail-layer having at one time to catch up with his followers.
The older societies divide themselves into three groups, which deal with arts, sciences, and other subjects which are not taught in school. The arts societies exist in the greatest number, and, of these, the Literary and Debating and History Societies are the best attended.
An inter-form quiz, which produced the liveliest and loudest of audiences, and which was deservedly won by 2X, stands out from the meetings of the Junior Literary and Debating Society. Its middle school equivalent was entertained by a "Balloon Debate," in which eight impersonators of famous historical characters thrown into a sinking balloon had each to say why they should be allowed to stay. Besides this the Society had debates entitled "This house believes that bus conductors are a menace to society," and "This house believes that Shakespeare is a fraud" (or "Should the Bard be barred?").
Because of the practice needed for inter-school public speaking and debating competitions, the meetings of the seniors have been mainly concerned with debating. The standard of speaking has varied considerably, but there seems to be a lively interest. In the Sheffield Schools' Debating Competition, the K.E.S. team has been well supported by members of the school, although the patriotism of some of them in the second debate degenerated into a lack of decorum. Both of the debates, which were on "The Press should inform, not influence" (at the High School) and "Safety First is a poor creed for Youth" (here against Tapton House School, Chesterfield), were won, and we wish the team success in the coming rounds.
The Junior History Society, although it could not actualize a suggestion for a revival of the Battle of Hastings on the Close as a celebration of its 900th anniversary, largely owing to a singular lack of volunteers for the part of Harold, had held many varied meetings. These included presentations of films about Hadrian's Wall, former methods of farming, veteran cars, the heritage bequeathed to us through stately homes, and, to the surprise of those who trusted the catalogue's claims that it was concerned with the historical sights of the city, a film about York's railway station. Talks have been given on the history of medicines, and on Marlborough, and a panel discussed what might have happened if certain events in history had not occurred.
The Senior History Society has been very active of late, and defended its right to exist when the motion that "History is Bunk" was defeated. Many lectures were given by boys, from which one on the "Rise and Fall of the Howard Family" stands out. Mr. Cook's valedictory address on "Bess of Hardwick" was, deservedly, very well attended. The Society has been honoured by an exposition of the Popish Plot by Professor Haley, and a stimulating and informative talk by Professor Armytage about the effects of the Anglo-French Wars at the turn of the eighteenth century on scientific and technological progress.
Mr. Bridgewater, posing as Shakespeare, was acquitted of libelling Richard III in a mock trial, which turned out, in spite of the seriousness of the accusation, to be extremely amusing, owing to the versatile impressions of Mr. (His Majesty, Edward 1V) Anderson, the saintliness of Mr. (Thomas More) Baker, and the inimitable confidence of the prosecuting Ramsden, not to mention the plaintiff's cool-headed reasoning. Members of the staff were also confronted with the talents of their pupils in a quiz modelled on "University Challenge," which they very narrowly and somewhat fortuitously won. Masters and boys have, however, usually not been so openly opposed, as is proved by the Spartan, care-free weekend which some of them spent together in Shropshire, last October. A similar trip to North Wales, which, like its predecessor, is inspired by vague historical motives, is planned for the beginning of May.
The Classical Society's meetings reached a climax with a performance of an "edited" English version of "The Frogs" by Aristophanes. The slapstick element was well received, although some of the more erudite among the audience may have regretted the suppression of the bawdier element so essentially characteristic of Greek Comedy. Nevertheless, the play was a success and the sound-track, which included a series of singularly un-frog-like noises, was especially appreciated. This meeting was backed up by a collection of talks and two "University Challenges." In the senior one, a team of aesthetes were defeated by a team of athletes, upon which the captain of the losing side gave his counterpart (a Welsh Classics master), a leek with which to celebrate St. David's Day.
Both the Senior and Junior Art Societies have flourished, and there seems to be much interest in art. The meetings of the former branch have usually consisted of film strips showing the history and development of art and architecture from the Renaissance to the time of the French Impressionists, backed up by Mr. Helliwell's comments. A visit was made to the Bonnard Exhibition at the Royal Academy, and the party also visited the National and Tate Galleries (a note about this appears elsewhere). Some members have been to the evening lectures and films given in the Graves Art Gallery. In contrast, the Junior Art Society has not used many film strips or made trips, but has been concerned with the practical aspects of art.
The Craft and Construction Society has been engrossed in building the stage for the school play. They managed to complete it in time, although work was still in progress only a couple of hours before the first performance began.
The last (but not least) of the arts societies, the Music Club, has assembled regularly to give varied meetings. Both senior and junior boys have arranged concerts, and these have been supported by a succession of illustrated talks, two of which-one on Gilbert and Sullivan and the other on William Walton's "Balshazzar's Feast"-were outstanding. Other meetings have included quizzes, and the playing of original compositions.
The societies which cater for those with a scientific bent, although fewer in number than those for arts scholars, are no less popular. The Maths Society heard several talks, of which an attempt by Mr. Scobie to find the golden ratio in nature was derided by some cynics who heard it, after the mathematics of this ratio had been given. Other speakers gave modern views on the teaching of mathematics to young children, and the reason for many common mistakes in calculations. The Scientific Society deals with both chemistry and physics and, while the former section has nothing specific to report, the latter has undertaken four projects, as a result of which a ripple tank, an interferometer for very delicate measurement, a teaching device for electro-dynamics, and a galvanometer amplifier (with which it is hoped to register human heartbeats) have been made. Amongst the talks which the Natural History Society has heard, two by the Sheffield Coroner and the Home Office Pathologist proved particularly interesting. An "open night," during which apparatus and dissection and various biological experiments were demonstrated, proved to be very popular, and was characterized by the Society's usual high attendance.
The remaining activities dealt with in this account are not concerned with subjects covered in school.
The Christian Union, which will be re-christened as the Christian Forum at the beginning of the Summer term, has heard several visiting speakers. Mr. R. G. Grayson, a solicitor and Chairman of the Sheffield Executive Committee for the Billy Graham Crusade, showed how Christianity influences his work. Rev. A. Vernon-Williams, Honorary Secretary of the Sheffield Telephone Samaritans, spoke about his organisation. Councillor Peter Jones talked about the relationship of Christianity and politics, and Rev. Henry Williams gave his views on the proposed union of Anglicans and Methodists. These meetings were interspersed with films, a record session, and a gen-box on Europe. The Stamp Club has struggled through a dearth of attendance to hold talks, of which the best, on Keytypes, was regrettably only attended by two members. On the other hand, the Chess Club started the year by breaking all previous records for attendance. It has tried out several innovations-a series of ladders and a knock-out competition, which, although disappointing, should, if modified, provide a sound basis for next year's activities. The Club's best players, who form the school chess team, have tied with Abbeydale G.S. for the League Championship after an adjudication and await a play-off. The Model Aircraft Club has presented its usual flying meetings, and a club trainer has been introduced to meet with varying amounts of success. After an explanation of how a radio works, the members of the Radio Society have triumphed over a succession of obstinate transistors, which would go and burn out, to produce a portable radio.
All these societies wish to thank the members of the staff who have both organised and participated in their activities, and hope to see even more people attend their meetings.
Since the last School magazine was published the Fell Walking Club has had two weekend expeditions away from Sheffield. The first one was during the Autumn term, when a trip was arranged to the Lake District over the half-term holiday.
We left school at about 5 o'clock on the Thursday evening, and stayed at two Youth Hostels, High Close, near Grasmere, and Longthwaite, in Borrowdale. We arrived late at High Close after a night hike from the coach, which was unable to negotiate any of the roads to the hostel, and caused a commotion throughout the hostel until well after 11 o'clock.
Next day the sun shone brightly, and we set off in two separate groups for the Langdale Pikes, following different routes, and met in the middle of a bog near Stickle Tarn for lunch. Afterwards the two groups combined to scramble up Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle. We then descended Dungeon Ghyll and followed the valley through Langdale back to the hostel. A strenuous evening was spent playing "slipper-ball" on the highly-polished common-room floor.
On the Saturday we left High Close in one party, and headed for Longthwaite via Helm Crag and Greenup Edge. Splendid views of the Buttermere fells and Skiddaw were seen. Full kit had to be carried that day, and the hot weather was not appreciated by everyone.
On Sunday the weather was misty and rather windy, very different from the bright sunshine we had been having. One group set off for Scafell Pike, the other for Great Gable, both mountains being ascended successfully. We returned to the hostel to find the chimney on fire, but little damage was done. Three members of the party provided half the congregation in the local Parish Church that evening.
Monday was spent in Keswick, exploring the town, and after our final Youth Hostel packed lunch we travelled by coach to Sheffield.
S. Nicholson; W. G. Wallis
VISITS to the new Playhouse at Nottingham, begun a few terms ago, have proved extremely popular, and are now a regular event. This year, visits have been arranged by the School to see "Measure for Measure", "Schweyk in the Second World War", and the "Country Wife".
"Measure for Measure" was a delightful success, and proved that Shakespeare can be performed in modern costume without losing the atmosphere of the play. Indeed, modern costumes helped to type-cast the characters immediately they appeared on stage, and this brought them much nearer to the audience than period costume would have been able to do. An illustration of this is offered by those two unforgettable characters-Pompey, a pimp, and Lucio, a "fantastic". Their costumes, more than any other, strengthened the character portrayal. These two characters provided the main humour in the play, and in my opinion, "Measure for Measure" was the best comedy of the three plays seen this year. In spite of the comedy, however, the audience was left feeling angry and puzzled by the lack of justice within the play. All were waiting to see Angelo punished for his sins, but no such punishment was forthcoming. Another exceptional feature of this play was the revolving set which could provide the setting for a prison, an office, and a night-club without scenery changes, which tend to upset the continuity of a play.
"Schweyk in the Second World War" by Bertolt Brecht received a mixed reception from those in the school who saw it. Some found the play very enjoyable and interesting, and were especially impressed by the large caricature heads of the members of the "Higher Regions", Hitler, Himmler and Goring. The majority, however, found the play uninspiring, and remained unimpressed. Perhaps this was because most of those who went were unfamiliar with Brecht's style, and it is possible that a little more familiarity with the author would have given a little more understanding of this play.
Attracted by the reputation of William Wycherly's "Country Wife", a larger party saw this play than any other. Many of those who went had seen "The Relapse" at the Sheffield Playhouse the previous year, and knew what to expect from Restoration Comedy. The play was entertaining, and the comedy brought the expected response from the members of the school, but on the whole it was slightly disappointing. This was probably because we were expecting too much from the play, but nevertheless the production left room for improvement. Indeed, I believe that "The Relapse" at Sheffield was better than Wycherly's, despite the latter's supposedly being a better play. Those who saw Jimmy Thomson's brilliant performance as Scapin were expecting an equal performance in this play, but once again they were disappointed. However, it must be remembered that the part of Sparkish does not have the potential of Scapin.
In spite of these minor criticisms which can be made in retrospect, the productions of the Nottingham Playhouse have been greatly enjoyed by all who have attended. Indeed, the parties invariably consist of a high proportion of those eligible. Originally they were open to the whole senior school, but the enormous response has made it necessary to limit the visits to sixth and seventh formers only. They, like several members of the staff, are grateful for the opportunity to visit regularly one of the most modern theatres in the country, and this reflects the increasing interest in the theatre among young people.
M. E. Orton
The Saga of the Paper Boy
The story of the Paper Boy is rather sad to read,
So ere you rush to join his ranks be cautioned and take heed.
The day begins at half past six, you're feeling very tired.
You must report by 7. 15 for fear of being fired.
]f perchance you look outside you'll no doubt see it's pouring;
But the thought of better weather tends to send your spirits soaring.
The papers now are wet and limp, and most of them are tearing.
An old man stalwart bounces up and asks you how you're faring.
This box's spring is very strong, your thumb holds back the flap;
The dog he sights it, hard he bites it - friendly little chap!
20's left, you now find out, but there, you've put one through.
Now you're in a sad dilemma-none for 22!
The daily round brings good rewards when Saturday is dawning,
And you collect your weekly payment, early in the morning.
P. R. Jay
IT WAS on a cold day in February, cynically referred to as "D day", that I tripped down each of the three flights of steps, barely conscious of their existence. My nose was buried in fractions, factors and ratios in a vain attempt to procure a mere idea of their working. Dolefully I strolled into the room and took my seat. Almost in tears I tried to read the problems through the paper with which I had just been issued. At a word from the master I whipped the paper round and began to attack the seemingly invincible problem
x+y=p-19, p+y=104p, y-10=p+x!
Like a battering ram I thrust myself upon it, but was checked by the formidable appearance of ... three equations? As my spirits began to nose-dive I grimly informed myself that intelligence is an essential factor of a mathematician, and resumed by multiplying the first equation by five, for what reason I shall never know. I next arranged the equations so that the first letters of each were in alphabetical order:
p+y=104p, 5(x+y)=5p-95, y-I0=p+x
Then I added the equations together and discovered that they totalled 7y + 5x + p - 10= 110p + x - 95.
A flash of dazzling inspiration momentarily illuminated my mind. In order
to convert them to decimals I multiplied the total by ten, the result being
70y+ 50x+ 10p-I00 = 1100p + 10x - 950.
For the first time since I had been introduced to equations I felt that I
was making headway. I transported 50x+ I0p-I00 from the left to the right of
the equation and was confronted by:
70y = 1090p - 40x - 850
y=(I09p - 4x - 85)/7
The bell rang, piercing me through and activating the butterflies which had
been hovering in my stomach all day long. In panic I multiplied the lot by seven,
at any rate all but y:
The master in charge called us to stop work and began to collect the papers. On reaching me a frown that reminded me of a school radiator on edge (though with considerably more heat emanating from it) spread over his face. Needless to say I came bottom in maths that term.
IT MAY be disputed how interesting the 1966 British General Election was, but no one who witnessed the School's own Mock Election could say that it lacked interest and excitement. After the Mock Election had been announced, four candidates emerged to fight for their principles and politics: S. A. Hoyland for Labour, R. Galley for the Conservatives, G. W. J. Ball for the Liberals, and C. J. Beck, an Independent. After a week of preparations by the candidates and their supporters, the campaign opened on March 14th, with each party printing manifestos, holding meetings, and engaging in a fierce poster campaign.
The main part of the campaign took the form of political meetings, and on their allotted days the candidates addressed noisy crowds from the front steps or in the L.L.R. The main difficulty facing the speakers was to overcome fierce heckling. In this respect Mr. Ball was the most unfortunate, for his efforts to spread Liberal ideas floundered when confronted by a hearty Socialist rendering of "My father knew Lloyd George". The Conservatives took the precaution of using a microphone and loudspeaker, and (it was alleged) demonstrated their principles of private enterprise by refusing to let their Labour rivals use it. The loudspeaker itself was so deafening that the Conservative message, as expounded by Messrs. Galley, Ramsden, Price, and Roberts, could be heard for a considerable distance beyond the School grounds.
For Labour Mr. Hoyland managed to overcome the hecklers as he defended the Government's record. When asked by a worried defender of the free enterprise system about the Government's policy towards barbers' shops, he was able to answer-with his hair flapping bravely in the wind-that there was no intention of nationalising them. Perhaps the questioner was worried about the effect of Mr. Hoyland's hair on the working of supply and demand in the hairdressing industry. Finally, Mr. Beck expounded his own policies, and stressed his independence of other parties by his peculiar spelling of the word-" Independance "-which, whether by accident or design, was repeated on all his posters and manifestos.
Meanwhile, the poster campaign was in full swing, with every available space filled with political propaganda. As some of these posters showed scantily-attired young ladies exhorting us to vote for one party or another, some of the propaganda seemed to be in imminent danger of censorship, but the campaign ended before any party went past the point of no return.
After all the excitement, it was inevitable that Polling Day, on March 2 5th, should witness a high poll. Over ninety per cent of the electorate voted, and the voting gave the Independant candidate 113 votes, the Conservative candidate 98 votes, the Labour candidate 80, and the Liberal candidate 7 5. Mr. Beck was thus elected, and "Independants for Independence" triumphed over party politics.
High in the hills so gently it started,
Wending its way to the valley below;
Through pine woods and moorland and wild flowered marshes,
Leaping then roaring then gliding so slow.
Between banks of low bushes, and fields that are green,
Through dark, dirty cities, it's hidden from view;
Muddy, polluted but evermore moving,
Then joyously, gaily, again breaking through,
Slowly, more slowly, it ran through the meadows;
Chuckling o'er weirs forming pools here and there,
'Till there in the distance the end it was seeking
Now came into view, the sea it would share.
(Originally published in "Phoenix", March 1966)
OF COURSE, everybody has read the story of Rupert, although not all know him by this name. To some he is Aristothenes, and to others Mary, Queen of Scots.
The basic question is, how does he do it? Some disbelieving souls ask, "How does he do what?", but I think it is best to disregard this ignorant minority.
One part of Rupert's history which is not common knowledge, and was not published in his memoirs, nor is even mentioned in the Revised Version of the Prayer Book, is that Rupert scratches his nose And we all know what happens to people who scratch their noses don't we? Be quiet
When Rupert unfolds his wings, it is like the peal of fairy bells in a woodland glade or the thunder of traffic on the Great North Road-nobody has ever heard him unfold his wings, so we don't know.
What is Rupert? Rupert is a furry little creature, and although he is mythical he can be seen in the British Museum.
Will anyone who has seen Rupert, or knows of his present whereabouts, please ring Whitehall 1212?
P.S. Sorry about the cow.
I stand and gaze
Into the mirror
Into the hole
In my forehead
Into the smoke
I n my skull, there
I see shadows
Infinitesimal, gods fight with devils.
Stay in and go,
Do not come out and go.
Broken trees with lights
Feed my gulf.
Eats me on their behalf
People can see
Into the hole,
I do not need
The satisfied people,
Only those who can
Stop up the hole.
One by one
My fingers drop off
And squirm away to
Tickle people's feet.
Do they laugh
Or scream with Revulsion?
They grow again
To drop off.
If only the blood
Colour the floor
That their feet may
Be painted variegated shades.
Once they stole
Some of my intestines.
It is an oracle.
Listen, and my
Guts will speak
I am tired
And my stomach
Is tired of talking
A. J Robinson
MR. HELLIWELL, accompanied by Mr. Baker and Mr. Scobie, made his annual pilgrimage to the Royal Academy Winter Exhibition - The Work of Pierre Bonnard. The morning in London was taken up by different people in different ways, one party visited the Tate Gallery and another Modern Art in Bond Street, and in the afternoon all gathered at Burlington House. This year's subject was less intriguing to all members of the party than the Goya exhibition last year. Bonnard is essentially a painter-that is to say he is mainly concerned with paint, and his range of subjects is small. There are no historic persons to look at and few landscapes, so if you are not interested in the pure application of paint you quickly exhaust your interest. Some of the party left early and went off to other exhibitions-but all met the train and returned safely to Sheffield. Perhaps a less interesting exhibition than last year but worth the visit as always. I am informed that one of the attractions is WDLS in a panic looking for the last two members of the party three minutes before the train goes out - of: course they were sitting munching happily on the train. Thank you, Mr. Helliwell.
DESPITE a late, wet start from school in the early morning, the defiant mood of the trip to London undertaken by thirty fifth-formers was set by the traditional coach singing, which was spirited if not particularly original. The aim of the trip was to see some of the economic institutions of the capital. En route we stopped at Derby where we were shown round certain parts of the Rolls-Royce factory-the training shops (where tea-drinking courses seemed popular), the drawing shops and the engine assembly section. These all proved very interesting and gave some idea of the very high standard demanded by the firm.
We made good time to London and found our accommodation at Passfield Hall, the London School of Economics hostel, admirable. As we were free to do what we wished except for the arranged visits, we all had time to see the sights and go to football matches, concerts, plays, beat clubs and many other places, including London Airport. Complex "races" on the Underground were planned which caused a number of late appearances at certain events, although no cases of actual disappearance.
On Tuesday morning we visited Transport House, the headquarters of the Transport and General Workers' Union. We trust our drinking tea with the two officials who addressed us and put over their case very adroitly did not commit us to joining the Labour party. We were also shown round the General Secretary's office. In the afternoon the National Plan was outlined to us at the Department of Economic Affairs, just round the corner from Downing Street (where several members of the party claim to have seen Him). However, perhaps the highlight of the trip for some was the evening visit to The Financial Times and The Economist. Although we split into two separate parties and all the arrangements were made separately, we ended up watching the same paper being printed. We were entertained on a lavish scale with cider and sandwiches and left, if not fully understanding all the technicalities, with at least a general idea, not to mention Wednesday's Financial Times on Tuesday.
On Wednesday we visited the foreign department of Lloyd's Bank, where we saw, among other things, telecommunications equipment, computers and some temptingly well-forged notes. Later, after a film at the Stock Exchange, we watched business there from the Public Gallery. In the evening we saw Bernard Shaw's play "Man and Superman", which was very witty and well produced (although several of us were too Shavian to take this point of view).
We had planned to go into the public gallery of the House of Commons on Thursday, but since it was the day of the State opening we let them get on with it; some of us watched this from outside and the rest went elsewhere. We left on Thursday afternoon and arrived back in Sheffield at half past six amidst singing possibly even more lyrical.
We are all very grateful to Mr. Nuttall for using his obvious influence in high places, and to Mr. Lockett who helped him organise the trip, which was thoroughly enjoyable and most worthwhile. We realise that we were very privileged to see some of these places. It is to be hoped that this traditional pilgrimage will be repeated in future years.
M.R.A., D.M.N.H., R.J.P.
Palindromic Invention (A Parody of Modern Verse-Form)
noon o noon
i sit on tub
now i saw
but a ton
J. C. Smith
IT WAS a cold, wet Good Friday, and we were not too sorry to be leaving England to its snowy Easter. The best the buffet on Victoria Station could offer for breakfast was a Hot Cross Bun, most satisfying. Still, at least we were on our way, and there did seem to be a fair proportion of girls to boys in the party (about four to one). We decided to investigate later. Our charming courier, Susie, organised us, in what was to become known as her efficient manner, in about three-quarters of an hour. At last we boarded the train and were on our way to Dover and beyond.
The journey from here to Olympia is rather confused in our minds, owing to a definite lack of sleep for three successive nights: the cold, but smooth channel ferry, relays of French, Dutch, and Italian people disturbing the peace in our compartment, rain in Milan, two Italian umbrellas bought, an enjoyable, if sleepless night between Milan and Brindisi, the "Egnatia", a car-ferry with a swimming pool, finally a two hour coach journey to Olympia.
Olympia is a small town with some very interesting ruins. It was here that we sampled our first "ouzo", a highly potent (sometimes a hundred per cent proof) Greek spirit, but all survived quite well. The same cannot be said for a Miss Caroline Morgan-Grenville from Benenden, "P.A. (Princess Anne) once trod on my hand," who was definitely the worse for wear after her fifth. The next morning was spent on the Olympic site, but a race up the stadium was called off because of the heat.
The next few days were spent racing round the southern half of Greece in coaches. The roads are not too good in this part, and one began to get a bit worried after the ninth successive hairpin, especially when the road was not much wider than the coach and we kept on meeting other coaches. Nauplia, Tiryns, Mycenae, Argos, Corinth, and Delphi, amongst others were visited. All were interesting, but on more than one occasion Edwardians were seen to be taking a great deal of interest in other attractions, or as much interest as their teacher would allow. "Be in by ten o'clock, girls."
We finally reached Athens, which was hotter than ever, but it was superb to see the Acropolis live after seeing so many pictures of it. In the evening we visited the "Sons et Lumieres" (Sounds and Lights), an attempt to recreate events in Athenian history with tape-recorders and floodlights, but this was voted "slushy" and "like being in the back row of the flicks," which was especially true of some people.
Our next move took us to Crete on the "Minos", a dirty, sweaty boat in which it was almost impossible to breathe below in the cabins. Crete, however, was excellent. It was hot, the beaches were good, and, after visiting three Minoan palaces and Zeus' alleged birth-place, down a cold, wet, slippery cave, we had some spare days to enjoy it. We even managed to go to the cinema twice, where we saw "Moll Flanders" and "Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines" in English with Greek sub-titles. The funniest things here, however, were the advertisements for "Omo", "Signal", and "Palmolive" in Greek.
All too soon our week in Crete was over, and we had to return to Athens on the "Minos" again, still dirty and sweaty. Our final day in Greece was spent in Athens. The forty-seventh museum of the trip was visited, but we were getting a bit sick of them by this time. "Just a load of old pots" was one description.
Our last evening might have been more enjoyable if we had not had, hanging over us, the thought of rising at five o'clock in the morning to catch the 'plane. On rising at this unearthly hour we found, to our surprise, that the sun was already up.
The coaches took us to the airport and we boarded our rather antiquated "Britannia" after some delay. The air trip was enjoyable, but rather boring, only interrupted by a bumpy section over the Alps. We finally arrived at Gatwick tired but sunburned, and definitely better educated after our holiday.
We should like to thank the K.E.S. Classics staff who encouraged the venture, and the Aegina Club who arranged it all, company included, at such a low cost.
Once I had a vision in the middle of the afternoon;
There were a hundred people standing on the edge
Of a cliff; which was sheer except for a small ledge
A few feet down. The people (in one straight line) looked up at the sum.
(Then they all walked over the edge, and everyone was dashed to death on
the rocks below-all that is except one,
Predestined to salvation?
I don't think so,
I afterwards learned he was an atheist.)
He was very old, probably the oldest man in the whole crowd.
Funny really because being so old you would expect him
To crush easily. But instead of that they didn't let him
Fall over. He stood erect almost wearing the legendary crown,
(of Jesus. In fact during the next part of my vision he walked around on the
sea and floated up to the ledge I have previously mentioned but not in the
least like Jesus Christ, more like a hovercraft in fact.)
Slowly he came close, very close, to me, breathing sourly
Into my face; his pale eyes looked into my soul and spoke very slowly:
"There was no Creation and there will be no judgement,
You will never die, for you are made from the dust of the Earth."
EVERY time an actor left the stage of the Lyceum during the National Theatre's production of Juno and the Paycock there was a tremendous clatter as he descended an imaginary flight of stairs, and a bang as he clumped a property door at the imaginary bottom. Throughout the first act I found myself haunted by this vision of an actor running on the spot in a carefully measured cadence, as he poised his hinged flat for the final thump. Like the shovelful of coal on the electric fire, until the play had got its grip this elaborate naturalism had an intensely unnatural effect.
On the other hand, the mild disappointment most members of the sixth form party at Nottingham Playhouse felt over Schweyk in the Second World War was partly due to Brecht's refusal to let the audience for one moment forget that they were watching a play, and a play with a message. No one in his senses has ever drawn a gun and shot Macbeth for his crimes, but whether the scenery is realistic or not, a play must allow the audience the kind of involvement in what is going on that precludes too much self-conscious awareness of their surroundings, even in a school production.
The possibilities of the school hall for "Theatre in the Round" (or rather, what is called "arena" staging) are both exciting and very limiting, and the actors' difficulties are closely bound up with the problem of naturalism. It was a general criticism of those who sat through The Strong are Lonely that they got tired of seeing the backs of so many of the actors. Strictly speaking, arena theatre should be an aid to naturalism; the actors stand facing each other just as in real life. Yet the traditional stance on the proscenium stage, in which people address each others' nearest shoulder and half-face, and when all the furniture curiously turns out to be placed in an open semi-circle (with settee up-stage centre), is in many ways more satisfactory. Perhaps it is tradition-but I suspect "naturalism" is the root cause again. Outside the theatre we never find ourselves listening to anyone who is back to us, and there is something irreducibly unsatisfactory in a pair of talking shoulder-blades, however eloquent.
An actor on an arena stage is in a horribly exposed position; he knows he cannot surreptitiously scratch his bottom or supply a prompt unnoticed. The only way onto the school stage is through the middle of the audience, straight into the spotlights from the dark of a narrow passage between chairs. But school actors have found compensations; Leontes in the Winter's Tale took enormous pleasure in accusing the masters' wives of misbehaviour. Luckily, the text of that part of the play is so knottily Jacobean that most people missed the allusion, but there is no doubt that the Elizabethan soliloquy only really makes sense if an actor is surrounded by an audience to whom he can talk intimately. On a proscenium stage most soliloquies tend to become ranting monologues addressed to nothing in particular. In the same way the "aside", which needs so much tact on a traditional stage ("Little does he know that ") will often work in the school hall, even in the mouth of "3rd Soldier", forcibly recruited a week before the dress rehearsal.
Finally, acting on the school stage has taught many of us why Elizabethan and Jacobean plays-or Greek ones-always end with an anti-climax. It is not only that you cannot bring the curtain down and let the corpse walk off; the mere fact that the play must end with a bare, empty stage means that whatever tension the performance has tried to generate must be allowed to relax. A Jacobean play can end nobly, or it can end bleakly, but it cannot close on a startling curtain-line. The "dying fall" is a technical, rather than an artistic requirement.
"YOUTH Action-Sheffield" is continuing to thrive. Unfortunately, as far as the School group is concerned, the main purpose of our activities is not at present being fulfilled. In a city of the dimensions of Sheffield there are literally thousands of people who, owing to physical disabilities, are cast into the backwaters of our swiftly-flowing society. The result is that these unfortunate individuals have to contend not only with their physical disabilities but with a far worse state of affairs all round. Very few of us in this favoured world of K.E.S. can really have any experience of loneliness. The disabled are imprisoned in their tiny homes in the backstreets of Sheffield, in the hospitals and institutions of our thriving, throbbing city. They are unable to come to us. We must go out to find and help them.
Personal involvement with an old person is not difficult. They do not wish you to do the talking. They want to talk themselves-about their neighbours, or, more often, about the times when their lives consisted of living, not just existing. All you have to do is to sit, say yes and no, and look interested. Some may not be appreciative of your efforts, but why should they appreciate anything in their meagre lives? On the other hand, the ones that are appreciative provide the incentive and reward for spending as little as one per cent of your time doing voluntary service.
This term, only two boys have been doing this kind of work. There are vacancies for others and it is hoped that more fourth and fifth year boys will take part.
Despite this lack of personal involvement there have been other activities. These include two shopping expeditions for disabled people to the "British Home Stores" and "Atkinsons". For these ventures our group provided transport and escorts for ten disabled shoppers. The team of decorators have done their tasks with reasonable chaos, while others helped at the Odeon cinema when two thousand underprivileged children were shown the film, "Sound of Music". At a dance held to raise funds a group from the School sixth form, the "Burns Association", played free of charge.
Finally our thanks and best wishes are extended to the group secretary, S. Nortcliff, who left during the Lent term. Without his initiative the group within the School would not exist.
J. A. Tew (Group Secretary)
NOON on Thursday, April 8th, saw two tired and stiff climbers emerge from their transport in Glencoe. A little different from last year: less snow, no rain, but still that piercing wind blowing straight down the valley and plenty of mist on its forbidding walls.
We felt all the better for a pot of coffee after putting the tent up, and at three o'clock we set off for a look at the snowfields. A stiff two-hour walk brought us to the bottom of Bidean but our view of the upper corries was obscured by the mist. We did, however, get a few glimpses of the snowfields; but, apart from ascertaining their existence, we were not able to test their condition as the hour was late.
Lunch on Friday was taken at the foot of Bidean, with the mist still swirling above us. We were hoping to do a "V.Diff." gully in the Stob Coire nam Beith, but as, when we reached its foot, we could not see more than a few yards in front of us, we gave up the idea. After a short rest it was decided that we should have a walk on to the ridge between Bidean nam Beith and Ant Sron, which appeared from time to time in sunlight. The snow conditions were not good, it was very wet, and it was 3.30 before we reached the ridge. Here we were blessed with glorious sunshine for all of two minutes, which gave us time to see the steep drop on the other side and the summit of Ant Sron. After walking for half an hour towards the summit of Bidean and seemingly getting no nearer we retraced our steps down the snowfield, arriving back at camp at 6.30.
That night I met some friends of mine who had come up that day, and on hearing of the conditions one of them decided to go to Wales on the next day. On being woken up at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday he remarked, "Oh dear, it's too late to go to Wales today, I'll have to go tomorrow." Meanwhile the wind had freshened considerably with rain as well, so the only exercise we had on Saturday was a stroll down to Glencoe village, where some of my friends had gone to have a natter with Ian Clough (first Briton to climb the North Wall of the Eiger).
Sunday was the same, and after being woken up at eight o'clock by Jim saying "Just popped in to say I'm off to Wales" we had a lie-in. In the afternoon we had a half-hearted attempt at a 1,750 ft. gully next door to the camp site, but after getting less than a third of the way up we were confronted by a waterfall pitch which was rather wet. So we climbed up some slabs to the right and spent the rest of the afternoon putting up routes on some rather grotty outcrops nearby. That night we met Terry Gloag who also had had a lift up, but he did not bring any better weather with him to Glencoe.
Monday was again very wet and windy and it saw us having another walk down to Glencoe village. Tuesday was something of a rest day as we had a lift to Fort William to replenish our supplies. Tuesday evening saw the three of us camping at the bottom of the Allt a Mhuillin on Ben Nevis. We had heard of an accident to a friend of ours on the Ben but we decided to carry on with our plans as the weather was definitely improving.
Wednesday morning brought almost perfect weather with a hard frost and a cloudless sky. Instead of our original plans to do one of the gullies we decided to do the circuit of the Ben. This involved going straight up the west flank of Carn Dearg, along the summit plateau to Ben Nevis, down Observatory Ridge to Coire Leis, and back down the Alit a Mhuillin. Lunch was taken on the summit at 3.30 in glorious sunshine, and half an hour later we were on our way down after taking commemorative photographs. During the descent of Observatory Ridge a sudden squall blew up, completely obliterating our view; but fortunately it soon gave way to sunshine again.
After setting off late on Thursday our attempt on North Castle gully was cut short by the time and periodic snowfalls. Friday morning was spent in packing up and walking back down to the distillery to meet our transport. Terry Gloag was dropped in Arrochar, and then we carried on to Sheffield, arriving back in the early hours of Saturday morning.
I am me.
You are not me but somebody else,
Who calls yourself me,
For you are yourself f,
If instead I were you and you me,
Then someone would be somebody.
I am not you but someone else,
Who calls me `me',
For I am myself,
If instead I were you,
Then I'd be someone,
I know not who.
I am me.
A. D. Falk
(Originally published in "Phoenix", March 1966)
The Cosmic Dance of Henry Ford (and others)
Shplurg, said I
To the deracinated automobile,
How your role in society
Has not changed
One little bit
Black and multi-
Elizabeth was conceived in a
Highly detailed and annotated to give
Instruction to mechanics and metal-
Joiners and those who melt metals in vast electric
Kettles, in a technical
Language only they will understand, those
Masters all at their
Precision instruments, fulfilling exactly the
Quota necessary for their standard
Rate of pay, out of which they
Subscribe to their guardians, the militant
Unions, instrumental in
Vouchsafing for them standard
Working circumstances, by closed shops and other
Xenophobic practices, and who indoctrinate the
Young apprentices to follow,
Zestfully, their footsteps.
And so each generation It continues
Of. natural predominance,
To the factory cat
With iron dentures,
The factory rat.
Oh I wondrous embodiment
Of this most awesome
Kerash, said the automobile
A. J. Robinson
(from the Magazine for December, 1936)
A FEW days ago, I had the privilege of inspecting the new Municipal Car Park. It is situated in the grounds of King Edward's School midst delightful surroundings. There is accommodation for at least ten cars to say nothing of motor cycles; there is no charge for accommodation and there is no time limit; and lastly it is covered in-what a boon for car owners.
To reach the car-park, one enters the School grounds from the Glossop Road entrance after carefully negotiating the difficult turn one must also be careful not to remove the wooden gates in one' passage through. Having got into the School ground one must proceed with caution along the yard passing the School tuck-shop on the right Then, with a deft turn of the wheel, one may enter the car-park an( pull up.
But I have since heard that this car-park was once a covered play-ground, where boys were wont to sport themselves with rubber balls. They are now without their covered-playground; their realm o sport has been usurped by the owners of certain automobiles; it ha: been turned into a car-menagerie where one may park one's cast-of free of charge.
Therefore, gentle reader, if you are one of the yard-football fanatics, remove this viper that you cherish in your midst; rid yourself of this plague of cast-off cars, and let this car-park recover its former status; so that you may once again indulge in the games you love, for "mens sana in corpore sano"; or as the poet said "Good shut to bad rubbish."
If this school had no other claim to fame, I am sure that we hold a unique record in the high standard of litter-louts we produce. There seems to be one major cause-people are eating too much. As a result our youth are becoming so obese that it is far too exhausting for them to walk a few paces to a waste-bin and they drop whatever they have to discard at their feet, and their corpulence prohibits their bending down to pick up their litter. The only form of activity many seem capable of performing with enthusiasm is to sit in a form room and hurl paper darts through the window, thus adding to their already anti-social behaviour.
The solution therefore would appear to be to impose a strict regulation on the feeding habits of these people and if they find our excellent school lunches not to their liking they should bring their fodder in a large, red and white spotted handkerchief the loss of which would cause more hardship than covering the Close with grease-proof paper and crisp bags.
FOLLOWING a Government decision in the late 1950s seven new universities have been established in the last few years, at Sussex, York, East Anglia, Lancaster, Essex, Warwick and Kent. The University of East Anglia, situated in Norwich, is now in its third year and it is perhaps a good time to look back on what it has achieved up to now, and the way in which it works.
The first few years of a new university are undoubtedly the most important, since it is during this period that the traditions and standards for the future are set. East Anglia has already established some ties with Cambridge; this is a natural step, for the two are not far apart geographically. If there is a visiting lecturer in Norwich he will most probably come from Cambridge. St. John's College there has presented East Anglia with a replica of its own ceremonial mace, but it is by no means certain that the traditional type of procession, such as matriculation, with its flowing gowns and raising of caps, fits in with modern architecture. The Vice-Chancellor of East Anglia, a Cambridge historian incidentally, was thinking about making the wearing of gowns compulsory for students-a proposal which did not increase his popularity.
One of the main advantages of the new universities is that they are not bound to follow traditionally accepted academic disciplines. This applies especially to the Humanities where they have not been slow to experiment with the reorganisation of subjects, but also to the Sciences. East Anglia's chemists, for example, study more physics and mathematics than is usual. In the Arts, courses have been divided into broadly-based schools of study rather than individual subjects. Both the schools of English and of European Studies include History, Literature, and Philosophy within their scope. This is sufficient for a potential teacher of German or Russian, for he will have a thorough knowledge of the literature, history and language of his country; but the teacher of history is not so well placed, being grounded in either English or European history, but normally not both.
The tuition system at East Anglia makes use mainly of seminars, which are basically discussion groups of from ten to fifteen students meeting usually twice a week. In addition there are lectures and occasional tutorials. An undergraduate from any school in the Arts spends a given amount of time outside his own discipline, perhaps with Social Studies or Fine Arts. During the first two terms a student must take the Preliminary course, a general, more theoretical study of subjects on which the specialised work of the Honours course is based. At this stage some of the courses are still experimental and therefore very flexible; but they will be stabilised as time shows which are the most successful and appreciated.
Although each of the new universities has its own distinguishing features and is developing in a slightly different direction there is nevertheless considerable contact between them, both at undergraduate level and higher. Towards the middle of March this year the first New Universities Conference was held here in Norwich, and included delegates from the C.A.T.s which have or are about to have university status. Each summer the New Universities Festival takes place; last year it was held at Sussex, and this year it is to be at Keele. It is to be hoped that the new universities are not isolating themselves too much from the older establishments, but it is certainly true that they share common problems, and each may learn from the others' mistakes.
The new universities are places for experiment and trial, and being at one is a challenge if you intend to get the most out of it, rather than hovering near the threshold. On the whole they are still small enough to be intimate. In my school of study there is close collaboration between students and faculty. At the end of term, for example, we are asked which courses we found interesting, which essays the most difficult, or if we have any comments in general. What is more, recommendations may be acted upon. As a result relations with members of faculty are good. It is a pity that this cannot always be said with reference to University Authorities. A school is a place where authority may have to be enforced, a university, one would hope, a place of co-operation rather than coercion.
If you do go to a university, get involved; you will not enjoy it standing at the edge. There is plenty from which to choose, whether your interest be sporting or intellectual. But of course it is necessary to achieve a balance between work and play: too much of either could be dangerous! One of the first things you realise at university is that you are on your own more than ever before. If you join a society or club, then it is up to the students to run their own affairs; there are no members of staff standing in the background.
Most people agree that it is more advantageous for a student to select, if possible, a university or college outside his home town, unless he considers that the academic side, the actual gaining of the degree, is the only aim of higher education. It is not. The undergraduate has to learn to work on his own and this is easier for some than for others; for it is generally accepted that members of faculty are obliged to concern themselves with students for only about half their time. For the rest they will have their own scholarship and research to pursue, and books to write. If you are prepared to accept other people and adapt yourself to different conditions you will probably enjoy university life. More young people are trying for university places now, but the number available is also increasing. If you have applied for a place, or are going to, I hope you are successful. It is an experience not to be missed.
Howard R. Hague,
School of European Studies,
University of East Anglia,
There was a faith-healer of Deal
Who said, `Although pain isn't real,
f I sit on a pin
And it punctures my skin,
I dislike what I fancy I feel.'
Qui mala dira fide scivit meliore mederi,
'Angor,' ait, fallit; laedere membra nequit;
Sin in acu sedeam, corium quod perforer, angi
Me rear; et fallax displicet ille dolor.'
Note: The record section of this Magazine is set in Times Roman, the Magazine Section in Perpetua.
THIS year's first eleven has been the most successful for several seasons, losing only one school match since October 16th. After several early defeats, the regular team came together and began producing consistently good results. The finest hour came with the winning of the Yorkshire Seven-a-Side Competition at Hull, when we won the trophy against competition from forty-five Yorkshire schools; it was the result of determined training and team effort.
Winners of Yorkshire Senior Schools Seven-a-Side Competition, 1966
(Back Row) Mr. T. Nuttall; M.
Fielding; J. A. Hempshall; P. J. Cartwight;
T. J. Warn; Mr. J. C. Hemming
(Front Row) R. M. Priestley; D. R. Barraclough (Capt.); D. M. Hodgkin
The team's basic problem was fitting the correct people into the correct positions especially those of goalkeeper and centre-forward. These positions were eventually filled by Cartwright and Priestley, with Hempshall and Barraclough falling back to wing-half. This combination gave confidence and strength in the defence and power to the forward-line, and was the main reason for the future success.
The team's tactics of using the square ball, needed capable wingers; these were provided by Fielding on the right, who later developed into a powerful inside-forward, and Hodgkin on the left, whose size, speed and ball-control, enabled him to torment any defence. Cowley and Milner filled the inside left position when Wosskow, a most talented and effective inside forward left at Christmas, with Milner and Fielding later changing positions, and Cowley and Hodgkin developing a superb understanding on the left wing. This attack provided numerous chances for Priestley whose ball control and powerful shot enabled him to score at least once in every match at centre-forward.
In defence, the addition of Cartwright in goal provided the necessary confidence to our main defenders. The full-backs, Paramore and Warn, played together in virtually every match and gave very reliable service, helping towards a more stable defence. The wing-halves, Barraclough and Hempshall, developed a sound understanding and it was on the basis they provided, especially when Hempshall was not playing centre-forward, that the team was able to play together as a unit; they could always be relied on to give their best at all times.
One of the outstanding features of the team was its fitness and ability to tackle hard, and usually, fairly. Regardless of size, all members, notably Hempshall, were prepared to tackle vigorously and effectively, even at the expense of broken glasses, ripped shorts and socks, and cuts and bruises.
Barraclough is to be congratulated on successfully taking over the captaincy of the team for the last few weeks of the season and I should like to thank especially Mr. Hemming and Mr. Nuttall for their vigorous and interested support at all times, the winning of the seven-a-side competition being just reward. I hope next year's team will be able to keep the cup and do even better than this year's.
Jepson, with his usual modesty, makes no mention of his own outstanding part at centre half, nor of the kindly but firm control which he exercised as Captain. The good spirit and determination of the team were largely due to his leadership. It was most unfortunate that injury should have prevented him from playing in the Seven-a-side competition. Nevertheless he has every reason to look back on his season as Captain with great satisfaction.
J.C.H.; T. N.
HARSH weather in mid-season again reduced the fixture list. Only five away games were played. Of the season's 18 games 9 were won and 7 lost. A strong nucleus surviving from last year's team had given hopes of a very successful season. At full strength they presented a formidable array of talent. However, injuries in the senior teams rarely allowed the full team to take the field. For most games the Third XI was called upon to deplete itself.
Tattersall established himself as the regular goalkeeper, and Roberts and Hill as full-backs. Tew, Nicolson and Whalley formed a strong half-back line. Dunsford, the vice-captain, Richardson, Pringle, Turner, Steinman, Botros, Milner and Shelton in various combinations provided an effective forward-line. Pringle was leading goal-scorer with 13 to his credit. On his departure in December Shelton's skill, ebullience and repartee were conspicuously absent. Fogell, Burns, Rotchell and Strong, who were so often enlisted from the Third Xl, are to be thanked for their keen efforts. The experience should prove valuable next year.
The team was ably led and encouraged by the captain Tew who excelled both in defence and attack, and always set a good example by his conduct and his play. Several members of the team will deservedly occupy permanent positions in the 1st XI next season.
The results were as follows-Played, 18; Won, 9; Drawn, 2; Lost, 7.
THIS season has been one of the best for some years. Forward penetration, lacking for some time, was remedied by some virile forceful play in which Fogell was often conspicuous. He was amply rewarded by promotion to the 2nd Xl.
Goals were scored in large numbers reaching ten in one away match. Only two defeats were suffered, and these were narrow and largely due to the team being depleted by injuries.
The defence, as always, gave a good account of itself, and Wilson G. was sturdy and prominent in tussles with the opposition. The team was ably captained by Hemming.
THE Under 15 XI enjoyed a fairly successful season which could have been turned into a very good one had the side made a better start. Then, whilst the team was still unsettled, 5 out of the first 8 matches were lost (4 by the odd goal) with only I won. But a 7-1 win over Thornbridge and an 8-1 victory against Chaucer, away, boosted the team's confidence greatly.
After Christmas, 4 out of the 9 matches were cancelled. The remainder were nearly all played in very muddy conditions, which affected the team's performance adversely. But, nevertheless, not one match was lost and 3 were won.
The defence, usually, was fairly sound, though on occasions, it looked very insecure. Just before Christmas, the attack was bolstered by Davies moving from goal to centre forward, who later became top scorer with 13 goals in 8 matches.
Repen was an admirable captain.
Results:- Played 16; Won, 6; Drawn, 5; Lost, 5.
THE Under 14 XI enjoyed only a moderate season. A succession of defeats early on seemed to destroy much of the team's confidence, though this was fortunately, returning towards the end of the season when some encouraging performances were given.
Highlights of a drab season were good away victories at Chaucer and Maltby, both matches played in appalling conditions.
But the side relied far too much on Loukes at centre forward to score the goals, and Gillam, the Captain, in defence. These two, along with Maynard, Walker and Burrows show promise for the future.
Team from: Smart, Mower, Ashdown, Watson, Burrows, Gillam, Walker, Sellars, Allen, Maynard, Loukes, Aplin, Thomas, Biggin.
Results: Played 13, Won 4, Lost 9.
THE Under 13 XI has enjoyed a fairly successful season, having won 6 and drawn 4 of the 14 matches played. Unfortunately, inclement weather caused the cancellation of a further 7 games-one third of the entire fixtures.
The team scored 48 goals and conceded 43, Seal and Thompson being the leading goalscorers, each notching 14 goals.
Jepson has been a most capable, reliable and responsible Captain both on and off the field, setting an encouraging example to the rest of the team.
Thanks are due to Mr. M. Norman for his much appreciated assistance and encouragement during the Autumn Term.
The team has been chosen from; R. Hawkins, M. Jepson, J. Noble, D. Seal, R. Dabbs, A. Thompson, D. Waistnidge, P. Blair, R. Hadley, P. Kay, S. Lavender, J. Woolhouse, A. Peacock, J. Bowler, N. Morton, C. Bonsall, A. Dodd, J. Sorby.
STUNG by a crushing defeat (48-0) at the outset of the season, a relatively young and light Rugby team set about repairing the damage with "quiet" determination. Training and tactical studies were taken seriously, and the team spirit that soon appeared paved the way to a glorious final match, when our early victors, with a virtually unchanged team, were encountered again, and beaten.
This has been a good season and rarely can a group of eighteen boys have provided the team so consistently, and played with, such obvious enjoyment. The fact that, with our limited resources and very faltering start, we concluded the season having a credit of games won over games lost, speaks for itself.
Although as many as 10 fixtures had to be cancelled, the weather usually being to blame, 17 were played and many of them, including some in which we were not victorious, produced rugby of very high quality. Sound defence by the three-quarters and lively loose play by the forwards has largely been the pattern of our game-we must try to win a few line-outs next year.
Amongst the forwards, Sanderson has been an outstanding three-quarter, playing with all the power of a seasoned prop and yet a turn of speed that has, on occasion, surprised his own team mates as well as the opposition. The leadership of Harrison and Beman has been both vigorous and astute, whilst amongst the backs, Grant deserves mention for his ability to turn defence into attack-as well as for the speed with which he has taken short penalties, to the consternation of both opposition and referees!
Faulkner must also be mentioned, with thanks, for his efficiency and initiative as secretary.
ENERGETIC training and enthusiastic play resulted in a good season. Forward play has been intelligent; running and passing have improved, and defence has been brave, though individual tackling can be faulted.
Our style of play showed to great advantage in Nine-a-Side competitions: at Sheffield Tigers', we had two good wins before losing to the eventual winners; in the Derwent Cup we reached the final. Greenwood and Johnson are congratulated both on their leadership of the team and the pack, and on playing for the South Yorkshire Under 15 XV.
22 boys have played for the XV, and all have served the team well: Brown, R.; Stewart, S. D., Greenwood, P. L. (Capt.), Milner, D. W., Bramall, R. S., Elliott, M. J., Hopper, J. D.; Holland, W. J., Hopkinson, P. E. R.; Sykes, K. B., Mawson, P. J., Colley, J. E., Johnson, A. S., Butler, R. F., Eastwood, R. C. A., Nevitt, M. C., Hague, R. F., Brierley, P. N., Cooper, I. S., Kenning, J. S., Belton, D. C., Meredith, P. G.
Results:-Played, 11; Won, 6; Drawn, 1; Lost, 4.
IT IS difficult to sum up the team's performance during the season as almost half--10 out of 22-of the fixtures were cancelled because of the inclement winter. Unfortunately for the records, all our strongest fixtures were played, which resulted in the team gaining valuable experience though not a great deal of success! Nevertheless, the team acquitted itself well, and preserved an unbeaten record within the City boundaries.
Buddery, C. F. has been the Captain and was also the leading scorer with 27 points. The following have represented the team regularly: Catling S. D., Lavender S. J., Wragg C. M., Goodison J. H., Hulse G. (Forward Leader), Priestly D. A., Richardson P. N., Sutherland P. M., Woodhouse G. C., Hall J. H., Nicholson R., Chitty J. P., Raynor M.
The following have also played: Lake D. H., Smith J. P., Rickards B. M., Wood A. K., Fedyk R. M., Lupton D. M., Preston N. M., Davison R. S., Barrott G.
The spirit of the team has been excellent throughout the season and, given the chance by the weather, should do very well in the future, as the team has considerable talent.
ONCE again an exceptionally keen Under 12 Rugger XV trained during the winter for four matches arranged for the end of the season. Two of these games were cancelled; in the other two the team lost to Mount St. Mary's (3-17) after a very hard game with an even score 3-3 at half time, and won against Jordanthorpe (6--5). A promising team for next season, the outstanding players being G. Barrott (Captain) and P. Jones.
THE growing popularity of hockey as a school sport is encouraging but many suitable boys do not take advantage of the opportunities which this enjoyable sport offers.
The school team did not have a very good record, for ten out of fourteen matches have been lost. But the team has done well against Sheffield sides while generally improving its performances against tough opposition from outside the city. Only one Sheffield team, City Grammar, could claim to have outplayed us. After an early experiment with a 4-2-3-1 system an orthodox formation was reverted to, and the team began to combine well. A purple patch was struck in the middle of the season. One of the early problems was that an early reverse would demoralise us. In the latter part of the season several fight-backs against good sides proved that this has been overcome.
Kingsley has performed capably in goal, and he has become more confident. Gloag, as a utility defender, could always be relied upon to give of his best. Friedrich played with ferocity, if not always with skill, at full back. Speight has played well at centre-half while Freeston has developed into a skilful half-back. Hill and Hall were capable reserves. The fact that almost fifty goals were conceded shows that much tighter marking is essential.
On the right wing, Glossop has run well, while Watson, Hickling, Humphrey and Longden have all been tried on the other wing. Wragg has worked hard and played with determination at left inner, and Tuckwood has been an enthusiastic right inner. Despite his lack of self-restraint, centre forward Milburn has been top scorer. The attack must learn to pass faster and to chase every ball.
In the Yorkshire 6-a-side tournament at Rotherham we won two games to finish equal third in a league of six. It was a valuable experience.
Mr. Baker has devoted much time and effort to the team and he has been successful in succeeding Mr. Robinson. Mr. Chapman has been an invaluable stand-in.
Next season most of the team will be returning, so we should do much better. A 2nd XI will also be started.
Played 14, Won 3, Drew 1, Lost 10.
Goal-Scorers: Millburn 11; Wragg 4; Tuckwood, Glossop 3.
Ball has been a most dedicated and efficient captain, to whom I am very grateful. Not only has he played skilfully on the field, but he has been a permanent source of encouragement to the whole team. He has been most assiduous in arranging Tuesday practices which must be fully supported next season-their value cannot be too much emphasised.
I think that the loyalty of all the team members has been commendable and it has been a pleasure to deal with them.
I would like to congratulate the following on their awards: Full Colours: G. W. J. Ball, T. J. Gloag
Half Colours: J. L. Wragg
C. H. B.
THE season has been a disappointing one for the 1st VIII and the U-15's, but the U-13's have had some very good wins. Due to weather and to cancellations by opposing teams, 9 of the original 21 fixtures were cancelled; the 1st team appeared to thrive in mud and rain, however, and against Aston-Woodhouse in such conditions won by 22 points, the result of packing 5 of our runners in the first 7.
An excellent team effort was also in evidence in the Home fixture against Maltby, winning by 15 points, with 5 out of the first 6. However, the 1st and U-15 teams were heavily defeated by very strong Abbeydale sides who managed the first 6 in the Senior race and the first 8 in the U-15 race. Our U-13's lost by only 10 points in this fixture.
One of the most exciting of the U-13 wins was in a three-cornered match at Roundhay School, Leeds, when Roundhay were beaten into second place by one point.
This year's results have been dominated by two newcomers to the school teams. These are for the Ist's, Gregory, and for the U-13's, Straker. Gregory's most outstanding performances have been his 9th in the Northern Schools Junior Championship, his 5th in the Intermediate Sheffield Schools Championship, and his 3rd in the unofficial Sheffield Grammar Schools Championship.
Straker, in his first year at the school, has made his mark for the U-13 team. He has run consistently well throughout the season, and was our first counter home in the Northern Schools Championships, being placed 115. He is certainly a very good prospect for the future.
Hoyland and Button both did well in the Senior Sheffield Championship, being placed 11th and 18th respectively. The two mainstays of the U-15 team both deserve a mention, Pringle for his consistent running and Henty for some very good performances, particularly towards the end of the season.
My term as Captain has been a very enjoyable one, and I should like to thank Freeman for his help as Secretary, and Button for very capably taking over Freeman's duties during the season. All the members of the teams would like to thank Mr. Allen for the enthusiastic help which he has given both at training and at matches, and for the enormous amount of his own time which he has given over to cross-country in the school.
S. A. H.
As school cross-country Captain Hoyland has set a good example both in training and in matches by his consistently good performances and determination. He has organised a number of training sessions on his own, and I should like to thank him for his keen assistance throughout the season.
1st VIII Played 12, Won 3, Lost 8
(Also placed 2nd in 3-cornered match)
U.15 Played 9, Won 1, Lost 8
U.13 Played 9, Won 4, Lost 4, Drawn I
THE 1965-66 season was the most successful in recent years. Of the seven matches played, the school lost only two, both to Abbeydale G.S. In the other five matches, only three rubbers were lost.
All three pairs played consistently throughout the season and ratings were only nominal because there was little to choose between the pairs.
Perhaps this successful season will stimulate greater interest in badminton in the school and restore it to its former heights.
THE main success reported by ARUNDEL has been their unexpected victory in the senior cross-country championship. This result was largely due to the six runners who came among the first twenty-five, and notably to S. J. Paramore who finished third. Good performances were also recorded in the intermediate football league and in the senior sevens. The House bids farewell to N. Addy, cricket captain for several years, and to J. R. Beale and R. Galley, who have both obtained places at Oxford.
A less happy season is reported by CHATSWORTH. The small and rapidly declining numbers of seventh year members of the House is held partly responsible, but some consolation for the lack of success on the games field is found in academic achievements. The House has also enjoyed some reflected glory from S. A. Hoyland's successes as a cross-country runner and A. S. Johnson's selection to swim for the South Yorkshire team. Thanks are given to Mr. Surguy for his unfailing encouragement "even in deepest misfortune".
CLUMBER achieved one notable success in winning the second year seven-a-side football knock-out. Higher up the School, round one saw the end of most hopes in this event. Hope for the swimming sports was raised by the accumulation of most points (287) in the distance swimming-a score which gave the House second place in proportion to those eligible. Congratulations are offered to P. H. Main on his Scholarship at Christ's College, Cambridge, and sincere thanks to J. R. Pilling for his efficient work as House secretary, and to all others who have left, for their contributions.
"Moderate success" is recorded by HADDON-a modest claim for a House which won the senior football league, even if this is to be attributed more to all round effort than to superior skill. The junior cross-country team provided hope for the future by running into second place. The House also achieved some unusual records at an administrative level, welcoming back two Old Edwardians as House Tutors-Messrs. Grace and Styring, of whom the latter was once House football captain. The two winter terms have also seen two House captains come and go, J. N. Chapman, who left at Christmas, and R. M. Price, who followed his example at Easter. To both of these and to other leavers thanks and best wishes are extended.
Quite the most notable event in LYNWOOD's season has been the departure of their Housemaster since anyone can remember, Mr. Twyford. A word is said elsewhere about his work for the House. Mr. Fordham (who makes up somewhat in one direction for what he may lack of Mr. Twyford's stature in another) stepped into the ample shoes half way through the season. On the sporting field the cross-country teams stole the show, with outright victories in the first and second year and middle school championships, and a third place for the seniors. Notable performances were achieved by P. A. Gregory and J. A. Hempshall for the seniors, M. J. Henty for the middle school, and G. C. Woodhouse in the second year. Apart from this combined success the best performances were a second place in the senior football league and a third place in the water polo league.
A double success in water polo was the outstanding feature of SHERWOOD's sound all-round sporting record. Both league and knockout were won after close rivalry with Welbeck. The senior footballers also won their seven-a-side knock-out, and both senior and middle school cross-country teams achieved second places. Two new members of staff, Messrs. R. F. Stittle and P. N. Wood, joined the ranks of House Tutors; and J. E. Trythall is congratulated on his Open Scholarship at Oxford. The House lost the services of S. R. Harrison as House Captain half way through the Lent term, his successor being M. E. Orton.
For WELBECK it was the middle school football team which achieved the double, winning their league and knock-out. The senior footballers established some kind of record by combining victory in their knock-out with last place in the league. The knock-out final provided a fitting end to the distinguished sporting careers of M. Wosskow and J. T. Hunt, each of whom scored a goal on their last day at school. Thanks are offered to D. R. Barraclough for his efforts, especially with the water polo team which achieved two second places, and in driving the House to first place in the distance swimming competition.
The footballers of WENTWORTH seem to have cornered the market in "runners up", no fewer than four teams having reached finals of knock-out competitions without further success. In other sports most successful have been the water polo team and the second form cross-country runners.
Distinction has also been brought to the House by members playing in School teams, notably T. J. Warn and M. Fielding, who helped to win the Yorkshire seven-a-side football competition for the School. Best wishes are extended to all leavers, especially D. J. Hope, a distinguished House musician, and M. Fielding, who gained a place at Cambridge. At Christmas the House lost with regret their enthusiastic and resourceful Housemaster, Mr. T. G. Cook. But his keen interest in the well-being of the House is being carried on by his successor, Mr. G. W. Taylor.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Winners-Haddon.
FOOTBALL KNOCK-OUT: Semifinals-Wentworth, 2, Sherwood, 1 (replay); Lynwood, 2, Welbeck, 4; Final-Welbeck, 3, Wentworth, 1.
RUGBY SEVENS KNOCK-OUT: Semi-finals-Sherwood, 3, Lynwood, 0; Welbeck, 5, Wentworth, 0. Final-Sherwood, 10, Welbeck, 0.
FOOTBALL SEVEN-A-SIDE KNOCK-OUT: Semifinals-Arundel, 2, Sherwood, 3; Wentworth, 9, Haddon, 0. Final-Sherwood, 9, Wentworth, 0.
CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP: Placings and Points-I, Arundel (182); 2, Sherwood (193); 3, Lynwood (195); 4, Chatsworth (233); 5, Clumber (270); 6, Welbeck (315); 7, Haddon (371); 8, Wentworth (410). Individual placings-1, P. A. Gregory (Lynwood); 2, J. A. Hempshall (Lynwood); 3, S. J. Paramore (Arundel).
WATER POLO LEAGUE
In a play-off for the title Sherwood beat Welbeck by 2-1.
WATER POLO KNOCK-OUT: Semi-finals-Welbeck beat Lynwood; Sherwood beat Clumber. Final-Sherwood beat Welbeck.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Winners-Welbeck.
FOOTBALL SEVEN-A-SIDE KNOCK-OUT: Winners-Welbeck.
RUGBY SEVENS KNOCK-OUT: Semi-finals-Welbeck, 3, Haddon, 0; Chatsworth 6, Arundel, 0; Final-Chatsworth, 16; Welbeck, 8.
CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP: Placings and Points-I, Lynwood (199); 2, Sherwood (209); 3, Chatsworth (227); 4, Haddon (228); 5, Arundel (237); 6, Wentworth (260); 7, Clumber (385); 8, Welbeck (420). Individual Placings-1, M. J. Henty (Lynwood); 2, M. Roberts (Chatsworth); 3, S. D. Stewart (Chatsworth).
SECOND YEAR CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP: Individual Winner-G. C. Woodhouse (Lynwood).
FIRST AND SECOND YEAR COMBINED CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP: Placings and Points-I, Lynwood (198); 2, Chatsworth (294); 3, Welbeck (304); 4, Arundel (317); 5, Sherwood (329); 6, Clumber (341); 7, Wentworth (372); 8, Haddon (406).
FIRST YEAR CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP: Placings and Points-1, Lynwood (111); 2, Haddon (123); 3, Welbeck (132); 4, Arundel (135); 5, Sherwood (145); 6, Clumber (162); 7, Chatsworth (203); 8, Wentworth (246). Individual placings-l, T. Straker (Haddon); 2, N. J. Kirk (Welbeck); 3, P. G. Jones (Welbeck).
ONCE again the club has had two teams competing in the South Yorkshire Amateur League, the First XI in the Premier Division and the Second XI in Division Two.
The First XI, captained by Peter Everitt, has enjoyed reasonable success. Although the league fixtures have not yet been completed it is anticipated that the team should finish in the top half of the league table. More success was achieved in the Yorkshire Old Boys Shield than in previous seasons in that the team reached the semi-finals, in which they were beaten 2-0 by a gale force wind, six inches of mud and water, and a very fit Leeds Training College side.
Three new members were welcomed to the team this season, Richard Nosowski, Trevor Nuttall, and Peter Wileman, all of whom have proved extremely capable and valuable assets to the side.
The Second XI has had to struggle to avoid relegation this season and, in doing so, have shown themselves to be a determined and enthusiastic team. There are several young members of the team who, with a little more experience, should be able to acquit themselves successfully in the First XI in a year or so.
The club extends its appreciation and thanks to the members of the School who have so ably assisted us from time to time this season. The club would welcome all those who, on leaving the School, wish to continue playing football on the lush green turf which lies beneath the water and sludge at Whiteley Woods.
J. G. Meredith (Hon. Ass. Sec.)
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